Smart Self-Service Scales

Smart Self-Service Scales

Expensive fruit will help you remember the number for expensive fruit

German researchers have developed intelligent self-service scales for supermarkets, able to recognize fruit or vegetables placed on them. The scales automatically recognize the item being weighed and ask the customer to choose between only those icons that are relevant, such as various kinds of tomatoes. The scales are equipped with a camera and an image evaluation algorithm that compares the image of the item on the scale with images stored in its database. Store managers can add items to the database. The scales are now being tested in about 300 supermarkets across Europe.

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Latest Trend: Food That Makes You Smarter

Latest Trend: Food That Makes You Smarter

 Your brain wants you to be smarter

When it comes to food trends, losing weight is yesterday’s news. Consumers now want food that will give them sharper minds and tighten those wrinkles as well as help them shed a pound or two, a global report found.

Americans are looking to the cuisines of Japan and Western Europe for the secrets to better skin and digestion, the report by the Center for Culinary Development said.
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The Great Silicon Alternative

The Great Silicon Alternative

Chips made from

Every household is filled with dozens of silicon-based electronics, whose main component is usually a silicon-based transistor. But now, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student’s invention could replace this technology with a new generation of transistors that will not only cut energy consumption but also work under extreme conditions.

Weixiao Huang has made a breakthrough by developing a new transistor that uses a compound material known as gallium nitride (GaN), which has remarkable material properties and may act as a better alternative to silicon chip.

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Super Expensive “Smart Shoes”

 Super Expensive “Smart Shoes”

What is it worth to you to have shoes that anticipate your pressure points?

While some people think its crazy to spend more than about $35 on a pair of shoes, I’ve come to think of may feet as the ultimate interface with the world. So, if you are into cutting edge sneakers and the whole geek-tech/foot experience, maybe a pair of VectraSense Technologies’ new $700 Verb for Shoes will get you excited.

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What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

 

High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonize over college and kids don’t start school until age 7.

Yet by one international measure, Finnish teenagers are among the smartest in the world. They earned some of the top scores by 15-year-old students who were tested in 57 countries. American teens finished among the world’s C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules. Finnish youth, like their U.S. counterparts, also waste hours online. They dye their hair, love sarcasm and listen to rap and heavy metal. But by ninth grade they’re way ahead in math, science and reading — on track to keeping Finns among the world’s most productive workers.

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