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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs
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Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.

Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs
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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs

A new "pick-and-place" robot features a standard industrial robotic arm equipped with a custom gripper and suction cup.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things
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Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things

A new chip performs public-key encryption while consuming only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would.

Automating Materials Design
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Automating Materials Design

Researchers say they have developed a system that can numerically specify the properties designers want in a material, then generate a microstructure that matches...

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware
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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices
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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.

Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips
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Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips

Researchers say they have created a solution to the "interconnect bottleneck" that slows communication between different chip elements.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage
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Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient...

'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks
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'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

­sing Chip Memory More Efficiently
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­sing Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

Drones That Drive
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Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'
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New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.

Giving Robots a Sense of Touch
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Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

Researchers have mounted GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms to provide robotic systems with greater sensitivity and dexterity.

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
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Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
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New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...

Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers
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Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a new method that could help lead to the development of practical, diamond-based quantum computing devices.

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.
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