By adding sophisticated electronics, what was once a fashion statement can now be “a motion-reactive, technology-oriented dress,” said Ben Horvat, CEO of Diffractive Design and an artist himself.
For instance, Diffractive Design’s white “Luminance” dress appears to glow from the inside out. "Our goal for the white dress, was to kind of create something that looked uplifting, or kinda created this aura of light,“ said Horvat.
Horvat and his team have also crafted a black dress—called the "Pulse"—coated in lights that seem to move up and down the wearer’s body.
"As the person moves…based on body motion, [the technology] sends undulating waves of light up and down the body,” he said.
Tired of the bragging it hears from the IT vendors, NASA is using its rockets to launch colored clouds.
“Rocket launches are spectacular, “wow” events that most of us don’t get to see with our own eyes. But between 7 and 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 7, residents in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States may get a glimpse of NASA”s next suborbital launch from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Approximately six minutes after launch, the sounding rocket will deploy four sub-payloads containing mixtures of barium and strontium will be released, creating a cloud that is blue-green and red in color.
Residents from Long Island, New York, 235 miles north of the launch site, to Morehead City, North Carolina, 232 miles south, 165 miles west in Charlottesville, Virginia -- and everyone in between -- could get a glimpse of the colorful evening launch.”
At a party in Los Angeles in May, Patrón launched a virtual tour of the hacienda in Mexico where its agave is distilled. Birchbox announced that this month its men’s subscription box will include a virtual-reality viewer and app allowing its subscribers to surf or fly a helicopter. And at North Face stores, you can see virtual video of dudes climbing a rock face in the company’s gear. James Blaha, a game developer with severe lazy eye–a condition that affects about 2% to 3% of the world’s population–has used virtual reality to basically cure the disease in 30-minute sessions over three to four weeks; he’s sold 1,000 copies of the system to optometrists already. And Hollywood is putting nearly as much money as Silicon Valley into the concept.
Nearly every week, there’s a virtual-reality convention. Standing in line with 1,500 other people for the sold-out Virtual Reality Los Angeles spring expo in March to visit the booths of more than 50 companies, I am asked to sign a contract. It is not, like other tech releases, about me not telling anyone about anything I saw or thought I might have seen here. Instead, it says, “I am aware that some people experience nausea, disorientation, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality.
Google’s new logo uses a custom, geometric sans-serif typeface called Product Sans
Not to be outdone, so does Facebook. The first logo was created in 2005 when the company was just getting started and it used a Klavika typeface. The new logo is a custom typeface that was created by the in-house design team and Eric Olson from Process Type Foundry.
“Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading fonts to help you read faster with less eyestrain.”
Of course, Apple had to also introduce its own new font, San Francisco
But Tesla’s real competition may not be the mighty German carmakers or the Americans 2,000 miles away in Detroit.
It could just as well be near neighbours — Google, Apple and Uber, which are already engaged in a war for the best automotive talent. The car industry is hurtling towards new, uncertain fields of competing fuel sources, autonomous technologies and business models. And the tech giants want in. The result is likely to be a war of competing technologies as the new entrants fight to supplant the internal combustion engine.
To get this health benefit, all you have to do is let a desk nag you. And shell out $2,990 for the privilege.
That’s a hefty sum, even in the money-pit world of office furniture. Motorized sit/stand desks without computerized brains can be had for a quarter as much. Without question, the M1 smart desk is a luxury—it has its own touch screen, for goodness’ sake. But a dumb desk can’t address the root of the problem: feeble willpower.
If you work with colleagues with sit/stand desks, you’ve probably noticed a good portion still spend most days slumped in their chairs. When the M1’s makers at Stir studied the issue, they found only 30% of people with push-button, height-adjustable desks changed positions at their desks more than once a week. But 95% of Stir desk owners avoided constant sitting each day. These stats will come in handy when you’re trying to persuade your boss to buy you the Tesla of standing desks.
