Galaxy Fold loss could help other foldable phones succeed

After five reports of broken Galaxy Fold review units and an official delay of Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone, Samsung is in trouble.

Samsung’s rivals are watching the company’s every move, taking notes and assuredly devising their own plans to either to cut and run if buyers grow cold or to extend their own brands as “True” foldable successes by avoiding the Galaxy Fold’s pitfalls.

Samsung’s decision to push back the Fold after moving so quickly to be the first to sell a high-profile foldable phone is already making an enormous impact on the brand’s reputation, overshadowing the Fold’s other achievements on unaffected devices.

Huawei’s foldable Mate X is in hot pursuit of the Fold, promising 5G speeds and a dramatically different design that puts the foldable screen on the outside of the device rather than the inside, as it is with the Fold.

If these assurances aren’t enough, it’s quite possible that observers will sour on the Fold in particular and on foldable phones in general.

For many, the Fold is a proof of concept design that could either get them to consider the possibility of one day using a foldable phone of their own, or to confirm what they’ve known all along – that “Nobody” needs a foldable handset.

Is it even possible for a foldable phone to be problem-free? From what I’ve seen after a week with the Galaxy Fold, and after a few minutes with the Mate X and with TCL’s foldable concept mock-ups, no.

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Blue the robot could be the AI-powered workhorse of the future

Blue, a new robot from UC Berkeley, aims to break that mold with the help of AI. Blue looks a little bit like a child’s drawing of a robot: it’s made from bulky, 3D-printed parts, and it has a pair of humanoid robot arms with pincers for hands.

Pieter Abbeel, the roboticist leading the project, wants to change this, and he says Blue has been built from the ground up to take advantage of recent improvements in AI. “The fact that AI is becoming more capable gave us an opportunity to rethink how to design a robot,” Abbeel tells The Verge.

PR2, a popular research robot built by Willow Garage that also has a pair of arms and pincers, set researchers back around $400,000.

The Elon Musk-founded research lab OpenAI has done similar work using robot hands, and Google is also exploring AI-training for robots.

The robot is being built in small batches right now, but Abbeel hopes to scale up, eventually moving to outsourced manufacturing to produce larger numbers.

Offering a cheaper robot will make them more widely available, boosting the output of robot research.

Abbeel hopes that Blue will provide a blueprint for what the home robot of the future could look like: something that is low cost, flexible, and plays well with humans

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X-ray scans powered by AI could slash waiting times for expert diagnosis

X-ray machines of the future will be powered by artificial intelligence to lighten the load on doctors and help spot chest abnormalities, new research shows.

WHAT IS AN X-RAY?An X-ray is a painless procedure that produces images of the inside of the body to detect a range of conditions.

A detector than picks up the X-rays after they have passed through and turns them into an image.

Dense parts of the body that X-rays find it more difficult to pass through, such as bones, show up as clear white.

X-rays may be used to detect broken bones, tooth problems, tumours, and lung or heart problems, to name a few.

Many people are concerned about being exposed to radiation during an X-ray the part of the body being examined is only exposed for a fraction of a second.

‘The results of this research shows that alternative models of care, such as computer vision algorithms, could be used to greatly reduce delays in the process of identifying and acting on abnormal X-rays – particularly for chest radiographs which account for 40 per cent of all diagnostic imaging performed worldwide.

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