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Showing posts with label Invention. Show all posts
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Friday, April 2, 2021

The Underwater Pod For Yachts


British studio Gresham Yacht Design has recently introduced the next best thing in yacht design with their Hydrosphere, an underwater viewing platform that fits up to seven people and lowers from underneath the bottom of the vessel in minutes in order to observe passing sea life. 

The Hydrosphere can be deployed while the yacht is in motion (in speeds up to two knots), and exterior lighting illuminates the surrounding water, which allows for both day and night use. Also, unlike personal submarines or other submersibles that require a specialist or pilots to drive and deploy, the Hydrosphere operates simply and quickly at the push of a button.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New Artificial Skin Phone Case

I don't know about this one, seems a little creepy. Maybe just something for Halloween or Friday the 13th maybe. A team of researchers has built a prototype phone case that mimics human skin.

A video released by team members shows them using it to control a handset by pinching, squeezing and prodding it to zoom in or out, and carry out other functions.

"We are not used to human touch on objects. This project has made people reflect on what technology is and why this is creepy."

Tickling the skin on the back of the phone could release a laughing emoji in a message, for example, while a pinch could result in an expression of anger. The materials are mass-produced and each unit would cost less than £5 to build, he estimated.

The team also adapted it to fit other portable electronics, such as a smart watch, companion robot, and laptop launchpad.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Facebook Launch Three New Portal Devices

Facebook announced three new hardware products today focused on video calling and augmented reality, doubling down on its voice assistant products that will compete with similar devices from Google and Amazon.

The second-generation Portal, the new Portal Mini and new Portal TV each feature a camera and a set of microphones, and combine video calls with augmented reality features such as multiplayer games and 3D camera lenses.

All three devices, priced $129 to $179, are available for preorder starting today in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Companies like Google and Facebook generally hope to gain insights about consumer behavior through persistent interactions with their products that are eventually used for targeted advertising.

Facebook launched its first Portal device amid intense scrutiny of its privacy practices from U.S. and European regulators in 2018, prompting backlash from several tech reviewers. Facebook is also adding a new privacy option to all Portal devices that allows users to view, listen and delete any of their voice interactions using the Facebook Activity Log.

The devices will also be the first to run Facebook’s updated Portal operating system that was announced at the company’s annual F8 developer conference. In a surprising move, Facebook is adding Alexa skills including flash briefings, smart home controls and Amazon Prime Video to all of its Portal devices.

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Facebook To Financing A Massive Solar Farm

Watch Ford’s Delivery Robot That Walks On Two Legs

Friday, May 31, 2019

Facebook To Financing A Massive Solar Farm

Facebook is investing heavily in a massive solar farm in Texas as it rumbles towards its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year.

Longroad plans to have the farm up and running next year, and it's expected to have a capacity of 379 megawatts, which would be enough to power almost 300,000 homes.

It's the first time Facebook has invested directly in a renewable energy project. It's not clear exactly how much of the $416 million financing package Facebook covered, but it said it's contributing a "significant" portion of the total costs.

As of last year, 75 percent of Facebook's business runs on renewable energy. Other tech major companies already run on renewable energy or plan to do so.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bill Gates Launches European Clean Energy Fund

With the goal of getting capital intensive startups off the ground, a new $111 million clean energy innovation fund has been launched.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E) has been launched in partnership with the European Commission. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and BEV are providing half the capital each.

The initiative is the work of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates in late 2016. It has pulled together a coalition of corporate and private investors including SAP, GE, Jeff Bezos, Vinod Khosla and Jack Ma.

Support will be provided to European companies working to “bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market.” Investments are expected to start before the end of 2019. EU Member States and countries participating in the Horizon 2020 program are eligible for BEV-E funding.

“Breakthrough Energy Ventures-Europe is a great example of driving innovative ways for the private and public sectors to collaborate, deploy capital, and build companies,” said Bill Gates, chairman of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Speed is not the only challenge facing the European Commission’s goal of developing a carbon-neutral economy. The pilot is a drop in the ocean compared to the required investment.

