Daily Mail - Science
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Melbourne-based researchers, DT, who built the device said that as AI designed to mimic the human voice improves, we could be left in a 'sea of disinformation powered by AI'.
CNET News
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Mashable
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Hackaday
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Using what amounts to a head-up display for the turtle in the form of a strip of LEDs, along with a food dispenser for positive reinforcement, the bionic terrapin is trained to associate food with the flashing LEDs. The LEDs are then used as cues as the turtle navigates between waypoints in a tank. Sadly, the full article is behind a paywall, but the video below gives you a taste of the gripping action. Looking for something between amphibian and fictional dinosaurs to play mind games with? Why not make your best friend bionic ? Filed under: robots hacks , wearable hacks
Dezeen
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Ars Technica UK
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While HUNTR is relatively recent, it is built on nearly three decades of efforts by the Army to digitally enhance the foot soldier. Up until recently, those efforts ran up hard against the limitations of wearable computing. Even as the technology finally matures, it's probably years away from seeing service in the field. Read 17 remaining paragraphs | Comments
The Iran Project
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TasnimBased on an agreement with Saudi Arabia, as many as 86,500 Iranian pilgrims will travel to the kingdom during this year’s Hajj season, an official announced. Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hamid Mohammadi said on Friday that Iranian pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia in 600 convoys. He said Saudi officials have undertaken to ensure the security of Iranian pilgrims during the annual Hajj season. Mohammadi also noted that all Iranian travelers will be kitted up with homegrown electronic bracelets that would work as ID cards and contain their personal information. The wearable device is paired with a mobile application, helping the pilgrims to find their convoys in case of getting lost, he explained. Mohammadi had announced earlier that Iran is the first country equipping its pilgrims with electronic bracelets with extensive features.
Hackaday
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Does it function well as a watch though? With a standby time of at least 7 days, a viewing time of maximum 20 minutes, and a USB port for fast charging, it’s not entirely impractical unless you obsessively check the time. As a comparison, automatic mechanical watches offer unlimited viewing time, but typically runs out of stored energy if unworn for a day or two, and we imagine a USB port is a more dignified way of winding a watch than flailing your arms wildly. See it in action in the video below: Filed under: clock hacks , solar hacks , wearable hacks
MacRumors
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I bought a Beddit Sleep Monitor shortly after Apple announced its acquisition, and I've been testing it for the past 10 days. The Beddit Sleep Monitor belongs to a class of sleep tracking devices that aren't wearable. It's meant to be placed directly on the bed under the sheets rather than on the body. Design wise, it consists of a long strip of fabric that's about 2.5 feet in length and three inches wide. One side is a soft, pliable material, while the other side, which sits on the mattress, is backed with rubber so it stays in place. It's small enough that it's easy to pack up when traveling. The Sleep Monitor is meant to be placed underneath the top sheet of a bed, on top of the mattress near where the heart is located when you lie down. It can be placed on one side of the bed in a shared bed, or in the middle for a person who sleeps alone.
BoingBoing
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https://youtu.be/fwHFwBNjiTc SOG's $60 Sync II "wearable belt buckle" multitool isn't the only multitool/buckle on the market, but it does add a couple very sensible innovations, like a clip-on/clip-off base that lets you use your tool without taking off your belt, and a squared-off form factor (like a pair of folding travel sewing scissors) that adapts the folded tool for the buckle form-factor. (more)
Expert Reviews
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Sasha Muller 7 min 8 sec ago Price when reviewed 130 If you’re one of those people who think too much choice is a bad thing, then Fitbit owes you an apology. The fitness tracking company has just swelled its range with the addition of a new wearable, the Alta HR. Sitting between the step-tracking Alta and all the all-singing, all-jogging Charge HR 2, the Alta HR brings heart-rate monitoring to Fitbit’s most compact wearable yet. Fitbit Alta HR review: Tl;dr If you’re looking for a fitness wearable that packs in heart-rate monitoring without the bulk of more fully-featured devices – such as Fitbit’s own Charge 2, for instance – then the Alta HR could be just the ticket. It’s discreet enough to wear all-day, every day, and the slim, bracelet-esque styling is less bulky than more traditional watch-style designs – which means it will be more flattering for daintier wrists.
