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Battery Charging Technologies

Over the decades, smart phones and other devices have become technologically advanced with each passing year but power limitations are severely restrictive. The battery hasn’t witnessed the kind of advance that other devices have. But all that may be changing now.

It is only now that big technology companies such as those making electric vehicles are becoming aware of the limitations of lithium-ion batteries. The maximum recharge duration of the best Smartphone is limited to less than 60 hours while operating systems are becoming more and more power efficient.

Universities around the world are making huge investments into a plethora of studies, research and discoveries. However, in spite of the many developments that have taken place especially in the last two decades, the ‘perfect replacement’ has not yet been achieved. Manufacturing techniques cost huge amounts and any additional changes come with huge costs.

But we may see huge changes as early as 2017 with superfast 30-second recharging and over-the-air charging likely to start trending.

Some of the path-breaking discoveries and technologies could be those that we are reading about already.

• Lithium-air breathing batteries – this mean oxygen is the oxidizer resulting in batteries costing nearly a fifth of the price and weighing a fifth less than lithium-ion making phones, cars and other devices last longer. Dallas University is still pursuing this discovery and it may take at least five years to come to market.

• Bioo plant charger – as the name suggests, this harnesses photosynthesis to charge a device. Already available in the market, the ‘plant pot’ reacts with organic matter and water using organic materials and generates enough power for charging devices. This is a huge step forward as it provides green energy and allows energy from forests to be harnessed; in addition, it can add up to a greener planet.

• Gold nanowire batteries – a thousand times thinner than human hair, this technology provides a breakthrough for future batteries that can withstand plenty of recharging and not die. Researchers at the University of California have used gold nanowires in a gel electrolyte that have withstood 200,000 recharges in three months and have not broken down at all.

Mobile App Development Solutions Platform

The mobile app for your company or organization will become your best tool to market your products or services. Depending on the domain your organization works in, your app can be either the first touch-point between you and your potential customer or can be a platform where your customers can purchase your products or services. Whatever the case, you as an organization need to make a transition towards a mobile mindset to keep your business relevant in today’s era.

There can be various factors that come into play when deciding the way forward:

1. Which mobile platform should we get our Mobile App development done?

The answer to this question will depend on who your target audience is. It is best to get some background work done to understand the device preferences (and thereby the platform) of your existing & potential customers. Based on this you can decide if you need your app to be on a single platform (say Android) or multiple platforms (say Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry).

2. Should we go for native app development or use a cross platform development?

Native apps are usually preferred if you have sufficient budget allocated for your mobile app development solution. Some of the reasons for this choice are –

  • The taste in terms of UI/UX of an Android user is different than an iPhone user. Also, the designing standards vary from one platform to another.
  • It is easier to implement hardware related functionality efficiently. E.g. gestures or geo-location.
  • Performance is better due to faster execution of code.

On the other hand, if you have limited budget but would like to target users of multiple platforms and are OK to trade-off slightly between performance and cost, cross platform application development is the way to go. With improved tools like PhoneGap & Ionic, the overall performance of these apps have also enhanced over time.

3. What should be the UI/UX for the app be?

This will depend on the nature of your business and what you want to achieve through the mobile app. As a thumb rule though, your app should be easy to use, engaging and have a clean design.

4. How do we publicize our app so that we can have maximum outreach?

You can send out e-mailers, publicize on your social media pages or send messages to your existing customers. There are professionals who can help you with marketing of your app, especially to reach out to potential customers.

5. Who should we hire for the Mobile App Development Solution?

There are many companies who provide custom mobile application development solutions. It is best to hire a company that has got enough experience and expertise in developing mobile apps, preferably in your domain of work. It is also recommended to go for a company that also provides other related services like web design and development, digital marketing, app marketing and so on. This ensures that you can have all your work done through one company and don’t have to deal with separate vendor

The Future Tech Innovations at CES 2017

World’s first smartphone with molecular-sensors “H2” was also unveiled at CES. This 6-inch Android phone can scan any object to provide you with instant feedback on its chemical composition, be it food items or medicines.

1. A Glimpse Into the 5G future: Qualcomm demonstrated the various ways its technology is going to empower the 5G future. At CES, the CEO of Qualcomm Stephen Mollenkopf asserted that 5g will be a ground-breaking network that will support a wide array of devices with exceptional speed and scale. Moreover, it will have a significant impact on world economy.

At the convention, American technology company Intel too launched its 5G Modem which can deliver 5G in both mmWave spectrum and 6GHz bands. Besides this, Intel also unveiled its new automotive 5G platform named Intel Go to support automated driving.

2. Cloud-Based Innovations: CES 2017 also witnessed numerous cloud-based announcements. Nvidia grabbed the attention of PC gamers by launching its cloud program ‘GeForce Now’ for PC and Mac that will enable gamers to transform their PC into a sophisticated gaming rig to stream and play the latest games of their choice.

