Tattoo Technology

 

Getting a tattoo is usually a special event for a person, often commemorating something important, or a mile stone of sorts. From black and grey, to full on tattoos consisting of over 25 colours, like myself, a tattoo can come in all shapes and sizes.

But, what if I told you that you could use a tattoo to control your phone, or use that same phone to listen to a tattoo?

Well, good news, folks! You can do both!

In April of 2017, Nate Siggard created the first playable tattoo that you can listen to with the use of his now popular app, Skin Motion.  With this success he created a company with the same name and created the now popular Soundwave Tattoos. The idea is that you get the sound wave image of the sound that you want tattooed onto you by a specialist. With the help of the Skin Motion app, you can then play it back as many times as you want.

Another interesting, and slightly strange, new tech coming out in the tattoo world is Duo Skin. Created by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft, a custom, functional device attaches to a person’s skin and can interact with your technology. The way that it is made is the design is created in any design software, then sent out and printed with a film cutter. This is then traced on to tattoo paper and layered on with gold leaf (used as a conductive material), where the electronics are placed. Then you apply, or “install” this onto your skin.  Some of the designs can even have LED lights put into them to enhance the look of the tattoo. There are three different types of uses for this: input devise which act like a track pad or controller; output display which changes colour based on your temperature or emotion; or communication devices, which include NFC tags so you can read data with your skin.

There are many more advances coming out in the tattoo industry, including helping in the medicine field and longer lasting temporary tattoos, because commitment is hard.

Will you take any of these new advances into consideration when you plan your next tattoo?

For more information check out these links:

https://skinmotion.com/

http://duoskin.media.mit.edu/

Creativity is the Future

There is a fear, a rumour, a nagging feeling perhaps, that robots will one day take over most of our jobs. Technology is advancing, and as machine learning comes into the spotlight, we start to wonder, are our jobs really in danger?

Machines have already started doing technical tasks in certain industries (and doing them much better than humans). Does this mean that as humans we no longer have a job at the company? Joseph Pistrui of the Harvard Business Review states that many knowledge jobs (such as lawyers and accountants) will soon be automated and that accountants have a 95% chance of losing their jobs. Scary, right?

But there is hope for us creatives. After all, what can we do that robots can’t (yet)? Think for ourselves, make decisions, DESIGN. Joseph says, “Humans are strategic; Machines are tactical.” They do not have an imagination. They do not have the capacity for creative analysis. They do not have emotions.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Seymour Adler and Robert B. Kaiser of Harvard Business Review say we can make ourselves valuable as employees by having a strong work ethic, drive and motivation to complete jobs no matter what it takes. Ambition and eagerness for more responsibility goes a long way in making yourself valuable. Social skills is another thing we have over machines (at least most of us). The ability to meet clients face to face, show emotion, have a conversation. To manage people and build relationships, be influential and read audiences. These things we go a long way in business (and life) and cannot be replaced so easily by robots.


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Therefore, companies should be strategizing about how to incorporate these automations into their businesses by looking at Artificial Intelligence as a way to augment and increase their production, instead of replace employees. Some of our new job descriptions may be to look after these new technologies. After all, someone will have to take care of the machines. But it will give us opportunities to look beyond the mechanical tasks in the workforce and better ourselves for more meaningful and creative positions.

Save the creatives! We are the future. xo M.

Smartphone cameras then vs now

DSLR cameras have come a long way since 2008. Sony, Canon, Nikon were just a few that were wildly popular back then. The cameras costed anywhere from $300-$1000. Even the best compact digital camera couldn’t compete. Cell phone cameras were minuscule and most couldn’t afford to spend so much money on a huge camera.

With the demand for quality smartphones that do more than just the basic call, text and picture message; companies started paying more attention to the quality of the camera. Camera quality can also be one of the main selling points to customers. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat are all heavily media based content. This allows users to quickly snap a picture, edit it quickly and post it within minutes. Instagram was released in 2010 for iPhone users. When the app began to explode in popularity there was demand for an Android version, but it wasn’t released until nearly two years later in 2012. The app gained popularity among young users, photographers, and many types of other people who wanted to share their creativity with the world.

When the HTC One M8 was released in 2013, it boasted an impressive dual lens camera which hadn’t been seen before. Users also had access to manual controls. This function allowed people to express their creativity more freely within smartphone photography. The freedom of being able to carry a tiny powerful camera that fits into your pocket is more convenient rather than lugging around a heavy and expensive camera along with its accessories. Reaching for a smartphone to capture special moments is almost second nature to many of us.

