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SpaceX Got U.S. Regulator to Back Satellite Internet Plan

SpaceX Got U.S. Regulator to Back Satellite Internet Plan

Finally SpaceX get US regulator nod for its ambitious satellite internet plan

SpaceX was in news for its successful launch earlier this month when it placed its Roadster car right into the space in a rare display of the firm prowess. SpaceX seems to be on the roll as it has just received the endorsement from the US communication regulator which will allow it bring together a massive network of satellite to offer internet coverage globally like never before. It would be the first when a firm is specifically looking at deploying satellite with the sole purpose of building a strong broadband network for its consumers.

Getting the FCC approval isn’t an easy task

SpaceX got approval from the Federal Communication Commission or FCC and it can now provide the broadband services within the United States and even worldwide using satellites. FCC chairman has stated that this move on the part of the SpaceX will allow millions of Americans to access internet services in the rural and remote location where bringing fiber optic cable and cell towers isn’t possible.

SpaceX has shared its plan of using satellites to provide broadband coverage to the users but it wasn’t green lit by the FCC in the past. SpaceX didn’t get snubbed by it rather went ahead and planned to launch a pair of experimental satellites. This got approved by FCC and very soon these satellites will be launching from California in the upcoming days. Apart from the experimental satellites this rocket will also carry the PAZ satellite for Spain as well as other multiple smaller secondary payloads.

SpaceX:  Putting a car in the space

Just a week ago SpaceX made news for building and launching the world’s most powerful rocket ever named Falcon Heavy. It was a 23 story talk jumbo rocket which carried Tesla’s very flagship vehicle named Roadster which happens to be world’s faster electric car. FCC chairman Pai was quite enthusiastic about the SpaceX endeavor and he stated that this approval would come as the first when an American company is given a chance to provide broadband coverage to the citizens by utilizing new age low Earth orbit satellite technology.

The vision of SpaceX and the competition

Elon Musk has talked about launching a satellite internet based business way back in 2015 and he even stated that the money generated from this venture would help in funding a future city on Mars. He is more in creating a unique global communications system which can be easily interpreted as rebuilding the internet right into the space. Certainly such a system will be much faster and reliable than the traditional internet services being utilized on the land.

SpaceX isn’t the only with approval to deliver broadband services using satellites. Now it has a stiff competition to deal with as FCC has approved requests made by a number of firms namely Telesat, Space Norway and OneWeb. All of these firms will be competing against each offer better internet services at better prices. This would certainly be a boon for the people living in the remote and rural areas of the country where network reception and communication capabilities are quite limited.

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Falcon Heavy Success Paves the Way for Open Access to Space Beyond Earth

Falcon Heavy Success Paves the Way for Open Access to Space Beyond Earth

How is SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, and why is launching from Cape Canaveral so important? 

It took off from the same platform in Florida that took the men to the Moon. And it marked a new chapter on the road to a manned mission to Mars.

 

The gigantic rocket Falcon Heavy, of the private company SpaceX, left this Tuesday at 20:45 GMT from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.  And he did it by taking a Tesla car, the first car to be launched into space.  The Falcon Heavy took off from the LC-39A platform of the Kennedy Center, the same one from which the Apollo missions departed.

The launch of the rocket is one of the most anticipated events since the missions that brought man to the Moon.  A crowd flocked to Cape Canaveral to witness the takeoff.  Both SpaceX and Tesla are led by technology billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk, who hopes to use rockets like Falcon Heavy in future missions to Mars.

This spacecraft was built mainly from three Falcon 9 rockets, also from Space X, to power the capsule in which the Tesla was installed.  As with its launches, SpaceX hoped to recover the three accelerating rockets.  Less than three minutes after takeoff, two of these returned to the Florida coast, just south of the Kennedy Space Center. Their landing legs made contact with the ground at almost the same time.

The third accelerator was to return to an unmanned ship in the Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles from Florida.  But it did not have enough fuel to decelerate during the descent and was destroyed when it hit the water at about 500 kilometers per hour.

