Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs
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2018 Aug 24 – After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDs. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. LEDs consume one-fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of carbon emissions a yeartheguardian.com

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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2018 August 7 – NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace will provide a large-scale facial recognition system. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. NEC demonstrated the technology in Tokyo today, showing how athletes and other staff wouldn’t be able to enter venues if they were holding someone else’s IC card. – theverge.com