ParaGraph PI, a pen and Internet technology group headquartered in Mountain View, CA, has announced that NEC Computer Systems became the first manufacturer to include built-in natural handwriting recognition in its Microsoft(reg) Windows(reg) CE handheld PC. The MobilePro(TM) 750C H/PC features Paragraph's CalliGrapher(reg) software in ROM. Users simply write on the PC's screen and the software converts the handwriting in real-time into ASCII text. The handwriting recognition tool understands how people normally write--natural cursive, print/mixed cursive, or print. Based on patented fuzzy logic and neural network techniques, the program recognizes dictionary and non-dictionary works, as well as arbitrary symbol sequences--without any user training. The PC, which went on the market last month, sells for about $900. E-mail email@example.com.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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