Musk believes that the recovery and reuse of the rockets are what will change the game rules of the space industry.

“The game will be over for all the other heavy-load rockets,” he told reporters.  “It will be like trying to sell an airplane in a market in which one airline has a reusable airplane and all the others have single-use planes, which once they reach their destination, randomly crash somewhere”, he pointed.

Auto in orbit 

After the return of the accelerating rockets, the upper capsule of the Falcon Heavy, with the Tesla, began its trajectory towards the orbit of Mars.  For it to be routed to its destination, the engine of the upper stage had to ignite three times.

This is the ship with which Space X wants us to travel to Mars to establish a human colony. Musk warned before the flight that this was one of the phases that worried him most, because of the possibility that it did not work correctly.

The upper stage of the Falcon had to traverse a concentrated region of radiation on Earth, known as “Van Allen belts,” and this could interfere with electronic systems.  The rocket, 70 meters high, you can place in orbit a load of up to 64 tons, the equivalent of putting in space five double-decker buses. Its capacity is only surpassed by the Saturn V aircraft, which operated in the Apollo missions in the decade of the 60s and 70s.

The Falcon Heavy rocket has twice the capacity of the rest of those used today.  But the triple structure required modifications in the design and a strengthening of the main propeller.

The 27 Merlin engines at the base of the rocket can generate a power of 23,000 kilo-newtons, more than double the most powerful currently in use, the Delta IV Heavy, operated by the United Launch Alliance, one of the main competitors of SpaceX.

Musk said the challenges of developing the rocket made the chances of the launch successful only 50-50.  “I had the image of a giant explosion on the platform, a wheel bouncing on the road, but fortunately, it did not happen,” the Space X CEO told reporters after the event.  With an undoubted advertising calculation, the Falcon Heavy took as test load a red Tesla car in which a dummy with a space suit was placed at the wheel.

The Tesla radio played a David Bowie Space Oddity song as the vehicle left Earth.  If everything goes according to plan, the Tesla will be dispatched in an elliptical orbit around the Sun that will serve to reach Mars.

“The car will reach an orbit that is 400 million km from Earth and will travel to its destination at a speed of 11 km per second,” Musk told reporters.  “And we estimate that the Tesla will continue in that orbit for hundreds of millions of years.”

 Satellites and telescopes

It is unlikely that the Falcon Heavy arrives to transport its maximum load, due to the large amounts of fuel that would be necessary.

THE FALCON HEAVY    

  • Could place in orbit much larger satellites for military or intelligence use
  • Could launch a large number of smaller satellites simultaneously, such as the “constellation of thousands of satellites” proposed by Elon Musk to provide broadband to the entire planet
  • It will allow sending large robots to the surface of Mars, or visiting distant planets of the Solar System such as Jupiter and Saturn and their moons
  • It will also be able to place large telescopes in orbit as Hubble’s successor, the James Webb telescope, which due to current restrictions will be folded like an origami sheet for its launch in 2019
  • The new Falcon Heavy rocket has already been hired to launch large geostationary satellites.

The main clients of Falcon Heavy “will possibly be the government and the Department of Defense of the United States, SpaceX is already a recognized supplier of the Department of Defense for classified and unclassified missions,” Rachel Villain, of the space consultancy Euroconsult, told.

The Falcon Heavy presents a challenge to the US government. NASA is developing its own super-rocket called Space Launch System or SLS. It is estimated that each flight of the SLS will cost about US $ 1,000 million.  According to Musk, the cost of each Falcon Heavy  flight is about US $ 90 million and some critics are already questioning how Congress can justify SLS spending when there is a much cheaper alternative.

Musk is not the only entrepreneur who wants to compete with NASA.  Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is developing a rocket called New Glenn that will be able to place in orbit loads of up to 45 tons. And he said he plans an even more powerful version called New Armstrong.  For SpaceX the launch of Falcon Heavy is part of a much more extensive program to send a crew to Mars in the future.  Musk is already developing a future rocket called BFR, which will have no less than 31 engines.