Fast forward to 2018 almost every smartphone has the ability to capture raw images, manual camera controls, and dual lenses. Companies also developed small camera accessories that have a similar function to DSLR accessories. It is hard to imagine what smartphone cameras will be able to do in the future. Will the cost of the camera drive up the price of the smartphone? Are exposure settings that of full frame DSLR? I’m excited to see what will be coming out in the years to come and I will probably base my next smartphone choice on the camera it features.

The First VISOR?

For any of you who have a love of Star Trek, I’m assuming you’ve seen, or at least know of Star Trek: The Next Generation. One of the main characters is man named Geordie La Forge, a Starfleet engineer who was born blind. Now, this isn’t a problem as this takes place in the 2300’s and the technology is far superior to ours. Mr. La Forge (before getting ocular implants) wore what is called a VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement) that allowed him to see by detecting electromagnetic signals across the EM spectrum (between 1 Hz and 100,000 THz) and used them to send signals to the brain through implants. This seems a little excessive, even for this day in age, but the technology isn’t far off.

Black eSight3

This is the eSight 3, A device that, although doesn’t “fix” blindness, allows people who are legally blind to see clearly. It works for about 4/5 people and works best for those who suffer from Macular Degeneration, but it works on a number of other conditions as well.

eSight CEO Dr. Brian Mech wanted to take advantage of the current improvements and successes of VR to help people. The eSight 3 uses high-speed, high-definition cameras to capture what the user is looking at, and displays it on 2 OLED screens in front of the user’s eyes. Using a remote that is connected to the headset, the user is able to zoom in or brighten/darken so that she is given the best sight possible. The headset can also take photos, capturing what the user is seeing. This not only gives people their sight back, but also gives them freedom. They can safely walk around in public without aid so that they don’t have to rely on a guide dog or white cane. It also helps them read so that they won’t need to use braille.

A couple of the drawbacks are that it isn’t waterproof, nor are users able to drive while wearing it, but the stages it’s at now are remarkable.

eSight 3

Sitting at $10,000 a piece, it is most definitely not the most affordable thing out there, but for many of the users, what the eSight 3 does for them is priceless.

We may not be at the point of curing blindness, but this step forward is truly incredible and who can even imagine where we will be in 10 years. And who knows? Maybe we will reaching VISOR technology sooner than 2300.

 

Espionage or writing utensil?

How about Both?

Have you ever found it almost impossible to take notes while in a meeting or a lecture hall and still keep up with what the speaker is saying? Or have you ever wanted to remember a special moment in your life and not be that obnoxious person with a huge camera snapping pictures that results in a huge flash every five minutes? Or have you ever wanted to do something slightly more devious and spy on or record someone without their knowledge? If you answered yes to question one or two and okay three (even though i totally do not condone spying on someone FYI) then the Spy Camera Pen is probably the thing you are looking for.

This little gadget comes equipped with  a built in lithium battery that can be recharged by using any USB port (perfect if you are doing covert espionage and only have your laptop near you) and it can record up to 2 GB of video, which again would be perfect for those who love to record the memories as they happen or spy on people as things happen. Either way, that’s a lot of video for your viewing pleasure once it’s all said and done. That video would also be good quality for your viewing pleasure as it takes crystal clear video through 1080p and 780p. It will also allow you to take smooth action shots if you are the type who will settle for a snapshot instead of a video. Also for those night owls who love to take pictures at night it also has the capability of a low light performance with minimal pixilation. Which for me would be handy because I absolutely can’t stand it when a picture looks pixalated. And the last feature but certainly not least, it comes equipped with a Time/Date stamp feature so that you can remember when and where exactly those photos were taken. It also has the dual feature of turning it off just in case there are some pictures or videos you’d rather forget when they were taken.

I personally love to record things, and remember passed events via video or pictures but i also don’t really like carrying around a camera or even my phone all the times. This pen would be perfect for me as I could just pop it in my pocket and be good to go to record and remember things as long as I had a USB port nearby just in case the battery life was used up before

THE ASPIRIN OF THE FUTURE

Personally, I think that today, most of our lives are controlled by electronics. Now, technology has advanced to the point where it could soon take up residence in our medicine cabinets in the form of “electronic aspirin.”   Are you a patient of Migraine, Headaches and Facial pain, and you use a lot of Aspirin tablets that don’t just help to stop the pain? Don’t worry because scientists at Autonomic Technologies Inc. (ATI) in Redwood City, California have developed a state-of-the-art neurostimulation  system that helps with the treatment of Migraine Headaches. And this device is called Electronic Aspirin. The Electronic Aspirin  is a patient-powered tool for blocking Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) signals whenever you have a sign of a headache.