Besides this, world’s first cloud-based keyboard ‘the 5Q’ also made its debut at the event. The special function of this keyboard is that it will be connected to the cloud and display color-coded email notifications, sports updates, and stock quotes on the keys of the keyboard.

3. Humanoid Robots: CES 2017 also introduced the world to the mind-blowing capabilities of human-like robots. At the event, LG unveiled three robots- to mow your lawn, to take care of your daily chores, and to welcome you at the airport. Besides this, quite a few educational robots were also displayed at the event for children. Additionally, there were a lot of humanoid robots designed for making your coffee, folding clothes, pouring candy, singing lullabies to your kids and taking photos of your pet when you are away

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stole the Show: AI undoubtedly took centre stage throughout CES 2017. AI has been featured as an integral part of almost everything- from smart jeans that show directions, and smart pet collars to feel your pet’s emotions, to smart gloves for stroke victims and smart vehicles. These computerized brains are empowering humans to replicate virtual worlds besides endowing computers with the intelligence to comprehend the real world

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing, by definition, is technology that makes use of the internet and servers centralized in remote data centers to store and maintain data and applications. So, Cloud technology makes computing more efficient by centralizing the storage of data, processing, and bandwidth.

Cloud services and products also allow users to make use of applications and software without installing the application on their personal computers or mobile devices. Users can access their personal files and documents by using any computer or device with internet access. The costs in effort and money spent on maintaining an in-house IT infrastructure is are gradually being replaced with Cloud-based infrastructure. While Cloud-based services are perfect for large enterprises, they’ve also proven ideal for small and medium-sized businesses.

Private Cloud or Public Cloud

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)- Examples of SaaS include SalesForce, Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, Gmail, and so on. With these services, just login with your credentials and get full access to the application and your previously stored information. With SaaS services, you can access your information anytime, anywhere, as long as you have internet access.

Private Cloud-The term “Cloud computing” or “the Cloud” also includes the utilization of outsourced hosting environments for remote data and file storage. Primarily, there are two cloud hosting scenarios that should be considered. These are shared, virtual servers, or dedicated, private Cloud servers. A private Cloud consists of servers that are dedicated to your company and data. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are the largest providers of Cloud hosting solutions.

Why You Should Use the Cloud.

Money savings-Cloud computing saves you substantial amount of money, the cost of Cloud computing is much more flexible than traditional methods. If there is need to pay for any service, you only need to pay for the services that you are using.

Disaster Recovery-With Cloud computing, it’s very easy to recover any file as long as they are backed up on the Cloud. So, if your physical devices malfunction, or are lost or stolen, your data is still safe and easily recoverable.

Work anywhere-Cloud computing enables you to access your files from anywhere as long as you’re connected to the internet. Many Cloud services also offer mobile apps so you can have access to your files irrespective of the device you are using.

 

Survey Before Buying Computer and Accessories Online

The size, shape & price of the accessories of the computer vary depending on their functions. Each of them executes an additional feature that optimizes your computer usage. But as money is related to it, as a buyer, acquiring the accessories on the basis of your immediate requirements needs you to keep some factors in your mind before purchasing any one of them.

Printers: Gone are the days when you had to Xerox your documents out or copy them by yourself. The printer is one of the technical blessings that facilitates this problem. Now you can easily design the layout your valuable documents and make a print out whenever you want. A simple purchase of a good cartridge can save your time & money and helps you to avoid going out to a cyber café each time making the process more hassle-free.

Keyboard: When it comes to computer & accessories, this is the one you can’t avoid. Laptops have by default keyboards, but those who use desktops, know that keyboards are essential. From searching ‘best boots in the world’ to writing your novel, keyboards are the ones you need to click a lot many times. Keyboards have many versions and a keyboard with flexible keys helps you to get accustomed to using it.

Mouse: This tailed stuff is a big ‘yes’ for the desktop users. Mouse adds flexibility to your computer usage and net-surfing and helps to locate your cursor on the screen. However, though most of the users have shifted to laptops for the ease of usage, they still look out for the mouse to make it handy & comfortable.

Scanner: In this age of ‘paperless revolution’, few people opt for printing documents. Most of them go for scanning and sending them through mail or some other wireless service. Students & servicemen are the major users of the scanning machines, who need to scan a huge number of documents. Today, you can find scanner, printer & Xerox in one machine altogether that facilitates the usage and saves time.

Speakers: Nonetheless, speakers are as important as other computer and accessories. With a huge amount of videos, songs & audio files to listen to, speakers are the ones you should need. A speaker with a good sound quality & amenities can help you to get a serene audible experience. A home theater is the extended version of the speakers which fills your home with sound. Speakers give your computers an additional essence and make them loud.

