Soon OLED displays will replace LED displays for your smartphones.

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display has more superior quality than traditional Liquid Crystal Displays because it’s not created only from glass substrates but also on bendable plastic materials, which makes it also useful for the other applications. One of the more interesting uses is that these new displays can be folded or rolled, without the display being damaged. They are also lighter and thinner than LCD displays offering better quality.

Japan Display, in a joint venture among Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, is all set to begin mass production of OLED displays for the next two years.

There is also a rumor that in future Apple will launch an iPhone with OLED displays made by Samsung, which already makes AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode).

But the main constraint for the OLED display is that it’s more expensive so the likely hood of having cheap displays for smart phones in the next few years doesn’t seem high. Though when smart phones do come with OLED screens they’ll definitely be of better quality. 

 

Hound? It sounds ominous but its competing against Google Now, Cortana, and Siri.

Hound is a smart personal assistant made by SoundHound.

It has become a huge competitor for Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Hound delivers fast results and with questions that can sometimes be mind boggling, or query boggling.

Hound combines audio speech recognition and natural language processing to deliver faster replies by processing complex queries quickly. The company has years of experience and testing with audio processing, which makes Hound technologically more advanced.

In 2007  Keyvan Mohajer, CEO of SoundHound, released Midomi, a service that translates humming from a user looking for a specific song and identifies that song. In 2009 SoundHound was launched, which identified songs heard on the radio or another source. Hound is the final version that Keyvan Mohajer envisioned nearly a decade ago.

The beta for hound was released in June of 2015 but it required users to have invite codes and is restricted to US residents only. But that didn’t stop people from raving about Hound. As of now you have to ask questions in Hound, meaning you have to open the app and use it. SoundHound has a vision to integrate Hound into technology everywhere.

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As of now developers can use Houndify to integrate Hound into apps and hardware. The company is working on an app for iOS.

Its competitors Google, Apple, and Microsoft have their own top of the line assistants: Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, respectively. Google also showered their Now on Tap feature, released in Android M, integrates Now to every app, making it easier for the company to know what the user is searching for and why. Apple has Proactive, that learns users habits and offers suggestions to apps and functions, putting relevant information to the users without having them go searching for it. Microsoft’s Cortana is well integrated with Windows 10 and is also available on Android, windows phones, and iOS. Cortana can also sync between devices so you don’t have to re-input data such as reminders or contact’s.

 

Windows Phone Companion App, the first step to cross platform connectivity.

Microsoft is really making Windows universal, connect your PC, tablet, or smartphone using Windows 10 Phone Companion App. With the Companion App you can link several apps between devices. Check it out as we show you a step by step guide and connect Cortana between PC and Android!

First choose your platform, Windows, Android, iPhone,  iPad.

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Its good to see that Microsoft has opened up Windows Apps to work with different platforms.

There are 7 options to choose from, select all that you want, we’ll select Cortana.

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If you haven’t already installed Cortana onto your smartphone then you can enter an email address with or download it from Google Play.

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On your mobile install Cortana and agree to the terms.

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Setup an awesome name for Cortana to call you by, sorry Chiefs taken.

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Enter your Microsoft account information.

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Once your signed in on your phone click next on the Phone Companion App on Windows and click “I’m signed in to the Cortana app on my phone or tablet.”4.jpg

aAnd now your connected. Setup reminders, notes, and see it on your phone. Now you don’t have to switch between devices and constantly sync, with Windows 10 apps your instantly connected.5.jpgP5.png

The Jason-3 has been successfully delivered to orbit!

SpaceX’s first launch of 2016 maybe one of the most important launches. The Jason-3 satellite has been successfully delivered into orbit by the Falcon 9 this past Sunday and it might help scientists understand changes in the sea level.

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Source: SpaceX

The Jason-3 is on  a mission to monitor sea surface topography around the world. The first Jason-1 was launched in 2001 and replaced the TOPEX spacecraft, which ended its operation in 2006. The Jason-2 was launched in 2008 and the Jason-1 ended its operation in 2013.

The many instruments in the satellite allow it to measure its total distance between the itself and the surface of Earth and calculate the altitude above the mean sea level to map the changes in the height of the ocean surface.

The Jason-3 was constructed by Thales Alenia Space and is the third of its kind. The Jason-3, was launched between a partnership with NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pan-European weather research organization, and the French space agency CNES.

It allows scientists to analyze circulation patterns in the ocean and sea level changes. With this data scientists can monitor the warming of the planet and its consequences to the climate.

SpaceX: The Falcon 9 lands, tilts, and explodes.

Its not easy trying to land a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket onto an automated barge with weather conditions continuously promoting the death of the Falcon. On Sunday, January 17th, SpaceX used the Falcon 9 to launch the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit and the Falcon made its way down to Earth attempting to land on a barge out in the Pacific, but failed and well exploded when it tilted and hit the landing pad, called the droneship.

Here is the drone ship posted by Elon Musk on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/688577089679708160/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a video on Instagram, which shows the rocket landing but begins to tilt, and you can see that one of the legs gives in. That imbalance causes the rocket to fall and hit the pad, it was so close to a perfect landing even with the 12 to 15 foot ocean waves and foggy weather.

