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.
Have a beef with beef? A burgeoning veggie burger industry is using artificial intelligence to propose alternatives. Swiss group Firmenich, one of the world's leading flavour manufacturers, says recreating the sensation of beef relies not only on flavour, texture and colour, but also on how it responds to cooking and the way it feels in the mouth. "Finding a protein that resembles meat from a vegetable protein is highly complex," Emmanuel Butstraen, head of Firmenich's flavours unit, told AFP at the company's headquarters in Satigny outside Geneva. One of the toughest challenges is avoiding an unpleasant aftertaste.
Facial recognition tech linked to personal health codes has been rolled out in a Chinese city bordering Myanmar as authorities seek to squash a coronavirus outbreak. China is one of the world's most surveilled countries, with the government rushing to install more than 200 million CCTV cameras to "cover all public spaces" in the past five years. Surveillance has been widely used to combat Covid-19 in China, which was the first country to adopt a QR code system to log test results and track contacts. But this is the first publicly reported instance of facial recognition being used to track a person's movements and health status as they enter and exit residential areas, supermarkets, transport hubs and other public places. "Everyone who comes in and out needs to have their (health) code and face scanned to pass," officials in Ruili, in Yunnan province, told reporters on Saturday. Ruili discovered 155 cases over the past week in one of the worst virus flareups in recent months to hit China, according to data published Tuesday.
There are tons of great games scheduled to release this year, and July has its fair share of titles that are worth waiting for. Steam's store catalogue has quite a few games that are almost ready for release, and players who are looking to expand their game libraries will have much to look forward to. Here's a short list of some of the most interesting upcoming games on Steam this July for the gamers who want to break away from the mainstream releases and dive deep into lesser-known territory. "Tribes of Midgard" is an interesting combination of the ARPG and survival genres. This is a session-based Viking RPG with plenty of loot to grab and monsters to slay for parties of up to 10 people.
Astronauts at China's new space station conducted their first spacewalk Sunday, state media reported, as Beijing presses on with its extraterrestrial ambitions. It was only the second time the country's astronauts have stepped out of their craft while in space. Three Chinese spacemen blasted off in June, docking at the Tiangong station where they are to remain for three months in China's longest crewed mission to date. On Sunday morning, two of them exited the core cabin, said state broadcaster CCTV. The first, Liu Boming, was transported via mechanical arm to a work site and the other, Tang Hongbo, moved by climbing on the outside of the cabin.
Thousands of members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance gathered in Baghdad on Tuesday to mourn comrades killed in US air strikes along the Syrian border. The American raids early Monday sparked an exchange of fire between pro-Iranian militias and the US-led coalition in eastern Syria, and heightened fears of a new US-Iran escalation amid ongoing efforts to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. With chants of "death to America" and "vengeance for the martyrs", the Hashed members massed in Freedom Square near the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone where the US embassy is located. Security forces were deployed in large numbers, sealing off the Green Zone after a string of recent incursions by armed groups backed by Washington's arch-enemy Tehran. Mourners march with a banner showing (L to R) Iraq's slain Hashed al-Shaabi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, other slain members of the group and Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, during a symbolic funeral in the Iraqi capital Photo: AFP / Sabah ARAR Several high-ranking Hashed figures took part in the symbolic funeral, including its top commander Faleh Al-Fayyadh and Hadi al-Ameri, head of one of its main factions, the Badr Organisation.
Tesla just launched the world's fifth most powerful computer responsible for neural network AI training ahead of the anticipated Dojo supercomputer debut. Tesla seemingly does not run out of new features to unveil for its followers. As the public patiently awaits the Dojo supercomputer launch, the company surprisingly unveiled another breakthrough in technology. The company launched the supercomputer to train the neural nets that power the Tesla autopilot. It is also intended for training the upcoming self-driving Artificial Intelligence, Electrek reported.
Amazon is taking cashier-less shopping to a whole new level by bringing its Just Walk Out technology to a full-size grocery store for the first time. The world's largest online retail company officially announced on June 15 that it would launch a 25,000 square foot Amazon Fresh branch in Bellevue, Washington. The store, which will open on June 17, marks the company's 14th location in the U.S. Moreover, it will feature the Just Walk Out technology which combines computer vision, artificial intelligence, multiple sensors and cameras to keep track of the items that customers take from store shelves, reported The Verge. Amazon Fresh store customers in Bellevue will be given two checkout options upon entry.
Search engine giant Google has recently claimed that it developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) software capable of designing microchips much faster than humans can. In a paper recently published in the journal Nature, the company claimed that it is utilizing machine learning in designing its next generation of Google tensor processing unit chips. According to Google, a work that takes months for humans to finish can now be accomplished by its AI in six hours or less. For years, the company has been working to figure out how machine learning can be used to design and create chips. However, this latest effort appears to be the first one utilized in developing a commercial product.
Bethesda is known for its deliberate way of hiding clues in plain sight. Because of this, "The Elder Scrolls 6" fans now speculate that the latest trailer of "Starfield" contains a hint about the map of the next "The Elder Scrolls" installment. Xbox and Bethesda launched a new "Starfield" trailer during the team's showcase at this year's E3. The two-minute trailer was packed with details, which was something the team intentionally did, Bethesda Executive Producer Todd Howard said. Interestingly, fans did not let the trailer go unexplored.