by Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang, Research Engineers, Google Research
The ability to perceive the shape and motion of hands can be a vital component in improving the user experience across a variety of technological domains and platforms. For example, it can form the basis for sign language understanding and hand gesture control, and can also enable the overlay of digital content and information on top of the physical world in augmented reality.
Continue reading On-Device, Real-Time Hand Tracking with MediaPipe
by Annie Palmer, Dailymail.com
You may want to think twice before using one of those handy USB charging stations that are so common in airports.
Security experts are increasingly warning that using these public USB ports could put unsuspecting users at risk of ‘juice jacking,’ according to Forbes.
Continue reading Airport charging stations put you at risk of ‘juice jacking’: Security experts warn using public USB ports is like ‘finding a toothbrush on the side of the road’
by Tristan Greene, The Next Web
A team of scientists from Yokohama National University recently became the first researchers to teleport a photon into the vacuous space inside of a flaw within a diamond. In other words: physicists just invented quantum bling.
Continue reading Scientists teleported quantum data into the flawed heart of a diamond
by Charly Triballeau, MSN News
A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster.”
The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom.
Continue reading Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest
by David Pescovitz, BoingBoing
Chinese nanotechnologists injected tiny particles into the eyes of mice resulting in the rodents demonstrating “infrared ‘night vision'” that lasted for months. According to nanoscientist Tian Xue and colleagues the University of Science and Technology of China, the technology could eventually help those with certain kinds of color blindness and “provide the potential for close integration within the human body to extend the visual spectrum.” From New Scientist: Continue reading Nanoparticle injections give mice “night vision” superpower
by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Phys.org
Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.
The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators—devices that move to perform some activity such as controlling a valve.
Continue reading Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
by Luke Hawker, Express
A SPACESHIP which is so fast it could travel 3.6 million miles per day has been successfully tested in Earth’s orbit.
The Lightsail 2 craft is an experiment to prove the practical application of a controlled ‘solar sail’, which has the ability to far outstrip traditional rocket engines. The revolutionary mission was launched on June 25 and developed by ‘The Planetary Society’, based in the US. The voyage became the first ever to demonstrate solar sailing and used energy from the Sun to orbit Earth.
by Stephen Johnson, Big Think
The cost-effective method could revolutionize how we remove carbon from the atmosphere, particularly in regard to climate change.
Scientists have created a method to convert carbon dioxide back into solid coal, a breakthrough that could change the ways carbon is removed from the atmosphere and permanently stored.
Continue reading Scientists can now turn CO2 in the air into solid coal
by Tom Warren, The Verge
Cortana on the lock screen has some security exploits.
Microsoft has issued a Windows 10 security update to prevent hackers from breaking into PCs using Cortana. Microsoft’s digital assistant is built into every version of Windows 10, McAfee security researchers discovered it could be summoned from a lock screen to execute malicious software. Any potential hacker would need physical access to a PC, and McAfee details methods to get the digital assistant to index files from a USB drive and execute them.
Continue reading Hackers can summon Cortana to break into Windows 10 PCs
by Rob Watts, PC Mag
If your business uses collaboration tools, then your company’s most valuable information may be at risk. We spoke with data protection expert Greg Arnette about common threats and the best practices you need to combat them.
Collaboration tools have become hugely popular with all kinds of businesses because they enable strategies like virtual teams and keep employees working tightly together no matter how far apart they might be physically. But whether it’s a workflow-based utility such as Asana or a chat-oriented app such as Slack, these tools have also created new opportunities for cyber-criminals looking to access your company’s most vital information.
Continue reading Industry Insight: Collaboration Tools Might Be The Next Great Security Risk