CleverDrive Car Sensor Helps You Save Money On Petrol

CleverDrive Car Sensor

Anyone looking to save money on their car petrol bills and also drive a little more efficiently and help the environment, may be interested in a new car sensor called the CleverDrive that has been created by German company Ascora.

Once fitted to your car the CleverDrive sensor feeds data back to your mobile device which is loaded with the CleverDrive companion application that currently supports either Android or iOS devices.

CleverDrive is capable of providing you with information on your cars engine and your driving behaviour, allowing you to save up to 30 percent off your petrol bills say its creators. Watch the video below to learn more about this useful sensor that can be attached to almost any car manufactured after 1996.

For most of us our car is a daily companion. We drive to work, to the grocery store, into our holidays, and everywhere else. Although our cars get more sensors every year, we still use it the way we did 20 years ago. Once you start your car, CleverDrive automatically starts analyzing of your driving behavior.

CleverDrive runs invisibly in the background on your smartphone, but of course you can always launch the app to bring it into the foreground in order to get real-time data from your car. Next to basic outputs such as speed or engine load, you can also see valuable information like your Eco-Index. The Eco-Index shows you how fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly you drive, and the app gives you clues how to improve that. Thereby, you can save up to 30% fuel and CO2. This helps the environment and saves lot of money!

Jump over to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to learn more and also make a pledge from €39 to own one of the very first CleverDrive sensors off the production line.

Mogees Sensor Converts Anything Into A Musical Instrument

Mogees

Musicians looking to create some individual and very unique sounds might be interested in the new Mogees Sensor that has been created to transform any object into a musical instrument.

The Mogees has been specifically designed for musicians to have a wealth of new creative possibilities and using the sensors companion application on either iOS or Android devices.

The Mogees is simply stuck to anything you would like to play. Watch the video below to learn more about the Mogees Sensor inspiration and functionality behind the small palm-sized device. As developers explain a little more :

The Mogees sensor captures every vibration you create as you play any object to which it is attached. We have spent 12 months designing this sensor, an extremely high quality contact microphone and the first ever to be designed to work with smartphones. Our custom Mogees adapter also allows you to use it with standard audio equipment and computers.

Mogees is literally plug & play – simply select your instrument and start playing; Mogees will detect the audio frequency generated by your gesture and will tune the sound of your instrument accordingly.

But there is so much more… you can create your own bespoke instrument or MIDI controller using our innovative gesture recognition technology. Just record a few examples of taps and scratching, perhaps hitting different objects as well. You can then associate each of these with a different sound or MIDI note.

Glowforge 3D Laser Printer Now Available To Pre-Order From $1,995

Glowforge 3D Laser Printer

Makers, developers and hobbyists that are looking for a way to engrave and laser cut flat materials, may be interested in the Glowforge 3D laser printer that is now available to preorder from $1,995.

Glowforge uses a beam of laser light that measures the width of a human hair, to cut, engrave, and shape designs from a variety of different materials such as wood, paper, card, leather and more.

Watch the video below to learn more about the twelve ‘revolutionary features’ that come provided in this small desktop manufacturing system.

Glowforge’s onboard cameras can cut & engrave directly over top of your drawing. From a doodle to a diagram to a masterpiece, you’re one button away from a finished product. Or, scan drawings and resize, clone, personalize & edit them right in Glowforge software. 12 revolutionary features that give you creative laser superpowers

New SwiftKey Neural Alpha Keyboard Is Powered By A Neural Network

New SwiftKey Neural Alpha Keyboard

SwiftKey has announced the launch of a new smartphone keyboard they have created that is very unique and is the very first to use a neural network.

The SwiftKey Neural Alpha keyboard uses an artificial neural network, allowing it to make more meaningful and smarter suggestions to predict and correct language as users type, say it’s developers.

The latest neural keyboard by SwiftKey is now available for smartphones running Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and above, and can be downloaded as part of the early-stage project via the SwiftKey Greenhouse, follow the link below.

Watch the video below to learn more about the innovative SwiftKey Neural keyboard from Michael Smith, SwiftKey VP of product, Calum Chace, author of ‘Surviving AI’ and Doug Orr, SwiftKey software engineer.

SwiftKey Neural’s underlying technology is based on the use of neural networks, a subfield of artificial intelligence inspired by the structure and operation of the human brain. It’s available now for smartphones on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above as an early-stage project in SwiftKey Greenhouse.

Until now, neural network language models have been deployed mostly on large servers, requiring significant computational resources. The launch of SwiftKey Neural Alpha is a breakthrough as it marks the first time this type of language model technology has been engineered specifically to operate locally on a smartphone keyboard – a huge challenge given the resource constraints.

Blue Skies, Frozen Water Detected on Pluto

Pluto has blue skies and patches of frozen water, according to the latest data out Thursday from Nasa’s unmanned New Horizons probe, which made a historic flyby of the dwarf planet in July.

