Innovative technology to prevent your cat bringing home dead animals

This week on Technobyte, tech guru Aki Anastasiou brings you all the latest discoveries and innovations in the world of technology.

A breakthrough in the field of non-invasive robotic device control

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, has made a breakthrough in the field of non-invasive robotic device control. Using a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor. Being able to noninvasively control robotic devices using only thoughts will have broad applications, in particular benefiting the lives of paralyzed patients and those with movement disorders.

Read more non-invasive robotic device control here.

How a Japanese company is making safer drivers

Online service provider DeNa Co. introduced its AI-based Drive Chart service on June 4, targeting taxi and truck companies, following a spate of reckless driving incidents across Japan in recent months. The system analyses images from vehicle-mounted cameras and acceleration sensor data and urges motorists to drive more carefully to prevent collisions.

The system consists of dedicated car-mounted equipment and cloud computing technology.

Data collected by the onboard device on vehicle speed, distance from other vehicles, eye, and eyelid movement of the driver, and other factors are analyzed by AI through the cloud system. Dangerous actions, such as suddenly accelerating and braking, along with the vehicle’s location and videos of driving, are monitored through recording so that driving instructions can be provided to the person at the wheel

An engineer uses technology to prevent his cat from bringing home dead animals

An Amazon engineer has made an AI-powered cat flap to stop his cat from bringing home dead animals. Machine learning can be an incredible addition to any tinkerer’s toolbox, helping to fix that little problem in life that no commercial gadget can handle.

For Amazon engineer Ben Hamm, that problem was stopping his “sweet, murderous cat” Metric from bringing home dead and half-dead prey in the middle of the night and waking him up. Hamm gave an entertaining presentation on this subject at Ignite Seattle, and you can watch a video of his talk.

In short, in order to stop Metric from following his instincts, Hamm hooked up the cat flap in his door to an AI-enabled camera (Amazon’s own DeepLens) and an Arduino-powered locking system.

Read more about this here.

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