FYI – What You Need to Know

To serve and protect?

Who wouldn’t want an autonomous Sherpa? Said to be able to carry 50 lb for 30 miles on a single charge, Serve by Postmates is an electric delivery rover that is currently being tested in Los Angeles. If Postmates’ wizards can get the technology right, residents in major Canadian cities could soon see everything from food deliveries to medications being brought to their door by rovers. In addition, the ’bot will be able to execute innovative after-hours programmes such as (according to the company’s founder), “Picking up day old bagels from the bakery and taking them to the local food bank.” Obstacles, of course, are the same old things: sidewalk cracks, piles of trash and a choreography of public spaces to navigate…just as people with disabilities have to do.  Source: Wired

Same food, better taste

Calling out the benefits of storing “legitimate, heavier tableware” in your desk, performance coach Matt Berenc says you’ll enjoy your at-work lunches more if you eat them off real dishes with proper utensils from home. Your “al desko” meals will become more mindful, he promises, with the bonus feel-good factor of reducing the waste from single-use plastic cutlery.  Source: Furthermore

Up you go in style

A versatile solution to assisted standing and transfer, the Oxford Switch is designed to help a person with reduced mobility to stand from a seated position and transfer from one point to another. As a rehabilitation aid, the Switch actively encourages the user to participate in the standing process, engaging core muscle groups while improving strength and function. It has a safe working load of 180 kg (397 lb).  Source: Oxford Switch

Nighty night

Somnox is a cuddly robot designed to help you sleep. Developed by four Dutch engineers with an interest in soft robotics, the pillow-shaped ’bot has unique combination of state-of-the-art technology informed by deep neuroscience experience. Somnox has been ergonomically designed and is meant to be hugged by the user, so that he or she maintains a neutral position that doesn’t impact neck or shoulder alignment. Meant to simulate the comfort of human contact, Somnox maintains a specific breathing rhythm, slower than that of the user. According its developers, the “hugger” will mimic the robot’s calmer pace, resulting in a slower heart rate and lower blood pressure. Slow-paced, customized music is also pre-programmed to help decrease stress. Goodbye, snoring husband. Hello, robot!  Source: Somnox

Big software is watching

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the first-ever body-language recognition software was introduced by Dr. Cees Snook, a professor of intelligent sensory information systems from the University of Amsterdam. The system “looks” at videos of a person and is able to recognize human body language, poses and actions. Dr. Snook believes that the software will dramatically improve care for the elderly, given the constraints of a shrinking caregiver workforce, by identifying behaviour patterns in older adults. Examples are whether the person has drunk enough, if they are dressed, if they are getting upset, or whether they are lying on the floor instead of the couch.  Source: Kepler Vision

55%of Canadian gamers are women, playing an average of 26 times a month in 2  hour sessions. Source: Paypal Canada

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