Mobile Devices

MIT-Powered AI On Mobile Devices

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MIT researchers promise to bring brain-like intelligence to low-power mobile devices with Eyeriss-- a 168-core chip claiming to be 10 times as efficient as regular mobile graphics processors.

MIT EyerissThe Eyeriss chip is optimised for deep-learning, allowing it to handle tasks such as natural language processing and facial recognition without need to connect internet (the iPhone requires an internet connection to run Siri, for instance). Such functionality usually demands hefty amounts of processing power, but the researchers say the Eyeriss chip can bypass both size and power demands by giving each core own memory, reducing the need to exchange data with distant memory banks.

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A Braille Tablet for the Blind

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Researchers at the University of Michigan might have a tablet solution for blind users-- a display using microfluidic bubbles to produce the bumps making the Braille alphabet on demand.

Tablet BrailleBraille displays and keyboards already exist but, being based on motorised pin systems, such systems tend to be heavy and expensive. The University of Michigan solution uses liquid or air to fill bubbles forming Braille symbols, making it both smaller (around tablet-size) and capable of showing more complex information than traditional devices.

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Nvidia Relaunches SHIELD Tablet

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Nvidia announces a refresh of the SHIELD Tablet K1, an 8-inch gaming-focused device featuring a 1920x1200 resolution display, dual front-facing speakers and a Tegra K1 processor.

SHIELD K1The previous SHIELD tablet was recalled back in July 2015, following reports of the bult-in Li-ion battery cell posing a potential fire hazard. As such, the relaunched tablet appears to remain more or less unchanged, being powered by the same Tegra K1 processor featuring a 2.2GHz quad-core GPU and 192-core Kepler GPU.

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The Rufus Cuff "Wrist Communicator"

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The Rufus Cuff might look like an oversized smartwatch, but don't call it that in front of Rufus Labs-- not when it prefers to call the device as nothing less than a "wrist communicator."

Rufus CuffDesigned to make (supposedly) better use of wrist real estate, the Rufus Cuff features a 3.2-inch display, TI Cortex A9 processor, 16/32/64GB storage, GPS, wifi and a 1175mAh battery. It runs on Android Kit Kat and offers fitness tracking features similar to other such devices through accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, as well as any number of smartphone apps and features.

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The Samsung Galaxy View on Oversized Tablets

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Samsung is the next company to take on the oversized tablet concept with the Galaxy View-- an 18.4-inch device the company claims offers an "unprecedented mobile entertainment experience."

Galazxy ViewDesigned primarily for media consumption (so much so it even has a built-in kickstand-slash-handle on the back), the Galaxy View has a 1920x1080 resolution display, stereo speakers, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, micro SD slot and a 5700mAh battery powering up to 8 hours of video playback on a single charge. As such it does not really look ideal for portable use outside of the house, what with it weighing 2.65kg.

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