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Remote Work Isn't Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore WSJD - Technology

On the ground floor of a towering office building overlooking Tokyo Bay, in a space intended to resemble the interior of a moon base, a convenience store is tended by a humanoid robot. No, it is in the back, doing the unglamorous job of keeping shelves stocked. It has broad shoulders, wide eyes, a boomerang-shaped head and strange hands, capable of grabbing objects with both suction and a trio of opposable thumbs. Like a marionette on invisible, miles-long strings, the robot at the Lawson convenience store is controlled remotely, by a person elsewhere in the city wearing a virtual-reality headset. Built by Tokyo-based Telexistence, a three-year-old startup, this system is the culmination of nearly 40 years of research, and is the world's first commercial realization of an audacious goal: to enable a person to do any job on Earth from anywhere else.

Near-uncrushable beetle's exoskeleton could inspire tough structures

New Scientist

The diabolical ironclad beetle is so tough that engineers are hoping to copy features of its exoskeleton to design stronger and more robust structures. "You can run these things over with a car and they don't die," says David Kisailus at the University of California, Irvine. "We took a Toyota, like a sedan, and drove over them and they survived. That was kind of surprising." To investigate what makes these creatures virtually uncrushable, Kisailus and his colleagues performed compression tests on the beetle's exoskeleton, while analysing it under a microscope and by CT scan.

Diabolical ironclad beetle benefits from ultra-resistant exoskeleton

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The'diabolical ironclad beetle' can withstand enormous crushing force more than 39,000 times its own body weight, enough to survive being run over by a car. Its exceptional strength comes from highly specialised armour which makes its exoskeleton one of the hardest materials in the biological world. Scientists analysed the beetle's elytron – a hardened set of forewings that protect the more delicate hindwings underneath – to learn more about the miraculous material. They found layers of interlocking chitin, a hard material found in most insects, as well as high concentrations of protein contribute to its extraordinary strength. The beetle species (phloeodes diabolicus) is less than an inch long (2cm) and its exoskeleton could inspire applications in construction and engineering fields such as aeronautics, experts say.

See who's at the door with this deal on the Arlo video doorbell


Save $20: The Arlo Video Doorbell is on sale at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Amazon for $129.99 as of Oct. 19 in an early Black Friday deal. Many of us have put extra focus on our homes this year. Maybe you spent the summer working on your green thumb or hopped on the trend of making fresh bread so your house can feel (and smell) like a home. But don't forget home security. Even if you never thought of yourself as a home security camera person, this tech has gotten cheaper and cheaper in the past few years, and more accessible to more people.

Open-Source Leg: The Quest to Create a DIY Bionic Limb


If you wanted to cover a large distance and had the world's best sprinters at your disposal, would you have them run against each other or work together in a relay? That, in essence, is the problem Elliott Rouse, a biomedical engineer and director of the Neurobionics Lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has been grappling with for the best several years. Rouse, an engineer, is one of many working to develop a control system for bionic legs, artificial limbs that use various signals from the wearer to act and move like biological limbs. "Probably the biggest challenge to creating a robotic leg is the controller that's involved, telling them what to do," Rouse told Digital Trends. "Every time the wearer takes a step, a step needs to be initiated. And when they switch, the leg needs to know their activity has changed and move to accommodate that different activity. If it makes a mistake, the person could get very, very injured -- perhaps falling down some stairs, for example. There are talented people around the world studying these control challenges. They invest years of their time and hundreds of thousands of dollars building a robotic leg. It's the way things have been since this field began."

Our favorite affordable video doorbell just got a big Amazon Prime Day cut

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Our favorite affordable smart doorbell is on sale right now--and it's perfect for anyone looking for more peace of mind. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Round 2 of Amazon Prime Day is dishing up lots of on sale goodies we love, including a major price drop on our favorite affordable video doorbell from Eufy. However, the limited-time pricing is only available to Prime members, so make sure you sign up for a free 30-day trial before you start shopping! For a savings of $40 (make sure to clip the on-page coupon), you can buy a top-rated video doorbell that does everything you want it to.

World Tracking Portal on Catchar: The world's largest AR community


Our team is officially announcing the launch of a new 3.0 version of Catchar with a marketplace module. We found that some creators use Sketchfab, Gumroad and Etsy to sell and monetize their AR/MR assets. However, creators from CIS, Georgia, Ukraine, Asia and some other countries are limited in payouts from these services. We released a marketplace and asset store where Augmented Reality creators and Machine Learning engineers can list for sale their templates, source code, 3D models and tutorials. Our system provides direct profit payouts through SWIFT and SEPA.

Seven key trends of digital transformation in healthcare


Every industry needs to adapt to current times, technology is constantly evolving and businesses need to catch up and then keep up with the times. The healthcare industry is constantly innovating, from telemedicine to the use of RPA to enhance the patient experience. Thanks to the innovative technology, patients undergo enhanced treatment with the help of virtual reality, wearable devices and much more. The first key trend is the rise in on-demand healthcare, customers want appointments and care that fit around their schedule, they want convenience. People have become far more mobile than previous decades so customers expect and want to be diagnosed and treated online, through online tools so they can stay in the comfort of their home.

Level up your home security with early Prime Day deals on video doorbells


These are the best Amazon deals on video doorbells as of Oct. 7, ahead of Prime Day: If sitting at home all day every day has made you think about boosting your home security, a video doorbell is a solid investment. Between connecting to your smartphone to get motion alerts and the ability to pair with Alexa devices for voice control, these video doorbells are the best way to turn your home into a smart home. As of Oct. 7, Amazon has big savings on new and certified refurbished video doorbells. All certified refurbished doorbells have been thoroughly tested and inspected, and are guaranteed to look and work like new. Check out these early Prime Day deals on new and certified refurbished video doorbells.

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

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.