RadarCat gives computers a sense of touch

With the help of a new system from Scotland’s University of St Andrews, a computer or smartphone may soon be able to tell the difference between an apple and an orange, or an empty glass and a full one, just by touching it. The system draws from a database of objects and materials it’s been taught to recognize, and could be used to sort items in warehouses or recycling centers, for self-serve checkouts in stores or to display the names of objects in another language.

read more: theverge.com

Microsoft and Liebherr are collaborating on an upcoming line of smart fridges

To help refrigerator manufacturer Liebherr improve upon its SmartDeviceBox, tech giant Microsoft has announced plans to partner with the appliance company on upcoming releases. A communication module that connects Liebherr’s fridges to the internet, the SmartDeviceBox essentially turns any of its lineup of refrigerators into a connected appliance. Like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator — sans the giant touchscreen — these fridges grant owners a wide range of capabilities including knowing what’s inside and when it spoils, shopping list integration, and innovative meal planning.


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Panasonic’s new technology transmits data by human touch

Panasonic has developed a new data transmission system in Japan. The new device can exchange information over a human touch. A prototype of a human body was created which communicated with the device to send data up to 100Kbps through a radio field on a person’s skin. Data will be exchanged when they touch a person or an object with a suitable trans-receiver.

read more: http://www.computerworld.com.au/

Newly unveiled DJI Mavic Pro foldable drone

Like the Karma, the Mavic is foldable, and when compressed it’s “practically the size of a water bottle”, DJI says. It boasts a camera that can shoot 4K video at 30fps, 1080p footage at 96fps, and 720p at 120fps. It’s stabilized by a three-axis gimbal, and supports snapping 12 MP pictures through its f/2.2 lens. Its maximum speed is 65km/h, and can go up to 5,000m. The video link to the drone works at a distance of up to 7km and shows you the live feed in 1080p.

read more: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/

MagicShifter 3000

The MagicShifter 3000 is an open source hardware gadget for RGB lighting, gaming and POV (persistence of vision) applications. By combining its accelerometer with 16 bright RGB LEDs you can draw images “into the air”. It’s only 103x27x13mm so it fits in every pocket.

One of the most appealing factors of this project is definitely its charming promotional video! 😉

read more: http://hackaday.com/

A Brain Prosthetic To Improve Memory


A startup named Kernel came out of stealth mode yesterday and revealed its ambitious mission: to develop a ready-for-the-clinic brain prosthetic to help people with memory problems. The broad target market includes people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as those who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

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chatbot has saved people millions in parking tickets

An “automated lawyer” chatbot service has successfully challenged and overturned more than $2.5m in parking tickets in New York and London, according to its inventor.

The Do Not Pay service automatically generates an appeal if people fit the criteria to challenge a parking ticket – all using publicly available information – and it has been successful an extraordinary 64 per cent of the time, says London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder. In hard numbers, that’s 160,000 times out of 250,000 seen.

This is a good Example for the possibilities of chatbots.

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Segway creator’s advanced prosthetic arm arrives in late 2016

The bionic wearable is all about offering the life-like dexterity that hasn’t really been an option until now: you can hold a glass over your head without spilling it, for example, and the hand’s mix of four motors and grip sensors can help you grab both very delicate and very heavy items. The “Luke Arm “translates signals from a person’s muscles to perform complex tasks.”

The odds are that getting one won’t be trivial, but it might well be justified if it grants some extra freedom.

read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/