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Government, Technology | July 5, 2019

NASA’s Satellite Imaging Device Delivers a Powerful View of California Wild Fires

Due to a horrifying combination of low humidity, dry soil, and high winds Southern California has been packed with devastating wild fires in the last five years.

Experts have expressed concerns that infernos to this magnitude will become more and more frequent with climate change gradually making conditions in the Southwest region warmer and drier. Locals have been evacuated and warned to not travel near the path of the recent blaze, but with such dangerous conditions even reporters are threading consciously when attempting to show images of the fire to the public. On Thursday morning NASA’s Earth Observing Data and information System (EOSDIS) Worldview application acquired a closer look to the California blazes using the devices high powered abilities.

NASA’s Landsat 8 (EOSDIS) has the ability to interactively browse over 700 global views, with full resolution satellite imagery layers. The device then downloads the underlying data exceptionally fast for satellite observation. Many of the imagery layers are updated within 3 hours of the observation taking place providing a “real-time” update of the observation sight. Areas of active fire are highlighted and easily pin-pointed with short-infrared light. The EOSIDIS application collects natural-color imaging using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument. Climatologists utilize tools such as VIIRS data to measure cloud and aerosol properties, ocean color, sea, and land surface temperature, and fires. This imaging isn’t only impressive, but necessary to inform locals and safety enforcement officials of actively burning fires detected by thermal bands and shown as red points indicated via the satellite image.

The images captured put the raging wild fires into clear perspective showing the rapid spread of smoke from all three blazes. This device reaches new heights of visualization that the average helicopter view cannot capture. Due to the wide range of the satellite, keeping sight on the multiple fires can be done quickly and clearly. The average satellite sends imaging back to earth in 5-10 hours and even with the longer arrival times the resolution of the images just aren’t as accurate compared to NASA’s EOSDIS Landsat 8.

By 8:00 PM local time, NASA’s Landsat 8 was able to capture the wild fires had consumed 20,000 acres of land and latest reports say 70,00 acres of land have been caught in the fires path. The most concerning fact may be that as of latest reports the fire is only 5 percent contained. With the help of NASA’s Landsat 8 southern California locals and us all over the world have a close eye on the progress made to diminish the blaze in its tracks and any prospective areas that may be affected by this devastating event. This is just one of the many instances where technology and innovation is used to inform and make our lives safer.

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Apple’s New Line Up of MacBook and iPad Pushes Boundaries and Extends Capabilities

On October 30th in the Brooklyn Academy of Music, instead of their usual home of Cupertino, California, Apple announced three additions to their lineup of innovative gadgets: iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini.

The biggest difference to the iPad Pro compared to the earlier model is the screen. The new edge-to-edge liquid retina display includes true to life color for a more vivid and life like display experience. Weighing one pound this iPad is the thinnest one yet making it the most portable choice. Face ID is now featured on the iPad Pro allowing the user to now “pay with a glance” combining the Face ID feature with Apple Pay. Although portable Apple has not compromised on efficiency with the smartest most powerful chip (A12x bionic chip) powering the iPad Pro making it faster than most PC laptops.

The powerful chip allows the iPad to break barriers in tablet usage with five trillion operations per second and enables advanced machine learning. This iPad is so powerful its able to power big software such as Adobe Photo-shop. The multitasking while on FaceTime feature on the iPad allows users to search the web and run apps while having their FaceTime window minimized to the corner of the screen for efficient communication. An exciting add-on to the iPad Pro is the newly released Apple Pencil that can now change writing tools with a double tap and attach to the iPad Pro magnetically for pairing and charging.

It’s been years since the Mac book Air has seen any upgrades, so this new model is much anticipated by Apple consumers. The first upgrade takes play on the display. With four times as many pixels on HD display, text and emails look so clear as if you are reading them on print. If being compared to the previous generation of MacBook Air, the new model has 48% more color making everything more vibrant and life-like. Advanced security is another plus on this new generation MacBook Air with the addition of a Touch ID sensor. The Touch ID sensor enables users to unlock documents, system settings, pay online and many other features without entering another password. This MacBook Air doesn’t only look great it is also great for the environment, made entirely of recycled aluminum.

Big power has always come in small packages, and the Mac Mini proves it. This small device has the power to run home automation and giant render farms. New 6-core and quad core processors allow this device to power a desktop to optimum speed despite a large number of programs running. Faster 2666MHz DDR4 memory up to 64GB makes this the perfect tool to store memories and heavy loads of documents.

Gadgets, Technology | May 15, 2019

iPhone XR: What You Need to Know and How Does it Compare to the iPhone XS

Apple has announced three new additions to the iPhone family this year: iPhone XS, iPhone XS MAX (which launched September 21st) and their newest addition to the lineup – the iPhone XR – which released October 26th. The first question many may have is – what’s so special about the newest released iPhone? Well to make that decision we have to break down its features and how it compares to the other models.

Price can be the biggest consideration for most apple consumers, and the iPhone XR has the iPhone XS beat in affordability. Priced $250 cheaper than the iPhone XS for starting (64 GB) but cost up to $899 for 256 GB of storage. The iPhone XS MAX starts at $1,099 for 64 GB of storage and cost up to $1,449 for 512 GB of storage. Of course, when you’re looking at something such as storage you really need to decide on which GB to commit purchasing based on your individual needs. The average person simply doesn’t need nor use 512 GB of data, so for the simple iPhone users that just don’t want limitations when it comes to usage, iPhone XR’s 256 GB plan gives you plenty of room to run as many apps as you need and take as many photos to your heart’s desire, while sticking to an affordable plan.

