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17 May 12:27

Google’s Translatotron converts one spoken language to another, no text involved

by Devin Coldewey

Every day we creep a little closer to Douglas Adams’ famous and prescient Babel fish. A new research project from Google takes spoken sentences in one language and outputs spoken words in another — but unlike most translation techniques, it uses no intermediate text, working solely with the audio. This makes it quick, but more importantly lets it more easily reflect the cadence and tone of the speaker’s voice.

Translatotron, as the project is called, is the culmination of several years of related work, though it’s still very much an experiment. Google’s researchers, and others, have been looking into the possibility of direct speech-to-speech translation for years, but only recently have those efforts borne fruit worth harvesting.

Translating speech is usually done by breaking down the problem into smaller sequential ones: turning the source speech into text (speech-to-text, or STT), turning text in one language into text in another (machine translation), and then turning the resulting text back into speech (text-to-speech, or TTS). This works quite well, really, but it isn’t perfect; each step has types of errors it is prone to, and these can compound one another.

Furthermore, it’s not really how multilingual people translate in their own heads, as testimony about their own thought processes suggests. How exactly it works is impossible to say with certainty, but few would say that they break down the text and visualize it changing to a new language, then read the new text. Human cognition is frequently a guide for how to advance machine learning algorithms.

Spectrograms of source and translated speech. The translation, let us admit, is not the best. But it sounds better!

To that end, researchers began looking into converting spectrograms, detailed frequency breakdowns of audio, of speech in one language directly to spectrograms in another. This is a very different process from the three-step one, and has its own weaknesses, but it also has advantages.

One is that, while complex, it is essentially a single-step process rather than multi-step, which means, assuming you have enough processing power, Translatotron could work quicker. But more importantly for many, the process makes it easy to retain the character of the source voice, so the translation doesn’t come out robotically, but with the tone and cadence of the original sentence.

Naturally this has a huge impact on expression, and someone who relies on translation or voice synthesis regularly will appreciate that not only what they say comes through, but how they say it. It’s hard to overstate how important this is for regular users of synthetic speech.

The accuracy of the translation, the researchers admit, is not as good as the traditional systems, which have had more time to hone their accuracy. But many of the resulting translations are (at least partially) quite good, and being able to include expression is too great an advantage to pass up. In the end, the team modestly describes their work as a starting point demonstrating the feasibility of the approach, though it’s easy to see that it is also a major step forward in an important domain.

The paper describing the new technique was published on Arxiv, and you can browse samples of speech, from source to traditional translation to Translatotron, at this page. Just be aware that these are not all selected for the quality of their translation, but serve more as examples of how the system retains expression while getting the gist of the meaning.

13 May 20:41

LiDAR Combined with Voice Assistant for Novel Interface Device

by Jeremy S. Cook

Consider smart home assistants. While useful, their interface methods generally consist of responding to voice commands, and some implement a small touchscreen. Normally, there’s no awareness of the surrounding area to tell where, for instance, you’re standing, or if there is an object on the table next to it.

SurfaceSight provides smart assistants with increased contextual awareness. (📷: Gierad Laput)

SurfaceSight — a new project from Gierad Laput and Chris Harrison from Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group — takes a (literal) new spin on things, placing a rotating LiDAR unit underneath an Amazon Echo. This technology, most well known for its use in autonomous vehicles, is able to detect when something is in front of the sensor, and can group readings into contiguous objects. With this data, it uses machine learning to classify the type of item sensed, and can even track hand movements and respond to gestures.

SurfaceSight can also track people and estimate which way they are facing. (📷: Gierad Laput)

The video below shows off some truly impressive abilities, as it’s capable to discriminate between different types of similarly sized objects. It can even roughly sense in which direction a human is facing and modify the way it interacts in response. Possible applications for such tech could include a smart wall or desk surface, or perhaps functionality to tell you where you left your keys or sunglasses!

LiDAR Combined with Voice Assistant for Novel Interface Device was originally published in Hackster Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

13 May 10:29

Louis Vuitton and Royole put two web browsers on a handbag

by Jon Porter

Of all the companies to embrace flexible displays in 2019, we didn’t think the fashion brand Louis Vuitton would be among them. Yet, that’s exactly what it’s done with its new lineup of handbags featuring 1920 x 1440 resolution flexible AMOLED displays from Royole. Engadget reports that LV plans to produce two variations of the so-called Canvas of the Future handbags, one with a single display on each side, and the other with two.

On the runway at Cruise 2020, the screens were set to show an array of colorful urban visualizations, but in a video posted to Instagram one of the bags could also be seen showing a pair of scrolling web browsers. Louis Vitton says that the idea for the handbag is for it to become an extension of the...

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13 May 10:28

Sephora débarque sur Google Nest Hub

by Mirabelle Belloir

Sephora propose des tutos et des astuces beauté sur Google Nest Hub. Il s'agit d'une sorte de Google Home muni d'un écran. Cet appareil se commande à la voix et va être vendu sur le site de Sephora à partir du 28 mai 2019.

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11 May 21:28

The Transcaliber VR Controller Can Render Different 2D Shapes by Changing Its Mass

by Cabe Atwell

We humans, are able to estimate the shape of an object by feeling their mass properties while holding them in our hands without needing to see what they are. This sense doesn’t translate well in the VR world, as most controllers offer a static design, with most feedback being vibrational with no options to sense an objects weight or perceived shape. Now some engineers from the University of Tokyo have designed a VR controller that allows you to “feel” various objects in a virtual space by changing its shape.

The Transcalibur VR controller uses an angular mechanism to open and close a pair of arms that are outfitted with weighted shifting devices, which changes the controllers mass by moving into different positions. (📷: Jotaro Shigeyama)
“We built a computational perception model using a data-driven approach from the collected data pairs of mass properties and perceived shapes. This enables Transcalibur to easily and effectively provide convincing shape perception based on complex illusory effects.”

