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DARPA launches a new program called Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHIRMP) to develop swarm bots to use in disaster relief efforts. DARPA hopes to employ these tiny guys for their disaster relief programs. (Photo via DARPA)   Tiny robots don’t seem very strong, but when you get a whole pack of them together, they’re stronger than you think. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) knows this and wants to take advantage of swarm bots for their la ...
Three Square Market’s RFID chip can be programmed for making payments, medical information, remote vehicle starting and more. (Image credit: 32chip)   It’s been a year since Three Square Market tagged their (voluntary) employees with RFID chips, which they use to pay for items just by waving their hands in front of an NFC scanner. The company builds ‘Micro Markets,’ that’s akin to a mini 7-11, for companies and businesses based on their specific needs. Need a ...
The future of Moto Mods was looking grim with low sales and controversies, but Motorola stays true to the brand with its latest mod. Moto Mods keeps hanging in there and hopes their next mod will be a big seller. (Photo via Motorola)   I thought Moto Mods were a pretty cool idea. I even did a hello world hardware project with them. In 2016 Motorola attempted to stand out from the endless array of smartphones with Moto Mods, accessories that magnetically attach to their Moto Z smartphones. ...
Coursera’s Skills Benchmarking tool lets employers see how their employees are doing in courses and how their skills match up with competitors. A sample of how employers can track how employees are doing in their courses. (Image viam Coursera)   Companies that offer online courses to their staff have great benefits for everyone involved. Employees can expand their skill set, and the employer ensures their team is ready for anything. But just like choosing courses in college, knowing ...
Scientists were able to simulate the traverse field lsing model (TFIM) using the D-Wave 2048-Qubit 2000Q Quantum Computer. (Image credit: D-Wave)   D-Wave scientists have recently announced that they were successful in modeling a quantum system using their 2048-Quibit Quantum Computer. More specifically, they used the platform to predict phase transitions in the quantum mechanical system known as the traverse field lsing model- a mathematical model of ferromagnetism in statistical mechanic ...
Programmers can install TPU chips on their own machines in October, but it’ll cost you. These tiny chips help make AI tasks more efficient. (Photo via Google)   A couple of years ago, Google revealed its Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), specialized chips housed in the company’s data centers that make AI tasks easy and efficient. For instance, the TPUs can speed up AI tasks like understanding voice commands or to identify objects in pictures. Now, they’re ready to share th ...
AMS reports an operating loss of $48.6-million but looks to facial recognition technology to help bolster revenues. (Image credit: AMS via Google+)   There is both bad news and good news regarding Austrian sensor manufacturer AMS and their latest financial report for the second quarter and first half of 2018. According to the report, AMS revenues generated in that second quarter were down 42%, equaling 252.8-million compared to the first quarter but up 18% for the same time period in 2017. ...
As technology improves, AI is taking over the further with more and more applications supposed to improve lives. However, the rise of AI also brings its own set of threats to the peace in the world. A view of things that NASNet identified during a test trial. (Image via NASA)   From the movie “Ex Machina” to the more recent movie “Upgrade,” the world has witnessed the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The concept of a machine intelligent enough to do tasks ...
The creators behind Pokemon Go will let a handful of developers take advantage of their AR platform. The company also spoke about ways they’re improving their AR technology. (Photo via Niantic)   Niantic, the developers behind popular mobile game Pokemon Go, will allow third-party developers to use their AR platform. Called The Real World platform, it powers games like Ingress, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the aforementioned Pokemon app. According to CEO John Hanke, the company d ...
The company's open source project development will be beneficial to both Microsoft and Github (image via Github)   Microsoft is buying GitHub for a price valued at $7.5 billion, as announced on Monday. The software-coding sharing platform was last valued at $1.9 billion. The purchase would enable the company to make a turn and head back to where it was a decade ago and maintain itself in a way where it was in its earliest stage.   Microsoft's story first began with the progression of ...
Anne Taylor, part of the Microsoft Accessibility team, is looking to use AI to benefit disabled people. (Image credit: Microsoft)   Microsoft is going on an AI kick as of late and one of their most significant announcements at this year’s Build (2018) conference was about using AI (Artificial Intelligence) for social challenges, more specifically- their AI for Accessibility program, which looks to put tools into the hands of developers to develop AI solutions for the disabled.   ...
The Adaptive Controller features a pair of large programmable buttons and a host of ports to connect virtually any Joystick, buttons, switches or other controllers to help those with disabilities play games. (Image credit: Xbox)   This is a great idea. It's definitely a "why didn't I think of this" kind of design.   Microsoft recently announced their Xbox Adaptive Controller: a gamepad that lets disabled users play games through special configurations. This is not the first foray into ...
Microsoft is using its developers conference to announce a new compensation plan that the company hopes will attract more developers to its platform. Joe Belfiore at the Microsoft Developer Conference (Image via Microsoft Build 2018)   Earlier in the month of May 2018, Microsoft held its developers conference during which the Vice President of Operating Systems, Joe Belfiore, announced that the corporation has designed a new compensation plan for developers interested in selling applicatio ...
HTC's new Exodus phone, the blockchain phone. (Image via HTC)   HTC has just announced the creation of a new smartphone called "Exodus" - which comes just before the release of their new phone on May 23rd. The device is meant to be focused on Android privacy, and while that's a plus, there have yet to be more specifications about the new phone. The only support it offers to its customers that we know of to date is that it will be holding a waller for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Networks a ...
Artificial Intelligence is playing a bigger role in the medical care industry. It has expanded on its role by detecting more severe and life-threatening conditions that the usual diagnostic tools can't. AliveCor, a company known for branding KardiaBand has developed a way by using machine learning to detect heart conditions - specifically Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) which usually doesn't gain much detection.   The QT interval is measured by the influence of time between the start of the Q wav ...