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Deal alert: Get Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Chime and 1-year of cloud recording for $150

ZDNet

For a limited time, you can get Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Chime, and one-year of Ring video cloud recording for $149.99 from Costco -- with shipping provided at no extra cost. And if you look at Ring's various Protect plans, which offer cloud-based video recording, those start at $30. Plus, according to tracker site CamelCamelCamel, Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Chime usually cost $199 and $30, respectively. So, based on their regular prices, you're looking at a bundle valued around $230 to $260. But you can get it from Costco for just $150. The only catch is the deal is a members-only sale, and becoming a Costco member starts at $60 (go here for more details).


The use of Virtual Reality in Enhancing Interdisciplinary Research and Education

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality (VR) is increasingly being recognized for its educational potential and as an effective way to convey new knowledge to people, it supports interactive and collaborative activities. Affordable VR powered by mobile technologies is opening a new world of opportunities that can transform the ways in which we learn and engage with others. This paper reports our study regarding the application of VR in stimulating interdisciplinary communication. It investigates the promises of VR in interdisciplinary education and research. The main contributions of this study are (i) literature review of theories of learning underlying the justification of the use of VR systems in education, (ii) taxonomy of the various types and implementations of VR systems and their application in supporting education and research (iii) evaluation of educational applications of VR from a broad range of disciplines, (iv) investigation of how the learning process and learning outcomes are affected by VR systems, and (v) comparative analysis of VR and traditional methods of teaching in terms of quality of learning. This study seeks to inspire and inform interdisciplinary researchers and learners about the ways in which VR might support them and also VR software developers to push the limits of their craft.


Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: Changing the game

PCWorld

Nvidia built these cards for the future. So much so, in fact, that we're going to take the unusual step of not rendering a final, rated verdict today. Unlike existing graphics cards, these include dedicated RT cores to vastly improve real-time ray tracing performance, putting the Holy Grail of gaming graphics within reach. Also unlike existing graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti include dedicated tensor cores to leverage the awesome power of machine learning and a Saturn V supercomputer in the games you play. Nvidia's new hardware is the first designed specifically for the 4K, 144Hz HDR era, with a revamped architecture that increases performance in traditional games, and they're the first graphics cards equipped with GDDR6 memory or a VirtualLink connector.


Apple Strategy Teardown: Where the World's Most Valuable Company Is Focusing In Augmented Reality, Wearables, AI, Cars, And More

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The maverick of personal computing is looking for its next big thing in spaces like healthcare, AR, and autonomous cars, all while keeping its lead in consumer hardware. With an uphill battle in AI, slowing growth in smartphones, and its fingers in so many pies, can Apple reinvent itself for a third time? Get the detailed analysis on Apple's trove of patents, acquisitions, earnings calls, recent product releases, and organizational structure. In many ways, Apple remains a company made in the image of Steve Jobs: iconoclastic and fiercely product focused. But today, Apple is at a crossroads. Under CEO Tim Cook, Apple's ability to seize on emerging technology raises many new questions. Looking for the next wave, Apple is clearly expanding into augmented reality and wearables with the Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones. Apple's HomePod speaker system is poised to expand Siri's footprint into the home and serve as a competitor to Amazon's blockbuster Echo device and accompanying virtual assistant Alexa. But the next "big one" -- a success and growth driver on the scale of the iPhone -- has not yet been determined. Will it be augmented reality, auto, wearables? Apple is famously secretive, and a cloud of hearsay and gossip surrounds the company's every move. Apple is believed to be working on augmented reality headsets, connected car software, transformative healthcare devices and apps, as well as smart home tech, and new machine learning applications. We dug through Apple's trove of patents, acquisitions, earnings calls, recent product releases, and organizational structure for concrete hints at how the company will approach its next self-reinvention. Given Apple's size and prominence, we won't be covering every aspect of its business or rehashing old news. There's strong evidence Apple is once again actively "cannibalizing itself," putting massive resources behind consumer tech that will render its own iPhone obsolete.


Ottobock Reaches for Growth With Industrial Exoskeletons

U.S. News

Exoskeletons were developed for medical and military use. But as workers age, sales of exoskeletons for industry are forecast to rise to $1.76 billion in 2028 from $67.29 million this year, according Rian Whitton, an analyst at technology market intelligence firm ABI Research.


Increasing Importance of AI in Customer-Facing Industries Like Banking, Retail, Media, Cosmetics and Healthcare

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Emerging technology trends clearly point to a future encompassing screen-less interactions between businesses and consumers, with voice, augmented and virtual reality, wearable devices, and artificial intelligence, gradually but definitely removing the traditional graphic user interface (GUI) from the equation. The next decade is expected to be even more disruptive based on the methodologies used by customers to interact with brands. A closer glimpse of the consumer landscape, reveals irrefutable enthusiasm for artificial intelligence (AI) as compared to other upcoming technologies. However, the technology is still in the experimental phase. Even though the majority of enterprise leaders consider AI to be a business advantage, many organizations are taciturn to trust AI to the extent of deferring implementation and hence are yet to benefit from the technology's promising capabilities.


Amazon is selling the awesome Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160, its lowest price ever

PCWorld

Video doorbells are a vital piece of a secure smart home, and right now one of favorites is at an all-time low. Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $199. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 connects to your smartphone to bring video and audio of your doorstep wherever you are. When anyone comes to your door, you'll receive a motion-activated alert so you can see whoever's there in high-def or infrared video no matter the time of day. You can also talk through the Ring's speaker using your phone and customize the zones that are being watched.


10 Ways Technology Will Transform the Human Body in the next Decade

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Elon Musk has called it: you're already a cyborg. Your smartphone enhances your mind, your spectacles enhance your vision, and your pacemaker (if you have one) regulates your heartbeat. Our environment is increasingly wired, sensor-filled, and digitally connected--and so are we! This trend will only continue. All over the world biohackers, scientists, entrepreneurs and corporations are eagerly pursuing new and marketable applications for advanced technologies. Many of them are being actively designed to help humans fulfill our age-old transcendent longings--to be stronger, smarter, better-looking and more resilient, and to cultivate new abilities that seem like superpowers by the standards of the past.


6 best AR games for iPhone and Android

The Independent - Tech

Before we get into the nitty gritty, here's a crash course on augmented reality. Simply put, it sounds more futuristic than it appears. Point your iPhone at your dining table and voila, an animated dinosaur appears. It's easy to confuse augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) – AR is essentially an enhanced version of reality, whereas VR is a simulated environment completely different from your own. As both technologies progress, the aim is to make it easier to mix both of them, to move even further away from reality.


Are Exoskeletons About to Go Mainstream?

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Ever since the appearance of the power loader in the sci-fi classic Aliens, the idea that powered exoskeletons could let workers carry superhuman weights has enticed executives in heavy industry. Recent developments suggest the idea might finally be moving into the real world. The idea behind exoskeletons, or wearable robotics, seems like a no-brainer. Marry the power of mechanical robotics with the ready-made smarts and adaptability of humans, removing the need to develop sophisticated AI to control your robots. Humans work in fundamentally different ways than machines, so designing machines that conform to the way we move and to fit our soft and squishy bodies is difficult.