Proof-of-concept for a new ultra-low-cost hearing aid for age-related hearing loss


IMAGE: Construction and components of the LoCHAid. a. The LoCHAid is shown in its top view, with its 3D printed polyamide (Nylon 12) case tilted. The side view of the audio…
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Credit: Sinha et al, 2020 (PLOS ONE, CC BY)

A new ultra-affordable and accessible hearing aid made from open-source electronics could soon be available worldwide, according to a study published September 23, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Soham Sinha from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia, US, and colleagues.

Hearing aids are a major tool for individuals with hearing loss–especially age-related hearing loss, which currently affects approximately 226 million adults over the age of 65 worldwide (and is projected to affect 900 million by 2050). However, hearing aid adoption remains relatively low among adults: fewer than 3 percent of adults in low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC) use hearing aids, versus around 20 percent of adults in

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Microsoft shows off ‘Project Nucleus’ intelligent sync technology for web apps

Microsoft officials had a “one more thing” surprise for web-app users during the opening day of its virtual Ignite 2020 conference on September 22. In a demonstration of Microsoft Lists, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper showed off “Project Nucleus,” new technology that Microsoft plans to make part of Lists information-tracking app later this year and likely other apps as well. 

Project Nucleus is sync plumbing that Microsoft ultimately plans to add to some, if not all, of its Microsoft 365 OneDrive and SharePoint web apps and SharePoint portals. Nucleus enables data availability regardless of Internet speed or size of the data stored by an app. As officials said during a session about Microsoft Lists, “no synchronous round trips are needed for filtering, sorting or scrolling,” and large lists will work without throttling with the addition of Nucleus technology. All changes made to content offline will automatically sync once Internet

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Tesla Challenger? Battery Startup QuantumScape Claims Mastering Superior Technology


  • QuantumSpace is making batteries with “purest lithium” for EVs
  • The company claims that these EVs would charge faster and cost less
  • The startup is soon to go public at the New York Stock Exchange
  • QuantumSpace has raised over $500 million

A California-based startup is hoping to give Elon Musk’s Tesla a tough competition in the electric vehicles market, with claims to developing a breakthrough battery technology.

QuantumSpace, backed by Bill Gates and the Volkswagen Group, announced its intention to list on the New York Stock Exchange after merging with shell company Kensington Capital Acquisition earlier this month, at an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.

QuantumSpace, if its claims of superior battery technology to Tesla’s is true, could shake up the dominant position that Tesla has enjoyed in the EV space for the past decade. It could even play out as an extension of the rather public feuding between 

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Microsoft Teams gets custom layouts, new Together ‘scenes’

Microsoft will enable Teams users to overlay a presenter’s video feed when displaying content such as slides – part of its aim to improve meetings as the number of video calls rockets during the pandemic.  

The feature, due out later this year, is among a handful of updates to the Teams collaboration platform unveiled at Microsoft’s Ignite conference Tuesday. The company also highlighted enhancements to office-based meeting tools and new capabilities to promote employee wellbeing.

The custom layouts feature lets users place a video feed of a meeting presenter onto the foreground of a PowerPoint presentation,  thanks to the same artificial intelligence  segmentation technology used in Teams background blur and Together mode. This will enable meeting participants to view the presenter’s hand and face gestures, as well as allow for weather forecaster-style highlighting of content.  

“It’s almost like setting up the room, in a physical sense, for how I will

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JLab Audio’s New JBuds Air ANC Bridge The Gap In Making Active Noise Canceling More Affordable | Money

Full technical features include:

40+ Hours of Playtime (10+ hours of Bluetooth playtime in each earbud and 40+ additional hours from the charging case); 24+ hours total with the ANC onEarbud style for a low profile look with an easily customizable fit.Four interchangeable eartips including 3 sets of silicone gel tips, 1 set Cloud Foam eartips, and Cush FinsDual connect allows either earbud to be used independentlyC3 (crystal clear clarity) voice pickupSpeaker: Φ12mm Dynamic, Neodymium Magnet, 20Hz-20kHz, 32ΩOutput: 110±3dbMicrophone: 2 left earbud MEMS, 2 right earbud MEMS, – 38dB±3dBInput Power: DC 5V, 50mAEarbud Battery: 55mAh lithium-ion rechargeableCharging Case Battery: 500mah lithium polymer rechargeable lithium-ionEarbud Charge Time: 1.5 HoursCase Charge Time: 3 HoursQuick Charge: 15 minutes for 1+ hour playtimeStandby Time: 400 HoursRange: 30+ ft.Weight: 5g each earbud, 50g charging caseIP55 water resistance rating2-year warranty

JLab Audio is a leading personal audio company and #1 accessible True Wireless brand in America.

