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Best Tech News from Week 1
MIT Mini Cheetah
MIT’s new Mini Cheetah robot is the world’s first four-legged robot to do a backflip. At only 20 pounds the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Developed by engineers from MIT, Mini Cheetah is a powerful, robust and cost-efficient. The coolest part is it can nail a backflip without breaking a sweat.
Legoland Wayfinding AR
This Augmented Reality Wayfinding app is a concept made for Legoland Denmark. It is the perfect solution to prevent long waiting lines. The user can follow a Lego Avatar to find his perfect ride, preview those rides, and find attractions. The AR app also lets the users check real-time information on waiting lines. They can choose which ride they want to try and the Lego Avatar will be the guide for the journey.
Nvidia’s Style-Based Generator Architecture
Nvidia’s Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks. The Generative adversarial networks learn to generate entirely new images that mimic the appearance of real photos. However, they over very limited control over the generated images. So Nvidia came with a new generator that automatically learns to separate different aspects of the images without any human supervision. All the images in the video you saw are produced by the generator, they are not photographs of real people.
Check out the weekly tech news video, Week 1 of March 2019
Best Tech News from Week 2
Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Lagonda is an All – Terrain SUV with futurist design and features. Aston Martin promises next-gen luxury SUV powered by electric motors and it is autonomous. This SUV is completely vegan-friendly which means no animal-based products will be used and it doesn’t harm the environment.
Photorealistic avatars by Facebook
Photorealistic avatars are the disruption the VR industry is looking forward to. This is made possible by building a new technology that uses a photo to map someone’s face into VR, and sensors to detect facial expressions and movements to animate that avatar so it looks like you without an Oculus on your head.
Nimbo from Turing Video Inc and Segway Robotics is an intelligent security robot which is developed with industry-leading sensors on board, such as Intel RealSense, the Segway Robotics base provides stability and flexibility for indoor and outdoor use. It can handle rough or uneven pavement and move over speed bumps. Additionally, the robot can be switched to the “Ride-On Mode”, a distinctive feature that allows a security staff member to step on and ride it up to 11 mph.
HaptX and Nissan
VR wearables maker HaptX teams up with Nissan to enhance their vehicle design process through virtual reality and real-time realistic haptic feedback technology. The video shows a user interacting with the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling highway-capable electric car according to Nissan, and the Nissan IMs, the fully electrified luxury sports sedan concept car showcased at NAIAS in January.
Check out the weekly tech news video, Week 2 of March 2019
Best Tech News from Week 3
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y is the newest edition and last piece to form “S3XY”. ‘Tesla Model Y’ is Tesla’s upcoming crossover all-electric vehicle built on the same third-generation platform as the Tesla Model 3. Model Y has a 300-mile range, 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and best-in-class storage. The $47,000 long-range Model Y will come first in the fall of 2020. The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said. The price starts at $39,000.
Stadia is an all-new cloud-based gaming platform from Google. It is capable of playing AAA video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second streaming on all devices. This is the future of gaming, where all you need is a display or a device to display the content and all the hardware hurdles will be taken care of with the help of big data centres.
Two students from the University of Washington have invented a glove that can translate American sign language into text or speech. This opens a lot of doors for disabled people. Their invention has earned them $10,000 and a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. They truly deserved it.
Check out the weekly tech news video, Week 3 of March 2019
Best Tech News from Week 4
Oculus Rift S
Oculus revealed their first new PC VR headset in three years, the Rift S at GDC 2019. Oculus Rift S is an incremental update to one of the best selling VR headsets, Oculus Rift. It comes with inside out tracking which we found on Oculus Quest and a higher resolution display.
Nvidia’s deep learning model
Nvidia’s deep learning model turns doodly sketches into highly photorealistic masterpieces. Even kids can create masterpieces with the help of this model. Simply selecting mountains and drawing a rough doodle will create a photorealistic picture.
Burger King Burn that Ad
Burger King‘s brilliant marketing strategy is converted into an AR app that lets you “burn” rival ads. Yes quite literally, it’s an AR and like any other market-based AR app you are prompted to scan a marker but in this case, the markers are rival food chains ads poster. Scanning those ads will burn them and from the ashes, Burger Kings and will appear. The cool part is you will get a free Whopper.
HP Reverb Pro
HP unveiled its 4K 6DOF Windows Mixed Reality headset, HP Reverb VR Pro edition. It sports a resolution of 2160×2160m and a field of view of 114 degrees. It has the ultra-high resolution, adjustable and removable headphones, dual mics with smart assistant support and integrated Bluetooth for seamless syncing and tracking. HP has ticked all the checkboxes for the price of $650.
Mica, Virtual Avatar by Magic Leap
Mica is a virtual avatar created by Magic Leap to show the future of AI-driven collaboration. So Mica is an intelligent assistant in the form of fully augmented reality human. It’s not like the regular voice assistant like Google or Alexa rather it was created to be an educator, agitator, companion, artist and a guide.
A personal food computer to grow your own food. The Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber.
Check out the weekly tech news video, Week 4 of March 2019
Wow that’s quite a list of tech news, we have provided links to all those products mentioned above and do check our Weekly Tech Bytes video. So that’s all from me folks, It’s Parzival signing off… see you guys again very soon. Thank you.