Scientists Want to Recharge Batteries With Body Energy

Batteries are a weakness of the mobile industry. Increasingly powerful, mobile devices require smart solutions to take better advantage of battery power and also recharge faster the power repository of a tablet or smartphone.

Thus, many researchers have sought alternatives to the traditional ways of powering a device. One of the bets is the use of mechanisms capable of collecting energy from the human body, thus dispensing with the use of conventional batteries.

This innovation would be of even greater use in the healthcare industry. If you imagine a device that needs battery power to continue working – like a brain or heart implant – having to remove it to “change the battery” may be something laborious and risky.

“If a device relies on batteries, replacing them would require surgery, then providing medical device resources is a significant advantage and can

Batteries are a weakness of the mobile industry. Increasingly powerful, mobile devices require smart solutions to take better advantage of battery power and also recharge faster the power repository of a tablet or smartphone.

Thus, many researchers have sought alternatives to the traditional ways of powering a device. One of the bets is the use of mechanisms capable of collecting energy from the human body, thus dispensing with the use of conventional batteries.

This innovation would be of even greater use in the healthcare industry. If you imagine a device that needs battery power to continue working – like a brain or heart implant – having to remove it to “change the battery” may be something laborious and risky.

“If a device relies on batteries, replacing them would require surgery, then providing medical device resources is a significant advantage and can really affect people’s lives,” argues the professor at the University of Southern California in the United States, Dina El-Damak.

From the heat

The most obvious method when talking about this is to get energy from the movement, but many scientists do not bet on this mode for a reason also quite evident: not all devices can afford to function only when the carrier is in motion.

One option considered by some researchers is the piezoelectric method, which generates energy from the pressure applied to certain materials.

However, the favorite of scientists is the energy generated from the heat of the human body, something that we never fail to produce while alive. This method is called thermoelectric generation.

An example of this comes from the University of North Carolina, also in the US, where Professor Daryoosh Vashaee created a device capable of capturing the temperature difference a human body and the external environment to transform into electricity.

The big problem of this modality is the amount of energy obtained by the device, always very low and unable to charge a cell phone. Thus, the method can be applied only to objects that are highly energy-efficient, and they consume very little energy.

From friction

There are also initiatives that study energy creation from material friction – triboelectric generation – as the small generator set up by Georgia Institute of Technology professor Zhong Lin Wang. In this method, the researchers developed a wearable device capable of obtaining energy from the movement and friction between objects.

Although any material causes friction, the right choice can result in an even more efficient method than the thermoelectric generation, says Wang. This type of technology could be implemented in technological clothing, but also in body sensors, greatly expanding its possibilities.

Unfortunately, though, it’s hard to imagine that such a novelty will be available in the short term – Wang believes it takes at least three years before his frictional energy generation system hits the market.

Until then, the great example of this branch is the Matrix PowerWatch, a watch that uses thermoelectric generation to function and was created from a collective financing project.

Google is Helping to Create Journalistic Artificial Intelligence in Europe

Here is the proof that artificial intelligence can prove useful in many fields. According to some news circulating the network, Google has transferred an amount equivalent to 706 thousand euros ($806,000) to the Press Association to assist the Digital News Initiative, which is responsible for supporting digital journalism.

According to the press release, the Press Association will work with startup Urbs Media to produce about 30,000 local stories in the UK and Ireland with the help of software.

However, it will not be solely responsible for this material, since human journalists will contribute to producing more detailed stories on topics such as crime and health, while the Radar AI tool (developed by the startup) would fill gaps and help locate the article.

As for the amount passed on by Google, it would be us

Here is the proof that artificial intelligence can prove useful in many fields. According to some news circulating the network, Google has transferred an amount equivalent to 706 thousand euros ($806,000) to the Press Association to assist the Digital News Initiative, which is responsible for supporting digital journalism.

According to the press release, the Press Association will work with startup Urbs Media to produce about 30,000 local stories in the UK and Ireland with the help of software.

