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This Robotic Basketball Basket Makes All The Shots For You

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This Robotic Basketball Basket Makes All The Shots For You

It has a robotic board and a motion sensor that measures the trajectory of each shot to move, so missing a shot is almost impossible

Few things are more comforting than hitting a ball, whether it’s paper or basketball. But of course, not everyone has enough aim to do it with a good percentage of correct answers. This is where the robotic basket comes in.

Its operation is easy to explain: you throw the ball more or less in the direction of the basket hoop and the frame of the basket will take care of moving and adapting thanks to a robotic arm, so the ball will always be hit. Come on, it does it all for you and in an instant.

This invention is the work of Shane Wightton, who has a YouTube channel called Stuff Made Here and who is dedicated to making these inventions that are so witty and simple in appearance, but that behind them have a great number of hours of work and knowledge about robotics and, in this case, applied physics.

The magic basket features a Kinect camera, which was originally intended as an accessory for the Xbox game console, but which, given its motion sensors and infrared camera, can be used for many other things. This camera analyzes everything that happens in the room you are in, and when a ball is thrown, it follows its movement and path very quickly.

This camera is connected to a simple computer built next to the robotic axis, which moves once it has calculated where the ball will land. This entire process runs in less than a second, in just 6 milliseconds, which is what it takes to snap your fingers twice.

Wightton had to face various problems, such as that the camera could identify any spherical object, including a human head, such as the ball; but the final result of his work guarantees a very high percentage of success.

The use of technology to turn very technical sports into a child’s game is common and is well documented on YouTube. There are also dart targets in which it is impossible not to hit the center or remote-controlled bowling balls that always strike.

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Google is Developing MicroDroid, Android OS for Virtual Machines

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Android is now a well-known open source operating system. Used on mobile devices to wearables, now there are a lot of features available on Android, making it quite heavy to run on certain devices.

Talking about Android, recently Google is reportedly developing an operating system called MicroDroid which is still based on Android. MicroDroid itself is presented as an OS specifically used in a Virtual Machine (VM).

Usually many people use the Android operating system in a VM to try the applications they develop. However, the current version of Android is arguably quite heavy to run on a VM.

So from that MicroDroid is presented with many reduced ‘useless’ features on Android so that the operating system can run various Android applications more stable.

Indeed, Google itself said that the aim of this project was to make Android applications run smoothly rather than presenting a full-secondary desktop environment.

In addition, the presence of MicroDroid also allows people to be able to run MicroDroid from the Android operating system. Especially at this time chipsets such as Snapdragon 888 can also run quite heavy processes so that this can happen.

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Samsung Reported Working on its Latest Chipset, Beating the Performance of Apple A14 Bionic

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Samsung Reported Working on its Latest Chipset, Beating the Performance of Apple A14 Bionic

Samsung has recently launched its newest flagship smartphone in the Galaxy S series, namely the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra.

These three devices are powered by the latest Exynos 2100 chipset, also known as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Even though the Samsung Exynos 2100 is a big improvement over the previous Exynos 990, it is still far behind when compared to the Apple A14 Bionic chipset that supports the Apple iPhone 12 lineup.

Not to be outdone, the South Korean giant company has recently reportedly been working on a new chipset with the aim of beating the performance of the Apple A14 Bionic.

As reported by Gizmochina, the new smartphone chipset will be launched in the middle of this year.

It is noteworthy that the Samsung Exynos 2100 SoC is comparable to the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset in terms of CPU tests, however, it lags behind in terms of GPU performance.

It was previously noted that Samsung is working with AMD to improve graphics performance on the upcoming Exynos chip.

Initial performance results are also impressive and place the chipset above the Apple A14 by a significant margin.

Until now, Samsung has not announced what device will use the latest chipset for the first time.

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PHOTO: Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced

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PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced

Since its launch in 2016, Sophia humanoid robot ‘ has gone viral and is planned to be mass-produced this year.

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics said it is currently making four humanoid robot models, including the Sophia which will start rolling out from the factory in the first half of 2021.

Founder and chief executive David Hanson believes that these robots will not only be limited to healthcare, but could also help customers in industries such as retail and airlines.

“The Sophia and Hanson robots are unique in that they are very similar to humans,” said Hanson.

“They will be very useful during times when people are very lonely and socially isolated in this time of the pandemic.”

PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced
PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced
PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced
PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced
PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced
PHOTO Humanoid Robot Will Be Mass Produced

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