14 – Swinging sloth-robots, digital therapies and the laboratory for your pocket

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A robot that can swing across a field like a sloth could one day be surveilling the growth of plants with his cameras. The advantage over drones would be the low energy consumption.

You can find mor information in this MIT Technology article.


Until now, translation programs have been copying the spoken language they were told to translate into a text copy and were then making the translation based on the text copy. Google’s brain department has now programmed a neuronal network that can leave out this intermediate stage. This leads to a lower mistake rate, as the mistakes that can be made when converting the spoken to the written word, are omitted.
Google uses neural networks to translate without transcribing / NewScientist / Author: Matt Reynolds


Will digital therapeutics one day by an recognised medication and replace “swallowable” medicine? Thus, if you had problems sleeping you would install a sleep regulating app instead of taking sleeping tabletts. Investors in Silicon Valley believe in the potential of this trend. The “digital therapeutics” would be cheaper than the conventional meciations and, more important, would not need to survive the bureaucratic obstacles of getting approved. Who is welcoming this trend and who is looking at it more critical is summarised in this short and interesting article.
Can “Digital Therapeutics” Be as Good as Drugs? / MIT Technology Review / Author: Christina Farr


The start-up Lab4You turns a mobile phone into a scientific measuring device. You can measure and record acceleration with the Accelerometer, sound level with the microphone and concentrations with the camera. The main aim is to help teachers conduct scientific experiments for schools in poorer countries. The Chilean Komal Dadlani invented the app.
This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pocket / Smithsonian / Author: Emily Matchar


AVEGANT is a strt-up that has developed glassed for augmented reality, or – as they call it – mixed reality. It is a further strt-up, next to Microsoft (with Hololens), Meta and Magic Leap, which gives our physical world an additional visual level. Apparently, the start-up works with light-field technologies, similar to Magic Leap.
A More Realistic Augmented Reality / MIT Technology Review / Author: Rachel Metz

Further VR/AR articles:

From the 14 participants of the TechCrunch Winterclass in New York, the start-up EEVo is the one working on a tool with which you can very easily produce interactive VR-content. You can’t find a lot on the website so far, but you can request an invitation for testing.
Meet the 14 startups in Techstars NYC’s winter class / TechCrunch/ Author: 


An insightful interview with Frank Piller on Open Innovation, an approach with which development procedures are freely advertised on platforms. Piller, professor at the RWTH-Aachen, brought this approach to Germany. Here, he is drawing up an interim balance.
Not invented here / brand eins / Author: Thomas Ramge

The next Wunderding Letter will appear in two weeks time. We’re taking an Easter break.

Happy Easter!

Sarah and Alexander

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