One of China’s most popular video games is testing the use of facial recognition to check users’ ages. Honour of Kings’ publisher Tencent announced the move at the weekend. It said the trial would initially be limited to “thousands” of new players based in Beijing and Shenzhen. The title has been criticised in local media over claims… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Biometrics
While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »
Description: Google just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. Source: Gizmodo Date: December 4, 2015 The Google design isn’t exactly needle-free. It’s a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood… Read more »
Description: This guy wears a helmet to make his brain more productive. Source: CNN Money Date: December 2, 2015 Andrew Vladimirov wants to hack his own brain to increase productivity, sharpen attention and improve memory by applying electromagnetic and laser stimulation to his head. Questions for discussion: 1. Would you trust this type of technology for… Read more »
Description: At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha demoed Motobot — a humanoid, motorcycle-riding robot. Source: CNN Money Date: October 30, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. What do you think a machine like this will eventually be used for? 2. What do you think Yamaha’s motives were to create a robot such as this?
Description:You can now watch Netflix shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” on the Samsung Gear VR — an Oculus virtual reality headset. Source: CNN Money Date: September 24, 2015 Netflix became the first of several streaming media apps to launch on Oculus’ virtual reality app store Thursday. Its shows will still be in… Read more »
Description: Augmented Reality will be at the forefront of the next revolution in the way we connect with the world around us. Source: TechCrunch Date: Sept 26th, 2015 To date, Augmented Reality (AR) has been referred to as “the biggest technological advancement of our lifetime” by some, a mere “gimmick” by others or, worst yet,… Read more »
Description: Technically Incorrect: How dull if people were the only ones to respond to your gaze. This 3D printed cape can too, with a mind and soul of its own. But is it slightly creepy? Source: CNET Date: Sept 26, 2015 Soon we won’t know what is clothing and what is tech. Just as we won’t know what… Read more »
Description: Introducing the new Apple Pencil. Source: CNET Date: Sept 9, 2015 This new pressure-sensitive stylus is battery-powered and can create different strokes. Questions for discussion: 1. Would you purchase this Apple pencil for $99? 2. In which type of industries might this tool be useful?
Description: Mimo is a onesie with a built-in monitor that collects real time data about baby’s breathing, temperature, sleep, body position and sends it to a smartphone. Source: CNN Money Date: April 17, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you feel that Mimo is an extravagant accessory or a useful tool? 2. Do you feel like technology… Read more »