Tag: Dev

Researchers improve AI emotion classification by combining speech and facial expression data

Systems that can classify a person’s emotion from their voice and facial tics alone are a longstanding goal of some AI researchers. Firms like Affectiva, which recently launched a product that scans drivers’ faces and voices to monitor their mood, are moving the needle in the right direction. But considerable challenges […]

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Project Alias feeds smart speakers white noise to preserve privacy

Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user 1,700 […]

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Badger will deploy robots to nearly 500 Giant, Martin’s, and Stop and Shop stores in the U.S.

Fleets of robots will head to grocery store aisles later this year, thanks to a partnership between Kentucky-based Badger Technologies and Retail Business Services (RBS), the division of Ahold Delhaize that provides services to Food Lion, Hannaford, and other brick-and-mortar brands. The two today announced that Badger’s roving Marty bots, which […]

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Pensa Systems uses autonomous drones to track store inventory

There’s perhaps no retail task more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Inventory tracking — that is, figuring out which products are in stock, which stock is likely to run low in the next week, and so on — is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion […]

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AiFi markets NanoStore, a tiny white-label cashierless store

Cashierless stores are all the rage. You need look no further for evidence than Amazon’s rapidly expanding Amazon Go chain and the tens of millions of VC dollars startups like Trigo Vision and Zippin have snatched up in the past year. Some, like Grabango, offer plug-and-play systems designed to accommodate […]

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Mobileye plans to deploy fully autonomous cars in 4 years

Watch out, Waymo — Mobileye has its sights set on you. The Tel Aviv developer of autonomous car systems, which Intel paid $15.3 billion to acquire in March 2017, had an eventful few days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. During a presentation headlined by cofounder and CEO Amnon Shashua, […]

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CrowdAnalytix raises $40 million for crowdsourced AI algorithms

Designing, training, and validating sophisticated machine learning algorithms can suck up a lot of hours — particularly if you’re dealing with sparse datasets. This has given rise to a cottage industry of crowdsourced data science, led by Google’s Kaggle and companies like Topcoder. And the market’s growth potential is getting […]

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Epic, Improbable create $25 million fund to transition devs away from Unity

Unity found itself at the center of a controversy today, and now competitor Epic Games is turning up the heat. Unity is cutting off future support for the online-multiplayer development platform SpatialOS from accessing its game-development toolkit. Improbable, the owner and operator of SpatialOS, posted a blog about this corporate […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting […]

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Ring employees reportedly had access to all live and recorded customer videos

Ring, the smart home device startup Amazon acquired for $1 billion in March 2018, reportedly has a security problem: Some of its employees were given unfettered access to footage from customers’ security cameras. The Intercept, citing an anonymous source, today reported that beginning in 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development […]

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OneLogin raises $100 million to help enterprises manage access and identity

Not every startup manages to reach — or exceed — $100 million in financing. Those that do join an exclusive group  of fundraisers and can enjoy a massive vote of confidence from the venture capitalists and angels who help put them there. As of this morning, OneLogin is the latest […]

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Bosch details connected robot lawnmower, gesture-sensing kitchen projector

Bosch, the Gerlingen, Germany-based smart devices conglomerate that produces everything from dishwashers to CCTV cameras, had a lot to talk about during its keynote presentation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. Most of it involved the internet of things. Some of it involved artificial intelligence (AI). And all […]

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Amazon’s Ring unveils Door View Cam for peephole video and smart outdoor lighting

Amazon’s Ring today unveiled a series of new products including the Door View Cam for live video from the peephole of your front door, as well as new outdoor lighting and sensors made for motion detection or amplifying security alarms. Different than video doorbells today, which can sometimes focus on […]

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Oledcomm’s LiFiMax uses light to broadcast data at up to 100Mbps

Using light instead of Wi-Fi to beam data across a room might soon be the norm for everyday business, if Oledcomm has its way. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, the French company announced a low-profile ceiling lamp — LiFiMax — that offers an internet connection over light waves to […]

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Pandora Radio cofounder’s Grabango raises $12 million for cashierless store tech

Cashierless stores are fast becoming a reality, thanks to Amazon’s aggressive expansion of  its Amazon Go chain and an emergent class of startups looking to nab a slice of the nascent sector. It’s a win-win for retailers: with a checkout-free arrangement, customers don’t have to contend with lines or self-checkout […]

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First Alert’s new smoke alarm lets you place calls through Alexa

Don’t look now, but Amazon’s Alexa is making its way to home security systems. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, San Francisco company First Alert unveiled a refreshed alarm system — the Onelink Safe and Sound — with Alexa built in, in addition to a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, […]

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L’Oréal debuts wearable that can measure skin pH levels

According to some dermatologists, high acidity is a good thing when it comes to your skin — it forms what’s called an “acid mantle” that can ward off harmful bacteria and fungi. The trouble is, short of saliva strips and liquid-based pH meters, there’s no easy way to estimate your epidermal pH. […]

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Moen’s digital shower system will soon support the Google Assistant and HomeKit

Refrigerators. Ovens. Toilets. These days, it’s tough to find an appliance that you can’t control with Siri, Alexa, or the Google Assistant. Today, Ohio-based faucet and fixture company Moen is climbing aboard the platform-agnostic voice assistant train. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company announced that U by […]

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ShadeCraft’s Bloom adds voice controls to parasols

Hoping to inject a bit of intelligence into your umbrella? Look no further than ShadeCraft Robotics‘ Bloom, which unfurls and retracts parasols with no more than voice commands. The Los Angeles company detailed its aftermarket innovation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “Bloom is the world’s first smart […]

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

(Reuters) — Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online in what appears to be one of Germany’s most far-reaching data breaches. A preliminary analysis showed the data had been obtained through “wrongful use of log-in information for […]

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Pepsi’s autonomous Snackbots deliver chips and beverages to peckish college students

Drinks and snacks via autonomous delivery drone? Pepsi’s making it happen. The food and beverage conglomerate recently collaborated with a Bay Area company — Robby Technologies — to deploy a fleet of self-driving robots on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. “We’re thrilled to welcome [S]nackbot to our […]

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AI Weekly: CES 2019 to showcase transformative AI

Next week marks the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a gigantic exhibition of gadgets, smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, smart displays, security systems, and televisions that’ll define the year to come. CES 2019 promises to be one of the most jam-packed in recent years, with more than 4,500 exhibitors […]

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