Authorities in some US states offer to plant drunken operators of quadrocopters, drones and helicopters in jail and fined them for large sums, as they create socially dangerous situations, reports Digital Trends.
The festive season is coming, during which millions of people will necessarily buy themselves a helicopter on remote control, so the New Jersey state authorities, with the support of colleagues from other regions, have begun to promote a rather tough at first glance bill that will re-qualify an innocent prank in intoxicated state into a criminal offense.
It would seem that this – well, chopped the helicopter in a state of drug or alcohol intoxication, took the toy and went home. Okay, but if a user drives out somewhere wrong, hurts a pedestrian or damages someone else's property? Even small blades of flying toys that do not exceed the size of a pack of cigarettes can cause cuts and deliver a lot of unpleasant sensations, what can we say about large aircraft used for racing, aerial photography and other serious tasks?
If the bill is passed, the drunk operator of the aircraft will either be fined by the amount of a thousand dollars, or imprisoned for six months. In particularly severe cases, it is proposed to apply both types of punishment.
While the proposal of the New Jersey authorities is being considered in the Senate, and most states have not yet decided on their position, but if the law is passed, it will have legal force from the end of January 2018.
Despite the fact that 3D printers are getting denser in our lives, they still remain rather bulky devices and do not aspire to miniaturization. However, Chinese engineers from MakeX Corporation presented the most compact 3D printer at the moment. The most interesting thing is that this printer is built into a normal backpack.
MakeX positions the device as an instrument for speeding up the printing process. For example, the printer owner can go about his business, and the printer will not even stop working. Alternatively, the printer can be used as a portable device that prints details, receiving jobs from different computers.
The "backpack printer" was presented in two variations: 100 x 120 x 100 mm and 150 x 150 x 150 mm. And both "kids" have all the advantages of more cumbersome brothers, and for printing items exceeding the size of the printer, you can use special glue. The creators emphasize that this version of the 3D printer is one of the most budgetary in the market and it can be purchased by almost anyone. But at the moment the device is available for purchase only in China. Unfortunately, it is not reported when it will appear on the shelves of other countries.
The most compact 3D printer the size of a backpack is presented Vladimir Kuznetsov
Whatever Apple gadgets are in demand, no matter how they are swept off the shelves by tens of millions of boxes, but the leadership of the famous American company always wants more. Increase sales, net profit, become even more recognizable among potential buyers and, of course, get more independence from foreign manufactures, which today produce most of the components for Apple equipment. It is because of this that the Cupertino players are investing serious money in US companies.
In the spring of 2017, Apple established a special fund of one billion dollars, whose main task was to support the American component manufacturers. The first lucky winner, who received Apple's support, was Corning. It is well known as the manufacturer of durable glass for mobile devices. The creators of the famous Gorilla Glass were allocated for the development of 200 million dollars from this fund itself. The money will go to research activities, which will result in the appearance of completely new materials.
The second American company, which Apple will support, will be Finisar. This manufacturer of chips and other components will receive from businesses from Cupertino $ 390 million. Apple's benefit in this case is quite obvious, in fact Finisar, among other things, creates vertical-emitting lasers (VSCEL), based on which the technology works Face ID in the iPhone X. And since new smartphones will now be supplied with this technology, it is better to take care of building up production of necessary components in advance. Finisar plans to hire more than 500 skilled workers and significantly accelerate production for the money received.
Apple continues to invest in US component manufacturers Sergei Gray
A gadget that allows the introduction of drugs into the patient's body without using needles, first appeared in the arsenal of doctors of the science fiction Star Trek saga, and very soon, it seems, will be able to co-exist with the thermometer and aspirin everywhere in the usual medicine kits. The startup Portal Instruments has developed a device that allows painless injections without needles. Now the startup has concluded a contract with the Japanese company Takeda, which will help to put the device on the market, reports New Atlas.
Many methods of treatment require frequent injections of drugs into the body. Many patients do not like injections because of painful sensations, fear of needles and how their veins look after dozens of injections, so they often miss another injection at the expense of treatment and their health.
