American Alphabet Company, which Google belongs to, has terminated its cooperation with Starbucks. The case concerns the Wing Project, which plans to create a service that provides customers with coffee with drones.
Drones are still used mainly for entertainment, but there are already several initiatives where unmanned airborne vehicles are also used for work. One such idea is called Project Wing and is being implemented by the American concern Alphabet, which belongs to Google.
The Alphabet is aiming to launch an air delivery service, but not all of the ideas involved will be realized. One of the company’s designs was to use drones to carry drugs as well as medical devices such as defibrillators. Dron would quickly provide such a defibrillator to the scene of the accident, which would help to save his victim’s life. This idea was, however, abandoned. Identical to the idea of working with Starbucks.
Alphabet wanted to work with a well-known cafes network, offering coffee to customers with unmanned coffee. This idea is also unsuccessful to realize. The bone of contention became apparently access to customer data.…
Solar Impulse 2, an electric plane that set off on a journey around the world, is ready to go further. After several months of repairing the equipment and carrying out several test flights, it was considered that it was fully safe and could go further.
Solar Impulse 2 is a solar powered airplane that last year set out on a journey around the world to show everyone that electric planes are the future of the aerospace industry.
However, the plan failed and during the next stage of the trip from Japan to Hawaii, which set the record for the longest flight of 4 days and 21 hours, the machine has suffered a major crash. Such a long journey caused the batteries to be destroyed as a result of their overheating and Solar Impulse 2 was grounded.
After nine months of refurbishments and a dozen or so test flights checking the functionality of all systems, the machine is ready to continue the journey. Aircraft designers not only replaced the batteries with new ones, but they also improved the cooling system to prevent overheating of the batteries.
The launch date of the next flight is not yet known, as the team waits for weather conditions that would not harm the delicate photovoltaic engine. There are no plans for a plane yet, as there are four possible locations for pilots, such as Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Vancouver. Their choice will depend on the current weather, giving the pilots the option to change the route if the conditions were unfavorable.…
At the Tokyo Motor Show, we had the opportunity to see many new models as well as concept cars. The latter category also includes the Nissan IDS, a futuristic vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
The Nissan IDS is a stand-alone electric vehicle that is not yet another electric vehicle. It’s a concept of the future, created specifically to adapt to the individual needs of the driver. Auto allows not only to drive in autonomous mode, allowing him to relax in the back seat, but if necessary, allows the driver to take full control, using the manual steering mode.
The manufacturer ensures that the vehicle matches the driving style and preferences of the driver. Knowing our day schedule, you can offer a departure time, set a route to reach a certain time, and even offer restaurants you can go to for dinner on the way.
The interior is of course very futuristic and filled with liquid crystal screens. There is no traditional steering wheel, but a lighter, more like the steering wheel of the iconic Knight Rider. Instruments and clocks replaced the display of the most important information. Interestingly, in autonomous mode, the steering wheel and dashboard are hiding, giving passengers more space and replacing them with a small tablet.
The most important information is shown on the head-up display, while the multimedia system is controlled by Artificial Intelligence controlled gestures and voice commands.
The Nissan IDS is powered by an electrically powered 60 kWh battery. Although the manufacturer does not give official coverage, but one can expect that on one load the car will pass some 480 km.…
Choiix Wave Stand is a convenient tablet and e-reader stand that can easily be used with iPad, Galapagos, Playbook, GalaxyTabem or eBook reader.
The stand construction allows the user to tilt the screen according to the user’s needs – from landscape orientation to vertical (0-135 °). This makes it easy to watch movies or use your tablet as a multimedia photo frame. The middle arm is hinged to allow the tablet to be positioned at the desired angle, and the robust design ensures that even with frequent use, the mechanism will not be damaged.
Once the tablet is positioned in the desired position, the anti-skid pads firmly hold it in place without the risk of falling or shifting. Thanks to its moving arm, small dimensions and aluminum construction, the Choiix Wave Stand is exceptionally light and uncomfortable in transport. The original design and shape referring to the wave are its additional advantages.…
The live translation function implemented in the Skype Communicator has been added to another language. Microsoft engineers have just added Russian support. He joined the other eight languages supported by this popular application.
In the middle of last year, Microsoft introduced a feature called automatic translation to Skype, which is run by someone who speaks a language other than ours. This makes it much more convenient to communicate with people from all over the world, because we no longer have to use a foreign language well enough to understand what they are saying.
Skype has served eight languages during the talks, namely English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Italian and Arabic, but Microsoft has just added another. This time, Russian was added, so that we can easily communicate with friends from across the eastern border.
Of course, if we do not make video calls, but we only communicate by text, then we can talk to people from almost all over the world. In this case, the communicator supports up to 50 different languages at that time.…
The task of hands-free kits or virtual assistants such as Siri, should theoretically be to make sure that the driver while driving will focus his full attention on the road. Meanwhile, it turns out that it is completely different, and Apple’s Siri assistant was ranked first in the list of elements of the most distracting drivers.
According to a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation, driving and using voice-based devices is causing more distraction than we might think. The study was conducted on 45 drivers, asking them to perform different tasks using different voice control systems. Their result turned out to be surprising, as Siri distracted most of the other devices, causing the driver to miss the signs or the lights.
Apparently, Siri is a complex technology and less intuitive compared to other voice assistants. Researchers measured the level of interaction with Siri when sending and receiving text messages, emails, and status updates on social networking sites.
The reason for the attention of drivers is that Siri reacts very differently to the same commands. An assistant needs to say the exact phrase to complete specific tasks and only slight deviations cause the task not to execute properly. The driver needs to repeat them and instead of the road, he focuses his attention on the phone.…
Until recently, the Western media was able to mock the Chinese Army equipment, but it is getting better and better every year. And it can not be ruled out that it will soon match the quality of Western armaments.
The latest Chinese submarine of the SNN class, whose design has just been completed, will certainly help to improve the combat effectiveness of the Chinese army. The message was confirmed by Tan Zuojun, the former CEO of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
According to NATO terminology, SSN class ships are nuclear-powered submarines, whose main purpose is to destroy submarine submarines. In addition to attacks on vessels, such ships can be used for routine intelligence tasks and for destroying land targets with onboard maneuvers.
The new unit has been significantly improved compared to previous versions. First and foremost, the increased power of destruction, this multi-purpose ship, in addition to combating underwater and surface targets, will also be able to effectively target ground targets.
Its biggest advantage will be the low sound level, which will become more difficult to detect by the opponent’s sonar. To achieve this level, the machine has been equipped with a quiet drive as well as the latest in hull muting.
Of course, the completion of an individual project does not mean that it will soon enter the service. The road to it is still very far and it will take a long time before it is built.…