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Artificial Intelligence Drives This Brand New Bluetooth Headset From EPOS

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The EPOS Adapt 660 wireless headset has active noise canceling to cut out surrounding noise. AI mics ... [ ] mean that when you use the headset to make phone calls, everything sounds much clearer than a regular headset. If I were to ask you to imagine a headset for making voice and video calls, I'm fairly confident you would think of something that looks like a pair of headphones with a microphone on a boom that sits in front of your mouth to pick up speech clearly. But if I were to ask you the same question in five years, I'd probably get a different answer. The reason for this is all down to progress being made thanks to AI or artificial intelligence.


Tinder may let you match with users anywhere in the world for free

Engadget

If you can't meet a date in person, then where they live doesn't really matter. That's what Tinder seems to think, anyway. The company is reportedly planning to test a new Global Mode, which will allow profiles to show up around the world, The Verge reports. Users will be able to match with people in other cities, states and even countries. Tinder says it will begin rolling out the "first steps" of Global Mode in late May but that it will take some time before it is available to all members.


The video chat that existed in the 1870s

National Geographic

Since the invention of the telephone and even before we had it in real life, video chatting has appeared in science fiction. See how this once elusive technology was commonplace in illustrations, television, and movies for over a century. You hear your phone ring. You look down, and what do you see? Ah. After you hit decline, think about how commonplace video chat's become.


Zoom Not Cutting It for You? Try Exploring a Virtual World

WIRED

In a matter of weeks, Zoom has gone from obscure business app to household name. It's where college kids throw parties and how elementary school students attend class (at least until their teachers get Zoombombed). "Zoom happy hour" has officially entered the nomenclature, and some people are even suffering from "Zoom fatigue." Millions of Americans have now been confined to their homes for weeks or months, so it's no surprise they're relying more on video chat. What'is less expected is that a piece of corporate software, often terrible at mimicking real social interaction, has emerged as the hottest app of the pandemic.


How to video chat using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

In an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many Americans are working from home as health global experts continue to encourage social distancing. While you've probably got plenty of board games, TV shows, and other entertainment to keep you company, they can't replace facetime with friends and family. Smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can help! Here's how to quickly and easily video chat with your loved ones using Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon has several Echo smart displays that can be used for video calls, like the Echo Show 5 (pictured).


COVID-19 social distancing: Together apart, screen time connects isolated kids with family, friends

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Every afternoon Flora, 9, and Kate, 10, turn on their laptops and iPads to collaborate on a play called "World War III," a futuristic tale of two sisters who try to save the world after being blown back in time by a bomb. The close friends, who live a couple miles apart in St. Paul, Minnesota, used to hang out together to dream up dialogue and plot twists. Now, separated by coronavirus social distancing measures, they Skype on one screen and, on the other, type in a Google doc. No longer able to meet up with friends at the movies or the mall, Flora's brother Brodie, 15, stays in touch on FaceTime and Snapchat and through online games Minecraft and Rainbow Six Siege. He says communicating online with high school pals helps him cope with real-world worries about the coronavirus.


Coronavirus: The role of tech from telemedicine to Star Trek-like devices

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Police in China are using Robocop-style helmets embedded with AI to spot someone with a fever from 16 feet away. A restaurant in L.A. has been checking people's temperatures at the door with an infrared noncontact thermometer. And a hotel near Texas Medical Center in Houston just deployed germ-zapping robots to sanitize guest rooms and common areas. In the war against the spread of the coronavirus, tech gadgets and telemedicine services are getting fast-tracked to the front lines. It's been a whirlwind few months for Dr. Samir Qamar.


Algorithms can now detect your heart rate and stress levels over video chat

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Israel-based Binah.ai is one of several companies that are using artificial intelligence to gauge a bevy of vital signals over video. The technology is part of a big push to move healthcare out of the doctor's office and into the home through telemedicine. The company also has plans to eventually add blood pressure to its roster of services. How can an algorithm detect all of these vital signs through a video? Binah.ai has implemented a technology called plethysmography, which uses cameras to detect slight changes in facial coloring that indicate pulse.


Brainstorm Health: 23andMe and Diabetes, Death by Video Chat, Trump Budget

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I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Would you want to be told you're dying over a video screen attached to a robot? A 78-year-old California man received news of his demise in exactly that fashion, the BBC reports. A robotic unit used to conduct telemedicine visits came into Ernest Quintana's hospital room, where he was with his granddaughter and a friend of his daughter's, and a doctor on its video screen (sitting at an unknown remote location) reportedly told him that his lungs were irrevocably damaged and he would soon die. Quintana passed away the following day.


A very efficient guide to not wasting your time while online dating

Mashable

Let's be real: Ain't nobody got time to waste on online dating. Yet for busy single people, dating apps and websites feel like a necessary evil to meeting people. How else are you going to do it? But if you're not careful, finding suitable partners (whether for the long- or short-term) in an endless sea of digital fish can turn into a full-time job. And if you're already working a 9-5 (or worse), you'll quickly want to give up.