Portal Instruments has developed a new technology for injecting into the body, which does not require the presence of needles – drug delivery is carried out by creating the finest trickle of medicament under high pressure. The flow width is very small, so injection is almost imperceptible to the patient – this happens very quickly and does not cause pain. The device will be sold under the name PRIME, and the first drug that will be used in conjunction with the gadget is designed to treat ulcerative colitis.
The size of PRIME is hardly more than a conventional electric shaver. The dose with injection is placed in a special tank with a microscopic hole, through which a powerful electromagnetic mechanism pushes the medicine at a tremendous speed, which reaches 720 kilometers per hour. Due to this, a thin stream of medicament, under high pressure, penetrates under the skin.
PRIME will have its own application for the smartphone, in which it will be possible to track the dose of the drug, the frequency of injections, their dosage and other moments. The gadget will be sold by prescription to avoid its use for the introduction of drugs into the body.
There are no more safe places. At least safe from advertising. The time when even an ordinary trip to the toilet was the last, pardon the pun, the outlet for privacy, comes to an end. And all thanks to a young Dutch company offering to equip public toilets with "smart" urinals, ready to stuff you with advertising while you are busy with your business. And to be sure that you will still "absorb" advertising messages, "smart toilets" will not scroll through advertising all the time. No. To finish off your nervous system, the videos will be launched only when you actually start the case for which you came to the toilet.
Ironically, the company that offers such a vivisection to your psyche is called Mr. Friendly, but for some reason it seems that it is unlikely that many people will appreciate the whole "friendliness" of this venture.
On his official website the company Mr. Friendly offers to purchase "unique biopisics, which have a huge advertising potential." And if you look at the situation from a technical point of view, then the technology really looks like a win-win situation – after all, once you get to the urinal, you probably will not be able to deviate from it for some time. In this regard, Mr. Friendly guarantees "40 seconds of gentleman's attention", which is perfect for showing him one or another commercial.
The video will be displayed on a special built-in urinal display and run only when the sensors built into it detect the presence before them people. Moreover, in the "smart" urinal even for some reason the "remote cloud control" function was built in, allowing the owner to remotely manage the advertising content displayed on the screen. It's strange that the camera has not been built in yet.
"Mr. Friendly understands the importance of a suitable way of conveying an advertising message, when a person is most open to receiving information. Therefore, we believe that the most appropriate moment for this is the time when a person simply can not avoid this message, ignore it and can focus only on this message. This happens very rarely, especially in our modern world. "
That is, people will actually have to experience the role of a psychological hostage until they emptied their bladder.
No, of course, the" smart " toilets do not seem such a delirious idea, especially if they offer the opportunity to never again clean them, kill smells and use water more efficiently. But for some reason it seems that similar options, like the ones described above, rather just try to parasitize on the definition of "smart gadget". Sadness in this situation most of all, that it is most likely not possible to see all this, because all your attention will be riveted to the advertising screen directed directly at you.
The modern smartphone has a built-in mass of functions: photo and video camera, voice recorder and music player, which 15-20 years ago could not be imagined as a single device. But recently, more and more often manufacturers are trying to equip their devices with healthy functions. Perhaps very soon people suffering from diabetes can do without glucometers, measuring the level of sugar with their smartphone.
The device was named GPhone and was created by scientists from the University of California at San Diego and is a cover for the phone. The frame of the gadget was printed on a 3D printer, and the device does not require an additional power source and is powered by a smartphone battery. As you can see in the photo above, there is a sensor in the upper part of the case (which, by the way, is replaceable). The sensor is connected to the printed system board. On the other side of the device is attached removable stylus, at the end of which is a disposable ball. To conduct the analysis, it is necessary to touch the sensor with this ball, thereby charging it. Then a few drops of blood are added to the ball, and a special protein in the ball reacts with glucose. This protein reacts to the level of glucose and generates an electrical signal: the higher the glucose level, the stronger the signal. But the data needs to be decrypted: for this you need to touch the sensor once more, which will transfer them to the application on your smartphone via Bluetooth.
The test itself takes no more than 20 seconds, and the application (available so far only on Android) can store, analyze information and even send it to the treating doctor. Moreover, the technology has a number of shortcomings, the most important of which is that 12 drops of blood are required for the test, but the developers are working on reducing this amount. In this case, do not forget that the announced cover is only the first test prototype and it is waiting for a lot of changes. The developers themselves argue that such a technology can easily be built into future models of smartphones.
