Month: August 2020

Amazon’s Halo health wearable judges your voice and your body

The Halo is a $100 wrist-worn device that, among other functions, listens to your conversations so you can understand how you sound to others. And it comes with a companion app that scans your body three-dimensionally to track your progress gaining your “quarantine 15.”

Amazon is upfront about these invasive functions, which users of the Halo have to opt into using. What’s revealing is that one of tech’s biggest companies thinks consumers in 2020 might want them.

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, but I review all tech with the same critical eye. Amazon declined to let me speak with an executive about the product, and it didn’t offer me the chance to get my hands on one for first impressions. (Anyone can sign up for the product’s waiting list, and I did. Hope they pick me!)

It makes sense that Amazon wants to push into health.

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Artificial intelligence manages congenital cataract with individualized prediction and telehealth computing

Dataset collection and preparation for agent training

The pipeline for our study is shown in Fig. 1. The training dataset included clinical records of 594 CC patients before and after surgery, and 4881 of their follow-up images from January 2011 to December 2016. The eligible criteria of patients included diagnosis of CC, informed consent, and completed records of baseline information, lesion condition, comorbidities, surgical procedures, and complications in the first follow-up year. The eligible images for training were defined as the anterior segment images covering the posterior lens capsule by retro-illumination using slit-lamp photography. All these records were derived from routine examinations at the Childhood Cataract Program of the Chinese Ministry of Health (CCPMOH)18.

Fig. 1: Study pipeline for agent training, validation, application, and testing.

a Multidimensional clinical records of 594 congenital cataract patients were collected for prediction module training (279 VAO: 315 non-VAO; 341 high IOP: 253

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Republic of Gamers unleashes world’s fastest gaming monitor

After first revealing the world’s fastest gaming monitor at CES 2020 back in January, Asus has today given full details, pricing and availability for the new ROG Swift, which boasts a 360-Hz refresh rate for “silky-smooth gameplay and ultra-realistic visuals.”

In the professional gaming world, every millisecond counts, and Asus believes that its latest envelope-pushing ROG Swift PG259QN will give top esports players an edge over the competition.

The monitor features a 24.5-inch Full HD (1.920 x 1,080) IPS panel with a 360-Hz native refresh rate (though it supports 240 Hz and 144 Hz too) and 1-ms gray-to-gray response time, 400 cd/m2 brightness, is HDR10 compatible and can display up to 16.7 million colors. It also comes with a built-in Nvidia G-Sync processor for the promise of tear- and stutter-free onscreen action without any input lag.

Asus says that click-to-response time has been shown to fall from 34.5 ms

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Best home security systems of 2020: Live monitoring, DIY kits, video doorbells and more


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The home security industry is booming after about 10 years of app-enabled upheaval. There’s a new wave of less expensive DIY systems, cameras, smart locks and video doorbells to consider alongside the professional alarm and monitoring system options that have been around for decades. Big names in tech like Amazon and Google want a part of the action, too.

It’s admittedly quite a bit to take in — and today’s home security providers don’t necessarily always make it easy to comparison shop, to say the least. 

That’s where we come in, though — not only by putting these systems and their best features to the test at the CNET Smart Home, but by evaluating the whole buying process, as well. We look at other important factors, too —

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Great Ocean Explorers, Tobacco, Locomation And A Good Sign For AV Progress

A previous article “Christopher Columbus And Evaluating Autonomous Vehicles As An Investor” discussed the nature of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) investment space. The article emphasized that true progress in the AV space is not driven by investments or partnerships. Rather, one must look for nuggets of progress which demonstrate actual technical capability. Connecting with the Columbus great voyage analogy, one needs to see the tobacco. 

