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The ANA Avatar XPRIZE website's home page

Peter Diamandis, Executive Chairman of XPRIZE, announced the start of a new initiative called ANA Avatar XPRIZE with the aim of developing avatars. A competition that will last four years with a prize of $10 millions offering teams all over the world the chance to develop robotic systems that can’t only move but also transmit visual and auditory sensations interacting with the environment and other people like if the user was on site.

Graphene-quantum dots-CMOS-based sensor (Image courtesy ICFO/ D. Bartolome)

An article published in the journal “Nature Photonics” describes the development of the first graphene-based camera. A team of researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) integrated a CMOS-type circuit with graphene creating a high resolution image sensor consisting of hundreds of thousands of graphens-based photodetectors and quantum dots. The camera is sensitive to ultraviolet, visible and infrared light at the same time.

Hugo Gernsback was born 130 years ago

Hugo Gernsback was born on August 16, 1884 in Bonnevoie, an area south-east of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. He was first first of all a technology pioneer, an inventor who at the end of his life held 80 patents. He founded many magazines in various fields, from electronics to science fiction, founded the radio station WRNY and was a pioneer of amateur radio. In 1926, Hugo Gernsback founded “Amazing Stories”, the first magazine dedicated to the genre he called “science fiction”. In 1953 for the first time the Hugo Award was awarded for the best science fiction works of the year. Gernsback died on August 19, 1967 in New York.