Vuzix Blade™ – Augmented Reality glasses with Alexa assistant

The Vuzix Blade is what Google Glass always wanted to be. Of course, the Blade isn’t just the second coming of the Google Glass, as Vuzix has learned important things about what you have to do to make the concept of smart glasses easier to accept. They are easy to use and from a 3m distance they look like a normal pair of glasses.

Vuzix is trying to improve their product by eventually implementing Amazon Alexa into their smart glasses. Imagine walking down a street getting real time information about upcoming events near you – and with Alexa by your side – having tickets ready as soon as you arrive…

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Google’s new wireless earphones with live translation will change the world

Google’s new wireless earphones, called Pixel Buds, designed for use with the company’s new Pixel 2 handset have an extraordinary special feature: If you tell it to “Help me speak Japanese” and then start speaking in English, the phone’s speakers will output your translated words as you speak them. The other party’s reply will then play into your ear through the Pixel Buds translated to your language. Next to this cool feature you have all the standars like issuing commands to Google Assistant on the Pixel 2, have it play music, give you directions, place a phone call and whatnot.

Getting all of the necessary bits and pieces necessary to facilitate real-time language translation into a device small enough to fit into your ear and pocket is no easy feat and is truly amazing. The future we all have been waiting for is finally starting to arrive in the present.

Classyfier – Using AI to match the right music to the right situation

The Classyfier is a table developed at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction that detects the beverages people consume around it and chooses music that fits the situation accordingly. A built in microphone catches characteristic sounds and then compares these sounds to a catalogue of pre-trained examples.
The Classyfier identifies it as belonging to one of three classes; hot beverages, wine or beer. Each class has its own playlist that one can navigate through by knocking on the table.
The idea behind this project was to build a smart object that uses machine learning and naturally occurring sounds as input to enhance the ambiance of different situations.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.