Beyond Europe, Breakthrough Energy Ventures has already backed a number of firms operating in a broad range of fields including energy storage, fusion, geothermal and microgrids.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Watch Ford’s Delivery Robot That Walks On Two Legs

Ford partnered with Agility Robotics to create Digit, a two-legged robot that could deliver your packages straight to your door in the future. Ford claims this robot can carry packages up to 40 pounds, navigate stairs, and go around unexpected obstacles.

When the self-driving delivery vans finally arrive, it's going to be a challenge getting packages from the vehicle to the doorstep. That's where Ford's partnership with Digit – a bipedal robot from Agility Robotics – comes in handy.

The humanoid can also fold up, so it stows away in the back of the delivery van ready to unfold and carry packages once the van arrives.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Is Japan About To Invest $1 Billion Into Delivery Apps?

Will Japan's Softbank announce a $1 billion investment in Colombian delivery app Rappi? The Rappi investment would be the first one by the newly created Innovation Fund, which is focused on Latin America.

Rappi was valued at $1 billion in its latest funding round in September, backed by DST Global. Rappi operates in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, besides Brazil.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

New Apple iPad Air And iPad Mini Released

All new models now support the Apple Pencil, but you might want to double check your iPad model before buying one.

It looks identical to the previous 2015 model. But everything has been updated inside the device. It now features an A12 chip (the system on a chip designed for the iPhone XS), a 7.9-inch display that is 25 percent brighter, features a wider range of colors and works with True Tone.

Unlike with the iPad Pro, the iPad mini still features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a Lightning port and a headphone jack. You can buy it today for $399 for 64GB.

Second, the iPad Air. While the name sounds familiar, this is a new device in the iPad lineup. When Apple introduced the new iPad Pro models back in October, Apple raised the prices on this segment of the market.

The iPad Air now features an A12 chip, which should represent a significant upgrade over the previous generation iPad Pro that featured an A10X. The iPad Air works with the Smart Keyboard. You can buy the device today for $499 with 64GB of storage. You can choose to pay more for 256GB of storage and cellular connectivity. It comes in silver, space gray and gold.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Migos Invest With Style

Migos is making wave throughout various trends. The rap group partner with Can-Am motorcycles, a subdivision of Bombardier. Together they are launching the 2019 Can-Am Ryker three-wheel motorcycle, celebrating tripedal innovation in both the sectors that are represented.

It's no secret that all three Migos's members are avid bike fans, as evidenced by the many automotive references they make in 2018's "Motorsport" with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

To mark the new partnership, Can-Am built each Migos member a custom Ryker to match their personalities. On their end, Migos will be asked to attend Can-Am sponsored events as "brand ambassadors." 

They will also be tasked with developing their own marketing campaigns on social media, in the promotion of Can-Am products, namely the limited edition Ryker bearing the group's name. 

Look for the Migos' Ryker to appear in forthcoming music video projects, as per their arrangement.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Will Samsung Presents The Cordless TV Set?

The patent proposes using electromagnetism to power the set, via a small box that would be mounted below the TV (about the size of a TV speaker bar). Presumably, the power cord to that box could be hidden in an entertainment center.

Samsung has long emphasized a streamlined look for its TV sets, doing its best to minimize the rat’s nest of cords that run from the set to the nearest power outlet, cable box, and other peripherals. Now it may have found a way to truly cut the cord.

A recently revealed patent filing by the company shows a proposed television design that is completely cordless, using wireless power technology that’s currently used on smartphones.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Roku Streaming Service Now Challenging Amazon Prime

Roku just unveiled new streaming TV changes that sound a lot like what Apple is planning. The change gives Roku's media partners a chance to include ad content inside of the Roku app instead of leaving it inside separate apps where fewer viewers can see the ads.

The Roku Channel, a separate section of the Roku user interface on TVs with Roku software and Roku products, will soon let users subscribe to paid content from Showtime, EPIX, Starz and a handful of other, lesser-known networks. Customers will be able to see all of the shows and movies available on those platforms before they subscribe, and can access the movies and TV shows from other devices, such as phones and tablets. They'll also be able to pay for all the services through one bill paid to Roku, instead of a separate bill for each service.

But there's a lot of missing content in Roku's new offering. HBO, Hulu and Netflix aren't available. Those apps are still available outside of "The Roku Channel," but users will need to navigate to the home screen and away from "The Roku Channel," which is clearly where Roku is going to try to keep its users' eyeballs.

