Det snackas allt mindre om virtual reality nu för tiden och nu verkar det vara augmented reality som är det för tillfället hetaste i den immersiva verkligheten.Det kommer i stort sett varje vecka rykten om att Apple har ett AR-headset på gång och här kommer en skiss som säger sig visa hur ett framtida AR-headset från Samsung skulle kunna se ut.Skissen ingår i en patentansökan från det sydkoreanska patentverket.Samsung satsade tidigare rätt mycket på sitt VR-headset Samsung Gear VR men har inte släppte någon ny version av det sedan 2017.Samsungs senaste Note 10-telefon har inte ens stöd för Gear VR vilket jag antar gör att Gear VR i sin nuvarande form är på väg till kyrkogården förr eller senare.Även Google har bekräftat att man kommer att skrota sin mobila VR-plattform Daydream efter att denna inte blivit någon direkt succé.
The scientific and industrial communities who work with micro- and nanoparticles continue to labor with the challenge of effective particle dispersion.Most particles that disperse in liquids aggregate rapidly, and eventually precipitate, thereby separating from the liquid phase.While it is commonly accepted that the hydrophobicity of particles-- how quickly water repels off a surface--determines their dispersion and aggregation potential, there has been no easy-to-use method to quantitatively determine the hydrophobicity of these tiny particles.Yi Zuo, University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering and pediatrics professor, has invented a groundbreaking method that allows for easy determination of the surface free energy of particles as a quantitative measure of particle hydrophobicity.The research "An Optical Method for Quantitatively Determining the Surface Free Energy of Micro- and Nanoparticles," was published in the October 2019 issue of the scientific journal Analytical Chemistry and showcased on the cover."The major advantage of this method resides in its simplicity," said Zuo.
When you think of a film set, you think of hustle and bustle, noise and activity.Shaun and his friends are real physical models placed on physical sets and photographed over and over, with the photos combined to create the illusion of dynamic movement.When the music and sound effects are dubbed in afterward, the result is always a hilarious slapstick adventure -- and new movie Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon is no exception, complete with added references to classic sci-fi movies for older viewers.Earlier this year, I visited Aardman studios in Bristol, England, to learn the techniques behind films like 2015's Shaun the Sheep Movie, 2000's Chicken Run and 2005's Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.Model makers work at desks piled high with tools, from soldering irons to hair dryers to the omnipresent magnifying glasses and lamps so they can see what they're doing.In Farmageddon, Shaun encounters the cute pink alien Lula -- even more curious and mischievous than the cheeky sheep -- whose body is made out of silicone so it stretch and squash more fluidly.
Bentham Science is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access journal, New Emirates Medical Journal.The first issue of the journal, by Bentham Science, will be available online by the start of the year, 2020.Dr. Abdullah Shehab is the Editor-in-Chief of this new journal.Dr. Abdullah Shehab serves as the General Secretary of the Emirates Cardiac Society.New Emirates Medical Journal (NEMJ) formally known as Emirates Medical Journal (EMJ) is an official journal of the Emirates Medical Association (EMA), UAE, is an Open Access online journal.The NEMJ publishes original research, clinical reports, case studies, short research communications, reviews, book reviews, correspondence, and editorials.
Gilbert Levin, a NASA engineer who worked on the Viking missions, says he’s “convinced we found evidence of life of Mars in the 1970s.”In a Scientific American article published today, Levin explains how two separate craft landed on the surface of the red planet and conducted a series of tests to determine if there were was life.One particular test, based on the same experiment Louis Pasteur conducted to prove the existence of microbes, came back positive.The results were confirmed in a replica test by another craft 4,000 miles away.Levin’s spent the 43 years since studying the results.As the experiment progressed, a total of four positive results, supported by five varied controls, streamed down from the twin Viking spacecraft landed some 4,000 miles apart.
More than 300 research papers and posters will be presented at OCEANS 2019 Seattle, October 27 through 31, 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center.Seattle's unique history of forward-thinking ocean research and technology, leadership in and focus on the Blue Economy combined with its strong maritime-related corporate, academic, and government communities make it an important locale to host this year's OCEANS conference co-sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.
