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How This Digital Avatar Is Elevating AI Technology


The world is inevitably becoming more digital. While video chatting isn't quite the same as hanging out in person, sticking to the screen is the safest form of human interaction. Instead of putting up with laggy connection and impersonal virtual meetings, ALIZA technologies is changing all anyone has ever known about artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). The LA-based startup is the brainchild of Brian Lee, the co-founder of The Honest Company with Jessica Alba, Shoedazzle with Kim Kardashian, Legalzoom, and most recently Art of Sport with the late Kobe Bryant. Lee has created a seamless transition from the physical to digital world with upscale imagery and a unique vision with the digital avatar Aliza Rexx.

Reading: Books with busy pictures 'make it harder for kids to focus and understand the story'

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Illustrating children's books with too many detailed, non-essential pictures makes it'harder for kids to focus and absorb knowledge', a study has demonstrated. Colourful pictures intended to motivate young readers may achieve the exact opposite by drawing attention away from the story text, US researchers warned. Although reading is considered a'gateway for learning', around 20 per cent of children in the UK do not meet the minimum level of literacy proficiency. Children's books typically include eye-catching illustrations to help readers visualise the characters and setting of the story. However, eye-tracking studies found that too many pictures can prove distracting.

TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again


Someday, there will be a reason to spend more than $1,000 on a TV. For now, save your money and buy the new TCL 6-Series. For the third year in a row, the $650, 55-inch model is our favorite TV--where beautiful picture quality and a usable Roku interface meet a reasonable price. It has better picture than TVs that cost hundreds of dollars more, Roku OS built in, and even Chromecast for showing slideshows on the big screen. You can spend double the money for a slightly better-looking OLED TV, but this quantum dot, Mini-LED TCL is nearly as good--and comes with a better interface.

US military is testing wearable devices that detects illnesses TWO days before symptoms arise

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The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illnesses two days before the wearer develops symptoms. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses. The system notifies the user of an oncoming illness using a scale from one to 100 on how likely it will happen over the next 48 hours. Military officials note that'Within two weeks of us going live we had our first successful COVID-19 detect.' The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illness two days before the wearer develops symptoms.

Want to Decode the Human Brain? There's a New System for That, and It's Pretty Wild


Even for high-tech California, the man strolling around UCLA was a curious sight. His motion capture suit, sensor-embedded gloves, and virtual reality eyewear were already enough to turn heads. But what stopped people in their tracks and made them stare was a bizarre headgear, tightly strapped to his head through a swimming cap-like device embedded with circular electrode connectors. Several springy wires sprouted from the headgear--picture a portable hard drive hooked up to a police siren enclosure--and disappeared into a backpack. Meet Mo-DBRS, a setup that could fundamentally change how we decode the human brain.

Robot stocking shelves in Japanese convenience store lets workers maintain social distancing

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Japanese convenience stores are testing out robots to stock store shelves in hopes of combating the country's labor shortage and allowing human workers to socially distance during a pandemic. FamilyMart, Japan's second largest convenience store chain, has partnered with robotics company Telexistence on an android stock boy named Model-T, after Henry Ford's famous car. Rather than use AI, Model-T is connected to a human operator who manipulates the robot's movements remotely using virtual reality (VR). The seven-foot tall robot has a wide range of motion, necessary for lifting and moving products, with a lag time of only 50 milliseconds between operator and automaton. This week Model-T was rolled out at Lawson, another convenience store that is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi.

The Oculus Quest 2 is 'VR finally done right' — here's where to pre-order


TL;DR: As of Sept. 18, Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, accessories, and bundles are available to pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and at; the headset itself starts at $299 for 64GB of storage. Between the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox Series X, and the Playstation 5, 2020 is proving to be a huge year for video game consoles. But if initial reviews are to be believed, you're going to want to scoot the all-new Oculus Quest 2 to the top of your "must-buy" list. Announced at the Facebook Connect virtual and augmented reality conference on Sept. 16, the successor to 2019's Oculus Quest is a standalone wireless headset featuring four headset-mounted cameras, 3D positional audio, a high-res display panel capable of supporting 90Hz refresh rates, and the new Snapdragon XR2 chipset, which is specially designed for VR and AR. It's remarkably easy to set up and use (although a Facebook login is required -- boo), and you can choose from two different configurations: either 64GB or 256GB of storage.

Study examines robotic exoskeletons and bodily fit


A shoddily tailored suit or a shrunken T-shirt may not be the most stylish, but wearing them is unlikely to hurt more than your reputation. An ill-fitting robotic exoskeleton on the battlefield or factory floor, however, could be a much bigger problem than a fashion faux pas. Exoskeletons, many of which are powered by springs or motors, can cause pain or injury if their joints are not aligned with the user's. To help manufacturers and consumers mitigate these risks, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a new measurement method to test whether an exoskeleton and the person wearing it are moving smoothly and in harmony. In a new report, the researchers describe an optical tracking system (OTS) not unlike the motion capture techniques used by filmmakers to bring computer-generated characters to life.

Facebook previews smart glasses and the future of work in VR


Facebook on Wednesday shared the wide-ranging progress it's made building immersive experiences and tools, including smart glasses coming in 2021 that could lead to AR as well as enterprise tools to enable VR meetings and work. First, the company announced it will launch a pair of Ray-Ban smartglasses in 2021. The social media giant is partnering with EssilorLuxottica, which owns the Ray-Ban brand, to develop the smart glasses. The company had few details to share beyond that -- the product name, specs, software capabilities, pricing and other information will be shared closer to the 2021 launch. The smart glasses, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, will pave the way for Facebook's eventual development of augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Arlo's wireless doorbell can do direct-to-mobile video calls


To better compete with rivals like Ring, Arlo has launched the Essential Video Doorbell, a wireless version of last year's Video Doorbell. As before, the most notable feature is square aspect ratio video capture, giving you a head-to-toe view of visitors or a good look at any packages left at your door. On top of the 180-degree video, you get night vision and HDR modes that show extra detail both in bright and dim lighting conditions. If you want to monitor specific regions like your driveway or porch, you can set up detection zones and receive alerts if something changes. And it can automatically contact you via direct-to-mobile video calls so you can remotely see who's ringing.