MacRumors
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Best Buy today launched a four-day-long Memorial Day sale that has markdowns on quite a few Apple products, including Apple Watch, iPhone 7 , iPhone SE , iPad , MacBook Air , MacBook Pro , and iMac . The four day sale begins today and ends on Memorial Day, this Monday, May 29. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy and may earn commissions on purchases made through these links. The first item up for sale is Apple Watch Series 2 , which Best Buy has marked down 70 for nearly all models of Apple's wearable device. Each purchase of an Apple Watch during the event will net customers free in-store setup and advice by Geek Squad. Aluminum case models including Nike are priced at 299 for 38mm or 329 for 42mm, while stainless steel models range from 479 to 679 depending on casing color and band combinations. Best Buy's iPhone 7 sale lets customers save up to 300 when they buy and activate an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on a monthly installment plan, with carrier plan options varying by store.
Voice Of America
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BBC Radio London
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it that bit out of them a weather reporter we suggested it might be too warm to sleep I hope you know how the world is changing my 3 year old this morning was asking me for his sunblock that I've never used until about 3 years ago don't judge me and judge me I've never used it look like now what am I doing with sunblock sunlodge don't be ridiculous and I went to Cuba and my head started to peel it was it was it was like somebody put lots and lots of layers of Sellotape for my head and I was peeling it off just ordered one a Star Wars wearable some of my head it so yeah where are put the sometime tell it listens and don't be silly wear a hat but the sun block on.
Electronics Weekly
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Android Police
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You've probably seen people wearing LG Tones while out and about, but the fairly new Tone Studios bring an interesting twist. They still rest on your neck, they're still powered by Bluetooth, and the earphones still come out with wires, but they also have built-in speakers. And now, you can get them for just $156.93 at Amazon. The Tone Studio headphones sport a variety of cool features. Obviously, the headline trait here is the four speakers (two for 'Wearable Bass'), but there's also a built-in Hi-Fi DAC, three equalizer modes, and a 'Dual Play' mode that allows you to connect two Tone Studios to play music simultaneously. Read More [Deal Alert] LG's Tone Studio 'personal speaker' headphones are just $157 at Amazon ($73 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Ars Technica
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While HUNTR is relatively recent, it's built on nearly three decades of efforts by the Army to digitally enhance the foot soldier. Up until recently, those efforts ran up hard against the limitations of wearable computing. Even as the technology finally matures, it's probably years away from seeing service in the field. Read 16 remaining paragraphs | Comments
Nottingham Evening Post
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A student from Nottingham Trent University has designed a wearable device that can help the visually impaired to identify colours.Andrew Cowen, 23, built the device after being inspired by his grandma, who before recently passing away had been registered blind for over 40 years.The device named KOLEY - is worn on the wrist and can be pointed at objects to identify the colour of an item to the user, by describing it aloud or through an optional earpiece.Originally designed to help blind...
PC Pro
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Alan Martin 6 min 50 sec ago Fitness trackers We know that not all fitness trackers are created equal. A study last year, for example, found that the Apple Watch was the most effective wearable at tracking heart rate , but it appears there’s something they all have in common: they’re pretty lousy at tracking calories burned. See related Health study finds Apple Watch has the most accurate heart-rate monitor Study suggests that fitness trackers could make weight loss harder 11 best fitness trackers 2017: The Fitbit Charge 2 is the one to beat A new study from Stanford University sought to assess the accuracy of seven fitness trackers on two separate metrics: heart rate accuracy and energy expenditure. The good news is that in terms of heart rate measuring, all seven trackers – the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and Samsung Gear S2 – were pretty reasonable: six of the devices were off by around 5% most of the time, which is accurate enough for non-medical use.
USA Today - Top Stories
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Hackaday
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You can see above that the party spilled out in the street at one point. A keen eye will pick out Paul Stoffregen (creator of Teensy) finding a quieter and cool place for a conversation. We applied a bit of social media pressure to convince Joseph Prusa to stop by. Here you can see him taking a look at the tiny portable 3D printer that Whosawhatsis brought along with him. We snapped a candid shot of Chris Gammel catching up with Hackaday Prize judge Dr. Christal Gordan and our good friend Krux who runs DEF CON Darknet. (He showed me this year's badge but forbade me to take pictures.) If you're into titans of media you could hang out with Karl Bowers of The Spark Gap podcast and Ben Heckendorn of the Ben Heck show. Wearables were popular this year. Someone brought along a HoloLens (I can call that a wearable, right?). Shawn Hymel from Sparkfun seems waaaay to excited to see Shulie trying the headset out.
Global News
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You wear your fitness tracker all day, to the gym and even in your sleep to keep an eye on your activity, heart rate and calories burned. But how accurate is this wearable technology?
The Pentagon
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Daily Mail - Science
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