Category: Tech

Chi Chi’s amazing story of survival on all four prosthetic legs will melt your heart

PIC BY ROBERT Q FUGATE/CATERS NEWS

PIC BY ROBERT Q FUGATE/CATERS NEWS

Some people are cruel, especially to animals. And then there are ones who cross all limits, and do something which is not worth forgiving. This is a story of golden retriever which was found in a bin bag outside a meat farm in South Korea. Chi Chi was brutally tied up, and most probably deemed for slaughtering, but as destiny would have it, the dog survived.
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Advanced SpectroDrone can detect explosives, drugs or chemicals within 1.8 miles radius

SpectroDrone

So far, we had a drone that hunts down landmines by detecting and detonating them, using metal detectors and hyperspectral imaging. Now, an Israeli-based security company Laser Detect Systems (LDS) has developed a highly advanced drone “SpectroDrone” that cannot just detect explosives and IEDs, but, as courtesy of advance laser spectrometry techniques, is capable of identifying several materials including narcotics, hazardous chemicals or chemical components, minerals and even some biological components. Apparently, drones  are proving to be much more important than just recreational toys, which is taking a form of nuisance as their number continue to grow. Read More…

Ladakh engineer’s meticulous Ice-Stupa project wins Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016

Sonam Wangchuk 2Sonam Wangchuk – A mechanical engineer from Himalaya’s Ladakh region has gained global recognition as he was awarded with prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016 in Los Angeles. He was honored for his ambitious, innovative ‘Ice Stupa’ project he has been working to find solution for water scarcity to facilitate cultivation in Ladakh – a cold desert where temperature remains in minus throughout the year. The Himalayan glaciers are receding and posing threat of water scarcity to the villagers dependent on these water sources.

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This USB stick is also your personal HIV testing device

USB HIV device

In the developing countries, HIV/AIDS is still a taboo more than it is a disease. Many people still feel skeptical in visiting hospitals and health centers for blood tests to diagnose HIV. To change that, and to make certain that more and more people can effortlessly get their HIV tests done; researchers at the Imperial College London have teamed with DNA Electronics to develop a USB stick that doubles as an at-home HIV testing device.   Read More…

Apple brings augmented reality to iPhone’s camera app, smart glasses to follow

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When Augmented Reality-based Pokemon Go jumped the gun to become the biggest mobile game in the history in under a week of release, Apple’s chief Tim Cook was quick to come out and inform that his company is investing big money into augmented reality. The claims seem to be reaping results – According to Business Insider, Apple is working on integrating augmented reality technology into the iPhone’s camera app. The Cupertino giant has assembled a host of big names from the AR and VR industry and has also recently acquired an AR startup Metaio, all that may be working in tandem to give Apple that extra edge to live up to its claims. Read More…

MIT’s MoVR system cuts the cord in virtual reality

wireless-vr-headset using MoVR

Virtual Reality is all the rage; it’s the next best thing to wearables and it’s being used for everything from gaming and entertainment to medicine. Sadly, VR tech is still in its infancy and is limited to PC’s periphery – almost all VR headset require to be tethered to a computer system to enjoy the immersive experience. Since, ability to go cordless can help better immersive experience and open new applications for virtual reality headsets; researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed MoVR system that allows any VR headset to be used wirelessly. Read More…

DIY wind-powered turntable, where wind determines speed of the record

wind powered record player

To cut out technology from your record player and make it more environmentally conscious, Popular Science has developed a motor-less turntable that plays music to the tune of wind. Popsci has put out an eight-step guide to building a motor-free, wind-powered record player, which would get occasional diy-ers like myself to sit out on a Sunday building one for themselves. The project is a simple build, and it shouldn’t take you more than $35 and a couple of hours. Read More…

Google PhotoScan app digitalizes your old photos in the easiest way possible

Google PhotoScan App

All of us have old photos lying in the attic, drawers, bed boxes and places where we imagine they are safe from any physical damage. Perhaps we all think that they won’t be damaged by fungus, fire or water spillage over decades. Most of don’t and go through the tedious process of scanning or re-photographing the old snaps. And who can ignore the flares, glare, unaligned framing and the crooked edges which are so hard to omit from the photo of a photo. Well, Google just made your task a whole lot easier with its new app called PhotoScan.
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Solar-powered fabric developed by University of Central Florida is bliss for wearables

Power storing fabric

With the advent of wearables, the need for battery sources that are small and compact is also paramount. The small size of wearables means the power source also needs to be of comparable size to fit inside the wearable. All of this means a constriction in battery life which is a major roadblock for current age wearables as well as the ones which are getting ready for the future. Keeping this in mind, nanotechnology researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed energy storing fabric.
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Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com testing delivery drones outside Beijing

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After Japanese delivery service Rakuten and San Francisco based startup Zipline, Chinese e-commerce company JD.com has launched consumer goods delivery trial using drones. The company has begun testing delivery using drones in rural locations outside the capital city of Beijing. According to different claims by different websites, JD.com has started trails with either five or 30 drone fleet. Read More…