Recently, in a lightly covered announcement, Locomation announced a successful pilot deployment of truck convoying with a haul of more than 400 miles/day from Portland, Oregon to Nampa, Idaho over two weeks. Locomation has been covered previously with “Will Truck Convoying Be The First Viable Commercial Application For AV Technology?” The crux of their approach is to have a truck convoy where the leader is human-operated and trailing trucks are building a virtual train. In this situation, the Operational Design Domain

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Fast Broadband From Orbit? New Data Says SpaceX Can Do It

Elon Musk wants to surround the Earth with a constellation of internet satellites, providing fast, low-latency broadband internet service to every person on Earth who wants it. New data from suggests that he’s well on his way to doing just that. 

Earth surrounded by an image representing an Internet satellite network

Image source: Getty Images.

Facts and figures

Musk has already made progress toward this goal. SpaceX’s 11th “Starlink” launch Tuesday put 58 more internet broadband satellites in orbit, growing the number of functioning satellites to probably 650 or 660 sats. (Each Starlink launch can carry 60 satellites, but the company has recently been giving up a few slots on each mission to customers seeking rideshares to orbit.) 

Tuesday’s launch marked SpaceX’s 98th launch, and its 95th Falcon 9 launch. After delivering its payload, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed back on Earth — SpaceX’s 57th such successful landing. (The specific booster that launched and landed has now made

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Grab Acer’s 24-inch 1080p monitor on sale for $100 for Costco members

The Acer K243Y bi 24-inch 1080p IPS monitor is down to $99.99 at Costco. You’ll need to be a Costco member to secure that price, otherwise Costco will charge you an extra 5%. Still, that’d be worth it at this price because the monitor normally goes for around $200. This is a unique model, but Acer has a ton of similar displays around this size with these specifications and you can see similar versions go for $200 at other retailers like Walmart.

For $100 you’re not getting the best of the best, but you’re also getting pretty darn good stuff. I really think this is a great screen if you’re someone who’s working with a tight budget for your computer build or you need a solid second monitor to use. Maybe you went all out for a primary monitor loaded with all the trimmings and just need something on the

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Surfing champion Mark Occhilupo’s world-first wave pool opens in Central Queensland

In a paddock in Central Queensland, professional surfers and body boarders have spent the past two weeks training at a world-first wave pool prototype.

The Surf Lakes pool, half-way between Rockhampton and Yeppoon, generates five different types of waves for surfers of varying abilities and is designed to produce over 2,000 waves an hour.

The machine-made peaks are the result of new technology on display at the site and it has the pros excited.

World Champion Mark Occhilupo is an ambassador for the pool.

“The novelty doesn’t get old. It’s really exciting every time I come up to surf it,” he said.

“The wave has a lot of power, it’s not a long wave, it’s got a lot of different kind of waves which can accommodate more people at all levels.

“I’ve always dreamed of having one since I was a kid and never thought it would happen.

“Now I’ve

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Long-awaited Celera 500L ‘bullet’ plane is finally revealed

The whispers started three years ago.

A mysterious bullet-shaped plane was spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville in April 2017. Its unusual design prompted immediate speculation, with military website The War Zone being the first to report that the aircraft was the work of California-based Otto Aviation — and that development was very much under wraps.

Now, in the late summer of the strangest year in aviation history, the Celera 500L has finally been revealed to the world, with the launch of a new website and a bunch of very cool new photos.

What we’re looking at is a six-person private craft that promises to fly at jet speeds, but with eight times lower fuel consumption, and a range that’s twice that of a comparably sized craft.

Bold claims indeed. Otto Aviation says on its website that 31 successful test flights have so far been performed, with

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New world record set! Fastest internet is faster than you could imagine

Now, while some us of are still struggling to play a 4K video or streaming live matches without delays, a new record has been set for world’s fastest internet. Engineers at University College London (UCL) set a new world record for the fastest internet in the world. The recently developed technology can download at a speed of 178 Terabits (TB) per second which is equivalent to 1,78,000 Gbps.

For those who are unfamiliar with the internet speeds, this is enough to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second. It would also take less than an hour to download the data that was combined to make the world’s first image of a black hole. The data to achieve this feat was shipped to an MIT observatory, stored on half a ton of hard drives. 

In order to achieve the lightning-fast speed, London-based researchers sent data through much wider

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