Never before has Pluto a resident of the distant Kuiper Belt, a frigid region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids been observed in such detail.

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Along with the announcement, Nasa released an image showing a blue layer of haze around Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft’s camera.

Blue skies are seen on Earth because of the scattering of sunlight by very small particles of nitrogen.

“On Pluto they appear to be larger but still relatively small soot-like particles we call tholins,” said science team researcher Carly Howett, also of SwRI.

Nasa said the “second significant finding” from New Horizons’ latest trove of data is that there are numerous small, exposed regions of frozen water on Pluto.

Using a tool called a spectral composition mapper on New Horizons, scientists have been able to map the signatures of water ice on various parts of the planet’s surface.

“Large expanses of Pluto don’t show exposed water ice,” said science team member Jason Cook of SwRI. “Because it’s apparently masked by other, more volatile ices across most of the planet.”

“Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into.”

The areas that seem to contain the most water ice also appear bright red in recent color images of Pluto.

“I’m surprised that this water ice is so red,” said Silvia Protopapa, a science team member from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“We don’t yet understand the relationship between water ice and the reddish tholin colorants on Pluto’s surface.”

Scientists have previously reported seeing flowing nitrogen ice glaciers on the surface of Pluto.

On July 14, New Horizons, a nuclear-powered spacecraft about the size of a baby grand piano, became the first spaceship to pass by Pluto. It will continue to send data back to Earth until late next year.

Nasa says the spacecraft is pressing on and is in good working order some 3.1 billion miles (five billion kilometers) from Earth.

Nasa Outlines Challenges With Manned Mission to Mars

Nasa on Thursday outlined the many challenges that remain before humans can set foot on Mars, calling the problems “solvable” but setting no firm date for an astronaut mission to the Red Planet.

Updated details of the US space agency’s Mars strategy were contained in a 36-page document released to the public ahead of upcoming talks with Congress about budgets for space exploration and a major international meeting of the space industry to be held in Jerusalem next week.

The United States is “closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said Nasa administrator Charles Bolden.

“In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing to discuss the details of our plan with members of Congress, as well as our commercial and our international partners, many of whom will be attending the International Astronautical Congress next week,” he said in a statement.

Astronauts who journey to Mars could spend three years in deep space, where radiation is high and so are the risks of cancer, bone loss and immune problems, said the document, called “Nasa’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.”

“Living and working in space require accepting risk, and the journey is worth the risk,” it said, calling Mars “an achievable goal” and “the next tangible frontier for expanding human presence.”

Three phases
The plan ahead is divided into three stages, the first of which is already under way with testing and experiments on human health and behavior, life support systems like growing food and recycling water, and 3D printing aboard the International Space Station.

The second phase, called “Proving Ground,” begins in 2018 with the launch of the new deep space capsule Orion and the most powerful rocket ever built, known as the Space Launch System, or SLS.

The space agency plans to practice other missions in the area of space between the Earth and Moon, or in the Moon’s orbit, known as cislunar space.

These include sending a robotic spacecraft in 2020 to lasso a boulder from a near-Earth asteroid and ferry it to an area in deep space that astronauts can investigate.

“Nasa will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment that allows crews to return to Earth in a matter of days,” said the report.

“Primarily operating in cislunar space, Nasa will advance and validate capabilities required for human exploration of Mars.”

The third phase involves living and working on Mars’ surface and in transiting spaceships “that support human life for years, with only routine maintenance,” as well as “harvesting Martian resources to create fuel, water, oxygen, and building materials.”

Nasa gave no precise dates for this phase in the report, though one graphic mentioned “human missions to Mars vicinity in 2030+.”

Obstacles remain
As Nasa presses further into space, the agency acknowledged that the problems will grow more complex.

“Future missions will face increasingly difficult challenges associated with transportation, working in space, and staying healthy,” said the report.

Nasa also said it needs to develop adequate space suits for deep space exploration, and must test advanced solar electric propulsion to power spacecraft efficiently.

“Nasa will have to learn new ways of operating in space,” said the report.

“Crews must be protected from the unique hazardous environments of deep space and on the Martian surface. Often, systems will have to operate autonomously or remain dormant for years in preparation for crew,” it said.

“Overcoming these challenges will be essential on the journey to Mars.”

Before humans ever set foot there, the US space agency and global partners plan a series of new robotic rovers, adding to those already sent by Nasa, including the Curiosity rover which touched down in 2012.

Even that rover’s spectacular sky-crane powered landing must be completely revamped for a human-scale landing, which would be 20-30 times heavier.

A vehicle to lift humans from the surface of Mars into Mars’ orbit is also needed, and is considered “critical to crew survival.”

Nasa said “the most important challenge for human pioneering missions is keeping the crew safe for long-duration missions up to 1,100 days.”

