China’s Xinhua news agency revealed its newest news anchor, Xin Xiaomeng, the world’s first female anchor powered by advanced artificial intelligence technology. In the video above, she announced that her official debut will happen some time in March. “Henceforth, rather than working behind the desk, I’ll be broadcasting the news in front of the desk,” the digital model said. Instead, I’ll be broadcasting from a standing position. I can make more hand gestures and facial expressions. Now I have my own name, Xin Xiaohao. Thanks to this upgrade, I’ll be able to conduct better broadcasts,” said Xiaomeng. Her appearance and voice were inspired by a real-life Xinhua broadcaster named Qu Meng. Read more for this week’s compilation of fascinating images.
Let’s face it, the slimline airplane seats being installed in airplane cabins now aren’t the most comfortable, or at least for passengers flying in economy, that is unless…you’re talking about the new Move Airbus seat concept. It’s made from pressure-sensitive conductive yarn wrapped around an aluminum frame and connected to a series of sensors as well as a smartphone app. The seat sends electrical currents through the conductive yarn to adjust the firmness, while the sensors monitor temperature, tension, pressure, along with movement to perfectly adapt to your body. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Nomodo’s Trio Wireless Qi Battery Charger not only powers up your mobile phone, but keeps your drinks warm /cool as well, all for $79.99 shipped. This eliminate the need for extra charging cables cluttering your space, as you’ll be able to charge Qi enabled devices quickly on the dock while warming / chilling your beverage at the very same time.Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Apple may have revealed a new iPhone or mobile phone-like device through a recently released patent filing that hints at a flexible display. This patent for a device with a foldable display and a hinge is a continuation of another one the company had first filed in 2011 and later updated in 2016. Published on February 14, 2019 by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), it describes that flexible displays may be mounted to the housing portions overlapping the hinge, which if rotated relative to each other, the flexible display may bend. Read more for a video and additional information.
Hate bosses looking over your shoulder? The SiteWasp is basically an all-in-one monitoring drone that aims to replace supervisors at construction sites. “The objective of the SiteWasp drone is to remotely provide stakeholders with construction updates, thus unifying the planning process and the building process. This 3D drone system scans, measures, analyses, and documents with high-resolution images the current state and process of construction. It uses the digital BIM (Building Information Model) so that all remote stakeholders can react directly to crucial errors and differences, which leads to a more synchronized and efficient workflow,” said its creator Sebastian Gier. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Nike Adapt platform creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app as well as continually updated firmware, and it’s featured in the all-new Nike Adapt BB sneakers. How does it work? When you step into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing pulls 32 pounds of force to secure the foot throughout a range of movement. “We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” said Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures and additional information.
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We have seen the future of artificial intelligence, and it can already generate fake human portraits indistinguishable from real ones. ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com was created by Uber software engineer Philip Wang and uses research by NVIDIA to generate fake portraits. This algorithm is trained on a dataset of real images and then uses a generative adversarial network (GAN), a type of neural network known, to fabricate these new examples. Read more for a slideshow of fake faces generated by the website.
Ford’s all-new Lane-Keeping Bed “applies car tech know-how to ensuring that even the most selfish bed mate stays firmly ‘in their lane’ through the night,” according to the automaker. It draws inspiration from Ford’s lane-keeping aid system which is available in almost every one of their new vehicles, thanks to camera-based systems which help you avoid inadvertently straying out of your lane. “Lane-Keeping Aid in our cars can make driving easier and more comfortable. We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed, would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of,” said Anthony Ireson, director, Marketing Communications at Ford of Europe. Read more for a video and additional information.
The internet has bid farewell to the NASA Mars Opportunity rover after 15-years of service on Martian soil. This six-wheeled vehicle was built to operate for just three months but kept going for over a decade after it landed on the red planet. Flight controllers tried several times to make contact and sent one final series of recovery commands Tuesday night along with one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Unfortunately, there was no response from space, only silence. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Priced at $600+, North Focals may look like a pair of normal glasses at first, but they’re actually smartglasses that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and sports a small projector that beams data onto the lens. You can instantly check the weather, time, read text messages or even summon an Uber ride. Since they can also be connected to Alexa, a small speaker tells you directions or whatever information was requested. Read more for a video review and additional information.
“As far as comfort, the glasses are heavier than what I’m used to wearing, and even though they’re plastic frames, they have nose pads that can be uncomfortable. I found myself wanting to take them off to give my face a rest. The picture that the laser produces, which is 300 x 300 pixels, was clear enough for me to make out at home or in the office,” said Ashley Carman of The Verge.
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