Tech News: #4 Issue

Nike designed sneakers specially for people with disability. Guys worked so great, that nearly half of the planet want to possess them too. An interesting fact: 80% of those people do not match the target audience Nike have chosen. What do you think about it? Will you join those 80% or join the minority ranks? At aiia we all want them so, so bad! About it and not less intriguing news of the technical world you can read in our new Tech News: #4 Issue! Go for it!

1. New Self-Healing Plastic Could Make Cracked Phones A Thing Of The Past

New family of plastics offers insurance against these disasters, through unique properties that allow them to be reformed after being broken apart. Just add heat and a chemical catalyst, and watch the damage melts away. Such plastics combine the two existing families of plastics. Thermoplastics are malleable when heated but become fixed in a solid shape when cooled, and cannot be reformed. It means that very soon you’ll have no broken displays anymore! Yaaay!
New Self-Healing Plastic Could Make Cracked Phones A Thing Of The Past
Photo by: Digitaltrends

2. The Malloy Hoverbike

It looks like a flying motorcycle is the next step in personal transport, as the Hoverbike project steps into a new development phase. It will not be exactly like the Speeder Bike in Star Wars, but it will definitely pack massive amounts of fun. Mallow Aeronautics’ new-design quad-copter drone is already founded via Kickstarter and it represents the base upon which the final version of the Hoverbike will be built.

The Malloy Hoverbike
Photo by: Solidmack

3. The Smallest GoPro Camera Ever: GoPro Hero 4 Session

Last week, GoPro announced the Hero 4 Session, a small, square camera that doesn’t need a waterproof housing. The diminutive size and simple controls (one press turns it on and starts it recording) gave the Hero4 Session unique character. Session makes 1080p camera (with 8-megapixel stills) just as expensive as the Hero 4 Silver, a camera that shoots in higher resolution (2.7K and low frame rate 4K) has an LCD touchscreen, among other flagship features. We want to possess it. What about you?

The Smallest GoPro Camera Ever: GoPro Hero 4 Session
Photo by: Goprostore

4. IBM Makes Tiny Chips As Small As Blood Cell

Following the tendency of minimizing computers, IBM developed technology, which allowed making computer chips of an unbelievably small size. They are actually as tiny as a blood cell. The smallest of the new chips are about 7 nanometers wide. The smallest parts on current chips are twice that. The tiniest chips have only been made in the lab so far. But IBM says that it is working on ways to make them in factories, which will be necessary to make them on a mass scale.

IBM Makes Tiny Chips As Small As Blood Cell
Photo by: Flipboard

5. MB&F Unveils The Music Machine 3, The Star Wars Inspired Music Box

Established as a maker of timepieces in avant-garde shapes, MB&F expanded the brand into clocks and music boxes in the same vein – having them made with traditional methods but in radically novel forms. The MM3 features twin movements on each side of the central pod, with the web-like wings on each side transmitting the sound down to the wood base that amplifies the music. The themes from Star Wars, Mission Impossible, and James Bond are found on the right cylinder, while the left plays the theme music of The Godfather, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and The Persuaders. The MM3 is a limited edition of 99 pieces, with 33 each in white, black and chrome.

MB&F Unveils The Music Machine 3, The Star Wars Inspired Music Box
Photo by: Supercompressor

6. Pebble Time Steel smartwatch

Back in 2012, when the Apple Watch and Google’s popular Android Wear platform weren’t even on the radar, startup Pebble built the first credible smartwatch hardware and OS. Fast forward to 2015, and the company’s original, gray-scale Pebble Watch is still available but feels outdated when compared to full-color competitors powered by other platforms. Enter the Pebble Time, a wrist companion with a color e-paper screen, a built-in microphone and a new timeline-centered UI. While the watch’s current software and apps offer less functionality than we’d like, the Time’s simple interface, long battery life, always-on display and comfy design make it a very compelling option.

Pebble Time Steel smartwatch
Photo by: Kickstarter

7. Nike designed a sneaker for people with disabilities

Whether it be in clothing or footwear products, Nike is known for never being afraid to experiment with new technologies. The latest example is the company’s new Zoom Soldier 8, a gorgeous shoe that was designed for people facing disabilities — such as amputees and those who have suffered a stroke or cerebral palsy. With the sneaker’s Flyease tech, which features an unusual zipper mechanism that ties around the heel, Nike’s made it easier for the disabled community to tie their shoes. Instead of having to use both hands to accomplish this task, something that may not be possible or easy for some, Flyease simplifies this by letting them rely on one hand to open or close the shoe.

Nike designed a sneaker for people with disabilities
Photo by: Nike

8. Samsung explores measuring body fat through your phone

You can already measure your heart rate and step counts on your smartphone, but Samsung thinks it can kick things up a notch. One of the company’s recently published patent apps would use electrical impedance to measure your body fat levels. All you’d do is grab your phone, and four sensors (installed in the phone or a case) would do the rest. The feature makes sense given Samsung’s ongoing health kick, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this eventually turns up in a Galaxy handset you can buy. With that said, there’s no guarantee that it’ll either show up or work as well as planned. Phone-based health sensors aren’t entirely accurate, and Samsung might not want to detect something as important as body fat unless it can give you reliable numbers.

Samsung explores measuring body fat through your phone
Photo by: Goldenstarsalinas

9. Oaxis’ health devices track your water, weight and workouts

You may not have heard of Oaxis, but it’s determined to get on your radar if you’re a health maven. The young firm is crowdfunding a Wellness Suite that includes not just the obligatory fitness bands (the O2 and Ji Cheng), but also a smart water bottle (the Vita) and a scale (the Glo). To us, the highlights are the non-wearables. The Vita helps track your hydration levels, and will tell you whether or not your water is both chilly and safe to drink. The Glo, meanwhile, keeps tabs on everything from your total weight to subtle factors like your body fat index and metabolic rate. Ironically, the bands are the most humdrum items here – the Ji Cheng is a “fashion” band that measures daily activity, while the O2 is built for exercise with real-time heart rate updates.

Oaxis' health devices track your water, weight and workouts
Photo by: Megapowertech