This little device is a stimulator that is just about the size of an almond which can be implanted through a surgical insertion into your gum near the molar, and most often it is placed on the side of the head where the headaches occurs most of the time. With this new technology anyone suffering from headaches can just place a remote control in the side of the cheek where the pain is and stimulate the SPG nerves, stopping neurotransmitters that cause the pain. After the pain is treated you can just remove the remote control to deactivate the implant.

This are some of the reasons I think anyone having a lot of headaches should try the little device.

1.   The patient will experience an almost pain free life.

2.  The patient will be able to control when to use the device.

3.  No downfalls of pain medication such as internal issues or tolerance.

4.  It is now  readily available  .

5.  It lasts longer than any other pain medication.

The only side effects known for now occur  during and after inserting the implant. Some common side effects include throat numbness, lowered blood pressure, and nausea. Rarer symptoms include nasal bleeding, nasal infection and a temporary increase in headache pain. But my question is would you want to place such electronic device in your body and does anyone think that he or she could be controlled through the little device?.

 

uArm

Being in this industry we are constantly working on computers, so what if we had a little helper by our side? Introducing the uArm, an a adorable robot arm from uFactory. This robotic arm is precise and small enough to fit on your desk. Currently the uArm is seeking funding from Indiegogo, where it has already raised $300,000. The uArm is programmable via a variety of methods and has several attachments such as suction cups and a claw grabber. Most people are hesitant on funding products such as the uArm, because other products seem to fail, but this robot arm is different. The company has had success in its past with its other products so they guarantee success. There are two versions of the yet-to-be-built uArm available through the Indiegogo campaign. The uArm Pro, which is currently going for $489. The uArm pro has a repeatability of .02 millimeters, which is the degree of change in motion you can expect when the arm repeats the same motion over and over. The regular uArm Swift goes for $289 and has a repeatability of 5mm and a less powerful motor. The robot is capable of taking input from a leap motion gestural control sensor and includes wheels it can use to roll itself around.

 

The robot will be ready by May, just in time to break out the mini-fan attachment to cool you down during the summer.

 

So how can this technology benefit us? This technology will prove to have many benefits for us starting with convenience. Being in the profession that we are in, we will be most likely be in front of a keyboard. So while working you start to feel hot you can simply as the uArm to use its mini-fan to keep you cool. If you want a piece of paper that is perhaps across your desk uArm can bring it to you. Also the robot arm shows great potential and may soon be able to do much more. Maybe in the near future you can ask the uArm to grab a drink out of the fridge and bring it to you. However, this can be problematic because we will become very lazy and probably become obese. Also the price is pretty high for something that will do things for us, that most of us are already capable of doing.
The possibilities are endless for this piece of machinery and I can’t wait to see what’s next!  

The benefits of social media

All the many events that have taken place globally this year, what has stood out to me most is the power of social media.We have in one way or another witnessed how its use has saved lives, given job opportunities, created strong relationships and many more. It is also able to tarnish reputations, build hostility and kill relationships. So we must all realise that its power is really not in the tool or the makers of the tool, but the users behind the tool.

The mistake people make is the wrong assumptions that social networks mean social media. Wrong! Please understand that social networking is just a part of social media. There are user review sites, video sharing, micro blogging, blogging and others.  Therefore it is important to tailor your social media use to the kind of business or industry you operate in

Provide Market Insights and Money Making:

One of the many benefits of social media is its ability to provide you with insights on customers, competitors and Industry around the world. Through social media, you are able to know what exactly your customers think of your brand and those areas that can be improved. Social media chatter is a valuable source of information. What are your customers saying about your brand, what matters to your to customers? What is being said when you are compared to competitors.

Depending on how strategic your social media use is, it can lead to a strong media presence which will in the long run lead to brand loyalty.My favourite part of social media is that it is free. Well to an extent but there are so many objectives that small businesses can achieve for free using social media.

