Category: Innovations

Google Lens: Interchangeable lens add-on increases Google Glass field of view

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Google Glass might have been pulled down from the market primarily because it failed to impress many by its limited field of view, but that hasn’t stopped researchers at the Wichita State University Kansas, United States, to device ways in order to enhance Google Glass’ workplace applications. To give Glass’ limited field of view a valuable push, researchers Jibo He, Barbara Chaparro and graduation student Long Wang have developed Google Lens. Google Lens is basically an optical lens which can enhance camera view of Google Glass from 54.8 degrees horizontally and 42.5 degrees vertically a dramatic 109.8 degrees horizontally and 57.8 degrees vertically. Read More…

UAVs and robots working in harmony – Google’s idea of drone delivery system

Google Project Wing

The idea of drones delivering packages to your porch sounds great, but there are many anomalies too. The chances of someone else fleeing away with the package or the drone injuring your pet. Google wants to solve that and it has been working on a drone delivery system which is much more practical. Google Project Wing has been in works for more than two years now and fresh news came in as the company has been granted patent for it. Notable is the mention of robots that’ll work in conjunction with these drones to deliver the package safely to the owner.
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Researchers develop sweat analyzing wearable for precise health monitoring

Sweatbit wearable health monitor

Sweat can tell lot about a person’s health and quite often we ignore the signs like constant odor or color in sweat. According to experts sweat contains chemicals, electrolytes, proteins and heavy metals which when studied can reveal a person’s internal health as well as hydration levels. Researchers at University of California, Berkley have developed a sensor-enabled wearable which analyses person’s sweat and based on it gives health stats and also physiology insights. That means tracking of body functions in depth, and the use of this wearable will span beyond fitness tracking. It will be used in medical field to know about patient’s body functions in detail.
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Jetpack Aviation developing 3D printed jetpack to reduce hefty price tag

Jetpack Aviation 3D printed jetpack

Jetpack Aviation has been making some major head way in the industry and inching us closer to the dream of commercialized Iron Man like personal flight. But that dream for now comes with a mind-numbing price as they released their maiden jetpack six months ago. Later on they instilled more belief in solo aerial flight when their daring chief flew around the Statue of Liberty in a jetpack. Now, they have made a major announcement of making 3D printed jetpack components in collaboration with Airwolf 3D.
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BMW i8 Spyder Concept with AirTouch technology will debut at CES 2016

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CES 2016 is going to be stuffed with new age tech and cars are going to be on the top list to showcase technological breakthroughs. One futuristic car to look out for will be the BMW i8 Spyder Concept which will be revealed at the mega event. This BMW concept car focuses on interior technology and the user interface we are most likely to see in future automobiles.
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New light-based computer chip is 15 times faster than electricity-based chip

Light-based microprocessor chip

The future is poised to welcome computer chips that have very high speed and consume as little energy as possible. Taking us into that future, researches at MIT, the University of California, and the University of Colorado, have developed a microprocessor chip that uses light instead of electricity to transfer data at immensely fast speed consuming very little amount of electricity. Read More…

Hacker invents self-driving car software package that’ll cost just $1000

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Tesla Motors already has a strong foot-print in the electric cars section and their technology is hard to reach and implement for other manufacturers. However, 26-year old star hacker George Hotz has taken the first step towards making his own self-driving car. He has been building the self-driving technology on his 2016 Acura ILX car for about a month in his garage and so far he has been able to drive it through the San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood and the Interstate 280 autonomously. That’s impressive for the little time he has taken to tinker with the car. George believes that he is going to be the next multi-billionaire CEO and his self-driving car package will cost just $1000.
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Second-gen Ford GT to have Corning Gorilla Glass windshield

2017 Ford GT supercar

Lightweight body made from carbon fiber material

Second-generation Ford GT is the epitome of Ford’s automotive innovation and they want the supercar to have performance that is unmatchable. To achieve this the engineers are going to shed 12 pounds from the total weight by having the industry’s first ever Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield. Yes, the same Corning Gorilla Glass that protects your smartphone display. This hybrid windshield will have three layers comprising of Gorilla Glass specially made of automotive, thermoplastic and annealed glass applications.
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Urine-powered smart socks generate electric power on-the-go

MFC socks

Self-sustainable energy is a major agenda for wearables and other electronics that require power. The more we make use of naturally available resources, it will be in tune with nature. In a new kind of take on making use of available resources to generate electric power, researchers at the Bristol Energy Centre have developed pair of socks which can electricity with pee. The energy produced then powers an in-built wireless transmitter which sends a message “World’s First Wearable MFC” to a PC every two minutes.
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MIT researchers develop skin like bandage embedded with micro-electronics

A team of MIT researchers led by Xuanhe Zhao, the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Associate Professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have come up with a soft and stretchy adhesive gel like material which can house temperature sensors, LED lights, conductive wires, semiconductor chips or other tiny electronics. This will have plenty of applications in medical tech and fitness hardware which is both skin-friendly and smart healthcare kits.
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