Technology

Findster Duo






Findster Duo serves as an activity tracker for your pet. It lets you see your pet’s position on your smartphone.


Hudify

Hudify is a transparent GPS device that sits on your dashboard, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.It is a transparent GPS device that looks like it’s straight out of a science-fiction movie. The device sits on your dashboard and displays ordinary GPS information – but it does so using a transparent screen.The benefits of Hudify are obvious: you can keep your eyes on the road and your surroundings while still monitoring your GPS.



Tangible User Interface

A tangible user interface (TUI) is a user interface in which a person interacts with digital information through the physical environment. The initial name was Graspable User Interface, which is no longer used. The purpose of TUI development is to empower collaboration, learning, and design by giving physical forms to digital information, thus taking advantage of human abilities of grasp and manipulate physical objects and materials.

One of the pioneers in tangible user interfaces is Hiroshi Ishii, a professor in the MIT Media Laboratory who heads the Tangible Media Group. His particular vision for tangible UIs, called Tangible Bits, is to give physical form to digital information, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible. Tangible bits pursues the seamless coupling between physical objects and virtual data


SmartThings

SmartThings Inc. is a technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with a software development center in Minneapolis, MN. SmartThings is building an open platform for smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things. SmartThings makes a hub (sometimes called “gateway” or “home controller”), cloud platform, and client applications.SmartThings was bought by Samsung in August 2014.

SmartThings’ primary products include a free SmartThings app, a SmartThings Hub, as well as various sensors and smart devices.

The SmartThings native mobile application allows users to control, automate, and monitor their home environment via mobile device. The application is configured to fit each user’s needs.The app’s SmartSetup area, accessible from the app’s dashboard, facilitates the process of adding new devices.Customers can use the app to connect multiple devices at once or follow a dedicated path to configure one device at a time.

The hub connects directly to a home’s internet router and is compatible with communication protocols such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and IP-accessible devices.It serves to connect sensors and devices to one another and to the cloud, allowing them to communicate with the SmartThings native app.

One example of a SmartThings starter bundle includes “a motion sensor, a moisture sensor, a smart outlet, two fobs with ‘presence’ sensors, and two multi-sensors that can detect movement, vibration, orientation and temperature.”





Leap Motion

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Leap Motion, Inc. is an American company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, analogous to a mouse, but requires no hand contact or touching. In 2016, the company released new software designed for hand tracking in virtual reality.

The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. It can also be mounted onto a virtual reality headset. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter. The LEDs generate pattern-less IR light and the cameras generate almost 200 frames per second of reflected data. This is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the Leap Motion software using “complex maths” in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras. In a 2013 study, the overall average accuracy of the controller was shown to be 0.7 millimeters.

The smaller observation area and higher resolution of the device differentiates the product from the Kinect, which is more suitable for whole-body tracking in a space the size of a living room.In a demonstration to CNET, the controller was shown to perform tasks such as navigating a website, using pinch-to-zoom gestures on maps, high-precision drawing, and manipulating complex 3D data visualizations.

Leap Motion initially distributed thousands of units to developers who are interested in creating applications for the device. The Leap Motion controller was first shipped in July 2013.In February 2016, Leap Motion released a major beta update to its core software. Dubbed Orion, the software is designed for hand tracking in virtual reality.


Power Glove

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The Power Glove is a controller accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Power Glove gained public attention due to its early virtual reality mechanics and being shown in various forms of media. However, its two games did not sell well, as it was not packaged with a game, and it was criticized for its imprecise and difficult-to-use controls.

The Power Glove is based on the patented technology of the VPL Dataglove, but with many modifications that allow it to be used with modestly performing consumer hardware and sold at an affordable price. Whereas the Dataglove can detect yaw, pitch and roll, uses fiberoptic sensors to detect finger flexure, and has a resolution of 256 positions (8 bits) per finger for four fingers (the little finger is not measured to save money, and it usually follows the movement of the ring finger), the Power Glove can only detect roll, and uses sensors coated with conductive ink yielding a resolution of four positions (2 bits) per finger for four fingers.This allows the Power Glove to store all the finger flexure information in a single byte.However, it appears that the fingers actually feed an analog signal to the microprocessor on the Power Glove. The microprocessor converts the analog signal into two bits per finger.

There are two ultrasonic speakers (transmitters) in the glove and three ultrasonic microphones (receivers) around the TV monitor. The ultrasonic speakers take turns transmitting a short burst (a few pulses) of 40 kHz sound and the system measures the time it takes for the sound to reach the microphones. A triangulation calculation is performed to determine the X, Y, Z location of each of the two speakers, which specifies the yaw and roll of the hand. The only dimension it cannot calculate is the pitch of the hand, since the hand can pitch without moving the location of the two ultrasonic speakers.





