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🍕 Pepperoni For The Robot: The robots are coming, and they’re bringing pizza. Domino is offering a robot car delivery service in collaboration with Nuro in Houston. Customers who place a prepaid order with Domino on certain days and times can choose to have their pizza delivered by Nuro’s R2 robot. Deep Dive here →
📱 WhatsApp Cracker: If you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, you may want to keep an eye on a newly discovered security risk. It’s possible for a remote attacker to completely hack your WhatsApp account, without any resources; all they need is your phone number. Deep Dive here →
🧬 Sensory Chip for COVID: Pentagon scientists have invented a microchip that, once inserted under the skin, can detect Covid-19, along with a revolutionary filter that removes the virus from the blood through a dialysis machine. The treatment has been approved by the FDA and has been used to treat around 300 patients. We truly hope that this will not spur any conspiracy theories… Deep Dive here →
Startup of the Day
Disruptel, St. Louis (USA)
What’s the deal: Have you ever been frustrated at your television for not being able to tell you the name of the person on the screen, which you just can’t seem to remember? Or have you wondered which new Gucci bag the actors were wearing? During this pandemic, have you ever felt lonely while watching your favorite show without your friend filling you in on the titillating details?
All hail the power of dexterous brains! Disruptel is your savior. Disruptel is the first voice assistant that can actually see. It is artificial intelligence that helps you identify visual content, and quenches your thirst for juicy information relating to your likes.
Currently it works like this: Install Disruptel’s Google Chrome extension and sign up for a Smart Screen account. After you’re signed in, go to Netflix.com and pause your movie or show. Smart Screen will automatically identify the on-screen actors and actresses and display supplemental info, like what else they’ve been in and similar content.
The app is also designed to work with smart TVs and has the potential to revolutionize the concept of easy shopping and unlimited information. It uses a built-in technology that provides a contextual understanding through computer vision, language processing, and voice technologies.
Why it matters: Disruptel understands on-screen content and leverages the users by allowing them to ask questions about what they are watching. Imagine not having to spend time searching for a product you just saw on television.
The Numbers: The investors include some big names such as Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer and Sky executive Andrew Olson. Disruptel is the brainchild of Alex Quinn who has made the smart TV actually smart by giving it a voice. In today’s competitive environment Disruptel has kept its grit and announced the raising of $1.15M in seed funding.
Our Take: If you want your smart TV to talk to you, then this contextual technology is all you need. It is a smart combination of technology and infinite information. It might save you all those hours of internet surfing to find the exact bag you saw on TV.
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