A photograph of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg jogging through the smog in downtown Beijing has prompted a torrent of comments – not all of them flattering – on Chinese social media.Zuckerberg, who is in the Chinese capital for an economic forum, posted the photo of himself and five others running through Tiananmen Square on Friday, with the gate to the Forbidden City imperial palace in the background.None wore the air-filtering face masks that are ubiquitous in Beijing and other Chinese cities in the photo, posted to Zuckerberg s Facebook page.At the time the picture was taken, Beijing s air pollution index was well into the hazardous zone, at about 15 times of the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation.Experts urge people to avoid any outdoor activities when pollution is high.Zuckerberg is a much loved personality in China where Facebook is banned along with other overseas social media platforms.
One of the most iconic restrictions of Snapchat is that the app makes you hold your finger on the screen to record.Just try to record a video in Snapchat without keeping your finger held down.Unless you know this surprisingly simple workaround on the iPhone.Open the Settings app and go to General.Turn AssistiveTouch on and then Create New Gesture.Press and hold with one finger in the center of the screen to let it record your touch.
Zopo Speed 7 owners can today upgrade their phones to Android 6.0 with an official update.Zopo phones don t generally fair to well in the updates department, but in recent months the phone maker has made a conscious effort to try and do more for their community.The latest gesture is realising Android 6.0 for their previous flagship the Zopo Speed 7.Save $40 now buy ZOPO Speed 7 Plus at zopomobileshop.comThe Speed 7 launched last year and came equipped with 3GB RAM Mediatek chipset, 13.2 megapixel camera, and 5.5-inch FHD display.Those of you who have the phone will have to manually update the system via a download from the official Zopo website.The Android 6 update will not be offered as an OTA.More details here.
It was a passing, throwaway moment shared by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, a footnote to the home automation talk, the Android updates and VR noise close to the end of last night s Google I/O 2016 keynote, that had the most profound impact for me.Going Out On A LimbPicking up a selected object is not a particularly difficult task for a robot these days, on the condition that an adept coder lays out the parameters, and the details of what object needs grabbing and where it is placed don t deviate from what the confines of the code dictate.By virtue of being hooked up to a physical robotic arm analogous to our own fleshy ones, seeing the bot make a small gesture that was startlingly human in its execution, made me sit bolt upright – a little nudge of indifference towards the black stapler blocking its goal of moving the yellow brick.The physical realisation of that meh feeling you have that leads you to push desk clutter to one side, searching for the one working biro in a sea of crap.Google reckons that ll help you get hyped for whoever is calling down the line, giving a glimpse of what they re up to.Sci-fi sceptics for decades have been warning us of the hubris associated with handing over too much responsibility to AI helpers, the disastrous, self preservation tactics that could worst case scenario, natch ensue if a sentient computer realised that these fleshy mortals have fingers hovering over its plug.
It was a passing, throwaway moment shared by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, a footnote to the home automation talk, the Android updates and VR noise close to the end of last night s Google I/O 2016 keynote, that had the most profound impact for me.Going Out On A LimbPicking up a selected object is not a particularly difficult task for a robot these days, on the condition that an adept coder lays out the parameters, and the details of what object needs grabbing and where it is placed don t deviate from what the confines of the code dictate.By virtue of being hooked up to a physical robotic arm analogous to our own fleshy ones, seeing the bot make a small gesture that was startlingly human in its execution, made me sit bolt upright – a little nudge of indifference towards the black stapler blocking its goal of moving the yellow brick.The physical realisation of that meh feeling you have that leads you to push desk clutter to one side, searching for the one working biro in a sea of crap.Google reckons that ll help you get hyped for whoever is calling down the line, giving a glimpse of what they re up to.Sci-fi sceptics for decades have been warning us of the hubris associated with handing over too much responsibility to AI helpers, the disastrous, self preservation tactics that could worst case scenario, natch ensue if a sentient computer realised that these fleshy mortals have fingers hovering over its plug.
If you re not ready to commit the space or money for an adjustable desk, the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Junior sits on your existing desk and moves your computer gear up to a standing position in seconds.Office chairAfter a year of sitting in eight top-rated chairs and talking to four ergonomics experts, we concluded that the Steelcase Gesture is the best office chair for most posteriors.But your home office is probably more task-oriented, so you should consider the more invigorating daylight 5,000 K temperature.It also comes with 200GB of free OneDrive storage for two years, which is great if you use OneDrive and useless if you don t .It also works with Micro-USB–equipped phones, although its design focuses on Apple devices.They can last forever because of their replaceable earcups, one-year warranty on parts, and tough, coiled cord that should survive many roll-overs from your desk chair.
