AI Beats 8 Human World Champions at BridgeIt looks like computers have bested us yet again!An artificial intelligence has succeeded at beating eight champions at bridge, a card game that involves players competing in pairs. The algorithm, named NooK, created by French startup NukkAI, challenged the seasoned players to play 800 consecutive deals– that is 80 sets of ten. NooK won 67 out of the 80 sets. According to Jean-Baptiste Fantun, the co-founder of NukkAI, he was confident that the AI would win. The interesting thing about this new AI is that it is capable of explaining its decisions as it goes along, unlike other models. The bridge players were awed at the AI, finding it had the ability to read its opponents way better than how actual humans do. In addition, they noticed that playing with the AI was like competing with an experienced player. “This is something that humans do after enough experience and I was pleasantly surprised that a robot mimics typical human skills,” Nevena Senior, one of the champions the algorithm fought, said. Image credit: Inês Ferreira#bridge #artificialintelligence #computers #cards #technology #NukkAI #NooK 
Dyson Zone: Wearable Air Purifier and Headphones ComboThe popular home electronics brand Dyson has taken its first step into wearable technology by releasing the Dyson Zone, a pair of noise-canceling, high-fidelity over-ear headphones that give immersive sound to the ears while also delivering purified airflow to the nose and mouth.The Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones are the culmination of more than a decade of research and development into air quality and noise pollution challenges in cities. "Air pollution is a global problem – it affects us everywhere we go. In our homes, at school, at work and as we travel, whether on foot, on a bike or by public or private transport. The Dyson Zone™ purifies the air you breathe on the move. It delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face, using high-performance filters and two miniaturised air pumps. After six years in development, we’re excited to deliver pure air and pure audio, anywhere,” said Jake Dyson, son of famous inventor and founder James Dyson.
Squid-Skin Inspired Material Can Keep Your Coffee HotOne of the pet peeves of hot coffee drinkers is that having their cup of hot coffee immediately turn cold, especially on a cold winter day.Technology engineers at the University of California, Irvine have invented an adaptive composite material that allows for the insulation of different packaging. One kind of packaging is a beverage cup.  The design is inspired by cephalopod skin and is an infrared-reflecting metalized polymer film that regulates heat by using reconfigurable metal structures. The mechanism is comparable to chromatophore expansion and contraction in a squid's skin. The new material not only helps the coffee drinker maintain the temperature of their coffee, it also keeps keeping skin safe from the heat. The invention is also environmentally friendly because it is sustainable.#Coffee #Science #Technology #Invention #SquidSkin #UniversityOfCalifornia
YouTuber Will Osman Built His Own X-Ray Machine after Getting $69K Hospital BillThis content creator decided to DIY an X-Ray machine after spending thousands of dollars in a hospital. Californian YouTuber and engineer Will Osman received medical treatment that was worth $69,000. "I avoided surgery, but they still billed nearly $70,000," Osman told Popular Mechanics. His bill included an abdominal CT scan, medication, and two nights in a hospital room. Thanks to his insurance, he only paid $2,500. But that’s still a lot of money, right?After his hospitalization, and annoyed with the high costs of medical treatments, Osman decided to build his own fully-functional X-ray machine. Gathering the necessary materials for his project took months, but the building process took less than a day. The hardest part of the project was building the energy-converting glass X-ray tube. He used an old dental X-ray head and connected the tube to his own power supply. This contraption controls the amount of X-rays generated, he shared. "It's hard to see X-rays, though, so a special sheet of material called an intensifying screen is used to convert the X-rays into visible light, then these photons are captured by a DSLR camera I chose for its extreme low-light sensitivity." Osman explained.Image credit: Will Osman #DIY #Xray #hospitalization #technology 
