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Computing Archive

  • Redirecting Motion in Augmented Reality

    Within this game, software automatically displaces virtual objects so that players will not interfere with one another’s physical space. Called Redirected Motion, the technique could help in other situations where users share an augmented reality space.

  • Bringing Books to Life

    U.K. readers of Templar Publishing’s Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology can use a Web camera with their book to control an on-screen animation of a dragon.

  • Mining Fool's Gold for Solar

    Berkeley researcher Cyrus Wadia talks about his vision for the future of solar energy and demonstrates how to make a solar cell from fool’s gold.

  • Prescription: Networking

    Boston Medical Center is one of a relative few of U.S. hospitals that have managed to break down bureaucratic barriers to exchange electronic medical records with community health centers having different owners—a first step toward statewide and nationwide exchanges to improve health-care quality and reduce waste. Meg Aranow, the hospital’s chief information officer, and Andrew Ulrich, an emergency department physician, describe the rationale for and emerging uses of this electronic-records network now serving many of Boston’s inner-city patients.

  • Health-Care IT: The Economic Perspective

    With Congress locked in a debate over how to reform the United States’ $2.3 trillion health-care industry, Harvard economist and health-care policy expert David Cutler explains how information technology affects the quality and economics of health care.

  • Demonstrating Health-Care Networking

    Dan Newman, chief medical information officer of Boston Medical Center, explains the workings of the hospital’s new electronic-records network connecting BMC with community health centers in the Boston area.

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