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AdminJuly 19, 2018
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Who hasn’t experienced losing their earphones? We either lose them or they occasionally fall out. Plus, they don’t really look all that great and don’t really match well with most outfits.

One Kickstarter project seeks to solve that problem with the Swings Bluetooth Earrings. These are really lovely earrings, which anyone could wear to match their outfits, and they also double as earphones.

Swings Bluetooth Earrings

Swings Bluetooth Earrings and its Concept

The company behind the Swings Bluetooth Earrings is called Scandi Electronics. They designed the earrings to double as earphones; you only need to swing the drop earrings around in order to use it as earphones.

Once the earbud is in your ear, it automatically starts playing your songs. It even has a noise-canceling capability and has a five-hour battery life. On top of that, you will never have to worry that they will fall out. Not only does the piercing make it easy to wear Swings Bluetooth Earrings, but they also provide some stability when they are in use.

Conversely, Swings doesn’t only function as an accessory and earphone. The earrings are also equipped with microphones and AI support for Siri, Alexa, and Google.

The concept of the Swings Bluetooth Earrings is quite simple; that is, to create something gorgeous but also practical. That might sound easy, but it’s really not. In fact, there are only a small number of wearable techs that actually look as eye-catching as jewelry.

Swings Bluetooth Earrings and earbuds in ears noise cancelling capability

Designs of Swings Bluetooth Bluetooth Earrings

Swings Bluetooth Earrings come in two different models: the basic earrings (Swings) and the athletic version (Swings Sport).

The original Swings have a classic design and will most likely become a go-to accessory since they look great and can match with nearly any outfit; however, they don’t only look great, they are also supposed to be quite comfortable to wear. The earrings are lightweight and have silicone comfort-cap backs that let you use them even while sleeping.

With regard to the color scheme, you can select from three color versions available: Silver/White, Gold/White, and Rose Gold/White.

For sporty ladies, there is also a pair that is specially designed for their active lifestyle. These earrings are called the Swings Sport. Instead of the metal detail, Swings Sport features lightweight silicone bands that make them shock-proof as well as sweat-resistant. Its sleek all-black design will definitely look great with any gym clothes.

Designs of Swings Bluetooth Bluetooth Earrings

The Technology of Swings Bluetooth Earrings

The Swings Bluetooth Earrings feature quite a number of technologies that make it not only gorgeous but also practical. The most important of which is the Bluetooth 5.0 and Precision drivers for truly amazing sound quality, which also pairs well with iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Android among others.

The earrings also feature dual microphones, with each earpiece having its own microphone. There’s also the Noise Cancellation Technology for superior call quality, the battery life of five hours when fully charged, the 24-hour battery life case, the silicone comfort-cap back, and the stability-providing, hypoallergenic, nickel-free stainless steel posts.

Furthermore, the Swings Bluetooth Earrings also feature Touch Sensors/Motion Accelerometers, which controls audio and enables the earphone to start playing as soon as it is placed in the ear. Not to mention that it is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Personally, I think that this earring-earphone concept will be a hit. I think that this is a start to solving small and silly problems for women and that it proves that gadgets aren’t just devices, that they can also be used to make a statement and show a person’s style.


AdminJuly 18, 2018
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HoloLens, which is Microsoft’s expensive face computer, was initially made for mixing digital images with the real world. Then later, a group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology found out that this piece of technology can surprisingly be really good at a completely unanticipated application, which is to help blind people find their way through buildings and offer them a better sense of where things are located around them.

HoloLens, a Wayfinding Device for Blind People

The HoloLens is a head-mounted display unit that is connected to an adjustable, cushioned inner headband, which can tilt the HoloLens up and down, as well as forward and backward.

The front part of the unit is composed mostly of sensors and related hardware, which includes the cameras and processors. The visor is tinted, and enclosed in it is a pair of transparent combiner lenses where the projected images are displayed. The HoloLens must be calibrated to the interpupillary distance (IPD), which is the accustomed vision of the user.

