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The Rekognition AI platform is now capable of identifying fear, adding an eight entry in its emotion-detection capability. (Image credit: Amazon)   Amazon’s Rekognition platform is a deep learning image and video analysis service that’s part of the company’s AI software suite, which uses machine-learning and deep-learning APIs to identify scenes, objects, faces, and other objects within those images and video. The platform provides access to face-based user verification b ...
The quantum microphone could help develop more efficient quantum computers. A mockup of an array of nanomechanical resonators designed to generate and trap sound particles, or phonons. (Image credit: Standford University)   High-quality microphones may be good at picking up and carrying sound, but they’re not sensitive enough to catch everything, like the smallest unit of sound known as phonons. Recently, researchers at Stanford University developed a “quantum microphone” ...
Those sweltering Summer and freezing Winter days may be more bearable for people to withstand in the future. It’s all due to Sony’s innovative Reon Pocket, a cooling/heating device that can be worn into the back pocket of a t-shirt designed specifically for the device. Reon Pocket will be shipping out in March 2020, only in Japan and is live on Sony’s crowdfunding website. Prices start at $117 to $175, depending on which version of the Reon Pocket the wearer wishes to purchase ...
Scientists recently developed content lenses made of soft robots that zoom in and out on command. The prototype lenses require you to place electrodes around your eyelids. (Image credit: University of California San Diego)   Glasses and contact lenses help improve our vision, but it still doesn’t give you perfect vision. Sometimes an object is so far in the distance no amount of squinting will help you see it. What if you had a zoom-in option? That’s what scientists at the Univ ...
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have come up with a way to image polarization out of one snapshot. The tiny, portable camera is the same size as a thumb and can be used in systems of autonomous vehicles, aircraft or even satellites to observe chemistry in the atmosphere, or even be used to detect objects that blend into the background. The team presented their findings in Science.   The polarization camera gives us a glimpse o ...
The new smart network could drastically change how wearable devices connect to radio waves. These conductive textiles can be integrated into clothing to boost signal up to 1,000 times. (Image credit: NUS)   Wearable technology continues to be a major trend in electronics. From smart watches to smart clothing, developers are finding new ways to integrate technology and the human body. Most wearables are connected to your smartphone and transmit all data via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signals. The p ...
Neuralink’s HMI uses ‘threads’ that are injected into the brain to tap into neuron activity, which can be read by machines, essentially understanding human thought. (Image credit: Pixabay)   Elon Musk recently unveiled the progress that’s been made with his neurotechnology company Neuralink and their endeavor in developing implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). The company states that they are getting close to fielding human trials next year for their neuron-r ...
By age 45, many people may suffer from an eyesight condition called presbyopia, which causes the lenses to lose elasticity in our eyes. Our vision requires the elasticity to help keep our eyesight focused on nearby objects. There are also some fixes like reading glasses, surgery or progressive lenses that can help to overcome the defect, and as of recent, there’s autofocals. Developed by electrical engineer, Gordon Wetzstein and his team at Stanford University, the prototype glasses are id ...
Scientists from UCLA have discovered a new way to look at nucleation. By using 4D atomic resolution (which is three dimensions of space and time), the team was able to record how atoms rearrange. Their new discovery, which can be found in the journal Nature, offers a different perspective from predictions made on the original theory of nucleation that can be found in textbooks.   Nanoparticles in an iron-platinum alloy changes state three different times. Observations were recorded usin ...
The researchers created a neural network system that can decipher text from lost languages. (Image credit: Sharon Mollerus via Wikipedia)   Researchers from MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and Google Brain have developed a neural network that is capable of deciphering dead languages, including Linear B- a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek, the most ancient form of the Greek language. In a recent paper titled “Neural ...
The Moverio BT-30C will only cost you $499. These glasses may be smart, but the design isn’t so pretty. (Image credit: Epson)   My dream is to have smart glasses showing me AR info as I work on a project. But first, I suppose we need the basics.   Though smart glasses have been around for a while, they still haven’t caught on with the masses. Google hoped their Google Glass would be a hit, but it quickly fell out of favor. Epson is hoping to break into the consumer market ...
An implanted electrode picks up electrical signals, which are then translated to vocal movements and then speech sounds. Researchers use electrodes similar to this one to decode brain activity. (Photo from UCSF)   There are many diseases that can leas to loss of speaking, such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. There are methods available that allow people to have some form of communication, but scientists at the University of California have developed a ...
On April 15th, 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, was set on fire, causing extensive damage to the historic gothic building. One of the main pieces of the cathedral, the spire, had collapsed during the inferno and the damage to its roof was severe. Most of the objects stored inside the building have been preserved, and the main structure of the building has been kept intact. Now the building can be restored with the help of technology left behind by the late Dr. Andrew Tallon who m ...
A new collaborative effort between Microsoft and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was announced on April 30th. The aim of this collaboration is to provide a greater range of opportunities for education, recreation and therapy for veterans who suffer from mobility impairments. They hope to provide those services by adding an Xbox Adaptive Controller ─ which is an Xbox controller designed for people with mobility impairments ─ in certain VA rehabilitation centers in the U.S. & ...
Scientists are on the verge of discovering dark matter by using a very powerful detector filled with liquid xenon located a mile beneath Italy's Gran Sasso mountains. While searching for the dark matter particle, they were able to examine a rare event. The dark matter detector observed the decay of radioactive xenon-124.   Xenon-124 detector located underwater beneath Italy's Gran Sasso mountains. (Image Credit: Nature) Their findings, published in Nature on April 24, is a collaborati ...

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