TotemoTech - 2024-01-12


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on January 12th, 2024. In today’s news, researchers at the Hokuriku Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a ‘frozen bubble screen’ by freezing soap bubbles, which could have potential applications in display technology. The researchers from the lab of Toshiki Sato proposed this innovative screen in their research report.

Moving on to our next story, JP Morgan has developed a language model called ‘DocLLM’ that can understand complex documents such as invoices and receipts. The researchers from JP Morgan AI Research have introduced a large-scale language model (LLM) that can automatically analyze documents with intricate layouts. This model could greatly simplify document processing.

Now let’s talk about a study conducted by researchers from the University of East London and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. They have experimented with using a consumer-grade headset to deliver electrical stimulation to the brain as a potential treatment for depression. The study involved 174 participants and aimed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of this approach.

In automotive news, Honda has unveiled its new global electric vehicle, the ‘Honda 0 Series,’ at CES 2024 in Las Vegas. This EV will be launched in 2026 and comes with two concept models, the ‘SALOON’ and ‘SPACE-HUB.’ The new design also includes an updated ‘H-Mark’ emblem.

Next up, a startup called rabbit has introduced a mobile AI device called the ‘rabbit r1.’ This device features a rabbit-shaped AI agent named ‘rabbits’ that can be controlled by voice commands to operate apps on behalf of the user. It offers a unique and convenient way to interact with applications.

In other news, there has been controversy surrounding the limited edition ‘goshuin’ stamps featuring characters from the manga ‘Chiikawa.’ The official account of the publisher, Kodansha, expressed disappointment over the reselling of these stamps on online flea market apps. The stamps, which are stamped at Gokokuji Temple, were meant to be a special commemorative item.

Lastly, Rakuten Group has announced that it will use a portion of its deferred tax assets, amounting to 70 billion yen, to offset its tax liabilities for the fiscal year ending in December 2023. This move is part of Rakuten’s financial strategy to optimize its tax position.

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