Containers break up apps into smaller packages of code, each bundled with all the basic system software the apps need to operate independently of whichever server plays host. This means programmers won’t have to rewrite the code for each new operating system and platform as an app evolves from a project on a laptop to a global hit with millions of users reached via enormous servers, says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees the open source Linux OS. “A developer will be able to write that software and deploy it without having to spend six months” rewriting it for broader and bigger systems, he says. Moving containers from one cloud provider to another is as simple as downloading them onto the new servers.
While market share data are tough to pin down, Docker set the early standard in container software, and the leading options among its dozen or so rivals include Warden, LXD, and CoreOS, according to researcher IDC. Many of the container makers, plus Google, are also refining competing versions of container orchestration software, the layer of programming that helps containers knit themselves together in the proper order to make an app run. Kubernetes, an open source program led by Google, is the early front-runner, says Larry Carvalho, an analyst at IDC.
The movie, The Martian, is a testament to fierce human determination to survive, and it is also a tribute to human ingenuity. I predict it will be good for NASA and for STEM broadly.
Mark Watney, the Matt Damon character, describes his predicament
“I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last thirty- one days. If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m fucked.”
But he does not crawl under a rock and die, he innovates and then some as the movie vividly shows.
The characters are science polymaths as one explains
“Everyone has multiple roles. I’m the doctor, the biologist, and the EVA specialist. Commander Lewis is our geologist. Johanssen is the sysop and reactor tech. Martinez pilots the MDV and MAV. “
Ridley Scott, the director, is no stranger to space and science fiction with credits like Alien and Promotheus. This movie weaves in the Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA locations in Houston and Cape Canaveral, and from the Chinese space agency – and celebrates astrodynamicists, botanists and a variety of other STEM careers.
The movie is adapted from a book which in itself is a tribute to crowdsourcing of STEM disciplines. In 2009, Andy Weir
“started posting the story chapter by chapter on his personal blog where anyone could read it for free. The early version of his self-published book attracted a lot of science-minded readers, and they offered feedback. Weir is a (software engineer and) space nerd, but he says chemistry is not his area of expertise. "Chemists actually pointed out some problems in early drafts," Weir said.”
NASA is basking in the PR from the movie. In a blog post they say
The Martian movie is set 20 years in the future, but here at NASA we are already developing many of the technologies that appear in the film. The movie takes the work we’re doing and extends it into fiction set in the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. Here are a few ways The Martian movie compares to what we’re really doing on our journey to Mars.
Go enjoy the thrilling movie. Even more so, thank it for the next generation of STEM enthusiasts it will encourage.
Virtual reality is no longer the domain of just science fiction and video games.
You feel as though you’re sitting in the same living room as (President) Clinton chats with an entrepreneur in Karatu, Tanzania, who sells solar-powered products. You appear to share a tent as Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, fit people in Nairobi, Kenya, with hearing aids. The movie also takes you to a Nairobi classroom that is part of a Clinton-backed initiative to improve education for young women and girls. It starts and ends with Clinton talking to you from his desk in New York.
To tech companies, none of that mattered. Barcelona already had a thriving startup scene: As part of hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, it had converted its abandoned textile-factory district into a tech hub called @22, which now houses dozens of startups, and laid a network of fiber-optic cables that today covers 310 square miles. The existing fiber-optic cables alone cut the upfront cost of the smart-city programs from what might have been 300 million euros to about 30 million euros, according to Ferrer. Another factor made Barcelona gold for tech giants: Barcelona Football Club, one of the richest, best soccer teams on the planet, and the Mobile World Congress, which about 90,000 tech executives and journalists attend each March. “This city has international branding,” Blanco says. “So anything we develop we can expose to the rest of the world.”
YouTube is now the world’s third most popular online destination. Of the 3.2 billion people who have Internet access, more than 1 billion watch YouTube. It has more American viewers ages 18 to 49 just on mobile than any cable network. Revenue increased by an estimated $1 billion last year. (Google is coy about profits.) The site is available in 61 languages. It has a million advertisers.
