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App to Reveal Your Daily Smart Phone Use

Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

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Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

Install and see how much time you are spending on the phone or which apps or games you are hooked to.

Scientists at University of Bonn, Germany, have developed Menthal that runs on Android 4.0 – or newer – version.

“If you would like to go on a digital diet, we would provide you with the scales,” said Alexander Markowetz, junior professor for computer science at University of Bonn.

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“Menthal would provide reliable data for the first time. This app can show us in detail what someone’s average cellphone consumption per day looks like,” added Markowetz.

The researchers used Menthal to examine the phone behaviour of 50 students over a period of six weeks.

A quarter of them used their phones for more than two hours a day.

On average, participants activated their phones more than 80 times a day – every 12 minutes on average.

“Some of the results were shocking,” commented Christian Montag.

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What’s App alone took up 15 percent of the time while facebook nine percent.

Games accounted for 13 percent, with some subjects gaming for several hours a day, said the study to be published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

“We would like to know how much cellphone use is normal, and where ‘too much’ starts,” Montag added.

This potential new addiction is not an officially recognised disease but we know that using a cellphone can result in symptoms resembling an addiction, he pointed out.

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“Outright withdrawal symptoms can actually occur when cellphones cannot be used,” he warned.

Next on the agenda is to measure the severity and the progress of depression using cellphone data.

“We suspect that during a depressive phase, cellphone use will change in a measurable way,” said researchers.

Patients would then make fewer phone calls and venture outside less frequently – a change in behaviour that smartphones can also record through built-in GPS.

A psychiatrist might then be able to use patients’ cell phones as a diagnostic tool and, if necessary, intervene accordingly early on, the research said.

The new app is available as a free download from Google’s Playstore. (IANS)

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5G Based Industrial-use AI App Launched in Finland

Talking to media in Helsinki, Chris Poynter, ABB Vice President from Zuerich, described the Helsinki plant as a flagship location for ABB development work in the sector

A man stands next to a sign of 5G at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, May 23, 2019. VOA

An ABB plant in Helsinki producing frequency alterer, or low voltage drives, has started using a 5G wireless-based artificial intelligence application for routine production purposes, ABB announced on Wednesday.

The company said it believed the application was the first of its kind in the world with the actual industrial usage, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Fast 5G connections provide workers with intelligent and real-time feedback from a camera right above the work station. “This is not an academic exercise, but actual production and as such a unique first step in the incorporation of 5G and artificial intelligence,” Simo Saynevirta, head of digitisation projects at ABB Finland, said.

While the new 5G artificial intelligence ensures better work quality, it also reduces the concern about human errors and thus improves well-being at work. Besides errors related to the actual installation work, the system alerts the employee about ergonomically wrong body or hand positions.

There are plans to add augmented reality features to the system, to further improve the “well being at work” of the employees.

FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

The use of the new system started this week at an assembly line which is particularly demanding to workers. The problem is that different versions of the product are assembled on the same line. With the immediate reaction from the 5G system, faults are easily detected and corrected.

Talking to media in Helsinki, Chris Poynter, ABB Vice President from Zuerich, described the Helsinki plant as a flagship location for ABB development work in the sector.

In its media release, ABB underlined that long standing cross-industry networking tradition in Finland made the innovation possible. “The joint project has grown on the basis of the cooperative ecosystem of the Finnish manufacturing industries and the mobile communications industry.”

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Finnish software engineering firm Atostek is responsible for the computer vision and the AI application and Nordic mobile phone operator Telia is providing the system’s high-speed 5G mobile connections and the computing capacity needed by the application in its data.

Saynevirta said Finland is an excellent location for innovative work in digitisation due to the progressive approach in regulations. He described Finland as “an innovative environment that makes possible to bring together small and large companies with their expertise”. (IANS)