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Apple considers using ML to make augmented reality more useful

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A patent from Apple suggests the company is considering how machine learning can make augmented reality (AR) more useful. Most current AR applications are somewhat gimmicky, with barely a handful that have achieved any form of mass adoption. Apple's decision to introduce LiDAR in its recent devices has given AR a boost but it's clear that more needs to be done to make applications more useful. A newly filed patent suggests that Apple is exploring how machine learning can be used to automatically (or "automagically," the company would probably say) detect objects in AR. The first proposed use of the technology would be for Apple's own Measure app. Measure's previously dubious accuracy improved greatly after Apple introduced LiDAR but most people probably just grabbed an actual tape measure unless they were truly stuck without one available.


The Future of Enterprise Billing

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The connectivity benefits of 5G are expected to make businesses more competitive and give consumers access to more information faster than ever before. Connected cars, smart communities, industrial IoT, healthcare, immersive education--they all will rely on unprecedented opportunities that 5G technology will create. The enterprise market opportunity is driving many telecoms operators' strategies for, and investments in, 5G. Companies are accelerating investment in core and emerging technologies such as cloud, internet of things, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. IoT (Internet of Things), as an example, improving connectivity and data sharing between devices, enabling biometric based transactions; with blockchain, enabling use cases, trade transactions, remittances, payments and investments; and with deep learning and artificial intelligence, utilization of advanced algorithms for high personalization.


Top 7 Big Data Trends to Dominate 2021

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Capturing big data is easy. What's difficult is to corral, tag, govern, and utilize it. NetApp, a hybrid cloud provider, sees cloud automation as a practice that enables IT, developers, and teams to develop, modify, and disassemble resources automatically on the cloud. Cloud computing provides services whenever it is required. Yet, you need support to utilize these resources to further test, identify, and take them down when the requirement is no longer needed. Completing the process requires a lot of manual effort and is time-consuming. This is when cloud automation intervenes.


Wearable BMI With VR Aims To Help People With Motor Dysfunction, Paralysis

International Business Times

A team of scientists and researchers has developed a new wearable brain-machine interface (BMI) system that aims to improve the quality of life of people with paralysis, motor dysfunction or even those who are fully conscious but can't communicate or move. An international multi-institutional team of scientists and researchers led by Wan-Hong Yeo at the Georgia Institute of Technology created a device that combines wireless soft scalp electronics and virtual reality in a brain-machine interface system. The device enables users to imagine an action and control a robotic arm or wheelchair wirelessly. The team described the new motor imagery-based brain-machine interface system in a paper published in the journal Advanced Science on July 17. "The major advantage of this system to the user, compared to what currently exists, is that it is comfortable to wear, and doesn't have any wires," Yeo, who is an associate professor at George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, said as per Science Daily. The team designed a portable EEG system that includes imperceptible microneedle electrodes with soft wireless circuits to enhance the acquisition of signals.


Wearable Brain-Machine Interface Turns Intentions into Actions - ELE Times

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A multi-institutional, international team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology combined wireless soft scalp electronics and virtual reality in a BMI system that allows the user to imagine an action and wirelessly control a wheelchair or robotic arm. The major advantage of this system to the user, compared to what currently exists, is that it is soft and comfortable to wear, and doesn't have any wires. BMI systems are a rehabilitation technology that analyzes a person's brain signals and translates that neural activity into commands, turning intentions into actions. The most common non-invasive method for acquiring those signals is ElectroEncephaloGraphy, EEG, which typically requires a cumbersome electrode skull cap and a tangled web of wires. These devices generally rely heavily on gels and pastes to help maintain skin contact, require extensive set-up times, are generally inconvenient and uncomfortable to use.


Altoida Raises $6.3M Series A to Predict Alzheimer's Disease Risk Using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality

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Altoida Inc. today announced a $6.3 million round of venture capital financing to bring its FDA-cleared and CE Mark-approved medical device and brain health data platform to patients, physicians and researchers around the globe. Led by a team of esteemed neuroscientists, physicians and computer scientists, Altoida uses digital biomarkers to drive better clinical outcomes for brain disease. The Series A round was led by M Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of the science and technology company Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, with participation from Grey Sky Venture Partners, VI Partners AG, Alpana Ventures, and FYRFLY Venture Partners. The new capital will be used to further expand Altoida's global presence with an immediate focus on commercialization activities in the US and EU markets. "Altoida is at the forefront of a new era to leverage Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to assess brain health," said Alexander Hoffmann, Principal, New Businesses at M Ventures.


Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, edge computing experts most in demand - Times of India

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BENGALURU: Artificial intelligence specialist, AR (augmented reality) experts, genomic portfolio director, master edge computing and digital imaging leader are some of the hottest jobs this year, as per staffing company TeamLease's Jobs and Salaries Primer Report 2021. High expertise-based job profiles have steadily grown in criticality over the last 12 months, and are seen by employers to be indispensable. These attract around 11% salary increment or more, as compared with market averages ranging between 1.7 and 14%. Such jobs include software test specialists in the IT sector, banking trainers in the BFSI industry, and compliance officers in the construction industry. The report covers 17 sectors including agriculture, automobile, banking, ecommerce and healthcare. "It is heartening to note that many business sectors are helping dispel the second wave gloom that surrounds us in the way they know best – making pay actions that are appreciably higher than in 2020, and are more effective.


Postdoc Position in Artificial Intelligence - Sweden

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Applicants must have earned a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, interaction design, human-computer interaction, or similar subjects relevant for the position. The PhD degree should not be more than three years old by the application deadline, unless special circumstances exist. The candidate is expected to have an overall interest in responsible AI concepts and methods, and expertise in participatory methods and interaction design, as demonstrate by publications and other scientific output. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written, is required. Ideal candidates are research driven, organized, and would like to work on challenging problems and innovative solutions.


9 Megatrends Shaping the Metaverse

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In this article, I identify 9 megatrends -- exponential shifts that are already underway on a global scale -- and how they will shape the future of the metaverse. Most of the megatrends are a blend of both technology and social change. Here are the megatrends I'll discuss: By looking at the 9 megatrends here, we are given a chance to "pull back the camera lens" and see a picture of the wider landscape upon which we're constructing the metaverse. People increasingly regard the virtual world to be as real as the physical world. In the physical world, trust is how relationships and institutions function.


Steam Deck: is it the Nintendo Switch for nerds?

The Guardian

It looks like Valve has done it again. The company that surprised everyone by pivoting from game developer to digital shopkeeper with the launch of Steam, then leapt into virtual reality with the HTC Vive and Valve Index headsets, is now taking on Nintendo with a powerful handheld games console. Announced on 16 July and due to launch in December, the Steam Deck features a 7in LCD touchscreen, an array of analogue and touch-pad controls, a gyroscope for motion detection, wifi connectivity and a base station so it can be hooked up to a monitor. Tech-wise, it's built around a custom Zen 2 AMD processor, AMD RDNA 2 GPU and 16GB of memory. In a recent deep dive on the machine's specs, Eurogamer found it compared to the Xbox Series S console in terms of performance.