The Transcalibur VR controller was designed using an angular mechanism (a worm gear drive and a pair of worm wheels) to rotate two independent arms made from acrylic plate and plastic gear tracks. Each arm is equipped with a weight mechanism (also consisting of a worm gear and wheel) that house lead bearings, which travel along the arms to adjust mass for the virtual object rendering.

The controller renders the VR shape using computational perception models obtained by data collection of targeted forms (i.e.: a sword, shield, or crossbow). That data is fitted to a regression model, which predicts the optimal shape, and configures the controller accordingly. It’s currently unknown if the Transcalibur will ever become available on the market, but here’s to wishful thinking that it might.

The Transcaliber VR Controller Can Render Different 2D Shapes by Changing Its Mass was originally published in Hackster Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

07 May 12:12

Ce découpe pastèque fonctionne comme un moulin à vent pour créer des cubes

by Mélanie D.

L’été approche (bientôt), son beau temps et ses températures élevées aussi … Ça donne soif, on vous ne le fait pas dire. La période parfaite pour se ruer sur les pastèques : rafraîchissantes et sucrées, elles nous sauvent lors des épisodes de canicule. Mais pourtant, aussi délicieuses soient elles, quelle galère lorsqu’il s’agit de devoir les découper ! Alors, afin d’éviter les petits bobos, on a peut-être la solution …

Ce gadget bien pensé, qui ne paye pas de mine, sert à couper votre pastèque ! Grâce à son système malin de “roulette” et avec une légère pression vers l’avant, le découpage se fait tout seul. Les cubes de pastèque découpés sont ensuite recueillis grâce à une petite barre de stockage en acier, placée juste à l’arrière. Et grâce à un système de coulissage, cet espace de stockage peut aussi varier de tailles de cubes selon les envies !

Sans effort, ces cubes parfaitement carrés sont découpés avec cette “roulette”, qui fait d’ailleurs penser à un moulin-à-vent. Grâce au mouvement opéré à la main, cet outil facile d’utilisation ne requiert qu’une simple pression vers l’avant, afin d’obtenir vos précieux bouts de pastèque !

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Le petit plus ? Étant donné que les bouts de cette roulette à couper sont arrondis, aucun danger pour vos petits doigts.

Alors, qu’en pensez-vous ? Parfait pour vous désaltérer sans en mettre partout. Et si vous avez encore du mal à éplucher ou découper d’autres fruits et légumes, on vous conseille cet article sur 20 accessoires de cuisine créatifs, pour vous faciliter la vie !

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07 May 11:46

What Wireless Communication Standard to Use for Your Next Project

by Alex Wulff

The hobbyist wireless communications space is becoming increasingly crowded with different radios and protocols — this guide will help you choose the right one for your next project!


If you’re just looking for a recommendation without any information, read this section. I go into much more detail below.

  • I need to transmit a small amount of data a long distance without too much power: LoRA
  • I need to transmit a lot of data back and forth from the internet from a remote device: Cellular
  • I need to transmit a lot of data back and forth from the internet from a non-remote device: Wi-Fi
  • I need to communicate with a phone: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • I have extreme budget and/or power constraints: Generic 2.4GHz (nRF24L01)
  • I need a really small transmitter: Generic 433 MHz
  • I need extreme flexibility and customization: Amateur Radio

Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs)

If you’re looking for a system that allows you to send a little bit of data a long distance without much power, LPWANs are the way to go! The main players in this space are LoRa and Sigfox.


LoRa, short for long range, is a standardized communication protocol that uses the 900 and 400 MHz ISM bands to send data upwards of a few miles. LoRa modules are inexpensive and easy to integrate with microcontrollers such as Arduino devices or computers like the Raspberry Pi. You can pick up a LoRa module from Amazon for around $20.

The Things Network gateways

Some companies, such as The Things Network, maintain and operate a series of internet-connected gateways that allow you to connect your LoRa devices to the world wide web. These gateways are relatively sparse, however, and offer a fraction of the coverage of cellular networks.


Sigfox coverage in Europe

Sigfox is another LPWAN standard that also uses the 900 MHz ISM band to transmit information. Unlike LoRa, the Sigfox network is centered around internet-connected gateways. Sigfox modules tend to be more expensive than LoRa modules but offer more features.

Connecting to the Internet

Another common use case for wireless communication technologies is sending data back and forth from the internet. The most common technologies that developers utilize for this application are Wi-Fi and cellular.


You’re likely already very familiar with Wi-Fi. It offers extremely fast data transfer rates (that you can’t really take advantage of with a slow microcontroller) at medium ranges. Boards like the Raspberry Pi have Wi-Fi built-in, and you can purchase inexpensive modules for around $1 that allow microcontrollers such as Arduino devices to utilize Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is a great communications standard choice for indoor projects. Wi-Fi utilizes relatively little power and offers decent ranges of typically a few hundred feet.

Cellular Networks

Cellular modules are more expensive and use more power than Wi-Fi modules but offer unparalleled internet coverage. Some microcontrollers, such as the Particle Electron, have cellular modules built in. You can also buy 3G Arduino-compatible modules for around $30. You can purchase USB cellular dongles that allow devices like the Raspberry Pi to communicate over cellular networks.

Cell service can be expensive and cellular modems use a lot of power, so only choose cellular networks if you need to.

Device-to-Device Communications

If you need to have two microcontrollers communicate with one another then you’re in luck; there’s plenty of options out there.

Low-Cost 2.4 GHz

rRF24L01 modules

There are tons of low-cost modules that utilize the 2.4 GHz band to create point-to-point communication networks. One of my personal favorites is the nRF24L01. Each radio is less than $1 and they’re extremely easy to use. These devices can communicate at a maximum range of a few hundred feet and are only capable of sending small data packets. This module is a great choice if you need to get two microcontrollers talking, or want a low-power communications solution.


Zigbee is a standardized communication technology designed to allow interoperable communications between devices. The XBee form-factor is extremely popular for Arduino devices. These modules are much pricier than some radios but offer great reliability and interoperability between existing devices.

