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Mobile app lets you drape clothes before buying

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Hyderabad, March 5 :Want to check how the clothes would look on you before you decide to buy them, all from the comfort of your home? Then try this unique mobile app.

Hyderabad-based startup Trupik Virtualisation has developed this app, where one can get to virtually drape clothes on a 3D replica of himself.

By feeding the body specifications, the customer can literally experience how the garment looks on him.

The company claims that unlike other e-commerce sites, it does not just super-impose the photo of the garment over the person’s photo and show it on the mobile.

Currently available only in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the free app service will be expanded to Bengaluru next month.

Providing garment shopping with trial-room and in-store experience on mobiles, it currently serves only men and the company plans to soon offer the services for women.

Since the launch in October last year, the free app which uses 3-dimensional body-mapping has registered over 25,000 people.

Claiming to be offered for the first time anywhere in the world, Trupik has branded the personal assistance technology as SoFia, which stands as an acronym for “So Fashion I am”.

“This is the closest to being real experience sitting where you are while choosing your favourite garment from your favourite brand and the nearest store,” Sridhar Tirumala, co-founder and CEO of Trupik, told IANS.

After downloading the Trupik app, one has to feed the details like size, skin tone, choice of stores/brands. It takes millimetre-by-millimetre measures and creates a 3D replica of the person.

To get a more precise body measurement, one can visit any of the 10 brand stores that have 3D kiosks and get body scanned and then sit back at home and shop.

Trupik has partnered with 16 brands like Raymond’s Allen Solly, Wills Lifestyle, Indian Terrain, People, Van Heusen, Peter England, Laven and plans to add more in coming days.

Established in 2013 in the Silicon Valley, Trupik Inc. by Hyderabad-based techies Sridhar Tirumala, Aravind Inupudi and Vikranth Katpally relocated to Hyderabad in 2015.

Trupik is aiming to capture more premium brands and wants to expand from 45 stores in the twin cities to 2,500 stores across India.

It plans to expand to Bengaluru next month and to Mumbai in May. It will have tie-up with more brands in tier-II cities in June.

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Elon Musk quits OpenAI group to avoid conflict with Tesla

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 San Francisco, Feb 23: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has quit the board of OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research company he co-founded that aims to promote and develop friendly AI that benefits the humanity.

“Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organisation. As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon,” the research group said in a blog post on Thursday, welcoming some new donors.

In 2014, Musk said AI was humanity’s biggest existential threat later adding that the United Nations needed to act to prevent a killer robot arms race.

OpenAI has fast become a significant voice in the global machine learning community.

Its research has been wide-ranging, including teaching computers to control robots with minimal instruction and the creation of AI agents to play popular video game Dota.

OpenAI recently contributed to the “Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence” report, which warned AI was ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists.

Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts said in the report.

They said that those designing AI systems need to do more to mitigate possible misuse of their technology and that governments must consider new laws to tackle such misuse.

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Airtel offers Rs 2,000 cashback on Motorola, Lenovo 4G device

As part of the offer, Moto C would be available for Rs 3,999, Moto E4 for 6,499 and Lenovo K8 Note for Rs 10,999.

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New Delhi, Feb 23: As part of its “Mera Pehla Smartphone” initiative, Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel announced to offer a cashback of Rs 2,000 on select 4G Motorola and Lenovo smartphones.

Two popular 4G smartphones from Motorola — Moto C, Moto E4 and Lenovo K8 Note are available with the offer.

As part of the offer, Moto C would be available for Rs 3,999, Moto E4 for 6,499 and Lenovo K8 Note for Rs 10,999.

“We look forward to working with Motorola to bring smartphones within the reach of more and more customers,” Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

“It is a great opportunity for Airtel subscribers to upgrade to 4G and enjoy the meaningful experiences across Motorola & Lenovo smartphones,” added Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India and Lenovo MBG India.

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New iPhone app to aid heart attack survivors

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New York, Feb 23: A new iPhone-based app may help patients who survived a heart attack to maintain their health and reduce the number of hospital readmissions, according to a study.

The “Corrie” app is the first cardiology app for the Apple CareKit platform and is designed to help patients navigate the hospital discharge process by educating them about heart disease.

The app allows them to keep track of medications, follow-up appointments and lifestyle changes needed after a heart attack.

“We have found there are many gaps in care in patients recovering from a heart attack,” said lead author William Yang, from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US.

“We wanted to engage patients in their own care, and help them transition from the hospital to home using existing technology,” Yang added.

Heart attack patients “may suddenly have new doctors and more medical visits, including cardiac rehab, and the app helps them track and centralise all those appointments”, he said.

The app helps patients to keep track of all their medications, including how much to take and at what time.

It also syncs with the Apple Watch to monitor heart rate and keep track of how much they are walking and with a Bluetooth blood pressure monitor.

Yang said the app has also proven useful to patients even while they were still in the hospital as it allows patients to store important medical information on the app.

The results were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Summit in Las Vegas.

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