New Bionic Lens Could Give You Three Times 20/20 Vision

A bionic lens, developed by a Canadian optometrist, could give any seeing person vision that it three times better than 20/20. Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia, has developed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a permanent implant that can give super-vision to anyone over the age of 25, “no matter how crummy your eyes are,” he says.

“This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” Dr. Webb told CBC News.

The Ocumetics Bionic Lens is surgically implanted – in a procedure that takes around 8 minutes – and its effects are immediate. Due to the way eyes grow and form, the procedure is only suitable for those above 25 years-of-age. Because it essentially replaces the eye’s natural lens, it also prevents the formation of cataracts.

“If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” Dr. Webb explained.

His whole life, Dr. Webb has been driven to make glasses and contact lenses redundant, and puts that mission down to his childhood experience. He was given glasses in the second grade, a look which didn’t jive with that of his idols.

“My heroes were cowboys, and cowboys just did not wear glasses,” Dr. Webb said. “At age 45 I had to struggle with reading glasses, which like most people, I found was a great insult. To this day I curse my progressive glasses. I also wear contact lenses, which I also curse just about every day.”

Following animal and human trials, Dr. Webb hopes that the Ocumetics Bionic Lens will be available to Canadian patients within 2 years.

“Perfect eyesight should be a human right,” he said.

Samsung Predicts DDR4 Memory to Reach 6.4 GHz by 2020

The uptake of DDR4 RAM has progressed at a pedestrian pace due to the extremely high cost of Intel’s X99 chipset and lack of compatibility on mainstream sockets. Thankfully, Skylake’s Z170 architecture is catapulting DDR4 into the realms of affordability and retailers are already offering surprisingly cheap memory kits. The pricing of DDR4 is almost identical to DDR3 but it will take some time for people to upgrade from their older motherboards. Samsung outlined their vision of DDR4 during IDF 2015, and predicted DDR4 memory speeds to increase to 6.4 GHz by 2020 featuring an effective bandwidth rate of 51.2 GB/s.

This is remarkable considering high-end DDR3 DIMMs usually operate between 1600 MHz and 3000 MHZ. The slides during Samsung’s presentation indicate the memory will opt for a sub 10nm process with production samples coming in 2018-2019. Also, the adoption chart shows the growth of mobile devices and how small the Desktop sector is. Although, mass PC adoption helps with the supply chain and perfecting the manufacturing process.

It seems almost unbelievable that DDR4 RAM can perform at double the stock clocks of many CPUs from a few years ago. Once again, this illustrates how quickly technology moves and the rate of innovation. However, RAM speed increases haven’t made huge performance gains in consumer tasks, so there’s no immediate need to upgrade for some time yet.

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PC And Console Gamers Will Be Mobile Gamers According To New Report

A market Research company in California, Grand View Research, has claimed that by 2020, a majority of gamers will have ditched their PC’s and Consoles and switched to mobile gaming.

By using the same tools that many companies use to estimate the future of markets, by focusing on growth trends, GVR has compiled a dossier outlining the possible future that could mean an end to PC and Console based gaming. Claiming that the growth of the mobile platforms (mobiles and tablets) will eventually overshadow the online gaming from Computers, stating that smartphones better hardware and smaller costs are allowing more people to gain access to the mobile gaming market.

They also state that mobile gaming may not be the most profitable, with a lot of people not paying for full games or buying a lot of the in-game options available through in-game stores.

As a PC Gamer (I left the console gaming world after the Gamecube (I have since returned due to Super Smash being amazing on the Wii U)), I don’t see myself trading in my machine for a tablet or a phone anytime soon. The odd casual game is okay with me, but I don’t see games like Skyrim, Smite or Heroes of the Storm disappearing alongside their millions of fans who play them on a regular basis.

What do you think? Are casual games on mobile devices more appealing than sitting down on a computer and having a hardcore gaming sessions for an hour? Will phones and tablets advance to the point where, by 2020, there will be no difference between Console and Mobile gaming, allowing you to play League of Legends while sitting in the office on your phone?

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Apple to Produce Cars by 2020

Bloomberg, a trusted source for Apple rumours, says that the company is to be producing cars by the year 2020. They say that they company will have vehicles rolling off the production line “as early as 2020”, suggesting that the date could be later, or never, as is the case for many Apple projects that never see the light of day.

