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Imbibe Good Reading Habit Among Kids

The 16th national reading report of China, released in April, found that 26.2 per cent of young Chinese under 18 listened to audiobooks in 2018

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Experts in China's publication industry have called on the sector to provide more products via new media. Pixabay

Experts in China’s publication industry have called on the sector to provide more products via new media and new channels to foster good reading habits among children.

The 16th national reading report of China, released in April, found that 26.2 per cent of young Chinese under 18 listened to audiobooks in 2018, marking a new growth point, Xinhua news agency reported.

Authors in the new media era need to carefully think about how to better use the new communication forms and channels to nurture children with good stories they need, said Ge Bing, a well-known Chinese children’s literature writer.

Wang Weijun, a researcher of adolescent behaviour with the Central China Normal University, called on the publication industry to adapt to new changes in internet era and provide more products in various forms, both offline and online, for the country’s young people.

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The report also found that while more young people tend to read on digital devices or via the internet, fewer read paper books. Pixabay

The report also found that while more young people tend to read on digital devices or via the internet, fewer read paper books.

About 80.4 per cent of Chinese minors read books last year, 4.4 percentage points lower than in 2017, according to the report.

“Even in a time when digital reading prevails, reading paper books still has an irreplaceable role in cultivating children’s good reading habits and concentration capability,” said Xu Shengguo, leader of the survey team for the report.

In addition to the use of multimedia means, Wang stressed the importance of proper guidance from parents in shaping child reading habits and behaviour.

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According to the report, in about 70 per cent of Chinese families, parents accompany their children in reading. (IANS)

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New Device Can Detect Unattended Kids Or Animals

The new device developed in University of Waterloo, Canada can detect unattended kids and animals

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This new device can help save kids and animals in vehicles. Pixabay

Researchers from University of Waterloo, Canada, have developed a new device which combines radar technology with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with a 100 per cent accuracy.

Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand at just 3nm in diameter, the device is designed to be attached to a vehicle’s rear-view mirror or mounted on the ceiling.

According to the researchers, it sends out radar signals that are reflected back by people, animals and objects in the vehicle. The built-in AI then analyses the reflected signals.

“Unlike cameras, this device preserves privacy and it doesn’t have any blind spots because radar can penetrate seats, for instance, to determine if there is an infant in a rear-facing car seat,” said study researcher George Shaker, a Professor at the University.

“This system is so affordable it could become standard equipment in all vehicles,” he added.

Development of the wireless, disc-shaped sensor was funded in part by a major automotive parts manufacturer that is aiming to bring it to market by the end of 2020.

Analysis by the device determines the number of occupants and their locations in a vehicle.

That information could be used to set rates for ride-sharing services and toll roads, or to qualify vehicles for car-pool lanes.

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According to the researchers, the device sends out radar signals that are reflected back by people, animals and objects in the vehicle. Pixabay

Its primary purpose, however, is to detect when a child or pet has been accidentally or deliberately left behind, a scenario that can result in serious harm or death in extremely hot or cold weather, the study said.

In such cases, the system would prevent vehicle doors from locking and sound an alarm to alert the driver, passengers and other people in the area that there is a problem.

The low-power device, which runs on a vehicle’s battery, distinguishes between living beings and inanimate objects by detecting subtle breathing movements.

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Researchers were now also exploring the use of that capability to monitor the vital signs of drivers for indications of fatigue, distraction, impairment, illness or other issues.

The study was presented at the IEEE Sensors 2019 conference in Canada. (IANS)