Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ford Amazing Self-Parking Car

The Engineers at Ford motor comapany have come up with a new technology for their cars, the self parking system which is much different from the park assist which only parallel park with the driver controlling the gas, brake and gear selection. This time, the car can take the wheels and park by itself. 

The driver will have a remote control that when a button is pushed, the car would look for a perfect spot and park (at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour), when the right spot is located, another button is pressed, (whether the driver is inside the car or not) for the car to park itself. For the car to park itself, the remote control has to be pressed for the whole parking maneuver.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Foldable Boat

My guess is that you've never seen anything like it. A boat that can be folded and carried with you as you go on a vacation or sailing. No need to carry the boat on the roof of your car. Aton Willis of California designed a foldable boat with plastic (polyethylene) that can be astoundingly folded (including paddle) into a large suitcase that can fit into your car trunk instead. 

He said he was inspired by an article on “advances in the science of origami," which led him to begin sketching ideas for a folding kayak. Willis was quoted as saying, 

"I started working on this a few years ago and I moved into a studio apartment in San Francisco and had to put my kayak in storage. And at the same time I read this magazine article on origami and people doing new and amazing things with folding technologies and that just got me thinking about if it would be possible to actually build a kayak and fold it up just like a piece of paper," 

The Oru kayak is made from a double-layered plastic scored with permanently molded creases to allow it to easily fold away. Its single seam sits at the top of the boat and is sealed with watertight rubber gaskets to prevent leaks. Once unfolded, the Oru Kayak is 12-feet long, and about two-feet wide. When folded away it comes to a relatively compact 33 inches by 29 inches.

To get the project started, Willis mounted a crowd-funding campaign. The campaign was so successful that his funding target was met within the first day: "When we Kick started our campaign, our goal was to raise $80,000, but we managed to hit that goal in five and a half hours. It was a very magical day." 

Other foldable inventions includes Brompton folding bicycle, folding Razor scooter, the icon folding airplane and the MIT-backed Hiriko folding car.
Yves Behar, Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company Jawbone, says "I think the kayak is a very ambitious project. I mean, imagine essentially taking a boat and folding it into a backpack ... You have all the dangers of the sea. People are putting themselves out into your kayak, so it's very risky."

Good design, Behar says, is about ensuring that a product is in line with contemporary thinking and consumer demand: "The key to good design for me is to create products that are really in sync with 21st-century ideas, in sync with the notion that sustainability is something that is obtainable and non-expensive, in sync with the notion that people want to make things their own, to build them or enjoy them in their own way."

Google Glass (More Stylish)

Google Glasses now comes in different styles. Google has partnered up with famous designer Diane Von Furstenberg to come up with five new frames and eight new shades. This includes rich blue-and-purple sunglass shade and a red frame with clear lenses.

In an interview with Isabelle Olsson of Google on DVF’s website, Olsson said that, “[Glass] offers a new, unique way of interacting with technology without distracting from your life," she also stressed that "And it’s about being able to express your personal style at the same time. Diane really understood each of these goals and brought that vision to life."
Starting June 23, you can purchase the collection exclusively on NET-A-PORTER.COM and, and also be able to purchase the Titanium collection on MR PORTER at $1,500. 

In 2012, the California search giant gave us an insider’s view of the DVF - Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013 runway show through Glass. Now Google is still honored to collaborate with her talented team again. Like Diane says, “technology is your best accessory.”

Friday, 6 June 2014

soccket energy ball

The world cup is just around the corner and this reminds me of the game that brings Nations together to play soccer. Yeah, soccer. Talking about soccer, there is a soccer ball called soccket which is an enery source. When kicked for about 30 or more minutes, this ball comes alive. If played for about 16 hours you get 72 hours of battery life. The kinetic energy is converted to hours' of electricity. This can power a cell phone in places like Africa where there is little or no power supply. In my mind, I think it would be lovely to have lots of those balls in a soccer field and a team of soccer players keep kicking the balls to life. It can serve as an alternative source of power in remote villages and countries with unrelaible power supply.

The  ball was designed by Uncharted Play, by two harvard students Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman, (founders of Uncharted Play in 2008) and has been tested in US, Mexico, Brazil and some African countries with celebrities like Bill Gate and Ashton Kutcher taking delight in the kickstrter campaign. Even US President Obama gave it a header.

