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The instances of anxiety have increased significantly over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stress-inducing situations originating from health, financial, social, environmental, and other factors have grown prevalent and people subjected to the same require immediate attention. Scientists across the world have been working tirelessly to come up with methods to detect, diagnose, and treat mental ailments effectively. According to a recent study published in Pervasive and Mobile Computing titled "ADAM-sense: Anxiety-displaying activities recognition by motion sensors", researchers have devised an AI-based method that can help detect anxiety with over 92 per cent accuracy. Data for the research were collected extensively from adult participants.


Amazon smart home focuses on artificial intelligence

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Over the course of an hour on Tuesday, September 28, Amazon rolled out a raft of new smart home products, including an Alexa-powered robot, a wall-mountable Echo smart display, an interactive video phone for kids, the first video doorbell from its Blink division, new home-security products from its Ring subsidiary, and more. Artificial intelligence--Amazon calls it "ambient" intelligence--was a common thread running through all these new products. The company says this will enable its disparate products to work together seamlessly to deliver an experience that's more than the sum of its parts. But with a nod to consumers' growing privacy concerns, each presenter emphasized the ways in which Amazon's development teams had focused on reducing their products' reliance on cloud computing, pushing more processing power to the device itself to keep information local and within the users' control. Here's a quick recap of the most significant new product announcements, along with links to our deeper dives.


Best security system 2021: Protect your home & office

ZDNet

You don't need to spend a fortune on making your home office secure, and thanks to mobile technology, our options are now far beyond a locked door and window fastenings. Smart video doorbells that record both video and audio feeds in real-time when you have a visitor; motion and sound sensors that can be used in and outside, digital door locks, cameras with excellent night vision -- the range of products that leverage mobile connectivity, apps, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors are endless and are improving every year thanks to data analytics and the cloud. That is not to say that all smart home security products are created equal, and not every home needs to have costly setups when it comes to security -- sometimes, a few select pieces can create a home ecosystem that is enough to protect your home (and office) against intruders and alert you when suspicious activity is detected. ZDNet has created a list of recommendations suiting a variety of budgets and setups to help homeowners and remote workers decide how best to protect their properties, ranging from full kits to useful window sensors and cameras suitable for use both in and outdoors. A smart video doorbell is one of those products that you didn't realize could be a great addition to daily life until you invest in one.


Can a piece of software look after your elderly parent?

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Kellye Franklin recalls the devastation when her now 81-year-old father, a loyal air force veteran, tried to make his own breakfast one morning. Seven boxes of open cereal on the living room floor with milk poured directly into every one of them. He would later be diagnosed with moderate to severe dementia. Yet Franklin, 39, who is her dad's only child and his primary caregiver, does not worry about that repeating now. In late 2019, she had motion sensors that are connected to an artificial intelligence (AI) system installed in the two-floor townhome she and her dad share in Inglewood, in Los Angeles county.


Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: This motorized device lets Fido open the sliding door himself

PCWorld

Sliding glass doors are great for doing double duty as both a manner of egress and a window, but they're not the most convenient when it comes to smart tech. Wayzn aims to change that by giving the sliding glass door an electronic upgrade, one which is designed around letting your pets in and out of the house automatically. The concept is simple: A mechanical bar attaches to the sliding glass door frame, pulling and pushing the door open or closed on command--or when it detects your pet is nearby thanks to an integrated motion/heat sensor. The execution is a bit trickier, however, which I'll get to shortly. For starters, let's talk installation.


Best security system in 2021: Secure your home or business

ZDNet

You don't need to spend a fortune on making your home office secure, and thanks to mobile technology, our options are now far beyond a locked door and window fastenings. Smart video doorbells that record both video and audio feeds in real-time when you have a visitor; motion and sound sensors that can be used in and outside, digital door locks, cameras with excellent night vision -- the range of products that leverage mobile connectivity, apps, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors are endless. That is not to say that all smart home security products are created equal, and not every home needs to have bells and whistles on when it comes to security -- sometimes, a few select pieces can create a home ecosystem that is enough to protect your home (and office) against intruders, as well as alert you when suspicious activity is detected. It is also worth noting that any device with connectivity may contain vulnerabilities themselves that could be exploited -- and may endanger their users' privacy as a result -- and so when you pick an IoT device vendor, it should be one that maintains a frequent security program and patch cycle. ZDNet has created a list of recommendations suiting a variety of budgets and setups to help homeowners and remote workers decide how best to protect their properties, ranging from full kits to useful window sensors and cameras suitable for use both in and outdoors.


New AI mattress uses 360-degree motion sensors

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A sleep tech firm has launched an AI mattress that can readjust to ensure the user is in the most comfortable position throughout the night. Called Emma Motion, the bed uses 360 motion sensors to detect even the smallest amount of pressure and reacts by moulding to the sleeper's body. Emma Motion works for anyone regardless of how much they toss and turn to provide'maximum comfort and ultimate ergonomics' and also features a heat-conducting sleep that keeps users cool. The mattress has been launched in France and Belgium this month for 2,499 euros (about £2,200) and will be released in the UK later this year. The world's most advanced smart mattress has been launched by sleep tech brand Emma, set to help address sleep problems The smart mattress has been created by German sleep tech brand Emma.


Ring Alarm (2nd Gen) review: Still the best DIY home security system

PCWorld

Ring Alarm has been our favorite home-security-focused smart home system since its launch, and the second-generation system is even better. That said, Ring hasn't yet delivered on its implied promise to make the Ring Alarm the unifying core of a complete smart home system. Fulfilling that promise--which Ring Solutions president Mike Harris spoke of in 2018--would have bumped up our bottom-line score by a half point. I'll assume, however, that your primary interest in reading this review is to learn about Ring Alarm as a home security system. So, I'll focus on that aspect first and summarize its shortcomings as a smart home system later. This is an in-depth review of a complex system, written after living with the product for a couple of months with the professional monitoring option enabled.


Get the Ring Door View Cam for half-price in Amazon Prime Day sale 2020

Daily Mail - Science & tech

There are some fantastic discounts to be found on the latest tech gadgets this Amazon Prime Day 2020. If you've been toying with investing in some smart home security but are not sure where to start, then why not invest in the top-rated wireless doorbell camera from Ring? The Ring Door View Cam is now an impressive 50 per cent off on Amazon - reduced to a very enticing £59. With over 1,200 reviews and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5, it comes highly recommended from shoppers and is an affordable way to jump into the smart home security scene. A video doorbell is the latest way to protect your home, allowing you to screen you visitors and see who's knocking even when you're not in.


20 Labor Day deals on home security: Cameras, safes, lighting, and more

Mashable

After all, keeping a spare key under the doormat or inside a sculpture on your front yard just won't fly these days. If you want to truly protect yourself, your belongings, and your family, it's time to level up. This weekend, you can take 15% off all the security accessories you need with the code GOFORIT15. So yeah, go for it, take your pick. If you perpetually lose your keys, the Ultraloq Combo offers entry via biometric fingerprint identification, contactless key fob, or your smartphone, so you won't ever have to be locked out again.