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DateDate: 16-10-2018, 05:58

The technology giant Amazon has patented artificial intelligence, which will be able to recognize the user's illness and his mood by his voice. In the future, the technology may be integrated into the Alexa voice assistant, writes Ars Technica.
In a patent approved by the American regulator on October 9, it is noted that the technology will not replace the doctor - the neural network will only be able to determine the user has a cold by hoarseness or coughing and offer him to order medications.
The artificial intelligence will analyze the user's mood based on the voice timbre and the history of his browser. After examining the pages that the person visited, the neural network will determine its state — for example, decide whether the user is feeling bored or sad. In these cases, the voice assistant will ask what the owner wants to do or advise to watch the movie.
The publication suggests that in the future, Amazon may use the technology to determine the mood of the user to diagnose mental disorders. The company declined to comment on the development.

DateDate: 15-10-2018, 06:04

Specialists in the field of robotics from the University of Tokyo have been able to develop an algorithm with which the robot can maintain balance and move on passive wheels. In particular, we are talking about rollers and skateboard. It should be noted that previously no humanoid robot could repeat this.
At the moment, robotics is actively developing, and it is the development of upright robots and the improvement of their ability to move over rough terrain is one of the main directions of development in robotics. Now scientists are actively working to improve the balance of various robots.
The algorithm was tested on a JAXON robot. its height is 188 cm. It can move as on foot at a speed of 0.6 km / h and 1 km / h, as well as move much faster on a skateboard or roller skates.

DateDate: 14-10-2018, 08:32

New technology augmented reality glasses developed by French experts. The image in them is projected directly on the eye, not on the lenses. In the future, this will make such glasses indistinguishable from conventional optics.
“Instead of starting with the development of displays and trying to make them as small as possible, we started with the fact that smart glasses should look and feel like normal,” says team leader Christopher Martinez of the Leti Research Lab. “The implementation of this concept required an enormous amount of imagination, since we abandoned the usual bulky optical components and instead used them to form the image of the eye itself.”
The combination of holographic optics and semiconductors adjusts the phase and coherence of the photons so that the image projected on the eye is clear.
The first working model that French engineers plan to assemble will have a 300 by 300 pixel monochrome display. You can also overlay one on top of the other.
So far, however, technology exists only in the form of a prototype with limited capabilities. He is able to visualize text and icons, but to project a video - not yet, writes New Atlas. But already in its present form, the invention, for example, will facilitate reading for the visually impaired.
“Using a holographic element to form a display on the retina is different from the traditional pixel grid of conventional screens,” explains Martinez. “For example, information can be projected into the left or right area of the visual field without information in the middle so as not to increase the complexity of the display.”

DateDate: 13-10-2018, 06:12

Now you can watch in slow motion not only tricks in Hollywood action films, but also light and matter interaction - the camera invented by American and Canadian engineers shoots 10 trillion frames per second.
Reports about it Sotsportal with the link Hightech +.
- Last year's record belonged to a team of scientists from the University of Lund in Sweden, whose camera gave out 5 trillion frames per second, but specialists from both Kaltek and the University of Quebec managed to bypass them. To do this, they used a new technology for obtaining images based on the method of ultrafast photography CUP. With it, you can achieve 100 billion fps - impressively, but still too little to see the work of femtosecond laser pulses, writes New Atlas.
By connecting femtosecond electro-optical and static cameras, engineers optimized their work using the Radon transform and called their invention T-CUP.
“We knew that using only a femtosecond electron-optical camera, the image quality would be limited,” said Wang Lihong, one of the project leaders. - Therefore, in order to improve it, we added another camera, which gives a static image. Combining the two pictures, we were able to apply the Radon transform to produce high-quality images, recording ten trillion frames per second.
As a first test, the camera took off a femtosecond laser pulse, recording 25 images of 400 fs each. In the pictures you can see the shape of the laser beam, the intensity and angle of inclination in a much more slow motion than ever before. The team is not going to stop there.

DateDate: 12-10-2018, 05:58
The startup Essential, founded by Android operating system developer Andy Rubin (pictured above), started creating a smartphone with artificial intelligence that will take over some of the routine tasks of the owner. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing its own sources.
According to available information, the new Essential smartphone will receive a small screen and will be sharpened under control through voice commands. In addition, due to the presence of built-in artificial intelligence, the device will be able to automatically reply to e-mail and text messages in messengers, imitating the style of the owner, as well as - to make appointments.
As for telephone calls, they will have to be answered in the old manner - independently. Also, if desired, you can personally respond to messages.
The prototype of the device will be presented before the end of the year, and the working version - at CES in January 2019. The interlocutor of Bloomberg noted that in Essential they intend to position the gadget as a device for those who want to spend less time in front of the smartphone screen, and as a useful addition to the main phone.
“My goal is to make the smartphone your virtual copy, which will allow you to enjoy life without touching the gadgets, and fully trust the device, allowing it to act on your behalf, for example, to reserve a table in a restaurant. I think in this way we will partially solve the problem of dependence on gadgets, ”Rubin said last year.
The representative of Essential declined to comment on the development of the device and specify its technical characteristics.
According to Bloomberg, the gadget could be the last hope for Essential in winning a highly competitive technology market, as sales of the previous PH-1 smartphone failed (the reason for this was too high a cost and software problems).
It is curious that earlier the startup officially announced that it will no longer produce smartphones and will concentrate on other consumer devices, for example, on some “home assistant”. However, according to Bloomberg, the company suspended work on all existing projects for the sake of a new smartphone.