Your next cheeseburger could be made by a robot. California-based startup Creator has built a machine that can cook patties, toast buns, squirt on the sauce and assemble your burger in just five minutes. It took eight years to develop, but the burger robot is almost ready to make its big debut at the company's first storefront in San Francisco, according to TechCrunch. In all, the 14-foot-long machine, which Creator refers to as a'culinary instrument,' contains 20 computers, 350 sensors and 50 actuators. Creator expects to open the storefront to the public in September.
Smart wristbands, wireless sensing systems, and ultra-efficient solar cells – a glance through the list of winning projects from this year's ExploraVision competition might sound a lot like roll call at the Consumer Electronics Show. But, the concepts that claimed the top prizes aren't coming from tech's biggest names, or even the latest startups to break out of Silicon Valley. They're all, essentially, created by kids. 'Quite often young kids have these ideas for medical advancements, and it's out of empathy or feelings for someone they know – a friend of theirs, a family member who has some medical condition that they develop a device or system that would address it,' Nye said The Toshiba-backed initiative announced the winners of its annual k-12 science competition earlier this month, revealing the groundbreaking prototypes that seek to bring answers to our everyday problems. With solutions for everything from current medical failings to electrical grid woes, it's no wonder the student projects have already begun to capture industry attention.
Google has made a crucial tweak to its AI assistant to make interactions more conversational. The company has ditched the need to use the wake phrase'OK, Google' or'Hey Google' to signal the start of a follow-up voice command for the talkative personal assistant. After an initial request, Google Assistant can now use artificial intelligence to try to discern whether you are addressing the smart speaker with a fresh query, or simply talking to someone else nearby. However, to do this, the assistant has to send the audio recording to its servers for analysis, which could threaten your privacy, according to security experts. The optional feature, dubbed Continued Conversations, can now be enabled for Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max owners in the United States.
Researchers have long struggled with accurately predicting climate models because clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening prove to be a challenge. 'This could be a real game-changer for climate prediction,' said Pierre Gentine, lead author of the paper, and a member of the Earth Institute and the Data Science Institute. 'We have large uncertainties in our prediction of the response of the Earth's climate to rising greenhouse gas concentrations. 'The primary reason is the representation of clouds and how they respond to a change in those gases,' he said. 'Our study shows that machine-learning techniques help us better represent clouds and thus better predict global and regional climate''s response to rising greenhouse gas concentrations.'
If you've ever wanted to crumple up a keyboard and carry it in your pocket, researchers from the Sejong University in Korea have created a gadget that can do just that. Bendable portable keyboards have already been on the market for quite some time, but they are not very flexible and take up a significant amount of space. New technology uses silicone rubber embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes. The researchers have created a keyboard that is so thin, tough and flexible it can be crumpled up and put in a pocket with no damage. Existing keyboards use either rigid push buttons on a rollable sheet or a tactile sensor on a multilayered soft sheet.
Are you more of a Ronaldo or a Kane? A new AI-powered tool, which uses facial recognition technology to find your football doppelganger, will help you find out. The artificial Intelligence will attempt to match your likeness with one of the 736 professional sportsmen currently competing in the World Cup in Russia. You can test the hilarious tool below – or via this link. To test the'Find Your World Cup Twin' tool, hit the Upload Image button at the bottom of the screen.
Psychologists say horses use a combination of facial expressions and voice tones to work out how people are feeling - and they can even do it with complete strangers. The study could help us develop a better relationship with the species, which humans have depended on for more than 5,500 years. According to the researchers, horses could even catch-up to dogs in terms of human emotional intelligence, if changes to training are made in response to the latest findings. It has been suggested that recognition of social signals such as emotions play an important role in how horses live and interact with humans. Unlike dogs, few studies have investigated horses' awareness of human emotions.
While it's easy to attribute these spooky sounds to the supernatural, researchers now believe sleep could be the cause of late-night ghostly sightings. In an article for the Conversation, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths University, Alice Gregory set about to determine how anxiety, REM sleep, and'exploding head syndrome' could offer a scientific explanation for late-night paranormal occurrences. It is during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep when you are most likely to have vivid dreams. At this stage your body is also paralysed, perhaps as a safety mechanism to stop us acting out our dreams so that we don't end up attempting to fly (Stock Image) If you believe in the paranormal you might not be surprised if you hear stories of deceased loved ones appearing during the night, huge explosions heard just as someone is drifting off with no obvious cause, and other peculiar occurrences. My interest in the paranormal started with an impromptu coffee with a colleague, Chris French, who researches reports of paranormal experiences.
Researchers at the Roslin Institute, which cloned Dolly the Sheep, used gene-editing to protect pigs from a respiratory condition. They have now proven the pigs do not become ill when infected with the virus. The breakthrough raises fears over'Frankenstein food', with the team stating last year that they could produce GM bacon, sausages and pork within a decade. But researchers say it will still be'several years before we're eating bacon sandwiches' from the genetically modified pigs. Scientists have successfully created super pigs resistant to a killer virus which costs the worldwide farming industry billions per year.
Amazon is increasingly claiming territory once held exclusively by department stores - and it's doing so again, essentially placing a dressing room in your house. The retail giant has officially launched service for Prime members that allows them to try on the latest styles before they buy at no upfront charge. Customers have seven days to decide what they like and only pay for what they keep. Amazon announced Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that it's testing a new service for its Prime members that lets customers try on the latest styles before they buy at no upfront charge, take seven days to decide and only pay for what they keep Shipments arrive in a re-sealable box with a pre-paid label for returns. The company had been gradually rolling out the service to Prime members in the US over the course of the year.