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Wearable Tech: Tactile Navigation for the Visually Impaired

Haptic technology is revolutionising tech with its ‘hands-on’ approach shifting the paradigms of wearable tech. Providing an interactive experience based on digital touch, haptic technology is proving to be a boon driving development of specialised devices for the visually impaired, opening up a world of possibilities for their sensory world. The latest innovations include navigation systems for the visually impaired, from haptic wristbands to tactile traffic maps. Read more

Black Mirror: A Reflection of Technological Doom

The subliminal break from reality begins with the first few frames, as a glass screen breaks for the title shot of Black Mirror. The dystopian anthology of narratives intertwined within the possibilities of technology is a modern-day reminder of the Twilight Zone. Read more

Solar Islands – The Solution to a Sustainable Future

In November 2016, Tesla completed the $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity, a manufacturer of solar power generating products. Their first agenda is to completely electrifying the island of Ta’u in American Samoa using solar energy. For almost a year, Tesla was working on installing a microgrid, batteries and solar panels to convert an island originally run entirely by diesel generators to a completely sustainable island. The project began soon after the announcement of Musk’s interest in acquiring SolarCity, a veiled attempted to impress upon shareholders the benefits of such an acquisition. Read more

Avegant Glyph – The World’s First Personal Theater

Since mobile phones began streaming visual content, the movie experience has become incredibly personalized but is missing the absorbing environment of a big theater screen. Reminiscent of Geordi La Forge’s Visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation, the coolest immersive media device, the Avegant Glyph, has arrived. Read more

Apple Homepod: Music Reimagined

Apple unveiled the Homepod, a new generation speaker at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference recently and one can say that this new product is truly a design and technological marvel. But what is it that makes it so unique? The inspiration behind the design was to create something light, highly portable and which works as a home assistant to the customers. As described at the launch, the Homepod was going to “reinvent music” in homes. Read more

Choosing a VR Headset? Here are some Things to Think about

Virtual Reality (VR) has always tugged at our curiosity; all those science-fiction TV shows and movies, not to mention all the gaming and tech developments, have definitely had us thinking about how VR works and how cool it would be to literally enter another world, even though we’re just sitting in our living room. Today, VR is a reality but with all the apps available for Android and iOS smartphones, you need the right hardware to really enjoy the experience; in 2017, that hardware is becoming quite accessible. Read more

Vuze VR Camera – The Cheapest 360-degree 3D Camera

Vuze developed the cheapest 360-degree 3D camera and partnered with HumanEyes which developed the software to shoot VR content with this package. Consisting of 8 cameras, the Vuze device has the ability to shoot eight different feeds in RAW format which will be processed by the software included with the package. The software package, considered more advanced than the camera was developed by collaborating with VisiSonics to enable 3D audio capabilities and WakingApp, a creation tool to add 3D objects and pictures into the footage.

AMD RX 480 – Virtual Reality for the Masses

The AMD RX 480 isn’t just any newly launched graphics card; it is the one which most PC (personal computing) users have been waiting for. The PC market has experienced negligible growth in the last couple of years, with PC users not upgrading their hardware because performance of their existing systems has been more than adequate to handle all current computing needs. With the resurrection of VR (Virtual Reality), component manufacturers anticipated increase in sales based on the enthusiastic interest of PC users. Read more

Dermal Abyss: Skin Deep Wearable Tech

The world of wearable tech is evolving, and its latest development is sensing its way into health vitals in a fashionable design. Blending biotechnology with body art, researchers at MIT Media Labs and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on creating a biosensor interface in the form of ink that can be used for tattoos. Read more

Exoskeleton and VR

An exoskeleton is defined as ‘an artificial external supporting structure.’ They are fitted to the human body and help perform tasks that require both super-strength and highly precise movements. The recent past has seen them used alongside Virtual Reality (VR) technology to help train the brains of people affected by paralysis, enabling movement and improving the sensory condition of their limbs. Read more

Astronauts Set to Farm in Space!

Growing vegetables in space is now a possibility. NASA successfully achieved this feat by harvesting the first set of red romaine lettuce in the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough took on the role of a part-time space gardener, initiating project ‘Veggie experiment’. Read more

The Robot Revolution

We might not have reached a point in time where we can sit back and enjoy our creative pursuits while lording over robots and Artificial Intelligence doing our mundane jobs, but Amazon, Ocado, Dominos, DHL, and Mercedes are doing everything to make this possible. Read more

AI and News Bots – It’s Gonna be a New Era in Journalism

Technology has been growing at a staggering pace for decades. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming the technological hallmark of our time. From learning algorithms that can learn to predict what we’re looking for online based on our behavior (past searches, etc.) to SIRI and now, self-driving cars, today we see the potential for the human element in daily activities being greatly reduced, if not removed entirely. Read more

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Understanding Blockchain Technology

- Samra Taban

Like open source technology and e-commerce back in the day, blockchain technology is the next big thing set to rule over all industries right from healthcare to personal banking. The definition of blockchain differs from person to person. Many people are familiar with the term but very few of them really understand what blockchain is and how it works. You might have come across the term Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is the principle behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. In simple words, blockchain makes use of incorruptible digital distribution ledgers, otherwise understood as a list of transactions that are replicated on several computers instead of storage in one central server. If the ledger is shared on a public platform, whenever there is an update, the ledgers are updated on all the computers in the network. It can be used to send money and sensitive information without an administrator. It holds the capability of revolutionizing economic transactions. In simple words, it is a global online database that is accessible to anyone. You can perceive it to be a normal database with additional software that allows the addition of new rows, validated and broadcast to all peers in the network. Thus, permitting all the members to have the same database.

There is absolutely no denying it that blockchain technology is an ingenious invention with numerous applications. It was developed by a person or a group of people functioning under the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. By allowing the distribution of digital information without copying it, blockchain has developed a framework for a new type of Internet. A Blockchain is controlled by a set of participants. Every record or transaction is called a block. Each block is linked to a specific participant When a transaction is made, a block is created with all the transaction details and is passed on to the other blocks one after the other; forming a blockchain. All these blocks are cryptographically secured, preventing any possibility of hacking. In addition, blockchain is immutable i.e. it cannot be changed once it is entered. It would take a mighty force of computational power to alter it. This characteristic makes the network the most secure technology that we have today. The famous Bitcoin, a form of virtual currency, makes use of the same technology to make transactions without a third-party, ensuring authenticity and security. Blockchain technology also allows complete transparency. All participants have access to the information created in the network. There are various blockchain permutations that are broadly categorized into public and private blockchains.

The future of Blockchain:

Blockchain can completely transform the way we make transactions. Bitcoin has already made a strong mark as the cryptocurrency that uses an open network with digital bits and encryption to transfer money. Ethereum Blockchain, another virtual money application, has also created several opportunities. Companies are starting to explore the potential of this technology which is almost limitless: collecting taxes, permitting migrants to send money to the family if banking in the country is difficult. Blockchain can also find its ways into industries such as shipping, healthcare, and military if the working principle is employed in the right fashion.

The blockchain is still in its infancy, tackling setbacks in its use for business. It can be considered as a foundational technology with the help of which more economic and social systems can be made. Blockchain technology can change the way we exchange intellectual and financial property. It is still in its nascent stages but it holds great promise and gives the customers something to watch out for, in the future.

Role of Humans in Future

With clever algorithms and machine intelligence coming into the mainstream, the stakes are rising and the human impulse is slowly moving out of the equation. Now the big question is, if the technologies were to Know it All , what could be the role of humans? Reinvent is where you will get all the updates on the algorithmic future.

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