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Google Home 6x better than Amazon Alexa in 3,000 question test
While that’s interesting, from a practical standpoint, many more products are compatible with Alexa than with Google Home. So, while it might take a few more tries to get the correct answer from Amazon, at least it’s possible — and that seems to be what matters most to consumers right now.
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Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation
I’m not a Houzz customer, but I can definitely say the app is a guilty pleasure. With its pleasantly curated photos with interesting designs and products, Houzz is basically a niche Pinterest for your future home. The difference is the kinds of products that Houzz can target and sell can be higher-value, meaning the people that actually buy products through Houzz are probably more valuable than the typical customer you might find on a larger platform like Facebook or Pinterest.
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ThermoReal lets you feel heat, cold, and pain in virtual reality
ThermoReal developed a thermoelectric device that can generate heat and cold upon demand and translate that feeling into your hands as you hold touch controls in VR. It is a new kind of human-machine interface.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Cozmo Code Lab makes Anki’s personal robot easy to program
You can program Cozmo to do things like blink, drive, turn to avoid an obstacle, recognize faces, and other actions that require sophisticated AI. This teaches kids and anyone else the basics of computer programming, such as “if-then” logic. And it lowers the bar for programming from high school wiz kids to grade school children, De Neale said.
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MIT’s new drones switch between flying and driving for optimal urban transport
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new prototype drone that can both fly and drive, and will determine which method to use to optimize battery life, speed and efficiency. It’s a preview of how autonomous urban transit might one day work, with flying cars switching seamlessly between roads and airways to navigate dense urban environments in concert with one another.
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SpaceX Is Making Commercial Space Launches Look like Child’s Play - MIT Technology Review
Two successful launches in a weekend, one using a recycled rocket—and the booster landed successfully each time.
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China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution
This first Chinese Forest City will host 30,000 people in a community where all buildings are entirely covered in nearly a million plants of over 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees, that produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.
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You're going to love (or totally hate) these Alexa-connected headphones.
The headphones have a wraparound power source and electronics housing that sits on your neck with connected earbuds and a microphone. OnVocal claims you'll get around eight hours of continuous talking and music playback, which works out pretty nicely for the average workday.
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Waymo accelerates Avis into autonomous cars
In April, Waymo began offering free rides to Phoenix residents as part of a pilot program. Avis will service and store the minivans but will not maintain self-driving technology such as lidar sensors.
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Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove recruiting materials for terror groups from major web platforms.
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Miles and Milan is a new online retailer selling baby clothes that don’t suck
The company sells boxes of the same shirt for different ages, so you can buy one box and have clothes for your kid as they grow.
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Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms
The intercom functionality is also extended to users who are outside of their home thanks to the Alexa app.
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2 days ago by seaugust
The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial
Fashionista Kens may be most valuable in their function as time capsules, preserving in plastic amber not just clothing and beauty ideals but also what’s important to this generation of American parents.
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5 days ago by seaugust
Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision
Tesla has hired deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy in a key Autopilot role. Karpathy most recently held a role as a researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence nonprofit backed by Elon Musk. He has an extensive background in AI-related fields, having completed a PhD at Stanford University in computer vision.
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Apple granted AR patent for interior design and animated movie posters, includes headset use
Apple has today been granted a patent for augmented reality apps for interior design and animated movie posters. The patent award comes the day after we learned more about plans for an AR app in partnership with Swedish furniture company Ikea.
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Amazon Web Services quietly forms a mixed reality team, but what is it building?
AWS isn’t the only Amazon arm investing in virtual/mixed reality. Amazon Studios, the company’s movie and television producing arm, has job postings for program managers and senior developers in Santa Monica, Calif., focused on mixed reality. From the posting: “The Mixed Reality team is focused on defining next generation platforms and content. Apps, filmmaking, TV, games, storytelling, art, engineering, analytics; it all comes together on our team.”
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Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'
"If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before. I hope for the best. I have to. We have no other option."
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5 days ago by seaugust
New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality
Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods. A new type of 3D display could solve this long-standing problem by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.
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5 days ago by seaugust
Soon, Your Windows Could Power Your Home
Windows that could collect solar energy would mean that sustainability didn’t have to take a backseat to aesthetics, which are a critical aspect of buildings in metropolitan areas. In LSC-based photovoltaic systems, the photovoltaic cells can be concealed in the window frame to blend seamlessly into the structure. This makes incorporating renewable technology into the construction easy, and given the number of skyscrapers in major urban areas, the tech could essentially convert entire cities into functional solar farms.
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5 days ago by seaugust
Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape
Such functionality may be making its way to Samsung’s Gear VR headset, at least according to a patent that recently surfaced. This new patent details a means by which the Gear VR headset could know who is wearing it by analyzing the pressure points on the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s face and head.
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