Best Tech Stories around the web #266

This week: AI model detects asymptomatic Covid-19 infections through cellphone-recorded coughs, Disney’s new skinless robot can blink like a human, and physicists 3D print a boat that could sail down a human hair.

INNOVATION

Artificial intelligence model detects asymptomatic Covid-19 infections through cellphone-recorded coughs by news.mit.edu

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected. Read more

DESIGN

Disney’s new skinless robot can blink like a human because why not by theverge.com

Once you get past the fact that it has no skin, the new robot from Disney Research is an impressive feat of robotics. First reported by Gizmodo, the new robot can imitate human facial movements, specifically blinking and subtle head movements. Read more

QUERKY

Physicists 3D Print a Boat That Could Sail Down a Human Hair by gizmodo.com

Researchers at Leiden University have 3D printed the smallest boat in the world: a 30-micrometer copy of Benchy the tug boat, a well-known 3D printer test object. This boat is so small, it could float down the interior of a human hair. Read more