• These Earphones Can Track Your Facial Expressions

    We get that sometimes you’d rather not be on webcam during a conference call. Maybe you’re embarrassed because your home is messy, or maybe you just want a modicum of privacy, but sometimes, having face-to-face conversations is better because you can see a person’s facial expression and make the call feel a bit more personal.

    However, thanks to the researchers at Cornell University, they have created a pair of earphones that when worn, seems to be capable of tracking your facial expressions. This means that in theory, you could create a digital avatar to be used in a game or a video call to represent you, in which the avatar can then mimic the facial expressions that you give off.

    Dubbed C-Face, these earphones can detect facial expressions based on the muscles you move in your face. The earphones will consist of two RGB cameras that capture red and green

  • AI Is Throwing Battery Development Into Overdrive

    Inside a lab at Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, there are a half dozen refrigerator-sized cabinets designed to kill batteries as fast as they can. Each holds around 100 lithium-ion cells secured in trays that can charge and discharge the batteries dozens of times per day. Ordinarily, the batteries that go into these electrochemical torture chambers would be found inside gadgets or electric vehicles, but when they’re put in these hulking machines, they aren’t powering anything at all. Instead, energy is dumped in and out of these cells as fast as possible to generate reams of performance data that will teach artificial intelligence how to build a better battery.

    In 2019, a team of researchers from Stanford, MIT, and the Toyota Research Institute used AI trained on data generated from these machines to predict the performance of lithium-ion batteries over the lifetime of the cells before their performance had

  • Blue’s World of Warcraft themed Yeti mic has voice filters to make you sound like an orc

    Logitech subsidiary Blue Microphones has announced a new World of Warcraft special edition of its Yeti X microphone. As well as a gold-and-gray color scheme inspired by the MMORPG, the USB microphone also includes a host of audio samples taken from the game’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion and voice modulation effects that Blue says will make you sound like the game’s assortment of orcs, imps, and gnomes, and more.

    These WoW-inspired audio effects are accessed via the Blue Voice software in Logitech’s G Hub platform, which has previously allowed you to tweak the EQ of your voice and apply various effects. Logitech’s says the software makes it easier to “achieve professional on-stream sound quality.” But now, with its new special WoW edition, you can also use it to make you sound like a garbling murloc or even the Lich King himself.

    Underneath the special

  • Japanese Company Unveils iPhone 12 Magnetic Wireless Charger Ahead Of Launch

    According to a leak from last month, it was suggested that Apple could be looking to introduce a new wireless charging accessory for the iPhone. However, it will not necessarily come in the form of the AirPower charging mat we saw before. Instead, it will be a circular device that attaches to the iPhone magnetically on the back.

    Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but thanks to a report from Macotakara, it appears that they have spotted a listing by Japanese accessory maker MPOW who has unveiled their own magnetic wireless charging accessory for the “new iPhone”. Given that the current iPhone does not support this type of charging, this accessory could clue us in as to what we might be able to expect from Apple.

    This type of magnetic charging technology isn’t new and Apple has actually been using it with the Apple

  • Centred Approach To Know-how And Safety

    In contrast to layman’s notion, biotechnology is not only about working within the laboratory carrying white lab coat and preparing medicines to improve the quality of life. A special function of this applied science program is its undertaking-based mostly strategy, with independently-designed microbiology tasks that will improve your drawback-solving and analysis skills. Dr. R. Colwell, Director, US National Foundation at a US-EC Biotech meeting in 2003 mentioned: “If we could weave a Flag of Biotechnology, some say, it might characteristic three colors: purple for medical functions, inexperienced for agricultural and white for industrial. Actually this flag might accrue even more colours over time as environmental and marine biotech and different purposes add their stripes’.

    The irony of counting on our brains to remind ourselves of what is actual—precisely as a result of we know we won’t be able to belief whatever knowledge our brains themselves provide you with—is itself amusing. …