There is a growing preference for pet robots that use artificial intelligence. The American company Boston Dynamics is a leader in the field of robotics with its famous robotic dog named Spot. Chinese tech company Wellian has developed a Chinese version of the Sport, called the Alpha Dog, which is already on sale in China for 16,000 yuan ($2,400). Compared to the $74,500 price tag for the Spot, this is without a doubt a much cheaper version.
AlphaDog uses sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to perform tasks, and Wellian says future updates will further expand the robot dog’s capabilities to perform a range of applications, including controlling the visually impaired, barking, and even executing voice commands from its owner.
Walian says the AlphaDog is very similar to a real dog and can reach a top speed of 9 mph, making it one of the fastest robots at the moment. Alpha Dog can also keep its balance even when kicked by people. According to Welian’s chief technical officer Ma Jie, AlphaDog can detect the degree of friction and the condition of the ground to adjust the height, pace, and adapt to the environment.
Wellian has deployed 5G technology so that AlphaDog can perform tasks autonomously. In the first month after the release of Alpha Dog, more than 1,800 units were sold. According to Willian, most of the current orders came from computer developers, tech enthusiasts, and children.
It remains to be seen how soon Welian will launch all the necessary updates that will turn AlphaDog into a guide for visually impaired people, or a dog that can deter intruders with a threatening bark. Obviously, these aspects are being developed by several robotics firms around the world.
According to data published by the British bank Halifax, in March of this year, the UK experienced the fastest growth in residential property prices in the last 6 months.
The growth of the indicator was facilitated by the extension of the British government’s tax incentives for acquisitions during the period of overcoming the negative consequences of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The cost of British housing increased in March this year by 1.1% compared to the previous month, while compared to the same month in 2020, residential real estate in the country rose by 6.5%. The Halifax report showed that the average house price in the British property market rose last month to 254,606 pounds.
After the easing of restrictions to contain the pandemic last year, the British housing market saw a sharp increase in inactivity. The March recovery in the market was made possible by the Treasury’s extension of the stamp duty holiday, and Halifax experts expect the increased level of activity to continue in the future.
As of the end of March, the total price of shares on the world’s stock exchanges reached a record amount in the entire history of finance — approximately $106 trillion. It has increased over the past year by approximately 60 percentage points. As a result, the aggregate share price already exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of the planet ($83.8 trillion in 2020).
This is the conclusion reached by analysts of the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. In their opinion, such numbers create a feeling of a dangerously overheated market.
Of the aggregate share price of $106 trillion, $45 trillion falls on the US stock exchanges. Shares there in the year to the end of March rose by about 70 p.p. largely due to the easing of fiscal policy in the United States and large budgetary injections designed to revive the economy in the context of the pandemic, the newspaper said.
By the way, the American S&P 500 index for the first time in history crossed the 4000 point mark. As a result of trading, the S&P 500 climbed 46.98 points to 4019.87 points, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to Japanese experts, the global rise in share prices is associated with the flow of investors’ funds to the stock markets, who are waiting for an increase in profits against the background of overcoming the pandemic and recovering the world economy.
In addition to the new smartphones, Xiaomi has also prepared for the release of a couple of laptops of the Mi Laptop Pro series. They are available as models with 14-and 15-inch displays.
The Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 15 “ laptop contains an E4 OLED. Panels of the same type are also used in the company’s flagship smartphones. The display is characterized by a resolution of 3.5, an aspect ratio of 16: 10, and a pixel density of 261 PPI. The panel provides a maximum image brightness of 600 nits, provides 10-bit color reproduction, and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. In addition, the panel is factory calibrated before shipment. Among other features of the display, support for DC Dimming and the presence of a Gorilla Glass protective glass is mentioned.
The 15-inch version of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro comes with an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. In both cases, in addition to the integrated graphics core, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics card with 2 GB of memory is offered. The amount of RAM is 16 GB, and the capacity of the built-in storage is 512 GB. A cooler with two fans is used to cool the system components. The device contains a 66WH battery and supports 100W fast charging. For connecting external devices, there are two USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt 4 connector. The package also includes an adapter with HDMI and USB-A connectors. The novelty is made in an aluminum case and has a thickness of 15.6 mm. The device is certified in accordance with the requirements of the Intel Evo Platform. The price of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 15” with an Intel Core i5 processor is about $990, and for the version with a Core i7 chip, you will have to pay about $1215. In May, a configuration with an AMD Ryzen 5000H processor (45 W) is also expected, but its price is not yet reported.
The Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 14 “ laptop received an LCD display with a resolution of 2.5 K, an aspect ratio of 16: 10, and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. As in the case of the older brother, the configuration includes Intel Core i5 or i7 processors of the 11th generation, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB solid-state drive, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX450 video card with 2 GB of memory. The case of this model is also made of aluminum, supports fast charging with a power of 100 W, but the battery capacity is reduced to 56 Wh. Of the wired interfaces, only one Thunderbolt 4 port is available. The device has a thickness of 15.6 mm and a weight of 1.5 kg. The price of the Xiaomi Mi Laptop Pro 14” is $805 or $1065, depending on the processor used. Pre-orders will begin to be accepted from April 26, and actual sales will start on May 1.
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