Concept of BMW’s New Electric Motorcycle Looks Like a Futuristic Scooter

Vehicle concepts do not always go out of print, but when the automakers themselves present them, they make clear some of the ideas the company has for its upcoming innovations. And this is the case of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the concept of an electric motorcycle launched by the German manufacturer.

Featuring rectangular features with curved details, the vehicle’s design has a flat handle on the sides of a simple and technological dashboard, with information that can be accessed and controlled through the buttons on the bike’s handle.

“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link stands for a new understanding of urban mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as w

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Vehicle concepts do not always go out of print, but when the automakers themselves present them, they make clear some of the ideas the company has for its upcoming innovations. And this is the case of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the concept of an electric motorcycle launched by the German manufacturer.

Featuring rectangular features with curved details, the vehicle’s design has a flat handle on the sides of a simple and technological dashboard, with information that can be accessed and controlled through the buttons on the bike’s handle.

“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link stands for a new understanding of urban mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device.  For me the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, with its timeless and reduced style, is more than a concept – it is rather a symbol for a new era.” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design of BMW Motorrad.

Technology insight

In addition to a great aesthetic sense, the concept presented by the manufacturer lavishes technology. The vehicle can be connected to your calendar to send notifications directly to the dashboard, as well as displaying the exact route to your destination. The idea, BMW assures, is to connect riders, motorcyclists, and the environment.

BMW

But what about classic and essential information such as speed and battery level? This data is taken as more important so that it will be displayed directly on the motorcycle windshield. Thus, the piece is no longer a simple windshield and possible objects that come against the bike to turn almost a head-up display.

And the technological appeal does not stop there: means of gestures can open the luggage compartment located on the side of the bike. This will be possible thanks to a smart jacket that connects to the vehicle and allows an even greater integration between the bike and its pilot.

Robotic Bermuda May be the Key to the Perfect Runner

For some time the professional scenario of the race has worked closely with technology companies to file microseconds of the performance of the most outstanding athletes in the category.

While much of this effort is focused on more aerodynamic and sweat-suiting suits or sneakers with the perfect footprint for each type of foot, Harvard engineers have decided to take another route to deal with this challenge: a robotic bermuda that can eliminate minutes – Yes, minutes! – of a marathon.

The design of these American researchers is much larger than that of the technological garment. This does not prevent shorts from being used to strengthen the stride and strengthen the leg and waist muscles of the aisle. With mechanical help, it is possible

For some time the professional scenario of the race has worked closely with technology companies to file microseconds of the performance of the most outstanding athletes in the category.

While much of this effort is focused on more aerodynamic and sweat-suiting suits or sneakers with the perfect footprint for each type of foot, Harvard engineers have decided to take another route to deal with this challenge: a robotic bermuda that can eliminate minutes – Yes, minutes! – of a marathon.

The design of these American researchers is much larger than that of the technological garment. This does not prevent shorts from being used to strengthen the stride and strengthen the leg and waist muscles of the aisle. With mechanical help, it is possible to simultaneously add strength to the exercise and reduce the athlete’s energy expenditure by about 5.4%.

An interesting point raised in the project documentation is that a number of tests and prototypes have been done. When the goal is to achieve better performance or efficiency or to simulate or broaden the way the human body functions is not enough. Proof of this is that by changing the moment when the impact of the strides is applied to the hip, scientists simply doubled the effectiveness of the wearable gadget.

Of course, an accessory such as these would hardly be accepted in the professional environment, since it is a much more active aid than that of traditional equipment and clothing. In addition, it is worth mentioning that all the operation of the “exobermuda” depends on a source of energy nothing practical for long walks: an electric cable.

The initiative is currently supported by DARPA and other companies, which indicates that its end use can be both recreational and on the battlefield.

The Boom of the Augmented Reality Between Production and Training

The fate that has touched the consumer version of Google Glass two years ago was known to all. But from here to declare that augmented reality journey is still long is nothing short of reckless. This technology is finding increasingly important and extensive in the manufacturing industry.

The engineers of Lockheed Martin have begun to use Microsoft HoloLens to develop spacecraft models such as that in the coming years will land on Mars. The reality also increased is extremely useful in areas such as training and production.

