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Scientists are aiming to apply the finishing touch to VR

Scientists in the US have developed a prototype device which aims to put this third sense within VR’s reach, using a flexible material fitted with tiny vibrating components that can be attached to skin. But researchers from Northwestern University believe the system, known as epidermal VR, could be useful in other cases as well, from a child touching a display relaying the gesture to a family member located elsewhere, to helping people with amputations renew their sense of touch.


VR has the potential to ease chronic pain, study suggests

Virtual reality (VR) can help to ease someone’s sensitivity to pain, new research suggests. Scientists at Imperial College London found that people immersed in VR scenes of the Arctic reported reduced pain sensations compared with those not using the technology.


Engineers build humanoid robot capable of mimicking human balance  

A two-legged robot which can maintain its balance while running and jumping has been hailed as a breakthrough in robotic engineering by researchers, who say it could one day be deployed in disaster rescue teams.


Public more likely to blame humans for accidents rather than autonomous car

Research suggests that in an accident where a human driver and AI dual control made an error, people would consider the human to be more at fault. The public is more likely to blame accidents involving semi-autonomous cars on the driver rather than the technology, new research claims.


Study reveals shoplifting risk may reduce with the introduction of human-like faces at self-service checkout

Digitised human-like faces at self-service checkouts could reduce the risk of shoplifting at supermarkets, a new study suggests. Researchers at Abertay University in Dundee developed virtual characters to examine whether their presence at tills would affect shopper behaviour.



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