GPhone: a case for a phone that can monitor blood glucose level Vladimir Kuznetsov
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The Japanese are very hardworking people who often give too much time to work, sitting up on the ground for a long time and working overtime. Such a rhythm of life, together with constant stress and a small holiday, leads to frequent deaths from overwork. The Japanese government is trying to fight the situation, but even now more than 25 percent of companies in the country regularly ask employees to work overtime, or register cases of processing to staff. Struggle with workaholics was solved with the help of special drones, which will fly along the empty corridors at the end of the working day and notify those who have stayed by the sound signal that it is time to go home.
The drone works without GPS and can safely navigate corridors of institutions, losing the melody "Auld Lang Syne", which sounds in Japanese schools and other institutions, informing those present about the closure. Drones are equipped with cameras and pass scanners, so it will be difficult to hide workaholics.
Drones will begin to be mass-produced in the spring of next year. The development company Taisei plans to lease them at a price of $ 450 per month and sell it to everyone.
Dron T-Frend will drive workaholics away from workplaces and complain about recycling Vyacheslav Larionov
The French company since its founding in 2015 has created an excellent robot that can help in warehouses with sorting goods or parcels. The fact is that the robot can climb to the upper tiers of the shelves. Such robots have already recruited an online store Cdiscount, whose warehouse constantly needs precise control, which people do not always cope with. In addition, the robots began to test a few more companies that wished not to disclose their names to the press.
The robot has already attracted the attention of investors from various fields and was able to attract about three million dollars of funding. Investors are attracted to the speed of deployment of robots and their effectiveness of work – you can use such machines on mail, in online stores, food warehouses and much more.
The robot is able to process up to 400 products per hour of operation, almost twice as fast as competing products. In addition, its load capacity is up to 30 kg, it can travel at speeds of up to 16 kilometers per hour. The robot is enough to mount on special rails, after which it will be almost completely and autonomously perform the tasks assigned to it.
French robot-storekeeper can climb scales and carry weights Vyacheslav Larionov
However some people criticize the technology of virtual reality for its obvious shortcomings, it confidently continues to gain popularity. Yes, VR is not yet deprived of serious technical flaws such as low resolution displays, wired connection to the source of the signal, as well as the "motion sickness" effect, which causes nausea in some users. Nevertheless, the statistics of sales of virtual reality sets tells us that this technology has a big and bright future.
The analytical company Canalys published its report on sales of VR-headsets from the largest manufacturers for the third quarter of 2017. And these data inspire confidence that virtual reality is gaining momentum, and more people are choosing to purchase a strange device that moves them into a video game or 360-degree video. The main manufacturers of VR-helmets in just three months managed to realize a little more than 1 million of these devices. You may think that this is a small number, but we recall that last year the sales situation was very depressing.
The top three leaders are the Japanese company Sony. She managed to sell 490 000 helmets PlayStation VR. Given that last week during the "Black Friday" the cost of the Sony headset was reduced almost twice, you can mentally add to this number a couple of hundreds of thousands of devices. While this data has not yet been made public. In total, Sony with its headset managed to snatch 49% of the market, which is a very, very good indicator. The second place with 21% and 210 000 sold sets occupies the company Oculus. And on the third, as you might have guessed, with 14% woven HTC with 160 000 sold sets Vive.
In general, the top three leaders currently occupy 86% of the market. The remaining 14% are distributed among such players as Google, Samsung, Lenovo and others. Their headsets, unfortunately manufacturers, are not able to compete with the broadest range of games and applications that can boast of Sony, Oculus and HTC. Sony shot its PlayStation VR so well that instantly snatched 80% of the Japanese market. And they do not intend to stop at what they have achieved: they regularly release the helmet bundles, putting games like Gran Turismo Sport or Skyrim VR in it.
Today analysts are sure that virtual reality will be unprecedented in the coming years. After all, these devices can be used not only in the gaming industry, but also in industry, healthcare, education and other industries. Considering that Microsoft recently created an open platform for Windows Mixed Reality, VR headsets from different manufacturers will be pouring into the market in the very near future. It did not take long to wait for this.
