Even the soles of shoes becomes smart

A GPS module built into the soles of shoes not to monitor physical activity but in order to make the geo location of the wearer. Is this in a nutshell the usefulness of a device such as GPS Smart Soles? In that context may be useful a manufactured goods of this type? For example those that deals with people suffering from senile dementia which are likely to get lost easily or to know at any time where there are children.

The operation is quickly explained inside the base is a small modem with battery and SIM card to communicate with mobile networks, which is required in order to transmit information about geographic coordinates every five or ten minutes (the time interval can be changed by using a special app). Autonomy declared is concerning five days and charging is done wirelessly.

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Imprint Energy battery in 3D printing

In addition to having reduced autonomy, the battery current must be produced respecting certain constraints. Although they are available in various sizes, still maintain their rigidity, so are not suitable for powering any device. California startup imprint energy has developed a rechargeable zinc and flexible polymer that can be printed and used in wearable medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors.

The company’s goal is to create batteries safer for on-body applications, while their small size will allow for the use in food products can not be with the bulky lithium-ion battery. Imprint Energy batteries are based on a technology that the company’s co-founder Christine I developed at the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked with a Japanese researcher to create microscopic batteries using a 3D printer.

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The built-in batteries in notebook computers, tablets and smartphones contain lithium, a highly reactive material that requires an external protection. This, however, adds weight and increases the size. The zinc instead is more stable, but the water-based electrolyte in the batteries causes the formation of dendrites, branched structures that can grow between the electrodes, causing a short circuit. I achieved a solid polymer electrolyte that avoids this problem, while offering greater stability and a superior ability to recharge. Continue reading

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FBI the driverless car might become weapons

The so-called self-driving car may represent a safety hazard. Not for drivers that circulate on the streets but police forces engaged in pursuits of a fugitive. According to a FBI report autonomous rail cars can become lethal weapons allowing criminals to perform actions that require the use of both hands or to remove your eyes from the road. However, these vehicles will make monitoring easier.

The driverless car integrate different devices (laser, radar, GPS, video cameras and various sensors) that reduce the risk of accidents, since they allow you to preset destination avoiding obstacles and respecting the highway code. But the FBI believes that these technologies can be leveraged to perform dangerous actions. Theoretically, you could disable the security features to ignore speed limits and traffic lights. Terrorists could remotely control a vehicle stuffed with explosives and turn it into a self-driving bomb.

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Android Wear the future is wearable

Android wear is a platform designed especially for smartwatch new age group. Even  Google  has been interested in the growing world of wearable devices after reaching the leadership in the market of smartphones and tablets the group also tries to conquer smart watches and bracelets giving to their partner companies an operating system capable of providing a user experience immediate and at hand rather than the wrist for each type of customer. The debut of Android wear will be July 7 at the similar time the production of the first watches of Samsung and LG.

Wear Android: notifications on your wrist

Wear Android is a platform based mainly on voice commands and be able to show, through a simple tabbed interface , a wealth of information in real time directly on the user’s wrist. Will be sufficient to match the smartwatch or any other types of wearables that in the future could arrive in stores through the system in any smartphone based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher to get to the various notifications.

Android Wear

Specifically Android Wear shows information and suggestions based on interests of the user, at the right time. The app will provide updates from social networks, chats with your contacts, notifications on messages received, on orders from the websites of e-commerce, news, and display shared photos information on a departing flight, maps, and Google Maps other. Continue reading

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Honda’s ASIMO is faster and smarter

ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot is probably the most famous, as announced by Honda back in 2000. Since then, the Japanese company has made ​​a number of improvements both in appearance and functionality. Honda has today announced the 2014 version of the robot that becomes an autonomous machine as it can make decisions without human intervention by analyzing the surrounding environment such as movements of people.

Japanese engineers have worked mainly on artificial intelligence ASIMO trying to imitate sight hearing and touch of the human being. ASIMO can now modify its actions based on the intentions of those with whom it interacts. The robot for example is able to predict the course of a person who meets in its path moving laterally to avoid the collision. This is also probable thanks to the ability to quickly change your posture, without losing balance.