Develop relationships and Increased exposure:

The beauty of social networks especially is the ability to “package” your brand. Brands have been given an opportunity to present themselves to the world in the light that they want to be seen. Some brands have even dared to join viral conversations on politics, economics, and entertainment. Social media gives you the best view of viral content in the world as they happen.It is now a medium through which you can respond to problems immediately and show the world just how great your customer service is.There are many people who do not leverage on the connections that social media brings. It gives the opportunity to access information directly from mentors or competing businesses.

 

Gadget Accessories

In my last blog I wrote that technology has definitely come a long way, well so have the accessories for said gadgets. It used to be that you needed a cord and an electrical outlet to charge your phone or laptop; but now, there are devices available to allow you to charge your phone while on the go without the need of an electrical outlet in the wall. An example of one of these nifty gadgets would be the La Cross Atomic Alarm Clock  this little gadget is primarily an alarm clock as the name suggests but it has a few other neat features besides being able to charge your cellphone. The La Cross Atomic Alarm clock  has other interesting features such as: Atomic time & date auto sets, Time display (hour/minute), 12/24 hr. time & 10 minute snooze alarm, 7 time zones selection, Calendar (month, day, date), USB Charging port for mobile devices (as previously mentioned)  and other cool features like: Indoor temperature, indoor humidity, moon phase, multi-color display, continuous illuminated black light using AC power, Back light dimmer, and like every other gadget it also has a low battery icon.

The cost of this clock is relatively cheap as you can purchase one of your very own at staples or on amazon for 65.00$.
Now, some people might look at a gadget like this and say “Why should I get something like this when my phone works just fine and has all of those qualities that the clock has.” And this is a valid point, as even my Samsung Galaxy 5 can do most of what the atomic clock can do with the only difference being it cannot charge other devices and can receive messages and phone calls. But those might be the reason I would choose to look into acquiring a clock such as this because I am the type of person who receives a lot of messages and phone calls and like to shut my phone off at night to get a break from those messages and phone calls. So having something like this gadget would allow me to do that while charging my phone at the same time and I’m a huge fan of multi-tasking so that would just be perfect for me.

But I did title this blog gadget accessories, so let me ask, would this be considered a gadget, accessory or some weird hybrid?

3D Pens

Many of us have heard about 3D printers which allow us to create objects out of thin air, but have you heard about the 3D pen. The first recognized 3D pen was the “3Doodler”. Very similar to a 3D printer, just one is hand sized now. How does the 3D pen work? The 3D pen is basically a safer hot glue gun. The pen is filled with a plastic based cartridge that melts and allows you to manipulate the matter into designs of your choosing. This can be a finicky piece of tech because if you release too much plastic it could possibly ruin your design. This new technology could have an endless amount of possibilities for uses, and the creativity will never end.

 

Designers, such as ourselves, could find this 3D pen to be very helpful. Eventually when we are introduced to 3D animation or Stop-Motion Animation we could use the pen to create our desired figure so we can reference it while creating it. Although we haven’t started animation yet I’m assuming it would be easier to have something that I could analysis so I can study all of the angles to get my animation just right.

 

What can we expect from this pen in the future? Both the 3D pen and printer have an endless amount of possibilities of their potential use. What are some possibilities? This technology could eventually be use to make materials for clothing, cars, and maybe even planes. 3D pens and 3D printers are also starting to be used in the health industry. For example, Grey’s Anatomy, a fictional TV show, had used this technology to make stints to save people’s lives. Although Grey’s Anatomy is a TV show it bases itself on real medical procedures and new technology that is used in actual hospitals.
Some may argue that a 3D pen may be useless or perhaps a waste of money, but I disagree. Already the technology has been helping out in medical procedures, and even saving lives, and a lot of people are not capable of doing that. Like I have stated before the possibilities are endless and the future is very bright for this technology. Maybe in the near future most of our materials will be made from either 3D printers or pens.

Internet Penetration In Africa

The internet has spurred the economic and social growth of most developed nations and the same effects are being seen in many developing nations in Africa. But as reported by Internet world stats, Internet penetration in Africa stands at only 37.5 percent. The growth of Internet in Africa is limited, compared to what is obtainable in developed countries. According to recent surveys conducted,listed bellow  are some of the obstacles I think is hindering information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet growth in Africa.

