Tech & Science Researchers at technology giant Amazon are reportedly working on a wearable device that will be able to recognize human emotions from a voice. According to Bloomberg, the project is a collaboration between experts in the Alexa division and Lab126, the development team responsible for designing the Amazon Echo, Kindle and Fire tablets. It is reportedly a “health and wellness” device that is worn on the wrist. Based on internal documents, Bloomberg reported that the product is paired with a smartphone app and uses microphones combined with software to detect an emotional state. The publication said the project is currently codenamed “Dylan” but it remains unclear when, or if, it will be made available. The tech appeared to be similar to a 2017 patent which emerged last year showing how a voice assistant could respond to vocal cues of a user. A diagram showed a human coughing, and Alexa offering to order cough drops with a quick delivery. … [Read more...] about Amazon Wearable Device May Soon Be Able to Read Human Emotions
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Tech & Science The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance traveled from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore on Friday, May 24, 1844-175 years ago. It signaled the first time in human history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances almost instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send coded messages through drums, smoke signals and semaphore systems; or read printed words. Thanks to Samuel F.B. Morse, communication changed rapidly, and has been changing ever faster since. He invented the electric telegraph in 1832. It took six more years for him to standardize a code for communicating over telegraph wires. In 1843, Congress gave him $30,000 to string wires between the nation’s capital and nearby Baltimore. When the line was completed, he conducted a public demonstration of long-distance communication. Morse wasn’t the only one working to develop a means of communicating … [Read more...] about Morse Code Is 175 Years Old and Still as Useful as Ever
Tech & Science Snapchat Want to play your Snapchat videos backwards , but aren’t sure how? Check out our simple tutorial for reversing Snapchat videos here. I’ve been an avid user of Snapchat for several years now, and while the company is always finding new and innovative ways to keep its userbase interested, I’m in constant awe of the ways in which the community takes Snapchat’s many features and finds ways to elevate their use to a whole new level. While Snapchat’s latest gender-swap filter was all the rage last week, this week the backward or reverse recording feature is taking center stage. While the video reversing Snapchat filter has been around for several years, apparently no one has spent much time exploring just what you can achieve with it. That is, until this week. In a viral trend on social media, Snapchat users are urging their friends to record themselves saying the words “Sigh name cuff” and then play it … [Read more...] about How to Play Snapchat Videos in Reverse
Tech & Science Smart technology Walmart Memorial Day 2019 is nearly here and retailers like Walmart are ready to offer consumers deep discounts on their favorite Smart TV brands. Find out all the best deals and price cuts available through May 27, here. For most Americans, Memorial Day means summer has finally arrived. While teachers and kids rejoice at the much-needed reprieve, friends and family look forward to the holiday as a chance to spend quality time with those they care about. Regardless of what your holiday plans may be, one thing is certain: Memorial Day is also a great time for bargain shopping. Many retailers offer deep Memorial Day discounts on everything from electronics to swimming pools. This Memorial Day, Walmart is slashing prices on some of its most coveted items: Smart TVs. While many might consider Black Friday to be the ultimate shopping day, some of the deals Walmart is rolling out this Memorial Day are beating even the best Black … [Read more...] about Walmart Memorial Day TV Sale 2019: Best Deals On Smart TVs
Tech & ScienceWe measure stuff all the time—how long, how heavy, how hot, and so on—because we need to for things such as trade, health and knowledge. But making sure our measurements compare apples with apples has been a challenge: how to know if my kilogram weight or meter length is the same as yours. Attempts have been made to define the units of measurement over the years. But today—International Metrology Day —sees the complete revision of those standards come into play.You won’t notice anything—you will not be heavier or lighter than yesterday—because the transition has been made to be seamless.Just the definitions of the seven base units of the SI (Système International d'Unités, or the International System of Units) are now completely different from yesterday.How we used to measureHumans have always been able to count, but as we evolved we quickly moved to measuring lengths, weights and time.The Egyptian Pharaohs … [Read more...] about The Definition of a Kilogram Has Changed. Here’s Why.