However, while that is certainly the case for many Apple products, the car project seems to be a serious one. After credible reports from The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, all but confirming the car project, it certainly seems that Apple is aiming for a slice of Tesla’s pie.

9to5Mac yesterday published an extensive list of employees which Apple has hired to work on the project, with a number of Tesla employees, as well as many senior automotive experts from giants including Ford. That along with those sightings of an Apple-registered car whizzing around the streets of Palo Alto with a load of equipment on the roof, make this rumour seem closer to fact than fiction.

Source: Bloomberg

Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

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London to be 5G Enabled by 2020 Promises Boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged that London will roll out their 5G network across the city by 2020, something that could give the city a massive economic boost and put it ahead of many other parts of the world in terms of technological infrastructure.

5G is a performance hammer blow compared to 4G, which looks like dial up in comparison, using around 10Gbps (that isn’t a typo) it aims to throw internet at mobile devices faster than ever before, as well as allowing huge numbers of connections that could really change the way we use the internet, especially given that the service will be faster than most wired connections, this could pave the way for more people to cut the cable from their desktop router.

The 5G standard still has a long way to go, as the final details are yet to be defined, but early tests are promising and all this stuff has to start somewhere! Of course it remains to be seen if Boris can uphold this promise, but with David Cameron visiting CeBIT earlier this year to secure the technology for 5G, it certainly looks like we’ll see something big in the next few years.

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All-Robot Event Heading to Japan 2020 Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun preparations for the 2020 Olympics, and while all the usual events will still be taking place in six years time, he has plans to shake things up with a completely new event designed exclusively for robots!

Abe has expressed interest in hosting an Olympic event exclusively for robots, “I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” Abe said when speaking with Agence France Presse. “We want to make robots a major pillar of our economic growth strategy.” he added.

With RoboCup, RoboGames and the DARPA Robotics Challenge to name but a few of the current robotic proving grounds, added something to the Olympics, even if it is just a gimmick to a certain extent, could be a great way of providing a more public gallery for many robotics developers to really show off their work to a wider audience. Abe also hopes that pushing these developments could help bring economic benefits.

What they didn’t say is what kind of events they could hold for the robots, but I’m sure our readers have a few suggestions, right? Let us know in the comments section below.

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First Robot Olympics To be Hosted by Tokyo in 2020

Japan has high hopes of bringing a new type of Olympics in 2020, alongside the actual summer games. Shimzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that he hopes to bring the world’s first Robot Olympics, having discussed the creation of ‘robotic revolution’. He apparently wants to gather all robots around the world and place them in an event where they could compete based on their technological skills. Abe states that this event could increase the value seen in the robotics industry, while also boosting the nation’s economy and encourage people to sign up for the robot factory workforce.

It is not currently clear on what to expect from the event just yet. The Prime Minister is said to be keen on showing off technical talents for robots, focusing on care and industrial use. It is said that there are more and more reports about robots taking over human jobs, with 47% of the US labor (702 humans) being threatened by the change. One example of a technologically advanced robot is Baxter, made by Rethink Robotics, who can already learn from human factory supervisors. Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are also said to be working on a robot that can think like a person, with many more examples being out there. Therefore, it’s everybody’s guess on what to expect from the 2020 Robot Olympics.

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‘Movie in a split second’ Downloads Expected In Upcoming 5G Network Connection

South Korea is reportedly working on delivering 5G network connection by 2020. This comes as a $1.5 billion dollar project from the South Korean science ministry, which is said that users will be able to download a movie in a split second through the 5G connection.

“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take pre-emptive action to develop 5G,” the ministry said in a statement.

The science ministry also admits that there will be “fierce” competition between nations, including the EU, US and China to develop this new technology. If all things go to plan, they are going to launch a trial in 2017, followed by the full commercial release estimated to be somewhere around December 2020. The priority is said to be given to Ultra-HD and hologram transmissions, though the ministry here is clearly going way ahead of themselves since we don’t even have a prototype hologram-capable device at the moment.

Things are moving quite fast, only a few years ago we saw the launch of 4G and some countries don’t even have 3G coverage, yet alone 4G. Even so, most users are still operating on the 3G network and few have switched to 4G. And we now hear of 5G connectivity in the works. First of all, the 4G connectivity should still be given a chance to evolve and be more appreciated by users, and secondly, given the 5G connectivity announcement, we are now looking into seeing 5G capable handsets in the near future as well.

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