Generic 433 MHz

These devices are perhaps the simplest communications hardware you can reliably use. They are incredibly inexpensive but can still transmit a small amount of data a few hundred feet. The only downside is you need a separate module for transmitting and receiving. So, if your application only needs to either transmit or receive data these are a great choice.

Communicating with Phones, Tablets, and Computers

There’s really only one contender in this space: Bluetooth. Every major phone and tablet and most computers have Bluetooth communications chips; this makes communicating with a variety of different devices extremely convenient. Standards such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.0) allow tiny wearable devices to operate for months at a time without recharging or changing batteries. You can pick up inexpensive Bluetooth 4.0 modules for $10, or more well-documented modules from companies such as Adafruit for around $20.

Amateur Radio

The term “amateur radio” refers to radio activities in amateur radio, or “ham radio”, bands. Amateur radio equipment can be difficult to operate, and you need a license to do so, but it offers the utmost flexibility for unique communications tasks. It requires much more radio knowledge to construct a functioning amateur radio communications system than some of these cheap modules but it is a rewarding experience.

That’s all! If you enjoyed this, you can check out my website and more of my writing. Think there’s anything I missed? Let me know in the comments!

What Wireless Communication Standard to Use for Your Next Project was originally published in Hackster Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

04 May 11:46

This Thai Termite Spray Commercial is Epic Beyond Measure

by Geeks are Sexy

Seriously, nothing beats Thai commercials when it comes to storytelling. So funny.

The post This Thai Termite Spray Commercial is Epic Beyond Measure appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

02 May 05:25

Amazon says fully automated shipping warehouses are at least a decade away

by Nick Statt

The future of Amazon’s logistics network will undoubtedly involve artificial intelligence and robotics, but it’s an open question at what point AI-powered machines will be doing a majority of the work. According to Scott Anderson, the company’s director of robotics fulfillment, the point at which an Amazon warehouse is fully, end-to-end automated is at least 10 years away. Anderson’s comments, reported today by Reuters, highlight the current pace of automation, even in environments that are ripe for robotic labor, like an Amazon warehouse.

As it stands today, robots in the workforce are proficient mostly at specific, repeatable tasks for which they are precisely programmed. To get the robot to do something else takes expensive,...

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01 May 21:58

Après avoir levé plus de 200 millions de dollars, Anki ferme ses portes !

by Vincent Bouvier

Anki Vector

Anki s'était fait connaitre en montant sur scène lors d'une Keynote Apple en 2013. Six ans plus tard, et après avoir levé plus de 200 millions de dollars, la startup met la clé sous la porte.
29 Apr 19:41

Burger King is rolling out meatless Impossible Whoppers nationwide

by Dami Lee

Burger King is rolling out the Impossible Whopper nationwide, after a successful trial run testing the meatless burger in St. Louis. The chain announced in a statement today that it plans to test in more markets before distributing the burger nationally by the end of this year.

The Impossible Whopper is made with startup Impossible Foods’ plant-based patties, which are designed to look and taste like meat. The patties are also designed to “bleed,” just like the real thing, which can be attributed to the use of heme, a soy-based compound found in plants and meat. The burgers have 15 percent less fat and 90 percent less cholesterol than regular Whoppers, and Burger King’s taste test experiments claim that customers and employees can’t...

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26 Apr 18:05

Cet illustrateur joue avec les lignes des cahiers pour donner vie aux personnages Disney

by Claire L.

Avouez-le, on a tous déjà gribouillé quelques petits dessins dans nos marges de cahiers pendant les cours. Oui, mais là, on va vous présenter quelque chose d’un tout autre niveau … Cet artiste a élevé la barre très haut avec ses dessins de personnages Disney. On vous laisse les découvrir …

Luigi “Kemo” Volo est originaire de Naples, en Italie. Designer graphique et illustrateur, Kemo s’était fait connaître aussi pour ses montages photos, où il insère des personnages Disney dans la vraie vie. Sur son Instagram, il poste également d’autre types de contenus, comme celui dont nous allons vous parler.

Depuis quelques temps, Kemo s’amuse à dessiner des sortes de trompe-l’œil, qui jouent avec les lignes d’un cahier. Seulement, Kemo cherche à nous duper ! Car lorsqu’on regarde de près, on découvre que tout est fait à la main, même les lignes, qui ne sont donc pas issues d’un véritable cahier. En effet, afin de pouvoir donner ces effets surprenants dans ses dessins, il est indispensable d’être créatif au maximum ! Ce concept sort vraiment du lot ; encore plus parce qu’il jongle parfaitement avec les situations correspondant à chaque personnage.

Depuis que je suis petit, j’ai toujours été attiré par les « comics » et l’animation, deux passions qui m’ont irrémédiablement amené vers l’univers du dessin.

Entre Raiponce qui s’entremêle les cheveux entre les lignes, la Belle au Bois Dormant qui est assoupie dedans ou encore Hercule qui les soulèvent avec sa force légendaire, les “fausses” lignes de ces dessins ont un but bien précis, et ne sont pas juste là pour décorer. Une idée ingénieuse et amusante qui met en scène les personnages de l’univers Disney à merveille !

Crédits : Luigi Kemo Volo

Pourtant, cet illustrateur surdoué ne se destinait pas à cette carrière de dessinateur. Celui-ci ayant peu de ressources économiques, il n’a pas pu poursuivre un cursus approprié à ses envies. Il a donc été barman, et à côté, exerçait en tant que photographe dans des cérémonies ou pour des campagnes de publicité, par exemple. Preuve que la motivation paie, il précise :

Maintenant, je peux me permettre d’acheter tout le matériel nécessaire afin de m’adonner à mes passions (la photographie et l’illustration). Ce n’est que récemment que je me suis mis au graphisme digital. C’est comme ça que j’ai pu allier mes deux passions ! Dessiner mes personnages animés préférés et créer une interaction intéressante.

