Showing posts with label Invention. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Invention. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tech firm creates a wireless road that can charge electric cars on the move

Wireless vehicle charging that could see electric cars get their batteries topped up by the roads they are driven is a step closer to reality.

Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm has created a 100-metre stretch of road that sends charge to electric vehicles travelling on it, even at high speeds.

The introduction of such wireless charging highways could revolutionise the electric-car market, eradicating range anxiety and the impracticality of having to stop for extended periods to recharge batteries - two of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicle adoption today.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Samsung to reveal the world's first 'stretchable' display tomorrow which could move 12mm in both directions

Samsung is unveiling a 9.1-inch stretchable display design tomorrow, sources suggest.

A flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen which could stretch in both direction by as much as 12 millimetres might spell out a new era in phone screen technology, the report says.

This advanced flexible display could be used for various technologies, including wearable displays, artificial intelligence and vehicle displays.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Samsung is continuing to pursue its goal of conquering virtual reality, and its latest move to that end could be to introduce more VR products for kids.
The news comes from Samsung blog SamMobile, which noted that Samsung could introduce a “kids mode” into its already-launched virtual reality offerings, most notably it Gear VR headset. While we don’t yet know exactly what such a feature would look like, it’s safe to assume that it might curate content specifically built for kids and filter out any content that might be inappropriate. The feature is expected to roll out before the launch of future Samsung flagship devices, including the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Google Introduces Search Technology Based on Camera Images

Soon, Android users will be able to search for relevant information on objects around them—and take related actions—simply by pointing their mobile device at the things that they are interested in.
For instance, a user looking for reviews on a specific restaurant or for ticket prices to a show could get that information by pointing their Android smartphone or tablet's camera at the restaurant sign or event marquee.
Similarly, by putting the camera in front of the sticker on a WiFi router an Android device user could automatically connect to the network without the need to manually enter the network password.

This New Technology Enables Editing Audio Just Like Text

Princeton University engineers have developed the Photoshop for audio editing. It’s being heralded as the copy and paste of sound. This new software can add words or replace words in the audio recording of a human voice.
Audio engineers have been able to remove sound bites by editing the clip’s transcription for several years. However, they’ve never been able to add in or replace a word for clarity’s sake. This new software — VoCo — synthesizes the new words into the speaker’s voice with ease, even if that word appears nowhere else in the recording.

Star Wars holograms move a step closer: Scientists reveal world's thinnest 'floating' images that are 1,000 times narrower than a human hair

From Star Wars to Avatar, interactive 3D holograms are a staple in science fiction.
But the challenge for scientists trying to turn them into a reality is developing holograms that are thin enough to work with modern electronics.
Now, a pioneering team of researchers has created the world's thinnest hologram, which is 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.
The researchers hope their invention will pave the way towards integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics, including smart phones, computers at TVs.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space

FORGET fuel-powered jet engines. We’re on the verge of having aircraft that can fly from the ground up to the edge of space using air and electricity alone.
Traditional jet engines create thrust by mixing compressed air with fuel and igniting it. The burning mixture expands rapidly and is blasted out of the back of the engine, pushing it forwards.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Touching moment a virtual reality headset helps elderly people with dementia recall precious memories

For people living with dementia, recalling memories can be a frustrating process, but a new virtual reality system is being used as a form of therapy.
The VR system, called VirtuCare, shows users scenes designed to relax them - including a nostalgic beach and forest full of animals - in the hope of jogging memories.

A touching new video shows two elderly people trying out the device, and one even says that using it is 'one of the happiest moments of [her] whole life.'

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This Laser Printer Can Produce Vibrant Colors Without Ink

Exotic and vibrant colors naturally occur in nature because of pigmentations. But nature is also capable of displaying a whole spectrum of eye-catching colors through building nano-scale surface structures. Creatures with intricate physical aesthetics, like a peacock’s feathers or the rich patterns on a butterfly’s wings, achieve this kind of high color resolution due to the small-scale arrays of distinctly shaped objects on their surfaces. This naturally occurring color structure was exploited by a team of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). They developed a laser printing technique that doesn’t require ink.

