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New Origami Wheels

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Engineers from South Korea and the United States are developing conceptual origami wheels in collaboration with bio-robotics experts.

Four fully working wheels that can be fitted to different prototype vehicles took a team of engineers almost ten years to develop. The wheels vary in diameter from 46 to 80 cm (18 to 31 inches) and can accommodate the weight of a full-size car body, according to the Science Robotics research report.

These Hankook experimental wheel/tires have  three layers and are built like an origami water bomb with a dense, flexible composite membrane. The rigid panels are clad with faceted aluminum panels for added structural strength and longevity.

The wheels have a minimum diameter of 46 cm in their basic state (19 inches). They become taller and thinner when compressed horizontally, and the inner stop plates add rigidity.

The wheels have been tested to withstand a load of 10 ±2 kilonewtons, and the transformation takes five seconds at a speed of one meter per second. The allowable payload mass is more than 50 times the mass of the wheel itself.

https://www.hotcars.com/new-origami-wheels-can-change-shape-in-motion/

Creepy Human Eye Webcam

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The camera in the video below is built to look like a hyper-realistic disembodied eye, according to The Verge. The fake eyeball is encased in a substance that looks uncannily like human flesh. To complete the look, it has eyelashes and a single bushy eyebrow.

The webcam not only looks like a real eye, but it also moves like one. The camera can see everything from its spot on top of a monitor. It can also “wake up” on its own and watch people walk away from the screen.

Teyssier does not anticipate this “eyecam” being the next big thing in technology. Instead, he hopes the artwork will serve as a reminder of what webcams have in common with real eyes, even though it’s more difficult to say when they’re looking at us.

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/645426/human-eye-webcam

Bitcoin is a new gold

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Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are printing more and more fiat money to support the economy. However, this action may cause increase in inflation rate and may even lead to hyperinflation. For example, US printed 9 trillion (22% of all circulating USD in 2020). That’s why saving money from inflation is a hot topic. Bitcoin during 2020 became the symbol of deflationary assets, which is limited in supply and is meant to grow exponentially over time.

Here are the arguments to back up the statement above:

  1. Limited amount

There is a limited number of Bitcoin coins, the circulating supply of Bitcoin is ~18,6 million.

However, the number of bitcoins available for buying and selling, is much lower. It is estimated that a substantial amount of mined BTC is lost forever ~3M BTC), but as Bitcoin continues to become more and more a Store of Value and investors increasingly HOLD making use of it as a safe haven asset to store wealth, the actual “liquid” Bitcoin supply can be expected to be considerably lower.

Illiquid supply: 14.5 million BTC

Liquid supply: 1.2 million BTC

Highly liquid supply: 3 million BTC

78% of the circulating Bitcoin supply is illiquid. But what does it mean? A sustained rise of illiquid bitcoins is an indication of strong investor holding sentiment and a potential bullish signal.

  • Divisibility

Bitcoin is easily divisible.  Bitcoin is divisible up to 8 decimal points (or 10mln).

  • Utility

Blockchain technology is the key advantage of Bitcoin. “Blockchain is a distributed ledger system that is decentralized and trustless, meaning that no parties participating in the Bitcoin market need to establish trust in one another in order for the system to work properly.”

  • Transportability

With the help of third party services crypto-exchangeswallets, and other tools, Bitcoin is transferable from one party to another within minutes. The process of transferring money in the bank system can take days at a time and have fees. Transferability is the key aspect of any asset which may limit asset usage for certain actions if takes too much resources.

  • Durability

Durability is a major issue for any asset because it usually has a physical form. A dollar bill, while sturdy, can still be torn, burned, or otherwise rendered unusable. Digital forms of payment cannot be harmed physically. For this reason, bitcoin can exist with no risk of been destroyed.

  • Counterfeitability

Decentralized blockchain ledger system of Bitcoin is complicated and is incredibly difficult to counterfeit. To do so, someone should confuse all participants in the network of Bitcoin.

Sources:

https://www.somagnews.com/9-trillion-story-22-of-us-dollars-printed-in-2020/#:~:text=%24%209%20Trillion%20Story%3A%2022%25,Printed%20in%202020%20-%20Somag%20News&text=A%20password%20will%20be%20e-mailed%20to%20you.

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100314/why-do-bitcoins-have-value.asp

Eufy Security Camera

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Hate getting robbed? Love solving mysteries? Installing a security camera might seem like an obvious answer for surveillance, but it may surprise you that only 3 out of 10 homes have any sort of security device set up. And, as basic as a security camera system might seem, you’ll be surprised to know that other cameras on the market actually present more problems than solutions.