En bref, un talent qui continue à faire vivre son âme d’enfant à travers des dessins à la réalisation technique intéressante : tout ce qu’on aime ! Pour en savoir plus sur Kemo, n’hésitez pas à visiter son Instagram. Quant à l’univers Disney, si vous êtes fan et que vous appréciez les petites créations originales, on vous conseille cet article sur ces 50 personnages, réalisés de façon ultra-réaliste ou encore l’évolution Pokémon des personnages Disney !

Crédits : Luigi Kemo Volo

Crédits : Luigi Kemo Volo

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Crédits : Luigi Kemo Volo

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26 Apr 17:58

Ce fan de Spider-Man a créé un propulseur de fils d’araignée qui se collent (presque) partout

by Mélanie D.

Et si les gadgets et autres pouvoirs de super-héros nous étaient accessibles ? On a tous déjà rêvé de se procurer une des inventions de Batman ou d’avoir d’incroyables capacités hors du commun. Et pourquoi pas, imaginer qu’il soit possible de se balancer entre les buildings, comme Spider-Man. Justement, même si nous n’y sommes pas encore, on s’en rapproche aujourd’hui, grâce à l’invention de HeroTech.

L’invention du jour concerne ici l’incroyable Spider-Man. À partir de presque rien, un jeune créatif a créé un objet reproduisant l’effet de jet de toile d’araignée du héros ! C’est Jacob Uy, un ingénieur originaire de Singapour, qui est à l’origine de ce projet de “Spider Web Shooter”. Avec sa société, il a conçu ce gadget, qui consiste à pouvoir se prendre pour le héros de comics, et à sa manière, de jeter des toiles un peu partout !

Mais comment ça marche ? Selon la description de ce gadget sur Etsy, le “Web Shooter” possède une technologie de “lancement de toile”, qui utilise des magnets rares composés de néodyme ; ce qui permet à la ficelle de se coller à n’importe quelle surface magnétique, et ce, jusqu’à 2 mètres de distance.

Ce gadget possède deux types de “toile” réutilisables, une ficelle faite de polyester, qui ressemble le plus à ce qu’a Spider-Man, et une autre ficelle beaucoup plus solide, le “SpiderWire” qui inclut un système de détection de mouvement avec des lumières LED vertes et une petite sécurité. Avec un système ingénieux de ressort et de recharges, il est possible de changer les ficelles facilement.

Pour ceux qui souhaiteraient rester incognito, le “WebShooter” a aussi une cartouche “swipable” avec une montre digitale, qui peut se changer en un coup d’œil. Malgré le fait que cela soit fort stylé et bien badass, à cause des très puissants magnets, ils ne doivent pas être exposés à proximité de technologies électroniques. D’ailleurs, il est précisé que les personnes possédant un pacemaker ne doivent pas utiliser le gadget !

Selon l’ingénieur derrière l’invention, la ficelle en elle-même n’est pas assez résistante pour reproduire les signature moves de Spider-Man, et ne se colle qu’aux surfaces magnétiques, on le rappelle. Mais … pensez-y, cela peut faire office de super accessoire pour votre costume d’Halloween, le véritable petit plus qui fera la différence.

Alors, comment s’en procurer un ? Jacob a décidé d’en mettre en vente sur son shop Etsy ! Malheureusement, victime de son succès, le gadget n’est plus disponible pour le moment. Mais bonne nouvelle, il a annoncé qu’il est possible de précommander pour se faire livrer en août 2019 ! Mais également, n’hésitez pas à regarder sa chaîne YouTube, pour observer son processus de création mais également ses crashtests de l’invention. C’est tout simplement fascinant !

Crédits : HeroTech

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26 Apr 17:45

Avengers Endgame Trailer – Developer version [No Spoiler]

by CommitStrip
Aujourd’hui, jour de sortie d’Avengers Endgame aux US, nous accueillons notre bon vieux parrain Thanos ChooseYourBoss ! Dans un monde où les jobboards classiques ne répondent plus à l’exigence des codeurs sursollicités, ChooseYourBoss permet vous permet de choisir votre prochaine aventure professionnelle tout en restant protégés et anonymes.
Alors, si vous avez fait une mauvaise requête BDD, ou si vous avez juste envie de changer d’air et voir un peu le marché, découvrez les dernières offres sur ChooseYourBoss !

Note : Planche écrite sans avoir vu le film, dont aucun spoil, garantie !

22 Apr 19:52

Will Smith investit 46 millions de dollars dans l’eSport

by Christopher Klippel

Will Smith et des investisseurs débloquent 46 millions de dollars de fonds pour une équipe eSport ! Avec en prime, des contenus promotionnels !
18 Apr 20:08

Le One Mix 2S Yoga passe au processeur Core i7-8500Y

by Pierre Lecourt

One Netbook annonce la sortie du nouveau One Mix 2S Yoga Platinum Edition, un engin qui affiche en FullHD via un écran IPS tactile de 7 pouces par dessus un véritable clavier complet – en Qwerty uniquement – autour d’une charnière qui se déploie à 360°. L’engin peut ainsi se convertir en tablette, profiter d’un affichage tente ou présentation. Un super produit pour les plus baroudeurs d’autant qu’il est compatible avec un stylet actif pour la prise de notes.


Deux modèles étaient jusqu’à aujourd’hui disponibles, l’entrée de gamme était équipé d’un très bon processeur Intel Core M3-7Y30 de génération Kaby Lake : Un double coeur et quadruple threads cadencé de 1 à 2.6 GHz avec 4 Mo de mémoire cache et un TDP de 4.5 Watts.

Une version plus haut de gamme embarque une puce Amber Lake en Core M3-8100Y. une évolution toujours en 2C/4T avec des fréquences allant de 1.1 GHz à 3.4 GHz, toujours 4 Mo de cache et un TDP un poil plus haut avec 5 Watts annoncés.  Des puces qui allient un excellent rendement par watt.


