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Magic Leap Inc is slowly introducing its new products to the world step by step. Some developers will get to test the products while others only get to develop an app for the platform. The Magic Leap One glasses (Image via Magic Leap)   Secrecy, a concept many have learned earlier in life through moments like making a wish before blowing one’s birthday cake’s candles or writing a letter to Santa at Christmas, has become very important in maintaining the competition between comp ...
The Automotive industry is evolving on how vehicles are being conceptualized, designed, built, used, and sold. Because of this, most automotive OEMs are challenging their engineers to use advanced technologies (such as robust embedded computation, innovative Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or full connectivity to the Internet of Things) to address how people will use their vehicles; also driver safety, energy and environmental, and traffic congestion concerns.   Those technol ...
Cabe Atwell

XPRIZE: To The Moon!

Posted by Cabe Atwell Apr 10, 2018
A competition is giving the opportunity to five companies to launch a new industry: transportation to the moon. But there is a risk of their ideas never materializing. (Image via XPRIZE)   Since 2007, Google has been sponsoring the Lunar XPRIZE competition with a total of thirty million dollars invested in the event. However, the rules of the competition changed a bit as of March 31st of this year. Not only Google won’t be sponsoring the event any longer, but the prize of the competi ...
Airbus designed CIMON as a mobile, intelligent, interactive astronaut assistant. (Image credit: NASA via Wikipedia)   German astronaut Alexander Gerst is set to head to the International Space Station for a six-month mission beginning in June, taking on the role as Commander for Expedition 57. He’s also bringing some unusual cargo with him- an 11-pound medicine ball-sized AI assistant known as CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion).   Currently being developed by Airbus alon ...
Coca-Cola partnered up with the U.S government to shed more lights on the company’s workforce practices. They decided blockchains were the best tool to accomplish that. (Image via Pixabay)   Blockchains: many probably still don’t know what it means while those who have heard about it might not really know what they are. It is more likely that people have heard about bitcoins and cryptocurrencies than they have about blockchains. However, cryptocurrencies are just one use of blo ...
Researchers at Microsoft have created an artificial intelligence that can translate from English to Chinese and vice versa, as accurately as a person can. Microsoft Logo on a building. (Image via Microsoft)   When learning English for the first time, most ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers urge students against using google translate or any translation tool to translate from English to their first language. The reason is that the translation is not always accurate; the tool used t ...
No, this is not a joke. Virtual nation Asgardia is journeying to space and is taking over 300,000 citizens for the ride. The entire nation of Asgardia is housed on this satellite. (Photo from Asgardia)   First there was the robot citizen in Saudi Arabia, now comes a virtual nation launched into space. No, it’s not an article from The Onion, this is actually happening. Asgardia is the virtual nation created by Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli. He started the nation last year and so f ...
Goodwin's model circle as described in section 2 of the bill. It has a diameter of 10 and a stated circumference of "32" (not 31.4159~); the chord of 90° has length stated as "7" (not 7.0710~). (via Wiki)   Edward J. Goodwin believed he successfully squared the circle and attempted to get it validated by turning it into an Indiana State law in 1897.   Indiana Pi bill, House Bill 246, reads as follows:   "The diameter employed as the linear unit according to the present rul ...
Professor Stephen Hawking (Image via REX/Shutterstock)   “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. “He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever,” said Stephen Hawk ...
(Image credit: Greg Goebel via Wikipedia)   In the US, there is new investment into the declining coal industry as America’s leading power producer, which is now dominated by natural gas, accounting for 34% of the country’s electricity. To put that into perspective, as of 2016 coal produces 30% of US power followed by nuclear at 20%, renewables (solar, wind, hydro, etc.) at 15% and petroleum at 1%, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).   There are se ...
Hon Hai Precision Industry, the cornerstone company for Foxconn Technology Group, will turn to the stock market to fund its desire to make the company a leader in manufacturing worldwide. But first Foxconn needs to heal its wounds. (Logos via Hon Hai & Foxconn)   Founded in 1974 by Terry Gou, Hon Hai Precision Industry is a company built on the idea that the world could not thrive without electronics. With his $7,500, Gou started a company that became a benchmark for other companies in ...
Nordic’s nRF91 SiP incorporates global multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, ARM Cortex-M33, GPS and more in a tiny package. (Image credit: Nordic Semiconductor)   After my “Monster Sensor” project here on element14, I have been a huge fan of Nordic Semiconductor’s product line. I look forward to working with this new chip.   Three years after its development, Nordic Semiconductor will be releasing their latest low-power cellular IoT nRF91 solution at some point in the ...
Functional Safety offers the required risk-reduction to assure safety in the presence of systematic or random faults. Systematic failures happen due to a design flaw and are present in all implementations. Engineers take care of these using Quality Management Systems (QMS) to trace the design and development methodologies, the manufacturing process, the operational procedures, the documentation, and other relevant factors used on the overall system. Random failures are transient faults or soft ...
A Swedish tech company specialized in power gap solutions, is bringing to users of portable devices a new type of battery that is greener than the ones currently used. (Fuel cell LAMINA by MyFC)   Power gap, the difference between the amount of energy available and the amount of energy needed, could be the responsible for much of the struggle with smart devices battery. Every smartphone user has certainly experienced the rapid loss of power characteristic of those devices. It feels as if t ...
Functional Safety is moving away from being an industry requirement to become normality within products; more of those solutions are incorporating complex embedded hardware and software that relies on a specific execution of commands and safety-related functions. Functional Safety systems are helping to mitigate the risk of damage or physical injury to the health of people caused by first- and second-hand hazards; Functional Safety systems detect those hazardous conditions and provide danger red ...