The move also sounds similar to what Apple is planning. CNBC reported in October that Apple will mix its free original content with subscription channels inside of the TV app , which is available on iPhones and iPads. Apple may introduce its service as soon as this year.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Have You Saw The New Pocket Size Drone?

Now this looks like a great gift this Christmas for you husband or teenager. America started uploading incredible selfies from insane angles. Now, this new type of selfie has taken off - Literally - across the world!

It’s the new SkyCamHD, a brand new type of drone made so that anyone can fly it. It's perfect for making the ultimate selfies!

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The SkyCamHD was designed by two German engineers who love drones. They found that the drones they had were very bulky, heavy and difficult to travel with. So, they designed this ultra-compact, light drone, and all without sacrificing any of the main benefits of a top HD model.

We were surprised by how easy it is to set up! First, you have to install an app (just scan the QR code in the manual). It’s all very easy.

Once you have done that, just plug in the battery, connect to your drone and start up the app. In less than 10 seconds you’re ready to fly your drone!

And then the best part comes: flying is so incredibly easy. The controls are just superb, really intuitive. Flying the drone feels natural. A colleague’s kids happened to be at the office, and they figured it all out in seconds—on their first drone flight ever. It’s Just amazing how easy and smooth the controls are!

Once you’re in the air, it’s time to use the built-in camera. You can take the most stunning pictures and videos. Take videos from otherwise impossible angles and impress your friends with the coolest selfies!

They sell it for only $99, (deal only available online, $150 in shops) which is tremendously cheap for a drone of this quality!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Core Bottled Water Company Bought For $500 Million

The Memphis rap legend didn't have to lift a finger, as an investment he made appears to have paid off with a $525 million acquisition of the company.

In late November, the rapper revealed he made an investment in the bottled water company Core. That company was recently acquired by Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525 million. Juice commented on the deal via Instagram typing, "The best investment I made in my life."

Juicy J has been rolling in hip-hop cash for over two decades off the backs of his various music endeavors, whether it be rapping, producing or working at an executive level. It is unclear how many shares of the company Juicy owned, so his ultimate payday is unknown.

He wouldn't be the first rapper to see an investment pay off in a big way this year. Over the summer, a pharmacy startup company name PillPack that Nas had investments in was bought by Amazon for $1 billion. The amount he walked away with is also unknown.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The New Apple IPlane

During the meeting with President Trump and Kanye West, West suggested that Trump should fly on the ‘iPlane 1’, instead of the current Air Force One, a Boeing VC-25AS aircraft.

Following the meeting, the designer of the concept, Shabtai Hirshberg, told The Verge that Kanye’s words “completely caught [him] by surprise”.

The original design was posted back in 2012 and is called ‘Aerocruiser’. It was created as part of the Detroit-based designer’s master’s degree, with the project titled, “Redesign of a Commercial Aircraft for 2030”.

Hirshberg added that while Apple is not involved at this stage, he is currently working on a smaller version of the craft.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

How Own Zone Headphones Is Changing The Game

Now these headphone are great for studio sections for groups and multiple artist. Own Zone are wireless, noise-canceling headphones that will connect to virtually any TV, so you can listen as loud as you want without bothering anyone who's nearby.

Own Zone certainly appears to be able to deliver on its main claim thanks to its wireless functionality and customizable volume control, but the real question becomes how well it can do so compared to the competition.

I got these headphones to connect to my home studio and it did well. In compliance with that, I order a couple more so I can have multiple connections. Own Zone is a must have even for kids. This comes just in time for the holidays.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Having A Big Technology Boom

At a conference in Pittsburgh last month showcasing new technology companies, Mayor Bill Peduto cautioned the city to avoid the “precarious position” of Silicon Valley, where an explosion of tech wealth has left many people behind.

Benefits of the tech boom have been limited. Around Allegheny County, where steel and natural gas industries still provide an important, albeit declining, number of jobs, about 12 percent of the population still lives in poverty.

Pittsburgh’s angst comes as new tech replaces old industry, offering the biggest economic opportunity since the first steel mills opened at the end of the 19th century, but with no assurances of who will benefit.

