aerospace, Business, Companies, News, Space and Science

Virgin Hyperloop One Raises $50m and Names Branson Chair

In October, we wrote about Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested an undisclosed amount in Hyperloop One, the frontrunner of a number of companies competing to bring Elon Musk’s futuristic vision of a magnetically-propelled high-speed transport system to life. Now, however, it is confirmed that the company got a lifeline in the form of $50m from Russian and Dubai investors. “This investment provides Virgin Hyperloop One with a very robust financial platform for 2018,” chief executive Rob Lloyd said in a statement. “Our focus in 2018 will be on accelerating commercial agreements for both passenger and cargo projects.” The Los Angeles-based start-up also named investor Richard Branson

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Augmented Reality (AR), Auto, Companies, News, press releases

Honda sent Beautiful AR Holiday Card for Sick Kids

That holiday season isn’t always just about presents, overindulging or shopping – Honda tried to explain with their project “Happy Honda Days”. Using augmented reality to deliver the “Ultimate Get Well Card“, a magical card filled with messages from well-wishers around the country and personalized for pediatric patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has been made. Honda transformed an actual CHOC hospital room into an augmented reality winter wonderland in order to bring to life crowdsourced messages from well-wishers to be viewed by young patients through an iPad, held in a custom designed holder, triggering a wintery augmented reality experience. https://youtu.be/nVfCiBPkaW4 “Sending warm wishes

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Augmented Reality (AR), Companies, Entertainment, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Google-backed Magic Leap Reveals Mixed Reality Music App

Way in October, Magic Leap, the still-in-stealth-mode company developing an augmented-reality headset, announced that it has raised $502 million in Series D equity funding, led by Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings. The problem was, that at that time, they just promised to create a headset using a type of light-field technology that would result in superior augmented reality experiences, an area most major consumer technology companies are chasing. But it has never given a launch date for its device, nor offered much detail on how it would work. But it seems, something is actually happening. They invited a reporter from Pitchfork, an online music magazine, to

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China, Companies, Entertainment, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

VR Sexy Secretary Vivi Has Been Taken Offline

A Chinese tech company pulled offline a virtual-reality avatar depicted as a flirtatious secretary in revealing clothes, designed to flirt with users,  following criticism the avatar depicts women as sex objects. The virtual-assistant avatar, named “Vivi,” was in beta testing for a virtual-reality headset device sold by iQiyi, the online streaming unit of Baidu Inc., which owns China’s biggest internet search engine. Dressed in revealing clothing, the erotic assistant was in beta testing for a virtual reality headset when she was pulled.  Shortly after, the company iQiyi, the streaming unit of Baidu, issued a swift apology for “concerns it might have raised”. Vivi used to

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Education, News, startups

AI Startup Fano Labs Is Getting Funds From Horizons Ventures

Horizons Ventures, the private Hong Kong based investment arm of Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest man in Hong Kong, has made an “early-stage investment after it backed AI startup” Fano Labs. Horizons is a leading investor in some of the world’s most innovative companies and disruptive technologies, including Facebook, Spotify, Impossible Foods, Improbable, Zoom, Blockstream, Soul Machines and ChromaDex. Now, they decided to put undisclosed money into Fano Labs, which recently graduated AI accelerator program Zeroth. This deal also marks the firm’s first investment in a Hong Kong-based company. “We are a team of scientists and engineers. Our world-class technical expertise in speech and NLP technologies would empower

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aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Companies, Google, Space and Science

Artificial Intelligence Helps NASA Discover New Planets

The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009, and, since then has produced more than 30,000 signals measuring light from stars to search for possible planets in distant parts of the galaxy. With a little help of telescopic data, astronomers have found more than 3,500 planets, up from 329 known before the Kepler mission. Now artificial intelligence is helping to find even more. Last week, researchers from Google and University of Texas at Austin Christopher Shallue and Andrew Vanderburg, announced that a machine-learning algorithm had discovered two new planets, Kepler 80g and Kepler 90i. Shallue, a senior software engineer with Google’s research team Google AI, came

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Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, , Fintech, Google, Intel, Microsoft, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR)