Matthews was quoted as saying:
"There are hopes of expanding to other sports, such as basketball. People across the globe may soon find themselves powering their homes by doing something as delightful and simple as playing a game" 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Galaxy S5

The new Samsung S5 comes in charcoal black, copper gold, electric blue, shimmery white colors, it is 15.1 inch in size, full HD per AMOLED Display and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh. It is dust and water resistant and the screen can withstand a hard  knock (fall if perhaps if it slips from your hand) or scratch from your key assuming you put your keys and phone in your pocket, but I wont recommend that you try to put it to the test.

It has a 16 Megapixel Camera and Face Sense Technology, you don’t even have to unlock your phone before you take a picture and  will be able to capture the moment up to three times faster than many other smart phones. It uses the contrast auto-focus and face detection focus, a feature found in many digital SLRs. With Selective Focus, you can change the focus to far or near or pan focus, depending on how you want to take the picture. Galaxy S5's Video experience is wonderful as it has a 3840 x 2160 resolution and you can turn on the HDR icon to preview before shooting in real-time. Helps you see the output before shooting.

Another feature here is the Wi-Fi technology of the phone, it has 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G + 5GHz, HT80, MIMO, NFC and of course Bluetooth plus it has a download boaster, which bonds your LTE and Wi-Fi connections for faster and stable downloads.

The New S Health Feature provides a dashboard that helps you better track and manage your fitness and wellness with hiking, cycling. You set the desired kilometers you want to cover and play music and you are good to go. Bolton heart rate sensor helps you measure and record your heart rate, and even if you have a very low battery (lets say 20 percent) you can still use the phone for another 10 hours with ultra-saving mode, the phone will go black and and white and turn off all unnecessary features but you can still  make calls, install apps and send texts. Samsung Galaxy S5 costs between $600 to $700.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Throwable Camera (Bounce Imaging Explorer)

Bounce Imaging Explorer is a throwable camera is a new invention, that can save lives, and also help police officers in a hostage situation, aggressive shooters or terrorism. It is spherical in shape and has many eyes (I mean cameras) so it is easily thrown and can roll. The idea for this invention first came when an MIT graduate, Francisco Aguilar saw the need to design something that could help in emergency response situations around the world.

The device Aguilar created is called the Bounce Imaging Explorer, it is a small black probe about the size of a baseball, fixed with an array of sensors and cameras that can be thrown or dropped into dangerous environments. He said, and i quote

"The initial thought was, how could we create something that was easy to use, that could allow a first respondent, or even a volunteer, to easily look inside a space to determine whether it was safe to enter it, to see if there was a victim inside," Aguilar says. "And that moved from search and rescue, to police who often face hostage situations: aggressive shooters, or terrorism. To fire fighting applications, where people often want to search different rooms in a complex, before having to enter or decide whether there is a fire or not. So there's a common problem across first respondents of having to decide whether to enter a house or a space. And we are trying to make it cheap and easy to get images while they are out of there."

This project was carried out by Francisco Aguilar and David Young a former military officer and entrepreneur.

The impact resistant shell can also house heat sensors, Geiger counters, vibration antennae or smoke detectors to provide different information in different kinds of emergencies, such as natural disasters or SWAT team hostage rescues. The ball then broadcasts its findings back to a mobile device to give users information on whether there are hazards (or indeed survivors) around a corner, or buried beneath fallen debris. The project is still going on and it should cost between $500 to $1000.


There is a new touch screen in town called Displair designed by a Russian inventor, it's a 3D holographic display to replace the traditional screen. It would be used with laptops, TVs and tablets. The amazing thing with this technology is that it uses water mist for the display screen. The Displair projects images onto sheets of water droplets suspended in air, giving the illusion of a hologram. Unlike other cold fog projecting technologies, the images projected by the Displair can also respond rapidly to multi-touch manipulation, as well as allowing taste and aroma to be incorporated.

Displair uses third party computerized multi-touch technologies to allow control of images with fingers or with other objects. The display can work with up to 1500 touch points simultaneously with a delay time of less than 0.2 seconds. This makes it possible to allow manipulation by more than one user, and also to identify more complex gestures than similar 3D display systems. The company is working on incorporating flavoring and taste interaction with projected images in the future. To get a feel of how it works, watch the video