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Artificial Intelligence

Krisp reduces noise on calls using machine learning, and it’s coming to Windows soon

By | Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Funding, Gadgets, noise reduction, TC

If your luck is anything like mine, as soon as you jump on an important call, someone decides it’s a great time to blow some leaves off the sidewalk outside your window. 2Hz’s Krisp is a new desktop app that uses machine learning to subtract background noise like that, or crowds, or even crying kids — while keeping your voice intact. It’s already out for Macs and it’s coming to Windows soon.

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 and its new under-display fingerprint sensor

By | 5g, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, gigabit, Hardware, Mobile, Qualcomm, snapdragon, system on a chip

This week, Qualcomm is hosting press and analysts on Maui for its annual Snapdragon Summit. Sadly, we’re not there, but a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm gave us a preview of the news. There’ll be three days of news and the company decided to start with a focus on 5G, as well as a preview […]

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Researchers use AI and 3D printing to recreate paintings from photographs

By | 3d printing, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, TC

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created a system that can reproduce paintings from a single photo, allowing museums and art lovers to snap their favorite pictures and print new copies, complete with paint textures. Called RePaint, the project uses machine learning to recreate the exact colors of each painting and […]

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Loro’s mounted wheelchair assistant puts high tech to work for people with disabilities

By | accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Battlefield, disrupt berlin 2018, Events, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, loro co, Startup Battlefield, Startup Battlefield Disrupt Berlin 2018, Startups, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

A person with physical disabilities can’t interact with the world the same way as the able, but there’s no reason we can’t use tech to close that gap. Loro is a device that mounts to a wheelchair and offers its occupant the ability to see and interact with the people and things around them in […]

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The Da Vinci Drawmaton is a blast from the Renaissance

By | Artificial Intelligence, Da Vinci Surgical System, engineer, Gadgets, robot, Robotics, TC, The New York Times

Robert Sabuda makes mechanical books – pop up books with mechanical features that make them move and change while you read them – and he’s made it to the top of the New York Times best seller list multiple times. Now he’s taking on a new challenge: rebuilding and selling a version of Leonardo da […]

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These antique phones are precious, private Alexa vessels

By | Alexa, Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, DIY, Gadgets, Hardware, retro, TC, vintage

Amazon’s Alexa may be in ten thousand different devices now, but they all have one other thing in common: they’re new. So for those of us that prefer old things but still want to be able to set timers and do metric-imperial conversions without pulling out our phones, Grain Design is retrofitting these fabulous old telephones to provide Alexa access with no other hints of modernity. There’s even a privacy angle!

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Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

By | alibaba, alibaba group, alipay, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, China, CSR, Diversity, eCommerce Platform, Gadgets, iPhone, quora, smartphones, text-to-speech, Tsinghua University

Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who’s been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. “Though it was expensive,” […]

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The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

By | adafruit industries, Anki, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, BBC Micro, Disney, Education, Europe, Gadgets, Gaming, Gift Guide 2018, Hardware, Kano, littlebits, makeblock, mattel, Robotics, TC

The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and a flurry of new market entrants have piggybacked on the popularity of smartphones […]

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Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep

By | Artificial Intelligence, Australia, Automation, csiro, drones, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC

Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously.

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