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February 21, 2019

China sets up first trial 5G campus network.

China's first trial 5G wireless network on a college campus has been established in the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China Mobile said Wednesday.
The network will enable applications of technologies such as online distant learning featuring augmented reality and virtual reality and campus patrolling with night-vision drones, said an official with HUST, which is located in central China's Hubei Province.
The network was developed by a laboratory jointly set up by HUST, China Mobile's Hubei branch and tech company Ericsson in June last year.
So far, China Mobile has installed 100 5G base stations in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, and is launching large-scale tests, according to Fan Bingheng, general manager of the company's Hubei branch.
Test data showed that the 5G network is able to provide a peak single-user download speed of 1.6 Gbps, nearly 16 times faster than that of 4G service.


February 11, 2019

China improves Long March 6 rocket for growing commercial launches.

China announced Monday that it is developing the modified version of the Long March-6 rocket with four additional solid boosters to increase its carrying capacity.
The improved medium-left carrier rocket will be sent into space by 2020, according to the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), which designed the rocket.
With a short launch preparation cycle, the Long March-6 has been mainly used for the academy's commercial launches. The rocket completed two space tests in September 2015 and November 2017, carrying 20 satellites and three satellites, respectively.
The three-stage rocket is 29.3 meters long, with a launch weight of 103 tonnes. It has a carrying capacity of one tonne for sun-synchronous orbit.
Fueled by a liquid propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene, the Long March-6 is China's first carrier rocket that uses non-toxic and non-polluting fuel.
Ding Xiufeng, executive manager of the Long March-6 project, said in response to the growing demand for commercial launches, they will have the rockets' market competitiveness enhanced through technical improvements, so that they can provide easier, faster and more comprehensive services to users at home and abroad.
In January, the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, affiliated with the CASTC, signed a multiple launch services agreement with Satellogic to use the Long March-6 and the Long March-2 rockets to launch 90 satellites for a private Argentine company in the coming years.
The first 13 satellites will be delivered later this year. It will be the first time for the Long March-6 to provide launch services for an international user.


January 23, 2019

China approves plan for new tech exchange in Shanghai: Xinhua.

(Reuters) China has approved a plan to set up a Nasdaq-style board for tech companies in Shanghai aimed at improving their ability to raise funds, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

President Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of a commission on deepening reforms during which plans for Shanghai’s “technology innovation board” were approved, the news agency said.

Xi also said a plan to implement a pilot registration-based initial public offering system for the new exchange had been approved, it said.

Xi first announced a plan for the board in November.


January 20, 2019

IBM opens headquarters with R&D centers in Shanghai.

US high-tech firm International Business Machines (IBM) opened its new headquarters including research and development (R&D) centers in Shanghai on Thursday.
Located on the "AIsland" of Zhangjiang Science City in Pudong New Area, the new headquarters include the company's China Research Lab, China Systems Lab and China Development Lab.
IBM is the first company to settle down on the "AIsland," and China is one of the three countries where the company has settled all the three R&D centers.
The labs will not only provide customized solutions for the Chinese market but also support the company's global R&D activities, according to Jeff Rhoda, general manager of IBM Greater China Group.
"We also look forward to supporting Shanghai in the development of the Yangtze River Delta during a time of digital transformation," said Rhoda.
"Everything from our Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, environment management and blockchain to food safety and many other solutions, we all have here in our client center in Shanghai," Rhoda added.
Pudong has seen a great development of the artificial intelligence (AI) industry in recent years, with more than 100 AI-related enterprises and organizations settled in the area. Microsoft on Wednesday signed a memorandum to locate its new AI and IoT Insider Lab, the first of its kind in the Asian-Pacific Region, on the "AIsland." The lab is expected to open in April.
Source: Xinhua


January 05, 2019

China's lunar rover drives smoothly on moon's far side.