Watch the video from Elon Musk’s Instagram:

Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn’t latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.

This was the fourth attempt by SpaceX to land a rocket safely onto one of their droneships at sea. Though don’t be depressed or lose sight of the goal. Landing rockets its tough business and SpaceX is already halfway there.

Elon Musk adds humor to it and isn’t giving up.

Elon Musk Twitter:

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/688837706005131264/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Though lets not forget that last December SpaceX made history by landing the Falcon 9 on land after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. That landing was one the most beautiful things I have seen and am anticipating more.

Smart Ski Vest that can save your life!

A Smart Ski Airbag Vest has been made for those who ski a lot and fall a lot, if you do fall an airbag will inflate within 100 milliseconds to protect you from the fall.

The vest is made by a french company called in&motion. The company worked with the French Ski-cross team to develop the vest to protect skiers.

The vest has sensors that detect movements and balance fluctuations to detect if the wearer is about to fall. The sensors also record skiers to help the company update the vest to make it safer. This protection is needed to save skiers from serious injuries such as head traumas or worse. The data of the fall is used to analyze how and why it happened and how to avoid the fall in the future. The vests are also reusable.

It retails for $1,200 and will be available for sale sometime in the summer of 2016.

Use the force with the Force Band!

BB-8 the friendly droid in the new StarWars the Force Awakens, made bySphero, went for sale a few months ago and you can now buy a newly released wearable band to control the droid called the Force Band!

Sphero is a company that makes robotic balls that you can drive and control using an app.  One of its most popular products is the Ollie, or was the Ollie, util they released BB-8.

Its really cool, it looks like a watch and is filled with sensors to allow you to control BB-8 using hand gestures, much like if you were using the force. Resting your hand will put the droid into driving mode, palm up will make it look in your direction, palm down and it will look away from you, and it even spins as you spin!

BB-8 costs $150.00 but the cost of the band hasn’t been released yet, it looks as though sometime in fall of 2016. The company will be releasing a special BB-8 that has battle scars and looks war torn along with the band.

Wake up with a Scent!

SensorWake a Paris based startup has created an alarm clock that uses intense scents to wake you up rather than traditional noise alarms.

The startup won a Google Science Fair competition and became part of a Google Success Engine program with Google France, it was also on Kickstarter where it raised €192,453 and had 1,504 backers. The company is partnered with Swiss fragrance manufacturer Givauden to get its scents, they are currently working on making different scents.

It works using a capsule, which holds the scent. You insert the capsule on top of the clock. You get a range of scents such as coffee, croissant, mint, and money. The alarm goes off for 3 minutes and you can also insert beeps just in case you need both. SensorWake.png

The clock will cost $109, you have to buy the capsules separately and they each can be used 30 times. You can buy a two pack for $10.90.

Immersit makes tech to create the most on screen immersive experience

A company is taking a brave step towards building an immersive environment, one where you can take part of the on screen action. Immersit, based in Paris, is turning furniture into simulators that move along with whatever you are playing on your screen.

The company adds four pneumatic “feet” to your couch or chair and with combination to air enables it to move and jump according to what you’re watching or playing. It can make your couch or chair move back and forth, side to side, heave up and down, and can vibrate.

Currently there aren’t other companies selling this type of product. Except unless you go to an adventure park where in some cases there are theaters that have these types of seats. Immersit is the first company to try to bring this technology to the public.

The technology can handle 1,100 pounds (500 Kilograms), around the weight of 4 people. A central control module receives motion code form a laptop or computer, then using wi-fi it operates the feet and syncs with what’s on the screen. For some 4DX systems such as roller coaster rides and other games the users must pre-program their blue ray player in order for it to work. Currently the cost hasn’t been set.

General Motors invests $500 Million in Lyft

Lyft announced that G.M has invested 500$ million in the company, the ride-hailing service company received help from G.M to reach their goal of one day reducing the number of cars on the road. Apart from the financial help, G.M will also support Lyft on developing an on demand network for self-driving cars. Nowadays, many companies like Google, Tesla, and Uber are also doing research on automated cars.

Lyft was founded in 2012 and faces competition with other ride-hailing service providers like Uber though now with the help from G.M it has an upper hand. G.M will work with Lyft to set up short-term car rental hubs across the United States in an effort to allow people to drive for Lyft to earn money by using the cars in the rental hubs. The two companies envision self-driving car rentals to be more commonplace than owning a car.

Rakuten, Alibaba, and Didi Kuaidi have also invested in Lyft. The company has partnered with Didi Kuaidi, the Chinese ride-hailing company, Ola, and GrabTaxi in an effort to compete against its biggest competitor Uber.

Currently Uber is valued at $62.5 billion, Lyft is valued at $4.5 billion, and operates in many cities around the world. Though there is opposition against Uber and Lyft alike from traditional taxi services, it doesn’t seem to faze the growth of either companies or their aim to create a network of self-driving cars. Though technically self-driving cars won’t be completely autonomous, there are laws for example in California where there has to be a driver in the driver seat of the self-driving car just for safety precautions.