La marque annonce désormais une troisième version baptisé One Mix 2S Yoga Platinum Edition qui embarque un processeur Intel Core i7-8500Y toujours dans la huitième génération d’Intel. Un Amber Lake toujours sur deux coeurs et 4 Threads mais cette fois-ci cadencé de 1.5 à 4.20 GHz avec 4 Mo de cache et un TDP de 5 watts. Son circuit graphique est un UHD 615 cadencé de 300 MHz à 1.05 GHz. Cette version haut de gamme propose un stockage SSD de 512 Go contre 256 Go maximum pour les modèles en Core M. La mémoire vive reste sur 8 Go sur les 16 Go que cette puce sait pourtant gérer.


Super ? Oui, sur le papier la solution est très excitante malgré son clavier QWERTY. Le problème est le tarif demandé ! Geekbuying l’annonce à 1199€ avec cette configuration ce qui est plus de deux fois le prix du modèle M3-8100Y avec 8 Go de mémoire et 256 Go de SSD proposé à 593.75€. La version Core M3-8100Y n’est pas disponible pour le moment mais restait dans la même gamme de tarif juste au dessus des 600€.


Du Benchmark de qualité….

Je suppose que l’effet nouveauté joue ici à plein et que les premières pièces vont être écoulées au prix le plus haut avant que les prix redescendent. D’autant que si le passage de 256 Go à 512 Go est quantifiable facilement, le gain de performances entre les Core M3 et cette version Amber Lake du Core i7 n’est pas si énorme. Les possibilités offertes par les M3-8100Y, par exemple, ne sont pas spécialement éloignées du Core i7-8500Y. Ce que pourra faire un One Mix 2S Yoga de base ne sera pas tellement différent de ce que proposera cette Platinum Edition. Les usages les plus lourds seront peut être accélérés de quelques instants mais dans l’absolu le changement de puce ne lui ouvre pas de portes logicielles supplémentaires.

Le One Mix 2S Yoga passe au processeur Core i7-8500Y © 2019

16 Apr 22:08

Voice-Controlled Drink Dispenser Built with LEGO and a Raspberry Pi

by Cameron Coward

LEGO was the start of many people’s maker hobbies, because the simple building blocks appeal to everyone’s innate sense of creativity. LEGO bricks have been in production for 70 years now, which means several generations of children have grown up with them. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of that stopping anytime soon, and kids today still enjoy LEGO just like you did. Grant Gibson decided to take advantage of that and build a drink dispenser with his son out of LEGO and a Raspberry Pi.

You may remember Gibson from his Sjoelen game that he built with the help of a Raspberry Pi. Over the past couple of weeks, Gibson’s son has been home from school for the spring holidays. That means that Gibson had to find a way to keep his son entertained, and ideally in a way that is also healthy, educational, and productive. The project he decided to get his son working on was an automatic Alexa-controlled drinks dispenser, and LEGO bricks were the perfect material for constructing the frame of the machine.

The project started with Gibson’s son building the frame from standard LEGO bricks. That houses the bottle that contains the drink to be dispensed, the Raspberry Pi, a small water pump, a relay board to turn it on, and place for the cup to go. The water pump is powered directly from the Raspberry Pi’s 5V line, which isn’t normally a good idea because the impedance can cause damage. But Gibson reports that it has worked fine so far. They then used the Flask-Ask Alexa Skills Kit for Python to control the relay through the GPIO pins with voice commands. It’s a simple project, but a fun one for Gibson’s son.

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16 Apr 19:45

Google Home Hub smart display will reportedly be renamed the Google Nest Hub

by Bruce Brown

Insiders reportedly familiar with Google's plans confirmed the Google Home Hub will be rebranded Google Nest Hub. Citing accidental leaks in the Google Store about the Nest Home Max, informed sources suggest a May 7 launch date.

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16 Apr 06:10

Get destroyed by OpenAI’s masterful Dota 2 bots this weekend

by Nick Statt

OpenAI achieved a historic milestone in the world of artificial intelligence this weekend when its Dota 2 system, called OpenAI Five, handily bested the strategy game’s world champion e-sports team, OG, in a best-of-three contest. Now, the AI research organization wants to let the public get a taste of what it’s like to play against a program that’s virtually trained for the equivalent of 45,000 years to play the game at the highest possible level.

The company is calling the platform Arena, and it will be live for just three days starting Thursday, April 18th at 9PM ET. You can sign up here to get access, as OpenAI says it needs to allocate the proper amount of compute to handle the simultaneous play sessions for its cloud-based AI...

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14 Apr 07:49

Dasung is About to Launch a New E-ink Monitor With Touchscreen and a Frontlight

by Nate Hoffelder

The Chinese e-ink monitor maker Dasung is getting ready to launch its latest Paperlike model. This time they will be going all out and will be putting both a frontlight and a touchscreen on their monitor.

You can sign up to be notified of the launch on Indiegogo.

Dasung is About to Launch a New E-ink Monitor With Touchscreen and a Frontlight e-Reading Hardware

Dasung launched its first E-ink monitor in 2015. Over the past 4 years they've released a new model an average of once a year, improving performance every time.

The new model will have a 13.3" Carta E-ink screen (2200*1650 resolution) and connect to your computer, tablet, or phone over HDMI.

The new model will have a 13.3" Carta E-ink screen (2200*1650 resolution) and connect to your computer, tablet, or phone over HDMI. This is honestly one of those products that leaves you wondering why almost no one has heard of it. Yes, it's expensive, but it works so well and helps so much.

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09 Apr 19:52

3-in-5 Consumers Want the Same Voice Assistant in the Car as in the Home – New Amazon and JD Power Study

by Bret Kinsella
  • 59% of U.S. consumers said they were more likely to purchase a new car from a brand that supports their favored smart speaker voice assistant according to a survey of 5,000 smart speaker owners by J.D. Power
  • 76% of U.S. consumers said they are interested in seeing their smart speaker voice assistant accessible from inside their next car
  • Smart speaker based voice assistants have higher customer satisfaction than in-vehicle systems, but the difference is relatively small

J.D. Power collaborated with Amazon’s Alexa Auto in a recent survey that found 59% of consumers are more likely to purchase a car from auto brands that support their preferred voice assistant used in the home. Arianne Walker, chief evangelist for Alexa automotive commented in the finding:

“It didn’t surprise me that customers wanted to access to the voice services they use every day in the home while in their car. I was surprised that in the early days of voice adoption such a large percentage said not only would voice availability impact what vehicle they purchase, but they would consider a car company based on the availability of a preferred voice assistant. We’ve reached that tipping point in voice.”