Sony PS Virtual Reality Headset

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PlayStation VR, known by the codename Project Morpheus during development, is a virtual reality gaming head-mounted display developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and manufactured by Sony, scheduled to launch on October 13, 2016. It is designed to be fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console.

The PlayStation VR costs $399, £349 or AU$550, and will arrive on October 13 2016. You still need a PS4 to use it: All you get for that price is the headset, and necessary connector hardware and cables.

he PlayStation VR Launch Bundle was up for pre-order in the States. It packed in the headset, a PlayStation Camera, two Move Motion Controllers, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds.

Whatever option you go for, you’ll get the demo disc in the box and you’ll be able to download Playroom VR for free.PlayStation VR will immediately work with the 46 million PlayStation 4 consoles in homes worldwide, and Sony has signed on more than 230 development houses to create VR content. These studios, range from small indie operations to big names like EA.








Facebook’s Drones Will Deliver High-Speed Internet Via Lasers

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Facebook is working on a means of delivering high-speed internet to remote areas via laser beams. The project has now taken a step forward, after a first test delivered connection speeds over 2Gbps, according to an article penned by four members of the social network’s “Connectivity Lab,” published in the scientific journal Optica.

The social network plans to provide high-speed internet connections by using laser beams to deliver connectivity to even the most remote locations. Current tests have succeeded in delivering connection speeds of 2.1Gbps, although the potential for upping speeds is believed to be high. The system uses invisible infrared laser beams that switch on and off several billion times per second to exchange data while consuming minimal energy.

To deliver the system to remote locations, Facebook’s teams are working on long-range, high-altitude (18,000 meters) solar powered drones. Developed under the Project Aquila program, the drones’ solar cells and high-performance motors let them stay airborne for months, ensuring long-term connections to zones covered by the service.

However, high levels of precision are required to line up the laser correctly. The teams now face the challenge of aiming the beam with precision equivalent to hitting a dime coin from more than 10 miles away. The systems will also need to support temperature differences of up to 90°C. The Facebook teams are currently studying the feasibility of such a project, above all in zones with isolated users, spaced far apart from one another.

Launched in 2014, the Facebook Connectivity Lab seeks to make fast and affordable internet connections available to communities all over the world. Note that Alphabet (Google) has been working on a similar project since 2013. However, the firm’s Project Loon uses floating helium balloons to deliver internet connectivity rather than laser beams and drones.


Finally, a Reliable 65 foot TetherBoost USB connection unveiled

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Everyone, at some point or another, has wished that they could have a longer USB cable: whether it’s a few more inches to reach the plug under your desk or, far more realistically, you’re a professional photographer who needs to tether a camera with a fast USB 3.0 connection to a distant workstation for a shoot.

The TetherBoost Pro, a USB pass-through device that serves as a power regulator between your computer and camera, hopes to help make long, reliable cable distances a reality. Tether Tools notes that a common cause of problems with tethered photography is poor power management from USB ports on computers, and that in an effort to save energy, computers don’t supply enough power to connected devices, causing signal issues.

TetherBoost is supposed to alleviate this problem by regulating the power supply to the camera, ensuring that full data speeds are maintained even over long distances, with the ability to connect multiple units for distances up to 65 feet. It also allows for additional power sources (like a wall outlet or battery pack) to be added to the line with a USB-D/C cable, to allow distant devices to charge while transferring data.

TetherBoost Pro is available now for $64.95 (USB 3.0 cables not included), and comes in either black or high-visibility orange.





Facebook & Microsoft build Underwater
TransAtlantic MAREA Data cable

Microsoft and Facebook announced a partnership to build a transatlantic subsea data cable. Called ‘MAREA’ (It is Spanish for “tide”), it will connect the United States to Europe. More specifically, it will connect the State of Virginia to the country of Spain.

The project will begin in August 2016, with a targeted completion date of October 2017. Microsoft says: “MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic — featuring eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tbps.

The new 6,600 km submarine cable system, to be operated and managed by Telxius, will also be the first to connect the United States to southern Europe: from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and then beyond to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This route is south of existing transatlantic cable systems that primarily land in the New York/New Jersey region.

Being physically separate from these other cables helps ensure more resilient and reliable connections for our customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.”

The fact that these two giants felt the need to have their own cables indicates how much data they intend to move.


Samsung Launches World’s Highest Capacity 256GB microSD Card

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256GB microSD Card

Samsung, a leading company making a wide range of electronics products, has just released the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card — the world’s highest capacity microSD storage device. This microSD card’s sale will go live in the upcoming month of June and it’ll be available in more than 50 countries.

