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Coronavirus: Cough detection camera could track symptoms

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A camera that spots the source of a cough has been built by Korean engineers. 

It is able to track the exact location of a cough and record information about the culprit and monitor how many times they cough.  

A sound camera was combined with a piece of software which digests all the data. 

According to the academics who created it, the system could contribute to the prevention and early detection of epidemics in public places. 

Ideal uses of the technology would be in hospitals to track any potential signs of infection among patients and healthcare workers. 

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The Center for Noise and Vibration Control at KAIST announced that their coughing detection camera recognizes where coughing happens, visualizing the locations (stock)

The Center for Noise and Vibration Control at KAIST announced that their coughing detection camera recognizes where coughing happens, visualizing the locations (stock)

The Center for Noise and Vibration Control at KAIST announced that their coughing detection camera recognizes where coughing happens, visualizing the locations (stock)

Professor Yong-Hwa Park from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KAIST said: ‘In a pandemic situation like we are experiencing with COVID-19, a cough detection camera can contribute to the prevention and early detection of epidemics in public places.

‘Especially when applied to a hospital room, the patient’s condition can be tracked 24 hours a day and support more accurate diagnoses while reducing the effort of the medical staff.’   

The cough recognition camera can track and record information about the person who coughed, their location, and the number of coughs on a real-time basis (stock)

The cough recognition camera can track and record information about the person who coughed, their location, and the number of coughs on a real-time basis (stock)

The cough recognition camera can track and record information about the person who coughed, their location, and the number of coughs on a real-time basis (stock)

Engineers developed the model to be able to classify a cough from just one second of sound.

Coughing and other noises, as well as background sounds, were all input to allow the model and it was still 87 per cent accurate. 

When combined with a sound camera, the software can work out the direction of the incoming noise and label it as a cough.

The study states: ‘A pilot test of the cough recognition camera in an office environment shows that it successfully distinguishes cough events and other events even in a noisy environment.

‘In addition, it can track the location of the person who coughed and count the number of coughs in real time.’

Scientists suggest the software could be rolled out to public places such as schools, offices and restaurants to try and identify people who may be coughing frequently.  

Face coverings lower the Covid-19 death rate by 5% 

Everybody wearing face coverings in public could reduce a country’s Covid-19 death rate by five per cent, according to a study.

And if medical masks are given to the elderly and people currently sick with Covid-19, the effect doubles. 

Applying this to the UK’s death toll of 41,329 suggests the strategy could have saved 10 per cent of the victims’ lives – a total of more than 4,000 individuals.

However, medical masks have not been widely available because of immense global demand and members of the public were advised against buying them up to make sure medical workers didn’t run out.

And wearing face coverings of any kind was not encouraged until June in the UK, months after the peak of the pandemic. 

Mask-wearing of any kind among the public has been a contentious issue throughout the pandemic because officials said they would not advise it until there was clear evidence they worked – and proof that they do is still uncertain.

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US military tests wearables that detect illness days before symptoms

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The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illnesses two days before the wearer develops symptoms.

Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses.

The system notifies the user of an oncoming illness using a scale from one to 100 on how likely it will happen over the next 48 hours.

Military officials note that ‘Within two weeks of us going live we had our first successful COVID-19 detect.’

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The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illness two days before the wearer develops symptoms. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses

The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illness two days before the wearer develops symptoms. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses

The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illness two days before the wearer develops symptoms. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses

RATE was developed by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) in collaboration with Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Philips Healthcare.

The system was first announced in 2019 as an 18-month project and has since been updated with a new algorithm trained with Philips’ massive patient bedside database, Defense One reports.

The watch and ring collect 165 biomakers, which are transferred to the cloud where it is processed to provide them with an hourly score through a secure website, DIU Human Systems Director Dr. Christian Whitchurch explained.

Researchers working with RATE have determined that a person’s physiology shows subtle changes when exposed to infectious agents.