We’ve reached a tipping point in voice.

The survey was conducted online in July 2018 in the U.S. and over 5,000 individual responses were gathered. Survey participants were required to own at least one vehicle from the 2014-2018 model years and own a smart speaker. The smart speaker ownership was not limited to Amazon Echo products, but also included Google Home and Apple HomePod device owners. You can download the full report here.

A Voicebot survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults revealed similar findings. The question was asked differently and responses were not limited to smart speaker device owners, but about 60% of consumers said the voice assistant choice does influence their purchase decision and about 19% said it was a significant factor or a requirement.

Consumers Want Their Smart Speaker Voice Assistants Available in the Car

The J.D. Power survey also asked whether consumers would like to have the voice assistant they use on their smart speakers also available in the car. Not surprisingly, many consumers see value in having consistent access to their voice assistant outside the home. With that said, this does not say that consumers exclusively want the home-based voice assistant while in the car.

Smart Speaker Based Voice Assistants Show Most Highest Satisfaction

Another key finding of the study is that smart speaker or in-home voice assistants show higher satisfaction among consumers. Smart speaker-based voice assistants ranked 7.81 compared to smartphones at 7.37 and in-vehicle voice solutions at 7.15.

You can see that voice assistant satisfaction across these three surfaces is fairly consistent. Smart speakers led the other two surfaces, but not by much. It is also notable that the 1-10 scale is also used for net promoter scores. A score of 9 or 10 is used to identify strong promoters of a technology, 7-8 is favorable but basically neutral, and 6 or below leads to users that are best thought of as detractors. What this data should indicate for voice assistant providers is that there is more work to do before voice assistant users as a whole become consistent and enthusiastic promoters of the technology.

Interview with Arianne Walker of Alexa Auto

Voicebot also had the opportunity to catch up with Amazon’s Ms. Walker to learn more about how the company interpreted the results and how it fits in with the Alexa Auto strategy.

How do the report findings impact Amazon’s voice strategy with automakers?

Adrianne Walker – Alexa Auto

Arianne Walker: It’s a great salient point to help the automakers understand the power of voice and how people really want to use it. What we hope from this is automakers embrace and help us with that vision in being able to provide choice for the customer in their vehicles. We have seen a lot of automakers embrace Alexa and voice services and bring Alexa into the car.

Do you think of the car as equivalent to a smart speaker with wheels?

Walker: A car is a very complicated device. When we think about car control we started thinking about controlling features of the car while outside of the car. Being able to utilize Alexa to get the cabin temperature to a nice 70 degrees and defrost the windows is a nice feature of voice control. The next step is to do many of those things while you are in the vehicle using voice. Being able to use your voice to activate certain controls so you can keep your hands on the wheel eyes on the road is a great safety feature for drivers.

You mention in-car controls. What is the status of Alexa offline mode for use while driving where cellular coverage is unreliable?

Walker: We are working on that through our Alexa Auto SDK. We have rolled out the first of those features like being able to handle turning on the air-conditioning and turning the fan up and down because we know it’s important for consumers to be able to have this control when they are not connected. We are working with automakers and suppliers and the SDK has deep hooks that go into the head unit [to enable these features].

There are many ways to bring Alexa into the car. How does Amazon think about the infotainment system, other embedded systems, or third-party devices such as Roav Viva or Alexa Auto?

Walker: Our north star is embedded voice assistant in the head unit of cars. It’s easy for consumers. You don’t need to bring your phone with you. However, there are long production lead times.BMW and Audi have that embedded experience in vehicles today. We’ve worked with automakers for a quicker integration using projection technology like Ford, Toyota, and Lexus which gets this to consumers faster. We also recognize there are many older automobiles on the road that don’t have the same capabilities and don’t necessarily have all of the more advanced hardware and software capabilities to allow for that embedded experience e. The aftermarket device and options are a great way to get Alex into all of those cars on the road today. We see it as giving customers choice and other options.

One other thing. We’ve worked with both automakers and integrators and suppliers to make it as easy as possible for automakers to get voice into the car. We want choice not just for our customers but also to our partners.

We are now seeing multiple voice assistants in the car. Often there is one from the automaker and another from a third party such as Alexa. How do you view that user experience where there are multiple assistants to choose from?

Walker: It’s really consistent with things we’ve done outside of the vehicle. The work that we have done with [Microsoft] Cortana and [Facebook] Portal is the assistants can hand off to each other and make sure customers have a good experience. We want to make sure it is easy for customers. Several automakers have gone all in on Alexa as the voice service on its own and we are also supporting automakers that want to have their own voice assistant as well.

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Twice the Number of U.S. Adults Have Tried In-Car Voice Assistants as Smart Speakers

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Amazon Releases Alexa Auto SDK

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09 Apr 19:33

Walmart to expand in-store tech, including Pickup Towers for online orders and robots

by Sarah Perez

Walmart is doubling down on its technology innovations in its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to better compete with Amazon. The retailer today announced the expanded rollout of several technologies — ranging from in-store Pickup Towers to help customers quickly grab their online orders to floor-scrubbing robots. These jobs were, in many cases, previously handled by people instead of machines.

The retailer says it will add to its U.S. stores 1,500 new autonomous floor cleaners, 300 more shelf scanners, 1,200 more FAST Unloaders and 900 new Pickup Towers.

The “Auto-C” floor cleaner is programmed to clean and polish the store’s floor after the area is first prepped by associates. Publicly introduced last fall, the floor cleaner uses assisted autonomy technology to clean the floors instead of having an associate ride a scrubbing machine — a process that today eats up two hours of an employee’s time per day.

