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This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk

Still pricier than motorized wheelchairs, SuitX’s Phoenix exoskeleton weighs just 27 pounds and is custom-fit to the user’s body. By Signe Brewster on February 1, 2016 Paralyzed from the waist down after a BMX accident, Steven Sanchez rolled into SuitX’s Berkeley, California, office in a wheelchair. A half-hour later he was standing and walking...

Mon Feb 1, 2016 17:03
The Step Needed to Make Virtual Reality More Real

If virtual reality is going to be truly immersive, holding a game controller could be distracting. Companies will instead try to let you control the action with your eyes, head, or fingers. By Rachel Metz on February 1, 2016 It’s one thing to play the arcade game Whac-A-Mole by swinging around an oversized mallet; it’s far easier to whack...

Mon Feb 1, 2016 08:00
Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week ending January 30, 2016)

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Sat Jan 30, 2016 09:39
America’s Broadband Improves, Cementing a “Persistent Digital Divide”

New figures show that U.S. broadband access is improving, but only for some. By Tom Simonite on January 29, 2016 U.S. broadband infrastructure is improving fast, according to new figures from the Federal Communications Commission. But the gains are uneven, with people that live in rural areas left behind. Some 21 million Americans—7 percent...

Sat Jan 30, 2016 01:26
This is How to Stop the Zika Virus

Halting the explosive spread of Zika means waging war with mosquitoes. There are several ways, old and new, to win that war. By Michael Reilly on January 29, 2016 The Zika virus is out of control. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization called it an “explosive” epidemic, and officials in Brazil, the country hardest hit by the disease,...

Sat Jan 30, 2016 00:26
Spam Trail Leads to China’s Three Largest Banks

A researcher made 300 purchases of fake luxury goods online and found that 97 percent were handled by China’s largest three banks. By Tom Simonite on January 29, 2016 An academic’s investigation into the underpinnings of the fake luxury goods spam that pollutes in-boxes, social networks, and search results sheds new light on the economics...

Sat Jan 30, 2016 00:26

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