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Google May Step Into Gaming With Yeti Streaming Service

Google May Step Into Gaming With Yeti Streaming Service

Will Google be making an entry into the gaming business with Yeti?

According to a report, Google is said to be developing a game streaming service, called Yeti. Google will be stepping into the video game business, where the users can play games without actually downloading them. It could work with its Chromecast device or they could be developing a console for streaming the games. Cloud Servers will be used to broadcast the games. Google has been in discussions with other game developers regarding Yeti.

 

Features of the Game Streaming Service – Yeti

Google is working on a subscription based game streaming service, codenamed Yeti. According to the Information website, this service could work either on Chromecast or a Google made console which is being developed for this purpose. In a way, this could enhance the success of its Chromecast platform to play games without downloading them.

This game streaming service dubbed Yeti, allows people to play games without downloading them. They can play the games while they are being streamed and there is no need of downloads or disks. This service Yeti will put Google as the front runner in the video gaming business.

This service, codenamed Yeti will be in line with the streaming services of PlayStation Now. The users will have to pay a subscription fee to access the games. The games will be broadcasted to the users via cloud servers and streamed over the internet.

Google is in talks with game developers, if games can be developed especially for Yeti. It is left to be seen whether they will do that or only make the existing streamed games available.

What is Game Streaming?

Game streaming does away with purchasing expensive video game hardware, since game processing is done in the cloud. Game streaming can be used for those with fast internet connections. The game is available on the remote server and the video is streamed to the user. Controller inputs are sent back to control the game. The communication lag is minimized if it is done properly. There is also the monthly bandwidth caps put forth by the ISPs. Local gaming can be availed in case the monthly allotment is used up.

Google will not be the first to offer game streaming. NVIDIA has GeForce Now, but it needs a Shield Android TV which is $200. The Chromecast on the other hand is only $35. According to reports, there is also work being done to develop a console where games can be streamed on Yeti. It is not clear which games Google will stream on Yeti, but the gaming enthusiasts will be hoping that the high end games will be in the offering.

It is left to be seen if Google can provide a quality gaming experience powered by Cloud to its users. Google hired Phil Harrison of Playstation and Xbox on board its project of game streaming service, Yeti. This indicates that Google is taking the games industry very seriously.

The game streaming service, codenamed Yeti will be a big move in the gaming world. If Google gets it right, this will be a big boost for them in the gaming business.

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Nuro: The Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle

Nuro: The Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle

With many people buying things online, delivery becomes a very lucrative business. Picking stuff up directly from the warehouse and delivering it straight to one’s door step is the order of the day. Engineers have found a new way to deliver products to one’s home that to without the need for the vehicle to be manned. This new toaster shaped vehicle is termed as Nuro.

Other that ferrying people around, this steeringless vehicle is meant to move goods up to down from warehouse to home. Engineered by two engineers from Google, who worked on autonomous cars at the company, nuro is a self- driving car that was recently unveiled by the duo.

What is Nuro?

Nuro is a toaster shaped delivery vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is meant to ferry not people but the goods you order online form the warehouse to your doorstep. Nuro also comes with a built in remote that allows you to control the vehicle remotely too.

The team behind Nuro, aim at making human life easier through the use of robots in performing daily activities. Nuro is their start at improving that human life by using robots.

Nuro is just the Start…:

Besides Nuro, there are a lot of other self- driving delivery vehicles out there, one of them being Udlev a Bay area startup aiming at the same thing. Toyota recently unveiled another self- driving delivery box called the “e-pallette” intended at local deliveries.

Rumor has also has it that Amazon has acquired a patent for its own self delivery vehicle, which will carry packages from the warehouse directly to a buyer’s doorstep.

When will Nuro and such…, be ingrained into our Daily Living:

Whenever we hear about self- driving cars such as Nuro, we think of when we can own our own self- driving car. But the need of the economy right now is transporting cargo and that is where all efforts to make a self-driving car are focused at.

