May/June 2016

Pleasant to the Touch

Pleasant to the Touch

Author(s): Matteo Cianchetti, Cecilia Laschi
Pleasant to the Touch 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Open your Internet browser and search for videos showing the most advanced humanoid robots. Look at how they move and walk. Observe their motion and their interaction with the environment…

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From Hospital to Home Care

From Hospital to Home Care

Author(s): Natalia López, Sergio D. Ponce, David J. Piccinini, Elisa Pérez, Martín Roberti
From Hospital to Home Care 618 372 IEEE Pulse

For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible. Advances in medicine have led to a significant increase in human life expectancy and,…

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Giving Voice to Emotion

Author(s): Summer Allen
Giving Voice to Emotion 618 372 IEEE Pulse

It’s tough to imagine anything more frustrating than interacting with a call center. Generally, people don’t reach out to call centers when they’re happy—they’re usually trying to get help with…

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Food for the Future

Author(s): Art Johnson
Food for the Future 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything. —Spanish chef José Andrés The supermarket in Tijuana had a display of fresh fruits and vegetables, but…

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Metabolism: The Physiological Power-Generating Process

Author(s): Richard Johnston, Max Valentinuzzi
Metabolism: The Physiological Power-Generating Process 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The rate of doing work, expressed as the amount of work per unit—commonly measured in units such as watt or horsepower—is power in physics. It is the work–time rate or…

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Health Informatics and Winning the War on Cancer

Author(s): Paul King
Health Informatics and Winning the War on Cancer 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Guide to Health Informatics, 3rd ed. By Enrico Coiera, CRC Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4441-7049-8, xxvi + 683 pages, US$79.95. Comprehensive. Timely. Readable. Interesting. Useful as a textbook and/or reference. Relevant.…

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New Prostheses and Orthoses Step Up Their Game

New Prostheses and Orthoses Step Up Their Game

Author(s): Summer Allen
New Prostheses and Orthoses Step Up Their Game 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Forty years ago, Les Baugh lost both of his arms in an electrical accident. With bilateral shoulder-level amputations, his options for prosthetic arms were limited. That changed two years ago,…

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Staying In Touch

Author(s): Silvestro Micera
Staying In Touch 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Hand amputation is a traumatic event that dramatically and permanently changes the life of any person who undergoes one. After surgery, the amputee requires a prosthetic device to perform activities…

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