Lockheed Martin considers the HoloLens as a huge benefit in terms of 3D visualization, speed, and quality of the work. The ability to put together all the information that a technician needs to acquire for the construction of a satellite or a space veivolo, the fact that you have all this information available directly in HoloLens

The fate that has touched the consumer version of Google Glass two years ago was known to all. But from here to declare that augmented reality journey is still long is nothing short of reckless. This technology is finding increasingly important and extensive in the manufacturing industry.

The engineers of Lockheed Martin have begun to use Microsoft HoloLens to develop spacecraft models such as that in the coming years will land on Mars. The reality also increased is extremely useful in areas such as training and production.

Lockheed Martin considers the HoloLens as a huge benefit in terms of 3D visualization, speed, and quality of the work. The ability to put together all the information that a technician needs to acquire for the construction of a satellite or a space veivolo, the fact that you have all this information available directly in HoloLens and guided instructions for assembling a product is a huge advantage in terms of time and efficiency.

Even major car manufacturers such as BMW and Volkswagen have experimented with augmented reality. They find it useful especially the fact that workers can perform some of the tasks hands-frees without counting the greater immediacy in the process of communication between the different teams.

Boeing has also used augmented reality to help its engineers to more easily maneuver among the thousands of cables required to connect the electrical systems of an aircraft.

Few but important examples demonstrate how augmented reality is becoming much more than just a way to entertain or to entertain millions of users is the Pokémon Go game. According to a recent IDC study, the augmented reality market till late 2016 was worth 209 million dollars and is expected to touch $49 billion by 2021.

The Importance of the Human Element in the Digital Customer Experience

From UX to CX: Rethinking the Digital User Experience as a Collaborative Exchange is a new report by Capgemini Consulting and MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) that highlights the development of a new approach to the management of digital customer experience, defined by the concept of Collaborative Exchanges (CX).

The report illustrates the transition from the interaction with the customer managed by the digital economy where the place of control of the client experience lies neither in the hands of the company nor those of the customer, but is negotiated through Collaborative exchanges.

This new form of collaborative exchange with the client consists of two main dimensions, namely the active participation of the customer along the organization’s value chain and the gathering of more information at every point of contact (touch point), so as to target and custom

From UX to CX: Rethinking the Digital User Experience as a Collaborative Exchange is a new report by Capgemini Consulting and MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) that highlights the development of a new approach to the management of digital customer experience, defined by the concept of Collaborative Exchanges (CX).

The report illustrates the transition from the interaction with the customer managed by the digital economy where the place of control of the client experience lies neither in the hands of the company nor those of the customer, but is negotiated through Collaborative exchanges.

This new form of collaborative exchange with the client consists of two main dimensions, namely the active participation of the customer along the organization’s value chain and the gathering of more information at every point of contact (touch point), so as to target and customize the offer.

Customers are now able to be involved at different levels in the value chain of a company, from research and product development, through the creation of content and logistics, right up to services.

At the same time companies are able to gather information at all levels to discover and define the knowledge of customers. The combination of strategic decisions based on the level of participation with mutually beneficial information flow determines a collaborative exchange of success.

Intersecting these two dimensions, four archetypes emerge Collaborative Customer Exchanges, which can help businesses to design exchanges a collaborative success.

  • Hosts gather information about its users, opening its value chain to the shared participation.
  • The companion work alongside their customers so that the shared involvement and user information are used to change the customer experience.
  • Advisors using information about their customers, while maintaining a tight grip on participation.
  • The directors provide services based on the subsidiary participation of the customer and the information collected.

The collaborative exchanges in a digital world require that companies are not based solely on scientific data, but develop a parallel competence of behavioral sciences. The granular analysis must be balanced with a focus on empathy. That’s why developing a comprehensive understanding of human behavior, values and feelings will be more important than ever in the digital economy.

Marketers are told daily that the success of their actions lies in the analytical data, the algorithms and artificial intelligence. Of course, this is imperative, but what this research clearly shows is that, in this digitally oriented economy, the human element is more important than ever.

Apple App Store is a Good Deal for Developers And Companies

A new report of Sensor Tower confirms that the Apple App Store is a sound investment for app developers. Data show that, in 2016, at least 66 iOS developers have managed to make their first million dollars thanks to revenue from the app.