Transporting goods over-seas by ship or by trucks are also being automated even as we speak or in this case read. But self-driving vehicles such as Nuro are aimed at the small scale for now.

With the number of people ordering things online increasing every minute, there is a lot to be made from getting transport organized to ferry those huge amounts of goods from warehouse or factory or even grocery to one’s doorstep. Recent study puts the value of this market at 86$ billion annually and this business does not show any signs of slowing down too.

Why stop at autonomous cars these days, companies are thinking of newer and faster means by which goods can be delivered safely to their customers and one such way is by using a drone. There were even talks of Amazon using delivery drones.

Getting a horde of delivery drones in the sky has a lot of hurdles as of now but who knows in the future weather this will be another common means of getting a delivery to a buyer’s home.

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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse for “Brain-On-A-Chip” Hardware

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse for “Brain-On-A-Chip” Hardware

Artificial Synapse- A Chip Working As Original Brain

When we look at the present world of science, we may see that nothing can beat the processing power of our brain. The good news is that MIT researchers have recently created a new chip, which functions almost as our brain. They have created artificial synapse with the help of new technology.

New Chip Created By Removing the Limitations

Those, who are engaged in artificial intelligence, know that it is not simple for them to reproduce brain activities. However, they may find it easily manageable while a hardware part has been designed just as our brain. We call it as the neuromorphic computing process. You may find the origin of this type of engineering in 1980s. VLSI systems are used for creating neuro-biological structure. MIT researchers and engineers have solved all the issues and got success with the creation of artificial synapse. They have used transistor-free switching system, which is able to remove all the limitations (high energy consumption).

The Way in Which Our Brain Works

Our brain has lots of neurons (86±8 billion), and each of these neurons is able to send information to several other active neurons with the use of synapses. These synapses help in passing the chemical to a different neuron. Just as our brains, the small neuromorphic chips have the ability for processing several streams. In order to create the chip, the researchers have applied silicon germanium. This chip has also the power of identifying handwriting accurately.

How the Scientists Have Created the Chip

For the new structure, the scientists have used crystalline silicon by aligning atoms consistent, and this helps with the flow of ions. To have success in this process, the researchers have designed silicon germanium of a special pattern. Its design is much bigger, and the materials have developed dislocation for creating one ion path. The new chip, created by scientists, contains artificially designed synapses, and every synapse is twenty-five nanometers in length. With the application of voltage, there is an effect on current flow. The difference among synapses is four percent, and the performance level is much uniform and better than metal-made chip.

For the verification of uniformity, the researchers have checked a synapse, which is not under different voltage. They have also done functional tests for the recognition of handwriting models. The chips may have output or input neurons, and each of them fitted to different neurons. The network of neurons may make out several patterns, like our brain.

They dealt with artificial network by using 3 layers, which are attached with two other layers of synapses. They have also applied handwritten data that has several samples. It is also noticed that this network is able to detect the samples successfully in most of the cases.

To conclude, we have to say that artificial synapse development has opened a path for realizing the most functional and big sized neural systems. The researchers are trying to use supercomputer for performing other innovative tasks for future.

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Location Detection When GPS Doesn’t Work

Location Detection When GPS Doesn’t Work

If GPS isn’t working then you can still get location detection with this new approach

In this modern digitalized age we are relying too much on the GPS devices. The sales of the GPS devices has broken all the barrier in the last decade and people had started relying on it way too much even for their daily location detection related needs. Whether it is finding the nearest ATM, petrol pump or a museum or popular restaurant we can’t think beyond the GPS devices or based service. Our location detection needs are fuelled by the GPS based services present in our hand held devices. It is worth noting that GPS doesn’t work so well when used indoors and it isn’t quite precise when it comes to locating smaller objects like equipment or goods placed in a large building or even navigating through the unfamiliar surroundings.

