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Added 6 November, 2018

We have seen biometric recognition systems introduced to recognize people by their footsteps and to monitor student emotions in class. Now, a company in Norway has developed a facial recognition system for fish coined iFarm. It uses the pattern of spots around the fish’s eyes, mouth and gills to tell them apart. Norwegian fish-farming giant...

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Added 4 November, 2018

National Australia Bank (NAB) has built and demonstrated a proof-of-concept ATM that recognizes customers’ faces, removing the need for customers to use a bank card to make a withdrawal. A glance at the machine followed by entry of the customer’s PIN is all that is needed to withdraw money. The cardless cash machine prototype was developed in...

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Added 2 November, 2018

The so-called homesharing economy continues to heat up. Expedia Group said it had acquired two small startups — Pillow and ApartmentJet — which help owners of multifamily residential communities list and manage short-term rentals while complying with local regulations. Pillow, a San Francisco-based startup, had raised $16 million in capital,...

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Added 1 November, 2018

Back in 2011, we looked at PixelOptics, which used electrically-actuated liquid crystal arrays in the glass to switch focal settings and turn a pair of regular glasses into short-focus reading glasses at the touch of a button. Importantly, they looked good, too, which is not always the case with adaptive glasses.
But PixelOptics didn't...

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Added 31 October, 2018

Autonomous robots are impacting myriad industries. We’ve seen them inspecting industrial tanks and even serving coffee. Usually, these robots are designed to perform repetitive simple tasks. Boston Dynamics multi-functional and nimble robot, SpotMini, might be perfect for building construction. It can perform a range of dynamic tasks which...

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Added 27 October, 2018

The Terrafugia Transition was first shown to the world in 2010 but has taken years to come to fruition. Spurred on by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which acquired the company last year, Terrafugia now says it will start deliveries of the Transition in 2019, almost a decade after its original debut. When operating in flying...

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Added 22 October, 2018

The world's first full-sized Hyperloop passenger capsule has been unveiled in Spain giving those in attendance a glimpse of the future. California based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) revealed the slimline capsule, which can reach speeds of 1,220 kilometres per hour. The high-tech transportation would allow a trip...

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Added 21 October, 2018

An Amy Winehouse hologram world tour is expected to kick off late 2019. Per a statement, the show will feature digitally remastered arrangements of the singer's classics, backed by a live band, singers and theatrical stagecraft.The Winehouse tour will mark BASE Hologram’s third major musical hologram tour, following one featuring Roy Orbison...

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Added 21 October, 2018

Briqchain is one of the first of a number of new investment vehicles using blockchain technology to make real-estate investing more efficient and transparent for small investors. Briqchain starts from 10 euros. Investors buy bonds via briqchain.com for 10 euro per "Briq". The company uses these briqs to invest in rental real-estate. Investors...

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Added 20 October, 2018

When mainstream readers first became aware of Deepfakes at the end of 2017, it was thanks to a creepy subculture that used the face-swapping tool to insert celebrities into pornography. More recently, experts have worried that the same AI technology could supercharge fake news. But here’s evidence that Deepfakes could also be used for...