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Björk and Microsoft Use AI for Music That Changes with the Sky

Published on 01/19/2020 @ 3 AM EST

Apart from expressing her music in different ways, Björk now wants to shape it in different forms. She's using Microsoft AI as part of Kórsafn ("choral archives"), a non-stop composition playing in the lobby of the Sister City hotel in New York City. The music plays based on what the AI sees in the sky through a rooftop camera.

Jaguar Land Rover Wants to Make Car Seats That Mimic Walking

Published on 01/19/2020 @ 3 AM EST

Coming up as the latest creation from its research and development labs, this car seat from Jaguar Land Rover will trick your body into thinking you're actually walking. JLR calls it a "morphable seat" which features a never-ending loop of micro-adjustments from actuators in the seat foam.

Mojo Vision Demos a Futuristic AR Contact Lens

Published on 01/17/2020 @ 6 AM EST

The startup Mojo Vision has recently come up with a futuristic AR contact lens concept. The lens mounted to a handheld stick can help you peer through to see a demo loop comprised of green text overlaid on real-world objects.

Google’s Project Coral can enable AI without the cloud

Published on 01/14/2020 @ 10 AM EST

As explained to The Verge over email by Google, "Coral is a platform of hardware and software components from Google that help you build devices with local AI — providing hardware acceleration for neural networks ... right on the edge device." To meet customer demands and ideas, Coral will offer two types of products - accelerators and dev boards meant for prototyping new ideas.

Scientists Came Up with a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Published on 01/12/2020 @ 3 AM EST

A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure. This new type of battery is said to work fine even when cut, bent, soaked, shot, and lit on fire.

Roomba Robot Vacuum Could Get Arms in the Future

Published on 01/12/2020 @ 3 AM EST

In an interview with Bloomberg at CES 2020, Colin Angle, CEO of the Massachusetts-based company, said that the company is working on a limbed version of the Roomba that can help out with more complex tasks, like laundry, dishwashing, and food serving. They don't plan to sell the enhanced Roomba for another five years, though.