Virtual fans for live baseball broadcasts

Fox Sports is set to fill empty stadiums with virtual fans during the MLB live broadcasts and use the AR software Pixotope to do so. The virtual crowds will be created using Epic's Unreal Engine and can be rendered in real time. The producers will be able to decide how full the stadium is for a given game, what weather fans are dressed for, and what percentage of the crowd will be home fans versus away. To make the experience as authentic as possible, artificially generated crowd noise will also be played during the games.

 August 12, 2020

Robot prints skin cells on wounds

The Australian start-up Inventia Skin is developing a robot called Ligo that can be used for skin therapy and wound management by printing a patient’s own skin cells directly onto a burn or wound. Ligo prints tiny droplets containing the patient’s skin cells and biomaterials to recreate functional and aesthetically normal skin. This can be achieved in a single procedure, thereby reducing treatment costs and hospital stays, as well as minimising the risk of infection.

 August 12, 2020

eID for the smartphone

Samsung is planning to bring the electronic ID to selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones in Germany in the course of 2020. In partnership with German authorities, Samsung has developed a hardware-based security architecture that will enable people to safely store their own ID as an eID on their phone. It provides a security level of “substantial” as per the EU's eIDAS regulation. This ensures that EU citizens can use their national eID across the borders, while also preventing misuse.

 August 12, 2020

Drone measures greenhouse gases above landfills

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have developed a heavy-lift drone that uses Fourier transform spectroscopy to be able to measure greenhouse gases above landfill sites. This makes it possible to capture and model the waste gas plume in detail at all heights and in different wind conditions. The measurements can also be repeated at different times. A single measurement flight lasts for two to three hours. What's more, the Institute of Flight Guidance (IFF) at the Technical University of Braunschweig has fitted drones with special sensors that can measure pollutants in cities.

 August 12, 2020

Retail platform for small convenience shops

The Indian start-up Jumbotail has launched an online marketplace that connects thousands of small convenience shops with brands and the producers of high-quality products. Based on real-time data analyses, Jumbotail offers the best products at the best prices for every single shop. The platform makes a wide range of services available to the stores, including supply chain logistics, an app for orders, integration with point-of-sales devices, and credit solutions for store owners who would otherwise find it difficult to get credit from banks.

 August 12, 2020

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