 

The Future Technology

Robots And the future of surgery

Nowadays, surgeons are using robotics in their surgical operations. As a matter of fact, technological development in AI, navigation, computer vision, MEMS sensor and other technologies have been making the robots consistently better.

Moreover, robotics will speed up the process of innovation, hence disrupting and modifying the paradigm of the future business operations. In addition, robotics can sharpen the competitive edge of a company by improving quality, and increasing productivity. Given below are some predictions that will help you get a glimpse of the future of robotics.

1. Growth of Robotics

In 2019, about 30% of the use of robotics in industries will be in the form of a RaaS model of business. This will help businesses cut down on the cost of robot deployment.

2. Robotics Officer

In 2019, about 30% of the major organizations of the world will use a chief robot officer in order to make their businesses better.

3. Evolving Competition

In 2020, large organizations will be able to choose from different vendors with the entrance of new players in the multi-billion dollar industry of information and communications in order to increase the deployment of robotics.

4. Talent Race

In 2020, the growth of robots will boost the talent race. As a result, about 35% of the jobs related to robotics will be vacant and the mean salary will go up by at least 60%.

5. Regulations

In 2019, the governments will introduce new regulations related to robots in order to preserve jobs and resolve privacy, safety and security concerns.

6. Software-defined robots

In 2020, about 60% of these machines will rely on cloud-based apps in order to introduce new skills, apps and cognitive capabilities. As a result, the world will see a robotic marketplace that will be cloud-based.

7. Automating of operations

Two years from now, around 35% of the big organizations, such as health, logistics, and utilities will use the robots for the purpose of automating operations.

Growing Technologies

Many innovative services are giving by the fastest growing industries. It provides so many services like airline industry solutions, travel & transport hospitality solutions, banking & financial solutions and so on. But now we are discussing the airline industry & travel transport hospitality solutions which are described below:

1. Innovative Aviation Changings

Through innovative aviation changings, airline industries become successful, because they are giving fastest services to its delicate customers. Due to these industries, airlines are growing rapidly and its reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and revenue growth also occur. These industries do not only provide airline facilities but on the other hand, they facilitate airport to manage a number of passengers, baggage, cargo and flights. Due to technological innovation, each and every passenger can easily reach their destination on time.

2. Travel Transport Solutions

Like, so many innovative changes, Travel, and transport solutions can also made by these industries. While traveling people can listen to the news, watch the video and T.V and much more to make their time special. These industries provide so many technical facilities while people traveling from one place to another. The hospitality industry has gone through tremendous changes from so many years. These innovative changings make our time full of pleasure.

3. Made Every Work Easy and Reliable

These industries made every work regarding IT and our daily life work make more easy and fast. Through these technological innovations, each and every work can be done on time. These industries do not only provide airline industry & transport solutions but they facilitate in every walk of life.

4. Digitalize the World

These industries are working on the digital transformation of all the work. Nowadays, it doesn’t require manpower to do any work. You can do anything when you just push few buttons and see the results. The results are mind blowing, which make our life more comfortable. It doesn’t only provide the airline industry & transport solutions but it changes our all the things. Our feelings are also replaced by animations nowadays.

Innovative changes can made our life easier and shrink the space, it doesn’t matter where we are & where we want to be. We can easily talk to everyone around the world, we can easily meet them by airline industry & transport solutions. These industries are the next-generation providers of IT, BPO (Business Process outsourcing) and consulting services, has been revolutionizing the traditional IT.

Mechatronics

Mechatronics, the term coined in Japan in the 1970s, has evolved over the past 25 years and has led to a special breed of intelligent products. What is mechatronics? It is a natural stage in the evolutionary process of modern engineering design. For some engineers, mechatronics is nothing new, and, for others, it is a philosophical approach to design that serves as a guide for their activities. Certainly, mechatronics is an evolutionary process, not a revolutionary one. It is clear that an all-encompassing definition of mechatronics does not exist, but in reality, one is not needed. It is understood that mechatronics is about the synergistic integration of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems.

One can understand the extent that mechatronics reaches into various disciplines by characterizing the constituent components comprising mechatronics, which include: (i) physical systems modeling, (ii) sensors and actuators, (iii) signals and systems, (iv) computers and logic systems, and (v) software and data acquisition.

Engineers and scientists from all walks of life and fields of study can contribute to mechatronics. As engineering and science boundaries become less well defined, more students will seek a multi-disciplinary education with a strong design component. Academia should be moving towards a curriculum, which includes coverage of mechatronic systems. In the future, growth in mechatronic systems will be fueled by the growth in the constituent areas. Advancements in traditional disciplines fuel the growth of mechatronics systems by providing “enabling technologies.”