If you’re looking for detailed specifications, we’ve got your covered:

  • 256GB of content storage capacity
  • Waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), Temperature-proof, X-ray-proof, and Magnetic-proof
  • Read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively
  • Speed Class: UHS-1, Class 10, (U3) compatible
  • Limited 10-year warranty

Robo cockroaches help each other
climb stairs

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It seems we, humans, can learn a lesson or two from a bunch of cockroaches. Well, not the real ones, but robotic hexapod cockroaches named velociROACHS. The velociROACHS are the product of the UC Berkeley’s latest research in robotics. The university scientists have released a video which shows the robotic cockroaches helping each other climb stairs. When they couldn’t climb it together, the back ROACH pushed the front one to climb. After succeeding, the front bot pulls the back one with a magnetic winch. Watch here how they managed this feat. We promise it’s not creepy at all.





Apple granted patent for interactive technology augmented reality

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The patent and trademark office has granted Apple a new patent for the development in the field of synchronized interactive augmented reality. According Holographica, the document describes a system that can be used in future iOS devices, including integrated with goggles to view the AR/VR content.

The patent describes Apple development in the area of overlap of the annotations on the image from the camera device in real-time by the user or automatically from local or network data sources. Such a device may be a smartphone, tablet, game console, music player or PC. Annotations can be text, multimedia or hypertext (containing links to other data) and displayed either automatically or in response to the recorded computer events.





Microsoft to store Data on DNA –
1,000,000,000 TB in just a gram

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Microsoft is planning to drastically change the future of data storage technology.

The volume and rate of production of data being produced and stored every day are so fast that the servers and hard drives needing to be replaced periodically, potentially increasing the risk of corruption and data loss.

According to stats, 5.4 zettabytes (4.4 trillion gigabytes) of digital data, circulating and available worldwide, had been created by 2015, and it will boost to 54 zettabytes (ZB) by 2020.

How will the world suppose to store this 10 times amount of data in next four years?

For this, Microsoft has partnered with scientists at the University of Washington to focus on using DNA as a data storage medium, the companies announced on Wednesday.

The data storage density of DNA is enormously higher than conventional storage systems, as just 1 gram of DNA can store close to 1 Billion Terabytes of data.

Besides this, DNA is also remarkably robust, which means the data stored in DNA can stay intact and readable for as long as 1,000 to 10,000 years.

According to Twist, all of the digital data that exists today could be stored in less than 20 grams of DNA.

Though the technology is long away from ready for commercial products (so you will not see a DNA-powered smartphone anytime soon), the initial tests done by the company last fall demonstrated 100 percent of digital data encoded on DNA could be recovered, Microsoft Research’s Doug Carmean said in the press release.

Recently, the American Chemical Society said in a statement that storing data on DNA could last up to 2,000 years without deterioration.



Puma’s training Robot lets Athletes
compete with Usain Bolt’s
Championship  records

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The Puma BeatBot is a small, box-shaped automated device that literally races against humans to help them improve their running times.

Equipped with an accelerometer, infrared sensors that help it follow the lines on a track, an Arduino microcontroller and a front facing camera, the BeatBot counts the revolution of its wheels to track its speed and distance. According to Puma, the device uses all that data to make more than 100 adjustments per second while racing a human.

Using that real-time tracking data, the tiny robot can help long distance runners pace themselves (even on tracks with curves), and can also help sprinters push themselves to new limits. The robot is controlled using an iPhone app that lets the user set their own time and distance running goals.

Those goals can include racing against the best times of your friends or even world champions as the BeatBot is also programmed to match the speed of Olympic 100 meter champion Usain Bolt by hitting speeds of up to 44.66 kilometers per hour. Bolt himself, who has a shoe deal with Puma, makes an appearance in the BeatBot’s demonstration video, sitting next to the BeatBot and issuing a challenge to runners everywhere.

But while the human versus robot racing demonstration looks incredibly cool, it turns out that the BeatBot is still just a prototype at this point. There’s no way to buy it; for now, it’s only available to Puma-sponsored athletes.





Wirelessly Powered Tiny Computer
with NO Batteries

No matter how smart and fast your devices would be, the biggest issue is always with the battery technology. Finally there’s a solution to this problem.

A team of researchers from the University of Washington’s Sensor Lab and the Delft University of Technology has developed a new gadget that doesn’t need a battery or any external power source to keep it powered; rather it works on radio waves.

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Dubbed Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP), the device is a combination sensor and computing chip that uses a standard off-the-shelf RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader to suck in radio waves and convert them into electricity.

Though the WISP is not designed to compete with the chips in your computer or even your smartphone, it has as much processing power as the Fitbit, which is enough to run sensors and transmit data.

The discovery could highly transform the Internet of Things (IoT) world as the WISP is even more low maintenance compared to Bluetooth Low Energy sensor chips being used today.

The next step in making the WISP usability even more convenient and easy is to create Wisent that would allow for wireless programming of the WISP. For this, the team has recently collaborated with the Delft University of Technology.

With the help of Wisent, the WISP can be programmed wirelessly and uses the very same radio waves to communicate.