Back in the 1930s, roving pot parties called “tea pads” sprang up in major cities across the country, bringing reefer-loving friends and acquaintances together to get high and listen to jazz.In Southern California this month, a group of cannapreneurs opened the doors to Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, the first combo on-site consumption lounge and farm-to-table restaurant in the U.S., tipping its hat to those pre-prohibition era gatherings while putting a modern, Hollywood-style spin on the venture.Execs behind the cafe say they want to provide a social setting for cannabis users and a blueprint for other businesses in the space.A few marijuana-friendly cities like San Francisco and Denver are early adopters of lounges, which came to fruition after lengthy and complicated government approvals and a host of restrictions.“Cannabis consumption shouldn’t be relegated to the backroom of a dispensary,” said David Elias, co-founder and CEO of parent firm Lowell Herb Co. “It should be celebrated.We hope this is a turning point for what the industry will look like in the future.”
South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung, officially confirmed that it is expecting a 56% YoY decline in its operating profit.This is basically due to the decline in global memory chip prices.However, this is still slightly better than the expectation of analysts.The two-year boom in the storage chip market ended due to the weak global economy and the decline in spending by data center customers.Since the end of last year, Samsung Electronics, the world’s highest revenue semiconductor company, has been in trouble.The memory chip business contributes 2/3 of Samsung’s profit.
Part of me wishes Sony had gone for something a little flashier.The PlayStation Unicorn or PlayStation Trebuchet or something.The next version of Sony’s perennial favorite gaming console will be, drum roll… the PlayStation 5.The company notes that nothing is particularly revelatory in this morning’s reveal.That information, it seems, is still coming.“These updates may not be a huge surprise,” SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan writes, “but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation.”
Rumors have it that Apple is on the cusp of revealing Bluetooth-enabled location trackers that affix to bookbags, wallets, and purses.They’ve yet to materialize, but San Mateo, California-based company Tile hopes to get ahead of the competition with a fleshed-out portfolio of its own.The Sticker is available today in black starting at $39.99 for a two-pack ($59.99 for a four-pack).And for those looking to buy in bulk, there’s the $69.99 Tile Essentials pack with two Stickers, a Slim, and a Mate; the $59.99 two-unit Pro pack and $99.99 four-unit pack; the $69.99 four-unit Mate pack; and the $74.99 Tile Mate/Slim pack, which comes with two Mates and two Slims.“Over the years we’ve seen our customers use Tile for a variety of items,” said Tile CEO C.J.“From wallets to remote controls, power tools to backpacks, our customers have shown us they want a Tile for everything.
Outdoor surveillance systems offer a great way to deter burglars and other bad guys from entering your property.This deal exclusively applies to the Arlo Pro 2 two-camera kit.The purchase also includes a base station with built-in siren as well as accessories and installation tools like wall mount, power adapter, and rechargeable batteries.The Arlo Pro 2 can be installed wired or wire-free depending on your preference.It also comes with a 130-degree wide-angle lens capacity for the maximum area coverage.When the unit senses an activity or sound, it will send a real-time notification to your smartphone together with a short recorded clip.
Det är ett par år sedan bildbehandlingsteknik började kunna räkna ut vad en bild innehöll, tack vare smarta algoritmer.Nu kommer ett alternativ som är mer fysiskt i sin tillämpning – igenkänning via knackning.Bakom tekniken står forskare vid Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), och passande nog går innovationen under namnet Knocker.Jo, till en början har forskarna tränat systemet genom att låta mikrofon, gyroskop och accelerometer spela in reaktionen som uppstår då en mobil kommer i kontakt med en yta.När telefonen knackas mot något jämförs föremålets ljud- och vibrationssiluett mot det som systemet har lärt sig.I dagsläget har forskarna fått Knocker att lära sig att identifiera 23 vanliga prylar, däribland cykel, dator och plastflaska.
Instagram is piloting an augmented reality shopping experience with a handful of brands in its checkout process, powered by parent company Facebook’s Spark AR unit.Shoppers can virtually try on different colors and styles of makeup or eyewear from Ray-Ban, Warby Parker, MAC Cosmetics and NARS Cosmetics directly via feed posts, shop pages from those brands’ profiles or Stories while using the latest version of Instagram’s mobile application.The variations picker within Instagram’s camera enables shoppers to choose different colors to try on and, should they decide to proceed with the transaction, they can buy the product directly via the camera, as well as share it to their Stories and recommend it via Direct messages to their friends.