Dumbphones Are Becoming Popular AgainLooks like some are preferring to go full retro with their choice of phones. Dumbphones are a term used to refer to the old handsets we used before the rise of smartphones, like Apple or Samsung, without the current features that we enjoy now.The revival of these retro devices started between 2018 and 2021 when a jump in the Google searches for them went up as much as 89%. In terms of sales, while incomparable to the number of smartphones that get sold every year, “one report said that global purchases of dumbphones were due to hit one billion units last year, up from 400 million in 2019,” BBC wrote. According to mobile expert Ernest Doku, the revival of the “dumbphones” is due to nostalgia and trends online. "Many of us had a dumbphone as our first mobile phone, so it's natural that we feel a sense of nostalgia towards these classic handsets," he explained. While these retro phones can’t outshine the current devices on the market in terms of performance or functionality, their appeal, aside from their aesthetic, would be in terms of battery life and durability. Image credit: Isaac Smith#dumbphones #smartphones #retro #handsets #technology
RHP Bex by Kawasaki Robotics: A Robot Ibex Mountain Goat You Can RideLive your wild fantasies of riding a mountain goat without feeling the stress of the animal having its personal space invaded by some enthusiastic human! Introducing the RHP Bex, an android mountain goat created by Kawasaki Robotics. The robot was modeled after the Ibex, a species of wild goat native to some parts of Eurasia and Africa.Bex is capable of being friendly to humans, so have fun riding this guy in the future without the fear of being rejected. In addition, the robot can withstand body weight and take human companions out on a ride. Nice. This badass machine can carry up to 220 pounds of cargo, which is perfect for not only carrying passengers on its back but for transportation of other materials. The company envisions the robot goat to be dynamic and fully modular so that it can fully adapt to finish different tasks. “The upper body of Bex is not fixed and we are thinking of adapting it according to the application,” its designers describe.Image credit: Kawasaki Robotics#robotics #KawasakiRobotics #RPHBex #mountaingoat #android #technology
DeepMind AI Can Control Superheated Plasma Inside a Nuclear Fusion ReactorUK-based AI firm DeepMind collaborated with the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL in Switzerland to create an algorithm that would control the plasma inside a nuclear fusion reactor. The program is tasked to hold the plasma, forcing it to hold its shape long enough to extract energy from it. The resulting AI was able to control the reactor without any fine-tuning. While the model controlled the plasma for only two seconds, that short amount of time was longer than how long reactors can run before getting too hot.The breakthrough can help experts understand how nuclear fusion works. Additionally, it can hopefully help in more ways to stabilize the plasma in reactors to harness a potentially unlimited source of clean energy. Image credit: Curdin Wüthrich, SPC/EPFL#nuclearfusion #artificialintelligence #research #science #technology #DeepMindAI
Researchers Managed to Decipher Redacted Text Hidden by Pixelation or BlurringDan Petro, lead researcher at Bishop Fox discovered that pixelation or blurring of text or images may not be the best way to conceal information or identity. He had successfully demonstrated how to decipher pixelated or blurred text using the pixelation method. Petro had also released a GitHub tool, Unredactor, that can be used to reconstruct pixelated or blurred text, as shown in the GIF above.
Norimaki Synthesizer is a Lickable Device That Uses Electrically Charged Gel to Deliver Flavors Straight to Your TongueGet ready to be shocked… by the taste!Homei Miyashita developed a lickable device that replicates different food tastes just by licking the apparatus. The Japanese researcher created the Norimaki Synthesizer, a rod-shaped device that uses five gel nodules made of dissolved electrolytes to simulate basic taste sensations (eg. sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami). The Meiji University researcher and professor believe that his synthesizer opens new possibilities for human-computer interaction. The device could provide a new medium for multimedia experiences. Each of the gel nodules in the apparatus is  made by dissolving sodium chloride, glycine, magnesium chloride, citric acid, and glutamic sodium in separate solutions. The electrolyte solutions are then turned into gel. According to Miyashita, the user can taste all five tastes when they lick it with no voltage applied to the apparatus. "However, when an electric potential is applied, the cations (positively charged ions) in the gel move to the cathode side and away from the tongue, so that the flavor is tasted," he further explained.Image via de zeen #taste #tastebuds #electroniccircuit #gel #technology 
Artist Used AI to turn Buzzfeed Headlines Into Horrifying PicturesGenerative artist Max Ingham, also known under the pseudonym Somnai, created images from infamous and memorable BuzzFeed headlines. The artist was “inspired” to generate images after an interaction with Max Woolf, a BuzzFeed data scientist. Woolf quipped that he needed to look into how the Contrastive Language-Image Pre-Training (better known as CLIP) neural network would handle memorable headlines. Ingham did the job for him, and they were kinda creepy.As seen in the photo above, the disgusting and nightmarish pink Kraft mac and cheese and the weird and abstract-looking baby that the network generated from mashing up Grimes and Elon Musk are unsettling. However, they also look like images you'd see in a museum.Image credit: @Somnai_dreams via Twitter#art #AI #aritificalintelligence #technology #Buzzfeed #CLIP