Investors Guide: Investing in AI and AR Stocks is the New Gold

The year is coming to an end and if you were thinking about investing in tech companies – now may be the right time. The bullish market still lasts (eighth years in a row now), and this year was pretty good for investors despite the threats of a nuclear or potential trade war and/or crypto currencies rising . Through the end of November, the S&P 500 Index gained 21%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 25%, and the Nasdaq Composite surged 27%. Big technology companies in the Nasdaq 100 Index, tracked by the popular QQQ ETF, have jumped 32% since January. Take AR for

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Artificial Intelligence, Companies, News

Samantha “The Sex Robot” Molested by Festival Visitors

Whether Sophia the Robot should wear abaya or not – still has to be decided. However, her sister oponent doesn’t have such problems. Samantha, the sex robot has some serious problems since, at the latest Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, she was reportedly molested. Her inventor, Sergi Santos, shared that the robot, worth over $4000 “was heavily soiled” by the men. Santos added that two fingers were broken whilst they were mounting Samantha’s breasts, legs and arms, causing her to break down entirely. It seems that now she has to fly out to Barcelona, where she would be cleaned and fixed. Although the body parts were ruined,

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Blockchain, Companies, News, Technology Security

Nokia Uses Blockchain To Improve Health Data

Nokia has partnered with OP Financial Group, a Finland-based financial services group, to use blockchain technology to establish more trust in managing health data. According to a Nokia blog, the purpose of the pilot project, which involves 100 people, is to provide individuals more control over their personal health data. “Nokia’s experimental blockchain platform used in the pilot puts the focus on privacy and giving users full control over their data” is said from the company. To achieve this, they say any data that the users decide to share are encrypted, and can only be read by the intended participant on the platform, in this case OP. The

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Artificial Intelligence, Auto, Business, Companies, Intel, News, press releases

Collaboration with Waymo ensures Intel leading role in Antonomous Driving

Last week Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that his company supplies processors and other hardware to Waymo, and that Intel would like to continue working with the former Google self-driving car project. The Intel components are used in Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, which recently replaced a fleet of small pod-like electric cars as Waymo’s frontline test vehicles. The $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye could strengthen Intel in the self-driving vehicle space to offer a variety of items related to self-driving vehicles. These products include cameras, machine learning, sensor chips, roadway mapping, cloud software, and in-car networking. Waymo has a hardware program for sensors, autonomous decision-making, pathfinding, and more.

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Blockchain, Business, Companies, Entertainment, Mobile, News, Sport

Leo Messi Becoming Brand Ambasador for Sirin Labs

Sirin Labs, the developer of the Solarin ultra-secure mobile phone, announced that it has signed up Barcelona star Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador. Except the Solarin, the company is now preparing to release an all-in-one PC, called Finney, for Blockchain enthusiasts that will make Blockchain integration much more user-friendly. Messi’s endorsement is meant to open up a wider audience for those who haven’t ever heard of Blockchain technology. In a promotional paid Facebook post, Messi said: “I am usually busy trying to decentralize defenses and after digging deeper into Blockchain and decentralized systems, I’m excited to join Sirin Labs as an ambassador to make

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aerospace, Companies, News, Space and Science, Technology Security

Boeing Wants To Beat Elon Musk on the Way to Mars

It is obvious now that the race to Mars is on, and Boeing’s CEO seems to believe that the megarocket his company is helping to build for NASA will deliver astronauts to the Red Planet before billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Boeing is the main contractor for the first stage of NASA’s giant Space Launch System , which is designed to launch astronauts on deep-space missions using the space agency’s new Orion spacecraft. (United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne are also SLS contractors.) NASA hopes to build a “Deep Space Gateway” near the moon before using SLS and Orion vehicles to send explorers to Mars. The

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Mobile, News, press releases

Drink Your Tequila From AI Interactive Bottle

Last week Astral Tequila (‘Astral’) introduced smart bottles of its award-winning spirit to engage with consumers in-store and deliver customized digital experiences with the tap of a smartphone. The AI interactive spirits bottles featuring NFC technology is said to be the first spirits bottle released in the US, and will be available from stores in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Georgia. Astral is collaborating with NFC (near field communications) mobile marketing solutions provider and Thin Film Electronics ASA (‘Thinfilm’). The smart bottles of its tequila will utilize near field communication (NFC) technology to provide exclusive content to smartphone users. An NFC neck

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Artificial Intelligence, Auto, Business, Companies, News