Though the ultimate aim of WISP is in fully realizing the Internet of Things and giving “dumb” objects some smartness, it might even find its way into smartphones as a sort of emergency backup calling module that works even when your phone’s battery is dead.

However, there is no detail on when the WISP will be made available for purchase, or how much it will cost.

For more details, you can head on to the research paper [PDF].





BBM update allows users to
retract sent messages

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BlackBerry has announced a new release of BBM on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones. The update will allow users to ‘Retract’ their messages and content that they share in the event that it was shared by mistake. This update is available for users without any subscription fee. In addition, users can now set a timer so users can control how long a message or picture can be viewed by a contact. Besides this, the update also adds a number of other features such as the ability to forward messages from one chat to another, mute notifications for a multi-person chat on Android devices, and more.

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the launch of a new BBM release on iOS®, Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphones. With this new release*, BBM users can now take advantage of enhanced privacy and control features that allow them to take control over the messages and content that they share without any subscription fees.




BBM users can ‘Retract’ their message and pictures from recipients to take them back from their phone if they were sent as a mistake, or if they no longer wish them to be accessible. Plus, by setting a timer, users can control how long contacts can view messages and pictures that have been shared or communicate their location for only as long as they want to.

“Building on the renowned immediacy, reliability and security inherent to BBM, the new release provides unmatched level of privacy and control to BBM users without any subscription fees,” said Matthew Talbot, SVP, BBM at BlackBerry. “Keeping control over the messages and content that they share, BBM users can be ensured that what they share is always theirs to control.”

Additional key features include**:

  • Forward messages from one chat to another
  • Ability to mute notifications for a multi-person chat on Android
  • Scroll through all pictures shared within a 1:1 or multi-person chat on Android
  • Choose if users want pictures taken within BBM chats saved to their device
  • Video sharing improvements – capture and share larger videos on iOS
  • Redesigned chat screen look and feel on iOS
  • Multi-select mode to allow multiple messages to be deleted, retracted, or forwarded at once on iOS
  • Retract and edit messages in group chats on BlackBerry 10
  • Retract chat – retract all sent messages when you end a chat on BlackBerry 10
  • Marshmallow (Android 6.0) support

Syska launches app controlled
Rainbow LED Bulb

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Syska has launched the Bluetooth enabled Rainbow LED Bulb, which can be controlled via an app. The bulb is priced at Rs. 1,999 and The company says that it offers a colour palette of over three million. The bulb offers features such as Scheduled Lighting, Sync Music with Light and more. The app is called ‘Syska Rainbow LED’ and is available for Android and iOS devices

Taking a step closer to smart homes, Syska India’s leading player in the LED Lighting known for its smart innovation reveals a whole new dimension to lighting that can be digitized, it’s the smartest ‘Rainbow LED Bulb’ which vows to personalize your experience to the most colourful rainbow shades to choose from, that could be controlled wirelessly, illuminating 3 million colours for every mood, bringing endless possibilities light Years ahead!

Syska Rainbow LED Bulb, revolutionizes digital technology and welcomes a whole new era in lighting with the way we think and experience light in our homes. With Syska let your lighting be so much more than just light.

Paint a Rainbow at your Home:
To get your home glowing in all colors of rainbow, Syska LED Bulb is programmed with the variety of tones including Golden, Silver and White amidst the colour palette of over 3 million, all fully dimmable all at your fingertips.




The color options help you change and elevate your mood, defining the color for every mood. The user could also color pick from Camera or photo which will be sensed as per the visual perception of the snapshot.  Select a clear White for reading, choose a warm tone to relax, or dim everything for a romantic evening!

App Controlled Wireless Lighting:
Being Bluetooth enabled, Take full control of your lights, with the Free user friendly ‘Syska Rainbow LED App’. Featuring a clean intuitive interface on your smartphone –  either individually, one bulb at a time, or if you have multiple, you can program entire rooms or zones with specific types of lighting – program different areas of your homes to suit your tastes.

Scheduled Lighting:
Set timer events to turn your bulbs on and off throughout the day, with different colors defined for each event. Wake up in the morning to your favorite color, and then return home to a bright, well-lit home. The possibilities are endless. The app shall also enable alarm clock and stimulate the sun rising and circadian rhythm letting the light urge you to sleep, wake you up and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Sync Music with Light:
The app syncs Music with Light along with its ‘Shake & Dance feature’ – Slide the phone in your pocket and the bulb light brightness will change according to the movement of the user while dancing!

Multi-functional App:
Making the most of it, the app supports the Heartbeat measurement which will same be displayed in the form of bulb light. It also upkeeps several Interactive Games for the users namely Pinch Bomb, Roar etc. With the color recognition feature for Children, the bulb truly democratizes technology that teaches children to recognize the color with lights.

