Saturday, November 07, 2009

Art is....

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
                -- Paul Gauguin

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Applause for the SmartHand

American Friends of Tel Aviv University: Applause for the SmartHand

Applause for the SmartHand
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

TAU's man/machine interface is essential link in groundbreaking prosthetic hand

Photo: SmartHand device

In one sense, our hands define our humanity. Our opposable thumbs and our hands' unique structure allow us to write, paint, and play the piano. Those who lose their hands as a result of accident, conflict or disease often feel they've lost more than mere utility.

A new invention from Tel Aviv University researchers may change that. Prof. Yosi Shacham-Diamand of TAU's Department of Engineering, working with a team of European Union scientists, has successfully wired a state-of-the-art artificial hand to existing nerve endings in the stump of a severed arm. The device, called "SmartHand," resembles — in function, sensitivity and appearance — a real hand.

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"The Red Wheel Barrow"

So much
depends
upon
a red

wheel
barrow
glazed with

rain
water
beside
the white
chickens.

                -- William Carlos Williams, "The Red Wheel Barrow"

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ROPID: Child's toy or new age prototype?

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

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