Delphi Automotive Creates New Company – Aptiv

Delphi Automotive decided to transform itself from a traditional automotive parts supplier into a tech company focused on autonomous driving. The company is spinning off its powertrain division into a separate entity called Delphi Technologies, and rebranding everything else under a new corporate name — Aptiv. “Delphi Technologies enjoys a balanced revenue mix, robust cost structure and veteran leadership. Also, the company is capable of complying with the strict automotive regulations, pertaining to lowering of the CO2 and other toxic emissions from combustion engines by a considerable amount,”the company announced. They added that Aptiv is now in a position to solve complicated challenges embedded in greener,

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Auto, Companies, News

You can now customize your new BMW i with ARKit

BMW is first brand to offer a configurator through Apple’s Augmented Reality app using ARKit with iOS 11. The BMW i Visualizer app allows you in that way, to select and customize a life-sized version of the BMW i3, i3s, or i8 car while in any location. Now customers in select markets can use their iPads and iPhones to to view real-size 3D renderings of BMW i cars like the i3 and i8. While the app is available in 17 countries already, there’s support for over 21 languages offered through it. “Our products are highly emotional vehicles which customers need to experience,” said Andrea Castronovo, BMW Group

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Companies, Entertainment, , News, Oculus, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Facebook’s Oculus Home gives you your own VR mancave

Facebook’s VR subsidiary started offering a pre-release version of Oculus Home, a virtual room that you can outfit pretty much however you want. Think of it as a computer-generated IKEA catalog which now turns to a fully customizable environment that you can decorate with furniture and various interactive objects. You’ll have a catalogue of several hundred items to pick from, but some will need to be unlocked by completing in-game achievements or other challenges. You will also be able to visit friends’ space, and Oculus says it’s working on a real-time hangouts feature for multiple users to build together. Oculus announced that Rift Core 2.0

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Cryptocurrency, Fintech, News

New AI App will tell you is bitcoin going to crash

Have you ever thought that maybe artificial intelligence isn’t just to ‘destroy all humans”, but maybe also to help us? Nowadays when everyone is talking about investing in crypto currencies, and bitcoin price is being bullish to the end, using Artificial Intelligence to predict Crypto currency value seems like a smart idea. Bitcoin Bubble Burst, presented at the Disrupt Berlin hackathon by Claudio Weck, Saad El Hajjaji, and Karthick Perum, watches major price changes for you and tracks news events that could affect prices and alerts you in real time. It thoroughly analyses the trades with deep learning and social media and news with cognitive

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Education, Entertainment, News, Smartphones, Tablets

With Parker AR Bear kids learn through play

I guess many of us remember Tamagotchi or Furby. Those first tech-enhanced toys were already then thought of as a “parents nightmare”. They were blinking, beeping (often in the middle of the night), they needed batteries and sometimes they were a cause of a humongous amount of child tears (when mum accidentaly washed it). However, nowadays it’s easier to live (at least for parents). Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear is a new iPad and iPhone-enhanced toy from Seedling. This charming bear is fully squeezable with no caveats: it doesn’t have any wires or batteries inside, and it won’t make a peep or start to glow

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, News

Starbucks Partners with Alibaba in Opening AR Roastery

China has surpassed U.S. as Starbucks‘ fastest growing market and also the second largest with opening one store in China every 15 hours. Starbucks already operates more than 3,000 stores in the country and 2,000 more by 2021. Focusing on China, Starbucks opened its 30,000 square-feet store, that is now their biggest cafe in the world, in Shanghai.  Customers at  this beautiful outlet settled on the West Nanjing Road shopping strip, now can watch beans being roasted, sample high-end brews and use a Starbucks augmented-reality digital app to interact with the store. The Shanghai Roastery will also be the first of Starbucks’ 27,000 locations worldwide,

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Artificial Intelligence, Business, Companies, Google, News

Google Built AI That Can Build Its Own AI

Back in May of this year Google announced the creation of an AI (AutoML) that is able to design better AIs. AutoML built a new AI that’s called NASNet that is used to recognize objects. NASNet outperformed its human designed counterparts and the methods used to develop it seems to be the future of advanced AI. The Google researchers automated the design of machine learning models using an approach called reinforcement learning. For NASNet, the task was recognizing objects — people, cars, traffic lights, handbags, backpacks, etc. — in a video in real-time.  The Google Brain researchers, Barret Zoph, Vijay Vasudevan, Jonathon Shlens, and Quoc Le, claim that their machine-designed model beats all state-of-the-art

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