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A Contactless Sensor that can Read Your Mind

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Top CES 2017 Innovations – Imagine how cool it would be to control machines, gadgets and other interfaces with just your thoughts. No longer in the realm of science fiction, this device is real. Freer Logic has come up with is a set of contactless EEG/ECD sensors that can read and monitor brain activities of people without having a device on them using neuro-bio monitoring technology.

Self-Repairing Cities

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In this video interview, Futurist Shara Evans is speaking with Prof Robert Richardson at the University of Leeds about an audacious project to use robots for automated repairs of city infrastructure. The vision is a self-repairing city, with all kinds of small specially designed robots undertaking city maintenance tasks — catching problems at an early stage. The concept of using small robots for exploration isn’t new to Rob and his team — they’ve also designed robots that have explored the Great Pyramids of Giza, discovering writing in the Great Pyramid that was hidden for thousands of years.

The latest trends in Digital Signage

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In this blog post we check out the latest display products at the Integrate show, and share our near term predictions for the digital signage space.

There were some really cool interactive digital displays at the show including a holographic system. Check out videos from the show floor.

Looking at the Latest Advances in Virtual Reality

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Scott O’Brien (Humense) is a pioneer in the fields of augmented and virtual reality. He’s working on a new project – generating ultra-high definition virtual reality scenes. In this blog post we visit Humense’s lab environment for an early look at an 8K VR projection.

VR has lots of potential commercial uses. Right now though, one of the biggest drawbacks of VR as a business tool is the clunkiness of VR headsets.

#CensusFail

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Last December, the Australian Bureau of Statistics quietly announced a major change to the way the 2016 Census would be conducted – making it mandatory for people to include their name and address, along with highly sensitive personal information about their household income and habits. A number of people, myself included, raised red flags about this massive breach of privacy.

IBM Watson: Commercialising the Latest Advances in Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence has been around for a very long time with initial work beginning back as far as the 1950s and 1960s. In more recent times, with the explosion in the amount of data available, expert systems now have a lot more information to be able to work with, and a lot more opportunities to become useful as well. As a result, we’re starting to see AI being deployed for mainstream business applications.

IBM Watson has been an early leader in this space, and continues to roll out innovative applications.

In this Future Tech interview we talk with Jason Leonard, the Watson Business Leader for IBM across Asia Pacific, GCG & Japan about machine intelligence and the many industries where Watson is being deployed around the world.

Cloud-based Spectroscopy — Analysing What We Eat

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It’s impossible to know exactly what’s in the food you’re eating, and for some of us — diabetics, celiacs, allergy sufferers, and others with food sensitivities — that can be a serious problem. By combining the established technology of spectroscopy with mobile communications and cloud computing, startup Tellspec is developing a handheld scanner that might one day reveal all.

In this Future Tech interview we talk with Tellspec founder and CEO, Isabel Hoffmann, about Tellspec’s technology and plans, food allergies, additives, genetically modified organisms, and more.

The Many Facets of Facial Recognition

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Facial recognition systems rarely have the luxury of taking full frontal photos from stationary people: for many applications they need to rely on side-on, or top-down views of people in motion.

In this Future Tech interview we talk with Brian Lovell, founder and CTO of Imagus Technology about the challenges of facial recognition and the capabilities of his company’s technology. Brian also discusses some of the implications, good and bad of facial recognition technology.

The RobotEyes Have It

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One of the biggest challenges facing robotics engineers is the development of sensors able to gather visual data at the speed and accuracy needed for rapid and correct decision-making, and that are light enough to be incorporated into small and mobile devices, such as drones.

In this Future Tech interview we talk with the founder of Ocular Robotics, Mark Bishop, and commercial director, Dr Ramin Rafiei, about the technology the company has developed to solve these problems, and the application possibilities it opens up.

In the Future Communication will be in 3D

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Until now there’s been no easy way to capture a 3D representation of an object, communicate that representation and easily recreate it. Russell Consadine’s DottyView technology changes all that.

In this Future Tech interview, Consadine explores the potential applications for his technology, in areas ranging from customer service, consumer product guides and maintenance at remote oil and gas facilities.