Tech News: #2 Issue
This week was truly fruitful for awesome innovations and we’re in a hurry to share this news with you in our Tech news column. We’ve also made kind of a poll beyond aiia team for the most wanted innovation. Do you want to find out what is the most desired item out of this list? Share this article with your friends and comment below about what you liked the most!
1. Amazon Echo: Voice-Controlled Speaker
Please, meet close Siri’s and Google Now’s relative – digital assistant called Alexa by Amazon. This is extremely cool, modern and high-tech gadget navigated by your voice and read it back to you through a speaker. You can ask Alexa everything and get the right answer. She knows everything, believe me.
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2. Bouncing camera lets you see inside dangerous environments
The ball contains a six-lensed camera. Lug it into a dangerous environment – a hostage situation, say – and it’ll snap a load of photos and stitch them together into a single image. This is then sent to one of the officials’ smartphones so they can see the lie of the land. It also contains temperature and carbon monoxide sensors, so they can tell if an environment is dangerous without risking their health.
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3.Barclays bPay wristband lets you pay with a flick of the wrist
Barclays has an alternative to Apple Pay: bPay. It consists of a wristband, keyfob and sticker, all of which contain the wireless chip necessary for contactless payments. In other words, tap said wristband, keyfob or sticker on a supporting payment terminal, and the payment will go through with no entering your PIN or signing your name.
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4. The Blade is the world’s first 3D-printed supercar
We’re big fans of 3D printing, so this one naturally caught our eye. The Blade was created by San Francisco firm Divergent Microfactories and is recognised as the world’s first 3D printed supercar. Rather than coming out as a single unit, the Blade was created using a series of chassis parts held together by carbon rods. Divergent claims that this method can reduce the weight of the chassis by as much as 90 per cent compared to conventional cars that are pumped out in a factory. Although the fact that its carbon fiber and not steel or aluminium probably has a lot to do with it.
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5. Google’s smart contact lens may not be far away
We first heard of Google’s smart contact lens in 2014, when it was announced by the Google X research lab. The device is aimed at diabetics, and uses miniaturised electronics like chips, sensors, and a hair-thin antenna to test their tears for glucose. The technology saves diabetics from having to draw blood to get a blood-sugar reading, making the whole thing quick and easy.
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6. New Apple Watch strap adds a whopping 30 hours of charge
The watch charges via micro USB and when you charge it, it actually charges the Apple Watch at the same time. That’s great, as it means you won’t need to carry Apple’s official magnetic charger around – and you can make use of the much more common micro USB cables. The strap is made from a specialised thermoset elastomer silicone and the official battery boost is quoted at 167%. There’s even an LED indicator onboard to show you how much charge you’ve got left.
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7. Scio, the pocket-friendly molecular sensor
With promises of being able to identify food and distinguish between types of pills just by scanning their molecular fingerprints, it’s little wonder the sensor was popular on Kickstarter. Not only can Scio identify objects, but it can also give a breakdown of many of the chemicals within. Scio works thanks to the power of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, which is capable of scanning physical materials for signs of these fingerprints. It is a dramatically downsized version of a hefty and extremely pricey piece of equipment known as a lab spectrometer.
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8. L’Oreal will test cosmetics on 3-D printed human skin
L’Oreal announced a partnership Organovo, whose NovoGen Bioprinting Platform can print living human tissue. Most of the tissue is used in pre-clinical trials for liver and kidney drugs. But soon it will be used to test how skin reacts to L’Oreal’s beauty products. The 3-D printed skin could become a hot commodity as more countries forbid cosmetics testing on animals. Well, we’ll see how this innovation survive.
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9. RAVPower FileHub
If you travel with any regularity, this versatile little gadget may just be your new best friend. They call it the RAVPower FileHub, but that name doesn’t do it justice, because it’s really three gadgets in one: Travel Router: Turn any ethernet jack you find into a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can still come in handy at certain hotels and conventions; 6,000mAh USB Battery Pack: Keep your phone and tablet charged during a long day away from any power outlets; File Hub: Transfer files and wirelessly stream content from an SD card, hard drive, or flash drive to all of your devices. Imagine loading a cheap SD card up with movies for a long trip, instead of, say, buying a more expensive iPad with extra local storage.
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