“Basically, the story that we are telling is full of shit,” said Mike Morley, an archaeologist at Flinders University and the lead author of the new study, in an email to Gizmodo.Well, to be fair to Morley and his colleagues, their story is also full of charcoal fragments, ash, bits of bone, and flakes from stone tools – all of which were dredged from 3 to 4 metres (9 to 13 feet) of sediment at the bottom of two chambers in Denisova Cave.By performing a micromorphological analysis of all the stuff embedded within this dirt – both geological and biological – the researchers were able to reconstruct a history of habitation in the cave over the course of 300,000 years, a timespan that included no less than three interglacial cycles.Genetic evidence from 2018 suggests the two groups cohabited and co-mingled in the cave, as evidenced by the discovery of a half-Denisovan, half-Neanderthal individual.The new research corroborates the previous work done in Denisova Cave, but it also helps to fill in some unknown gaps, showing that archaic humans were not present in the cave for significant swaths of time.“We already knew from the fossil bone record that other animals were present in the cave, but it was a surprise just how much hyena – and to a lesser extent, wolf – poop there would be in the sediment record,” said Morley.
Vimeo is in some hot water thanks to a class-action lawsuit that says the video streamer ran afoul of an Illinois law regulating the collection and storage of biometric information.According to the filing, Vimeo “created, collected and stored, in conjunction with its cloud-based Magisto service, thousands of ‘face templates’ (or ‘face prints’).” The templates were described in the suit as highly detailed geometric maps of users’ faces that were created via facial recognition technology from photos and videos uploaded to the Magisto app.Plenty of social media and photography apps use some form of facial recognition.However, where Vimeo may have gone wrong is that it allegedly did not provide notice, obtain user consent, or publish a data storage policy.That’s a potential violation of the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act.BIPA requires companies who collect biometric data to maintain a publicly available, written policy detailing how it retains and destroys biometric data.
It won’t be long before all of corporate America adopts four-day workweeks to increase productivity and boost company morale, while minimizing the risk of burnout and business profit loss.Four-day workweeks are the natural next step and just may be the solution to both depleted productivity levels and the onset of burnout.Oh, and trust me: no one is disputing that the hourly adjustment wouldn’t come with some kinks to work out.The benefits of the four-day workweek far surpass that short, uncomfortable time period of transition and it’s undeniably favorable to all incoming work generations.I know what you’re thinking: if we give employees an inch, they’ll eventually take a mile.A study published in the Social Science and Medicine Journal by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Salford that shows that a one-day workweek reduces mental health issues by 30 percent.
Back in June, Xiaomi launched its flagship smartphone called Redmi K20 Pro (Review) along with the regular K20 in the Indian market.The smartphone comes with MIUI 9 based on Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.Since the Android 10 has officially launched, the smartphone maker has now started rolling the major OS update in India.Here is everything you need to know about the new Redmi K20 Pro Android 10 update.Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro gets the Android 10 updateVarious Indian users of Redmi K20 Pro has reported that the smartphone is indeed getting the latest software update in India.
The new meal services are designed to be more flexible and contemporary, but not everyone is thrilled.An Amtrak executive blamed the move on millennials — and plenty of them were quick to take issue with his logic.People are not thrilled with Amtrak's decision to begin culling traditional dining-car services from some of its long-distance routes.A change.org petition to keep the restaurant-style service on overnight trains east of the Mississippi River had earned more than 3,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, as news of the cuts took the internet by storm.Gene Arensen, who started the petition, said the move signaled "the end of a 100 year tradition where dining cars served meals will end, the Midwest and West Coast trains are sure to follow.And so will national rail travel, unless we speak up and be heard."
If you’ve worked in an office anywhere then you’ll have used Microsoft Excel.It’s the most popular business tool there is, and it’s about more than just spreadsheets.Excel is also used for deep data analysis, which is something that happens to be in huge demand across many industries.You can join the ranks of data analysts everywhere with the help of the Excel Data Analyst Certification School.This online bootcamp ditches the dull voiceovers and boring videos for hands-on projects to launch you into Excel mastery.You’ll learn data manipulation, analytics, problem-solving, data visualizations, and more.
Updated After being hounded out of parts of Australia's capital Canberra earlier this year, Google-parent Alphabet has declared its Wing division will start hassling innocent Americans as well as Aussies with drone parcel deliveries.This comes after tormented Australians ran Wing out of Bonython, a suburb of Canberra, in March following a 12-month trial along similar lines.Locals even formed a pressure group to try to halt the Google stablemate's drones, complaining about high noise levels – with the internet giant ignoring their feedback.For the Virginia trial, the drones will be based locally and fly at heights of between 100 and 200 feet, we are informed, dropping off parcels by entering the hover at 23 feet and lowering the package "with a tether to a backyard or doorstep".Max payload is given as "2 to 3 pounds", or somewhere between 900g and 1.3kg, and the drones fly at around 95kph-112kph (60 to 70mph) with a stated range of 9.6km (six miles).Wing's unnavigable website, evidently designed by somebody with far too many graphic design tools, explains the idea is to deliver items within minutes of an order.