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Sony shows off a robot grabber, 4K OLED panels for VR, and more

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Sony's holding its Technology Day event to show off what it's been working on in its R&D labs, and this year, we got some great visuals of tech the company's been working on. Amidst the rehashes of the PS5's haptics and 3D audio and a demo reel of Sony's admittedly awesome displays for making virtual movie sets, we got to see a robot hand that Sony said could figure out grip strength depending on what it was picking up, a slightly dystopian-sounding "global sensing system," and more. Perhaps the most interesting thing Sony showed off was a headset that featured OLED displays with "4K-per-inch" resolution. While the headset Sony used in its presentation was very clearly something intended for lab and prototype use, the specs Sony laid out for the panels were reminiscent of the rumors swirling around the PlayStation VR 2. They don't exactly line up, though; Sony said the headset it showed off was 8K, given the 4K display per eye, and the PS VR 2 will supposedly only be 4K overall with 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye. Still, it's exciting that Sony is working on VR-focused panels, along with latency reduction tech for them.


The FTC Sues Nvidia to Block Its Historic Deal With Arm

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The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block Nvidia's acquisition of Arm, the semiconductor design firm, saying that the blockbuster deal would unfairly stifle competition. This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast. "The FTC is suing to block the largest semiconductor chip merger in history to prevent a chip conglomerate from stifling the innovation pipeline for next-generation technologies," Holly Vedova, director of the FTC's competition bureau, said in a statement. "Tomorrow's technologies depend on preserving today's competitive, cutting-edge chip markets. This proposed deal would distort Arm's incentives in chip markets and allow the combined firm to unfairly undermine Nvidia's rivals."


Fotokite Sigma Fully Autonomous Drone is Powered by NVIDIA's Jetson Edge AI Platform

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When it comes to emergencies, first responders don't have much time to think, whether it be a fire or search-and-rescue mission, and that's why Switzerland-based Fotokite has developed a fully autonomous tethered drone. Called Sigma, it was built using the NVIDIA Jetson platform and specializes in covering the vast majority of situations where first responders need an aerial perspective during an emergency. Not just a standard autonomous drone, this one comes equipped with a thermal camera capable of determining where a fire is, as well as where the safest location to enter or exit a structure would be. The drone can automatically highlight hotspots that need attention and guiding firefighters on where water is needed most, even through heavy smoke or with limited visibility. Everything from autonomous flight and real-time data delivery to the user interface and real-time streaming is made as simple as pushing a button, which means first responders can focus on saving lives and keeping people safe.


FTC sues to block big semiconductor chip industry merger between Nvidia and Arm

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In this file photo, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivers a speech about AI and gaming. In this file photo, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivers a speech about AI and gaming. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block a $40 billion deal in which the Silicon Valley chip maker Nvidia sought to buy British chip designer Arm. Officials with the FTC say the deal, which would be the largest semiconductor-chip merger in history, would give Nvidia too much power, hurt competition and raise prices for consumers. "Tomorrow's technologies depend on preserving today's competitive, cutting-edge chip markets," said Holly Vedova, who leads the FTC's competition bureau.


$25 gift idea: A Lenovo Smart Clock and smart bulb bundle on sale at Walmart

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Hey Google, save me 64%: As of Dec. 1, a Lenovo Smart Clock and smart bulb bundle at Walmart is on sale for $24.88 compared to its usual $69.99. Bundles are already a great way to score two products for less. One Walmart bundle takes the whole "two for one" theme even further: For $24.88, you can be the proud new owner of a Lenovo Smart Clock Gen 2 and a Lenovo smart bulb. At full price, the $69.99 bundle technically gets you the $14.99 bulb for free. Combining them saves you almost 65% on both. The official title of "smart alarm clock" doesn't do Lenovo's smart speaker much justice -- at least not the second-gen model.


Which streamer should you buy?

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Our picks for the best streaming device to connect to your TV to stream video will help you figure out which one is right for your needs. We've reviewed nearly every streaming device and major smart TV system on the market today, including Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon and Apple TV. With the exception of smart TVs that actually run streaming software from Roku, Google or Amazon, these add-on streaming devices often have simpler remotes, streaming dongles, more apps, better search and more frequent updates than the smarts built into your TV set. Roku, the biggest name in streaming hardware, has a $40 streaming device called the Roku Express 4K Plus that's taken the top spot on our list of the best streaming devices. It's $10 cheaper than the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K, yet is just as capable. Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K Max sets the bar for speed on a streaming device and offers plenty of features at a slightly more expensive $55.


AI Hardware Executive Outlook Summit December 1, 2021

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Following the success of the 4th AI Hardware Summit that took place 13-16th September in Mountain View, US, Kisaco Research is proud to announce the annual 2022 Executive Outlook. The Executive Outlook provides leading industry executives, and key decision makers, an exclusive chance to network, discuss and share their views and predictions on the market from a strategic viewpoint, and, collectively define a vision for the future of AI systems. Our Executive Outlook is an annual, end-of-year executive-level summit and awards ceremony. It will recognize both engineering and business achievements during the year and gather the very best and brightest in the AI acceleration world, to pause and reflect on the year and set a vision for the following 12 months. The forum will consist of analyst overviews and predictions, executive keynotes, and an awards ceremony.


OpenGL Machine Learning Runs On Low-End Hardware

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If you've looked into GPU-accelerated machine learning projects, you're certainly familiar with NVIDIA's CUDA architecture. It also follows that you've checked the prices online, and know how expensive it can be to get a high-performance video card that supports this particular brand of parallel programming. But what if you could run machine learning tasks on a GPU using nothing more exotic than OpenGL? That's what [lnstadrum] has been working on for some time now, as it would allow devices as meager as the original Raspberry Pi Zero to run tasks like image classification far faster than they could using their CPU alone. The trick is to break down your computational task into something that can be performed using OpenGL shaders, which are generally meant to push video game graphics.


AI design changes on the horizon from open-source Apache TVM and OctoML

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In recent years, artificial intelligence programs have been prompting changes in computer chip designs, and novel computers have made new kinds of neural networks in AI possible. There is a powerful feedback loop going on. In the center of that loop sits software technology that converts neural net programs to run on novel hardware. And at the center of that sits a recent open-source project gaining momentum. Apache TVM is a compiler that operates differently from other compilers.


NVIDIA - AI and gaming sales drive record revenues

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No news or research item is a personal recommendation to deal. All investments can fall as well as rise in value so you could get back less than you invest. Nvidia reported record third quarter revenue of $7.1bn, up 50% year-on-year, with particularly strong growth in data centres and professional visualization. Operating profits rose 91% to nearly $2.7bn, with only a modest increase in sales, general & administrative expense. The group plans to pay dividends of $0.04 cents per share in the final quarter.