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DJI gets into the battling robot business

A little less than a month ago, DJI branched out from the world of gimbals and drones with the release of the Osmo Action, a new action camera that put GoPro firmly in the company’s sites. Now it’s back with another new category: educational fighting robots. The RoboMaster S1 seems like an odd fit at first, but the company’s quick to point out that robotics are an important part of DJI’s  DNA. Founder and CEO Frank Wang studied robotics in school, and in recent years, the company has put on a series of robotic fighting tournaments in…

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SoftBank arm may venture into India with Loginext investment

SoftBank Ventures Asia, an early-stage funding arm of Japan’s internet and telecommunication giant SoftBank, might enter the Indian market with an investment in logistics management software provider Loginext Solutions Pvt Ltd. According to various sources, SoftBank Ventures Asia has been in talks with Loginext since April. Interestingly, Loginext is backed by Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s Paytm, in which SoftBank has a major investment. Founded in 2000, SoftBank Ventures Asia is based in Korea and it scouts for start-ups with a strong potential in Asia, the US, Israel, and the EU, focussing…

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Future Group to diversify into cloud kitchen business

In a cloud kitchen concept, operators prepare, package and deliver food without providing any dine-in facility to end-consumers. SHAMBHU KALAN: Future Group will soon venture into the delivery of cooked foods from its kitchens as part of consolidation of food business, according to its Chief Executive Officer Kishore Biyani The group is looking to leverage its digital wallet FuturePay to deliver affordable meals at the doorsteps of consumers under the cloud kitchen concept. “Now, we are talking about cloud kitchen and ready-to-eat food at customers’ home at Rs 40. That is another project…

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Thane: Man duped by luring into ‘investment’ in frog blood business, accused arrested

Representative image THANE: Police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly duping a city resident by persuading him to invest in the business of supplying ‘frog blood’ to a UK-based firm. Abdul Kadir Ibrahim Kucchi (40) was arrested from Panvel on Saturday morning under IPC section 420 (cheating), senior inspector Nitin Thakre of the Crime Branch said. According to complainant Ninad Telgote, he received an email from Kucchi some days ago, which said there was a great demand for “blue blood of frogs” from a pharmaceutical company in the UK. If he…

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3D-Printed Clip-On Turns Smartphones Into Microscopes

Australian researchers have developed a 3D-printed “clip-on” that can turn a smartphone into a fully-functional microscope to visualise specimens as tiny as 1/200th of a millimetre. The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide requires no external power or light source to function. Described in the journal Scientific Reports, the device is powerful enough to visualise specimens, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells and cell nuclei. Photo Credit: CNBP The “clip-on” has “internal illumination tunnels” that use light…

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Dear parents, take note. Children who snore are likelier to grow up into obese adults

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. It could lead to some serious health trouble later in life. A team of researchers has shed some light on the vicious cycle of childhood obesity and snoring. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children’s metabolic characteristics – including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease – in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence. Led by endocrinologist Christos…

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