For example, the invention of the microprocessor had a profound effect on the redesign of mechanical systems and design of new mechatronics systems. We should expect continued advancements in cost-effective microprocessors and microcontrollers, sensor and actuator development enabled by advancements in applications of MEMS, adaptive control methodologies and real-time programming methods, networking and wireless technologies, mature CAE technologies for advanced system modeling, virtual prototyping, and testing.

The Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

We take a look at some of the fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing.

What is DSP?

Digital Signal Processors (DSP) take real-world signals like audio, video, voice, temperature, position or pressures that are digitized and then accurately manoeuvre them. It is designed for performing mathematical functions like subtract, add, divide and multiply very quickly.

How they work

Signals from real world sources are converted by Digital Signal Processing into digital data that can then be analyzed. The signals will be usually in analog form. Study is performed in digital form because when we reduce a signal to numbers its mechanism can be manipulated in more detail than when they are from real world sources.

The digital data can be converted into an analog signal with enhanced quality when the DSP has completed its work. A DSP can intensify frequencies, sort noise from a signal, and hold back others.

Types of Audio Signal Processors

Signal processors can be single- or multi-functional, digital or analog, or incorporated with other components in a sound system. Most were unconnected devices, but became multi-functional over time with digital signal processors integrating a wide range of functions at a fraction of the cost of individual processors.

The problem-solving features in DSPs today are Gain Control and Volume, Equalization, Filters, Compressors, Dynamics Processor, Expanders and Noise Gates, Limiters, Delay, Speech Leveller, Gated Automatic Mixers, Automatic Microphone Mixers, and Feedback Reducers.

Although you can find it everywhere it is an extremely refined chip technology. DSP chips are used in fax machines, sound cards, modems, high-capacity hard disks, cellular phones, and digital TVs. In 65% of the world’s digital cellular phones, DSPs are used as the engine. This number will only increase with the increase in wireless applications. Digital signal processing is used in many fields including music processing, sonar, biomedicine, radar, speech, and seismology, communications and imaging.

What DSP Can Do

You need to consider some of the most common problems you face in sound reinforcement to determine whether DSP can help your sound system. The DSP tools can remedy many problems if you have reasonably good room acoustics. If you have poor tone quality by using graphic equalizer, a DSP tool, you can rectify the problem. Similarly, DSP tools like Downward Expander, Delay, Compressor, and Automatic Mixer can rectify problems like unwanted noise, frequency response problems, sound source too loud, and feedback, respectively.

Things You Need To Do To Record Good Audio

If you already have a pair of high quality studio monitoring speakers yet are still making crappy audio, then maybe you’re doing a few things wrong. Here are 8 things you can do to achieve the results you want:

Record with good-sounding instruments
Before you start recording, you need to make sure that none of the instruments are faulty or out of tune. If an instrument needs new strings or heads, replace and tune it before the session. Old guitar strings also sound bad, so you might want to restring your guitars as well.

Avoid recording your guitar with reverb
You should only record your guitar with reverb if it’s absolutely necessary and if you’re 100% sure that you’re not going to change it during mixdown. Otherwise, you should record it dry, especially if you don’t really think it’ll fit with the arrangement. If the guitarist can’t play without reverb, you can make up for it by adding some to his headphones from your software.

Avoid recording in the red
Digital clipping makes a recording sound bad, and once you do that you can no longer go back and fix it. This is why you should avoid recording in the red as much as possible. You can just record at a lower volume, and just raise the volume in your mix. Again, you can’t remove clipping, so you might as well just prevent it from happening.

Use the right microphone(s)
Not using the right microphone can result in an awful vocal track, so make sure you are actually using the right one. Condenser microphones are what you’d normally see in studios, and probably what you should be using. Dynamic microphones work for some vocals and styles, but obviously not everything. Compare the two and use the one that fits your recording needs.

Record with good-quality cables
If you want a high-quality recording, it’s ideal to invest in high-quality equipment. Cables do matter even though they may not matter as much as the microphone you’re using or the kind of pre-amp you have. They still have a say in the overall sound of the record, so don’t go cheap.

Take your time
Rushing is often a bad thing, and this also applies to recording audio. While some artists may work under pressure, the majority generally don’t. Don’t expect a vocalist to be able to produce all the vocal tracks to an album in just a short time. Perfection takes time.

Be in the correct position
A good-sounding room and some acoustic treatment are definitely necessary for recording a great audio, but so does the position of the microphone. You can’t just stand in the middle of your bedroom and sing into the microphone you’re holding and still expect to record a good audio. Not all positions are ideal for achieving a great vocal performance, so determine where you should properly position yourself in the room before you start recording. The position of your monitoring speakers also matter, as they will sound different depending on where they are in the room.