And more than ever, YouTube is the ultimate destination for kids logging on to the Internet. It pretty much owns kids’ eyeballs at this point. One of its core demographics is 8 to 17 years old. According to a 2014 survey of 6,661 kids and their parents by youth researchers Smarty Pants, 66% of children ages 6 to 12 visit YouTube daily, including 72% of 6-to-8-year-olds. When Variety asked a bunch of teens to choose their favorite stars among 20 names, the top five were all from YouTube.
The manufactured variety accounts for about 5 percent of stones sold at the Gem Lab, a Rochester, New York jewelry store. A 1-carat synthetic diamond fetches about $6,000 there, compared with $10,000 for a similarly sized natural stone, according to Vice President Paul Cassarino. Singapore’s IIA Technologies, the biggest producer of lab-grown diamonds, is asking $23,000 for a 3.04-carat diamond it synthesized; a mined gem of similar size and quality would cost about $40,000. “We are creating a new industry,” says Vishal Mehta, the CEO of IIA, which doesn’t disclose how much it costs to make a diamond in the lab. “Consumers today really resonate with the idea of an eco-friendly and a conflict-free choice for diamonds. That’s been a sticking point.”
The combined company, Didi Kuaidi, accounts for 99 percent of the country’s online taxi business and 78 percent of its private car business—a total of 8 million rides a day, according to researcher Analysys International. In July the company raised an additional $2 billion from investors including Alibaba, Tencent, and Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singaporean government, and boosted its value to $15 billion. This latest funding round has one clear purpose: keeping Uber in Didi’s rearview mirror.
Uber has 11 percent of the country’s private car business and is raising $1 billion to claim more. In a June message to investors, Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said expanding in China is Uber’s top global priority and that he plans to put Uber in more than 60 Chinese cities, up from 11, within a year.
Chemical and biomolecular engineer Juan Hinestroza and his team in the textiles nanotechnology lab are adding tiny bits of metal into fibrous material like cotton. When woven into a textile, the augmented yarn can produce light, kill disease-causing microbes or act as a filter to trap harmful gas. In addition, the metal oxides allow the yarn to be fashioned into conductive components like transistors for electronics.
“We want to transform traditional natural fibers into true engineering materials that are multifunctional and that can be customized to any demand,” Hinestroza said. “We are chemists, we are material scientists, we are designers, we want to create materials that will perform many functions, yet remain as flexible and as comfortable as a t-shirt or an old pair of jeans.”
Beginning early next year, Starbucks’ loyalty club members (of which there are millions) will be able to read theTimes’ top news of the day as well as some select articles for free on the Starbucks mobile app. In effect, Starbucks becomes a kind of publisher.
Not that the Times is exactly new to Starbucks.
“We have proudly sold millions of copies of the paper in Starbucks stores for more than a decade, and are excited to bring this experience to the next level by enabling Starbucks loyal customers to take the best of The New York Times with them wherever they go, whenever they want it,” Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement.
“The program creates music in four main steps. First it learns from a corpus of existing compositions. Then it generates an abstract musical structure. Next it populates this structure with chords. Finally, it massages the structure and notes into a specific musical framework. In just a few seconds, out pops a musical piece that nobody has ever heard before. The result of this top-down approach is that Kulitta becomes discerning, throwing out musical elements it thinks do not help the composition.”
Yesterday, as CNN showed the Pope’s flight take off from Andrews to New York JFK, I started tracking “Shepherd One”, his chartered 777 on Flightaware. The day before while in midtown Manhattan, I wondered about all the surveillance and security technology which was in use to secure his visit.
For a Pope who is much more about the human touch and has been ambivalent about technology, his visit to the US is being supported by a huge amount of technology
“According to some estimates, over 1.5 million people will take to the streets of Philadelphia later this week to see the Pope. Many in attendance will be holding up their smartphones and tablets, hoping to snap a photo of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Expecting significant demand for their networks, Verizon VZ 0.70% and AT&T T 1.62% , the two largest carriers in the U.S., announced last month that they have invested $24 million and $23 million, respectively, to enhance network infrastructure in the area to ensure spectators have cellphone service.”
