Mel’s Computer Care News Bulletin – February 2017

Welcome to my February NEWS BULLETIN which I do hope you find of interest.

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ROBOT PILLOW COULD CURE INSOMNIA

According to The Times a new pillow could be your ideal sleeping companion, caring, soft, yet firm of body with an excellent repertoire of pillow talk and it won’t hog the duvet or thrash about in the night.

Researchers have developed the Somnox, a peanut shaped pillow robot as part of a mission to cure insomnia.  The idea is to go to bed spooning the robot which is equipped with multiple sensors that tell it how well you are sleeping.  It then uses artificial intelligence to provide treatments such as adjusting its own artificial breathing to guide yours or shining a light & playing a lullaby if you are having a nightmare.

Somnox can play music or read you a story to help you to relax & then silence once you have entered the Land of Nod.  The gadget is the creation of a multi-disciplinary group of students from Deft University of Technology who plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the concept to market.

 

OVER TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND JOBS COULD GO WITH THE ARRIVAL OF ROBOTS IN THE NHS & CIVL SERVICE

The same newspaper recently reported that a quarter of a million jobs could go in the NHS & the Civil Service with the arrival of robots.  The arrival of robots with artificial intelligence could be a game changer that could have serious destabilising effects if human jobs are replaced with robots said James Froud partner of the consultancy firm Bird & Bird.

 

THE WATCH THAT TELLS PEOPLE WHEN TO SHUT UP

Scientists have now created a gadget that is worn like a watch & uses artificial intelligence to assess conversations.  It can differentiate between sad & neutral but some versions could also tell whether your delivery is boring or awkward.

 

A NEW WAY TO BLOCK SPEED CAMERAS

 The Daily Mail printed an article on a new laser device to cloak a car from speed cameras.  According to the Daily Mail the gadget is legal although it said there are several court cases pending.  The devise called the Laser elite costs around £300 which can be legally bought, sold & fitted as a parking sensor but if tuned to the same wavelength as speed traps there could be problems.

 

 APPLE IS BUILDING A NEW £4 BILLION OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA

The office will cover 176 acres & includes 300.000 sq ft of research facilities as the companies new Californian headquarters is designed by British architects Foster & Partners.  The staff toilets are designed to look like the company handsets.  The fitness centre costs 70 million dollars & 1000 bikes will be provided on site with the whole complex designed to impress.  The company is reported to have sold 78 million iphones & 13 million Ipads in the last QUARTER & the company is reported to be worth over 690 billion dollars.

 

NEW INCENTIVE TO BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR

According to the Government electric car charging points are to be fitted in all big filling stations in Britain.  Operators of many of the 8500 garages in the UK will have to install charging facilities on forecourts amid concerns that too many are hidden away in side streets making it difficult to access.

 

That’s all for this months news bulletin.

 

I hope you found my Newsletter of interest
I will be back with a new one next month
Meanwhile if you have any queries with your computer do remember I am always at the end of my phone to give you any advice or help on any computer or tech problem.
Melvin Harris
Mel’s Computer Care
Tel. 0161 977 0107
Mobile: 07901 553 848