100% Wire-Free Installation

eufyCam is designed from the ground up to offer wireless freedom. It has no power cables, wall outlets, and there is no need to drill holes, giving you freedom to install eufyCam practically anywhere. Stick the mount onto any flat surface and eufyCam’s ready to go in less than a second; or just stick it directly onto most metallic surfaces.

Unrivalled Battery Life

It offers the longest battery life in the industry to ensure the best wire-free experience. Partnering with Anker, the leader in charging technology, maximized efficiency and charging speed, allowing the eufyCam to run for 365 days, or 3 years in Standby, per charge when actively monitoring areas such as your front door or driveway.

Facial Recognition Technology

Birds, dogs, and falling leaves can trigger other security cameras into sending you false alarms. eufyCam reduces false alarms by up to 95% by applying a 3-step scanning and filtering process. First, register your friends and family as trusted faces, then, eufyCam can determine if that person is someone you trust to further reduce alerts.

Excellent Optics

The 140° wide-angle lens provides a panoramic view, spanning from your driveway to the front door. Top-of-the-line Sony Exmor sensor combine with large f2.2 aperture to offer around-the-clock Full HD surveillance, recording sharp and bright video during the day, plus crisp and clear Night Vision footage in the evening.

Bank-Grade Enctryption

Your data is for your eyes only. That’s why it’s secured with AES 128-bit encryption. Access to your footage requires the microSD card to be inserted into the Base Station it’s registered to, and you are logged on to the account tied to the Base Station. That means only you can access the data. Not a thief, not your neighbour, nor anyone from eufy Security team.

Extreme Weatherproof

Constructed from cutting-edge ASA composite material, which offers unrivaled strength and protection against the elements, eufyCam works perfectly indoors and outdoors. Whether it’s raining, a freezing -20°C winter or scorching 50°C summer, eufyCam will continue to keep watch over your home.

Stream Live Video

Open the eufy Security app and your smartphone or tablet becomes a window for high-resolution streaming of what eufyCam sees in real-time.

Two-Way Communication

The built-in microphone and speaker provide you with direct communication—via your smartphone—to the speak directly to whoever’s at your door.

 

I guess, security will always play an important role in life of almost everyone. This camera can detect a robber or illegal action, but it can’t prevent it. So, there is still a question.

How you will protect yourself and your property?

 

References:

https://myeufy.com.au/eufy-security-camera/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTMdl2R3AUQ

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1116368506/evercam-the-wirefree-security-cam-with-365-day-bat?utm_source=kickbooster&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=795707

Escape from the World and Set the Mood

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Muzo – New Edition. Get away from bitter reality and let Muzo – New Edition take you on a journey far from the hardships of everyday life

 

What can it do?

Sleep with Customized Scene

It Edition acts as an ambient sound equalizer. It is fully adjustable via the dedicated APP. Over 1000 scenes available by mixing up realistic sound variations.

Turn Surface into a Speaker

It generates sound by vibrating attached surface. It transforms almost every surface into a crystal-clear quality sound speaker. The excited plate envelops the listener in immersive sound.

Dynamic Mask Disturbance

It detects the sleep disturbances nearby. Meanwhile, the white noise with smart volume leveling is generated to mask the disturbances immediately.

Compact and Portable

Perfect for baby nurseries, apartments, hotel rooms, or any environment where disruptive noises are a nagging problem.

Flexible Wall Mount Availability

With TPE sticky pad, Muzo – New Edition can be stuck firmly on any smooth surface. It is easy to stick, reposition and remove.

APP Intelligent Control

Muzo helps you to fall asleep. Auto-off feature let you enjoy the scene with no worries.

One of the biggest features of Muzo is a realistic sound mixing by smartphone app. It generates sound by vibrating attached surface. Sounds no longer come from a single source but come from every particle of the attached surface. This characteristic makes a huge difference in terms of the degree of sound’s simulation. It delivers an extreme vivid sound quality that you would not notice the sound source as it is blended into your background.

The dedicated case’s premium design beautifully complements Muzo – New Edition. Its fit-in design and strengthened structure help prevent scratches and bumps. Riding on the concept of vibration speaker, you can turn any surface or object into a sound box. Just put Muzo on the top of the case, you can transform it to a speaker box. It perfectly serves as a sound box to carry out a unique sound texture.

 

What do you think about this gadget?

