Exponential Technology Report - 13 May 2020

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There are amazing advances of exponential technology taking place all the time.  Every week Idea Storm brings you the latest news stories in this easy to read report.  Just click on the headline or "Read article" button to open the news story that interests you.

Google Lens can now read other languages out loud, and scan text to your computer

For the past few years, Google Lens has been expanding its features in an attempt to be the computation camera for your phone. Sometimes it feels like an extension of Google's camera-based AR applications, but it's often more practical. 

Google's new Lens update, which works on iOS and Android via the Lens app, can be used to scan text and paste it into Chrome on a computer. It seems like a practical idea, as long as you're using an updated version of Chrome. Google says it works with handwriting "if you write neatly."  Read article

Google AR now has a lot more than animals

I never expected that so many people would care about AR animals. Google's searchable 3D animals, which launched last summer, ended up being being something that tons of people wanted to hear about. I understand why: They're adorable. 

The animals were part of a Google push to make its search engine become an extension of augmented reality. I expected Google would launch more AR things sooner, but instead it's been slow, until now. On Friday, Google announced key updates that will at least keep you entertained for a while. This comes a day after Google added some extra features to Lens. Read article

Soft robots can now run like cheetahs and swim like marlins

Robots today generally come in one of two varieties: rigid and soft. When most people imagine a robot, they think of the rigid variety, likeBoston Dynamics’ Spotor those found on auto assembly lines. Soft robots, on the other hand, tend to mimic biological organisms enabling them to more easily adapt to their surrounding environment, work more safely in the presence of humans and now, with a novel robotic spine design developed by North Carolina State University, move faster than ever before. And it’s all thanks to the world’s fastest land animal: the cheetah.

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