Making your house "smarter" is perhaps the dream of almost every second boom, and there are reasons for that. It is very convenient when you can change the temperature in the apartment from the same iPhone, view information on the air quality and humidity in the house on the smartphone, and also receive notifications from the motion sensors. One of the best centralized solutions for this was introduced by Apple and named it HomeKit, but there are other solutions.
A full-fledged smart home system can cost several hundred thousand rubles – it will include electric blinds, an intelligent door lock, a coffee maker that will turn on itself as soon as you open your eyes – in general, the option is not cheap. The difference between HomeKit is that this technology allows you to acquire both expensive accessories and quite budgetary sensors that can satisfy most users' needs.
Unfortunately, there are not many such devices in Russia, and if they are, stores often do "Cheating" to the price of almost double. In addition, many gadgets with support for HomeKit do not have notifications, and if you want to order them from another country, there is a risk that the treasured device is "wrapped" in the customs back (lucky if you do not make a fine pay). We searched and found that there are many devices with notifications, and most of them work with HomeKit.
Let's start, perhaps, with a simple one. Here is a motion sensor from the company Elgato can be installed near the front door to always know who is entering your apartment. As soon as the sensor detects suspicious activity, it immediately sends a push notification to the iPhone, and it will not be able to de-energize it because it works on batteries. It's worth about 50 dollars.
A little more expensive you can take Eve Room Sensor from the same company. This device is located anywhere in the house or apartment and serves to measure the air quality, temperature and humidity in the house. There is even a function of identifying harmful substances, so this is a kind of home climate station. Separate attention deserves integration with Siri, from which you can learn all the information from the sensor.
Another popular sensor manufacturer is Tado. For example, you can install such a temperature controller in the house which maintains the set value due to the batteries and air conditioner. The list of supported air conditioners is very large, and it is sufficient to install special temperature regulators on batteries.
You can control lighting with the help of special intelligent lamps, which many manufacturers produce (but not all have notifications), including Elgato . Several lighting modes, full control from the iPhone – you can forget about the switches. It is convenient, for example, if you choose on vacation and want to create the appearance of a person in the apartment.
But to completely turn the fortress out of an apartment will help such a system of sensors – it can be installed both on the front door and on the windows. With its help, the maximum control of the zones, which can be used by intruders to enter the house, is carried out.
Xiaomi offers another option for arranging a "smart" home (especially important for Android device owners, since they do not support HomeKit). There is an opinion that such devices are better to order in China, but in fact with the Chinese versions there can be many problems – for example, the manufacturer likes to block devices with new firmware. In the USA, international versions of the Xiaomi gadgets are implemented, that is, they are adapted for foreign markets.
In this case, devices are managed not using the built-in iOS "Home" application, but using a third-party Mi Home program available for all platforms. So, for example, you can get smart scales which not only weigh you, but also report health indicators like the percentage of fat deposits, and conveniently aggregate the data in a mobile application.
Xiaomi also offers its smart lamps (like Elgato), only releases them under the subbrand YEELIGHT. This interesting device will cost less than $ 50, but it can be controlled directly from the Android-smartphone (or iPhone), besides there are many lighting modes. Plus a stylish accessory that will complement the interior of any house.
A robotic vacuum cleaner Xiaomi will help you to get out of the apartment . It can be programmed for cleaning at any convenient time, view the route of movement of the vacuum cleaner and even teach it the arrangement of furniture in the apartment. HEPA filters and other useful lotions are included.
These and many other devices for a smart home can be ordered at Amazon.com, although most stores do not deliver goods to Russia, and the price for many positions is very attractive. To help in this case, comes the service "Bandera", which provides you with an American address and itself is engaged in careful sending of the parcel to Russia.
An important advantage of "Bandera" – if, for example, to order several gadgets from different stores at once, you can ask the service employees to combine everything in a warehouse in one package so that the delivery cost less. And for the maximum convenience, the service "Assistance in the purchase" is provided, when the experts themselves buy out the goods, fill in the declarations and accompany during the whole purchase.
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Delivery, as a rule, takes no more than two weeks, after which you can already make your home "smarter" with the help of new sensors. And since notifications for new devices appear every day, soon available for sending devices to Russia will become much more.