Daily Archives: January 8, 2019

Google’s New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

https://www.wired.com/story/google-assistant-interpreter-mode Over the past year Google has been making its virtual assistant, the eponymous Google Assistant, more capable of handling what might usually be awkward or onerous conversations. Need to make a dinner reservation by picking up the phone and … Continue reading

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The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

https://www.wired.com/story/the-clever-clumsiness-of-a-robot-teaching-itself-to-walk It’s easy to watch a baby finally learn to walk after hours upon hours of trial and error and think, OK, good work, but do you want a medal or something? Well, maybe only a childless person like me … Continue reading

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Hyundai Elevate EV is a walking electric vehicle concept

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/08/hyundai-elevate-ev-walking-car-official/ Last week Hyundai released some teaser material of its walking Elevate concept , designed to negotiate “treacherous” areas a conventional wheeled vehicle would struggle to get ahead. At CES 2019, the UMV – for Ultimate Mobility Vehicle – saw … Continue reading

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Hyundai’s Elevate Concept Uses Legs and Wheels to Go Anywhere

https://www.wired.com/story/hyundai-walking-car-elevate-concept-ces Like the sushirrito and the Rollie Eggmaster, the wheel is the certified product of the human brain, unmatched in ingenuity by eons of evolution. Now, after 5,000 years of transportation advances built on the ability to roll from A … Continue reading

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One day, 199 tornadoes

https://www.popsci.com/2011-tornado-outbreak?dom=rss-default&src=syn In 2011, an outbreak—not of disease, but of tornadoes—slammed through a large swath of the Southern and Eastern U.S. The region saw 64 individual twisters on April 25, and another 50 the next day, but the worst still lay ahead. … Continue reading

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Olay’s electromagnetic face wand turns skincare into a mobile game

https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/08/olay-facenavi-smart-wand-beauty-cream-electromagnetic/ Cherlynn Low / Engadget Olay’s FaceNavi Smart Wand isn’t a magic solution for perfect skin, but it is pretty fun. The Smart Wand is a handheld device that uses electromagnetic pulses to transform a singular Olay face cream into … Continue reading

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Toyota is developing fighter-jet-inspired safety tech — and plans to share it

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/01/08/toyota-guardian-chauffeur-safety-tech-ces/ Toyota Research Institute had a breakthrough last year in its pursuit to make driving safer. It was so profound that Toyota wants to open it up to other automakers. The inspiration was modern-day fighter jets, which use a low-level … Continue reading

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