Thank The Supreme Creator
Who Created Inventors of Technology!
Power Walk With Bionic Shoes
Footsteps Could Charge
Technology At Your Service:
Drone Camera For Selfies
Singapore’s Driverless Taxis
A Car In Your Bag
(Compilation: M. Javed Naseem)
|(A shoe sole with an embedded energy harvester sits next to a first practical footwear energy harvester developed by the UW–Madison researchers’ startup company, InStep NanoPower, and Vibram. Photo: UW–Madison College of Engineering)|
It is said that happiness is a state of mind. But when you look what we are striving for in real life, it has nothing to do with a reasonable mind or wisdom. It’s all about material things – comforts of the temporary life of this material world. The more we get, the more we want. It’s never enough! Science and technology are at our service to make our stay here in this world more comfortable. We have advanced a lot in the fields of science and technology but have lost ground in the field of humanity. Technological development is making our lives comfortable but does this comfort count for happiness, compassion, contentment, satisfaction, love and peaceful co-existence? Not really.
We live in a collective society but we are always alone, isolated individuals busy in our own world of electronic gadgets. We don’t visit our family members or neighbors unless we find them on the internet to say hello and hi.
Enjoy the tech advances but don't forget that
you need to work on your ethics, attitudes and
human values to enjoy peace, love and happiness!
One thing is certain that we need to work on our ethics and values. We need to work on our attitudes; at the same time we need to control our desires. Materialism pushes us away from love and compassion. We become selfish. Not to mention that our material comfort is always somebody’s profit. Ultimately, it’s all about money and material. Here’s some material for your comfort if you have the money! Enjoy the wonders of technology but don’t forget that these are not the ultimate things!
Shoes Produce Cheap Clean Energy
(Power Walk. From: University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Tom Krupenkin, a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and J. Ashley Taylor, a senior scientist, described an energy-harvesting technology that’s particularly well suited for capturing the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices.
The technology could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy produced by humans during walking and stores it for later use.
“Human walking carries a lot of energy,” Krupenkin says. “Theoretical estimates show that it can produce up to 10 watts per shoe, and that energy is just wasted as heat. A total of 20 watts from walking is not a small thing, especially compared to the power requirements of the majority of modern mobile devices.”
Power-generating shoes could be especially useful for the military, as soldiers currently carry heavy batteries to power their radios, GPS units and night-vision goggles in the field. The advance could provide a source of power to people in remote areas and developing countries that lack adequate electrical power grids.
(See more at: http://news.wisc.edu/power-walk-footsteps-could-charge-mobile-electronics/#sthash.WEZAAZ34.dpuf)
Thermacell Heated Insoles
Toes stay toasty with Thermacell heated insoles. These foot warmers deliver up to five hours of continuous warmth before they need recharging. When you walk into somewhere warm, you can turn off the heat with a pocket remote control.
Solar Energy Bucket
In a surprising merging of products, the Solar Energy Bucket serves as a multifunctional tool for anyone who likes to rough it.
At first glance it appears to be a simple water bucket, but turn it upside down and you’ll see a small solar panel which harnesses the sun’s energy during the day.
The stored energy can then be used to power the built-in light or even gently heat the water.
Your Arm As Keyboard
NEC turns arm into virtual keyboard with wearable tech
NEC has developed virtual keyboard software for use with an eyeglass computer and smart-watch, foreseeing use of the augmented reality technology in factories and hospitals.
The software works with other companies’ mobile and wearable devices, allowing users to input data without connecting a bulky physical keyboard. The program runs by coordinating eyeglasses that have display cameras attached — such as those made by Seiko Epson and others — with smart watches like the Apple Watch, made by U.S. computer giant Apple.
Glancing at the watch through the glasses lets NEC’s software determine the location of each device. The glasses then display a virtual keyboard, positioned to appear as though projected on one’s arm. When one types on the keyboard with the other hand, the camera ascertains which key has been hit. Sensors in the watch detect subtle vibrations through the arm to register a keystroke.
NEC sees the technology being used in factories, hospitals and other facilities where workers wish to keep their hands as free as possible. Maintenance inspectors, for instance, could conveniently record temperature, pressure and other data, while medical workers could enter information into patient records on the spot.