Location detection from wireless signals a possible scientifically

A professor going by the name Moe Win has been extensively investigating whether it is possible to make use of the wireless signals to gauge the location. He is professor of aeronautics and astronautics and he has been researching at it for last ten years. He has been successful at getting a number of papers published in the year 2010 which has helped in establishing the very fundamental limits of any such system utilizing the wireless transmitters. In this case the wireless transmitters is able to provide the precise location detection by taking a wide range of features into account like angle of arrival, power and time of flight.

How Location detection works?

Over the years he had perfected his study and being successful in materializing this concept into reality with the help of some colleagues. In the beginning they were able to show how changing the different parameters of the wireless localization system by altering its fundamental limits. The parameters here in question are the power, duration and bandwidth of its transmission. By tinkering with these parameters these researchers were able to determine the best system configuration which helps in bringing the best and most accurate location interferences which indeed results in one of kind location detection. These researchers have also come up with a number of localization algorithms which helps the location detection exercises in the real world scenarios.

Location Detection Experimentation is under way

Win has stressed that at the moment they are working towards developing a theory which will help in determining the limits of the location detection of this new technology. It can be said that they are trying to offers the best location detection solution to the users with the limited resources. Currently they are actively developing algorithms before going for the experimentation to see whether these algorithms remain true to the theory or not.

Secondly through extensive experimentation researchers will also be able to make this technology as efficient as possible. This whole method is based on taking the different network resource constraints like transmission power, duration and bandwidth as being a single cumulative value. But that wouldn’t be the case in the real world therefore extensive experimentation is the need of the hour to making the wireless transmission based location detection an error free reality.

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Bill Protection on Project Fi: Data When You Need It, And Savings When You do not

Bill Protection on Project Fi: Data When You Need It, And Savings When You do not

Google offers unlimited cell phone plan in Project Fi with Bill Protection

Less than a year after its commercial launch, Google Fi is now available with Bill protection. The use of a Nexus among the last three models released is however still mandatory. It remains to be seen what are the next steps.

Google’s evolution in telephony in Project Fi with Bill Protection with Bill Protection is very similar to that of Apple, even if the path traveled by the two companies is far from the same. Apple has developed a vertical strategy, controlling each layer of development (design, chipset, operating system, ecosystem and perhaps soon GPU, battery, etc.) and the marketing of its products (even developing his own shops). Google has chosen to rely on a cross-cutting strategy, ranging from online services to the operating system, from the operating system to hardware, and finally from hardware to connectivity. However, you will notice that both companies have the same goal: to be ubiquitous.

Project Fi with Bill Protection is the last step of Google to ensure this presence. Officially, by becoming a virtual operator, Google is exploring new ways to deliver connectivity and market it. The goal: to create an “all-IP” service organized around a data plan where voice calls become secondary. 10 months ago, Google started marketing its product in association with T-Mobile and Sprint. Three conditions to access it: have a Nexus 6, request an invitation and live in the United States, even if the service covers 120 countries.

Although Google’s cellular service business plan, Project Fi with Bill Protection, only requires you to pay for what you use, with the new Bill Protection feature you will not pay more than $ 80 if you use more than 6GB of data.

Google Project Fi with Bill Protection, Google’s mobile phone service that allows you to pay only what you use, wants to compete with the big phone companies by offering its own unlimited cell phone plan.

With the new feature called Bill Protection, the most you can be charged will be US $ 80 plus taxes (unless you make international calls).

Project Fi with Bill Protection has a plan that starts at US $ 20 for unlimited text calls and messages, plus US $ 10 for every GB of data used. With the new function that serves as protection of your account statement, if you use more than 6GB of data you will not have to pay anything additional to what you pay for 6GB.

Google says that once users reach 15GB of data, the speed will be reduced.

However, it is estimated that most users generally use 2GB or less per month and the Project Fi with Bill Protection service allows you to tether (use your cell phone as an Internet connection point for other devices) at no additional charge. In addition, Project Fi with Bill Protection offers free data connectivity when you travel internationally.

This plan makes Project Fi with Bill Protection more and more tempting, but it is still limited to just a few devices, including the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Nexus 6P and Moto X4 Android One, among a few others.