Enjoy brighter and energy efficient lighting with 7W LED Blub, which provides the 480 Lumens brightness. Surpassing the traditional light bulbs in every way, with a lifespan of 25000 hours and efficient performance, save upto 80% on your energy bill.

Simple to install and easy to use –  Being a retro fit just screw into any standard light socket, download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple, and you have a truly modern, connected home lighting system. The product is available with leading retail stores and select ecommerce portals.





EDGE.. Get to know the World’s
GREENEST office building

Are you someone who is interested to know about the Influence of Technology in environment.. or someone who always wanted to be Friends Of the Earth¿ Then.. this article will be a quench for you!

The Edge, the world’s GREENEST OFFICE, in Amsterdam prides itself on good coffee, lots of natural light – no desk is far from a window – and a gym that allows you not just to get fit but also to contribute to the energy supply of the office.

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Exterior Look of The Edge

It also flushes its toilets with rainwater, has a robot security guard that will challenge you if you wander around at night and a whole range of clever technology to make the building sustainable.

The developers behind it, Dutch firm OVG, liked it so much that they moved in when it was finished. So is the office that has already been dubbed the world’s greenest, really as smart as it seems?

The building, whose main tenant is consultancy firm Deloitte and was designed by London-based architects PLP Architecture, boasts “smart” ceilings embedded with 28,000 sensors, which measure temperature, light, motion and humidity. The lighting, designed by Phillips, is also smart – each one of the LED panels is ultra-efficient and requires only a tiny amount of electricity.

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Energy Efficient Lighting – the interior of the Edge

App based System..

Workers can control the temperature, lighting and blinds via a series of apps on their smartphones and work is ongoing to unify them. Users select the temperature they want from a sliding gauge on their phone and it will in turn adjust the valves in the pipes above their head. Each valve controls the temperature of around four desks so they do have to hope that the colleague sitting next to them is also happy with the change.

Facilities manager Wybe Van der Mey tells that in the first year of opening he only received a handful of complaints about the heating.

Workers can also use one of the apps to book meeting rooms, open lockers and check in to their desks.

App controlled Day at the Edge

App controlled Day at the Edge

Each floor of Deloitte’s office is laid out exactly the same, making it the ultimate hot-desking environment. It should in theory mean the firm can allocate desks – if people used the app.

“The dream of a facilities manager is to tell people where to go based on available space. Technically it is possible, but behaviourally it is not. People want to go to the same place every day and sit with their peers.”

Neither is the app-based system to book meeting rooms running entirely smoothly. Many don’t use it, leading to double-booked rooms, while others book rooms that they never intend to use because it gains them an extra parking space.

It is unclear how many use the stickers with QR codes which adorn all the meeting rooms, allowing users to connect to everything inside the room via their smartphone – including powering up the 4K screens to show their own presentations, controlling the lighting and heating and even lowering the blinds to stop their audience from daydreaming out of the window.

Towards Sustainability..

There is no doubting The Edge’s green credentials however. In December 2014 it received the highest ever BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) which has become the de facto test for sustainability in buildings.

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It got an outstanding rating with the highest-ever score of 98.36%, making it a star pupil in a business world that is increasingly being pushed to go green.

Solar Trend..

It means that Mr Van der Mey has become used to a new job role – as tour guide. He has hosted architects, developers and news outlets and rejected a request from the Amsterdam tourist board to show a group of Chinese tourists around the building. They come to see a range of features, including an innovative approach to solar power.

When it became clear to developer OVG that covering the roof with solar panels was not going to be enough to provide 100% of The Edge’s electricity it turned to its neighbours – the VU University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – to install a further 4,100 sq m (44,100 sq ft) of solar panels on their rooftops in return for the free use of any spare electricity.

Other features..

The slanted atrium also has a job to do – draining off rainwater to be collected in troughs and reused for cleaning and flushing the toilets.

The building is doing its bit to encourage its workers to go greener. There is a huge space for bikes and a whole wall dedicated to electric car charging points in the underground car park.

The Edge doesn’t just want to be home to office workers – it also has space for birds, bats and bees.




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Column for Birds & Bees

The building is heated and cooled via an aquifer thermal energy storage system. Hot water is stored in wells in the ground during summer to help heat the building in winter and cold water in the same way in the winter to cool the building in the warmer months.

There are no radiators in the building – all the heating is provided by cables that run through the ceilings. One carries data and the other water to provide an ambient temperature across the whole structure.

Every office needs a robot security guard doesn’t it? This one patrols at night and challenges anyone it finds to show their work pass.

Robot Security Guard

Robot Security Guard

Processing data..

One of its biggest challenges is making sense of the mountains of data generated by the sensors. For the moment the answer lies in data dashboards, which both the facilities teams and workers can access.

It displays a variety of real-time data points – including the number of workers in the building at any given time, how many visitors, energy consumption and temperature.

