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Tips For Keeping Your Kids Busy During Your Summer Road Trip

Summer road trips are not only a tradition, they’re a necessity. Whether you’re taking the kids to Disney World or your in-laws house in the country, kids will expect the entertainment to ensue the second their seat belt clicks. How

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Artificial muscle for soft robotics: low voltage, high hopes

Soft robots do a lot of things well but they’re not exactly known for their speed. The artificial muscles that move soft robots, called actuators, tend to rely on hydraulics or pneumatics, which are slow to respond and difficult to

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Music as Medicine: Why a New Kind of Neuro-Rehab Is Taking Off

Ancient Greek philosophers believed that music had a therapeutic purpose — including to treat depression, mania and even hangovers. In the Native American culture, music has played a similar role: In fact, the U.S. Indian Bureau contains 1,500 songs used

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Robot Lessons Help Sick Children Learn Math

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fifth-grader Grayson Zrelak crouches over a pint-sized robot in his Longwood dining room and frowns. The bot looks like a tiny Mars rover and is supposed to follow a strip of blue tape along the floor,

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Apple’s short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Apple has released a couple of videos over the weekend starring Dillan Barmache, a 16-year-old kid who is autistic and non-verbal. These two films are powerful and also make a strong point in favor of accessibility features, specialized apps for
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Helping Hand: Student Designs Prosthetic Limb

When Stephen Hawes ’17 (ENG) was a kid, he liked to play with Legos. But he loved to fold origami, creating whatever he could invent out of reams of Post-it-sized square paper. “Legos had all the instructions, so they didn’t

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Microsoft’s Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking

On one otherwise unremarkable day in May 2013, August de los Reyes fell out of bed and hurt his back. Forty-two years old at the time, he was just six months into his dream job at Microsoft: running design for

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Special needs tech: The next wave of mobile?

The next wave of mobile technology may lie in the hands of special needs users. The boom in tablets and smartphones has only recently begun catering to the special needs population, as well as those who look after them. In

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How Technology Is Helping the Blind Navigate the Physical World

A lot goes through Chieko Asakawa’s mind as she walks across the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her cane taps the ground ahead of her. She counts steps between one building and another. She has a few paths

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Squishy Robotic Fingers Collect Fragile Marine Creatures From Ocean Floor

Soft robotic grippers are ready to lend researchers a hand in underwater exploration, collecting fragile ocean specimens for a more intimate look at marine life. While critical for exploring underwater settings, robotic vehicles and tools generally do not handle fragile

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