On (most) Fridays I post here a roundup of interesting things I’ve read and/or posted on social media since my last roundup, generally stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find interesting.
Featured Image: Color Factory/PSFK

Researchers in Australia developed a method to detect subtle patterns in people’s typing that could reveal early signs of Parkinson’s disease:

Image: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons

German scientists have developed AI algorithms that can determine personality traits by tracking 200 different eye movements:

Image: YouTube/Tobii Gaming

The US Army is experimenting with a system that uses high-energy laser beams to power quadcopter drones mid-flight, allowing them to patrol indefinitely over a base or a convoy:

Image: By 최광모 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

A comprehensive look inside Color Factory NYC, the experiential destination and interactive exhibit in Soho where visitors can learn about colors inspired by the city:

Image: Color Factory/PSFK

In order to deal with people’s apprehension of self-driving cars, Jaguar Land Rover has created a driverless prototype with “eye pods” that look directly at pedestrians as they cross:

Image: Jaguar Land Rover

University of Washington researchers found a way to estimate a US city’s obesity level using artificial intelligence to analyze its buildings in Street View images:

Image: Quartz

German startup Sono Motors is developing a solar-paneled electric car called Sion that aims to make your daily commute free:

Image: Quartz

Lex is a wearable exoskeleton that provides an ergonomic chair whenever you need it, to relieve back and neck stress:

Image: Lex

A new lidar system from startup Blackmore uses the Doppler effect to understand the speed of detected objects instantaneously, giving autonomous vehicles better ways to understand their surroundings:


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