Built in partnership with Brain Corp., Walmart said in December it planned to deploy 360 floor-cleaning robots by the end of January 2019. It’s now bumping that rollout to include 1,500 more this year, bringing the total deployment to 1,860.

The Auto-S shelf scanners, meanwhile, have been in testing since 2017, when Walmart rolled out 50 robots to U.S. stores. It’s now adding 300 more to production to reach a total of 350.

These robots are produced by California-based Bossa Nova Robotics, and roll around aisles to scan prices and check inventory. The robots sit in a charging station until given a task by an employee — like checking inventory levels to see what needs restocking, identifying and finding misplaced items or locating incorrect prices or labeling.

In the backroom, Walmart has been testing FAST Unloaders that are capable of unloading a truck of merchandise along a conveyor belt in a fraction of the time it could be done by hand. The machines automatically scan and sort the items based on priority and department to speed up the process and direct items appropriately.

Unloading, the company noted earlier in testing, was also a heavily disliked job — and one it had trouble keeping staffed. Last summer, Walmart said it had 30 unloaders rolled out in the U.S. and was on pace to add 10 more a week.

Now, 1,200 more are being added to stores, bringing the total to 1,700.

The Pickup Towers have also been around since 2017, when they arrived in 200 stores. A sort of vending machine for online orders, the idea is that customers could save on orders by skipping last-mile deliveries, as shipping to a store costs Walmart less. Customers then benefit by getting a better price by not paying for shipping, and could get their items faster.

In April 2018, Walmart rolled out 500 more towers to U.S. stores. It’s now adding 900 more, which will see 1,700 total towers in use across its stores.

The company claims all this tech will free up its employees’ time from focusing on the “more mundane and repetitive tasks” so they can instead serve customers face-to-face.

Of course, that’s what they all say when turning over people’s jobs to robots and automation — whether that’s fancy coffee-making robotic kiosks, burger-flipping robots or restaurants staffed by a concierge but no kitchen help besides machines.

Walmart, however, claims to still have plenty of work for its staff — like picking groceries for its booming online grocery business, for example. Grocery shopping, generally, accounts for more than half its annual sales, and more of that business is shifting online.

The company also said that many of the jobs it automated were those it struggled to find, hire and retain associates to do, and by taking out the routine work, retention has improved.

“What we’re seeing so far suggests investments in store technology are shaping how we think about turnover and hours. The technology is automating pieces of work or tasks, rather than entire jobs,” a Walmart spokesperson said. “As that’s happening, we have been able to use many of the hours being saved in other areas of the store — focused more on service and selling for customers,” they continued.

“We have now added over 40,000 jobs for the online grocery picking role in stores over the last year and a half. These jobs didn’t exist a short time ago. The result so far: we’ve seen our U.S. store associate turnover reduced year-over-year,” the spokesperson added.

The tech announced today will roll out to U.S. stores “soon,” Walmart says, but didn’t provide exact dates.

05 Apr 14:22

A Japanese spacecraft just blasted a new crater into an asteroid

by Loren Grush
The asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese spacecraft about 186 million miles from Earth dropped a can of explosives on an asteroid last night, excavating a crater on the rough surface. Eventually, the spacecraft will inspect the new crater, and it may even grab a sample from it, helping scientists learn more about the asteroid’s interior.

The prospecting vehicle is Hayabusa2, a spacecraft operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Launched in 2014, Hayabusa2 traveled to a near-Earth asteroid named Ryugu, and it has been hanging out around the object since last year. The spacecraft’s mission is straightforward: grab samples of material from Ryugu, and bring them back to Earth for further study. But the spacecraft is using a few unique methods to reach its...

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04 Apr 06:08

Brain Corp. debuts an autonomous delivery robot for factories and retail

by Brian Heater

Admittedly, Brain Corp. sounds a bit like an evil corporation in some superhero comic, but the San Diego-based startup has generated some serious funding in recent years, including a $114 million Series C, led by SoftBank back in 2017.

The company’s been putting that money to work, announcing today the launch of an in-store autonomous delivery robot. AutoDelivery, which is currently still “proof of concept,” is built on the startup’s own BrainOS navigation platform, which is currently powering products from a number of companies, including Tennant, Minuteman, ICE, Nilfisk and SoftBank Robotics.

Brain Corp.’s system is an interesting one designed to fulfill a fairly wide range of case uses, from stores to factories to warehouses. That could mean everything from inventory stocking to delivery fulfillment. It’s a massive business and one positioned to get even larger in coming years, with products from Amazon Robotics and Fetch to Playground Ventures-supported Canvas, which offers up a similarly autonomous robot for factory settings.

Heck, even Boston Dynamics is getting in on the space these days, with its recent acquisition of Kinema Systems.

The Brain Corp. system appears to have some of the competition beat with its ability to tow carts, which could make it useful in a retail setting like the one in the above video. It also sports a touchscreen, so employees can input directions directly, forming a different relationship with human employees than products like Bossa Nova’s inventory-checking robot.

The robot is still in its early stages, making its debut at next week’s ProMat show in Chicago. The company expects a commercial launch early next year.

03 Apr 20:29

Burger King commence à vendre un Whopper sans boeuf

by Morgan Fromentin
Burger King commence à vendre un Whopper sans boeuf
Le Whopper est très certainement le sandwich le plus connu de Burger King. Aujourd'hui, la chaîne de fast-food commence à vendre une version sans bœuf, un Impossible Whopper.
28 Mar 21:11

Microsoft bascule ses 180 000 employés sur Teams

by James Henderson, ARNnet (adapté par Bastien Lion)
Microsoft vient d’achever la transition interne de Skype Entreprise vers Teams, à l’issue d'un processus de quatre mois couvrant plus (...)
24 Mar 13:33

Finley AI, l'assistant financier vocal

by Patrice BERNARD
Finley AI
Parce que beaucoup d'outils d'accompagnement des consommateurs dans la gestion de leur argent sont uniquement conçus pour répondre à leurs besoins à court terme (épargne de précaution, réduction de l'endettement…) et parce que leur éducation financière est souvent déficiente, Finley AI a conçu un assistant pédagogique interactif.