Google s quietly making a ton of progress on one of its coolest technologies to date, which will change how we interact with our devices.The technology is called Soli, and it s basically a tiny radar that can detect small hand gestures for controlling smart clothing, smartwatches, and other devices.Soli was first shown off at Google I/O last year, and since then, Google has worked with around 60 developers, shipping them dev kits to build object recognition, wearables, and so on.The new chip reduces power consumption by a hefty 22 times, now sitting at 0.054 W. Radar also takes a lot of computer power — the new version, however, still runs 18,000 frames per second, and is a whopping 256 times more efficient.For example, in the demo of a watch that was built in partnership with LG, we saw that if you move your hand closer and further away from the device, it can scroll through messages.Unfortunately it s not yet known when we ll see Soli products for consumers, however ATAP will be sending out a new developer kit next year.
Google s Advanced Technology and Projects ATAP group showed what it s been up to with the Project Soli gesture radar technology that it unveiled at I/O one year ago.Google ATAP has worked with LG Electronics and MC R Lab to assemble an impressive-looking smartwatch that you can quickly control with subtle hand gestures.Of course, the watch will also support touch and speech input, but the real magic here is what you can do by moving your fingers ever so slightly, Google ATAP s Ivan Poupyrev said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.ATAP has also worked with Harman to produce a JBL speaker that uses those same Soli algorithms.With the first prototype onstage, Project Soli machine learning engineer Nick Gillian demonstrated how you can quickly play, pause, and switch tracks with the gadget.Google did not share release dates for these new products.But that gets to where Soli is going.Soli is an interaction platform for a connected world, Poupyrev said.Oh, and ATAP has also improved its Soli developer kit.It launches next year, Poupyrev said.Thanks to Google ATAP s collaboration with Infineon, power consumption of the device development kit is 1/22 of what it was before — 54 milliwatts — and it s one-third the size of the alpha model, Poupyrev said.
The Xiaomi Drone teaser released by the companyChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is all set to reveal the company's first drone and has released a teaser prior to its launch slated to take place on 25 May.The company posted two photos on its Weibo account, the first with a hand holding a wooden propeller, indicating that the upcoming product will be able to fly and then the photo above showing off a product shaped like a camera-drone.Unlike smartphones and tablets it is hard to speculate on the specifications of a product like a drone as different manufacturers bring their own innovations.We have been hearing about Xiaomi's first drone for the past few months, but, until this month, the company did not confirm the existence of the new product.Xiaomi had also patented a drone that could be operated from a smart wristband using gesture control techniques.As for the release of the drone, large markets like the US and Europe are still devoid of official sales of Xiaomi phones.
During a session at the I/O developer conference Friday, Google's ATAP Advanced Technology and Products group showed off two new products that have Project Soli's radar tech embedded in them.Though both devices are still prototypes, this is the first time we've seen anything resembling a consumer product, and it suggests the technology is moving beyond a moonshot experiment.ATAP's Ivan Poupyrev said Friday they are working to bring the technology to products that consumers will eventually be able to buy.The gestures were far more detailed than concepts we've previously seen — that's thanks to the redesigned chip and algorithims powering Soli, which Google says have helped improve the performance enough to use the chips in consumer products.Though neither product is ready to be released yet, Google has already started to open Project Soli to developers.A small group of developers got their hands on dev kits late last year, and Google gave us an early look at some of the ways it has started to take advantage of the radar tech.
Android is an open-source operating system OS which is used in smartphones and tablets.It uses a gesture-based interface designed for touch screens.There are a wide range of applications developed for the Android OS, which can be downloaded from Google's official Play Store.Unlike iOS, Android has a range of third-party app stores such as Slide ME and F-Droid.Since Android is used in devices by far more vendors than iOS or Windows Phone, the prices of Android devices vary hugely.The company was first founded in Palo Alto in October 2003 by Andy Rubin of Danger, Rich Miner of WildFire and Nick Sears of T-Mobile.
Now that we ve had a chance to play with it for a few hours, we can tell that it doesn t just look good, but is fairly well made as well.If you ve ever held a Redmi Note 3 in your hands, the m3 note will ring a few bells.Ugh.Anyway, coming back to the m3 note.Despite the similarities, its quite a good looking phone.Instead, its a pure white, modest border around the display.The chin features two sets of holes, one of which are for the speaker audio to let out, and the other, the mic.I haven t spent too much time with the phone, but for a 799 Yuan phone, the device has a decent camera with a nice dynamic range, especially when compared to more expensive phones.The display is fairly impressive too, especially with a fluid UI that comes with the Flyme OS.Meizu m3 note photos.I m personally a huge fan of how Meizu arrange the fingerprint sensor, home button and the back button — all in one hardware key.In my books, it s great design — remembering a gesture in this case at least can be easier than having to learn button locations.According to the product listing, the phone weighs 163 g, but to me it feels somewhere around the 180 g range.
