If you were to wander through the halls at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) this year, chances are that one of the phrases you will have heard most often is artificial intelligence (AI).Travelmate’s robot suitcase will use AI to drive around and follow its owner wherever they go.There does appear to be something real at the heart of all of this marketing copy: it’s clear that it’s an exciting time in the tech industry, as entire product categories are being invented or transformed using these sorts of smart technologies.Products like Amazon’s Alexa, with its accurate voice recognition would have been virtually unimaginable a decade earlier, at least outside of the realms of science fiction.And Google’s ability to pick out objects from photos would have seemed like witchcraft to companies that would previously have paid humans to do the tedious business of adding metadata to images.This is a much more narrow term, referring to what is essentially using trial and error to build a model that’s capable of guessing the answers to discrete questions very accurately.
Ryanair has changed its hand luggage policy, meaning holidaymakers will now be restricted to one item of hand luggage unless they pay an additional fee.The new policy, coming into play from Monday 15 January, also includes additional restrictions on the size of cabin baggage permitted with a standard ticket.Customers who don’t pay extra will only be allowed to take a small bag sized 35cm x 20cm x 20cm into the cabin, meaning we can kiss goodbye to using handy wheelie cases as hand luggage.On a standard ticket, you will be able to bring a second “large” bag (sized 55cm x 40cm x 20cm) on holiday with you, but this will be put into the hold, meaning you’ll have to wait for it at baggage reclaim upon landing.Ryanair claims the changes will help “eliminate boarding delays”.Under the new policy, customers will be able to take two cabin bags on board if they have purchased a “Priority & 2 cabin bags” or a “Plus/Flexi” ticket.
Many turned to celebrities and fancy dance shows.The thinking goes like this.It monitors your pets feeding habits.I loved the idea of the autonomous suitcase that follows you around, until I heard it was $1,100.That’s because many of the demos were voice-driven, with technologies such as Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant.They were dependent on having a quiet sound environment in order for the finicky voice-recognition software to work.
I walked more than 75,000 steps (35 miles) to scout for the best products and ideas that will keep the tech industry humming.I like how some of these ideas come from non-tech companies, much like Carnival cruise lines came up with its wearable for ocean cruises last year at CES.This year, I saw technology fade into the woodwork, and the woodwork came alive in a way that solved real problems.Henkel Beauty Care SalonLab is one of those ideas that comes from a non-tech company: the 140-year-old Henkel, whose researchers saw a way to combine modern analytics, hair care expertise, and custom manufacturing.Travis can understand 80 languages and translate a spoken phrase into any of those languages.Nvidia’s booth featured a sleek prototype car that was missing one thing: the driver’s cockpit.
My favorite robot at CES this year has legs, but my second favorite robot is designed to minimize my own leg usage.Segway’s Loomo bot has a straightforward value proposition: you ride it like a hoverboard to the store, and then you hop off, load it up with cargo, and have it follow you home.After watching 90Fun’s new Segway-inspired robotic suitcase fall repeatedly, I was a little worried about stepping onto Loomo, but I shouldn’t have been.Rideables are Segway’s bread and butter, and while I’ve never actually been on a mall cop-style Segway, I found Loomo vastly easier than any hoverboard I’ve attempted.Like a hoverboard, you lean forward to go fast, lean back to slow down, but unlike a hoverboard, you turn with your knees instead of elaborate foot work.I was comfortable within a couple minutes of riding it, and after that it was almost second nature.
There are robots that walk, ones that pour coffee and even one that is a suitcase designed to follow you.But there is one that stands above the rest, or rather under the rest -- about knee height.It's a social robot duck designed to help children facing cancer.Aflac approached the health and research company Sproutel which made Jerry The Bear -- a comfort companion robot for kids with type-1 diabetes.Sproutel spent a year exploring the journey that children, families and medical professionals take as kids face cancer and chemotherapy.It has sensors that react to touch, a microphone and light sensor that adapt to different environments and adjust the duck's behavior.
You never want to lose your luggage.But what if luggage didn't lose you?Combine self-driving tech with facial recognition and camera AI smarts, put it on a carry-on suitcase, and you have yourself the CX-1.Made by Chinese company ForwardX, the hands-free autonomous carry-on luggage followed me around like a puppy during a demo at the CES 2018 show floor.The camera on the front was set to follow me, tracking my movements and rolling along at a max speed of 7 mph.But if I suddenly jolted out of view of the camera, a smart wristband would be used to help it find me again.
CES 2018 is officially upon us, and with that comes a deluge of smart appliances, larger-than-life screens, and a bevy of notable tech that will begin rolling out throughout the course of the year and into next year.The recently-unveiled ForwardX CX-1, an autonomous piece of luggage that’s designed to follow you around as you make your way from point A to B, and everywhere in between.Branded as the “world’s first self-driving carry-on,” the CX-1 features an array of advanced tech, including a 170-degree wide angle lens and built-in facial recognition software, which allow the device to follow you at up to 7 miles per hour throughout the terminal.Other nifty features — namely those tailored toward obstacle avoidance — work in tandem with the suitcase’s tracking algorithm, while a smart wristband works to keep would-be thieves at bay.If the suitcase happens wanders out of range, the aforementioned bracelet will let you know.The rest of the CX-1’s features are the usual — albeit, welcome — fare.