Lunar rover Yutu-2 has been driving on the far side of the moon after separating from the lander and scientific devices on both the lander and rover are currently gathering data, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said late Friday.
At 17:00 local time in Beijing, the three 5-meter antennas of the low-frequency radio spectrometer on the lander have fully spread out, said the CNSA in a statement.
Meanwhile, Germany's lunar neutron and radiation detector was turned on for testing. The ground control has been receiving geographic and geomorphic images of the moon's far side.
The Yutu-2 rover, equipped with a data transmission link to relay with the Queqiao satellite, completed environment perception and route planning. It has been driving on the lunar surface on schedule and arrived at preset location A to carry out observations.
The radar and panorama camera on the rover have been operating smoothly and other devices will begin operation according to schedule.
According to the CNSA, in the following days, Yutu-2 and the lander will face the challenge of extremely high temperatures in the lunar day. Yutu-2 will enter a "napping" mode at an appropriate time and is expected to resume moving next Thursday.
The moon rotates on its axis once every 28 days, so every part of the moon has a day-and-night pattern. Temperatures on the moon vary between extremes of some 200 Celsius degrees and minus 200 degrees.
Launched on Dec. 8, 2018, China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe, comprising a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon Thursday morning.
Yutu-2, atop the probe, extended its solar panel, stretched out its mast and started to slowly fly to the lunar surface Thursday night.
Source: Xinhua


December 27, 2018

China's BeiDou launches global service today.

China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will start providing global services on Thursday, as announced by the China Satellite Navigation Office at a news conference in Beijing.
Speaking on the developments of Beidou, Ran Chengqi, director of the navigation office, said the pillar system's construction of Beidou's third generation constellation has finished, enabling the space based network to provide reliable global positioning, navigation, and timing services with high accuracy.

"This marks Beidou's entry into a 'global era' from its 'regional era'," he said.
Beidou is one of the four space based navigation networks along with the United States' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and European Union's Galileo.
When the first Beidou satellite entered orbit in 2000, 47 system satellites including four experimental ones have been launched. Beidou began providing positioning, navigation, timing, and messaging services to civilian users in China and parts of the Asia-Pacific region in December 2012.
China launched 19 satellites for the network. The latest were the 18th and 19th of the Beidou-3 series in late November.
To date, there are 33 satellites - 18 in Beidou-3 series and 15 in Beidou-2 - that are operational in several orbits. These satellites offer a global positioning service with 10-meter accuracy and an Asia-Pacific regional service with 5-meter accuracy, according to Ran.
Before the end of 2020, China plans to send six Beidou-3 satellites to medium Earth orbits, three to inclined geosynchronous orbits and two to geostationary orbits. In addition, a Beidou-2 satellite will be sent to a geostationary orbit within this period.
Source: China Daily


December 04, 2018

China releases new four-legged robot, capable of running, climbing stairs.

Zhejiang University in eastern China released a four-legged robot Tuesday that is capable of running and climbing stairs.
The new "Jueying" robot, a small-sized quadruped robot that can handle 20 kg objects, is 1 meter long, 60 cm tall and weighs 70 kg. The robot is completely electric, lasts for about two hours on a full charge and can run at a top speed of just over 6 km per hour.
"The new 'Jueying' handles impact better since it seeks balance and resumes its mobility while running," said Zhu Qiuguo, a major developer of "Jueying" with Zhejiang University.
The new robot also has excellent rough terrain mobility and stability. "We made adjustments to the robot's control system so that it can have immediate stress responses to cope with an emergency," said Dr. Li Chao, a member of the Yueying team.
The first generation of "Jueying" was released in February this year and is regarded as a representative of the latest quadruped-robot technology in Asia. The technology is expected to be used for security checks, logistics, education and research.
Source: Xinhua


November 27, 2018

Intel to tap into AI opportunities in China.

The United States tech giant Intel Corp is ratcheting up resources to tap into artificial intelligence opportunities in China with a string of new products and cross-industry cooperation.
Yang Xu, president of Intel China, said promoting the development of AI is a brand-new marathon, which demands deepening collaboration within and among well-established ecosystems.

According to Xu, the company will step up the push to explore the opportunities in China's AI market, which is expected to be worth about $9 billion in 2022 from $900 million in 2017.
Yang said the company will continuously advance technological advancements of AI and set up open collaboration with ecosystems and tech communities, as well as drive forward the application of AI to meet real-life challenges.
One of the priorities in China is to launch an AI future pioneer program, which will strengthen its ties with local universities to expand joint efforts on frontier research, talent training, the promotion of cooperation between schools and industrial partners, as well as other areas, he added.
Currently, Intel is partnering with Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and others. In the future, more educational institutions will be on board, with joint research in areas such as AI architecture, algorithms, big data and high-performance computing, Intel said in a statement.
At an AI developer conference in Beijing earlier this month, Intel also announced the Neural Compute Stick 2, a product designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge. With a laptop and the NCS 2, developers can have their AI and computer vision applications up and running in minutes, said Jonathan Ballon, vice-president in the Internet of Things Group at Intel, said.


