New Form Of “SmartShoe” Shown Off At CES

The tech industry is focused on pushing forward with the notion of “Smart Tech” from washing machines, self-driving cars and also intelligent fridges, gadgets are quickly moving forward, but a SmartShoe? It is not too unusual when you take into consideration Nike’s inspiration for a Back to the Future-style smart self-lacing trainer which was shown off by Marty Mcfly himself, Michael J Fox in 2015.

Now, a new SmartShoe has been conveyed to audiences at CES and includes functions to warm your feet, which is handy, tighten automatically and are controlled by an app. The company in question goes by the name Digitsole and below is an image to convey this SmartShoe.

As you can see, they look futuristic but I feel the design looks rather clumsy and dated, perhaps they will be refined before launch. The company stated that the warmest these shoes can be heated to is 38 degrees, now, when I read this I thought Fahrenheit, erm, no, it has been reported that it is Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Hopefully, the companies inbuilt thermostat will be able to control the heat within the shoes, otherwise, one can see you will also need an inbuilt fire extinguisher.

The price for these shoes will be around $450 dollars or (£307) and are likely to contain Digisoles heated insoles which are already on sale for $198 dollars or (£130)

The company also plans to launch both a slightly more stylish pair of trainers and also a smart high-heeled shoe, both these styles will also come with the hot heated sole function as well as motion tracking and also other options, below are images to convey both these styles of SmartShoe.

Smart shoes will have a market as tech involves into this sector, it will be noteworthy to see how fast consumers are willing to adopt such tech within their daily lives.

Images courtesy of Mashable and digitsole

Sharp Prepares To Launch Worlds First 8k Screen In October

Tech companies are on a constant cycle of innovation with the aim of enticing consumers to spend more and more of their hard-earned cash, Televisions are a perfect example of this and have seen SD being usurped by HD, this was before 3D pushed its way to the front for it to be then beaten by 4K. Now, 4K is not all you need as Sharp are preparing to launch the first ever 8K display which looks set for its market debut in October 2015.

Companies have attempted to develop “super hi-vision” resolution test models, but these have only been as a prototype and have not been commercially available. Sharp hope to break through this barrier with an 8K format which provides 16 times as many pixels as 1080p high-definition, It also creates an image so detailed that it can appear three-dimensional.

I bet you would like to own one, but there might be a slight problem with that. Firstly, Sharp have unveiled the 8K model which is a colossal 85 inches in size. That’s OK, I did not need that front room wall there anyway, and secondly, the price currently stands at $133,000 dollars (£86,000) which is a lot. The market and price point would dictate that only industries which include broadcasters and also other companies involved in testing the format would be able to afford such an expensive piece of kit.

One market analyst has suggested that “8K TVs which are targeted at consumers would be released around 2016, and we don’t expect they will cross one million units until after 2019,” said Abhi Mallick, from IHS Technology.  An image is below to convey the spec of these new screens as opposed to current pixel resolutions, as you can see, Full HD is dwarfed by the sheer detail of 8K.

It’s an exciting evolution in tech, albeit a slightly redundant one considering the lack of 8K featured content which is currently available to consumers. A further angle on this would be the demand aspect for such high-resolution screens, are consumers ready to adopt this format or is it one step to far for the commercial viability of 8K, 3D has been considered a damp squib for home adoption and content would need to be readily available in order for this format to succeed within the next few years or so, this would include an increase in broadband speeds for super hi res streaming content.

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World’s First 3D-Printed Pill Approved By US Authorities

Damn I really love the concept behind this, in what would be a world first, the US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for a 3D-printed pill to be produced. I envisaged many things which could possibly be printed using this technique, but not a pill.

The new drug, has been coined Spritam, whether this was inspired by the word “Sprit” is open to interpretation, this drug has been developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The company also plans to produce many different types of medical drugs using its very own 3D platform. This technique also has other advantages including the ability to print layers of medication more precisely so that dosages are even more accurate than before.

The most compelling aspect lies within production; the standard procedure is to manufacture medications in factories before shipping them to pharmacies, doctors and hospitals. If you are able to print them, this opens up the ability to create production lines nearer the patient. This also means in theory, doctors will not need to wait too long for medications to arrive which in turn would assist patients.

Spritam is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016, according to Aprecia. Exciting times ahead if this technique makes it to market and hopefully, it will be available to everyone, not just for the wealthy or patients willing to pay over the odds.

Breaking Bad would be a different TV series if they 3D printed everything.