1.) HIGH LEVEL OF (ICT) ILLITERACY – The high rate of illiteracy in the continent is hindering the growth of internet use and this has contributed to the decline in the use of this super facility. People are ignorant of what the internet is all about, it’s uses, applications and benefits in solving their problems. Most people have not seen a computer before, not to talk of understanding internet concepts. Although it must be said that ICT knowledge in Africa is growing and being embraced, yet there remain a large majority of rural population that has not seen firsthand, the immense benefits of the internet.

2.) HIGH COST OF GETTING INTERNET – Internet doesn’t come cheap in Africa. One of the reasons for the high cost of connecting to the internet is the costs involved in using satellites due to a lack of cable infrastructure. Most Internet traffic in Africa often times needs to be routed by satellite via North America and Europe Website.

3.) POVERTY – There is high cost of feeding, education, and health in Africa. The poor will rather not waste their little income to access the internet when they have their priority as food, clothing and shelter. Many cannot afford to own a PC at home, even the fairly used ones being shipped from developed countries; talk less of engagement in internet connectivity

Emerging Technology For 2017

The technology industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. It keeps changing and improving on a daily basis. So, which trends should we pay attention to this new year? There are uncountable tech trends but these are my top four tech trends for the year 2017.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Jacob Morgan regards IoT as a concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. There will be more research into IoT this year. Today, we have smart homes equipped with connected products that turns our home to a smart home.Artificial Intelligence

Simply put, Artificial Intelligence is intelligence exhibited or shown by machines. Many tech companies are aggressively investing in the development of AI which is set to become the next big thing. A good example of AI was when Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system defeated Korean grand-master Lee Sedol in the final game of their historic match, finishing the best-of-five series with four wins and one loss. This is interesting but the more AI becomes part of our daily lives, the more robots can take over human jobs. But lets be assured that AI is something to look forward to this year.

3 Dimensional printing for everyone

According to Wikipedia, 3D printing, refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. Although 3D printing has been around for years, the price of 3D printing is very expensive. But according to projections, the price is expected to become pocket-friendly.

Innovative wearable’s

Wearable’s are gadgets that can be worn on our body as an implant or accessory. This year, it is expected that there will be more innovative and amazing wearable’s produced.

High-Tech Fishing Drone Creates Waves

If you’ve ever been fishing, then you know that most of your time is spent waiting for a bite. Usually this would be paired with hanging out with friends, working on your tan, and enjoying a few bevvies. However, if you’re fishing purely for sport, and you want to prove your “fish-catching” worth, then this new piece of tech is for you. UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and PowerVision have come out with the PowerRay, a sure-fire way to catch all the fish you could imagine.

The PowerRay is an underwater drone that allows someone to heighten their fishing experience. The drone uses sonar to detect fish, the underwater landscape, and temperature info, which is then sent to the user’s WiFi. It has the capability of taking 4K videos and photos and streaming them directly to your smartphone. It submerges up to 30 meters, can spot fish up to 40 meters away and lures them in with a blue LED light.  With the drone’s impressive camera, you can also take photos in 12 megapixel resolution using the 100-degree wide-angle lens.

Another impressive capability is the use of Virtual Reality. It provides a first-person interactive view with the use of Virtual Reality. You can strap on a V.R. headset and, simply by turning and tilting your head, you can drive the drone below the surface of the water. This adds more of a gaming aspect to the device.

Recreational fishing has basically been the same ever since it’s beginning, which was a whopping 7000 years ago. So, this update to the ancient past-time is huge for the fishing industry. Some of the “old school” fisherman might not be too keen on using this to catch their fish, however, I think a younger demographic would. Wally Zheng, the CEO of PowerVision, says, “PowerRay is going to provide more efficiency, thrill, and fun to fishermen around the world”.

Fishing isn’t something I do, however, this underwater drone would definitely get me out on a boat attempting to make a catch. The price is still unknown. However, the company’s recently released aerial drone, the PowerEgg, runs for approximately $1200, so expect to pay roughly the same.

