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How virtual reality can defuse conflicts over building projects

The Immersive Engineering Lab is a modern working and presentation environment that allows immersive 3D displays for realistic, detailed, accurately rendered real-time visualization. Furthermore, the laboratory’s large media wall means it is ideally equipped for collaborative, multimedia work sessions. Credit: Uwe Voelkner / Fotoagentur FOX Fun, effective and easy to understand: New digital visualization technologies offer an excellent opportunity to improve communication with citizens on large building projects. Titled “Visualizing Building Projects,” the practical guidelines give planners, architects and public…

5 Game Worlds of 2017 You Need to Explore

2017 is soon coming to an end, and although there are many games that are yet to be released in the upcoming couple of months, there have been quite a number of amazing games already this past year. It’s been a big year for Nintendo especially, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey both being launched to world-wide critical acclaim. There have also been a number of impressive game world concepts brought to life…

Students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic

“Our technology takes plastic out of the landfill, locks it up in concrete, and also uses less cement to make the concrete, which makes fewer carbon dioxide emissions,” says assistant professor Michael Short. Credit: MIT News Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and bridges, according to a new study. MIT undergraduate students have found that, by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of…

What’s new in version 2.4.1 of our SDKs – Square Corner Blog – Medium

We’ve just released the latest iteration of our client libraries. Here’s what’s new from the 2.3.0 release: Support for Apple Pay. This includes support for the associated data models and endpoints. You can read all about our Apple Pay web support in this blog post. SDK support for mobile locations. Now the SDKs can return whether a location is a physical, brick-and-mortar storefront, or mobile, like a food truck. A new example in the php readme. With this example it…

Automatic acoustic gunshot sensor technology may benefit shooting victims

A number of U.S. cities have installed acoustic gunshot sensor technology to accurately locate shooting scenes and potential gunshot victims, but the effectiveness of this technology for saving lives had not been studied until surgeons at the University of California, San Francisco-East Bay in Oakland, Calif., found that this sensor technology may benefit shooting victims by helping them get to the emergency room sooner than they may have otherwise. “Our key finding was that the use of these acoustic gunshot…

New technology could cut MRI scan times

Richard Baraniuk (left) and Kevin Kelly. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Patients who have to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan may be spared the ordeal of having to lie still in the scanner for up to 45 minutes, thanks to new technology patented by Rice University, also known as “compressed sensing” technology. The technology was recently licensed by Siemens Healthineers. MRI scanners equipped with the novel compressed sensing technologies operate much more quickly than MRI scanners currently in use. Siemens…

Construction material-based methodology for contingency base selection

In an era of global responsiveness, there is a continuing need for agencies and organizations to set up temporary contingency bases (CB) of operations in foreign nations. Examples of such CBs include epidemic hospitals, refugee camps, natural disaster response headquarters, and temporary military installations. The decision whether to import all construction material, to build entirely of local materials, or to purchase a combination of imported and local materials is a strategic decision. The outcome of such a decision will affect…

Mobile on-body devices can be precisely and discreetly controlled using a tiny sensor

The Saarbrücken researchers’ prototypes can be controlled precisely and discreetly using minimal movements. Credit: University Saarland Mobile devices like the Apple Watch have a drawback: their small screen size makes them difficult to use. Computer scientists at Saarland University have now developed an alternative, which they call “DeformWear.” A tiny switch, no larger than the head of a pin, is built into a ring, for example, and worn on the body. It can be moved in all directions, pressed, pinched,…

Building Smart Replies for Member Messages

Hypothetical Dagli pipeline for smart replies. Circles represent inputs to the DAG.  Arrows connect the result of one node to the input of another. Inference, Personalization and Diversity When you receive a message, it’s used, together with the preceding conversation, to predict what your responses might be so we can show you the top few highest-probability candidates. Often, these suggestions have placeholders which are used to personalize the message; for example, the model might predict that “Thanks, RECIPIENT_FIRST_NAME” is a…

How to Monkey-Patch the Linux Kernel

I have a weird setup. I type in Dvorak. But, when I hold ctrl or alt, my keyboard reverts to Qwerty. You see, the classic text-editing hotkeys, ctrl+Z, ctrl+X, ctrl+C, and ctrl+V are all located optimally for a Qwerty layout: next to the control key, easy to reach with your left hand while mousing with your right. In Dvorak, unfortunately, these hotkeys are scattered around mostly on the right half of the keyboard, making them much less convenient. Using Dvorak…