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Tired of Zoom? Yo-Yo Machines enable long-distance communication through light and movement. Words by Francesca Perry.

Tired of Zoom? Yo-Yo Machines enable long-distance communication through light and movement

Wearable translates sign language. Bioengineers at UCLA have pioneered a wearable communication tool that can translate sign language into English speech in real-time via an app.

Wearable translates sign language

Sensors inside ‘wearable-tech gloves’ detect letters from hand movements sending the information to an app that converts it into spoken words. “Our hope is that this opens up an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with non-signers without needing someone else to translate for them,” explained Jun Chen, an assistant professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and the principal investigator on the research. “In addition, we hope it can help more people learn sign language themselves.” Pantone unveils new shade of red to tackle stigma around menstruation. Pantone has released a new shade of red which aims to address the stigma around menstruation.

Pantone unveils new shade of red to tackle stigma around menstruation

The colour, called Period, has been launched in partnership with Swedish period care brand Intimina, as part of its new campaign Seen + Heard. This flag project uses data to highlight danger of “glacier extinction” German design studio Moby Digg has unveiled a series of redrawn country flags as part of a “digital protest” to highlight the danger of melting glaciers around the world.

This flag project uses data to highlight danger of “glacier extinction”

The project is in partnership with communications agency Serviceplan and environmental science specialists at METER, and uses climate data to reshape country flags. The digital protest will be held between the 9 -19 November, the original dates of the COP26 climate change conference. The United Nations-led conference was cancelled earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the partners are using their work to insist “the urgent topic of glacier meltdown [be brought] back to the table”. “Symbols of the highest national representation” Flags included in the project represent countries where at-risk glaciers can be found. Meltdown Flags’ reasoning behind targeting flags is that “flags are seen as symbols of the highest national representation and emotional value – especially among politicians”. This online experience wants to help people talk about death. Online platform Life Support has been launched with the aim of providing practical routes into important and often taboo conversations around death.

This online experience wants to help people talk about death

The self-initiated project has been created by London studio The Liminal Space, with government funding from Innovate UK (which was started this year to drive innovation). While a vaccine may be in sight, 2020 has seen a heightened awareness of death and dying across the country and around the world. The mobile-first website shares personal experiences, offers advice and provides insight from experts. Will AI and Machine Learning Be the Future of the Translation Industry? – Flux Magazine. Words Alex Wang In the year 2020, it may seem natural to receive a meaningful translation from Google Translator, when some of us can still remember the times when it required correction every time you tried to translate more than three words altogether.

Will AI and Machine Learning Be the Future of the Translation Industry? – Flux Magazine

This is the example of changes we tend to overlook as unpretentious users, but there is a lot of hard work behind them. While processing data, the neural network doesn’t just follow some algorithm but finds ways of solving the problems and, in fact, learns to solve them. We’re about to start sending messages with our noses. Scents and smells provide us with unique clues about the environment but, unlike animals or plants, humans massively under-use this wealth of olfactory information.

We’re about to start sending messages with our noses

This will change in 2021, and smell will be treated as data to enhance products in real time and in response to users’ engagement. Smell-based communication has been mooted for some time, but in 2021 we will see sophisticated ways of encoding, recording and reporting olfactory signals. Processing of olfactory data will be added to search-engine/voice-search queries and integrated with multimedia information for sales, marketing, public messaging and educational purposes. How technology is eliminating communication barriers. Working together requires communication.

How technology is eliminating communication barriers

This AI will turn your wildest descriptions into actual images. A new artificial intelligence by OpenAI allows you to create cute and bizarre images from scratch, based on your written description.

This AI will turn your wildest descriptions into actual images

Called DALL·E, the AI is trained to generate images from text captions, using a dataset of text-image pairs. Aesthetica Magazine - Language and Connectivity: DESIGNER Filipe Peregrino. Filipe Peregrino is a London-based designer fascinated by type, technology, environmental and editorial design.

Aesthetica Magazine - Language and Connectivity: DESIGNER Filipe Peregrino

With the goal of creating a welcoming experience for international students at London College of Communication, Peregrino came up with The Languages Around Us – a collection of multilingual typographic installations, realised within augmented spaces. Harnessing new technology, phrases such as “We Are A Community” and “For Everyone” appear across walls – presenting a positive and inclusive message. A: What inspired you to create The Languages Around Us?

FP: There were several key moments, but coming to London for the first time as an international student had a lot to do with it. In the face of a new challenge, hearing numerous languages share the city soundscape provided me with some comfort. Defense Department Further Accelerating 5G Development. The Pentagon is taking steps to accelerate its adoption of 5G communication capabilities, which promise to provide users with lightning fast connectivity and low latency. “The technology is vital to maintaining America’s military and economic advantage and DoD is heavily invested in 5G use cases to test and demonstrate various applications and utilization of these emerging technologies to support the National Defense Strategy,” said Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. 5G has become one of the most talked about innovations across the globe as countries race to develop the fifth generation of wireless networks, which will provide major improvements in data speed, volume and latency over today’s fourth-generation networks, known as 4G.

Mobile Outperformed 2020 expectations with Consumers Spending $143B on Apps. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- App Annie, the mobile data and analytics company helping brands and publishers create winning experiences on mobile, today released The State of Mobile 2021 report. This annual appraisal provides insight into mobile's expansive impact across industries and the global economy. 2020 accelerated mobile adoption as consumers used their mobile devices to connect, work, learn, play and escape despite COVID-19 restricting their way of life. Consumers spent $143 billion on mobile apps in 2020, an increase of 20% from 2019. Top markets driving this spend included China, United States, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Select findings include: