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Meet the International Space Station's adorable camera drone

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion to play around with. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the "Int-Ball," a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew. JAXA says crew members spend 10 percent of their working hours with a camera in hand, photographing work or equipment that requires further evaluation. A floating camera drone could, in theory, alleviate the crew of that responsibility, giving them more time to conduct experiments and carry out repairs.


Amazon is probably going to release another Echo speaker later this year

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Amazon is reportedly planning to release another Echo later this year, according to Engadget. Adding another Echo to the lineup would bring the total number of Alexa-enabled smart speakers to five (six if you count the Tap speaker), and it would be the third new one to launch this year. SEE ALSO: Amazon's Echo Show needs apps to actually be useful The new Echo will reportedly come with a number of improvements over the regular Echo. Amazon recently released the Echo Show with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Echo Look is rolling out as an invite-to-buy product later this year.


How to get Engadget UK Flash Briefings on your Amazon Echo

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You can already find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, but today we're adding a new "app" to the mix: an Engadget UK Flash Briefing for the Amazon Echo. Engadget UK Flash Briefings are free and take just seconds to install. If you have any other Flash Briefings installed, Engadget UK news will simply be added to your round-up. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new Engadget UK Flash Briefing.


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Together, these sensors detect and visualise everything around the truck, including cars, pedestrians and lamp posts. The system works with Caesium, a cloud-based platform (also developed by Oxbotica) that can manage and coordinate fleets of autonomous vehicles. The company sells a "smart platform" which gives other companies access to its delivery infrastructure -- the technology behind its apps, its warehouses and delivery vehicles. So it's very important for us to keep innovating and to keep doing exciting technology projects, because that will give us a competitive advantage going forward."


Amazon Echo Show Reviews: New Alexa Speaker Benefits From Screen

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Amazon's Echo lineup of smart home speakers traditionally has looked the same as any traditional speaker, but its latest update significantly shakes up Amazon's popular product lineup. Around the web, reviewers have generally been fans of the new hybrid smart speaker though some are hesitant about its major features. You can also use the screen and camera to make video calls with other users or watch TV shows and other video content. The Amazon Echo Show retails for $229 and is available now.


The Morning After: Weekend After E3 Edition

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You'll need a Galaxy S8 to get inSamsung starts testing voice features for its Bixby AI Despite tons of hype, Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant launched with only some of its promised features enabled. Now, Samsung is ready for an "early preview test" of voice search and control, which Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus owners can register to join. From now until June 30th, we're accepting submissions for new, existing or altered works that make creative use of new technologies to explore the theme of alternate realities. Wearable devices can mean new challenges.Engadget at E3: Making virtual reality accessible for everyone Amy Kneepkens, head video creator at AbleGamers, joined us onstage at E3 2017 to give us a view into accessibility issues affecting virtual reality.


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It's so reliable, in fact, that scientists recently introduced the Sheep Pain Facial Expression Scale (SPFES) to easily determine the amount of pain a sheep feels. Scientists programmed a computer to recognize sheep facial expressions, based on techniques for human face recognition. "Our multi-level approach starts with detection of sheep faces, localisation of facial landmarks, normalisation and then extraction of facial features," says the study. Each of these items is associated with a different level of sheep pain, according to SPFES.


Inside the Barbican's sci-fi movie wonderland

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From June 3rd, the Barbican Centre in London will be celebrating these movies and the staggering work that went into them through a new exhibition called'Into the Unknown.' Walk down its dark, curving corridor and you'll find original spacesuits from Alien, Moon, Sunshine and Star Trek, as well as original Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. But the exhibition is about more than film set leftovers. Ahead of the exhibition's launch, Engadget was invited to walk around with camera in hand.


Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

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Ditching mind control in favor of a strongman cult creates a more fertile arena for dynamic relationships to develop between players and their erstwhile allies and enemies, according to Michael de Plater, creative director for Shadow of War at Monolith. The system ended up creating memorable enemies that players would recall years later on Reddit forums, de Plater said: They'd kill named Orc lieutenants the system assigned a random personality and set of attributes, who would return with a grudge and sometimes kill the player, creating a brutal cycle with both parties knowing the score. "What we do is build tools to help developers creatively author story scenarios and author personalities for characters and the kinds of things that characters might say, but then those characters might improvise based on the space that you've authored for them," Khandaker told Engadget. What Shadow of War won't have are human enemies that players can mind control or kill in gruesome ways: Your foes will be Mordor-born Orcs who span the gray-brown gamut and exhibit the violent, traitorous ways of their race.


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai greeted the assembled press and developers with a news that the company would be focusing heavily on AI both for its services and research. To help accelerate AI research, Pichai announced that the Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) it uses to train machine-learning models is available in the Google Cloud Platform for anyone to use via the Google Compute Engine today. The CEO also announced that Google will be using the neural nets it creates to build other neural nets with AutoML. The system takes a set of candidate neural nets (Pichai called them baby neural nets) and iterate them using a reinforcement training approach until the best one is found.