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October 02, 2018

The Miracle of Engineering is built in China and connects Hong Kong and Macao. The length of the building is 55 kilometers.

In China was launched the longest bridge built over the sea, estimated into USD 16 billions. Y-shaped bridge has three artificial islands and underwater tunnel. According to engineers, the bridge is able to withstand an earthquake of eight Richter-scale magnitude as well as typhoons and tropical storms, typical for this region.   
It took eight years for the construction of this miracle of engineering, and another six years were needed to prepare the project itself.
The bridge will reduce the journey from Hong Kong to Zhuhai from 3 hours to only 30 minutes. The bridge is totaly completed, but now the traffic is open only for the bus connections Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao. Free traffic on the bridge will be opened until the end of 2018.


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September 08, 2018

Meituan-Dianping starts autonomous delivery service in Xiongan

(China Daily) Meituan-Dianping, China's largest on-demand service provider, launched its autonomous delivery service in Xiongan New Area on Friday to accelerate the application and commercialization of unmanned technologies.

The move came as major internet giants including Baidu Inc and JD have all beefed up efforts in developing autonomous technologies to back up their main businesses and gain a lead on competitors.

By then, delivery cars will be able to go up and down the buildings through elevators, without anyone helping them to push the elevator button, he said.

Xia also noted that Meituan will start autonomous delivery operations in several cities across the country by the end of 2019.

Meituan, a group buying and dining platform with 320 million active users and more than 4 million merchants, has started trial operations for autonomous delivery in a shopping mall, office building and university campus.

The Beijing-based company plans to go public in Hong Kong and has already attracted big-name early investors, including Tencent Holdings Ltd.

August 07, 2018

Chinese astronomers discover giant star rich in lithium

(Xinhua) Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe.
With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance of 4,500 light years from Earth.
A research team, led by astronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, made the discovery with the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST), a special quasi-meridian reflecting Schmidt telescope located in NAOC's Xinglong Observatory, in north China's Hebei Province.
The telescope can observe about 4,000 celestial bodies at one time and has made a massive contribution to the study of the structure of the galaxy.
Lithium is considered one of the three elements synthesized in the Big Bang, together with hydrogen and helium. The abundance of the three elements was regarded as the strongest evidence of the Big Bang.
The evolution of lithium has been a key subject in the research of the evolution of the universe and stars. However, giant stars rich in lithium are very rare, with only a few found over the past three decades.
The newly discovered star has a mass almost 1.5 times our sun.
The researchers believe the abundant lithium might be a result of a special material exchange process in the interior of the star.


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July 05, 2018

Baidu's self-driving bus begins mass production

(Xinhua) Chinese tech giant Baidu announced that its newly developed self-driving bus would begin mass production as the 100th bus came off the production line Wednesday in southeast China's Fujian Province.

The self-driving bus, named Apolong, was co-developed by Baidu and commercial vehicle manufacturer King Long.
The bus, which lacks a steering wheel, driver's seat and brake, is instead equipped with a Baidu Apollo autonomous driving system, which is able to perceive its surroundings, predict the movements of vehicles and pedestrians, and plan optimized routes based on high-definition maps and intelligent sensing capability, according to Chen Weixiang, vice CTO of King Long.
Trials of the bus have been carried out in Fujian and Chongqing Municipality.
Initially, the bus will be used in semi-enclosed and enclosed areas, such as scenic areas, industrial parks and airports, with a limited speed between 20 and 40 km per hour.
The buses will be put into demonstration operations in Beijing, Xiongan, Pingtan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other Chinese cities. They are also expected to be exported to Japan in the near future.


