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Forget AR glasses. Augmented reality is headed to your windshield

Envisics has developed is a headset-free, in-car holography system that aims to transform the way we view the road. The device sits inside the instrument cluster in a vehicle, buried in the dashboard, then projects light through an opening so that it bounces off the windshield and into the eye of the recipient. “Our devices typically work at three to four times the resolution of the human eye. You’re left with an image clarity far beyond that which you would normally experience in a vehicle.” The first-generation version of the technology is available in current Jaguar Land Rovers. The second-gen version is set for launch in March 2023.

Google Cloud launches Lending DocAI to streamline mortgage applications with AI

Lending DocAI, a specialized Google Cloud solution for the mortgage industry provides “industry-leading” accuracy for documents relevant to lending and processing income. “With Lending DocAI, you will reduce mortgage processing time and costs, streamline data capture, and support regulatory and compliance requirements.” Google is partnering with Roostify, a mortgage software platform, to make Lending DocAI available to customers like Santander Bank and Hamilton Home Loans. “The mortgage industry is still early in transitioning from traditional, manual processes to digitally enabled and automated, and we believe that transformation will happen much more quickly with the power of AI.”

Science News


Octopus-inspired sucker transfers thin, delicate tissue grafts and biosensors

A new device inspired by an octopus’s sucker rapidly transfers delicate tissue or electronic sheets to the patient, overcoming a key barrier to clinical application. They designed a manipulator made of a temperature-responsive layer of soft hydrogel attached to an electric heater. The researchers gently heat the hydrogel to shrink it, then press it to the sheet and turn off the heat. The hydrogel expands slightly, creating suction with the soft tissue or flexible electronic film so it can be lifted and transferred. The researchers hope to integrate sensors into the manipulator, to further take advantage of their soft, bio-inspired design.

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language. Infants responded to universal elements of songs, despite the unfamiliarity of their melodies and words, and relaxed. Generally, the infants experienced a decrease in heart rate and pupil dilation, and attenuated electrodermal activity in response to the unfamiliar lullabies. “While the music in general was relaxing, there was something about the lullabies that was especially relaxing, so in theory there could be ways to optimize the music we provide to infants, to make them more effective.”

Business News


Alibaba shops for hypermarket chain Sun Art in $3.6 billion deal

Alibaba Group will invest $3.6 billion to acquire a controlling stake in hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, gaining further ground in China’s retail market. The e-commerce giant is hoping to further leverage its digital presence to support Sun Art’s 481 hypermarkets and three mid-size supermarkets in China. The move comes as Alibaba steadily expands its presence in China’s offline retail sector, as growth in traditional e-commerce slows. Alibaba, which already owned 21% of Sun Art through a unit, will raise its stake to around 72% through the acquisition of a similar stake in A-RT Retail Holdings, who owns 51% of Sun Art.

China becomes first major economy to recover from Covid-19 pandemic

The Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, as China becomes the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Data showed industrial production in September rose 6.9% compared to the same period last year. Retail sales were up 3.3%. Auto sales for the month also increased 12.8% while domestic air travel exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Observers say China’s economic recovery still remains uncertain in the face of job losses, uneven growth across the country, elevated levels of household and corporate debt, as well as trade frictions as ties with the US and other trading partners continue to deteriorate.

Miscellaneous News


SSC’s Tuatara is the fastest car in the world with 331mph top speed

Shelby SuperCars (SSC) North America has set a new top speed record for a production car, hitting a v-max of 331mph and setting a two-way average of 316.11mph on a seven-mile stretch of closed road just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 1,247kg hypercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.9-litre flat-plane crank V8 producing 1,750 horsepower. The 1,247kg hypercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.9-litre flat-plane crank V8 producing 1,750 horsepower. The Tuatara’s crazy v-max comes in no small part from the outlandish design of its carbon fibre bodywork delivering a crazy 0.279 drag coefficient and an aero-centric philosophy.

Large 2,000-year-old cat discovered in Peru’s Nazca lines

The figure of a relaxing cat has been discovered in the Nazca desert in Peru. The Nazca lines is home to designs on the ground – known as geoglyphs – created some 2,000 years ago. Scientists believe the cat, as with other Nazca animal figures, was created by making depressions in the desert floor, leaving coloured earth exposed. The cat then went unnoticed until plans were recently drawn up for a new path leading to an observation platform. “The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear, because it’s situated on quite a steep slope that’s prone to the effects of natural erosion.”

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