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Royole New Foldable Smartphone FlexPai 2 is at the Heart of 2020 Flexible Technology Strategy

FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Royole Corporation, a leading innovator and pioneer of next-generation, human-machine interface technologies and products such as fully flexible displays, fully flexible sensors, foldable smartphones and other smart devices, announces the global launch of the Royole FlexPai 2 smartphone. The successor to the world’s first smartphone with a fully flexible display, Royole FlexPai, FlexPai 2 has today been announced at the 2020 Royole Strategy and New Product Launch event and introduces upgrades in performance, design and user experience.

Utilizing Royole’s most advanced, third-generation Cicada Wing® fully flexible display, FlexPai 2 brings new possibilities for the human-machine interface and delivers the brightest, most color-rich screen of any foldable smartphone and with a response speed of just 0.4ms. Royole’s fully flexible display is extremely thin and light, like wings of the cicada, and is as smooth as a mirror. The display is super

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Razer announces new suite of wireless devices

The manufacturer has announced a wave of new wireless high-end gaming devices.

Wireless devices have been fully embraced in the world of technology. However, gaming has been a bit trepidatious in regards to going entirely cordless. Several quality and latency concerns have left many to stick with traditional gear and peripherals. Razer is looking to push things forward, as the company has announced an entire suite of wireless devices. The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Headset, DeathAdder V2 Pro Mouse, and BlackWidow V3 Pro Keyboard make up the latest wave of products from Razer.

Razer states that these new products will give players immense freedom while still maintaining a stable and reliable connection, thanks to Razer HyperSpeed Wireless Technology. “By bringing the industry-leading Razer HyperSpeed Wireless technology to three of our most popular gaming peripherals, we are answering the community’s call for a completely cable-free setup – with no compromise on

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YI Technology Unveils Two New Advanced Artificial Intelligence Home Security Solutions

YI has pioneered the development of a series of AI-enabled camera processing integrated circuits (ICs) which power Kami Mini and YI Dome Camera U. The sophisticated System-On-a-Chip (SoC) processing leverages Edge-based AI allowing for more advanced computing, fewer false alerts, and guaranteed access to AI features whether or not the user has a cloud subscription. Embedding the advanced AI chip in the camera also reduces detection latency because detection happens directly on the device rather than sending it to the cloud and waiting for a return signal.

Kami Mini & YI Dome Camera U Smart Features:

  • AI-Based Alerts & Face Detection: Equipped with the latest Edge Computing enabled chip, users can review all the faces that appear in their clips directly in the YI Home or Kami Home Apps.
  • High Accuracy Human Detection Technology: The cameras can detect human figures, reducing “false alarms” caused by insects or pets.
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Former BMW ’employee’ ushers in new 4 Series Coupe in Central Europe

The BMW 4 Series Coupe might’ve been unveiled online, but local premieres are still happening and, in some cases, even regional ones. Late last week I was invited to attend the premiere of the new Coupe model from BMW in a totally atypical setup. This was to become, as I was later informed, a regional first as the car was shown to a live audience for the first time in the entire Central and Eastern European region.

The whole venue was centered around a performance art event that was also selected to be part of the Ars Electronica International festival, which focuses on mixing technology into art as much as possible. And I wasn’t disappointed. The car was only subtly shown, the entire focus being actually on a different ‘character’, namely a former BMW ’employee’ if you will. What we saw was a performance done by extremely talented dancers/actors working

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4 Things Sports Venues Should Do to Facilitate the New Fan Experience

Live events have been significantly affected by the pandemic, but innovative operations directors at stadiums and arenas have been adapting to our new “normal” by utilizing forward-thinking food and beverage ordering solutions. This includes integrating essential technology required to accommodate fans in advance of their eventual return to venues across the country.

Restaurants have been setting the precedent here as they experiment with ways to keep order volumes up while indoor dining remains limited in many areas. Through this experimentation, several trends have emerged, including the increased availability of contactless payment options, the prevalence of digital and mobile ordering solutions, and the widespread use of QR codes. It is estimated that COVID-19 has accelerated up to five years worth these technological adoptions into just six months. As consumers get used to the convenience of these technologies, they are quickly becoming the standard that will remain in place long after social

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