Of course, his little black Fiat with windows rolled down is relatively low tech compared to the armored vehicles that ferried US leaders to meet with him at various locations. But then it reflects more of the Holy See’s human touch.
After one (stampede) in 2006, Saudi authorities instituted single-direction pathways, visitor counts, and theme park-like scheduling of visits. The Jamarat Bridge, location of three pillars that represent the devil, at which pilgrims are supposed to throw stones, was the site of a stampede that killed over 1,000 people; today it’s a multi-level, multi-exit complex designed to keep people moving. In the past decade or so, the Saudi government has worked with a wide variety of architects and designers, including the famed international firm Gensler, to improve flow and safety at all of the hajj’s major sites, from the central mosque to the tent city.
Put that many people in so confined a space, though, and preventing stampedes will always be a challenge. Part of the problem is fluid dynamics—except people are the fluid.
According to Helbing’s (a computational social scientist who studies crowd dynamics at ETH Zurich) model, pedestrians are essentially just trying to avoid obstacles—including other pedestrians—while making their way to a given destination as quickly as possible. At low densities, which is to say no crowds, you get laminar flow, as smooth as a flat-bottomed, fast moving river.
In this land rush no company has been more aggressive than Tencent. Last year the company invested in four of China’s 10 largest tech venture deals and took part in a total of 48 deals worth $6.3 billion, according to Preqin, an alternative-assets data company; by that measure, Tencent was a bigger venture capital player than Alibaba or Baidu or, for that matter, Google. The deluge continued this year: Through April, Tencent had joined another $4 billion worth of deals.
K2, founded by corporate investigators Jules Kroll and his son Jeremy, has been bulking up its cyber-response unit with former FBI agents. AIG, one of the first firms to offer insurance for property damage caused by hackers, is counting on Berglas' team to investigate attacks on policyholders. It's also asking K2 to provide data on threats to protect clients from events that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
"We'd like to aggregate that data to use for ourselves, but also to use for our clients so they know what industries are being targeted by what type of attackers, what the motivation is, if it's on the rise," said Tracie Grella, who oversees cybercoverage at AIG for clients including retailers, banks and energy companies.
Grella said AIG will offer coverage limits of as much as $100 million for property damage and $100 million in bodily injury caused by a cyberattack. She predicts the market could balloon to $10 billion in annual premiums by 2020, compared with about $2 billion this year, as more companies buy policies.
CalWave, an underwater mechanism of springy fiberglass “carpets,” generates electricity from ocean waves more efficiently and less obtrusively than wave-energy systems at the surface now in use in Hawaii and other places.
CalWave plans to switch on an 8-foot-by-30-foot prototype plant off the San Diego coast late this year. Lehmann says it will cost about $80,000 to build and generate 80 kilowatts of power, enough to run 180 homes. For commercial operations, multiple units will link together to form wider carpets. Lehmann and Haji are talking with IDE Technologies, which is building a $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., about using CalWave as a power source.
At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value consumer companies to see what they looked like around their Series A. Our research included 25 billion dollar companies (as measured by $1 billion+ last round valuations, acquisition prices, or public market caps) and 7 high-flying private companies with billion dollar potential.
Our analysis discovered that many billion dollar companies have ideas that were easy to dismiss at first. How many people really ride in black cars? Who really wants to watch live video streaming of people playing video games? Why does anyone care about yet another cloud backup and sync service? Photo messages… that disappear?!?! How many people are interested in renting a couch in someone’s home?
It turns out that the biggest ideas are not clear when you first see or hear them, either because the idea seems small, regulations are high, or the fundamental assumption seems flawed. However, successful companies often start with executing very well on an initial concept that is the beginning to a much bigger offering.
Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar.
When open, the bin’s bottom edge hangs about 2 inches lower, which means people don’t have to lift their bags as high to load them. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed, and let customers load bags with less struggle.
That should cut boarding times, improve on-time performance and require less intervention from flight attendants.
Munich’s proposal imagines a new 14-path network of broad, two-way, entirely segregated bike highways that have neither crossroads nor traffic lights to hold up circulation. While still at the blueprint phase, Munich’s plans could well represent the shape of things to come across Northern Europe. As the provision of roadside bike paths is increasingly being accepted as a civic obligation rather than a perk, cities and regions are moving on to create a second wave of bike infrastructure that is heavier, more highly protected,and considerably more expensive.
Calling a bike path an autobahn might sound grandiose, but what Munich’s plan proposes is certainly heftier and more ambitious than what it provides cyclists with at present. Currently, German cities’ bike lanes are typically single-file affairs that are marked out by special paint or paving but not necessarily protected from cars by barriers. Where possible, they are carved out from sidewalk rather than road space.
Engineers with the BMI Corporation and SmartTruck Systems ran models on Jaguar and Titan, two of the fastest supercomputers in the world available for open science projects.Truck models were put through computational fluid dynamics simulations, which were verified to accurately predict airflow within a tenth of an inch on a real vehicle. They also applied a genetic algorithm that mimicked the process of natural selection to optimize their design.
The work resulted in a trailer undercarriage tray that reduced drag and brought fuel savings of 6 percent. With additional refinements and components behind the trailer tandems and on the trailer’s sides, the 300-pound SmartTruck system can achieve 10 percent fuel savings.
In a windowless conference room in Anchorage, a dozen Royal Dutch Shell employees report on the highest-profile oil project in the multinational’s vast global portfolio. Warmed by mid-July temperatures, Arctic ice in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of the Alaskan mainland, is receding. Storms are easing; helicopter flights will soon resume. Underwater volcanoes—yes, volcanoes—are dormant. “That’s good news for us,” Ann Pickard, Shell’s top executive for the Arctic, whispers to a visitor.
Overhead, a bank of video monitors displays blinking green radar images of an armada of Shell vessels converging on a prospect called Burger J. Company geologists believe that beneath Burger J—70 miles offshore and 800 miles from the Anchorage command center—lie up to 15 billion barrels of oil. An additional 11 billion barrels are thought to be buried due east under the Beaufort Sea. All told, Arctic waters cover about 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered petroleum, or enough to supply the U.S. for more than a decade, according to government estimates.
Over the past few years, big companies, including Unilever and Coca-Cola, have used emotions analytics to better understand customers' likes and dislikes and to tailor marketing and advertising campaigns. About a dozen companies are making and supporting such software, according to researcher Crone Consulting.
The market leaders include Emotient, a startup in San Diego, and Affectiva in Waltham, Mass. Unilever relies on Affectiva's emotions analysis to assess customer reactions to its ads. Emotient's software will be used in Stoneware's classroom product. And Emotient tested its software with the NBA's Golden State Warriors to study how spectators respond to activities such as a dance cam.
A great story in National Geographic to embed and then track artificial tusks with GPS chips into the ivory supply chain.
"To start, Christy asked taxidermist George Dante and Quintin Kermeen, founder and president of Telemetry Solutions, to lend their expertise to the project.
Real ivory is tough to impersonate. First of all, it won't melt when you hold a flame to it. Genuine ivory also has "Schreger lines" — small imperfections on the cut-end of the tusk, much like rings on a tree trunk, that show the elephant's age.
Despite these challenges, Dante created such a believable version that Christy and his editor were detained for a night at an airport in Tanzania.Officials thought the tusks were real even though Christy and his editor had notes from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Geographic certifying the tusks were artificial.
After navigating a few other hiccups, Christy dropped the tusks directly into the ivory supply chain through the coastal city of Mboki in the Central African Republic."