It also has some more fun data sets, such as a pie-chart showing how much coffee, and what type, is being consumed in the building at any given time.

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Coffee Machines connected to the Internet

Even the coffee machines are connected to the internet at The Edge. It became apparent from the data that lattes and cappuccinos were by far the most popular choice, meaning milk was frequently running out so Deloitte asked the manufacturer to make a new bespoke model with a larger compartment for milk – a real world example of how access to data can improve working lives.





 

Electric Bike Company Lets Users Create Replacement Parts with 3D Printers

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This futuristic looking motorized bicycle  created by New Zealand and UK based company ETT Industries, the Trayser is no regular e-bike, as it is the first of its kind to allow its users to 3D print replacement parts.

The e-bike, which was made available for pre-sale, costs £1,700 (about 2,430 USD), and boasts an impressive structure and aluminium frame design. Reportedly a breeze to ride, ETT’s Trayser e-bike is powered by a 42V lithium ion battery, giving the bike a solid range of 60 miles an hour (with minimum peddling) at up to 15.5 miles per hour. According to the electric bike company, to fully charge the bike’s battery should take about 300 minutes.

To maintain the one-of-a-kind e-bike, ETT has gone in a new direction and has made this effort. STL files for certain replacement parts available to its clients. Listed on its website, under their Future Factory heading, are 3D printable files for the Trayser’s rear mudguard and mudguard bracket, and its front brake clip. The company’s other motorized bike, the Raker, also has 3D printable parts listed, including accessories like a cup holder, iPhone mounts, and speaker mounts.

As the forward thinking company states on their website, “We want to help all our customers to personalise and get the most from their electric bikes, by offering them unique and interesting parts, as well as spares, that they can 3D print at home for free.” According to the company, their “future factory” selection, which admittedly is rather limited at the moment, will keep expanding, allowing their dedicated riders to not only find new replacement parts to 3D print, but to get involved in the e-bike 3D printing community.

As the files are available for free download through the company’s website, you can easily 3D print your own Trayser or Raker parts at home, and if you don’t, you can simply 3D print them through an additive manufacturing service such as Shapeways. For those without 3D printers who want to view the files, ETT Industries suggests using Autodesk Meshmixer, which can also be downloaded for free.

The Trayser is currently available for order through ETT Industries’ website in a limited range of colors, including bright blue, white, grey and dark blue.


 

LOG DOG App

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LogDog is your mobile security “watch dog,” providing around-the-clock detection for suspicious activity and unauthorized access to your online accounts.
With LogDog, you can take control of your account before it gets hacked.

LogDog protects your Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, Yahoo and Evernote accounts.

LogDog’s intelligent technology can detect when hackers try to go from service to service or one user to the next using exploited credentials. Unlike online service providers that are limited only to the data in their domain, LogDog looks at the entire set of multi-service usage data from the user’s point of view in order to accurately identify any suspicious behavior. The LogDog system monitors online accounts and continuously scans various indicators that are associated with unauthorized access by taking into account a user’s routine across various devices and services.


Additions to Human “Knowledge Base”
– Cool New Patents Introduced

Facebook to become Central platform for IoT
Patent Number – US 20160080389

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IOT devices are expected to become ubiquitous wherein each user will have control of various devices at home, car, office etc. Under such conditions, Facebook wants to be the central platform that users use to control client devices, such as a thermostat, an automobile, a drone, a toaster, a thermostat, a computer, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a robot, a vacuum, an actuator and a heater.

The patented technology will enable users to send control signals to multiple client devices using Facebook’s platform.  This will help users avoid installing multiple apps for various devices. Further, users will be able to conveniently share control of a device with other users in their network on Facebook.

If Facebook is successful at becoming a central point of access to client devices, it will be able to integrate more closely with our lives, as a platform to control daily life and not just personal relationships.

NASA to help athletes “get in the zone” quickly
Patent Number – US 9,283,468

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It is well known in the field of performance psychology that the peak performance of a task requires an optimal physiological state, which is colloquially referred to as “being in the zone.” The patented technology can help players accomplish various tasks including putting in golf, foul shooting in basketball, serving in tennis, marksmanship in archery or on a gunnery range, shooting pool or even throwing darts.

NASA’s patented technology includes a portable device (such as a head-mounted display) that provides performance-enhancing biofeedback training to the trainee. The novelty of the solution is that it tightly embeds the biofeedback training in the actual task whose performance is to be improved. Therefore, the players can use the technology during practice before the match to get in the zone.

Disney lets Users INTERACT with books !
Patent Number – US 9,285,660

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Disney’s patented animated books include a number of physical pages. Further, one or more projectors are embedded in the rear cover of the book. The projectors project light based on the page opened by the user.

Users can also interact with the content using voice or touch based inputs. For example, the elf is projected by the projector on a page of the book. When user touches the page, the projector shifts the projection of elf accordingly.

