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Added 4 August, 2019

A little piece of history has gone down at the Monteblanco racetrack in Spain, with the world's first fully autonomous car race. Two teams pitted code and cars against one another, with Team Arrival beating out the Technical University of Munich to take the first ever Roborace win. The Robocars in question are no joke – 300-kW (402-hp) electric...

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Added 29 July, 2019

After giving it a test run in a few countries earlier this year, Netflix has confirmed it will officially introduce a new plan that only lets customers stream content on a mobile device. The plan, set to launch in India during the third quarter, will be priced lower than the company’s existing subscriptions. Netflix said the mobile-only plan “...

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Added 3 July, 2019

Vivo has announced its first AR glasses called the Vivo AR Glass, a relatively lightweight headset with two transparent displays and 6DoF tracking. It connects with a cable to Vivo’s as-yet unnamed 5G smartphone, which is also being demonstrated this week. Vivo says the AR Glass has five use cases right now: gaming, office work, “5G theatre,”...

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Added 25 June, 2019

SK-II, global prestige skincare brand, is partnering with Soul Machines, a company re-imagining how humans connect with machines, to create the world’s first autonomously animated digital influencer: YUMI. As SK-II’s first digital brand face, YUMI is part of SK-II’s ongoing transformation to connect with a new generation of consumers. Using...

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Added 23 June, 2019

During this year's Ice Hockey World Championships, Rikard Grönborg is doubling up as coach of the Swedish national team and a 24/7 news reporter. He won't, however, be stepping anywhere near the newsroom cameras during the tournament. That happened several weeks ago when Grönborg posed to become the world's first virtual sports anchor reporting...

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Added 18 June, 2019

A Chinese TV station already has one. Now, Sogou, a leader in China's internet industry, is creating a Russian-speaking AI news anchor developed through a partnership with ITAR-TASS, Russia's leading news agency, and Xinhua News Agency, the national news agency of China. The AI anchor incorporates the latest advances in speech synthesis, image...

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Added 12 May, 2019

You might have feared that human talents would soon be replaced by digital simulations, but by the looks of it, that’s not terrible at all. Joining the ranks of virtual social media influencer Lil Miquela is hyperrealistic Japanese avatar imma, who boasts a following of 50,000 fans on Instagram. Not bad for a model who’s wholly created with CGI...

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Added 11 May, 2019

According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, the online art market grew 9.8% in aggregate in 2018 to $4.64 billion. There are indications that current buyers are buying more online. The estimated average future growth rate for the online art market is 15% per year. Based on this growth trajectory, the online art market is expected to be...

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Added 25 March, 2019

UK-based bar chain The Alchemist has unveiled an augmented reality (AR) cocktail menu called The Conjurer, which is brought to life through a smartphone app. The menu features six signature serves, which are brought to life by The Conjurer app – available from the app store on Android and iOS devices. The Conjurer by The Alchemist will...

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Added 23 March, 2019

Can a simple screen protector deliver 3D content without the glasses — or the expensive holographic smartphone? Lucid and Holitech think so. The Holoscreen is a smartphone screen protector that allows users to view 3D content without the glasses inside an app. The $30 accessory functions as a normal screen protector outside of the 3D app. When...