The gesture-tracking technology used by Tom Cruise s precrime-fighting police officer in Minority Report, the sci-fi movie set in 2054, has arrived a few years early.Tiny radar chips by Infineon Technologies AG paired with algorithms by Alphabet Inc. s Google help devices detect the finest gestures from several meters away, the German chipmaker says.The first gadgets to use the so-called Soli technology, presented at Google I/O event Friday, are prototypes of an LG Electronics Inc. smartwatch and a Harman Kardon loudspeaker.While coarser gesture detection has been around for a bit, for example in gaming consoles such as Wii, the new chips are more precise.Since mankind started using tools 2.4 million years ago, this is the first time tools adapt to the user instead of the other way around.Infineon, which is teaming with Google to sell its chips paired with the U.S. company s software from mid-2017, expects the technology to provide new user experiences and inspire new devices, like the iPhone did with touchscreen technology.Paired with the right software, Infineon s radar chips are able to recognize individuals when they enter a room, detect finger and hand movements up to 15 feet away, and help workers steer machines and tools as industries digitize their factories, Urschitz says.Beyond the wow factor, Infineon also expects the Soli technology to boost sales.Already this year, it estimates the addressable market for the technology is 80 million wireless audio units and 60 million smartwatches.
In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost s Following Francis columnist, Sébastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues.Francis cites an unjust global economy in which, the great majority of humanity s wealth has fallen into the hands of a minority of the population.If Pope Francis represents the inclusive universal spirit, Donald Trump and his xenophobic counterparts in France, Austria — where elections this weekend will likely see the victory of the far-right — and elsewhere represent the exclusivist nationalist spirit that searches for scapegoats instead of solutions.Now these two waves — the one coming from biology and the other coming from computer science — are merging around this master concept of the algorithm, and their merger will create a tsunami that will wash everything in its way.Last week the Brazilian Senate ousted President Dilma Roussef from office by initiating impeachment proceedings.Alexandra Ma reports on a couple that spent their wedding night copying out the Chinese constitution as a gesture of loyalty to the Communist Party.
Google and Levi's just announced collaboration for a new jacket that will let you control your phone by touching its sleeve.It's based on technology called Project Jacquard, which Google's ATAP skunkworks group first announced it at its developers' conference last year.It's being designed with cyclists in mind, so bikers will be able to do things like turning up their music or blocking a phone call by touching a patch on their wrist.The jacket will start shipping in spring 2017, though beta versions will be available for testing this fall.No word yet on the price.There are three basic components: The jacket, with the woven gesture sensing technology, a removable tag that connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and an app that lets you set up what different gestures, like tapping versus swiping, will control which apps.When Google and Levis first announced a partnership last year, it seemed like the duo would be making smart jeans, but the switched product and long roadmap show how tough the technology really is to implement.
It later moved into Google s Advanced Technology and Projects group, a lab that aims to bring futuristic technologies to market in two years.On Friday at Google s annual programmers conference, Google executives said they had moved Ara into its own business unit and plan to release the modular phones to developers later this year, with a consumer launch in 2017.In an onstage demonstration, a Google engineer attached a camera to a phone and then took a photo of the audience.A Levi executive changed a song with a swipe on his cuff, but the functions appeared limited.Google also showed off a concept LG Electronics Inc. 066570 -3.89 % watch with a radar sensor inside, enabling an engineer on stage to scroll through options on the watch with a twist of his fingers a few inches from the device.The advantage of the gesture control over using the watch s dial was unclear.
Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactions into fabrics.The first pilot project for this was a smart jean jacket for bicycle commuters, which Google designed with Levi's.Credit: Google.
Cast your mind back to Google IO 2015 and you may or may not remember something called Project Soli: it's the tech giant's plan to improve the way we interact with wearables, using a special 'gesture radar' sensor.It looks like the technology is still in the early stages what have you been doing all year, Google?The tech enables you to use a range of hand and finger gestures to control what's happening on your smartwatch, and indeed other kinds of devices."We've developed a vision where the hand is the only controller you need," said Google's Ivan Poupyrev, who works on the Advanced Technology and Projects ATAP team.Soli can also be used to control music and even identify materials.A limited number of developers have been granted access to the technology right now, and we should hopefully be seeing some real-world products in the not-too-distant future.
There is a focus on advanced motion tracking, so all kinds of technologies can be used without the need to touch it physically. Soli utilize radar to sense both the movement and distance. The technology can be integrated into mobile phones, for example, panels and household appliances, but also in smaller devices like smart watches. Power consumption has been reduced as much as 22 times from 1,2W down to 0,054W, while the computational power required to read and interpret the gestures reduced 256 times. LG and Harman have received early access to Solingen. next year, but it will be some time before the technology reaches consumers.
The smart jacket lets the wearer take calls, control music and use maps with touch and gesture technologies.With such conductive yarn, it is possible to weave areas of sensors and gestures at precise locations anywhere in the textile.These miniaturised circuits make it possible to record gestures and touch interactions.These embedded electronics are then connected to the wearer's phone or other devices, while the touch and gesture data is captured and sent to the device and converted into actions such as taking calls, controlling music and more.Levi Strauss global product innovation head Paul Dillinger said: "Anyone on a bike knows that navigating your screen while navigating busy city streets isn't easy - or a particularly good idea."This jacket helps to resolve that real-world challenge by becoming the co-pilot for your life, on and off your bike."
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