IBM patents social media karaoke
Patent Number – US 9,286,943

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Karaoke is a social entertainment activity where amateur singers sing along to selected music. In offline scenarios, singers receive immediate feedback from spectators who evaluate the singer’s live performance.

IBM wants to bring a similar experience to online social karaoke applications. The patented system provides immediate audience sentiment feedback to singers. For example, the system analyzes facial expressions of listeners to generate feedback that is conveyed to a singer in real-time.  The singer can then try to improve content creation in response.


ProtonMail launches an encrypted
email service

In search of an alternative to Gmail? Then, here’s your solution !

ProtonMail is an ad-free, end-to-end encrypted email client that’s been invite-only since 2014 – but it’s now opened its doors to ordinary people and is finally live on both Android and iOS.

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Its back-end was built by bods from CERN and MIT, and has so far been tested in closed beta with businesses, activists and journalists, which should all give you some indication of how seriously this platform is taking the privacy issue.

If you sign up for a free account, you get all of the basics that you’d get from any other provider, 500MB of storage, two-factor authentication to access your encrypted inbox, and now a very smart-looking app to access your emails on the go. But beware – if you forget the password to decrypt the email inbox, as opposed to the one for logging into the platform, you can’t retrieve it.





Cola – Type less Do More

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The world’s first Messaging OS is introducing one another Messaging App for Smater & Interactive Communication with fellowmates!

The app that adds more functionality to text messaging is named Cola Bubbles. Its main aim is to put end to the texting madness. So instead of typing the entire text message, you can just send a Cola Bubble to your friend, so that the person implies the meaning.

Cola Bubbles include features like

  • Where can we meet ?
  • Where are you now ?
  • Take photo or video
  • Quick Poll
  • Shared To-Do list

For instance, instead of texting someone “Hey, when do you want to meet?” you can just send them a Bubble with three times when you’re available, they can choose the option or options that work for them, then you can both add it to your calendar.

This obviously is more handy when you want to connect faster with your peers, organize parties or hangouts, or accomplish something within the time frame. The GREATEST PLUS is that you can send Bubbles to people who don’t have the Cola app.

System set to load Webpages
34% faster than now

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“Polaris” system from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab accelerates website load-time by decreasing network trips.

A group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have found a way to speed up the Web without actually increasing the connection throughput or making fundamental code changes.

It created Polaris, a framework that determines how to overlap the objects being downloaded by a page and minimize the amounts of time a site fetches individual resources. The framework creates a dependency graph of the page, then uses that to determine when each object should be loaded.

It’s been proven that there’s a deep link between performance and user activity – an Amazon data mining study found that for every 100-millisecond of delay, it’d lose one percent of profits.

This has been tried in 200 of the most popular websites, including The New York Times and Weather.com. If this simple technique can reduce load times by a third, it’ll be rapidly adopted by almost everyone.


Confide now lets users
un-send the unread mesages

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Confide, a private messaging app that is being marketed as Snapchat for Professionals, is supported in iOS, Android, Apple Watch, Mac and PC.

The latest feature introduced:
In case you type to the wrong person, the app now lets users ‘un-send’ that message. This feature called Message Retraction, is subscription-based and available globally.

However,  this is supported only if you’re using the mobile app version and willing to pay for the action as an in-app purchase.

The encrypted messaging app lets users send other Confide users text messages, that they can only view once before they disappear for good. The messages are blacked out(as you can see above), so you have to swipe your finger over the text to read it. This method makes it tough for someone to take a screenshot of a message since it’s nearly impossible to swipe over the whole thing at once.

The added benefit in the Android version is that it lets to quickly copy text from one app, say any mailing app,  and sending it to one of the Confide contacts.  To do this, you can just make use of the standard share button in Android to send the text through Confide.


Amazon to bring device encryption
back to Fire OS

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Amazon FireOS is an Android-based mobile operating system produced by Amazon for its Fire Phone and Kindle Fire range of EReaders, and other content delivery devices like Fire TV.

Less than a day after it emerged that Amazon is quietly dropping device encryption support for its Fire OS devices on 4th March, the U.S. firm has flip-flopped and said that it will restore the feature.

Amazon reported that it will continue to encrypt data transfers from Fire tablets to external servers, but content stored locally on Fire OS devices would not be protected in the same way. That situation will only be temporary, however, Amazon said.

Amazon actually made the decision to drop on-device encryption some time back, claiming that it was a feature that few of its users took advantage of, but it only came to light this week. The move is at worse, since the overwhelming majority of customers are unlikely to be aware of the feature, let alone its importance to them and their personal information.

Removing on-device encryption means that law enforcement agencies and other authorities can easily obtain a user’s information or data right from their device. That’s exactly the kind of situation that Apple is battling to prevent right now, stressing that the FBI order to open the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters sets a dangerous precent that tramples on privacy and safety for millions of users.