Paralyzed Man with Severed Spinal Cord Can Walk Again Thanks to an Electrical Implant Surgically Attached to His SpineA team of Swiss researchers has developed an implant that allows patients who had a complete cut to their spinal cord to walk again. This miraculous feat was tested by Michel Roccati, who was paralyzed because of a motorbike accident.After getting his spine cut, Roccati had no feeling in his legs. The electrical implant, which was surgically attached to his spine, now enables him to walk. "I stand up, walk where I want to, I can walk the stairs - it's almost a normal life," he said. The new technology was a gift to him. While the implant has assisted Roccati and eight others to move after getting their spines injured, the team behind the implant stressed that it isn’t a cure for a spinal injury. They stressed that the technology is still too complicated to be used in everyday life. Image credit: BBC #implant #technology #spineinjury #paralysis #research
Microrobot Drone Weighs less than a Penny and Can Fly Around with Bug-Like AgilityOne problem that scientists encountered when it came to creating tiny robots was the need for their soft actuators to have higher voltages than rigid actuators that were similar in size. Recently, researchers from MIT may have found a solution to this problem.Using a new fabrication technique, the researchers were able to build soft actuators that only needed 75% lower voltage while carrying 80% more payload. Using these soft actuators that act like muscles that make the robot's wings fly, the MIT researchers have created these tiny drones, each the size of an insect, with the speed and toughness comparable to a real bug.The tiny robots in question are rectangular microbots that weigh less than one-fourth a penny. These robots could prove to be useful in pollinating plants, and when searching for survivors in collapsed buildings.Image Credit: Chen et al. via MIT News#Microbots #Robot #Technology #Electronics #Robotics #drone
Apple Drone by Tevel Works Day and Night to Help Farmers Harvest Fruits from TreesThis drone was not made by Apple. It’s for apples, though.Tevel Aerobatics Technologies created a special drone for fruit farmers. The apple drone is a contraption that can pick up fruits and drop them off at a collection device or container. The flying tethered quadcopter is equipped with an outstretched arm attached that allows it to be a great help during harvesting season. Tevel’s drone is a way of automating fruit harvesting. The company came up with the idea of using multiple drones at the same time. The drones would be tethered to a central machine that provides unlimited power to each drone as they plucked apples from multiple locations on a farm. The apple drones have sensors and cameras that determine if a fruit is ready for picking and knowing where they should place them. Image credit: Tevel Aerobotics Technologies Ltd.#apple #fruits #harvesting #automation #machinery #technology #drone #TevelAerobaticsTechnologies
The Internet Dealer of Rural MexicoFiber optic service (FiOS) is currently the newest and fastest internet service to date. Urban areas around the globe already have this. However, some rural areas like Arroyo Prieto in Mexico do not have access to FiOS and still rely on satellite internet providers. Unfortunately, as satellite internet is prone to interferences, clouds and rain showers often mean a slow or broken connection. It is without saying that the residents of Arroyo Prieto have a hard time connecting to the internet, not to mention that subscribing to internet service is expensive (and more expensive if you're in a rural area.)Fortunately, there are those like Quirino de la Cruz Nicolás. He's an internet dealer who provides Wi-Fi to his community at a rate of 10 pesos (48 cents) an hour. In recent years, however, de la Cruz has had to lower the rate to 5 pesos (24 cents), as four of his neighbors also became internet dealers (and they had better coverage).De la Cruz and his neighbors may be the last internet dealers of rural Mexico, as Mexican value-added resellers, or VARs, which resell satellite internet company data to rural towns, have arrived and they can provide better deals for the community.Today, de la Cruz's business has slowed to a trickle. However, when the time comes when better internet deals arrive, he plans to build a cyber café in Arroyo Prieto.Image Credit: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay#Technology #DigitalDivide #Internet #Satellite #FiberOptic #rural #Mexico
