Author: Madan

Raptor – AR smartglasses project real-time data to riders without obstructing view

Eyesight AR SmartglassesEverysight, a part of Israel’s largest defense technology contractor Elbit Systems, has revealed Raptor – augmented reality smartglasses with a view equivalent to fighter jet display.  The glasses offer on-lens projections. The smartglasses are primarily developed with an aim to enhance performance and training of cyclists and triathletes.  The concept is to enable the user to view all critical information in real time like turn-by-turn naviation, time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence, power without making him look at some other display, without obstruction.

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RokBlok – World’s smallest vinyl record player with wireless speakers

RokBlok Record Player 2

San Francisco-based concept company Pink Donut is offering RokBlok to backers on Kickstarter, which the maker claims to be the world’s smallest wireless vinyl record player. It can play records anywhere on almost any surface that can hold a vinyl record because it plays records by lightly riding on top of them instead of working like traditional gramophone. That means, it doesn’t need a specific surface to hold a record and it can be carried in pocket. In brief, it’s a small box that plays records when placed over the records and connects wirelessly to bluetooth speakers or headphones.  It’ll work anywhere within a range of 30 feet. Read More…

Brain-controlled robotic hand allows quadriplegia patients to perform everyday tasks

Mind Controlled Robotic
Researchers have achieved breakthrough in development of a non-invasive, brain-controlled robotic hand that can regain ability to perform daily tasks for quadriplegia patients. The entire set-up is like an exoskeleton consisting of a robotic hand and a cap-like headgear that read brain signals and eye movement of the wearer. The best part is that it doesn’t require surgical implantation or any sort of wet gel to work. The exoskeleton was successfully tested in Spain on various subjects. Read More…

Russian teen invents hands-free ‘Sandal Mouse’ for people with upper limb disabilities

Sandal MouseSince 2015, Sergey Halyavin, a Russian high-school student, was obsessed with the idea of creating a mouse that can be controlled via feet to allow disabled people use computers. One of his schoolmates, who is unable to use computer due to a musculoskeletal condition, fueled his desperation.  In 2016, he has successfully created a hands-free mouse, which is basically a sandal that incorporates usual ‘mouse control board’ and a LED ribbon outside.  Also, a scroller is fitted at the front of the sandal. He has tested it for a couple of weeks and found it feasible enough when the user gets used to it. Read More…

Perovskite Solar Cell achieves world efficiency record, Researchers hope to hit 26% soon   

Pervoskite Solar Cell efficiency record

Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) has announced that its team at UNSW achieved a breakthrough in procuring highest efficiency rating with the largest perovskite solar cell.  As compared to traditional silicon solar cells, Perovskite  solar cells are flexible, cheaper, easier to produce and make, and can even be sprayed on surfaces.  The team recorded 12.1 percent efficiency rate with a 16 centimeter square Perovskite  solar cell, which is 10 times bigger than the current certified high-efficiency perovskite solar cell.  The achievement was also confirmed by the international testing centre Newport Corp, in Bozeman, Montana.    Read More…

‘ReMarkable Paper Tablet’ lets user enjoy experience of writing or sketching on a real paper  

remarkable-frontpageReMarkable – a Norwegian tech startup has rolled out a digital notebook ‘Paper Tablet’ featuring E-Ink display and allow user to do everything that can be done on a normal paper with a pen or pencil.  The main idea is to deliver an experience and ease that the reader or writer feels while using normal papers.  The tablet can only support PDF, eBooks, and Documents and allow user to create or edit documents stored in 8GB of internal storage. Read More…

Official Star Wars drones (crafts) can fly and shoot laser cannons for real

star wars drone

Next generation of toys is apparently revolutionized by advent of drone technologies.  The dreams of children obsessed with Star Wars icons have come true. Toy drone maker Propel has joined Lucasfilm for manufacturing of official quadcopter versions of Starfighters and other crafts like Tie Fighter, X-Wing Starfighters, Speeder Bike etc.  Along with serving the purpose of being memorabilia, these drones are meant to recreate Star Wars dog fights indoor.  These Starfighters can fly, hover, and shoot green and red colored lasers. Included sensors can detect hits taken by a craft and switch to crash mode. It sounds awesome, right? Read More…

Researchers create 3D-printed ‘dog nose’ that can detect explosives, narcotics

3d-printed dog nose

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have achieved a milestone in artificial sniffing technology. According to their study published in the Journal Scientific Report, they created an artificial dog-inspired plastic nose via 3D printing. The nose was programmed to take multiple sniff instead of single, constant act of air suction similar to dogs.  The artificial nose was attached to an explosives detector. The results were highly efficient. Read More…

India completes world’s biggest solar power plant in just 8 months, Can power 150,000 homes

 

Kamuthi Solar Power Plant

India has unveiled world’s biggest solar power farm in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. Plant can generate massive 648 megwatts of clean, green electricity by harnessing sun-rays via 2.5 million solar modules spread over 2,500 acres area. With this feat, India has left behind California’s Topaz Farm as the world’s biggest plant prior to Kamuthi plant.  Entire setup includes 576 inverters and a network of 6,000 kms cables. Read More…

Newcastle seeks permission to perform ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ on women with rare genetic mutation  

Mitochondrial removal therapy

Specialist doctors at Britain’s Newcastle are gearing up to provide relief to women who are suffering rare genetic disorders that may pass onto their children. Mutated mitochondria in the embryo will be removed and replaced with healthy ones from donors through ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ (MRT).  If the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allow it, then it would be first baby in Britain to be born from the DNA of three people – parents and donor.
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