Over the past week, Apple’s fight has gained the support of a range of tech companies and figures — including Amazon — in addition to the UN and, somewhat unexpectedly, the former heads of the NSA and Homeland Security, both of whom made public statements in support of encryption technology.

Why Amazon dropped local encryption is unclear but some have speculated that it might have been done simply to squeeze better performance out of the Fire devices. Anyways, people are glad that their transactions and browse for books and other products are not put to question mark.





Fingerprint – Protected phones are
Vulnerable to Inkjet Attacks

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With fingerprints, and biometrics in general, poised to become the next big thing in online security, the report shows how unsafe this authentication system really is for today’s tech environment.

Two researchers of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University have devised a simpler and faster method of spoofing fingerprints. They have come up with a new method of hacking smartphones that use fingerprint biometrics to protect and lock the user’s data.

Their method only needs a regular inkjet printer, three AgIC silver conductive ink cartridges, a normal black ink cartridge, and special AgIC paper. The entire attack takes no more than 15 minutes. Current tests only included a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a Huawei Hornor 7. The researchers said that while the Samsung was easy to crack, the Huawei phone needed more tries. The attacker’s entire gear can cost less than $500.


Google lets celebrities and businesses
post directly to search results

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Google has begun experimenting with an entirely new format for search results, which could eventually let any brand, celebrity, or organization have a dedicated Twitter-like feed built right into the company’s search engine. Google first started employing it last month by letting presidential campaigns post lengthy debate rebuttals — and later by curating candidates’ voice on key issues like gun control and immigration. The design of these search results is similar to Google’s mobile cards, which can be swiped as well as clicked or tapped on to expand for more information.

Now the same tools are being extended to small businesses and could potentially be offered to celebrities and bigger-name brands. This allows to share the individual posts from the search results page, but we can’t like or comment on any of them. This is a new type of search results designed for self-promotion. These initiative looks similar to a new product called Google Posts, which now has its own dedicated website.


App that puts Writers on Thin ice

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Kickstart your creative flow !

The fear of providing life to thoughts through ink stays even with experienced writers. A web based app has been introduced to keep writers focussed on what they write, by just making them sit on the tip of a sword. Guess its name? Its The Most Dangerous Writing App. Huh.. eager to know what it does?

The idea behind this free Web-based tool is simple – choose how long you’d like to write for, say five minutes or half an hour, and then write non-stop until the clock runs out. If you pause for even five seconds, it’ll wipe everything you just typed. Terrible right ?

A very interesting app that helps writers to explore their creativity and timeliness. It works well for brain dumping and quickly jotting down ideas. The app’s threat of deleting your progress forces you to move from one thought to the next. One another similar app is Flowstate, a tool compatible for iOS and OS X. The advantage of this app is that it is supported in all browsers and there’s nothing to install.


Energy Efficient Passive WiFi

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The student researchers at the University of Washington invented a new type of hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than traditional Wi-Fi networking equipment. It’s called Passive Wi-Fi. Thus, a solution has been reached to the eternal struggle of Wi-Fi battery drain. To provide a better picture, the state of the art in low power Wi-Fi transmissions today consume 100s of milliwatts of power, whereas the technology the student researchers developed consume only 10-50 microwatts.

The students have discovered a way to reflect Wi-Fi packets instead of broadcasting them. That reflection happens via a process called backscatter, and the students at UW have created Wi-Fi equipment that sends out a signal via backscatter instead of using a full radio signal.

Right now most devices do not have the backscatter hardware inside of them to send Wi-Fi packets back to the Internet-connected router. But if this technology takes off, it could increase the amount of devices that are connected to the Internet because it nearly nullifies previous energy constraints of making a device Wi-Fi compatible.

To be clear, Passive Wi-Fi still requires running one Wi-Fi router, and Wi-Fi routers aren’t super energy efficient. The Environmental Projection Agency even created an Energy Star certification for home networking devices in 2013 to try to encourage the manufacture of less energy intensive devices. The energy savings with Passive Wi-Fi come from the Wi-Fi transmission chipset in devices that communicate via wireless Internet, not the router connected to the initial uplink.




For comparison’s sake, that’s 11 times faster than Bluetooth. One of the main selling points of devices communicating via Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi has been Bluetooth’s comparatively low energy consumption. But Passive Wi-Fi is 1,000 times more energy efficient than Bluetooth, and the network can be secured like any Wi-Fi signal can, unlike Bluetooth.

For now, Passive Wi-Fi is a laboratory-controlled research project, but in the future, these passive sensors may end up as part of the ubiquitous hardware construction of Wi-Fi connected devices. Passive Wi-Fi uses only a few simple components, so it would be very cheap and easy to integrate into existing devices like smartphones or tablets. Additionally, it could even reuse the antenna already inside those devices.