Artificial intelligence isn’t just powering robots, it’s already making decisions about our credit, work, insurance, safety, and other important aspects of our lives. Dress Code and HPE interviewed experts about some of the issues raised when algorithms wield such power.
Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.
MIT continues to improve upon its fast-moving Cheetah robot. In addition to its speed, it can now leap or gallop on rugged terrain, recover its balance, and climb stairs even if they’re covered with obstacles. Plus, it does all of this without the aid of cameras or visual sensors.
If you have analog photos that you want to preserve, check out Pixl-latr. It’s a simple frame with a transparent back. It can hold 35mm, 120 and 4×5 negatives or transparencies. Just place the film in the frame, set a light source behind it and you’re ready to photograph the film.
Most hard rock music is played on a 6-string electric guitar, but Music is Win decided to see what it might sound like if he attempted to play some metal riffs on a 12-string blues guitar. The resulting sound is quite unique – like some kind of prog rock from the future.
The Bagtag is a digital luggage tag that lets you check in your luggage from anywhere. Just use its companion app to enter your travel details, then drop off the bag at its dedicated check in port. Sadly, it works with only a few airlines for now, but more will follow soon.
Lightform’s upcoming system allows anyone with a computer and a projector to create the sort of projection mapping visuals heretofore reserved for the pros. It can scan objects, then generate intricate projected images that perfectly match their surfaces. More on Tested.
The Supa Huka lets you dive as freely as if you were snorkeling. The device floats on the water and sucks air from the surface, delivering it to you down to a depth of 30ft. It lasts for 2h per charge. It also has a storage compartment and has a USB charger.
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There are real-world treatments for acne sufferers, but if you’re looking for a virtual solution, check out this demo from Rousselos Aravantinos, who shows us how he dramatically improved a model’s skin using visual effects, preserving all the proper shadows and light.
RPG and strategy fans looking for a fun addition to their table games should check out this clever 3D-printed dice roller. Just drop your dice into the top of this castle and they’ll roll out randomly onto the folding trays on the sides. Buy it on Etsy, or print your own on Thingiverse.
On July 8, 2018, motorcycle master Travis Pastrana successfully recreated three stunts originally performed by the late Evel Knievel, first jumping over 52 crushed cars, then 16 Greyhound buses, and finally the Caesar’s Palace fountains, which eluded the late daredevil.