Dutch airline KLM and Delft University of Technology have released concept designs for an aircraft with a "blended wing body", which could transport passengers non stop from Europe to Australia.
The AHEAD aircraft, which stands for Advanced Hybrid Engine Aircraft Development, would carry 300 passengers over a range of 14,000 kilometres – approximately the distance from Amsterdam to Perth.
To improve aircraft efficiency and allow for longer flights, KLM's engineering and maintenance department worked with engineers and designers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The result is a design that features two sets of wings – a small pair by the nose and a large set at the rear – that blend into the body.
As it nears a size and scope never before approached by a technology company, Apple is doing things its executives said it never would.
Apple’s co-founder, Steven P. Jobs, once announced that using a stylus with a computing device was passé. But guess what? The company is now offering a stylus, called Apple Pencil, for $100. And in a move sure to make Apple old- timers squirm, the newest version of iPad, which has an optional keyboard that attaches to the tablet, is even imitating some of tile features of Microsoft’s competing product, called the Surface.
At the risk of starting a war with fans of Cathay, Emirates, Virgin and other fine airlines, one of the best things about the city-state is Singapore Girl, the icon of the amazingly well-run airline
On my recent trip I had a chance to fly six SQ segments and there are so many things that stand out
Even on short regional flights, SQ uses wide bodies. Every one of my flights was on a 777. The fleet also has A380s and A330s – and is one of the youngest in the world at an average of 7 years, which also shows in more reliable service (subs like SilkAir do use smaller planes). The end result of a widebody fleet – lots of space, even in the restrooms, which you rarely encounter even up-front on US and European airlines
An impressive panel of World class chefs design the dishes. I ordered seafood meals and expected nice bisques and crabcakes. The range of seafood I was offered (and often declined) – salmon, lobster, grouper, caviar and much more from around the world would fill a thick menu at a fine restaurant. Blue Mountain Coffee, 20 year old port – I could go on and on. I kept thinking about the supply chain of the range of foods and the technology to preserve and serve the food at 34,000 feet.
My screen was larger than TVs in many hotel rooms. The multi-lingual navigation maps were crisp and detailed (though most of the flights were over the Pacific I keenly observed the approach to SFO over San Mateo and the landing on Runway 10L/28R). Bose noise canceling headphones. Seats with electronic controls. The latest movies. I imagine the technology on the newer 380 is even better.
Friendly, polite with lots of neat little touches. Want 5 newspapers? Go ahead. Decent amenity kits. The lounges at each airport are well stocked and again offer plenty of generous space
Ok, I could go on, but I would rather let Derek Low describe his experience in his Suite on the 380. I availed, oh, maybe a quarter of the things on offer on my flights.
Couple of things I hope improve with technology – the OnAir wifi was slow and metered by the megabit. I am benchmarking against ViaSat’s 2Ku service that Jeblue offers for free for basic service at decent speeds and at a hourly fee for much faster speeds. The mobile app could also an upgrade – I had to re-enter info I had provided via website and at the ticket counter. The boarding process is still paper intensive though that may have more to do with international regulatory requirements. But these are quibbles compared to the overall experience.
One of the first Big Data projects I wrote about was about the study at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). It triangulated two months of weather data with 830 million GPS records of 80 million trips of over 16,000 Singapore taxicabs. Armed with the data which showed most taxis stopped moving when it rains, they went and talked to some drivers as to why.
So, on my trip to Singapore last week, I fully expected taxis to widely use navigation systems. Actually like London cabbies, Singapore drivers know their streets pretty well and don’t use those on a regular basis. But they have plenty of other tech - front and back cameras with memory slots to record accidents, toll transponders, displays for dispatch addresses, credit card processors, fare meters and printers. And fittingly, plenty of mobile apps like GrabTaxi which promise to find you a cab when it rains
The taxis themselves are somewhat humble – most were Hyundai Sonatas, newer ones Hyundai i40s. But they were clean, and the drivers polite and safe. And the fares reasonable.
