Sobro: A Smart Coffee Table

SoBro is a table that knows about your devices and wirelessly connects to them. It charges your phone, can connect to the TV, plays music to wireless bluetooth speakers and even chills your water bottle.

Sobro is a 43 x 23 inch coffee table with a tempered glass top. It comes with a 24 bottle refrigerated drawer enhanced with a compressor, to cool and chill drinks and food at a user’s desired temperature. Bluetooth speakers that could play music from a nearby source; 2 USB charging ports alongside dual integrated 110V power outlets for convenient power supply to devices such as laptop, smartphone, percolator (for tea or coffee); and LED lights on the underside.

A summary of SoBro coffee table specifications:

  • A 24 bottle refrigerated drawer
  • 2 smaller drawers
  • Bluetooth powered speakers
  • Bluetooth connectivity to TV
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • 2 power outlets
  • LED lighting on the underside

New AI System Can Train Robots For Armies

Scientists have been able to create a machine learning system that can help robots be trained under the supervision of a human assistant, an application set to have military uses.

Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin considered a specific case where a human provides real-time feedback in the form of critique. Ideally, the team created an algorithm that mimics the brain. How the brain learns after viewing videos and other practical lessons. As in, you wanna teach the robot how to jump or hold a gun properly -simply have it watch the video on your YouTube channel. Technically speaking, this is an extension of TAMER (Training an Agent Manually Though Evaluative Reinforcement). Therefore, the algorithm is called Deep TAMER.

As you may know, for any concept to be considered valid it must have passed the test of its founding principle. So the researchers demonstrated their invention using 15 minutes of human-supplied feedback to teach an agent to perform smarter than humans on the Atari game. The deep-TAMER-trained agents delivered super performance, besting both an expert human Atari player as well as knockout the amateur trainees.

The future army will be comprised of soldiers and autonomous teammates. It will be one team working side-by-side. Training will be conducted through videos and both the artificially intelligent agents as well as the humans will be offered an opportunity to prove what they’ve learned –with the intention of applying the same in new environments that they have not been in before.



Smart Socks For The Future Of Fitness

Sensoria’s Smart Socks (including two pairs of socks, one ankle cuff, and one charger) put fitness tracking on your feet. When you run with the socks and the app, it tracks all the basic metrics you’d expect, plus a few extra ones, including distance, speed, steps, calories burned, cadence, altitude, ascent, descent, heart rate (when wearing a connected heart rate monitor), foot landing, and foot contact.

Weight sensors fitted into the sole guarantee to gauge elements like pace, height, calorie blazing and rhythm, while additionally watching your course through GPS. The framework circles in an anklet that matches to the Sensoria Fitness versatile application for iOS and Android, to transform crude information into details you can use to help keep away from harm and track preparing objectives.

The app features a virtual training coach providing real-time audio feedback to help improve technique and reduce the chance of injury. They are paired with a Bluetooth Smart cool and detachable anklet that not only delivers superior accuracy in step counting, speed, calories, altitude and distance tracking, but goes well beyond that to track cadence, foot landing technique as you walk and run.

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A head-turning blend of high fashion and high tech

Smart Textiles are shaping the future of fabrics in incredible ways. Sensors can be considered as the data sources of the Internet of Things (IoT). In the wearables space, these devices harvest information from wearers and their environment. These sensors will be integrated into wearable smart devices (WSDs), which in turn will be connected to the IoT to facilitate Active Assisted Living(AAL).

Digital temperature sensors are woven into a textile to make smart temperature sensing textiles.Smart textiles can be classified into two categories. One is aesthetic and another is performance enhancing. Aesthetic examples include everything from fabrics that light up to fabrics that can change colour. On the other hand, performance enhancing smart textiles, which will have a huge impact on the athletic, extreme sports sector and military industries. It is even possible to maintain constant body temperature using phase- change technology.

File this one under the heading of “unique takes on wearable technology.” A designer in Montreal fashioned two haute couture dresses that light up whenever its dark. What’s even more amazing is that the threads of the dresses actually move in response to peoples’ glances.The gaze-activated dresses are embedded with eye-tracking technology that responds to an observer’s gaze by activating tiny motors to move parts of the dresses in mesmerising patterns.

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Blippar: Augmented Reality App

Augmented Reality (AR) is all around us already being used in a variety of ways.  It can be characterized by virtual objects layered over a real-world environment. AR can be used anywhere because it doesn’t block out the real world. AR takes the tools we’re accustomed to like smartphones and tablets and greatly enhances their capability.

Blippar  is a mobile augmented reality advertising platform which spices up print ads with video, games,animations and an app also used to find nutritional information on food items with a simple scan.

Due to the availability of smartphones and tablets, you can take advantage of augmented reality fairly easily. Blippar allows you to scan and read nutritional information. Perfect for counting calories! The food scanner allows you to know what you eating,and what’s made off,on the go.

Interactions offer mobile coupons, m-commerce, 2d overlay, 3d overlay, location based service, video play, gamification, image tracking, object recognition, product recognition and much more.

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Smart Billboards That Know You By Name

It’s pretty rare to find a media buy that is so cool and attention-grabbing. A sign in San Francisco, identifies approaching Mini Cooper drivers by using a signal from a radio chip embedded in their key fobs.

The boards, which usually carry typical advertising, are programmed to identify approaching Mini drivers through a coded signal from a radio chip embedded in their key fob. The messages are personal, based on questionnaires that owners filled out: “Mary, moving at the speed of justice,” if Mary is a lawyer, or “Mike, the special of the day is speed,” if Mike is a chef.

Fun is the last thing generally associated with the technology that is making the experiment possible — radio frequency identification, or RFID.  Mini executives say they are confident that even RFID skeptics will take Motorby, as the trial is called, in stride.

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IOT In Fleet Management.

Internet of Things in fleet management currently works through 3 main technologies – RFID, GPS and OBD II’s. RFID helps control and track products while GPS and OBD II’s make it possible to obtain real-time information on routes, vehicle maintenance and driving conditions.

Internet of Things also allows logistic companies to move daily operations into the cloud and helps remote tracking of fleets at any time from any place.

Internet of Things has the ability of derive collectivity data from various sensors. This enables fleet management companies to get useful insights into driver behavior, adherence to laws, vehicle speeding and idling etc.

Besides these GPS and RFID based tools, IoT also covers advanced applications such as weather APIs, traffic reporting, smart parking, maintenance monitoring, driving behavior monitoring etc.

Proper implementation of IoT reduces overall costs by optimum utilization of resources and improved performance.