Pockets of Pittsburgh now resemble a small-scale Silicon Valley, humming with fast-growing tech businesses that have attracted billions of dollars in private financing and young professionals commanding six-figure salaries.

Much of the new activity springs directly from the artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, premiere academic institutions that have helped anchor the city through its industrial decline.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Introducing The Robotic Finger By MobiLimb

I'm kind of scared of the design and the way it looks.

Besides loving on you, the MobiLimb can move up and down to get your attention when you have a notification, serve as a kickstand to hold your phone upright, or act as a handle if you want to carry your device around like a shield. It can also "simulate personality and emotions such as curiosity" to entertain you, allow your device to move independently by clawing its way forward, and even hold a pen and draw a heart.

The researchers have designed several different textures for the MobiLimb, including a "classic robotic shell," another made of fur, and a third with realistic "finger-like" skin made of silicon.

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"Using a humanlike skin with the phone illustrates changes the perception of the mobile device from an inanimate object to an 'almost' human entity," Teyssier wrote.

"In the spirit of human augmentation, which aims at overcoming human body limitations by using robotic devices, our approach aims at overcoming mobile device limitations (static, passive, motionless) by using a robotic limb"

Friday, October 5, 2018

The Thinnest Laptop Ever

Alienware m15
Sure, you'd love your gaming laptop to be thin and light, but probably not if slimming down means forgoing the sort of things a gaming laptop should do, like deliver enough space to cool a powerful graphics card and CPU.

Only recently, with the advent of more efficient GPU designs from Nvidia and thinner bezels around displays, have PC makers begun to offer thin-and-light laptops that can still push 60 frames per second.

The base model comes with a full HD (1,920 by 1,080) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a maximum 60Hz refresh rate and an overclocked Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. Although Dell hasn't announced final pricing for this configuration yet, it could result in some very cost-effective graphics performance.

The latest company to join the thin-and-light gaming club is Dell, whose new Alienware m15 (starts at $1,299) is the brand's thinnest laptop ever.

Despite its 15.6-inch display, the Alienware m15 is even thinner (by 14 percent) and lighter (by 20 percent) than the 13.3-inch Alienware 13. The two laptops share an almost identical footprint, however, which means that the borders around the display and the keyboard are much smaller than on the Alienware 13, giving the Alienware m15 a decidedly svelte look.

The Alienware m15 comes with a single processor option, the hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H, whose clock speed tops out at 4.1GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Memory options include 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, and Dell offers no less than 10 storage options, ranging from a single 256GB SSD to a dual-drive setup with two 1TB PCI Express M.2 SSDs. The latter is likely to be astronomically expensive and overkill for most people who only play one or two games at a time.

Introducing The Harman Citation 500

Packed with 200w of power, the Harman Citation 500 is one all will come to love.

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 is a next generation stereo smart speaker designed for large rooms. Easy to use with its full-color LCD touch screen, Citation 500 blends innovation in home audio with attention to detail in design, allowing for sophisticated looks and powerful sound.

The Citation 500 will be priced at $599.95 in the U.S. Harmon Kardon is a well-known brand in the audio game, so you can bet that its new Citation 500 speaker is going to be pretty killer in terms of audio quality.

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 blends sophisticated design and powerful wireless sound in every room with the Google Assistant, a smart speaker that touts 200W of stereo audio and high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz support in a compact form for $600/£649.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Introducing The Spin Remote @spinremote Into Greatest #Inventions

There's one thing that Amazon Echo cannot do: control an old television. The SPIN remote a revolutionary controller that helps you steer smart and non-smart devices seamlessly via Infrared, Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi. This is the Simplest, most Stylish remote ever.

One remote for all your devices, free of all those buttons you never use. SPIN remote is for anyone who wants to be in control of their devices, but is frustrated with the ever growing number of buttons, remote controls and apps. There's like a million universal remotes on the market these days. Which is amazing because you can basically program just about anything.

SPIN remote activates as soon as you touch it. SPIN remote supports macros (or sequences), which means that you can for example turn on multiple devices at once. SPIN remote not only transmits infrared signals, it can receive them as well. This feature is used to learn commands from your existing remote controls.