Like the rest of the city-state, the taxi network works just fine.
I had a chance to transit through Changi several times last week. From little things like bowls of candy at every immigration counter to some of the best shopping in the world to transit hotels to airline lounges which could compete with some of the best restaurants in the world, Changi is a metropolis like few others.
Just one facet - Its baggage handling system is amazingly efficient as the video below shows.
This year the airport is celebrating its 50th birthday and it was even livelier than usual.
In a world of insipid airports Changi truly stands
I did not have much spare personal time during my visit to Singapore last week, but I stole an hour to go to the stunning horticultural paradise by the Marina. I spent most of my time on the Skywalk – nearly 75 feet up in the air admiring from that height the flora and the scenes of modern Singapore including the massive recent real estate development in that part of the city.
Next time, I will go with Margaret and spend way more time with the orchids and countless other flowers and plants in the greenhouses.
One of the highlights of the Singapore visit was a nice seafood dinner at the Pelican on Fullerton followed by a lightshow in the marina it overlooks. It gives the Vegas Bellagio show a run for the money.
But even more impressive was learning about the 3 skyscrapers which make up the Sands which hosts the show (and hotel guests and office workers in the buildings and the bars and swimming pool on top).
The video below describes the engineering challenges that they had to consider. Remarkable architecture constructed in an impressive three year rapid implementation.
Last season, some 68 billion bytes of data were collected — more than in the previous two decades combined — and this year that number will double. Such a dramatic increase in data could usher in a revolution for the sport. Coaches will be able to use the technology to track players' effectiveness, monitor workloads, and refine a team's in-game strategies. Broadcasters will use it to unveil fancy new graphics and ever more arcane stats to better explain the game. And fantasy owners will no doubt obsessively dissect the data, looking to glean information on player tendencies before their head coaches can.
Shah even predicts that these numbers could be used by research institutions to study safety measures, by agents to craft performance bonuses, and by clubs to institute player evaluations — or root out slackers.
Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.
Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.
According to the new book, Combat-Ready Kitchen: How The U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat, many of the packaged, processed foods we find in today's supermarkets started out as science experiments in an Army laboratory. The foodstuffs themselves, or the processes that went into making them, were originally intended to serve as combat rations for soldiers out in the battlefield.
Indeed, military needs have driven food-preservation experiments for centuries.
The financial services firm has just taken the wraps off three floors in its KPMG Adelaide office which have been overhauled into what the company calls an "agile" workspace, which is likely to be rolled out to KPMG's other capital city offices.
The office are split into zones. If you don't want to be pestered, head to a "focus" area. If you are wandering around in the "collaborate" zones then you're up for some serious interaction. If you come up with a smart idea then sprint to a "spark" area to quickly get your brainwave down on one of the electronic screens or whiteboards built into the walls.
Don't bother looking for a phone with a handset on any of the desks to make a call. There aren't any. The entire office works through laptops. Simply put on a headset to take the call which is routed through your laptop.
Cars are a new frontier for tech startups, now that other internet connected-device markets are more mature. The market opportunity is significant since 65 million passenger cars were sold globally in 2014. While many companies are working to connect cars to the cloud, other startups are trying to utilize that data to improve driver safety, build navigation systems, or provide more accurately priced insurance plans.
Emerging technologies include autonomous car software, heads-up driving displays that improve driver safety, and using real-time traffic data to enrich navigation. Companies associated with more traditional auto components are also raising funds. EcoMotors andPinnacle Engines are building more efficient engines, while Boston-Power and Sakti3 are developing car-battery technology.
Fired from a jet plane, the LauncherOne rocket lifts satellites weighing as much as 500 pounds into orbit for about $10 million per launch, much less than the $50 million to $60 million most of its competitors charge.
The Epson EcoTank, though, is notable mostly for what it’s gotten rid of: ink cartridges. Or more specifically, a lifetime of pricey ink cartridge refills.
