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Video: World Tech Update, July 12, 2013

Coming up on WTU this week Microsoft reorganizes, Apple violates antitrust laws, a solar-powered plane completes its journey and a robot is sent to a frozen tundra.

Microsoft turns room into video game with IllumiRoom project

The IllumiRoom project from Microsoft Research turns a living room into a video game with projected images that extend and complement the main television screen. The realistic effect, if commercialized, could propel Microsoft's gaming business far be...

Toyota shows off autonomous car

Toyota demonstrated its latest active safety vehicle at the International CES Monday, bringing it a step closer to an autonomous car that could make roads safer.

Force-sensing touchpad to reach ultrabooks next year

Researchers at the User Interface Software Technology conference this week demonstrated unique projects that took advantage of a new, pressure-sensitive "forcepad" that could debut in ultrabooks as soon as next year.

Mars rover Curiosity sends images, video

A short, low resolution video captured the final minutes of Mars rover Curiosity's descent onto the planet. At the beginning of the clip the 15-foot wide heat shield can be seen separating from the capsule carrying the rover.

Ranger robot breaks record, walks 23km on single charge

A team of students and faculty at Cornell University claim that their <a href="http://ruina.tam.cornell.edu/research/topics/locomotion_and_robotics/ranger/Ranger2010/">Ranger robot</a> has set a new record for nonstop distance walked by an untethered...

pCubee creates virtual, 3D display case

Researchers have developed a five-paneled LCD cube that gives users the appearance that something is inside, allowing them to rotate the unit and look at an object in three dimensions. Called pCubee, it's the result of two years of work by students a...

Imagine Cup winners design software to solve global problems

Microsoft wrapped up its seventh annual Imagine Cup and announced the worldwide winners of the challenge Tuesday. At the four-day event in Cairo, Romania’s Team SYTECH won the coveted software design award, South Korea’s Team Wafree won for embedded ...

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