VR headset restricts breathing for more accurate environment simulation

VR headset - University of Salzburg

Salzburg University researchers have developed the gadget to create more realistic scenarios. While a VR headset that restricts breathing doesn’t sound like much of a feature, it was created on purpose to help provide a more realistic experience to the wearers. The device, which is called AirRes, was developed by researchers from Salzburg University. The AirRes VR headset attachment is shaped somewhat like a snorkel. It was developed to control how much air the wearer can breathe. According to the researchers behind it, it could help to make the experience…

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Artificial intelligence used to develop an enzyme to quickly break down plastic waste

Artificial intelligence - University of Texas at Austin

The goal of the research is to help the world overcome its growing struggle with plastic trash. Artificial intelligence is playing a considerable role in conducting research into the technology being sought to help overcome the plastic waste crisis around the world. The AI has been used to help develop an enzyme that will break plastic down in weeks, not years. Plastics are used for everything from kids’ toys, toothbrushes, toiletries and food packaging, among many other things. Due to the cost of recycling, among other factors, only a tiny…

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Apple Watch gains weak heart pump detecting algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic

Apple Watch on person's wrist

The algorithm will help spot the condition which affects between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. The Mayo clinic is working on the development of an algorithm that will use the Apple Watch electrocardiogram (ECG) feature to help detect weak heart pumps affecting the wearer. The feature would help to spot a condition in which the wearer’s heart doesn’t optimally pump blood. Weak heart pump conditions impact between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. Among people over the age of 60 years, that figure rises to 9 percent.…

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Twitter and Elon Musk agree to $1B fee for breaking social media platform deal

Social media platform - Twitter

A regulatory filing was found to include an agreement to pay the fee if the deal should fall apart. Both Twitter and Elon Musk have each agreed that they will pay the other side $1 billion if they should become the reason that the social media platform deal should fall apart. This was a component of a regulatory filing for the $44 billion takeover deal of the company. The $1 billion termination fee is a common component of sizeable takeovers like the one proposed for the social media platform. This…

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Apple to use more recycled materials with new Taz robot’s help

Recycled materials - Recycling Apple

Almost 20 percent of what is used to make the company’s products in 2021 were from recycling. With Earth Day ahead, Apple has released its 2022 Environmental Progress Report, showing its latest efforts to use recycled materials, as well as to reduce and to reuse overall. The 128-page report came with a number of announcements regarding Apple’s environmental efforts. The company used the report to introduce its new vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson. It also announced that recycled materials comprised almost 20 percent of what…

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