In order to wear the unit, you must fit the HoloLens on your head and use an adjustment wheel at the back of the headband to secure it around the crown, while also supporting and distributing the weight of the unit equally for comfort, before tilting the visor towards the front of the eyes.

HoloLens, through the application of the HPU, uses sensual and natural interface commands gaze, gesture, and voice (which are sometimes referred to as “GGV” inputs).

Gaze commands, such as head-tracking, allow you to bring application focus to whatever you perceive. “Elements”, or any virtual application or button, are selected using an air tap method, which is similar to clicking an imaginary computer mouse. The air tap can be held for a drag simulation to move an element, as well as voice commands for certain commands and actions.

HoloLens can run virtually all Universal Windows Platform applications, and these applications appear as 2D projections. Not all Windows 10 APIs are currently supported by HoloLens, but in most cases, the same app is able to run across all Windows 10 devices, which includes HoloLens.

HoloLens, a Wayfinding Device for Blind People

Design Principle of HoloLens

According to the researchers at the California Institute of Technology, HoloLens’s design principle was to give sounds to all relevant objects in the environment. To put it simply, each object in the user’s surroundings can “talk” to the user with a voice that comes from the object’s location. When the user gets closer to the object, the pitch of the voice increases. The user has several modes of control to select which objects will speak: Scan, Spotlight, and Target.

In Scan mode, the objects call out their names in succession from left to right to give a quick summary of the surrounding environment. In Spotlight mode, the object that is directly in front of the user speaks, which allows the user to explore the surroundings by moving their head. In Target mode, the user picks one object that calls frequently at the press of a clicker. Obstacles and walls emit a hissing sound as the user gets too close.

Using HoloLens’s synchronized mapping capacity; the unit’s headset can create a complex interior map of a campus building. The headset’s speaker has a surround sound quality, which acts as a dynamic audio guide that navigates the person through the building by instructing them when to walk upstairs and turn left or right, or if there are available guide rails to grip.

Design Principle of HoloLens

Testing the HoloLens

To test the effectiveness of the HoloLens, the researchers recruited seven blind people to test it out. Each one of them was given a brief presentation but no training and then asked to complete a selection of tasks.

Based on the results of the experiment, the participants were able to reliably find and point to objects from audio cues, and they were able to locate a chair in a room in a fraction of the time that they normally would, as well as being able to avoid obstacles easily.

The researchers say that neither training nor modification of the physical environment is required to use any of HoloLens’s modes, and blind subjects will be able to navigate an unfamiliar multi-story building on their first attempt.

Testing the HoloLens

HoloLens does seem to be a promising technology, not only for the blind but also for people with sight, and I do hope that this will encourage developments to improve awareness of using augmented auditory reality to convey the things we cannot see.


AdminJuly 17, 2018
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The future of dining could potentially become healthier and cheaper, and that’s all because of a burger-making robot.

Source: TechCrunch

Details about Creator

The creator is a new restaurant that is located on the ground floor of an office building in San Francisco’s Folsom Street. When a diner steps into the said restaurant, he or she would instantly feel like stepping into a catalog.

On one end, there are sleek, wooden communal tables with matching high white stools that are lining one end of the room. There is also a bookshelf, which is filled with hand-picked culinary books, that is placed against the wall.

On the other end, you can see two large machines about the size of a small car that forms a 90-degree angle around a center counter. Those machines, which consist of large transparent glass casings and ingredients in cylindrical tubes, are the company’s burger-making robots. The machine contains about 350 sensors and 20 microcomputers to produce the best, freshest, locally-sourced cheeseburger that $6 can offer.

Creator, which is formerly known as Momentum Machines, is just one of a rising new type of automated restaurant that showcases the best of the tech industry’s software, robotics, and artificial intelligence skills while also having top-tier culinary expertise.

Creator’s goal is not to supersede humans completely but to automate the portion of the restaurant experience that can be done better, faster, and be more cost-effective with the use of machines.

By and large, it’s about offering convenience; automated robots can make food faster than people, while touchscreens and mobile ordering cut down long lines and awkward interaction with cashiers.