PowerVision will be taking pre-orders in February 2017.

iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhone 8 is coming in the fall of 2017 and many are expecting change. 2017 will be the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and Apple has something big planned. Although we don’t know much about the new iPhone there are many rumours surrounding it. One of the first major changes on the phone is the display. The next iPhone will have an OLED display which brings a wider angle to view added with more brightness. The iPhone’s screen will have a 4k resolution that will have a fast response time. The phones have been made out of Gorilla Glass 4, but the new iPhone will be made with Sapphire Glass protection which is unbreakable. This means the iPhone 8 will have a stronger and wider screen. This is a good asset to have for people who are clumsy or people who accidentally drop their phone causing the screen to crack.
As technology gets better each new device has new advancements. Apple is the only smartphone company that increases its camera megapixels when they release new iPhone every year. Having a better camera will allow us to capture the important moments in our lives with perfect resolution. I have a 4th generation iPod and sometimes when I go back to view the photos they seem to have a low quality leaving them blurred. The new iPhone will not feature a home button, but instead will be a complete touch screen. The full touch screen is not a new feature for the iPhone being that it was featured in the iPhone 7. Although the company is attempting to make the device user friendly for everyone I think taking away the button was not a great idea. The phone still works the same but it relies on the pressure of your finger to know what you want. For people who are older this may frustrate them, I am 18 years old and it bothers me. I haven’t tried the new iPhone but I am very hesitant due to the advancements.

Although I am sceptical, change is affecting everyone and most of the change is revolved around technology. Someday we’ll all be in a position that leaves us no choice but to upgrade to the new technology. The new iPhone will be likely to launch early September 2017, and it is expected to turn some heads.

Say Adiós to Language Barriers

Ever find yourself attempting to have a conversation with someone who speaks a language different from your own? It can be uncomfortable, and unless you have strong communication skills, it can be nearly impossible. This is about to be a thing of the past, with Waverly Labs introducing The Pilot.

The Pilot is a wearable earpiece that can be used to have conversations with others, without having to worry about any kind of language barrier. It comes with two earpieces, one for yourself and one for the person you’re talking with, a portable charger, and a smartphone app. Simply put, each user inserts the devices into their ears, turns on the app (with Bluetooth turned on), and from there you can seamlessly converse, with translation happening in real time, with minimal lag. So far the developers have made translation possible for English, Spanish, French and Italian, with further plans to expand to other languages in the future.

The inspiration came while the creator, Andrew Ochoa, was attempting to talk to an attractive French girl. He realized that it would be much easier if there were some way to instantly translate between the two languages. A few months later, his idea was in the beginning stages of development. The pilot can be pre-ordered online (http://www.waverlylabs.com/) for $199, becoming available in September 2017.

If you find yourself thinking, “I’ve seen this somewhere!”, then you’re probably thinking of the sci-fi movie, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the movie, the issue of dealing with language barriers is solved by people sticking a “babel fish” into their ear, and it eats other people’s brainwaves and inputs a translation into your brain. Well, the Pilot is slightly less invasive but it essentially does the same thing. It effectively takes what someone else is saying in a different language, chews it up, and spits it back out into a more understandable dialect for the user.

In my opinion, the Pilot could easily become a highly sought-after tool for a wide demographic across the globe. Teachers would find it handy with their international students, world leaders could use it during official meetings, and the list goes on and on. With the release date quickly approaching, we will have to see how the world reacts to this groundbreaking piece of technology.

LG’s New 4K OLED TV

Why is the LG’s New 4K OLED TV more special then others? because its latest technology allows it to be incredibly thin. Unlike other Tv’s this TV has a thickness of 2.57mm. To compare, the iPhone 7 has a thickness of 7.1mm. How can a TV be thinner than a phone? it’s simple the TV itself does not have a battery or any other insides like speakers. It is just a screen that comes with a mandatory sound bar so that you can hear.

The TV recently earned global recognition for Best of Innovation at the CES 2017 Innovation Awards. The slick design allows the TV to become one with the wall. On the wall the TV can be seen as a window to a new world. With the new science LG was able to create this TV with pixel dimming control technology that renders Perfect black without any light leakage. LG allows the viewers to experience cinema in the comfort of your living room. The unique sound is provided by Dolby Atmos. This is a surround system where sound moves according to the content on the TV.  You could say that the sound flies in all directions. It is basically 360 degrees of subversive sound.

For myself having the cinematic experience is the cherry on the sundae. I am a movie fanatic and the difference between watching a movie at the theatre and watching it at home is jurassic. At the theatre it feels as if you have transitioned to a new world, but at home it is hard to experience it all. This new innovative technology will be game changing and it won’t be long before every TV is made like this. I think that this should have been done a long time ago because although we have a surround system hooked up it looks unpleasing and takes up quite a bit of space. If we compare the price of this new TV to buying a regular TV and a surround sound system, the regular TV and system is cheaper. Although this TV hasn’t been priced a 77inch is estimated at $20,000. I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t have $20,000 laying around.

