Panasonic’s new technology transmits data by human touch

Panasonic has developed a new data transmission system in Japan. The new device can exchange information over a human touch. A prototype of a human body was created which communicated with the device to send data up to 100Kbps through a radio field on a person’s skin. Data will be exchanged when they touch a person or an object with a suitable trans-receiver.

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President Obama discusses artificial intelligence

President Obama had a discussion with the MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito about AI. The Interview was hosted by WIRED and was moderated by its Editor-in-Chief, Scotch Dadich.

A report on the future of AI was also published by the White House this week and lists many aspects of how AI is influencing economy, society, politic, etc.

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The first Mini Robotic Printer

This wireless printer from the Israeli startup ZUtALabs fits in your pocket.
It has a rechargeable battery and an on/off switch. It connects directly to smartphones and to PCs, and allows the user to print on any size piece of paper. Equipped with a unique mechanical drive system, WiFi connectivity for connecting to mobile devices and a battery that provides a full hour of printing, this little printer is not limited to standard paper sizes.

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A bot with the personality of a deceased friend

Eugenia Kuyda lost her close friend and has setup a chat-bot, which was trained with previous conversations between them. Even if the bot at the current state is not able to understand language and real sense, it is able to mimic the style of his conversation and has for some who have known the real person a kind of therapeutical effect. Read more about this outstanding story here. It’s definitely worth it.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

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Newly unveiled DJI Mavic Pro foldable drone

Like the Karma, the Mavic is foldable, and when compressed it’s “practically the size of a water bottle”, DJI says. It boasts a camera that can shoot 4K video at 30fps, 1080p footage at 96fps, and 720p at 120fps. It’s stabilized by a three-axis gimbal, and supports snapping 12 MP pictures through its f/2.2 lens. Its maximum speed is 65km/h, and can go up to 5,000m. The video link to the drone works at a distance of up to 7km and shows you the live feed in 1080p.

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MagicShifter 3000

The MagicShifter 3000 is an open source hardware gadget for RGB lighting, gaming and POV (persistence of vision) applications. By combining its accelerometer with 16 bright RGB LEDs you can draw images “into the air”. It’s only 103x27x13mm so it fits in every pocket.

One of the most appealing factors of this project is definitely its charming promotional video! 😉

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Animated 3D creature extraction from a 2D video

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute released a paper, which is showing the possibilities for extracting an animated 3D creature from a plain video. In order to reconstruct the object, an author has to draw some lines to acquire the axis of the creatures rig.

It’s an impressive example how objects can be extracted from a single 2D video source. Even if the quality is not at production level yet, there are endless possibilities.

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Text summarization with the help of deep learning

The google Brain team open-sourced the TensorFlow model code for generating news headlines. Below are some examples. The first column shows the model input, which is the first sentence of a news article. The second column shows the headline generated by the algorithm.


Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

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Solar Windbreaker

By wearing the solar windbreaker from Pauline van Dongen you make sure that your electronical devices won’t run out of energy. There are three solar panels attached to the jacked which are connected to an integrated power bank. Through a wireless induction system you are able to charge your devices.

Nothing really new but nevertheless a nice and useful gadget as it combines renewable energy with your everyday needs (with regard to all the devices that need to be charged).