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Solar cell maker takes first step into water technology

Solar cell maker takes first step into water technology

  Dubai: Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, the largest developer of solar cells in the GCC, announced on Sunday its first foray in to water services, such as desalination and wastewater treatment, with the establishment of Almar Water Solutions. Capitalising on growing concerns over water scarcity, particularly in the Gulf region, the company is seeking to diversify itself further in to …

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Solar powered boats launched in Kerala for public transport

Solar powered boats launched in Kerala for public transport

Kerala’s first solar ferry boat was inaugurated by Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Mr. Goyal said that the Central Government would extend its support to all such projects that aimed to promote environment friendly means of transport. Mr. Goyal launched the Vaikom – Cherthala – Thavanakadavu ferry service in the presence of Kerala …

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Driverless electric shuttle being tested in Downtown Vegas

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in Downtown Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) – There’s a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Tuesday as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying up to 12 passengers for free along a short …

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Transmit Security wants to bring biometric authentication to the masses

Transmit Security wants to bring biometric authentication to the masses

With an ever-increasing occurrence of hacks and security breaches, it’s become clearer than ever that our traditional methods of securing data are falling short. After all, the most common password is still …”password.” But now, there is a new startup that wants to make security less of a hassle and more of a sure thing. Meet Transmit Security, a new …

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Google Tango lets you peer inside ancient relics at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Google Tango lets you peer inside ancient relics at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Augmented reality (AR) has taken some serious steps over the last couple of years, moving from simple mobile apps like Google Goggles to full systems with much more powerful applications. Much of that has to do with Microsoft’s HoloLens technology, which moved AR to parity with emerging virtual reality (VR) systems, but Microsoft isn’t alone. Another important player in AR …

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Indian Start-Up Develops ‘Smart’ Shoes With Artificial Intelligence To Boost Fitness

Indian Start-Up Develops ‘Smart’ Shoes With Artificial Intelligence To Boost Fitness

WASHINGTON,US: An Indian start-up has developed a range of fitness wearables, such as ‘smart’ shoes and bands, integrated with an artificial intelligence (AI) coach which can provide you a personalized dynamic feedback, based on your real-time performance and training.While a variety of fitness trackers and apps are available, most generate data that users are not able to appropriately interpret. Learn …

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Light nerves to equip soft robots

Light nerves to equip soft robots

Being compliant, soft robotics offer promising solutions to emulate human limbs in prosthetic applications, where touch and force sensing ought to be combined with full prehension capabilities. Though, reliable sensor implementation can be difficult on flexible extremities such as finger-like grips. This is what a team of researchers from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) proposed to address with a novel type …

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Researchers modify smartwatch so it can tell what you’re holding and identify gestures

We developed a custom smartwatch kernel that boosts the sampling rate of a smartwatch’s existing accelerometer to 4 kHz. Using this new source of high-fidelity data, we uncovered a wide range of applications. For example, we can use bio-acoustic data to classify hand gestures such as flicks, claps, scratches, and taps, which combine with on-device motion tracking to create a …

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Uber has a plan for personalized drone-like vertical takeoff transportation pods

The fast-growing ridesharing service has released in October a 98-page white paper called “Fast Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation.” That’s right, on-demand urban air transportation. Remember George Jetson? Uber has a plan that will see personalized drone-like vertical takeoff and landing transportation pods using rooftop helipads to revolutionize urban transportation.

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