Robot Monk Xian’er to Serve in Temple in Beijing

Xián'er gives answers prepared in advance by the masters of the temple
05 July 2018   652

In the Buddhist monastery of Longquan in Beijing, began the service of robot monk Xian'er, who greets visitors and answers their questions. As the basis for the robot's design, the creators took the animated character, which is very popular in China.

Visitors can ask questions via the touch screen or the remote control. Xián'er gives answers prepared in advance by the masters of the temple - there are about a hundred of them.

The model presented in the monastery is one of three existing versions of the robot monk. Its height is about 60 cm. He’s an adorable little robot with little in the way of articulation, that sports a small tablet atop his belly.

In 2015, the robotic version of Xi'an'er was released by several Chinese technology firms, including Tencent and iFlytek.

As reported, a chatbot version of Robot Monk Xian'er is available on certain public platforms including Wechat and Facebook. Over the years, master Xuecheng, the abbot of Beijing Longquan Monastery, wrote thousands of questions on Sina Weibo. These questions and their answers become the data source of the chatbot.

Ring UI 1.0 Library Released

Learn about new features and improvements of Jet Brains' open source library
28 September 2018   950

JetBrains told about the release of the Ring UI 1.0 library. Updates have affected the support of Babel 7, the finalization of the visual language, customizable CSS properties, and the library home page has moved.

In addition, in the new version, the developers did:

  • most components moved to CSS;
  • "pop-up messages", "tabs" and "buttons-switches" components;
  • the ability to configure the list of browsers in which the application will work, thanks to the support of Babel 7.

Colors from the Ring UI can be used for the harmonious design of their application. To do this, you need to configure PostCSS as follows:

plugins: [
  ...
  require('postcss-custom-properties')({
    preserve: true,
    variables: require('@jetbrains/ring-ui/extract-css-vars')
  })
]

Changes in the visual language look like this:

Ring UI
Ring UI

At the end of July 2018, the company reported that its products would not support legacy license servers. Changes were made to the development environments of versions 2018.2.1 and .NET 2018.3 tools.