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How Burgers are Prepared

Creator wants to serve the world’s freshest cheeseburger for just $6. Creator’s transparent and competent robot doesn’t prepare the brisket and tosses steak into a gourmet patty until someone orders it.

To explain the process more clearly, it begins when someone orders and picks a burger style through a human concierge on a tablet. Then, a compressed air tube pushes a freshly-baked bun into an elevator, and it is cut in half by a vibrating knife before it is toasted and buttered as it is being lowered to a conveyor belt.

Different kinds of sauces, which are measured by the millimeter, and spices are automatically squirted onto the bun. Whole tomatoes, pickles, onions, and even blocks of cheese are sliced and shaved off just a second before they’re dropped on top of the bun.

After that, the robot grinds some hormone-free, pasture-raised brisket and toss the steak on top of the burger bun. And instead of mashing them all up together, the strands of meat hang vertically and are lightly pressed together that are then placed onto the bun before the whole package slides out of the machine after approximately five minutes.

How Burgers are Prepared

A Word from its Creator

According to Creator’s co-founder and CEO Alex Vardakostas, “This is the type of burger that you would get for the price of $12 to $18, obviously from an upscale restaurant, but it is only $6.” He added, “This might not be the best burger I’ve had in my life, but it is certainly the best at this price. And a lot of it is because of the savings on labor and kitchen space that is afforded by a robot cook.” To conclude, he said, “We spend more on our ingredients than any other burger restaurant.”

A Word from its Creator

When asked how a startup like his could become a $10 billion company, Vardakostas only replied, “The market is much bigger than that.”

 


AdminJuly 16, 2018
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Big Data

Every single day, hundreds of millions of people are taking photos, making videos, or sending messages. I’d bet that you didn’t know that about 90% of the data in the world today has only been created in the last few years.

The total amount of data in the world was already 4.4 zettabytes in 2013, and it is expected that the world will create around 44 zettabytes of data in the year 2020 alone. That’s ten times more than what we have created up until 2013. This sharp rise in data will no doubt be driven by the rapidly growing daily production of data.

At present, we are creating over 2 quintillion bytes of data every day. As more and more people are steadily becoming connected, together with the explosive production of electronic devices, that is only set to grow over the coming years.

Big Data

What is Big Data?

Big Data is data sets that are massive and complex that traditional data-processing application software is unable to deal with them. Big data challenges consist of capturing data, data storage, data analysis, data mining, data sharing, data transfer, visualization, querying, updating, information privacy, and data source.

There are quite a lot of concepts that are associated with big data. Initially, there were just three concepts that were introduced: volume, variety, velocity. Other concepts that are later attributed with big data are veracity (for instance, how much noise is in the data) and value.

What is Big Data?

Characteristics of Big Data

Big data can be described by the following characteristics: Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity, and Value.

Volume is the quantity of the generated and stored data. It’s actually the size of the data that determines the value and potential insight and also if it can be considered big data or not.

Variety, on the other hand, is the type and nature of the data. This characteristic of big data usually helps users to effectively utilize the resulting insight. Big data draws from a text, images, audio, video; plus, it completes missing pieces through data fusion.

Velocity, in this context, is the speed at which the data is generated and processed in order to meet the needs and also the challenges that lie in the path of growth and development. Big data is usually available in real-time.

Veracity is the quality or trustworthiness of the data. For instance, think about all the Twitter posts with hashtags, abbreviations, typos, et cetera, and the reliability and accuracy of all that content.  Gleaning loads and loads of data is of no use if the quality or trustworthiness is not accurate.

Lastly, we have value. Value is the worth of the data being extracted.  You can have endless amounts of data in your hands, but unless it can be turned into value it is useless.  While there is a clear link between data and insights, this does not always mean that there is value in big data.

Characteristics of Big Data

Application of Big Data

Governments use and adopt big data within their processes to allow efficiencies in terms of cost, productivity, and innovation. In other industries, improvements in supply planning and product quality provide the greatest benefit of big data for manufacturing as big data provides an infrastructure for transparency in this industry.