However, it will not be solely responsible for this material, since human journalists will contribute to producing more detailed stories on topics such as crime and health, while the Radar AI tool (developed by the startup) would fill gaps and help locate the article.

As for the amount passed on by Google, it would be useful to create tools capable of obtaining information from public databases in the United Kingdom.

Radar would also have the function of generating graphics for these materials, as well as adding important videos and photos to those contents. However, it is worth mentioning that this software will only be used from 2018.

Human journalists will still be vital to this process, but [Radar] allows to turn to artificial intelligence to increase the volume of local stories that would be impossible to deliver manually.

But does it work?

While some may regard this initiative as visionary, others imagine that in practice it may not work as well. One is Tim Dawson, president of the National Union of Journalists.

“The real problem in the media is too little bona fide reporting. I don’t believe that computer whizzbangery is going to replace that. What I’m worried about in my capacity as president of the NUJ is something that ends up with third-rate stories which look as if they are something exciting, but are computer-generated so [news organizations] can get rid of even more reporters,” Dawson said in an interview with The Guardian.

5 Patents of Crazy Technologies That Have Not Turned into Real Products Yet

With the tremendous speed that technology development is currently taking, it is not too difficult to end up losing the all-too-promising notion that is being made by the most creative minds in the world.

Often the news comes in the form of extremely simple ideas, which can be translated into reality almost immediately. Others can become true legends of the industry, disappearing amidst a host of forgotten patents.

After all, what are the most imaginative technologies that have been patented in recent years, but have not yet come close to becoming real products?

The following are some interesting examples, ranging from smartphones with folding screens to computers with injected lenses in their eyes and flying cars.

Folding Displays

Flexible screens are already a reality and have been demonstrated more than once in international events, but the fact is that even after years of rumors and patents of the most varied, we are still waiting for the launch of some TV, tabl

With the tremendous speed that technology development is currently taking, it is not too difficult to end up losing the all-too-promising notion that is being made by the most creative minds in the world.

Often the news comes in the form of extremely simple ideas, which can be translated into reality almost immediately. Others can become true legends of the industry, disappearing amidst a host of forgotten patents.

After all, what are the most imaginative technologies that have been patented in recent years, but have not yet come close to becoming real products?

The following are some interesting examples, ranging from smartphones with folding screens to computers with injected lenses in their eyes and flying cars.

Folding Displays

Flexible screens are already a reality and have been demonstrated more than once in international events, but the fact is that even after years of rumors and patents of the most varied, we are still waiting for the launch of some TV, tablet or smartphone whose can be folded without breaking.

The rumors are not few and some, like the Project Valley of Samsung, even seem tangible, but no official announcements yet.

Screen that mimics materials

In the middle of 2015, Apple recorded the concept of a display that would vibrate at certain frequencies to trick our fingers and give us the same sensation we would have when touching metal, stone, paper, wood, or other materials. The idea would be interesting for applications like games and ebook readers, among many possibilities, but there is still no forecast to see this in any real product.

Microphone Tattoo

Granted to Motorola in late 2013, a patent described a special microphone that could be implanted in people’s throats by means of a neck tattoo that captures the vibrations of sound in the larynx of users. The mechanism can connect to other devices via Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi, in addition to own batteries.

Smart Gloves

Announced by Samsung as an April 1 prank in 2014, the Samsung Finger is a smart glove that would do all the functions of a smartphone, and it gained real patents sometime later. The device would have a flexible display capable of displaying a QWERTY keyboard, would be able to track the movements of its fingers and would have shortcuts in the areas within reach of the big toe. For the time being, it does not seem like anything like that has left the paper.

Flying Car

Early concepts of flying cars are probably older than most of us, but a patent filed by Toyota last year describes an interesting vision for this type of vehicle.

In the document, four wings appear “stacked” above a seemingly common automobile, being able to be spaced or approximated to increase the support provided by the air. The propulsion system is not explained – which indicates that the idea is still far from becoming a reality.

