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Bionic shorts can boost endurance using using wires to pull legs forward as you run or walk

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A newly-developed pair of smart robotic shorts puts a literal bounce in the wearer's step. In an article published in the journal of Science, researchers from Harvard demonstrate what they call the'hip exosuit' -- a type of smart bionic shorts that boosts the wearer's ability to run and walk. Scientists say that unlike other exoskeletons which focus on increasing strength, the hip exosuit -- which already has a working prototype -- is designed for endurance. Using cables that line the inside of the shorts' legs, the device is able to boost the wearer's movement using the help of an algorithm that discerns their gait. A motor pack in the back then pulls the cables in sync with the wearer's motions and helps propel them forward as they move.


Lightweight 'human exosuit' could helps people move easily and lift heavy objects

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A revolutionary lightweight exosuit that makes walking and running easier has been developed. Scientists say their pioneering design - weighing just five kilos (11 lbs) - could be worn by soldiers, firefighters or rescue workers. They say it could help keep them fresh by lightening the load of their jobs and assist them in negotiating difficult terrain. The portable gear may also improve mobility and quality of life for the elderly and people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. A revolutionary lightweight exosuit (pictured) that makes walking and running easier has been developed.


5G Adoption Key to Succeeding with AI, IoT and Robotics

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Although it's still early days to truly gauge the immediate impact of 5G technology on businesses, you should all embrace for a shinier future. The role of 5G on the world's economy would be profound, especially in pushing the adoption rates of emerging technologies -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Augmented Reality (AR). These emerging techs are conspicuous with their far-reaching benefits and long-term economic potential. According to a study by Global Data, the intrinsic capacity of the fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) to connect the Internet's end systems with enhanced data flows and faster response times will unlock the full potential of emerging technologies. The buzz about 5G adoption has created a whirlwind interest among emerging tech innovators and vendors.


A Wearable Robotic Tail Turns Anyone Into a Furry With Improved Balance

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There are lots of companies who make wearable tails for humans, but they're usually for cosplay or other entertainment pursuits. Researchers at Keio University in Japan have created a wearable animated tail that promises to genuinely augment the wearer's capabilities--not just appearance--by improving their balance and agility. I wrote a post about Disney's efforts to market Zootopia to furries last week, and I really pissed… The easiest way to understand what inspired this creation is to watch a video of monkeys effortlessly leaping from tree to tree. Their tails not only serve as an additional limb for grasping branches but also help them reposition their bodies mid-flight for a safe landing by shifting the monkey's center of balance as it moves. The Arque tail, as it's been named, does essentially the same thing for humans, although leaping from the highest branches of a tree isn't recommended just yet.


Improving organisational performance using VR and AI

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London-based Somewhere Else is taking on this challenge with it's VR and AI powered BODYSWAPS, with their stated aim of supporting L&D and HR leaders to empower their employees to become the best versions of themselves, faster and safely, improving organisational performance, fostering a better company culture, and delivering tangible operational value. BODYSWAPS is simple to use: just put on the headset, pick up the controllers, and run through a brief calibration. Then it's time to meet the new you, read up on the scenario you are in, and bring in your virtual, AI-powered colleague to talk to. Answer them as you would a real person, with the same attitude and hand gestures that you would in real life, and after switching positions to see your answer from their perspective, you will be presented with behavioral and semantics analytics and get personalised tips on how to improve in future - more energy in your attitude, less pointing and throwing your mug at people. Although the platform uses AI, the'people' you talk to are voiced by professional actors using SME-written scripts to better immerse you in the realism.


The Role Of AI In The Future Of Content Management Systems

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Enriched with data on past behavior, your CMS will be able to understand the entire customer journey and may be able to predict the type of content that leads to the most engagement and the highest likelihood of a conversion. With the pace of development across the AI space, we are not far away from the day when your CMS will be able to connect to these devices. Ultimately, AI will be able to optimize not just the content, but also the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) for the best possible customer experience and satisfaction.


Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can be powerful tools in surgeon training

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Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help neurosurgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to a new study. Research from the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) and McGill University shows that machine learning algorithms can accurately assess the capabilities of neurosurgeons during virtual surgery, demonstrating that virtual reality simulators using artificial intelligence can be powerful tools in surgeon training. Fifty participants were recruited from four stages of neurosurgical training; neurosurgeons, fellows and senior residents, junior residents, and medical students. They performed 250 complex tumor resections using NeuroVR, a virtual reality surgical simulator developed by the National Research Council of Canada and distributed by CAE, which recorded all instrument movements in 20 millisecond intervals. Using this raw data, a machine learning algorithm developed performance measures such as instrument position and force applied, as well as outcomes such as amount of tumor removed and blood loss, which could predict the level of expertise of each participant with 90 per-cent accuracy.


How Facebook's brain-machine interface measures up

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Somewhat unceremoniously, Facebook this week provided an update on its brain-computer interface project, preliminary plans for which it unveiled at its F8 developer conference in 2017. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco backed by Facebook Reality Labs -- Facebook's Pittsburgh-based division devoted to augmented reality and virtual reality R&D -- described a prototypical system capable of reading and decoding study subjects' brain activity while they speak. It's impressive no matter how you slice it: The researchers managed to make out full, spoken words and phrases in real time. Study participants (who were prepping for epilepsy surgery) had a patch of electrodes placed on the surface of their brains, which employed a technique called electrocorticography (ECoG) -- the direct recording of electrical potentials associated with activity from the cerebral cortex -- to derive rich insights. A set of machine learning algorithms equipped with phonological speech models learned to decode specific speech sounds from the data and to distinguish between questions and responses.


How technology can help HR move from admin to strategy - Tech Wire Asia

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WHILE most employees don't engage with human resources (HR) staffers beyond their appointment, onboarding, leave requests and payroll, there's a whole bunch of functions that HR professionals perform. Technically speaking, HR people have their tasks split into three buckets -- administrative, operational, and strategic. Although trained similarly, HR professionals have traditionally branched into one of these areas as part of their career progression, headed the function, and reported to the Chief HR Officer (CHRO). With technology -- that's about to change -- allowing all HR personnel to make a larger contribution to the organization's people strategy. Those currently engaging in administrative tasks, for example, can immediately see technology making an impact on their everyday lives.


Frontier Technology Conference: AI, AR & Blockchain - CryptEvents

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Frontier Technology Conference (FTC) is San Francisco's first and seminal frontier technology conference. It is a two-day conference of learning, inspiration, and networking. The conference will feature Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DLT's). Specific included technologies are XR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality), AI (Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning), and Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies. It caters to top executives, technologists, developers, entrepreneurs, and other frontier technology professionals, as well as enthusiasts and the curious-minded.