The watch and ring collect 165 biomakers, which are transferred to the cloud where it is processed to provide them with an hourly score through a secure website

The watch and ring collect 165 biomakers, which are transferred to the cloud where it is processed to provide them with an hourly score through a secure website

The watch and ring collect 165 biomakers, which are transferred to the cloud where it is processed to provide them with an hourly score through a secure website

DTRA Science and Technology Manager Ed Argenta said identifying the changes early is critical to limiting the spread of the illness, as ‘pre-symptomatic individuals don’t yet show signs of infection, and can unwittingly spread the disease to others.’

The RATE model was trained via AI and ML on 293,109 participants, including 256,320 controls and 36,782 with known hospital acquired infections and correlated to these common attributes: temperature, pulse oximeter and cardiac measures, he explained.

Dr. Joe Frassica, the chief medical officer and head of Philips Research North America, the company assisting DTRA, said ”As we continue to get new data from monitored cases of COVID-19, we will be able to refine the RATE-COVID algorithm in the near future. We hope that this will not only allow us to protect people from contracting the disease, but to also intervene early and treat those who are infected.”

According to Defense.gov, more than 64,000 military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and over 43,000 of those cases have recovered

According to Defense.gov, more than 64,000 military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and over 43,000 of those cases have recovered

According to Defense.gov, more than 64,000 military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and over 43,000 of those cases have recovered 

The Defense Department is set to oversee an extensive rollout of RATE devices to nearly 5,000 people in the coming weeks, Whitchurch said.

The system is currently being tested on about 700 people in the US Navy and Office of Secretary Defense. 

Lt. Col. Jeff ‘Mach’ Schneider, a DIU program manager told C4ISRNET: ‘As we continue to collect data and refine the algorithm, priority will continue to be provided to those first responders and those that have had to adopt new operational tempo to support their duty obligations.’

According to Defense.gov, more than 64,000 military personnel have tested positive for coronavirus and over 43,000 of those cases have recovered.

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HONOR MagicBook Pro: review of high-performance laptop, on sale now

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Are you looking for the best laptop for gaming, video and photo editing, or for streaming movies and TV shows? If so, you might want to consider HONOR’s latest offering.

Whether it’s for professional use or for leisure, the high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles.

The laptop is currently reduced from £1,019.97 down to £849.99. The brand is also treating its customers to a free HONOR MagicWatch 2 or HONOR Magic Buds and HONOR Router 3 with the purchase of the laptop.

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles 

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point. It is available in a smart Space Grey colour.

There are multiple ports, including: one 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 port on the right, plus one USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, one USB-C port and an HDMI port on the left.

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to the concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key. While I’m not a fan of the unflattering camera angle (double chin alert) it does offer better security and means it is only visible when you need it.

Speaking of security, the laptop also features a finger print power button, meaning the only person getting access to your laptop is you.

The 2020 MagicBook Pro features a 6.1 inch HONOR FullView display with a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, making it aesthetically beautiful. The laptop’s aspect ratio is 16:9 aspect ratio and resolution is 1920 x 1080.

It features 100 per cent sRGB, offering HONOR’s best colour display yet. The truest to life colours and flicker-free technology are designed to help creative workflow, meaning it is the perfect device for productivity, as well as editing photos and videos. The flicker-free display also helps to reduce blue light in darker environment, meaning less eye strain and fatigue.

Virtual surround speakers are perfect for using streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, as well as watching YouTube videos and playing online games. The laptop offers a truly immersive experience and decent sound quality.

The MagicBook Pro has up to 11 hours all-day battery life, and a super fast charge offering 50 per cent charge in the first 30 minutes. I could also play online games in their highest resolution for at least a few hours without having the laptop on charge. 

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to its concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to its concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

Dual fan and dual heat pipes offer sustained performance and efficient thermal management, keeping the laptop cool even when you’re streaming a high resolution game, movie or powerful software.

The new MagicBook Pro comes equipped with the all-new AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H Processor to help improve battery life, as well as an ultra-fast 512GB SSD storage drive and up to 16gb DDR4 dual-channel RAM for faster gaming performance. 