Overall this TV is fresh, new technology that will change the way we watch TV.

Mars

Manned missions to Mars and even eventual settlement are the eventual objective of almost every space agency on planet at this time. Having people on another planet even for a limited time will change how we communicate, for example will the people operate using the time system we have or would they have new  clocks for the different time on Mars.  When we communicate with whoever is on mars be it astronauts or settlers the communication will be vastly different then when we communicate to people here or in space near earth. The internet would take far longer to load and operate thanks to the vast  distance,  What kind of websites would we build for these people where every bit of data will slow down the speed of their systems, we might create a far more efficient code to use so that they may receive information at a acceptable speed.

If we do have people on mars for long periods of time the way they interact with things will change in ways that we have never thought of. The atmosphere on Mars is a much lower pressure than what we have here on earth will our modern technology survive in the environment there? It would be far better to send people with the best we can offer managing things with tablets rather than the much older technology that we used to send people to the moon.These missions will be happening in the next decade or so so what do you think will our technology need to be changed to talk with Mars?

 

Droppler – Evaporating Our Ignorance

Are you ever in a public restroom and see others washing their hands in the sinks? Odds are, you have at least once, but did you ever notice how much water they’re using just to clean their hands? Do they leave the tap on when they aren’t using the water? Do you? Even in our homes, we may be a tad ignorant to how much water we use simply because it’s too tedious to turn the tap off and on exactly when it’s needed. We can ignore the impact our waste of water can have on the environment simply because we can’t visualize it. Until now.

The Droppler, a product currently looking for backers on Indiegogo, is a product that can be attached to the tap of your sink. Whether in the kitchen or the bathroom, it can show you how much water is being used.

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While a very simple idea, its impact is surprisingly large. Other environmental solutions are often on a grand scale to fix a problem within the span of a decade. However, the Droppler takes a different approach by tackling the problem straight from the source. We can be a bit careless with our water, but the Droppler helps us see that it’s wrong to. By seeing how much water we waste, we become much more aware of the problem and immediately want to fix it. Perhaps, in the future, we can all become accustomed to only using as much water as we need.

I definitely think this product can have a positive influence on the environment, but only if we’re willing to buy and use it. A downside to this product is that its price is looking to be 99$ USD, which may be out of the price range for a lot of people; Or, simply, may be asking too much for something as simple as making a lit up bar smaller every time water is used. With a simple price reduction, I do think that those who care about the environment will want to buy it that much more.

I also think this product is a stepping stone to removing our ignorance for everything we waste. Future products could take note of what the Droppler does and apply that to other things we waste, such as garbage, energy, and food. If that were to happen, our society could become much more conscious about the environment.

Integrated technology.

Technology is being constantly being upgraded and introduced into our lives so much so that the devices that we rely on today will soon become much closer to us. This will happen through wearable technology and eventually even cybernetics, but what issues will this cause? The more technology becomes integrated into ourselves the easier it is to hide and use for corrupt purposes. When we reach the point that technology becomes so advanced that the devices are a part of either ourselves or our everyday clothing it will be much easier for us as a whole to use and maybe even abuse the tech in a multitude of ways, ranging from using a hidden camera to record things that should not be recorded all the way to hacking other peoples implant chips to cause physical problems to them and their lives.

Personally I believe that any technology that is physically integrating with humans should not have any way of being accessed other than for medical purposes. Wearable technology; I believe will be far easier for many to use without issues as it is not physically connected to the user and may be removed if a problem arises . Wearable technology may likely end any remnant of privacy that is available to us and will have other issues that many people will not like and will have to grow used to as the prevalence of such technology arises. One example of wearable tech are systems like google glasses which provide a cellphone like experience mounted onto a pair of glasses, another is biometric clothing  which measures the wearer’s functions for athletic or health purposes. Integrated versions of these devices could be more convenient and useful however they would be more dangerous too.

I believe that wearable devices in our everyday lives is an inevitable development and will be much safer than true integration into ourselves.

Projecting Our Future – Holograms & Microsoft HoloLens

With virtual reality becoming a more popular and well known concept in our society, with a great example being the Oculus Rift, there have been new developments and advancements in this technology that will allow a new experience: a chance to learn.

Rather than allowing yourself to be completely immersed in a different atmosphere, how would you like to have interactive holographic images projected before you? With the introduction of Microsoft’s HoloLens, this is entirely possible. You’ve seen the interactive technology in the movies, right? The ability to control screens and projected images with your fingertips has been something that many of us have longed for and have desperately wanted to try.

