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Hi-tech ski helmet that allows skiers to video call friends on trial

Daily Mail

A high-tech augmented reality ski helmet which includes GPS, a speedometer and the ability video call friends on the slopes is being tested in Austria. Former Israeli Air Force pilot Alon Getz helped design the new cutting-edge technology as part of his start-up company RideOn. He said: 'I'm a software engineer, doing a lot of computer-vision and Artificial Intelligence. I was working in the defence industry leading Augmented Reality projects for the military. 'I'm also a snowboarder who goes snowboarding almost every year in the Alps.


OMRON's redesigned ping pong robot no longer holds back

Engadget

OMRON is best known for its healthcare products like thermometers and blood pressure monitors -- now in the form of a smartwatch, even. But those who have been following our CEATEC coverage over the past five years may remember the company's ambitious exhibit: the Forpheus table tennis robot. Little did I know that I would bump into this old friend here at CES. The machine is now in its fifth generation and packed with some surprising upgrades -- let's just say my parents would be disappointed in me if they were there. Technically speaking, this latest Forpheus is actually an entirely new robot.


Meet Marty, the Googly-eyed robot set to take to the aisles in 200 US grocery stores

Daily Mail

A wheeled robot named Marty is rolling into nearly 500 grocery stores to alert employees if it encounters spilled granola, squashed tomatoes or a broken jar of mayonnaise. But there could be a human watching from behind its cartoonish googly eyes. Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland says its camera-equipped robots stop after detecting a potential spill. The'Marty' robots will roam grocery store aisles looking for spills and hazards. When it spots an accident, it will alert staff to come and clean up spills.


Intel And Alibaba Bring AI-Powered 3-D Athlete-Tracking Technology To Tokyo Olympics

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At CES 2019, Intel and Alibaba announced the new collaboration to develop AI-powered 3D athlete tracking technology that is aimed to be deployed at the Olympic Games 2020. The technology is based on current and upcoming Intel hardware optimized for Alibaba's cloud computing platform. Multiple standard video cameras are used to create a 3D mesh that enables coaches and trainers to retrieve complex real-time biomechanical data. The 3D mesh is used for analyzing performance and introduce new training enhancements by the coaches. According to Intel, the technology leverages advanced pose modeling techniques and other AI algorithms designed to analyze the biomechanics of an athlete's movements.


ESPN adds personalized recommendations and offline viewing

Engadget

ESPN is making some welcome (and arguably overdue) improvements to its ESPN service that could change how and where you watch. Its updated app now includes personalized recommendations for ESPN, starting with on-demand videos. You'll probably see more highlight clips from the latest NHL matches. Recommendations will "soon" spread to live and future events, so you might spot big matches you would otherwise miss. The company is also borrowing a page from Netflix and other services by introducing offline viewing.


Using AI to Detect Water Leaks - DZone AI

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I've written before about some fascinating projects that aim to reduce the number of water leaks that take place each year underneath our cities. For instance, an MIT team developed a rubbery robot that looks a little bit like a badminton shuttlecock. The device is inserted into the water system, and then is carried along with the flow of water, measuring and logging as it goes. It's capable of detecting small variations in pressure because its rubber skirt fills the diameter of the pipe. A team from the University of Waterloo are taking a slightly different approach, and deploying Artificial Intelligence to detect even the smallest of leaks.


Superhero bionic arm startup gets backing from F1 team Williams

The Independent

A robotics startup that designs bionic limbs for children in the style of superheroes has raised £4.6 million from investors including the Formula 1 team Williams. Bristol-based Open Bionics became the best-selling multi-grip bionic hand in the UK after launching its Hero Arm in 2018, and plans to use the funding to grow to international markets. Using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, the firm has managed to drastically reduce the cost of building robotic prosthetics, allowing the bionic limbs to be covered by national healthcare systems in the UK and abroad. "The Hero Arm is a custom made myoelectric prosthetic. This means users, amputees and people with limb differences below the elbow, can control their new bionic fingers by squeezing the muscles in their forearms," Open Bionics co-founder Samantha Payne told The Independent.


CES 2019 Liveblog Day 3: Wednesday's News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

WIRED

Welcome to day three of our CES 2019 liveblog. Wednesday is the mid-point of the big show. The expo halls have been open for a full day, and most attendees are heading back for seconds. We saw a great number of wacky gadgets yesterday and Monday--some of them innovative, some of them ridiculous. Expect more of the same today.


Tokyo launches six-foot robots to help visitors ahead of 2020 Olympic Games

Daily Mail

Japan has deployed robots to work in Tokyo subway stations to help tourists in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games. The six-foot robot named Arisa, created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, will give subway travellers directions and show them the way to the restrooms. Tokyo is facing an influx of millions of spectators for the forthcoming international event which they will host for the second time in history, after 1964. An ageing population and low birth rate has resulted in a national labour shortage, prompting the need for multilingual Arisa to guide the swarm of foreign tourists. Japan has deployed robots to work in Tokyo subway stations to direct tourists in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.


Ahead of the Summer Olympics, Tokyo Deploys Robots in Subway Stations

U.S. News

ARISA, a project by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is a 6-foot guide robot that will work in the subway stations to show passengers the way to restrooms and lockers, offer transit directions and recommend tourist attractions in the area. Developed by the Japanese tech company Aruze Gaming and Chicago-headquartered THK, she's wide-eyed, sharply dressed and can speak in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. She's also accompanied by a touch-screen monitor.