Eyeglass displays have been used in a number of augmented reality technologies. But many previous data entry systems have relied on either voice commands or specialized input devices. Voice recognition is prone to error in factories and other noisy sites, while physical devices occupy one’s hands, putting other work on hold.
Drone Camera for Selfies
Lily Camera is the drone that will follow and video you
Unlike traditional drones, which are designed for flying, Lily Camera is focused on its subject. When it ships later this year, it will feature a 1080p, 60 FPS camera and another 720p, 120 FPS camera, both of which can be trained on you. The flyer will use its built-in GPS to stay fixed on a little Lily tracking device worn on your wrist or in your pocket.
It will also, according to Balaresque, learn your face. The final Lily will have a computer vision system that will recognize your face and then work to always keep you in the frame.
“You throw this in the air, go about your business and at the end, you’ll have a high-quality video,” said the camera’s cofounder Henry Bradlow.
Instead of a big radio controller or even tablet-based app to control flight, Lily Camera will fly itself, following and capture the best moments. (Think of it as a flying selfie photographer of sorts.) Balaresque noted that the pocket GPS will tell Lily Camera when you might be jumping or falling, for example; a quad of buttons makes the device either fly closer to or further away from you, or lets it circle to your left or right — while always keeping you in frame.
(Video here: https://youtu.be/iMfTHHLbj5g)
Singapore just became the first country to have self-driving taxis
Singapore just became the first country to actually implement self-driving taxis on the road for public use.
So far, nuTonomy – the company behind the cars and the app that hails them – has implanted six cars that can autonomously pick up passengers and deliver them to destinations, making them the first company to offer such technology to the public.
“We face constraints in land and manpower,” Singapore’s permanent secretary for transport, Pang Kin Keong, told the Associated Press.
“We want to take advantage of self-driving technology to overcome such constraints, and in particular to introduce new mobility concepts which could bring about transformational improvements to public transport in Singapore.”
While the news is definitely cool, there are some caveats, because the system is still in its testing phase. The cars – Mitsubishi i-Mievs and Renault Zoes – only traverse a 2.5-square-mile (6.5-square-kilometre) region of Singapore known as One-North, and there are special drop-off and pick-up zones that passengers must deal with.
“The pilot is going to allow us to collect technical data, but equally importantly, it’s going to allow us to find out if people enjoy riding in driverless cars,” nuTonomy CEO Karl Iagnemma told Mark Harris from The Guardian.
The good news is that riders who are lucky enough to use the service right now will ride for free while testing is happening.
The team hopes to eventually fill out their fleet by 2018 with many more drop-off and pick-up areas added, but their real goal seems to be to get cars off of the country’s crowded and overburdened streets.
nuTonomy’s COO Doug Park says that fleets of autonomous taxis might reduce the number of cars on the streets from 900,000 to 300,000, though how exactly that will pan out isn’t specified.
A car in your bag
Introducing the world’s smallest car from Tokyo.
The time has come to carry your car.
WALKCAR is a 13-inch laptop-sized car that weighs only 2.8 kg, built with a carbon body. It reaches a top speed of 16km/h. One charge will give you one hour of riding time. There is no steering wheel or remote control device, but by simply shifting your weight on WALKCAR’s flat body, you can go in any direction. When you want to stop it, you just step off. It is available at US$1280 and will start shipping from September 2017.
COCOA MOTORS inventor and CEO Kuniaki Sato, came up with the idea for the “Car in your bag” when he moved to Tokyo for university. He observed how people travel in the city by public transport and walking compared with how he used to drive his car everywhere back in his hometown. He wanted a form of transport that allowed him to go to all the places you can go on foot, whilst being able to go longer distances without getting exhausted by walking. Full of inspiration, he immediately began to design software from scratch and today, the benefits of his passion and creativity are available to everyone. Sato believes this piece of Japanese ingenuity can change the world — now there is no need to find a parking spot; you can just carry your car in your bag.
WALKCAR will be available for pre-order and purchase request worldwide. It will start shipping September 2017 to 13 countries across Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe, with availability expanding to include more countries, upon request, in the near future.
Allah-o-Akbar! All glory be to God, the Supreme Creator, Who created all these small creators who are inventing things for human comfort. O'Allah! We cannot thank you enough.