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F-35 Just Can’t Keep Up

Hey look here’s a window, let’s just chuck a bucket load of money out of it! this seems to be the vision of the doomed US F-35 stealth jet which has seemingly grasped its pipe and slippers and put its wings up for a mock battle. During said mock battle with the adversary being the US military own F-16 fighter plane, the F-35 outcome was that it was “too sluggish” to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire, according to a report.

To my mind, dodging gunfire is an important life skill to have for any multi-trillion-dollar army. During the practise battle, the pilot of the F–16 jet had to avoid being metaphorically hit while being weighted down by weapons, while the F-35 had zero weapons and one confident pilot. Well, the F-35 had the turning circle of one of Roman Abramovich’s expensive yachts and missed every time, or as the report stated, the F-35 “remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement.”

Well I suppose they only spent a couple of million on the F-35 program, yes they did spend a couple of million on the fin alone, as the actual cost of this project according to Lockheed Martin so far has been $1.5 trillion dollars. This fighter plane implements an Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), a next-generation software system which includes 5 million lines of code and it turns out it can’t move very fast in battle.

Governments cannot fully grasp the notion of ensuring any project has a structure in place to control costs at all. It’s false economy to pump so much money into a program which has spiralled out of control, if $1.5 trillion dollars had been reinvested in say helping Americans instead of bombing warzones, perhaps people would be better off with more security. Cash will always be found for agendas and the funny thing is, at least in part, every US citizen is paying for the privilege of having a jet which cannot hit the enemy.

Thank You RT for providing us with this information

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A Canadian Hoverboards Across Lake & Makes World Record

Catalin Alexandru Duru, a Canadian inventor just managed to use his invention, the first real-life hoverboard, to cross by hovering across over 300 Meters (1000 feet) the Quebec lake. He invented a hoverboard which he claims that it can be used anywhere (on any terrain). His device seems to be inspired by the gadget called Hoverboard present in the Sci-Fi movie named ‘Back to the Future’ franchise. The world record was made in the presence of the crew from the Guinness Book of World Records there to confirm the “Farthest Flight by Hoverboard”.

Duru just had to fly a distance of 48.7 Meters (160 feet) to qualify for the record but that was apparently just a starting point of the flight for Duru. He kept flying for more 275 Meters (905 feet and 2 inches) before touching the water surface and sink.

“The prototype can be used anywhere,” Duru explains. “But is usually tested over water because of how dangerously high it can fly.

Put your money back in the wallet as this is just a prototype and has no date for official release in the market. It isn’t even confirm that if the product will ever make it to the market for interested folks to buy.

Thank you Popular Sciences for providing us with this information.

3D Tech Could Help You Interact With Objects From Afar

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It is common for people to hold video conferences in order to have some insights upon objects of reference, but how about touching an object while being far away? Apparently we are not far from being able to interact with objects while not being present in the room, according to a CNN article.

For this example, Daniel Leithinger from MIT’s Tangiable Media Group, used a flat display that shows your caller’s upper body, talking away. But below this their hands and arms reach up out of the tabletop into the physical world, gently lifting a small red ball off the table and passing it from one digitally-recreated hand to the other.

This is all possible with the help of the inFORM Dynamic Shape Display: a tabletop covered in miniature white squares that rise up like towers, to turn digital content into physical objects. Used in conjunction with a 3D sensor, like Microsoft’s Kinect, it can capture a person’s physical appearance and reproduce it in tiny skyscraper-like “pixel” blocks — on-the-fly, anywhere in the world.

“Essentially it’s very similar to those kind of pin toys that you might know from museum novelty stores,” explains Daniel Leithinger.

To add color to the block shapes, a projector on the ceiling beams down light, turning the towers psychedelic hues as Leithinger demonstrates the table’s capabilities.
It also has a deeper purpose — communicating an extra layer of information from the sender to the receiver on the other end: “When you move your hands, not only do you have the shape of the hands, but you also see the color, the texture of the hands,” says Leithinger. The display doubles as an active controller, allowing a user to interact with 3D menus constructed by the table by moving the little red ball.

“It’s not real 3D because we can only push up and down each one of these pins,” says Leithinger. “We can’t push them sideways or have any other control over them at the moment — we usually call this affect ‘2.5D'”

Leithinger’s ambitions is to implement the tech in a smartphone on which the user can interact with objects from afar: “In the future, where we hope to get is something like, say, a phone that you could have in your pocket, and as you interact with things on the phone you can actually touch them.” It remains to be seen whether or not users will get attuned with the new tech available in their pockets in the near future.

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