With Artificial Intelligence, The Travel Industry Can Better Understand its Customers

If you have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and are updated on recent developments, you may have heard of these terms: deep learning, algorithms, machine learning, etc. As we progress in the flowering of AI, Deep Learning is implemented in various industries and platforms, and we begin to see tangible applications in our daily lives.

It is a fact that the travel industry has much to improve: business travel can turn into nightmares easily, travelers are even more demanding when choosing their travel option and expect full-time care and support.

Artificial Intelligence is already common to most travelers in the form of computer helpers like Ok Google, Siri and Cortana, and technologies like this can respond to current problems.

The abundance of data that travel organizations have, including traveler profiles, action history, airline preferences, and hotels, make the business of the tourism easily appropriated to the AI. Companies such as <a href="https://www.poder.io/&quot;

If you have heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and are updated on recent developments, you may have heard of these terms: deep learning, algorithms, machine learning, etc. As we progress in the flowering of AI, Deep Learning is implemented in various industries and platforms, and we begin to see tangible applications in our daily lives.

It is a fact that the travel industry has much to improve: business travel can turn into nightmares easily, travelers are even more demanding when choosing their travel option and expect full-time care and support.

Artificial Intelligence is already common to most travelers in the form of computer helpers like Ok Google, Siri and Cortana, and technologies like this can respond to current problems.

The abundance of data that travel organizations have, including traveler profiles, action history, airline preferences, and hotels, make the business of the tourism easily appropriated to the AI. Companies such as Poder.IO, specializing in AI solutions for sectors such as travel, are not only architects but also witnesses of what airlines, hotels, and companies associated with tourism are creating to serve travelers differently before, during and after their travels.

An example is Pana, a specialist on-demand travel company, contacts its customers using messages through applications, SMS or email. It consolidates the regular management of the local dialect, with information on the inclinations of the traveler, and uses the AI to indicate to the operators the decisions that more applications in the middle of the reservation procedure.

The KLM airline allows its travelers to obtain reservations confirmations, registration notices, tickets and flight announcements through a Facebook Messenger bot. They can also contact KLM through Messenger all day, every day.

And the Hilton hotel chain is testing Connie, a robotic assistant, powered by IBM Watson and Wayblazer. It can answer questions from visitors regarding courtesies, management, and nearby attractions. The more visitors you connect with Connie, the more you learn, adjust, and improve your suggestions and responses.

On the other hand, Customer relationship management in the travel industry is always about information and AI also helps in this regard. To build reliable relationships with customers and travelers, tourism managers need to know a lot about their customers; this information covers everything from their age, sexual orientation, gastronomic preferences, and interests.

Most of these data can be used throughout the client’s journey to maintain service at phenomenal levels, and be present to throw carrots at the right time to maintain their loyalty. Artificial intelligence can make this happen with just a few clicks.

The AI brings to the light valuable knowledge that travel managers had never conceived possible. This, in principle, should lead to greater customer benefit, better quality advertising and increased loyalty to brands that use their data in the right way.

That is why obtaining the necessary information and releasing the right messages for the right travelers is the biggest challenge for the tourism industry.

Internet of Things: The Trend That Revolutionizes the World

The solutions supported by Internet of Things (IoT) have evolved, and more and more industries use them to take the next level to their companies.

Technology has improved our lives in many ways, from the personal to the professional. The dynamics of coexistence have changed, and we need things to be increasingly straightforward and fast, and even automatic.

In the last five years, the solutions supported on the Internet have evolved, and the industries use them to take to the next level to their companies. Over time, the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to make a real impact on the daily life of people and organizations as it modifies communication between objects and the functioning of cities. IoT refers to the digital interconnection of all kinds of everyday objects through the network.

At present, there are about 18. 000 million devices within the Internet of

The solutions supported by Internet of Things (IoT) have evolved, and more and more industries use them to take the next level to their companies.

