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Old 03-06-2008, 05:19 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Some new info on how technology is helping computers come alive
Washington: Computers may now enable people to experience the most realistic sense of touch, perceiving textures or feeling hard surfaces, with the help of a radical new touch-based interface.
The interface, called haptic interface, relies on magnetic levitation and uses a single, lightweight moving part, unlike most other existing ones based on motors and bulky mechanical linkages and cables.
Although haptic interfaces have applications in engineering design, entertainment, assembly, remote operation of robots, and in medical and dental training, their full potential has yet to be explored.
That's particularly the case for magnetic levitation haptic interfaces because so few have been available for use by researchers, said Ralph Hollis of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.
Working on the prototype since 1997, Hollis fine-tuned its performance, enhanced its ergonomics and lowered its cost.
The team also built 10 copies, six of which are being distributed to haptic researchers across the US and Canada.
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or visit the SiliconIndia website,

Hope we get this in India asap
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Most people think computers will never be able to think. That is, really
think. Not now or ever. To be sure, most people also agree that computers
can do many things that a person would have to be thinking to do. Then
how could a machine seem to think but not actually think? Well, setting
aside the question of what thinking actually is, I think that most of us
would answer that by saying that in these cases, what the computer is
doing is merely a superficial imitation of human intelligence. It has been
designed to obey certain simple commands, and then it has been provided
with programs composed of those commands. Because of this, the
computer has to obey those commands, but without any idea of what's
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