De fait, on assiste actuellement à une multiplication, y compris dans les banques traditionnelles, des services destinés à faciliter et stimuler la constitution d'une épargne, que ce soit pour faire face à des dépenses imprévues ou pour réaliser un projet (achat, voyage, cadeau…). À l'inverse, les solutions qui visent des échéances plus lointaines, telles que les robo-advisors, tendent à négliger le besoin de former leurs clients à leurs produits et d'offrir un conseil éclairé sur les options qu'ils mettent à leur disposition.

Malheureusement, une immense majorité de personnes – 90% au Royaume-Uni, selon l'article de FinTech Future… et probablement encore plus en France – n'ont jamais bénéficié du moindre accompagnement financier dans leur vie. En conséquence, beaucoup ignorent tout des opportunités qui leur tendent les bras ou bien choisissent des approches qui ne sont pas nécessairement adaptées à leurs besoins et leur situation mais leur sont poussées par un vendeur principalement intéressé par ses commissions.

Afin de remédier à une telle dérive, Finley AI propose donc une plate-forme conviviale et simple d'accès, intégrée à l'écosystème de l'assistant vocal Google (donc disponible via mobile, web, enceinte connectée…), qui se charge de répondre à toutes les questions qu'une personne avisée poserait normalement à son conseiller attitré, si elle pouvait en consulter un : comment fonctionnent les pensions, comment planifier son avenir, quelle est la meilleure manière de préparer sa retraite, par qui se faire aider… ?

Finley AI en action

Naturellement, l'impact de Finley AI sur la relation des individus à l'argent et aux produits financiers risque d'être réduit. En effet, sa logique fondée exclusivement sur la diffusion de connaissances et de recommandations génériques, sans prendre en compte le contexte spécifique de chaque utilisateur et sans chercher à rendre les conseils prodigués directement « actionnables » (à l'exception de la recherche d'un professionnel, qui est aussi sa seule perspective de modèle économique), limite son potentiel d'efficacité.

Quoi qu'il en soit, l'initiative de Finley AI a l'immense mérite de mettre le doigt sur le problème critique de la qualité de l'accompagnement des consommateurs dans leur vie financière : quand les fournisseurs – acteurs historiques ou startups – se focalisent sur leurs offres, au détriment de l'exploration des besoins précis de leurs clients et de la démonstration transparente de la valeur qui leur est apportée en alignement avec ceux-ci, la méfiance l'emporte, pour le plus grand malheur de toutes les parties prenantes.
14 Mar 07:32

“Patients casse-couilles” : le livre qui rassemble les perles entendues aux urgences

by Victor M.

Si on associe généralement les urgences d’un hôpital à un lieu effrayant et anxiogène, vous allez voir aujourd’hui qu’elles peuvent aussi être la source de bonnes doses de fous rires. Sonia Camay, médecin urgentiste depuis maintenant 12 ans, a vu défiler un nombre incalculable de patients. Et si le rôle du médecin urgentiste est de prendre en charge le patient pour préserver sa santé, il doit aussi savoir l’écouter et discuter avec lui… Ce qui donne parfois lieu à des discussions plutôt insolites.

Sonia Camay a donc eu l’idée d’écrire un livre référençant ses meilleures anecdotes hilarantes et les fameuses perles qu’elle a pu entendre de la bouche des patients qui ont croisé son chemin. Baptisé “Patients casse-couilles”, ce recueil de phrases et d’anecdotes insolites entendues dans les couloirs de l’hôpital nous montre une facette totalement différente des urgences.

Crédits : Sonia Camay / Les Éditions de l’Opportun

Entre les patients qui se trompent de mots, ceux qui visiblement ne connaissent pas très bien leurs corps, les enfants tyranniques ou encore les parents un peu trop portés sur la chose, les différents thèmes abordés avec beaucoup de légèreté montrent que le quotidien de médecin urgentiste peut parfois donner lieu à des situations absolument improbables. On imagine déjà la réaction de Sonia Camay et de ses collègues qui ont dû répondre, avec sérieux et professionnalisme, à ces perles de patients à mourir de rire.

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L’équipe de Creapills a sélectionné pour vous 15 perles insolites de patients, présentes dans le livre. Le recueil “Patients casse-couilles” sera disponible à partir du 21 mars prochain pour 9,90€, mais vous pouvez déjà le pré-commander ici. Une bonne idée qui aborde le sujet anxiogène des urgences en dédramatisant la situation à travers ces expériences vécues par une médecin urgentiste dont les journées ne sont visiblement pas de tout repos !

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14 Mar 07:28

Comme le bon vin

by CommitStrip

14 Mar 07:23

Industrial E-Stop Button Becomes Novel Computer Interface

by Jeremy S. Cook

When typing away at your computer, there are likely times where a few keystrokes just don’t cut it, and a big red emergency button would be more appropriate. This, you might assume, is the type of thing that only appears in a cartoon, perhaps featuring an elaborate trap to catch a very fast bird.

This assumption, however, would now be wrong as Glen Atkins has integrated an HID-capable PIC16F1459 chip inside of an industrial mushroom push button switch. Instead of stopping a heavy assembly cell until reset, his board/software now either inserts a poop emoji into a Microsoft document, or executes a sequence that locks his Linux box at work. Both make sense in their own context, either when firing off an angry email, or clocking out for the day with a final button press.

Electronics-wise, the device is nearly identical to his Single ESC Key USB Keyboard from May 2018, but this build takes things to a whole new level. Rather than merely wire an input from the button’s internals and leave things loose — or glued — inside, he designed a 3D-printed holder based on the manufacturer’s 3D model to nicely mount his custom circuit board. This produced a secure assembly that looks internally almost like it was meant to be there. Notably, per its new USB connection, the unit is no longer appropriate for actual safety-critical applications.

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