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Apple Partners With Malala Fund to Educate 100,000 Girls

Apple Partners With Malala Fund to Educate 100,000 Girls

Apple in Partnership with Malala – Education Funding Program

Apple has announced its partnership with Malala Yousafzai together with her non-profit organisation on the Malala Fund. This has been taken up for the purpose of extending education funding programs to India and Latin America.

With the support of Apple as the first Laureate Partner in funds, the Malala Fund has a primary objective of extending secondary education prospects to over 100,000 girls. The Malala Fund had been established in 2013 by the activist of Pakistan as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, partners with governments together with organizations all across the world to fight for the right of every girl to have access of 12 years of free safe as well as quality education.

Apple’s fund’s first Laureate partner with Tim Cook – CEO, would be joining its leadership council. Cook had mentioned in a statement that they were of the belief that education tends to be a great equalizing force and they share Malala Funds’ commitment in providing every girl with an opportunity of going to school.  He had mentioned in an interview with Good Morning America released recently that this is precisely what Apple loves to work on and is something which everyone is saying is impossible’.

Scaling Malala Organization

He praised Yousafzai’s depth of humanity and courage with a big `C’.  He stated that Malala is a courageous advocate for equality. She is one of the most inspiring figures of our time and we are honoured to help her extend the important work she is doing in empowering girls around the world.  This partnership also means that the Malala Fund would be capable of expanding the number of grants it tends to distribute through its Gulmakai Network which is said to assist local educators together with the activist in developing countries.

They tend to deal with various threats with regards to the education of girls such as war, gender discrimination and poverty.  Presently the network tends to assist programs in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.  Apple would be scaling up the organization through this partnership by supporting with technology, curriculum as well as research into policy modifications.

Malala Fund Mission – Bringing a Change

Apple has not disclosed the size of its financial commitment to the non-profit and the representative of Apple had not responded to a request for comment. Yousafzai 20 years of age had begun supporting for human rights as a child when the local Taliban had banned education for girls in her vicinity.  She began gaining international recognition in 2012 and also faced death when a Taliban militant shot her in head.  However instead of retreating, the activism of Yousafzai increased all the more.  She is said to be the youngest Nobel Laureate.

She mentioned in a statement that Apple had supported in educating and empowering people around the world and that she was grateful that Apple knows the value of investing in girls and in joining Malala Fund in the fight ensuring that all girls can learn and lead without fear.

She further mentioned that her dream for every girl is to choose their own future.  As per a 2016 report by UNESCO, an estimated 130 million girls all over the world are out of school and Malala Fund has made it its mission to bring about that change.

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A New Way to Experience Daydream and Capture Memories in VR

A New Way to Experience Daydream and Capture Memories in VR

A New Way of Capturing Memories: Google’s Daydream

Google’s main aim Daydream with VR is to make it accessible and useful to all, right now only a few understand what’s VR and how they can use it. Google is trying to get people on board with the whole VR experience by partnering up with smartphone developers to get VR onto people’s phones and getting it on to gadgets that allow people to capture their memories much like a camera but only more immersive.

One of Google’s Attempts at making the VR world more accessible is through the Google’s Daydream platform which basically simplifies access to VR content on smartphones. Google has even made Daydream compatible headsets for VR viewing.  There is even a Daydream Home that allows you to access various VR Apps and videos.Currently, there are not a horde of VR supportable videos, like on YouTube and many people don’t really understand what VR has to offer other than in the gaming world. Google plans on changing current perception by bringing out various Google collab Daydream gadgets.

Google’s Daydream and Lenovo Mirage Solo:

As the name suggests you will be flying solo on this gadget, in other words you don’t need a smartphone to use this gadget. The Lenovo Mirage Solo combines the best in having a smartphone VR, it has ease of use and portability.

What’s even more great about this device is that it is comfortable to use with Google’s new WorldSense tech and it gives you a more immersive VR experience. The Lenovo Mirage Solo comes with simultaneous localization mapping or SLAM for short, that basically gives you computer- like position tracking without the need for any extra sensors.