Qudi Face Mask Displays the Wearer's Emotions with 199 Smart LED PixelsMasks are often said to be used to hide a person’s emotions. This face mask is not that kind of mask, but at least it looks cool!A special face mask has been introduced at CES 2022. Qudi debuted the world’s first emotional LED mask at the event, showcasing its ability to display different expressions. The mask has a translucent glass eye goggle attached to a mouth coverage that contains 199 smart LED pixels.The mask was invented by Mikhail Chumachenko, a 14-year-old who then founded the Qudi. Chumachenko shared that the prototype of the face mask covered only half of the face and contained 30 pixels. Now, the mask has more pixels and two modes. One mode corresponds to speech and shows different emotions.  The other mode responds to the volume of music being played. For those interested, the Qudi Mask can be bought for $289.Image credit: Qudi #technology #Qudi #facemask #QudiMask #LED
The Powers of the World's Supercomputers VisualizedThe computers that we regular consumers have are very powerful devices capable of handling millions (and even billions) of calculations in a second. Supercomputers, meanwhile, are thousands of times more powerful than the consumer devices available on the market. Marcus Lu and Athul Alexander from Visual Capitalist help us visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers through this infographic. As we can see, consumer products pale in comparison when put side by side with these supercomputers. But that's not all. Countries are already creating new supercomputers with more computing power than these. Supercomputers have various applications, such as in weather simulations and innovative drug discovery. (Image Credit: Visual Capitalist) #Technology #Supercomputers
Paralyzed Man Posted First Ever "Direct Thought" Tweet Using a Brain ChipSilicon Valley startup Synchron Inc. has developed a unique brain chip. The chip can help people suffering from movement issues, or disabilities, do tasks that require movement by analyzing their brain activity. The company gave the sensor to Phil O’Keefe, a 60-year-old suffering from mobility issues to test its efficiency. According to O’Keefe, he agreed to join the trial to help others with his condition. “If it wasn’t for the trial, I’d be going stir crazy big time,” he said.When he wants to open a document or click a link on his screen, all O’Keefe has to do is to think about tapping his left ankle. That thought will be collected by the sensors in his brain and relayed to a computer through devices in his chest. The signals collected by the brain chip are converted to a mouse click or any other action with the help of machine-learning software. Synchron’s brain chip, called the Stentrode, has the potential to cater to more mobility-related tasks in the future. The technology is in early stages, and its long-term safety still needs to be assessed. According to the company, it has done safety testing to mitigate risks. Image credit: Synchron #science #technology #machinelearning #brainsensor #brainchip #neurology
Cellular Tower in the Sky: Internet Blimp Brings Web Connectivity to ZanzibarThe power of technology, indeed. A mobile internet network will have a test run in the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. UK company World Mobile will employ a hybrid network in these areas. The company will use blimp-like tethered balloons called aerostats to provide coverage across the islands.The balloons were created to survive winds up to 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour) and stay airborne for up to 14 days before descending for refilling. The first balloon will be launched in June. The company aims to construct a network of nodes on the ground to provide internet service for residents in the area. It will be enough for video streaming and gaming. World Bank’s senior digital development specialist Sara Ballan believes that the connectivity they are building for the residents can unlock a potential that is important for society at large. "For a farmer, connectivity can open access to weather information, market prices and easier payment flows. For the economy, digital transformation is a driver of growth, innovation, job creation, and access to services," she explained. Image credit: World Mobile #technology #blimp #Internet #Tanzania #WorldBank #aerostats
SilentSpeller: a High Tech Smart Dental Retainer that Tracks the User's Tongue to Spell out Words Without Voicing ThemThe SilentSpeller is a communication system that allows people to send texts. The unique aspect of this device? It’s a dental retainer. That’s right, you can now send messages via your teeth!The project was developed by a team led by one of the key creators of the smart eyewear Google Glass, Thad Starner. According to a demo video and academic paper, the SilentSpeller works by tracking the movement of the user’s tongue. The developers claim that the gadget has 97% accuracy for identifying letters, and 93% accuracy for words. Should this smart dental retainer be fully introduced for commercial use, the SilentSpeller could be used to help people with movement disorders. In addition, the device could also be useful for hands-free communication. #technology #communication #tool #science #research #silentspeller
