Wearable tech to enable the disabled
THE world’s biggest car company wants to harness the potential of wearable technology in order to give the visually impaired more freedom and greater personal mobility.
The wearable item in question, dubbed Project Blaid, won’t be a wristband but a shoulder mounted device that carries all of the sensors and technology needed to help “fill in the gaps left by canes, dogs and basic devices” said Toyota.
It will use cameras to monitor the space around the user and help him or her come to understand their surroundings via spoken descriptions or vibrations.
Toyota plans to equip the device so that it can help a person navigate indoor spaces such as shopping malls, but also in the hopes that it will eventually lead to spatial mapping in general as well as facial recognition.
“We want to extend the freedom of mobility for all, no matter their circumstance, location or ability,” said Simon Nagata, Toyota Motor North America’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
The project is part of a larger US10bil ( RM41bil) investment in AI. – AFP Relaxnews VIDEO streaming service iflix has secured another round of funding from European entertainment company Sky PLC and Indonesian company Emtek Group.
Sky has invested US$ 45mil ( about RM185mil) in iflix which will also see Sky’s programming being integrated into iflix’s library over time.
The value of Emtek Group’s investment, via its subsidiary Surya Citra Media, has not been disclosed.
The funds will be used to help accelerate the company’s growth in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as expand into new markets which, consid- ering Emtek’s investment, should include Indonesia.
“In response to both the rapid growth and customer adoption in our existing markets and strong demand from new markets, we have decided to accelerate our expansion plans sooner than expected,” said group CEO Mark Britt.
“The investment will support our continuing commitment to provide our members with the best in entertainment.”
This latest round of funding follows a US$ 30mil ( RM123mil) capital injection from the Catcha Group and the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company last year.
iflix currently has over one million subscribers.
Video streaming service iflix is available on many devices.