A Robot Masseuse – This Week’s Talking Points

Robot Masseuse - This Week's Talking Points

This week has come to an end and as always, I went through this week’s news to get you the best and the most interesting. We are renaming, Last Week Talking Points segment to This Week’s Talking Points and moving it to Friday. Buckle up because it’s been one hell of a week.

Want a massage by a robot?

Robot Masseuse - This Week's Talking Points
Robot Masseuse – This Week’s Talking Points

Yes, that’s right. A robot masseuse has started working in Singapore this week. The robot is named Emma short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, specializes in back and knee massages as it mimics the human palm and thumb to replicate therapeutic massages such as shiatsu and physiotherapy.

Emma is the first robot masseuse to go into public service. Emma (feels wrong to use ‘it’) started work on her first patients today at the Nova Health Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic, working alongside her human colleagues – a physician and a massage therapist.

“By using Emma to do the labour intensive massages, we can now offer a longer therapy session for patients while reducing the cost of treatment. The human therapist is then free to focus on other areas such as the neck and limb joints which Emma can’t massage at the moment,” said Mr Zhang, who graduated from NTU’s Double Degree programme in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine.

Source: PHYS.ORG

Windows 10 Phone is Dead

Windows 10 Phone is Dead - This Week's Talking Points
Windows 10 Phone is Dead – This Week’s Talking Points

Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 Phone will no longer be getting new features and hardware from Microsoft. This was announced on twitter by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore through a series of tweets.

This is the first time Microsoft has publicly announced that its discontinuing their mobile platform. Microsoft is instead working on a fleet of applications for Android and iOS that will extend windows functionality to smartphones. Microsoft Edge is latest application to land on Android and iOS from Microsoft.

Flexible Screens on future iPhone X

Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone X – This Week’s Talking Points

The next iPhone X might have a curved or flexible display. Apple seems to be agreeing with Samsung that foldable displays are going to be the next big thing. Samsung has already announced that it might release foldable displays as early as next year.

According to The Bell – A Korean Publication – LG will supply the foldable displays for Apple. The current iPhone X displays are being supplied solely by Samsung. According to unnamed industry sources, the report said, the panel production could start from 2020.

Oculus standalone VR headset

Oculus Go Headset - This Week's Talking Points
Oculus Go Headset – This Week’s Talking Points

Virtual Reality headsets prices are coming down and fast. Oculus – owned by Facebook – has announced a standalone headset called Oculus Go that will cost just $199. This less than half the price of the Oculus headset that debuted last year priced at $500. This headset will be available as from early next year.

Oculus also showcased updates to its Santa Cruz prototype, including new positionally tracked controllers with six degrees of freedom that bring the power of Rift and Touch to the standalone category.

Bitcoin Hits New Record High


Bitcoin Hits New Record High - This Week's Talking Points
Bitcoin Hits New Record High – This Week’s Talking Points

This week saw the value of bitcoins hit a new record high of $5,800.00 yesterday at. This is according to CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. The price of bitcoins has already dropped back to $5,609.39 as of today. The price of crypto-currency is seeing a positive gain with Ether up by up to 5% while litecoin is up by almost 14%.

According to CoinDesk, the combined market cap for all cryptocurrencies is once again climbing towards the Sept. 1 high of $172.5 billion, peaking this morning at $171.94 billion. Bitcoin’s market cap is today $95.5 billion, over 55 percent of the total market.

That’s it for this week’s segment of This Week’s Talking Points. If you have any suggestions or comments put them in the comment box below and don’t forget to share. Thanks, and have a lovely weekend.