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Keep tabs on your home with these Eufy home security deals

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Here are the best deals on Eufy home security cameras and video doorbells as of Jan. 19: Even if you're home all day, it's good to see who's at your doorstep, whether it's a neighbor coming over with a question or delivery man bringing the package you've been waiting on. By adding a video doorbell or security cam to your smart home arsenal, you'll be fully in-the-know on who comes to your front porch, before they even ring the doorbell. Plus, just in case something suspicious is going on in the neighborhood, you'll have backed up video footage that'll ensure your safety. Eufy has video doorbells and indoor security cameras on sale for up to 27% off as of Jan. 19. These products will keep you in-the-know and keep your family safe.


Alarm.com's touchless video doorbell is built for the COVID era

Engadget

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people have turned to delivery services to get food and other essential items. If you own a video doorbell, that means it's probably got a lot of use and become a hotbed for germs and the virus. So it was only a matter of time before a company developed a solution to that problem. Alarm.com announced a new doorbell today. The company claims it's the first commercially available video doorbell you can activate without touching the device itself. If you're visiting someone with a Touchless Video Doorbell, all you have to do to ring the chime is move into a virtual ground zone defined by the homeowner.


CES 2021 Innovation Awards: Winners and trends

ZDNet

Each year, CES runs an extensive programme of innovation awards, calling out a subset of the thousands of products on show for excellence in engineering, aesthetics and design, uniqueness, the innovation they bring to the consumer market, and more. There are two levels of recognition: 'Honorees' are products that score above the threshold for a given category, while'Best of Innovation' is reserved for the highest-rated product(s) in each category (see the CES website for more details on the judging process and expert panel). As usual, there's a diverse range of products on view, from the mainstream (AMD's Ryzen 5000 desktop processors, Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 smartphones, for example) to the highly specialised (E2IP Technologies' Electromagnetic Engineered Surfaces that reflect/redirect/block specific radiofrequency waves, John Deere's X-Series robotic combine harvester, for example). The latter uses voxel-based graphics rendering to capture a person's physical appearance, convert it to digital and create live 3D holograms viewable with VR/AR headsets. Use cases include remote collaboration, gaming, telehealth, online education and live entertainment.


This gesture-sensing band could make the Apple Watch more accessible

Engadget

We often think of touchscreen displays as one of the more accessible ways to interact with our gadgets. But a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities, including conditions like ALS, can make even using a touchscreen nearly impossible. Enter a recent CES 2021 Innovation Award honoree called the Mudra Band. The concept is similar to the Myo armband North (back when it was known as Thalmic) released before it pivoted to focus on its Focals smart glasses. Working in conjunction with an Apple Watch, the Mudra Band uses a sensor to detect electrical signals sent by your brain to your fingers.


CES 2021 preview: 5G, TVs and yes, masks

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. CES 2021 will be a virtual event this year as the latest in tech vies for attention, while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic impacting the globe. "Masks of all kinds, voice assistants mature, 5G will power everything, more 8K TV sets, [and] robots…for more practical purposes," Greg Kahn, CEO GK Digital Ventures and the Internet of Things Consortium, told Fox News. Fox News has compiled a list of some of the technology that could be front and center virtually starting Jan. 11.


Man builds a bionic hand using AI after three years of research

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Texan man has built his own bionic hand using artificial intelligence (AI) after three years of research. After finding most bionic hands can cost up to $150,000, Ryan Saavedra, 27, set out to create one at a fraction of the cost. The prosthetic he created, called the Globally Available Robotic Arm (GARA), measures electrical activity of muscle tissue – a method called electromyography (EMG) – and combines this with AI to predict hand movements. When attached to the limb of an amputee, it is capable of intuitive finger movements and clasping objects such as cups. Saavedra's company, Alt-Bionics, has already made a prototype that costs less than $700 (£520) to produce, and is now working to commercialise the device.


10 gadgets that kept us from losing our minds in 2020

Mashable

Apart from the virus that shall not be named, I'll forever remember 2020 as the year when new product releases never stopped coming. In these past 12 months, we've seen a flurry of new smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, headphones, laptops, earbuds, VR headsets, video game consoles, smartwatches, streaming sticks, TVs, and... the list goes on and on. While it's been super fun to watch and experience all the ways in which tech brands have been innovating this past year, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge one thing: Reviewing expensive gadgets during the pandemic felt really trivial at first. Reflecting back on all the devices that came out of 2020, however, I developed an even greater appreciation for all of it. Without getting too corny and deep, much of it has helped to keep many of us sane during a time of such uncertainty.


Artificial Intelligence's Power, and Risks, Explored in New Report - Market Brief

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Picture this: a small group of middle school students are learning about ancient Egypt, so they strap on a virtual reality headset and, with the assistance of an artificial intelligence tour guide, begin to explore the Pyramids of Giza. The teacher, also journeying to one of the oldest known civilizations via a VR headset, has assigned students to gather information to write short essays. During the tour, the AI guide fields questions from students and points them to specific artifacts and discuss what they see. In preparing the AI-powered lesson on Egypt, the teacher beforehand would have worked with the AI program to craft a lesson plan that not only dives deep into the subject, but figures out how to keep the group moving through the virtual field trip and how to create more equal participation during the discussion. In that scenario, the AI listens, observes and interacts naturally to enhance a group learning experience, and to make a teacher's job easier.


Shopping for someone tech-savvy? Check out these smart home bundles.

Mashable

BEST FEATURES FOR THE PRICE: Ring Video Doorbell 3 with Echo Show 5 -- save $139.99 BEST FOR LIVE MONITORING: Ring Video Doorbell Pro with Echo Show 5 -- save $169.99 If you have someone tech-savvy on your holiday shopping list and aren't sure what to get them, consider a video doorbell and smart assistant combo. As of Dec. 11, Amazon has Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Show 5 bundles on sale for up to 50% off. So, what makes these products worth buying together?


9 Technologies That Can Change The World By 2021

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São Paulo – The technology has evolved so fast that in 2012, whoever did a search on Google used all the computational power that made it possible for NASA astronauts to go to the Moon in 1969. More technologies like this can change the world in coming years, according to Totvs, one of the largest providers of management software solutions and productivity platforms. In the view of Vicente Goetten, director of Totvs Labs, the research laboratory of Totvs, technology still evolves following the concepts of Moore's law, that is, exponentially. For this reason, its advance causes some phenomena, such as an initial disillusionment of the public with news in the embryonic phase; the digitization of processes; disruption (when a technology replaces an old method); dematerialization (for example, the exchange of MP3 players for cell phones); demonetization, such as that caused by WhatsApp in relation to SMS; and, finally, democratization. Totvs Labs released a list of eight technologies that can change the world by 2021.