Scientist and engineer Ildar Rakhmatulin from Heriot-Watt University has developed a very unusual device – a laser system with built-in artificial intelligence, which is needed to fight cockroaches. He described his work in the journal Oriental Insects.
The device includes two image-recognition cameras that track and identify the cockroach. The system then aims the laser at the target. As it turned out, with a low power, a cockroach can be scared away, and with a higher power, it can be destroyed.
This is not the first version of the laser system. Previously, Rakhmatulin used a Raspberry Pi computer, but now he has replaced it with Jetson Nano, this board allowed the use of deep learning technologies to improve recognition accuracy.
It is noted that such a system can scare away other insects, such as flies or mosquitoes. However, you can assemble it yourself. The cost of the components is about $250, and all the data is publicly available on GitHub.
In the future, the engineer plans to make the device more compact and start selling it. At the same time, the author acknowledges that the laser can be potentially dangerous if the beam hits the eyes.
It was previously reported that another enthusiast built a laser lawn mower.
GPD Win 4 Slider Handheld Game Console with Ryzen 7 6800U Starting at $800 Coming Mid-December
The Chinese company GPD at the beginning of the year introduced a portable game console for Windows – the GPD Win 4 model. The novelty is made in a rare slider form factor and is equipped with a full keyboard, as well as a productive hardware platform. And it will reportedly go on sale in mid-December.
GPD Win 4 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, Radeon 680M graphics, a 6-inch Full HD display and a large amount of memory, both RAM and permanent. Prices start at $800.
The options look like this:
- 16 GB RAM / 512 GB SSD for $799;
- 16 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $899;
- 32 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $999;
- 32 GB RAM / 2 TB SSD for $1199.
All options use LPDDR5-6400 RAM soldered on the motherboard, and the drives support the PCIe 4.0 NVMe standard. They can be replaced. Among the ports, we note USB4 with support for data transfer rates of 40 Gb / s and the connection of an external video card. There are also USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Type-A.
Among other features, we note a 6-axis, improved vibration motor, analog sticks and additional buttons on the back. LED backlighting and a full keyboard are also announced. It is also illuminated, the brightness can be adjusted.
The 6-inch display is characterized by a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with support for a refresh rate of 60 Hz. There are also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 adapters, a fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a microSD card reader.
You can optionally add a 4G LTE cellular modem and a Win 4 docking station with HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, and USB 3.2 ports. Prices for these options are not listed.
Nvidia graphics card with 48 GB of memory, which is more powerful than the RTX 4090, but not for games. RTX A6000 Ada unveiled
Nvidia has quietly expanded its portfolio with next-generation RTX A professional graphics cards. Recall that these are the cards that were previously called Quadro, but the company abandoned this brand.
Interestingly, the new generation is called RTX A6000, like the old one on the Ampere GPU, so you need to be careful when buying. The older model RTX A6000 (perhaps they will be called RTX A6000 Ada) is based on the AD102 GPU with 18,176 active CUDA cores, that is, even more active blocks than the RTX 4090. In addition, the accelerator has 48 GB of memory and a 384-bit bus . The GPU runs at 2.5 GHz and the memory runs at 20 GHz.
The novelty has already lit up on various sites at a price of 7378 to 8210 dollars.
Pimax Portal unveiled, the first entertainment system for the Metaverse is a hybrid of a game console, tablet and VR helmet
Pimax Technology started making consumer VR headsets in 2015. But now they have launched a campaign to raise money for a new project – Pimax Portal. It is claimed to be the first entertainment system for the Metaverse.
Portal is a powerful all-in-one Android gaming device that combines the capabilities of a game console, VR headset and tablet.
The console uses a 144-Hz QLED panel with a diagonal of 6 inches and a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The display will be touch sensitive. If necessary, you can buy another one – on a MiniLED matrix with a diagonal of 8.8 inches and a frequency of 120 Hz. He will get permission
Powered by Qualcomm XR2 Snapdragon SoC, Mini Station Dock features AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M integrated graphics, 32GB RAM, 1TB storage, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, WiGig, and 56Wh battery . It is equipped with HDMI, Ethernet and USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and also doubles as a charging dock and storage space for up to 4 game controllers.
There will be a second docking station – Pimax Portal Dock. It will allow you to connect Portal Max to your TV for playing on a large screen and will be able to support up to 6 wireless controllers for multiplayer games.
The console will receive a total of 32 buttons, and outwardly it will be similar to the Nintendo Switch. And the Pimax Portal will also remove the controllers, although they will be fixed with magnets, and not in the way it is done on the Switch.
In VR mode, the tablet will be inserted into the helmet, and the field of view (FOV) offers two configurations – with a 100° or 60° field of view. This is provided by interchangeable lenses. A 10,000 mAh battery is responsible for power.
Other features include cameras and sensors for eye, face and mouth tracking, as well as hand tracking when working with wireless controllers.
- As for prices, they are as follows:
- Pimax Portal with 8 GB + 128 GB – $299.
- Pimax Portal with 8 GB + 256 GB – $399.
- Pimax Portal QLED with 8 GB + 256 GB QLED + MiniLED – $549.
- Pimax Portal View with 8 GB + 128 GB VR controller and VR helmet – $449.
- Pimax Portal View with 8 GB + 256 GB VR controller and VR helmet – $499.
- Pimax Portal QLED View with 8GB + 256GB QLED + MiniLED VR Controller and VR headset – $599.
It was previously reported that the PlayStation VR2 headset for PS5 will cost $549.99.
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