This Samsung TV Remote Doesn't Need Batteries. Instead, It Charges by Capturing Radio Frequency Signals Emitted by Home Wi-Fi RoutersSouth Korean multinational manufacturing conglomerate Samsung introduced a new energy technology at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The newest innovation involves a TV remote control that is powered by the energy in radio frequency signals emitted by home Wi-Fi routers. According to the company, this innovation is part of their mission to make consumer products more environmentally friendly. Aside from capturing energy from radio signals, the new remote can also be recharged via harvesting energy from artificial room light, sunlight, and from a USB cable.Image credit: Samsung#samsung #remote #technology
BMW Introduces a New Color-Changing Electric CarGerman luxury car company BMW introduced a new technology that allows their cars to change their exterior color with a push of a button!BMW showcased this innovative paint-changing feature at the 2022 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The company used an all-electric iX to demonstrate the color change. While no further details have been released by the company, a video was uploaded online that shows a demonstration of the technology. Viewers of the clip could be fooled that this change was simply the work of CGI. Check the trailer below! Image credit: HT Auto #cars #BMW #automobiles #technology
World's Fastest Lawnmower Reaches the Speed of 143.19 mphThat’s not a race car, that’s a very special lawnmower!Meet Tony Edwards, the man responsible for creating the world’s fastest lawnmower. The mechanical engineer took the Guinness World Record title for his creation, which took two years to build. The Shropshire resident managed to produce a lawnmower that ran at the speed of 143.19 mph, which defeated two previous speedy lawnmowers, Honda’s 116mph lawnmower along with Norway’s lawnmower that ran at 132 mph. Edwards built the whole thing from scratch. According to him, “the front suspension is from a kit car and the rear suspension is from a trike conversion kit." In addition, the engine is from a Suzuki motorbike. The best part about his creation? It cuts grass. Not only is the lawnmower for show, it can also work perfectly fine in someone’s backyard. Image credit: Phil Evans#Lawnmower #GuinnessWorldRecord #FastestLawnmower #Technology #TonyEdwards 
Now We're Cooking with Lasers: Engineers Cook 3D-Printed Chicken with Multiwavelength LasersColumbia engineers have been working on a machine that 3D prints meat and cooks it using lasers. It is said to be a potential personal chef in anyone’s home that only needs a little bit of tapping on its buttons before the food is ready to be made.The team of researchers also hope that in the future people can design and share their own food, similar to sharing music. They call it a ‘Food CAD’ where softwares can be used to tweak their own food according to their own taste.Jonathan Blutinger, a PhD student in Columbia University and the lead author of this study, said, “Food is something that we all interact with and personalize on a daily basis – it seems only natural to infuse software into our cooking to make meal creation more customizable.”Image: Jonathan Blutinger/Columbia University#food #technology #cooking #lasers #engineering
The International Space Station Has an AI-Powered Space Robot Named CIMONThe CIMON-2 is the astronaut's latest cyber companion in space!The Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered contraption, fully known as Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a small floating sphere with a digital cartoon-like face. The robot accompanied two European astronauts to past missions to the International Space Station, where it is currently stored. The mechanical sphere will be woken up for the upcoming mission of German astronaut Matthias Maurer. The CIMON-2 was developed by Till Eisenberg with the German Aerospace Centre DLR and the LMU University in Munich. Its function is to communicate with the astronauts, and respond to their commands. As for how it recognises speech, Space.com explains that the robot relies on IBM's Watson speech recognition and synthesis software to do so, as Till Einseber fully explains: "The sphere is just the front end," Eisenberg said. "All the voice recognition and artificial intelligence happens on Earth at an IBM data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The signal from CIMON has to travel through satellites and ground stations to the data centre and back. We focused on improving the robustness of this connection to prevent disruptions."The current robot at the space station has the Watson Tone Analyzer, which makes it more attuned to the astronauts’ emotional states. Image credit: Airbus #Space #Robot #ArtificialIntelligence #IBM #TillEisenberg #CIMON #CrewInteractiveMobileCompanion #Technology #SpeechRecongition #InternationalSpaceStation