Apolong buses coming off the production line in Xiamen, Fujian province. [Photo/China Daily]

July 03, 2018

(Xinhua) Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) industry has undergone explosive growth since 2015, with the number of AI enterprises reaching 4,040 as of May this year, Science and Technology Daily reported Monday.
Beijing has 1,070 AI companies, accounting for 26 percent of the national total, according to a report on Beijing AI industry development, released by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology (BMCEIT) at the 22nd China International Software Expo on Saturday.
Among the 1,237 AI companies that have already acquired venture investment, 431 are based in Beijing, accounting for 35 percent, according to the report.
And 56.9 percent of the AI companies in Beijing have not completed A-round financing, indicating that most are still in the start-up stage with potential for further development.
A number of AI products and companies have emerged in Beijing in recent years, making the city an AI innovation hub in China, said You Jing, deputy director of BMCEIT's software office.
The report says most AI companies in Beijing are in the fields of health care, household appliances, urban management, retail, and self-driving.

May 21, 2018

China launches relay satellite for far side moon landing

China launched a relay satellite on Monday as part of a groundbreaking program to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year.
The satellite, lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket, will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang’e 4 mission, the China National Space Administration said on its website.
China hopes to become the first country to soft-land a probe on the moon’s far side, also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and is comparatively unknown.
The satellite, named Queqiao, or “Magpie Bridge,” after an ancient Chinese folk tale, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Space Administration said.

May 18, 2018

Underwater robots a hot export

Domestic underwater robot producer Tianjin Sublue Ocean Science & Technology Co Ltd said it is confident it can expand its presence in the European and United States consumer markets.
"We have seen a significant surge in orders from those two markets this year. The overseas market will be a new engine for the company's growth," said Sublue CEO Wei Jiancang.
The company said it expects to produce 100,000 underwater scooters and robots for the two markets in 2018. The orders are expected to generate 70 percent of Sublue's total sales this year, said Liu Qi, general manager of Sublue New Scene Technology Co, a subsidiary.
Driven by its strength overseas, the company's sales value is expected to hit 262 million yuan ($41.8 million) this year, stunning growth from the 90 million yuan reported last year, Liu said.
Sublue has been engaged in producing autonomous and remote underwater vehicles and gliders since 2013. Previously, their products were mainly bought for use in underwater salvage, marine research, disaster prevention and the military.
Sublue began to explore commercial and consumer markets last year, with scooters and underwater robots becoming a new driving force for the company. Market insiders said global spending on the underwater robots is expected to hit $30 million within the next five years.
To date, the company has managed to attract venture capital of 220 million yuan.
According to Liu, the production of underwater scooters and robots for divers creates the challenge of reducing the size and weight of the battery inside. The company is currently seeking a way to manufacture a scooter battery that can generate power of 200 watts per hour.
Wei said most underwater robot producers are devoted to technology exports, but few of them can provide comprehensive solutions for their target markets, and current after sales service standards are insufficient.
He said the market's growth is also hampered by the difficulty in researching the areas 5,000 meters below sea level with today's technologies.
An artificial intelligence company like Sublue, which emerged from China but is finding its foothold overseas, is not a strange story for the industry because of solid global market demand, said Liu Gang, chief economist at the Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies in Tianjin.


Underwater robots

May 03, 2018

China releases its first cloud AI chip

China's first cloud artificial intelligence (AI) chip was released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Thursday in Shanghai.
The cloud chip MLU100, developed by Cambricon Technology, will have accurate and fast big data processing ability, especially in image and voice search methods.
The cloud chips are mainly used in cloud computing, including servers and data centers. The MLU100 is powerful and can complete complicated cloud intelligence tasks, according to the CAS.
The cloud chip supports "deep learning," or neural networks that mimic human learning. Deep learning is a type of machine learning involving algorithms that can analyze data, recognize patterns and make predictions.


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April 13, 2018

New data link between China and Europe

There's a new data connection between China and Europe, thanks to a partnership between China Telecom Global Limited and Transtelecom of Kazakhstan.

The connection, as reported by specialist publication Capacity Media:

"… allows for transport of traffic from sub-1Gbps to 10 × 10Gbps between Europe and east Asia, linking three of the world's biggest financial centres, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong.”

The route links Xinjiang towards Europe via a terrestrial network crossing Kazakhstan. It enters the latter country in Dostyk, Almaty.

China Telecom Global, in conjunction with TransTeleCom of Russia, had developed a new route for data between Europe and China last year.

That system uses 100G ULH (Ultra Long Haul) technology, and connects the Chinese city of Manzhouli to the Russian city of Zabaikalsk.

The new data routes form part of the Digital Silk Road, providing ultra fast, high capacity connections between China and the rest of the world.