 

References:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1280803647/muzo-your-personal-zone-creator-with-noise-blockin

https://www.celestialtribe.com

Everyday Smart Glasses

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Vue is the world’s first pair of smart glasses that are designed for everyday use.

 

What can you do with it?

Track your activity

  • It can count your steps, calories, and distance
  • Reminds you to move or do something

Listen to music

  • Wireless bone conduction speakers. Only you can hear the sound.
  • It can play music, receive calls, navigate you, and notify you.
  • Open ear design

Stay in touch

  • Handsfree calls
  • Always on so you will never miss a call
  • Get notified with subtle LED

Never miss a beat

Vue uses bone conduction audio technology to transfer stereo sound to your inner ear without the use of earbuds. Your ears remain unplugged, so you can listen to music, answer calls, and hear notifications all from your glasses while still being able to hear the world around you

Stay mobile, stay charged

Just pop it into the portable charging case overnight or when you’re not using it, and Vue will get charged automatically. With the charging case, Vue’s battery lasts up to one week.

Stay safe

Vue ensures you’re safe whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist or driver. Hear turn-by-turn navigation without having to look at your phone. Vue’s open ear design allows you to listen to directions, music, or calls without blocking your ears, so you can still hear traffic and the world around you. While driving, Vue checks if you’re looking down or outside the window for long periods of time and alerts you. Audio and LED notifications can help to nudge you back into focus, helping you to avoid accidents and get home safe.

Customize your experience

Your frames function the way you want them to. Use the app to pair gestures with custom actions tied to your phone, like hearing the current time, weather, activity summary, and more.

 

As for me, I am a frequent user of simple glasses. Unfortunately, glasses haven’t changed a lot since previous century. However, nowadays it is vital to keep up with time, so I will try out Vue glasses.

What do you think about these smart glasses?

References:

https://www.enjoyvue.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IU5sUI5kjLQ

 

 

 

 

Phree – Make the world your paper

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe world’s first unrestricted, high resolution, write-virtually-anywhere mobile input device.

We live in a world of screens. But writing or drawing on them isn’t always spontaneous and doesn’t always feel natural, especially if they’re put away somewhere. Screens are useful, sure. We love our screens, but sometimes, they’re just too limiting.

Phree lets you write, draw, annotate, and express yourself in countless other ways. On virtually any surface.

Phree lets you go beyond the screen to express yourself more quickly and easily. Your words and sketches instantly appear on the screen in most apps. As well, Phree’s 3D optical tracking engine precisely measures its motion and sends digital ink to any Bluetooth device. Phree’s tip has pressure sensitivity enabling varying width lines in specific applications.

It has an awesome battery, which lasts 2-7 days depending on usage. Full charging time is about one hour. Charging is by USB port on Phree or by external wireless charging pad for Phree with case.

 

Phree’s design is symmetric for writing and fits both left handed and right-handed users, so there is no difference between right- and left-handers when Phree is used together with a device screen, like mobile phone, laptop or tablet – its most frequent use. In the less frequent use of Phree with its built-in screen, Phree can be placed on the table to operate the screen. For a quick glance at notifications while writing, the screen lights up indicating a new message so left-handed users can tilt to see it.

References/Sources:

https://otmtech.com/#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6a6Pm58Jb8

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1958554063/phree-make-the-world-your-paper

Additional information:

https://otmtech.com/#

Revolutionising Food Production with the Small Robot Company

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Small Robot Company has won a prestigious Horizontal Innovation™ Award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC).

The Company harnesses the power and precision of robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the way that food is produced. The £50,000 funded research award will look to develop ‘Harry’. It is precision drilling and planting robot.

The company aims to make farms more profitable, and increase yield and efficiency, through using small robots instead of tractors.

The technology is built on 15 years of robotics research by Professor Simon Blackmore, the world’s leading expert on precision farming at Harper Adams University. Harry has the potential to help farms to increase yields and profits whilst substantially reducing the use of chemicals.

Its arable farming robots Tom, Dick and Harry enable farmers to be kinder to soil, kinder to the environment, more efficient, more precise and more productive. It will also reduce chemical usage and cultivation energy in arable farming by up to 95%.

Harry will accurately place seed individually in the ground at a uniform depth to within 2cm accuracy, creating a plant level map showing the location of each seed. Harry will also radically reduce soil run off and associated water pollution.

References:

https://www.theiet.org/policy/media/press-releases/Horizontal_innovation_award2018.cfm

https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/small-robot-company-raises-50k-2018-07/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poHDW9J3h-A