每日英語跟讀 Ep.983: About Technology - ’Smart crib’ aims to help rockabye baby
As every new parent knows, sleep can go out the window after the arrival of a newborn.
That was certainly the case for parents Radhika and Bharath Patil, who seeking relief for their own disrupted sleep patterns, put their electronic engineering backgrounds together to create a "smart crib".
Their crib, powered by artificial intelligence, combines a baby monitor, rocker, bassinet and crib in one.
"It’s not the amount of work around the baby that tires the parents, it’s the lack of sleep," Radhika Patil, Cradlewise chief executive, told Reuters in an interview.
Early detection is key, she said, adding that the sooner parents can detect the baby waking up, the easier it is to get the child to fall back asleep.
"Once you put the baby in, the crib takes care of everything. That’s the aim," Bharath Patil said.
Next step for touch-free payments? Amazon launches palm scanner 無接觸支付的下一步？亞馬遜推出手掌掃描器
Amazon has announced a new payment system for real-world shops which uses a simple wave of the hand.
Its new Amazon One scanner registers an image of the user’s palm, letting them pay by hovering their hand in mid-air "for about a second or so", it says.
Palm scanners are not a brand-new technology, and there are already some commercially available solutions.
"Palm-based identification is based on capturing the vein patterns of the palm," explains Dr Basel Halak of the Electronics and Computer Science School at the University of Southampton.
"These patterns are different for each finger and for each person, and as they are hidden underneath the skin’s surface, forgery is extremely difficult."
The level of security was roughly similar to a fingerprint scan, but could be used at a distance of a few inches, making it much more practical.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1404953 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1405736