The gadget is even great for gaming because of its immersive VR experience and it’s great tracking capabilities. Using the Lenovo Mirage Solo on Google’s Daydream would just add to the experience.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo will have access to Google’s Daydream apps and with YouTube VR , you can enjoy the VR experience even more. What’s more is that Google is working closely with developers to bring new experiences to the Daydream platform that will take advantage of new tech like the Lenovo Mirage Solo.

Google’s Daydream and VR 180 cameras:

Everyone these days wants to capture their memories and share it with the near and dear ones, Google is trying to make this experience an even more memorable one by introducing the VR 180 cameras.

With these VR 180 cameras you can shoot everything in 3D with 4K resolution and get a more I-was-there-experience.

You can then browse through all the memories you captured on VR headsets like Google’s Daydream view and Cardboard or for a more accessible device you can even use your smartphone.

With these memories you can share them over platforms like YouTube or even watch them on your desktop or phones. You could even access Google’s Daydream with these VR 180 cameras.

Google’s Daydream Compatible VR 180 cameras coming out this year:

Different VR cameras will have different features apart from accessing Google’s Day dream, some will even offer live video streaming so you can share your moments with people over real time.

From the many VR 180 cameras due to be released this year, the Lenovo Mirage Solo camera and the YI Technology’s YI Horizon VR 180 camera will come out in the second quarter of this year.

For a more professional approach the Z Cam K1Pro was recently released.

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My Special Aflac Duck Helps Kids Living with Cancer

My Special Aflac Duck Helps Kids Living with Cancer

The New Care Giver: My Special Aflac Duck

At the CES held recently in Las Vegas, saw many companies showcase the new and innovative gadgets. Although most of these products may not see the light of day, the CES is still a place where tech companies can get a feel of the market for their gadgets. So it was surprising to see an insurance company as one among the many tech companies at the CES to showcase their gadget, the “My Special Aflac Duck”.

What’s more, the My Special Aflac Duck won the best unexpected product at the CES. All in all this endeavor of the insurance company was well received by all those present at the CES.

More about the My Special Aflac Duck:

Aflac is a company that deals in voluntary insurance. This social robot developed in collaboration with Sproutel, is a companion to a child suffering from cancer. The My Special Aflac Duck was developed in order to make health care more playful and less stressful for the wee ones.

Taking a year to develop the My Special Aflac Duck  and with four patents to back it up the My Special Aflac Duck is all set to offer care and comfort to the small cancer patients.

The My Special Aflac Duck is focused on bringing comfort to children suffering from cancer. With the My Special Aflac Duck’s naturalistic movements and interactive tech, the My Special Aflac Duck is a good comfort factor for children. The My Special Aflac Duck also comes with an app that allows children to use augmented reality in which the My Special Aflac Duck is seen to mirror the child’s life in the form of feeding and even enduring the same painful therapy as the child.

The My Special Aflac Duck also imitates the child’s moods, dances, quacks and also cuddles up to the child when they need it the most. Aflac and Sproutel are all ready to deliver the product to the center at Atlanta later in this year for further testing and are all set to launch the product nation- wide in 2018-19. Backed by four patents and 1 hard year of research, the My Special Aflac Duck has no wonder taken up the hearts and minds of all those present at the CES.

The brains behind the My Special Aflac Duck:

Aflac is the leading voluntary insurance provider in the US that gives payouts quickly when a patient falls sick. These payouts are normally within the same day as when the patient needs the money. The company has taken the minds of family from financial strain to healthcare in their most trying time. The company has also taken root in Japan by being one of the leading providers of insurance there. They provide insurance to one in every 4 households in Japan.  Aflac is the short form of American Family Life Assurance of Columbus.

Sproutel on the other hand is a research and development workshop who’s main focus is developing products that can provide emotional support to patients in need. It has collaborated with many non- for profit organizations and companies alike to come out with products such as the “My Special Aflac Duck” and “Jerry the Bear.”

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