Technology has improved our lives in many ways, from the personal to the professional. The dynamics of coexistence have changed, and we need things to be increasingly straightforward and fast, and even automatic.

In the last five years, the solutions supported on the Internet have evolved, and the industries use them to take to the next level to their companies. Over time, the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to make a real impact on the daily life of people and organizations as it modifies communication between objects and the functioning of cities. IoT refers to the digital interconnection of all kinds of everyday objects through the network.

At present, there are about 18. 000 million devices within the Internet of Things, and by 2020 that figure is expected to reach 50 billion. There is no doubt that the use of this tool worldwide is growing rapidly.

Practical use

To improve the efficiency of these devices, more energy-efficient sensors are being designed, including processors capable of managing large volumes of data and enabling predictive analysis, as well as allowing the assignment of unique addresses for each one of the objects.

It allows enhancing the capabilities of the IoT, giving value to the business world, which is largely based on the data collected and the possibility of making real-time decisions aimed at analyzing the information that these devices.

As an example of this, companies like the Israeli beer company Weissbeerger locates sensors on the connectors where the beer passes, so that the measuring strips record how much beer is drunk in a bar.

As soon as the product reserves are finished, the brewery receives a notification and, consequently, can launch a new delivery. Also, in the automotive industry, in vehicles such as BMW and VW, the sensors measure the overall condition of the car.

If certain parameters leave the frame, the service of the automotive manufacturer receives a notification, and an employee calls the owner of the car to make an appointment. A similar scenario is implemented by the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Piaggio which uses this technology to predict fault analysis that is reported to the manufacturer and the vehicle owner. And these are just a couple of brief examples of what is achieved with IoT.

In the case of the Port of Hamburg, one of the backbones of the region’s economy, it has managed to maintain port traffic and commerce after the implementation of the Smart Port Logistics project, which allows them to connect different actors of the place by mobile business cloud. The project uses SAP logistics to help them get real-time information from both the port and transportation companies, parking providers and other businesses moving through it.

It integrates data from several vehicles that are in the port and then this information is consolidated and analyzed through the SAP HANA Cloud platform.

One of the most emblematic cases of how the IoT impacts the economy of a country is the case of Trenitalia, the Italian train company that through lords installed on the trains has managed to optimize its maintenance process until achieving between 8% And 10% total annual maintenance costs.

People and things

According to a study conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, it is estimated that potential economic impact of the IoT would be 3.900 million dollars to 11,100 million dollars a year in 2025. It indicates that the technology will have a greater influence in the global value of the advanced economies.

However, their adoption in developing economies is huge and can account for almost 40% of the value of IoT. The Internet of Things not only focuses on the business world but also has the ability and the facility to get involved in any activity that people do in their daily lives.

According to a United Nations report, by the year 2020, the world will have increased its population to 7.7 billion people, and the connected artifacts will be 2 times greater to the global population. A fact that shows that this trend connects and brings together two worlds: people and things.

At present, running the washing machine from the office using an application for our mobile phone is a reality, as well as alerting the doctor about an abnormal situation from the cell phone, receiving cooking recipes based on food stored in the refrigerator, turn off the lights of the house while you are not there to save electricity or even have suggestions for changing mattress according to how we sleep – all this is and will be possible without time or place limits.

Considering all this and starting from the fact that the Internet of things is a reality, we must ask ourselves how we can take advantage of these new technologies to generate opportunities that allow us to be more competitive in a world that is constantly changing.

It is time to innovate and reinvent business models to respond to the accelerated and constant transformation of the market.

SoftBank Wants to Become a Giant of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

The Japanese company SoftBank will buy two robotics companies owned by Google. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Japanese company SoftBank is not a bank but a telecommunications company. Softbank loves technology and especially robots.

In 2015, it bought the French Aldebaran (Nao, Pepper). It has just announced the acquisition of two US robotics companies owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Schaft and Boston Dynamics.