Nasa Mars Rover Finds Clear Evidence for Ancient, Long-Lived Lakes

Three years after landing in a giant Martian crater, Nasa’s Curiosity rover has found what scientists call proof that the basin had repeatedly filled with water, bolstering chances for life on Mars, a study published on Thursday showed.

The research offered the most comprehensive picture of how Gale Crater, an ancient, 87-mile (140-km) wide impact basin, formed and left a 3-mile (5-km) mound of sediment standing on the crater floor.

Early in its mission, Curiosity discovered the gravel remnants of streams and deposits from a shallow lake.

The new research, published in the journal Science, showed that the crater floor rose over time, the result of sediments in water settling down, layer after layer, for what may have been thousands of years, California Institute of Technology geologist John Grotzinger said.

“We knew that we had a lake there, but we hadn’t grasped just how big it was,” Grotzinger said.

Water from north of the crater regularly filled the basin, creating long-lasting lakes that could have been a haven for life. Scientists suspect the water came from rain or snow.

“If one discovers evidence of lakes, that’s a very positive sign for life,” Grotzinger said.

Eventually, the crater filled with sediments. Then the winds took over and eroded the lakebed, leaving behind just a mound at the centre. That mound, named Mount Sharp, is why Curiosity was sent to Gale Crater to look for ancient habitats suitable for microbial life.

Scientists have learned that Mars had all the ingredients thought to be necessary for life.

Exactly how Mars managed to support long-lived surface water is a mystery. Billions of years ago, the planet lost its global magnetic field, which allowed solar and cosmic radiation to gradually blast away its protective atmosphere. Under those conditions, liquid water evaporates quickly.

“If you have a body of standing water that lasts more than hours to days without boiling off, that is a huge surprise,” Grotzinger said.

Current computer models of Mars fall well short of an atmospheric blanket thick enough to support the long-lived lakes, the researchers noted.

Grotzinger suspects that Mars may have had greenhouse gases or some other chemistry that so far has gone undetected.

Last week, another team of scientists published research showing that trickles of briny water seasonally flow on present-day Mars, carving narrow streaks into cliff walls throughout the equator. The source of the water is not yet known.

New Apple Beats Pill+ Speaker Launches Next Month For $229

Apple Beats Pill

Apple has today announced that a new Apple Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker will be launching next month price at $229.

The Apple Beats Pill+ will be available in either black or white and available to purchase from both Apple retail stores and online.

New features of the new Pill+ include a new stereo active 2-way crossover system, a 12 hour battery life and a standard Apple lightning cable re-charging together with a newly designed mobile application that is available for both iOS and Android devices. Apple, Beats President Luke Wood explains :

When you obsess about sound the way that we do at Beats, portable Bluetooth speakers can be very tricky. We spent countless days, weeks, months testing for that perfect combination of form and function – small enough to travel but still big enough to feel the emotion of the music. That’s what you get with Pill+.

Apple Beats Pill

 

Light L16 Camera Has 16 Lenses, Takes 52 Megapixel Snaps

LightL16

Light L16 is a new camera that comes with a total of 16 different lenses and 10 of the lenses shoot at the same time to take a single 52 megapixel photo.

As we can see from the photo above, the design of the Light L16 looks more like a smartphone than a camera and it comes with WiFi for sharing your photos and also built in editing.

L16

Using a new approach to folded optics design, the Light L16 Camera packs DSLR quality into a slim and streamlined camera body. It’s like having a camera body, zoom, and 3 fast prime lenses right in your pocket.

With 16 individual cameras, 10 of them firing simultaneously, the L16 captures the detail of your shot at multiple fixed focal lengths. Then the images are computationally fused to create an incredible high-quality final image with up to 52 megapixel resolution.

The L16 comes with 35-150mm optical zoom and it is designed to take photos in low light conditions.

You can find out more details about the new L16 camera at the link below, the device is available to pre-order now for $1,299, when it launches next summer it will retail for $1,699.

Blood Type Racing and Hyundai team for 500hp SEMA Veloster

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Hyundai and Blood Type Racing are teaming up on another SEMA show car that may be one of the coolest Velosters we have seen. Not much about the car is left stock, it wears a carbon black paint color with cool red racing stripes. A custom carbon fiber body kit gives the car a very wide look and should allow more rubber under the fenders.

On the rear of the car is a spoiler and the car has custom wheels and red projector headlights. Power comes from a 1.6L four cylinder that comes in the Veloster. It received BTR cylinder sleeves, high-boost turbo from Garrett with custom connecting rods and pistons.

The result of all that engine work is a car with more than 500hp under the hood. BTR claims that the car has factory drivability. The interior is stripped out to make it more racecar-like including a roll age, racing seats, harnesses, and a racing steering wheel. The car does get an updated audio system, something that isn’t needed for racing or track work. The official unveil for the car will be November 3 in Las Vegas during the Hyundai press conference.