And this is only considering the US App Store. In fact, despite its market share is relatively small compared to Android, the Apple store has created nearly twice millionaires in 2016. The data refer only to revenue from the app, without considering advertising revenue.

“A total of 66 developers have reached or exceeded this figure in the Apple store in 2016,” said Sensor Tower. “It’a result 1.7 times higher than the 39 developers who have achieved the same success on the Google platform.”

Not only that, but the number of developers who have reached the milestone of one millio

A new report of Sensor Tower confirms that the Apple App Store is a sound investment for app developers. Data show that, in 2016, at least 66 iOS developers have managed to make their first million dollars thanks to revenue from the app.

And this is only considering the US App Store. In fact, despite its market share is relatively small compared to Android, the Apple store has created nearly twice millionaires in 2016. The data refer only to revenue from the app, without considering advertising revenue.

“A total of 66 developers have reached or exceeded this figure in the Apple store in 2016,” said Sensor Tower. “It’a result 1.7 times higher than the 39 developers who have achieved the same success on the Google platform.”

Not only that, but the number of developers who have reached the milestone of one million dollars was almost double compared to 2015 when 34 developers have reached the goal. Even the Android platform has seen some growth, increasing from 14 to 39, suggesting that Google store it is slowly moving towards profitability.

That’s not a game

An interesting aspect that emerges from the data is the variety of categories that are successful in iOS apps.

It should be said that game developers are the main of “millionaires” category on both platforms, but Apple App Store reached the million dollars for developers on utility apps, photos, and video, social networking, and lifestyle.

This means that Apple platforms are becoming capable of supporting a much more mature choice of solutions.

What does it mean for companies?

It is clear that iOS users are ready for sophisticated solutions. And that has at least two consequences for companies that are standardizing on Apple mobile solutions. First, it means that it will be easier to insert the personal enterprise systems because the new hires are already familiar with their use for more complex tasks.

Secondly, it suggests that investment in the development of applications for the iOS platform will probably give good results in the long term, given the growing consumer interest in applications and services on that platform.

The acceptance, loyalty, and familiarity with related technologies will contribute significantly to employee productivity by simplifying the job of CIOs who seek to spread the use of digital business processes.

Marketing Communications

The results of Sensor Tower is an encouraging sign for companies wishing to open a multi-channel communication with customers. Clearly, there are some excellent opportunities for sponsorship and marketing.

One of the first examples of sponsorship through an app was IpCB, sponsored by Carling. This fun app allowing iPhone users to pay and drink “virtually” a pint of beer. A more recent example is Makeup Genius of L’Oreal, which illustrates how companies can create relatively useful applications that go well with their brand identity.

The fact that the iOS consumers are willing to spend millions of dollars on a certain type of applications means that if the brands are able to design really useful digital solutions can improve the recognition and brand loyalty.

Hunting for talent

The biggest hurdle in the race to digital remains the availability of human resources. The best developers are already very busy and major technology companies are recruiting all talents who manage to achieve.

Apple is trying to create new generations of developers with its new App iOS Development Center in Naples, where it assumes the brightest minds. The company also recently introduced a full course at university level, the App Development with Swift.

Perhaps best known is the fact Sir Jony Ive became director of one of the most famous art and design academies in the world, the Royal College of Art (RCA). Ive help the RCA to expand his knowledge in computer science, materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and smart mobility.

Long-term stability

These initiatives promote the growth of the next generation of developers, but also business users. The Apple investment in training, in fact, ensure that its ecosystem has the resources necessary for at least the next 10 years.

The sponsorship of costly education programs demonstrates a tangible commitment to creating tomorrow’s talent. This in itself is a strong signal that Apple’s vision for the future extends beyond the introduction of the next iPhone. And it is a warranty for corporate users who are considering the large investment in the Apple ecosystem.

Smart Tool Tells You How Strong Your Password

A good password invents harder than you think. You want them to remember, but it should be cryptic enough to protect your accounts. A smart online tool can help you come up with a stronger password.

The tool, the password meter has been developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago. The tool compares your password dictionaries used in brute force attacks.