Data connections of this type bring numerous economic benefits, the full potential of which might not be realised for many years to come.


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March 26, 2018

Google’s Pichai Sings China’s Praises in AI, Pledges Bigger Team

(Bloomberg) Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, expects China to play a crucial role in artificial intelligence as he keeps expanding the search giant’s workforce in the country, even as many of its services are blocked.

“China is already playing a big part in how AI will shape our futures," Pichai said at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing. "When we build together we get to better ideas faster."
Google has invested in Chinese startups, forged a patent alliance with Tencent Holdings Ltd. and is pushing its TensorFlow AI tools in the country despite key services such as search and email remaining blocked. The Mountain View, California-based company recently opened a research lab in Beijing focused on AI, a blossoming field but one at the center of tensions between China and the US.

“We’ve already got a small team doing research there and look forward to expanding it,” he told an audience at the conference that was attended by senior government officials and executives including Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In 2010, Google refused to censor search results with China’s internet censors later blocking access. Now Google and Facebook Inc. are among foreign giants who regularly visit in an effort to curry favor and regain access to the lucrative market.
To illustrate China’s growing prowess, Pichai pointed to podcast service Cast Box as an example of local apps that are gaining international popularity.
Google’s lab falls under its cloud unit, and the company has suggested it’s open to entering mainland China with that business if it’s allowed to.



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February 28, 2018

China startup NIO hires eight banks for up to $2 billion U.S. IPO: sources

(Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO has hired eight banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to work on a planned U.S. stock market listing this year worth up to $2 billion, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Other banks are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and UBS, said the people, declining to be identified as the deal details are not public.

NIO’s proposed IPO of $1 billion-$2 billion comes as the firm, founded by Chinese internet entrepreneur William Li in 2014, seeks fresh capital to finance its expansion and investments in areas including autonomous driving and battery technologies, one of them said.

The move also comes against the backdrop that China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to become a dominant global producer as it bids to curb vehicle emissions, boost energy security and promote high-tech industries.

At the top end of the potential offering size, NIO’s IPO would become the biggest Chinese listing in America since the $25 billion public float of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in 2014.

In October 2016, Chinese logistics company ZTO Express raised $1.41 billion from an IPO in New York.

NIO, which plans to go public in the second half of the year, declined to comment on its IPO plans.

BAML, Citigroup, Goldman and UBS declined comment while the other banks did not respond to Reuters emailed request for comment.

Although China’s auto market slowed sharply in 2017, new energy vehicles have been a bright spot.

An industry body said last month new EV sales would likely grow 40 percent this year, topping 1 million vehicles. China’s finance ministry will also extend a tax rebate on purchases of NEVs until the end of 2020, a boost for hybrid and electric car makers.

Carmakers and investors in China have embarked on a flurry of dealmaking, pumping in billions of dollars into the so-called new energy vehicle sector in the world’s biggest auto market.

Chinese carmaker Geely, for instance, has built up an almost 10 percent stake in Daimler (DAIGn.DE) in a $9 billion bet, in a push to access the Mercedes-Benz owner’s know-how in electric and autonomous cars.

Shanghai-based NIO, formerly known as NextEV, is among the first of a raft of Chinese electric vehicle firms to launch a production vehicle, with many so far only showing concept cars.

It launched sales of its first mass production car - the ES8 pure-electric, seven-seat sport-utility vehicle in December, at about half the price of American peer Tesla’s Model X. It has also vowed to bring an autonomous electric car to the U.S. market by 2020.

NIO counts Asian tech behemoth Tencent Holdings Ltd as its main backer alongside investment firms Hillhouse Capital Group and Sequoia Capital.

Last November, the firm raised more than $1 billion in its latest fundraising round, led by existing investor Tencent, valuing the firm at about $5 billion.



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December 22, 2017

China's drone market to be worth $9 billion by 2020: industry ministry

(Reuters) - China’s drone market is likely to grow annually by 40 percent to have an output value of 60 billion yuan ($9.13 billion) by 2020, the industry ministry said on Friday in a statement, in which it pledged support for the sector’s development.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said it would encourage the military to perform more drone flight testing, ask colleges to set up drone-related majors as well as establish a national drone association.
China, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones but which also has tight restrictions over its airspace, has been trying to regulate the industry without strangling its rapid growth.
By 2025, the government hopes the industry will have an output value of 180 billion yuan, the MIIT said, adding that these targets were part of a “Made in China 2025” campaign to upgrade the country’s domestic manufacturing base.
China published strict rules this year to tackle incidents of drones straying into aircraft flight paths, including requiring owners of civilian drones to register crafts up to a certain weight under their real names.