In comparison to AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), holograms are a mere matter of light. Instead of being placed in a computer generated world with predetermined visuals, holograms are intended to assist someone while they remain in the real world, interacting with our environment and adding an advanced technology to our daily lives. Instead of all of our information strictly being available on a screen, the HoloLens allows genuine interaction that provides and more unique experience.

So far, some applications on the HoloLens include…

HoloStudio: a program that allows 3D modelling and is compatible with 3D printers.
Skype: a well known chat, voice and video calling platform.
Architecture/Engineering: to create and build; a unique way to engineer.
Interactive Human Anatomy: projects our anatomy and allows easier study.
Minecraft: a popular building/survival game.

I feel like this invention will be a great tool for companies, schools, designers and developers alike. Although set at a pricey $3000 USD ($4,286 CAD) and due to release some time in 2016, I think that the capabilities of this product will allow many of us to expand our understanding of concepts and excel in our fields of choice. As for personal use, it really looks like it will further advance and enlighten our reality without putting us into an alternate one. Perhaps one day, we will all be able to have access to this special technology and discover our own ways to create and learn virtually.

Stepping in: Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is a new and quickly emerging industry that is becoming more advanced by the day. There is no doubt  that as the devices grow cheaper they will become a common item. But how will the introduction of these devices affect humanity? Unlike many of our current sources of media virtual reality entirely immerses the user, currently this only includes some physical motion along with audio and video however it is likely that more senses will be included as the technology develops until complete immersion occurs.

Having complete immersion on the user will be a great resource to all media producers as they will have the users complete attention. This will change the way we make media.  Ads and many other types of media will require more sophisticated forms, creating new ways of interacting with the users. All of these new ways of interacting with the user will lead to the use of virtual reality in many areas especially the classroom. Using sophisticated virtual reality for education could significantly increase the effectiveness of schools, for example a student could witness a historic event first hand through their own eyes creating lasting memories and keep the students full attention.

Virtual reality has many benefits but same as all new technology there are some risks. One concern is Addiction. Once virtual reality becomes almost indistinguishable from reality people may not want to leave this better world of theirs, this poses a danger as people may neglect their real lives causing many issues from losses of jobs, neglect of dependents, and even death from neglecting their own personal needs.  There may be other unknown side effects that affect our minds and or bodies but these have not been discovered yet.

There will be good and bad things that come with the rise of virtual reality, however its effect on humanity will be pronounced that much is for sure, it will change the way we interact with media and perhaps even each other. How virtual reality truly affects humanity will be seen in the not too far away future, good or bad it is virtual reality is becoming a reality.

Books? Or No Books? That is the question!

With today’s advancements in technology; phones, tablets, ebooks have become a popular reading standard. However, I have been growing up surrounded by books. Even if print books became “fossils”, I am not letting go of my books. Nothing beats the feel or even the smell of books which I find ridiculously comforting.


On the other hand, ebooks are more accessible! They can be read practically anywhere and on
almost any devices. It is like having your own little library on the go and digital books are cheaper. You can get any book you want even translate them if the original was published in another language. I would lie if I say that I have never actually lost any books but it will be weird if someone loses one of their ebooks, well unless you cannot access your account or accidentally delete one of your books. When I usually order a book from amazon, it would take me around 2-4 weeks to get
it but ebooks are obtained instantaneously. Most eReaders weigh around 6-7 ounces and it does not get heavier with each book! As long as you have storage space, you can stack in as many books as you like.

Where the books at?

Recently (well, not so recently), I discovered this website named ‘Audible’ which is owned by amazon where the subscriber gets over 180,000 audiobooks to choose from. An audiobook is simply an audio file of someone reading a book which is helpful if you are on the move. Audible allows the subscriber to try it for at least one month before having to pay $14.95/month. Other services such as iTunes, Google Play, Sony or even YouTube provide audiobooks.

A book a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, this isn’t exactly how the saying goes but reading is definitely good for you. Clearly, the winner is none other than the person doing the reading, no matter how they choose to do it. After spending a day reading a printed book and an ebook, there is clearly no “winner” as they both have their pros and cons. But if you were to ask me to choose between one of them, I would definitely go with printed books as they bring back many memories. I guess there are other factors to consider but ultimately it comes down to the reader’s preference.