The five new EcoTank models range from $350 to $1,200 in price, depending on capacity and feature set, but even the most affordable version promises enough ink in its reservoirs to cover 4,000 black and 6,500 color pages before requiring a refill. This is an absurd amount of ink, unless you are home-printing an outrageously popular zine, and even then you should be pretty well covered.
Future shipping ports won’t need acres and acres of land to transfer and hold containers unloaded from ships. Instead, robotic carts and elevators will efficiently shuttle containers around multistory structures and deliver them to tractor-trailers that pull in below.
That’s the idea behind the Robotic Container Management & Storage System being proposed by Israel Aerospace Industries. The whole thing would be managed by an autonomous control system overseen by human operators.
IAI says the system can load and unload containers 1.5 times faster than currently possible while reducing space needed for operations by half.
Now, Google has updated the logo with a sans-serif typeface (think Helvetica) that’s actually Google’s own creation. Called Product Sans, we got a first peek of it in the company’s Alphabet logo, and at a glance, it undoubtedly looks more modern than the old alternative. But sans-serif typefaces are popular on these days for another reason than some attempt at dot com cool: their streamlined glyphs shrink down to tiny sizes with more legibility than the more ornamental serif lettering. And so Google has created a logo that can read as well on a 2.5-inch Android Wear watch face as it does your 50-inch TV playing Chromecast.
Of course, in some contexts, even the smallest version of six whole letters is too much to fit. So Google also introduced an abridged "G" logo, itself rendered in the four colors of the full Google logo, for the tightest of spots.
The greater update, however, is that Google’s logo is no longer a static wordmark. Like many brands, they’ve shifted from a paper-first, static logo to a dynamic, animated figure that’s only possible on screens. When Google is called to action, the letters of "Google" transform into a series of four dots that morph and orbit with life.
The ever-blossoming technologies in Web browsers and smart phones give us tremendous potential to make things that you’ve never seen before on a news Web site. In the past few months, we’ve published apps that let you draw logos from memory, declared Makati City, Philippines, to be the “selfie capital of the world,” and even attempted to turn Census data into a dating app. The ever-blossoming technologies in Web browsers and smart phones give us tremendous potential to make things that surprise, entertain and inform all at once.
We’re calling articles on Labs “stories,” because that’s just what they are: Narratives built from data where you control the plot. But TIME Labs is more than just a clearinghouse for stuff we think is cool. It’s also a place where you can explore the data that powers our projects. In addition to stories, we’ve also created pages called “data sheets” that take you behind the scenes to see the whole story of how a bunch of numbers can become a map, a chart, a game or anything else you see here.
“I have since installed a few WeMo and Hue devices in my home, and I have to say, I like what Echo can do with them.
It's cool to be able to say "Alexa, Bedroom lights fifty percent" and then have the Philips Hues in the entire room dim. Or say "Alexa, Espresso machine on" and have the Rancilio Silvia in my kitchen connected to a WeMo smart switch begin its heat-up process.”
“I said I like the idea, but if we’re going to go this way, I want to develop it,” Akkersdijk says. “I want to look into conducting yarns, into the sensor technology, and how you want to embed it. So what we started to do is, within the production process, is knit the conducting yarns in.”
The first project that would inspire Akkersdijk’s model for the future of wearables wasn’t even a wearable at all. In 2013, Akkersdijk worked with the Technical University of Eindhoven on a pillow that helps people with severe dementia communicate. He did this by designing a thick padded shell with internal motors, so that patients could share their gestures with a person holding the other side of the pillow.
Milner’s initiative (the announcement date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing) is actually two initiatives. The first, Breakthrough Listen, will use most of the $100 million he’s making available to enlist some of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes to scan the cosmos for regular or repeating signals that could have no natural explanation–and therefore must be a beacon of some kind. The second, dubbed Breakthrough Message, is a contest that will offer a $1 million prize to the person or people who develop the best message earthlings can send back.