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Robot play Angry Birds with the children

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a humanoid robot that can help in the rehabilitation of children with disabilities. The project initiated by the university the U.S. involves the use of a tablet Android and the hit game Angry Birds. The children interact with the robot, under the supervision of an adult. The programming of the robot, carried out by a doctor, is based on the specific needs of the young patient.

While the child plays on the tablet, throwing birds against the pigs’ buildings, the robot observes the initial and final position of the fingers on the screen, the movement of objects and the score, recording “snapshots” in his memory. When it is his turn, then the robot mimics the movements of the child, trying to get the same positive result. If no construction is destroyed he shakes his head in disappointment.

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Amazon a petition to the Prime Air project

At the end of 2013 Amazon has surprised a bit all announcing the project first air. It is essentially a program for the use of drones to manage the delivery of the goods purchased by users on its e-commerce store. This would guarantee customers the opportunity to receive the products in a short time it is even spoken of 30 minutes directly on the landing of the house.

Of course, before you can come up with something even remotely comparable to what is shown in the concept video streaming that follow are lengthy testing and specific permissions. It is still flying devices that move therefore a potential source of danger to public safety if not controlled properly.

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DJI Phantom Vision 2 can fly alone

In early April, DJI Innovations had announced a new series of drone Phantom Vision an evolution of the previous model aimed at professional photographers and video grapplers. The Chinese company has now added a feature already present in some cheaper products, or the ability to fly autonomously. Using the latest versions of the app for iOS and Android users can activate the feature Ground Station and set the main parameters of the flight.

The pilots of the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision Phantom 2 + can plan missions flying through the function Ground Station previously only available as a separate app for the iPad. After installing the new app on your smartphone, you can set up to 16 stages on the map, or the “stops” that will make the drone along the way. For each GPS waypoint, the user can also specify the altitude and speed to maintain to reach the specified destination. At this point simply press the Go button and the will rise in flight.

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Android WiFi PNO and privacy risks

To all those in possession of a device Android Honeycomb equipped with versions later than 3.0 (about 85% according to statistics from the beginning of June), we recommend the reading of this article. It speaks of a potential risk to privacy related to how to manage WiFi networks but also a solution to be implemented immediately while waiting for Google to put a permanent remedy to the problem.

According to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on its website, the functionality  Preferred Network Offload (PNO) introduced in recent years by the operating system communicates in a completely automatic ‘s full list of WiFi networks (up to a maximum of 15 networks) to which the user has logged in the past. It is to all intents and purposes of sensitive information when transmitted in clear house office of the agency airport and so on. From these data it is therefore difficult to reconstruct in detail the history of the places visited with all that implies.

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Preferred Network Offload

One thing needs to be clarified: PNO is a useful technology, introduced by Mountain View group with the specific purpose to make life easier for Android users. It allows you to speed up the process of connecting to WiFi networks used in the past, even the hidden ones, which would therefore not be detected automatically by the device in another way. Continue reading

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Mars One reveals the details of the mission to Mars

Mars One is a Dutch non-profit organization that has planned a one-way trip to Mars by 2025. Prior to the arrival of humans on the Red Planet it is necessary to perform experiments on site to verify the minimum conditions of survival. For this reason Mars One has asked universities research groups and companies to contribute to the project suggesting ideas for the mission without equipped planned to August 2018. The One Mars Lander on Mars will bring seven loads two of which are used for advertising purposes.

Plans for the Mars mission were announced in May 2012, and has started the selection of candidates. More than 200,000 participants it has gone to 1,058 and then to 705 aspiring astronauts who will be subjected to strict medical tests and a lengthy training program. At the same time, Mars One will have to check the possibility of creating a permanent human settlement on Mars. Four of the seven loads to be transported from the planet Mars Lander One will be used to perform some experiments.


The first two are related and will be used to collect Martian soil and extract the water. The party must demonstrate the ability to obtain energy from sunlight using a solar panel. The fourth instead allow installing a video transmission system that in combination with a communications satellite it will send the live images to the Earth. Continue reading

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