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Another Google acquisition
Google has acquired AIMatter, the producer of the AI-driven selfie app Fabby. Belarus-based AIMatter confirmed the news in a short and sweet notice posted on the firm’s website on Wednesday, but as reported by TechCrunch, the deal has been rumoured since May. AIMatter is the startup behind Fabby, a mobile application which uses artificial intelligence to boost self-taken photos with a range of creative effects, such as tone adjustment, colours, masks, backgrounds, and makeup designs. The app has been downloaded over two million times among iOS users, while the Android version – launched in March – has snagged between 100,000 and 500,000 user downloads. Financial details were not disclosed.
VR trained drivers
UPS drivers preparing to get behind the wheel will soon be using virtual reality to do so. The company’s new VR training programme will be rolling out next month at nine of the company’s training facilities, simulating some of the uncertainties and challenges of delivering packages on city streets. Trainees will interact with the content using voice commands to identify obstacles while wearing headsets. “Virtual Reality offers a big technological leap in the realm of driver safety training,” said UPS exec Juan Perez in a statement. “VR creates a hyper-realistic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our drivers whose previous exposure to the technology was through video games.” While companies like Walmart have signed onto programmes with enterprise-focused startups like Strivr Labs, UPS will be building its training materials in-house