A secure password

The password meter aims to explore how we can come up with better and safer passwords. Researchers have found that when given real-time advice while users enter the password, this increases security considerably.

Password

Behind the solution is a neural network that compares the typed passwords with the aforementioned dictionaries, but also how

A good password invents harder than you think. You want them to remember, but it should be cryptic enough to protect your accounts. A smart online tool can help you come up with a stronger password.

The tool, the password meter has been developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago. The tool compares your password dictionaries used in brute force attacks.

A secure password

The password meter aims to explore how we can come up with better and safer passwords. Researchers have found that when given real-time advice while users enter the password, this increases security considerably.

Password

Behind the solution is a neural network that compares the typed passwords with the aforementioned dictionaries, but also how we as people are used to combining words and numbers, a weakness that is often exploited by hackers.

The solution is a study emerged. Also, researchers have released the tool on GitHub.

DataLakes: Bringing Big Data to Your Organization

With the creation and management of DataLakes, companies will grow up to 317% due to the exploitation of large amounts of data supported in better decision making and the development of more competitive companies.

With the objective of overcoming the challenges of administration and handling large amounts of information in organizations, today there is the implementation of what is called DataLakes.

The DataLakes are repositories of large amounts of data that help companies generate additional value in operation and organization of all this information.

By 2020, it is expected that there will be 40 Zettabytes of information, meaning each inhabitant of the planet will contribute 5,247 GB of information. These data will be generated by what is called IoAT (Internet of All Things) – sensors, intelligent cities, etc., through the mobile teams and interactions with the Internet of the people and in the organ

With the creation and management of DataLakes, companies will grow up to 317% due to the exploitation of large amounts of data supported in better decision making and the development of more competitive companies.

With the objective of overcoming the challenges of administration and handling large amounts of information in organizations, today there is the implementation of what is called DataLakes.

The DataLakes are repositories of large amounts of data that help companies generate additional value in operation and organization of all this information.

By 2020, it is expected that there will be 40 Zettabytes of information, meaning each inhabitant of the planet will contribute 5,247 GB of information. These data will be generated by what is called IoAT (Internet of All Things) – sensors, intelligent cities, etc., through the mobile teams and interactions with the Internet of the people and in the organizations.

However, the sector faces several problems today: more than 80% of information is not used for decision making, which is called “blind spot.”

The cost of storing information in Data Warehouse, relational databases or SAN-type infrastructures is highly costly and scarcely scalable. To grow 20% of the shelf space, projects are carried out with a duration of 3 to 6 months.

DataLakes architectures ensure that the organization collects information from internal or external data sources at rest, On the move or in data warehouses to be processed and exploited so that the organization is able to react and make decisions before things happen.

It will get companies more competitive and organizations with more capacity for reaction in the face of the vertiginous changes in the Information Technology sector and also in our society.

Today’s large IT companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Netflix have developed technologies to collect, safeguard, process and exploit their data. These technological tools have been evolving and have led to other sectors showing significant benefits.

One of them is the growth of up to 317% of companies that support their business in the exploitation of large amounts of data in DataLakes architectures.

All that data universe called Big Data will be the differentiating variable of success, since all decision-making processes are supported in as much information as possible, giving a competitive advantage to organizations that have the ability to analyze and understand the largest amount of information. The cost savings in DataLakes architectures vs Data Warehouses is 15% of what organizations currently invest.

How do companies spend?

Big Data tools are helping organizations understand the tastes and buying habits of their customers. With DataLakes, they offer great discounts in the major moments to increase their sales, turning sales into personalized experiences.

How do they operate?

Big Data implementations lead organizations to make decisions in terms of their value propositions and operations, seeking to make their productive processes as effective as possible.

An example of these implementations is in the monitoring of gas or energy networks to understand the state of the network and consumptions in real time to maximize their distribution and provisioning of the service, even detecting problems before they happen.

How to minimize risks or seize opportunities?

Identifying unusual events, anomalies or incidents that can be exploited or controlled by the organization is a fundamental implementation of analytical models of large amounts of data.

Understanding how your organization works, allows you to predict and counteract computer attacks, fraud and service failures. Anomalies or incidents that can be exploited or controlled by the organization is a fundamental implementation of analytical models of large amounts of data.