Robots for military use

Schaft and Boston Dynamics specialize in bipedal and quadruped mobile robots. They already have several astounding creatures like Atlas, a kind of Robocop standing on two legs; Spot, a big dog robot that always falls on its paws and can carry military equipment or Handle, a robot on wheels that jumps to 1.2 meters high.

All this would be even a bit creepy. This would be partly because it gives a disturbing picture of the Google Galaxy, which Alphabet would

The Japanese company SoftBank will buy two robotics companies owned by Google. Contrary to what its name suggests, the Japanese company SoftBank is not a bank but a telecommunications company. Softbank loves technology and especially robots.

In 2015, it bought the French Aldebaran (Nao, Pepper). It has just announced the acquisition of two US robotics companies owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Schaft and Boston Dynamics.

Robots for military use

Schaft and Boston Dynamics specialize in bipedal and quadruped mobile robots. They already have several astounding creatures like Atlas, a kind of Robocop standing on two legs; Spot, a big dog robot that always falls on its paws and can carry military equipment or Handle, a robot on wheels that jumps to 1.2 meters high.

All this would be even a bit creepy. This would be partly because it gives a disturbing picture of the Google Galaxy, which Alphabet would be willing to get rid of these two companies. Schaft and Boston Dynamics are working with the US military, and the US government has yet to agree to the buy-in.

Behind SoftBank, a visionary

Behind SoftBank, the CEO, Masayoshi Son, is fond of investing in new emerging technologies. He regularly visits Silicon Valley and claims to have been a friend of Steve Jobs.

Masayoshi Son has a vision. For now, SoftBank does not really innovate but puts the package on the acquisition of innovative companies because it wants to become the biggest technology investor in the world. Last year, the group joined forces with Saudi Arabia to create the world’s largest technology investment fund.

SoftBank wants to become a global player in robotics and artificial intelligence. Masayoshi Son believes much in the “technological singularity,” the rather controversial idea that artificial intelligence will one day exceed human intelligence. SoftBank Robotics is in any case undeniably a company to follow closely.

Cozmo – The Small Robot With Emotions That Wants to be Loved

A small robot invented by the American company will soon be marketed in other parts of the world. Its name is “Cozmo.” It has the peculiarity of experiencing emotions.

Apparently, it is a kind of small tractor, the size of a toy, with a sympathetic head endowed with a screen simulating an expressive look, which gives it a little air of Wall-E, the robot of the film of the same name.

Behind the Toy, Artificial Intelligence

Cozmo is a robot player. It manipulates connected cubes that light up in color. Mounted on wheels, it moves with a mischievous air. Cozmo recognizes its owner after scanning his face and pronouncing his first name, etc. It will be released at the end of the year at a price of just over 200 euros.

cozmo

 

The most interesting point

A small robot invented by the American company will soon be marketed in other parts of the world. Its name is “Cozmo.” It has the peculiarity of experiencing emotions.

Apparently, it is a kind of small tractor, the size of a toy, with a sympathetic head endowed with a screen simulating an expressive look, which gives it a little air of Wall-E, the robot of the film of the same name.

Behind the Toy, Artificial Intelligence

Cozmo is a robot player. It manipulates connected cubes that light up in color. Mounted on wheels, it moves with a mischievous air. Cozmo recognizes its owner after scanning his face and pronouncing his first name, etc. It will be released at the end of the year at a price of just over 200 euros.

cozmo

 

The most interesting point what is behind the toy. According to the American start-up Anki who is at the origin of Cozmo, this one uses artificial intelligence. Although the concept is fairly overused, the fact is that the toy uses advanced processes to move around, avoid obstacles, etc.

It evolves even according to parameters such as confidence, joy, seduction, excitement, etc. These very human feelings were put into the equation by its creators. This little machine may be a prefiguring of the more advanced robots that will arrive one day in our homes.