China's drone

December 12, 2017

Self-driving bus goes on world's first trial run on public road

China began testing the self-driving bus technology on a public road in Shenzhen.

Four Alphabus smart buses made the inaugural trial run on a route of 1.2 kilometers in the bonded zone of Futian. They ran at 10-30 km per hour and halted at three stops during the test.

The buses used the limited self-driving technology, with a driver sitting behind the wheels, ready to take charge in an emergency.

The bus is developed under a pilot project on future new energy and smart bus system, initiated by the National Intelligent Transport Systems Center of Engineering and Technology and the Shenzhen Bus Group.

The Alphabus smart system could respond to other road users and emergencies, could automatically spot pedestrians and vehicles, halt at regular bus stops, lower speed to avoid other road users, stops in emergency, and sidestep obstacles.


Self-driving bus

September 12, 2016

Chinese lecturer to use facial-recognition technology to check boredom levels among his students

A Chinese university lecturer is using facial-recognition technology on his students to help determine the level of interest in his classes, a tool he said could be used in wider education.

Science professor Wei Xiaoyong developed the new “face reader” to identify emotions which suggest if students are bored or stimulated.

His technique produces a “curve” for each student showing how much they are either “happy” or “neutral”, and that data can indicate whether they are bored, he said.

“When we correlate that kind of information to the way we teach, and we use a timeline, then you will know where you are actually attracting the students’ attention,” Professor Wei told The Telegraph.

“Then you can ask whether this is a good way to teach that content? Or if this content is OK for the students in that class?”

The lecturer at Sichuan University, in the south-western city of Chengdu, first started using face-tracking devices about five years ago as a means of taking the daily register of attendance.

He said he had often forget to check for attendees when he started teaching at the University, so he sought a less “boring or time-consuming” method to find out if his students were present.

Prof Wei has passed that technique on to several friends and colleagues who teach at universities across China, and he now hopes his more recent ‘emotion-analysing proto-type’ could be put to wider use.

“It can be used for a range of social sciences, psychological work and by educational researchers,” he said.

The use of facial recognition is becoming increasingly common in China.  Uber introduced the technology into its operations in the country in April – in what the company said was a first for the global ride-hailing industry.

Last year China unveiled the world’s first facial recognition ATM, which backers said would “ensure the greater security of card owners".

Chinese lecturer

December 03, 2015

Battery-powered homes

Elon Musk is still best known for his electric cars, space rockets and warnings about artificial intelligence.

But if he gets his way, the most common way some of us will come into contact with his tech will be plugging a device into one of our plug sockets.

The entrepreneur announced in May that he plans to sell large lithium-ion batteries that store solar power-generated energy in order to provide an eco-friendlier way to power our homes.

Mr Musk suggested the Tesla Powerwall would help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world".

But the batteries are not cheap. We'll get a better idea how they work when deliveries start next year.


November 15, 2015

Eavesdropping TV

Samsung raised more than a few eyebrows when documentation for its smart TVs warned owners that they might transmit "personal or other sensitive information" spoken in front of them to a unnamed "third party".

Unsurprisingly, many found the idea of the TVs spying on their private conversations more than a little unnerving.

The firm attempted to allay concerns by making it clear that it was only referring to speech captured by its TV remotes, and not its screens, and that the third-party in question was the voice recognition tech provider Nuance.

But those efforts were somewhat undone when it was later revealed that the voice uploads were being transmitted in an unencrypted form, potentially making it easier for hackers to listen in.


Eavesdropping TV

May 20, 2015

Speed of light

As the European nights darkened, a Estonian start-up brought news that it had been able to use LED light bulbs to transmit data at speeds of one gigabits per second.

It wasn't the first time we'd reported about Li-fi - we first discussed the concept of transmitting data via the light shone from bulbs back in 2011.

But what made this significant was that the tech firm had got it working in a normal office, where it provided both light and internet access to staff.

In time, engineers believe they can boost speeds up to 224Gbps



Speed of light


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