Scientists create a paper-thin, flexible speaker that generates energy from motion

A talking newspaper may sound like a concept from Harry Potter, but researchers say they've made a major breakthrough that could soon make it a reality.

Scientists have created a paper-thin, flexible device that can not only generate energy from human motion, but can act as a loudspeaker and microphone.

The audio device could eventually lead to a range of consumer products, including a folding loudspeaker, voice-activated security patch, or roll up radio.

The device, known as the ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG), was created by researchers from Michigan State University.

Experts reveal the five ultrasound technologies that could change the world forever

Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. 

Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves so high-pitched that humans can't hear them has found use in almost every branch of industry. 

The vibrations it creates can kill bacteria, weld plastics and even help to mature brandies in a matter of days rather than years.

Today, ultrasound is finding its way into even more applications, powering inventions that have the potential to make huge changes in their fields. Here are just a few of them:

Friday, May 12, 2017

New MIT water purification method eliminates even trace chemical waste and pesticides

Ridding water of tiny concentrations of pollutants isn’t easy. Typically, a lot of energy or chemicals are required to remove these dangerous contaminants – but that could change. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have come up with an electrochemical process able to pull out toxins like chemical wastes, pharmaceuticals, or pesticides. Their process could help people in developing countries obtain water without those unhealthy compounds.

The 3D printed bionic skin that could give humans supersenses and robots a sense of touch

A new 3D printed ‘bionic skin’ could soon allow robots to feel the world around them.

And, researchers say it’s a step toward electronic devices that can be printed directly onto the human body.

The layers of ‘ink’ used in the technique can set at room temperature, making for ‘endless’ possible applications, from surgical robots to wearables that can detect explosives.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Turning pollution into power

Scientists in Belgium have come up with a way of capturing polluted air and converting it into power in the form of hydrogen gas, a technology that could prove a two-pronged environmental panacea. The device is only at the proof-of-concept stage right now, but the researchers hope to scale it up for industrial applications and have it produce clean energy in a similar way to a solar panel, cleaning the surrounding air while it's at it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nvidia's slightly terrifying Metropolis platform paves the way for smarter cities

Nvidia has a vision for the city of the future, and it takes the always-on surveillance we're becoming accustomed to and pushes it to whole new levels. The company's Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform applies deep learning to constantly process and contextualize the masses of data streaming from the ever-increasing number of cameras watching us every day.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Graphene Contact Lenses Monitor Tears and Pressure

Diabetes monitoring currently relies on the familiar but painful pin-prick test, where a small amount of blood is extracted and tested for glucose concentration, normally from the finger.  Although this method is accurate enough, it is invasive, inconvenient and does not provide continuous monitoring.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide and a major risk factor is the pressure within the eyeball. Typically, the disease progresses without any symptoms; by monitoring the intra-ocular pressure, it could be treated earlier, leading to better outcomes.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Top 5 technologies that will scale through beyond 2025

The talk of the day ranges from automation to device mesh to IoT across organisations big and small alike. This article will bring some great insights on five top technologies that will be relevant in 2025 and beyond. Most of the existing technologies would have become obsolete by then.

This Limited Edition Luxury Watercraft is the Boat of Your Dreams

If you’re a fan of luxury boating, this craft will certainly entice you. The Kormaran K7 can transform into a catamaran, trimaran, monohull, or a hydrofoil. It gives users the perfect flexibility and versatility on boating excursions, even while the boat is moving.
This stunning boat will make you feel like James Bond — so much so that the advert’s music even feels like an action movie.

Ram Group Announces World's First Full-Body Biometric Authentication Technology

RAM Group, Singaporean based technology firm, has just announced a new breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a novel  quantum-state sensor that exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based on a revolutionary new smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor will have widespread applications across finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security.

Scientists develop technology to create Wi-Fi holograms

Soon Wi-Fi will do more than just connect you to the internet.
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich have developed a holographic imaging process that uses radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment, down to centimeter (.4-inch)-scale precision, according to a paper published Thursday. In other words, they can effectively make holograms out of thin air.