Big data analytics has also helped in terms of healthcare, especially in improving the services offered, by providing personalized medicine and prescriptive analytics, clinical risk intervention and predictive analytics, waste and care variability reduction, automated external and internal reporting of patient data, standardized medical terms and patient registries and fragmented point solutions.

There are lots of industries that benefit from big data, such as education, information technology and so on, but the most important part of embarking on a big data initiative is to understand the costs and benefits of collecting and analyzing the data to ensure that ultimately the data that is reaped can be eventually monetized.

Application of Big Data


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Business intelligence

Business intelligence tools are usually designed to analyze huge quantities of data that organizations accumulate over time. In doing so, it helps organizations to improve their decision making and social collaboration. It also provides the means for efficient reporting, thorough analysis of data, statistics, and analytics.

Below you will find the best business intelligence tools in the market today, along with features of each tool and links where you can download them.

Yellowfin BI

Yellowfin is a business intelligence, dashboard, reporting, and data analytics software vendor. It is a single integrated solution that is designed for companies across various sectors. It also makes it easy to evaluate, monitor, and work out data.

Users can access dashboards from anywhere, from website to company intranet to mobile device. They can also have their insights made effective through data-rich presentations and interactive reports. Overall, Yellowfin BI allows faster, smarter collective decision-making.

To download this tool, you can visit this site: www.yellowfinbi.com

Yellowfin BI

Clear Analytics

Clear Analytics is an accurate, timely, and clear business insights system. This tool helps organizations to meet their needs. It also offers easy mining of large data from reliable sources and presents it in the form of specialized reports.

Clear Analytics offers a software solution that requires less human resources. Users can easily create dashboards, graphical data presentations, and strategic plans. This BI tool also offers predictive analysis, key performance indicators, and easy indication of issues. To sum it all up, Clear Analytics turns an Excel user into a power analyst with no manual needed.

To download this tool, you can visit this site: www.clearanalyticsbi.com

Clear Analytics

SAP Business Intelligence

SAP Business Intelligence is an integrated business intelligence software. It is an enterprise-level application that is best suited for open client/server system. This BI tool has set new standards for providing the best business information management solutions.

SAP BI follows a modular concept for easy setup and space utilization, and it allows to create a next-generation database system that combines analytics and transactions.

Applications that are developed using SAP can integrate with any system as it has an easy integration with SAP and non-SAP applications. The tool also provides support for On-premise or cloud deployment and has simplified data warehouse architecture. By and large, the SAP BI tool provides highly flexible and most transparent business solutions.

To download this tool, you can visit this site: support.sap.com/en/my-support/software-downloads.html

SAP Business Intelligence

Sisense

Sisense is a business intelligence tool that includes a back-end powered by in-chip technology, which enables non-technical users to join and analyze large sets of data from multiple sources, and a front-end for creating visuals, such as dashboards and reports, on any device.

Sisense allows users with no technical skills to build interactive dashboards and allows for users to access dashboards even on their mobile devices. This tool lets its users to create a single version of truth with seamless data, query big data at very high speed, unify unrelated data into one centralized place, make ad-hoc analysis of high-volume data and handle them at a single commodity server, deliver interactive terabyte-scale analytics, and identify critical metrics using filtering and calculations.

Sisense also provides eye-grabbing visualization and has an easy drag-and-drop user interface. On the whole, Sisense is an ideal tool for those who want to create dashboards with a variety of visualizations.

To download this tool, you can visit this site: www.sisense.com/get/watch-demo/

Sisense

TIBCO Jaspersoft

Jaspersoft is an open source Java reporting tool that can write to a variety of targets, such as screens and printers, into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, CSV, or XML files.

Jaspersoft offers reporting, data visualization, and data integration. It also provides support in the decision-making process via key performance indicators and problem indicators. It can also be integrated into any mobile application, which enables users to access data from anywhere. In addition, Jaspersoft is available as SaaS, On-premise, and cloud platform.

In general, Jaspersoft empowers people around the world every day to make better decisions as it provides flexible, cost-effective, and widely-deployed business intelligence solutions.

