Tag: category-/Hobbies & Leisure

Librestream raises $24 million to automate field technician tasks with AI

As COVID-19 cases spread across the globe, Librestream popped up to keep medical professionals safe with its Onsight remote streaming software and Onsight Cube thermal camera that can be added to wearables for remote patient temperature screening. Today, the company announced a $24 million funding round to expand Onsight’s footprint while using AI to improve […]

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Honeywell launches autonomous aviation unit aimed at drones, air taxis, and cargo delivery vehicles

(Reuters) — Honeywell, a major supplier of aerospace products, said Monday it launched an unmanned aerial systems business to bet on the autonomous aviation space – drones, air taxis, and unmanned cargo delivery vehicles. Stéphane Fymat, the head of that new business, said Honeywell expects the hardware and software market for urban air taxis, drone […]

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Snap’s Lens Studio now supports custom ML-powered Snapchat Lenses

Over the past few years, Snapchat’s growing collection of Lenses have been some of the best examples of smartphone-powered augmented reality, enabling users to effortlessly add facial modifications, environmental effects, and location-specific filters to their photos. Now parent company Snap is enabling creators to use self-provided machine learning models in Lenses, and hoping the initiative will […]

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Snap’s Lens Studio now supports custom ML-powered Snapchat Lenses

Over the past few years, Snapchat’s growing collection of Lenses have been some of the best examples of smartphone-powered augmented reality, enabling users to effortlessly add facial modifications, environmental effects, and location-specific filters to their photos. Now parent company Snap is enabling creators to use self-provided machine learning models in Lenses, and hoping the initiative will […]

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Waymo is using AI to simulate autonomous vehicle camera data

Waymo says it’s beginning to leverage AI to generate camera images for simulation by using sensor data collected by its self-driving vehicles. A recent paper coauthored by company researchers including principal scientist Dragomir Anguelov describes the technique, SurfelGAN, which uses texture-mapped surface elements to reconstruct scenes and camera viewpoints for positions and orientations. Autonomous vehicle […]

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VanMoof raises $13.5 million for electric bikes as cities reclaim roads from cars

VanMoof, a Dutch company that builds and sells a range of electric bikes, has raised €12.5 million ($13.5 million) in a round of funding from Balderton Capital and Sinbon Electronics. The COVID-19 crisis served as a “catalyst” for the investment, according to Balderton, as cities around the world ease lockdown restrictions and consider safer commuting […]

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Drone Racing League launches flight simulator competition on NBC

Today the Drone Racing League announced the launch of the DRL SIM Racing Cup, a competition that takes place entirely inside the DRL SIM simulator. Professional drone pilots used to control drones at 90 miles per hour will navigate the virtual environment and broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). First flights take off Saturday at […]

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Italian airport leads Europe in adopting AR thermal scanning helmets

Ever since COVID-19 began wreaking havoc in China, multiple Chinese and American companies have been rushing to popularize wearable thermal scanners that can quickly detect a key symptom — elevated body temperature — in public places. Now the busiest airport in Italy, Rome’s Aeroporti di Roma-Fiumicino, says it’s the first in Europe to adopt a […]

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DJI’s Mavic Air 2 has a flight time of 34 minutes

DJI today unveiled the Mavic Air 2, the successor to the Mavic Air, which was released in early 2018. There isn’t much in the way of surprises — the manual leaked in full last week — but the company detailed a few of the photography features debuting on its latest mid-range, travel-friendly foldable drone. DJI […]

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The RetroBeat: Games Done Quick will hold a special marathon to help with COVID-19 relief

Games Done Quick hit us with a bit bad news/good news today. Let’s give you the good news first! GDQ announced today that it will be hosting a mini-marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick. CRDQ will take place from April 17 to April 19. Sure, it’s not a week-long marathon, but that’s still three full days […]

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AI photo app Luminar 4.2 adds augmented sky, facial skin editing tools

Skylum’s photo editing app Luminar has used AI and machine learning tricks to bolster its last two major releases, bringing AI sky enhancement and object removal tools to version 3, then ML-automated sky replacement and face cleaning tools to version 4. Today, the company is adding a new AI Augmented Sky tool and facial shine […]

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Vuzix M400 AR glasses add Onsight Cube thermal scanner for coronavirus

When Vuzix introduced its M400 smart glasses last year, it expected that the enterprise-class mixed reality wearable would be used for medical purposes, such as dental work. Now the company has found a particularly timely application for the hardware: real time thermal scanning of the sort that could be used to help screen people for […]

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ILM reveals how it used Unreal Engine for ‘The Mandalorian’

Visual-effects production house Industrial Light & Magic published a closer look at some of the new techniques it used for The Mandalorian today. I previously reported how ILM worked with Epic Games’ tools to project virtual environments onto giant LED walls on a studio set. Now, ILM is finally sharing more of how that process works. […]

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CBD for dogs: The 20 best CBD dog products to buy this year

Presented by KamaDeva Yoga CBD has become popular due to its purported ability to alleviate symptoms like pain, inflammation, anxiety, and others related to various conditions. Humans aren’t the only species to suffer from such ailments, though — dogs do, too. There are lots of necessary things to look for when selecting CBD products for […]

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Logitech Streamcam is a great 1080p60 camera for content creators

Logitech has made webcams for a long time. This has made it one of the go-to companies for the growing content-creator market. But while webcams like the C922 are great, Logitech always built its cameras as general-purpose devices. That left Twitch streamers and YouTube stars to repurpose these home-office tools for their own purposes. But […]

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When car and home AI cameras see everything, are we truly more secure?

This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series here: AI and Security. Twenty years ago, the average person likely owned a single camera, and security cameras inside homes were nearly as rare as they were in cars. But as we enter the 2020s, cameras have become ubiquitous. Most people today […]

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Google’s AI powers real-time orca tracking in Vancouver Bay

Google AI today shared that it’s created a model for detecting an endangered species of orca whales in the Salish Sea, a waterway between the United States and Canada. Underwater microphones situated at a dozen points in the Salish Sea that includes the state of Washington and Vancouver Bay are used to alert officials when […]

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Researchers use AI to deblur human faces in photos

We’ve all been there: You’re snapping pics with your phone — perhaps of a high-speed bike ride or of a hockey match — and don’t think to check whether the autofocus is in lockstep with the action. It isn’t, as you later discover, and you’re stuck with a gallery of unusably blurry photos. In search […]

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Adobe’s AI lets you preview any item of clothing on a virtual body model

Platforms that let shoppers virtually try on cosmetics, apparel, and accessories have exploded in popularity over the past decade, and it’s easy to see why. According to a survey conducted by banking company Klarna, 29% of shoppers prefer to browse for items online before actually buying them, while 49% are interested in solutions that take […]

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