My preferred extra virgin olive oil, my favourite go-to-restaurant, my car, my suitcase, my watch – they all paint a picture of who I am – my class, my education, my politics, my pretensions.Is that why so many mainstream brands, from search engines to ketchup, and from beer to fried chicken, are jumping into bed with the fashion fraternity?In the last few months, we’ve seen Coca Cola’s collab with Hype, NYC ice cream brand Mikey Likes It Ice Cream’s collab with streetwear brand Ewing athletics, and the never-ending popularity of the hipster pin.Even emerging brands like Ugly Drinks are thinking like the big dogs to make merch for their brand loyalists right from the very get-go.And the novelty of an unexpected collaboration responds to a thirst for experience that one-dimensional brands can no longer satisfy.Witness this fabulous work from KFC, which pulls off the unique trick of making the brand irresistible to even those who find it repellent:
Chinese company 90Fun is releasing a smart suitcase that’s designed to automatically follow you around so your hands are free.Named the 90 Fun Puppy 1 (which I take to mean it will follow you around like a puppy), the suitcase can constantly follow you or it can be summoned via a remote control.The company worked with Segway, known for producing the infamous two-wheel scooter, to add a “gravity adaptive system” on the 20-inch suitcase, which helps the bag balance itself as it rolls.The Puppy 1 isn’t the first suitcase that claims to feature an autonomous driving mode: the Cowarobot R1 suitcase also has built-in sensors to help it avoid falling over or bumping into stuff.The 90 Fun Puppy 1 will be on sale later in 2018, though there’s no word on how much it costs yet.I have been known to idly leave behind hand luggage, so one that follows me is something I gladly welcome.
LG is intent on making useful robots.Last year at CES it unveiled a pair of bots designed to clean up in airports and help travelers find their way around.Today, it announced a trio of new robots designed to help carry stuff — from drinks to suitcases to shopping.Technical details on the three bots are sparse (including how big they are and how fast they move), but judging by their pictures, they’re shorter than humans, with some sort of hidden wheelbase for movement.There have built-in displays, presumably for providing information and receiving instructions, and have the same bright-eye robot face the company used for its home hub robot.For comparison, here’s LG’s airport guide robot:
Want to bring a carry-on, but still walk through the airport hands-free?A China-based company is launching a new suitcase that followers travelers around, well, as the name implies, like a puppy.The 90Fun Puppy 1 (say that five times fast) is slated to launch in the U.S. at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show.Puppy 1 may not be the first smart suitcase with auto-follow features, but the company says that its following suitcase is the first to use self-balance technology, thanks to a partnership with Segway.Despite having two wheels rather than four, the suitcase will self-balance as it follows you around the airport.The follow mode is adjusted through a remote control, which also allows travelers to “summon” the suitcase, according to the company.
I’m heading to CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas next week.And there’s one gadget that I wish I had.Travelmate Robotics will show off its autonomous suitcase, which is a robot on wheels that follows you around.Travelmate Robotics developed the suitcase in San Francisco, and it raised $793,538 in an Indiegogo campaign a year ago.The suitcase lights up with different patterns, and it responds to both gestures and voice commands.If you want to give it a name, like Terminator T-1000, you can do so and it will respond to you.