To download this tool, you can visit this site: www.jaspersoft.com

There are many other great business intelligence tools in the market. The most important thing you have to think about is how a tool is able to cater to and suit your needs as an individual or as an organization.

TIBCO Jaspersoft


AdminJuly 15, 2018
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artificial intelligence (AI)

The artificial intelligence (AI) technology industry is really thriving nowadays. Past the hype, the increasing media attention, and the number of companies that want to acquire them, there is a relative increase in investment in AI technologies.

In this article, you will get acquainted with some of the hottest AI technologies in the market today.

Natural Language Generation

Natural language generation is an AI sub-discipline that converts data into text, which enables computers to communicate ideas with perfect accuracy.

Natural language generation is currently being used in customer service, report generation, and summarizing business intelligence insights.

Sample vendors of Natural language generation are Attivio, Cambridge Semantics, SAS,

Natural Language Generation

Automated Insights, Digital Reasoning, Lucidworks, Narrative Science, and Yseop.

Speech Recognition

Speech recognition is the interdisciplinary area of study of computational linguistics that develops methodologies and technologies, which enables the recognition and translation of spoken language into text by machines.

Alexa and Siri are just two of the systems that can understand human speech. Some of the companies that are offering speech recognition services are NICE, Nuance Communications, OpenText, and Verint Systems.

Speech Recognition

Virtual Agents

Virtual agents were dubbed as “the darling of the media”. Ranging from simple chatbots to advanced systems that can network with humans.

Virtual agents are currently being used in customer service and support and even as a smart home manager.

Sample vendors of virtual agents are Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Artificial Solutions, Assist AI, Creative Virtual, IPsoft, and Satisfy.

Virtual Agents

Machine Learning Platforms

Machine learning is a sub-discipline of artificial intelligence in the area of study of computer science that frequently uses statistical techniques to give computers the ability to “learn” (for instance, to progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed.

Machine learning platforms are now being used in a wide range of enterprise applications, mainly involving prediction or classification.

Sample vendors of machine learning platforms are Amazon, Microsoft, SAS, Fractal Analytics, Google, H2O.ai, and Skytree.

Machine Learning Platforms

AI-Optimized Hardware

AI-Optimized hardware is a technology that makes hardware much friendlier. These are new graphics and central processing units and processing devices that are specifically designed and structured to execute AI-oriented tasks.

AI-optimized hardware is primarily used in making a difference in deep learning applications.

Some of the companies that are offering AI-optimized hardware are Google, IBM, Intel, Nvidia, Alleviate, and Cray.

AI-Optimized Hardware

Decision Management

Decision management is an AI technology that is incorporated into a variety of corporate applications to assist and execute automated decisions, which makes organizations as profitable as possible.

Decision management is capable of introducing rules and logic to artificial intelligence systems so that users can use them for initial setup or training, ongoing maintenance, and tuning.

Some of the companies that offer decision management AI technology are Advanced Systems Concept, Informatica, Maana, Pegasystems, and UiPath.

Decision Management

Deep Learning Platforms

Deep learning, also called deep structured learning or hierarchical learning, is part of a wider family of machine learning methods based on learning data representations, as opposed to task-specific algorithms.

The deep learning platform is a type of machine learning that consists of artificial neural networks that have multiple abstraction layers. It is now being used in pattern recognition and classification applications supported by very large data sets.

Sample vendors of deep learning platforms are 3VR, Affectiva, Agnitio, FaceFirst, Sensory, Synqera, and Tahzoo.

There are, of course, other AI technologies that are amazing in their own right, such as biometrics, robotic processes automation, text analytics & NLP, AI modeling, cyber defense, knowledge worker aid, peer-to-peer networks, emotion recognition, image recognition, etc.

AI technology is presently helping industries to flourish and thrive more. It provides aid in the healthcare industry, education, law, transportation, and also in helping the less privileged.  In the coming years, we should see more amazing things from artificial intelligence technology.

Deep Learning Platforms



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