Windows 10 is pre-installed, along with a one-month trial of Office 365. It is a shame HONOR didn’t pre-install Microsoft Office like they did with the MagicBook 14, especially when this is being described as a laptop ‘for professionals’. 

Overall, HONOR has gone above and beyond with the 2020 MagicBook Pro and I am thoroughly impressed with its gaming, streaming performance. The narrow bezel and large screen is absolutely fantastic. The attractive sleek design and bright screen is also a big pro.

I would have preferred a larger hard drive, purely to be able to store more games and large video files, so I will have to continue storing my video edits on an external hard drive.

In terms of value for money, I think the MagicBook Pro offers a great deal of premium features at a lower price point, making it accessible for young professionals and students.

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Are you looking for the best laptop for gaming, video and photo editing, or for streaming movies and TV shows? If so, you might want to consider HONOR’s latest offering.

Whether it’s for professional use or for leisure, the high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles.

The laptop is currently reduced from £1,019.97 down to £849.99. The brand is also treating its customers to a free HONOR MagicWatch 2 or HONOR Magic Buds and HONOR Router 3 with the purchase of the laptop.

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles

The high performance MagicBook Pro offers fast processing, impressive battery life, immersive audio and visual quality for a wide range of tasks and lifestyles 

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point. It is available in a smart Space Grey colour.

There are multiple ports, including: one 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 port on the right, plus one USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, one USB-C port and an HDMI port on the left.

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to the concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key. While I’m not a fan of the unflattering camera angle (double chin alert) it does offer better security and means it is only visible when you need it.

Speaking of security, the laptop also features a finger print power button, meaning the only person getting access to your laptop is you.

The 2020 MagicBook Pro features a 6.1 inch HONOR FullView display with a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, making it aesthetically beautiful. The laptop’s aspect ratio is 16:9 aspect ratio and resolution is 1920 x 1080.

It features 100 per cent sRGB, offering HONOR’s best colour display yet. The truest to life colours and flicker-free technology are designed to help creative workflow, meaning it is the perfect device for productivity, as well as editing photos and videos. The flicker-free display also helps to reduce blue light in darker environment, meaning less eye strain and fatigue.

Virtual surround speakers are perfect for using streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, as well as watching YouTube videos and playing online games. The laptop offers a truly immersive experience and decent sound quality.

The MagicBook Pro has up to 11 hours all-day battery life, and a super fast charge offering 50 per cent charge in the first 30 minutes. I could also play online games in their highest resolution for at least a few hours without having the laptop on charge. 

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to its concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key

Its narrow 4.8mm bezel is all thanks to its concealed display controller board. The webcam has also been moved from above the screen to under a key

The sleek MagicBook Pro boasts a lightweight and durable aluminium design, weighing just 1.7kg and 16.1 mm thick at its thickest point

Dual fan and dual heat pipes offer sustained performance and efficient thermal management, keeping the laptop cool even when you’re streaming a high resolution game, movie or powerful software.

The new MagicBook Pro comes equipped with the all-new AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H Processor to help improve battery life, as well as an ultra-fast 512GB SSD storage drive and up to 16gb DDR4 dual-channel RAM for faster gaming performance. 

Windows 10 is pre-installed, along with a one month trial of Office 365. It is a shame HONOR didn’t pre-install Microsoft Office like they did with the MagicBook 14, especially when this is being described as a laptop ‘for professionals’. 

Overall, HONOR has gone above and beyond with the 2020 MagicBook Pro and I am thoroughly impressed with its gaming, streaming performance. The narrow bezel and large screen is also absolutely fantastic. The attractive sleek design and bright screen is also a big pro.

I would have preferred a larger hard drive, purely to be able to store more games and large video files, so I will have to continue storing my video edits on an external hard drive.

In terms of value for money, I think the MagicBook Pro offers a great deal of premium features at a lower price point, making it accessible for young professionals and students.

MailOnline may earn commission on sales from the links on this page. 

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