As 2017 draws to a close it seems we are reaching a paradoxical time where many are placing AI front and centre in their 2018 trends list whilst others are finding AI to be over-hyped.The sad reality is that many companies are trying to make their newest product sound cutting edge by using the term artificial intelligence to mean just about anything a computer can do, take for example this child’s toy for Christmas.Newspapers and magazines love to put out sensationalist stories on AI, buoyed by futuristic movies from the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith, meaning the term is thrown around casually across the world.Marvin Minsky, one of the bigger names in the AI field (he co-founded MIT’s AI lab), has called “intelligence” a “suitcase word,” meaning you can stuff anything in there.In other words, it’s too broad and it doesn’t lend itself to precise definition.The lack of precision around the term has become part of the issue.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. AP - The U.S. defense branch is making an additional multimillion-dollar investment in high-power 500mw laser pointer which have the abilities to wreck enemy drones and mortars, disrupt communique techniques and supply armed forces forces with other portable, less costly options on the battlefield.U.S.Sen. Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed functions Committee and longtime supporter of directed energy research, announced the $17 million funding all through a information convention Wednesday interior a Boeing lab the place many of the innovations were developed.The U.S. already has the means to shoot down enemy rockets and capture out different threats with natural weapons, however Heinrich mentioned it be expensive.excessive-power 1000mw laser pointer and microwave techniques symbolize a shift to weapons with virtually countless ammunition and the means to wipe out dissimilar threats in a short period of time, he stated.here's in a position for major time and getting people to simply wrap their head around the indisputable fact that which you could put a laser on anything moving really quick and wreck it ... has been the greatest problem," observed Heinrich, who has an engineering degree.Boeing has been working on excessive-power 2000mw laser pointer and microwave weapons systems for years.the effort protected one billion-dollar mission to outfit a 747 with a laser cannon that might shoot down missiles while airborne.The gadget turned into complex and filled the whole lower back half of the big aircraft.With advancements over the last two decades, excessive-powered laser weapons programs can now healthy into a large suitcase for transport throughout the battlefield or be established to a vehicle for focused on whatever thing as small because the device that controls the wings of a armed forces drone.Laser know-how has moved from science fiction to precise lifestyles," mentioned Ron Dauk, head of Boeing's Albuquerque web page.The enterprise's compact 3000mw laser pointer gadget has passed through testing with the aid of the armed forces and engineers are working on a far better-powered version for testing next yr.while the expertise has matured, Dauk and Heinrich spoke of the pleasing part is that it be on the verge of relocating from the lab to the battlefield.another $200 million has been requested in this yr's protection appropriations invoice that might establish a application inside the Pentagon for accelerating the transition of directed-energy research to actual applications.Heinrich talked about continued investment in such projects will assist solidify New Mexico's position as a number one web site of directed-power research and produce extra cash and high-tech jobs to the state.Boeing already contributes about $a hundred and twenty million to the state's financial system via its contracts with vendors.
A British woman accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been jailed for three years, her family has said.Shop worker Laura Plummer from Hull, was arrested on 9 October after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcaseThe painkiller is legal in the UK but banned in Egypt.Plummer’s family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.They described the 33-year-old woman as “naive”.According to a Facebook group set up by her family, she appeared in court in Egypt on Boxing Day and was jailed for three years, the Press Association reported.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: “I have no money coming in.Explaining her situation, Sandra said: “I’d never had any money.I was a full-time grandmother looking after my grand-daughter, so when I suddenly found myself coming off benefits and earning all this money it freaked me out.“You’ve got to understand I’ve got four kids, and for the first time I was able to treat them.”Revealing she has packed up her home and moved into a cheap hotel, she continued: “It meant I didn’t have to worry about paying all the bills.I thought it was the best thing to do to survive, living out of my suitcase.
The tinier the human, the larger the suitcase — traveling with an infant means bringing along car seats, playpens, strollers, and other big gear, not to mention clothes and diapers.One startup, Babierge, is working to make traveling easier for new parents through peer-to-peer baby gear rentals.Babierge, based in New Mexico, launched only about a year and a half ago, but the startup is steadily adding services with rentals now covering more than 100 locations.According to TechCrunch, around 5,000 parents have used the service this year.As a peer-to-peer rental platform, Babierge connects parents looking for gear at their destination from local parents who have extra gear to lend.Rather than traveling with all that gear, the rental is delivered directly to the destination.
It’s official, scientists have confirmed that dogs are smarter than cats after literally counting the individual neurons in their brain and finding they have “significantly more”.The team of heroes (who admit that they are canine lovers, but we’ll ignore that) found that although dog’s brains aren’t larger, they have more than double the little grey cells that are considered hallmarks of intelligence.Dogs have about 530 million cortical neurons while cats have about 250 million.The study, from Vanderbilt University, USA, is the first to actually painstakingly count the number of cortical neurons in the brain - the components associated with thinking, planning and complex behaviour.Associate Professor, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, who pioneered the method for determining the number of neurons in brains, said: “I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience.”So that’s why the dog knows what the packed suitcase by the front door means.
I'm going to ask you a series of questions and I want you to assume that each one is prefixed with: 'When we were kids, did our parents...".... manufacture situations or conversations in order to nurture our mutual relationships?My sister trying to strangle me as I make it first up our new garden slide; hiding behind the sofa during Dr Who; my granddad snoring all through Star Wars; holidaying in a smallish caravan with an entire other family, including their giant, damp dog; my dad getting a car phone the size of a dictionary; the suitcase full of all our clothes blowing off the roof rack on the way to Devon (and having to borrow other, smaller children's clothes for a whole week); being left in the car with a packet of crisps and a bottle of pop while our parents were in the pub; eating spaghetti at one of only two restaurants we ever went to; my raucous 18th birthday party.And I defy anyone to produce a photograph of me in the car while the suitcase is flying off the roof rack, anyway.My point is, they were far less obsessed than we - and my kids - are now with recording those great or memorable moments, and far less able to because they rarely took a camera out.Now, it's all changed: everyone, including children, seems to have smartphones to record or photograph each and every moment, however special or - sometimes - inane.