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Axon adds license plate recognition to police dash cams, but heeds ethics board’s concerns – TechCrunch

Axon adds license plate recognition to police dash cams, but heeds ethics board’s concerns – TechCrunch

Law enforcement tech outfitter Axon has announced that it will include automated license plate recognition in its next generation of dash cams. But its independent ethics board has simultaneously released a report warning of the dire consequences should this technology be deployed irresponsibly. Axon makes body and dash cams for law enforcement, the platform on […]

The Los Angeles Fire Department wants more drones – TechCrunch

The Los Angeles Fire Department wants more drones – TechCrunch

As it looks to modernize its operations, the Los Angeles Fire Department is turning to a number of new technologies, including expanding its fleet of drones for a slew of new deployments. One of the largest fire departments in the U.S., next to New York and Chicago, the LAFD has a budget of roughly $691 […]

The new iPhone is ugly – TechCrunch

The new iPhone is ugly – TechCrunch

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to phones. Everyone scoffs at my iPhone SE, but the truth is it’s the best phone Apple ever made — a beautiful, well designed object in just about every way. But damn is the iPhone 11 Pro ugly. And so are […]

VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper) – TechCrunch

VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper) – TechCrunch

Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include non-pure play AR/VR startups discussed below, and that amount exceeds $67 billion. More than $8 billion has been returned to investors through M&A already, with the remaining […]

Bosch’s new ‘ear’ for the Space Station’s Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear’ potential mechanical issues – TechCrunch

Bosch’s new ‘ear’ for the Space Station’s Astrobee robot will let it ‘hear’ potential mechanical issues – TechCrunch

Bosch is set to launch a new AI-based sensor system to the International Space Station that could change the way astronauts and ground crew monitor the ISS’s continued healthy operation. The so-called “SoundSee” module will be roughly the size of a lunch box, and will make its way to the ISS via Northrop Grumman’s forthcoming […]

Sentons launches SurfaceWave, a processor and tech to create software-defined surfaces that supercharge touch and gesture – TechCrunch

Sentons launches SurfaceWave, a processor and tech to create software-defined surfaces that supercharge touch and gesture – TechCrunch

As handset makers continue to work on ways of making smartphones more streamlined and sleek, while at the same time introducing new features that will get people buying more devices, a startup that is pioneering something called “software-defined” surfaces — essentially, using ultrasound and AI to turn any kind of material, and any kind of […]

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