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Bosch 10 gram turnkey module turns any spectacles into smartglasses

A new computer module created by Bosch can turn any pair of glasses into smartglasses, the company has claimed.

The new Bosch Smartglasses Light Drive will enable users to see notifications and use apps through their glasses rather than on a mobile phone or smartwatch.

The company said the size of the turnkey module used for the system has 30 percent less depth than any other comparable smartglasses system, and weighs less than 10 grams.


AWS ups IoT game by bringing Alexa to the edge

The voice of Amazon, Alexa, is leaving the confines of bedrooms and kitchens around the globe to give the world’s ever-expanding fleet of IoT devices the gift of speech.

Alexa Voice Service, announced ahead of December’s AWS re:Invent event in Las Vegas, makes Alexa available on IoT devices with limited local processing power and storage.

Previously, devices required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex A-class processor to support the voice assistant. Now, manufacturers will be able to integrate Alexa into devices with low-powered chips and just 1MB of RAM.


Two-thirds of world’s population to have 5G coverage by 2025

Ericsson expects 5G to catch on far quicker than 4G Networking and telecommunications giant Ericsson has released the much-anticipated update to its longstanding Mobility Report, revealing its latest forecasts for 5G adoption and availability. Since Ericsson released the 2018 edition of the report, many of Europe’s main network operators have launched their 5G networks, including… Read More


Scientists are aiming to apply the finishing touch to VR

Scientists in the US have developed a prototype device which aims to put this third sense within VR’s reach, using a flexible material fitted with tiny vibrating components that can be attached to skin. But researchers from Northwestern University believe the system, known as epidermal VR, could be useful in other cases as well, from a child touching a display relaying the gesture to a family member located elsewhere, to helping people with amputations renew their sense of touch.


You could soon be simulating F1 from the front seat of your autonomous car

With autonomous vehicles becoming ever smarter, autonomous and prevalent on the world’s roads, drivers who previously had to have both hands on the wheel can now lounge in leisure from the comfort of their driver’s seats.

What will road users of the not-so-distant future do with all their newfound car freedom? Experts expect us to catch up on emails, conduct meetings, tune into Netflix and so on, essentially extending our work and leisure lives into the cabin.

But UK researchers have been working on a slightly different project that will be music to the ears of the world’s autonomous car-owning gamers, but lead to a few raised eyebrows in road safety circles: turning windscreens into displays for VR multiplayer in-car gaming.


VR has the potential to ease chronic pain, study suggests

Virtual reality (VR) can help to ease someone’s sensitivity to pain, new research suggests. Scientists at Imperial College London found that people immersed in VR scenes of the Arctic reported reduced pain sensations compared with those not using the technology.


Nvidia unveils AI supercomputer the size of a credit card

Nvidia has unveiled an AI supercomputer the size of a credit card for edge computing devices.

Dubbed Xavier NX, the diminutive device delivers performance of up to 21 TOPs and can consume as little as 10 watts of power when running modern AI workloads. 

Nvidia claimed the micro module is the “world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer” for devices at the edge.

The supercomputer will serve high-performance applications constrained by size and weight, such as small commercial robots drones, or high-resolution industrial IoT sensors.


Scientists develop robot capable of pruning roses and trimming bushes

Scientists have created a green-fingered robot that can prune roses and trim bushes, making light work of gardening chores. Trimbot uses mapping technology to find its way around the garden and performs horticultural tasks with its advanced cutting tools.


Mitsubishi Electric claims ‘by 2030’ autonomous vehicles will be on the road

The Japanese firm has unveiled an autonomous concept vehicle which can monitor the vital signs of passengers as well as take voice commands. Autonomous vehicles capable of monitoring and reacting to the health of their passengers will be on the roads by 2030, a Mitsubishi Electric executive has said. The Japanese company has unveiled a new concept driverless vehicle – the EMIRAI S – which uses sensors to monitor passenger health and comfort, adjusting in-car settings in response.


Council yet to use drone despite paying £36,000 over 18 months ago

A drone that has cost a county council nearly £36,000 has not flown operationally a single time since it was purchased more than a year and a half ago. West Sussex County Council became one of the first local authorities in the UK to buy a drone, in February 2018. Then council leader Louise Goldsmith hailed the many “exciting opportunities” for its use, including by firefighters.


Spycams to dominate 5G IoT market until 2023

Nearly three quarters of 5G IoT endpoint devices installed in 2020 will be outdoor surveillance cameras, taking the total number of 5G-equipped spycams to 6.2 million.

That’s according to analyst house Gartner, which has just released its latest predictions for 5G IoT use cases (where connected devices leverage the emerging next-gen mobile network for connectivity).


John Lewis to stop selling drones after airport chaos

Drone sightings at Gatwick in December caused around 1,000 flights to be cancelled or diverted over 36 hours, affecting more than 140,000 passengers in the run-up to Christmas.



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