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Robot police in Dubai, do you like their uniforms? 
Dubai Police Robot
for reporting crime and asking for help
http://www.roboticgizmos.com/dubai-police-robot/

going to get advanced features and the ability to move towards people in need of help soon :)
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Why the sofa is a terrible experience for experiencing virtual reality...
What are you sitting on when you're in VR?

I bought a swivel stool very specifically for VR not long ago. When I know I'll be wearing my headset for a while I move the coffee table and put the stool in the middle of the room. If I'm going to hop in and out quickly I'll sit on the sofa or stand, but the sofa makes for a terrible experience. If I had it to do again I'd buy a stool with a backrest. And if I had the bucks I'd buy some high-tech, made for VR seat, like the VRGO in this picture.
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Something bought just for VR
I stand
A mix of 2 or 3 of these
Other
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Whatever is handy
9%
Something bought just for VR
18%
I stand
10%
A mix of 2 or 3 of these
10%
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Soft Wearable Robotic Glove Made With Empathy, Science and Assistive Technology #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/10/26/soft-wearable-robotic-glove-made-with-empathy-science-and-assistive-technology-wearablewednesday/

FashNerd has the scoop on this soft robotic glove.
Soft Wearable Robotic Glove Made With Empathy, Science and Assistive Technology #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/10/26/soft-wearable-robotic-glove-made-with-empathy-science-and-assistive-technology-wearablewednesday/

FashNerd has the scoop on this soft robotic glove.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 15% of the world’s population are physically impaired to some degree. In order for those with disabilities to overcome their daily hurdles, assistive technology is playing a significant role in giving back with impressive wearables such as the Exo-Glove Poly.

With the objective to assist those with paralysis of the hand, the Exo-Glove Poly is a wearable glove that gives people with hand disabilities the ability to grasp objects that they couldn’t before. Inspired by human fingers, the impressive device is a soft wearable robotic glove made of polymer. Protecting the wearer from injury, the compact, lightweight glove gives the wearer increased usability in comparison to the more bulkier exoskeleton.

Designed with comfort in mind, the waterproof wearable was created by Kyu Jin Cho, Director of the Biorobotics Laboratory at Seoul National University in South Korea. The flexible product allows the wearer to be able to perform daily activities, such as grabbing various-shaped objects. Cho made this possible by including an adaptable grasping mechanism to the robotic hand. Bragging a soft tendon routing system, the Exo-Glove Poly has three fingers that fit over the wearer’s thumb and are controlled by a switch which activates the motor which pulls on wires to open and close the hand. When we first came across the product we were in awe of how the tendons of the robot act just like the tendons of the human body and how the product has the ability to adjust to different hand sizes.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/10/26/soft-wearable-robotic-glove-made-with-empathy-science-and-assistive-technology-wearablewednesday/

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A peak into our alternate universe...

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AlphaGo beats Korean Go champion 4-1. If Google’s artificial intelligence wins, does that mean humans lose?

http://mediumwell.com/what-does-alphago/

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Clearly this is an example of trolls playing a game to see who could get the robot to say the craziest shit. Then again, it’s also an example of a civility break down, a common occurrence that happens even without bots.

http://mediumwell.com/tay-microsoft-chatbot/

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The Virtual Reality space as we know it is in its infancy and only now are we beginning to grasp its full potential. Digital entertainment is rapidly changing with new opportunities for time travel, space travel and VR time with friends.

http://mediumwell.com/679-2-oculus-google-cardboard-vr/

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When did our personal technology devices become eavesdroppers? As Clive Thompson from Wired advised us, be careful about what we say because “the cloud might be listening.” The robot assistants are soaking up everything we do and say! And as a raving privacy nutcase, I was drawn to Thompson’s missive like mayo to a ham sandwich. I am one of those folks who doesn’t use Siri, Apple’s Robotic assistant or Microsoft’s Cortana Amazon’s Alexa because…

http://mediumwell.com/privacy-age-robot-assistants/

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The reality is that if a machine can create a custom burger that matches or exceeds the qualities of the human product, the machine will eventually get the job. Without something to prevent it, this kind of change is inevitable.

http://mediumwell.com/robots-are-taking-over-the-fast-food-industry-and-why-this-is-cool/
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