The iPhone XR is available in six different colors: Black, White, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Coral. Apple offers the iPhone XS and XS MAX in three color options: Silver, Space Grey, and Gold.

For those of us who use our phones to stream movies and videos or just want to be able to enjoy a larger display, the iPhone XR offers a larger screen than the iPhone XS with a 6.1 LCD display, compared to the iPhone XS’s 5.8-inch OLED display. While the iPhone XR isn’t as gargantuan as the 6.5-inch display shown on the iPhone XS MAX, both phones do run on the same 7 mp true depth camera on the front to further improve and power face ID. The iPhone XR may have a single lens camera, but the rear camera is near-identical as the camera system as the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS MAX all feature the same 12-megapixel wide-angle lens on the back. Other identical features include optical image stabilization, smart HDR, and approximate portrait mode. The only difference between the phone’s camera is their zoom, the iPhone XR can only achieve 3x digital zoom due to the lack of a telephoto lens. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX do contain the telephoto lens letting them achieve 2x optical zoom and another extra 6x digital zoom. The iPhone XR does, however, lack the portrait lighting effects “stage” and “stage mono”.

Apple has finally acknowledged the cries of so many Apple consumers that demand a phone with longer-lasting battery life with the iPhone XR. The phone features a battery life that is 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 plus and two-to-three hours more than the iPhone XS and XS MAX. For anyone that has ever been in the unfortunate position of having their phone run out of battery when you are nowhere near a charger, these two-to-three hours make all the difference.

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Gadgets, Technology | April 10, 2019

Connect Your Home Better Than Ever with Smart Home Technology and Compare Models

“Hey Alexa, close the front door”

We are entering the era of smart home technology making our lives almost effortless with providing a hands-free help from a digital assistant. With big names such as Apple, Google, and Amazon offering this technology, it’s important to know the key features each company’s device brings to the table.

Apple’s Home Pod (priced at $349.99) the biggest advantage is its powerful sound. Together with Apple Music and Siri this speaker connects you to millions of song titles and albums with just your voice.

Although this device is small, it packs a big punch covering every inch of a room with rich sound.

When you say “Hey Siri” advanced signal processing containing six microphones positioned around the Home Pod takes what you say and is sent anonymously to Apple servers without being tied to your Apple ID. Containing a A8 chip, this speaker has advanced signal processing, so Siri can hear you over the music.

This speaker also allows you to connect two Home Pods together to play the same song for bigger sound.

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Google’s Google Home Debuted November 2016 and has a planned new and improved model coming out November 2018. Priced at $129 this device connects your life with Google assistant. Directly connected to Google search engine, Google Home will answer questions with a simple “Hey Google”.

You can also play songs from YouTube and google play, and with a powerful speaker built in meant to please those die-hard music fans.

The Google Home connects to your Gmail and Google calendar to notify you when events are coming up and scheduling any new obligations you may want to add on a whim, while updating your shopping list upon request. Hands-free calling is a feature that most smart home devices contain, and the Google Home is not excluded.

Amazons echo (2nd Generation) beats all other smart home devices when it comes to color choice with 5 different neutral color choices. The Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions and control smart home devices.

You can ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Allowing you to connect to other echo devices, you can play different music in each device by give one command on a single echo device.

Now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Containing seven microphones and noise cancellation Echo hears you over any level of music. You can also ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports score. This device can even request you an UBER and order you a pizza.

Samsung’s Foldable Phone Combines Best of Both Worlds.

We have officially entered the era of foldable phones with the Galaxy Infinity Flex.

Samsung has finally introduced to the world its first foldable phone this week. This announcement was not like others with every detail of the device being displayed as they were for the Galaxy S9 or Note 9 prototype showing. Instead, Samsung decided to hide details behind a lot of smoke and mirrors by only teasing the phone through a short video and by having a prototype hoisted on stage by an executive.

Although Samsung has never displayed the device up-close, they did disclose the dimension of the display being 4.5- and 7.3-inch screen sizes. The device is fully backed by Google and Android support for all of the foldable phones, regardless of the manufacturer.

Samsung’s marketing point for this phone is that it’s a device with cellular connection that with a simple gesture can be unfolded into a fully functioning tablet. The prototype has your basic tablet-like features but folds inward similar to a book, while Royole’s Flex Pal, another foldable phone, folds outward. The foldable phone has a unibody display folding at its midpoint. Samsung has developed an entirely new display for this phone, the infinity Flex Display. Because usual displays have layers that are stacked and made to be unmoving. Samsung created a new adhesive that laminates the display layers, so they can fold thousands of times without any external or internal damage made to the phone and the display.

The advantages to a foldable screen are clear to most of us asking for more screen space, but also value compact ability. For example, Samsung’s model shows a 4.5-inch display when its closed and that is your phone display. Then the inside can be flipped open to be a fully functioning tablet allowing you to have that screen space to stream videos, read, and display pictures with a radiant and larger screen. Samsung is also giving us the ability to multitask in three areas at once, allowing us to open different apps a separate area of the screen. Many questions what happens when you open and close the phone when you’re using an app? The foldable phone will automatically transfer the app or screen you were previously on to fit the screen you have opened.

Battery life is a concern being that there is now more active screen to drain your battery. Samsung has let us know that they aim to give their foldable phone as much battery life as their Note 9. The US version of the Note 9 lasts for an average of 19 hours.

Samsung has been holding back many details about this phone leaving us anxious and awaiting more info including how much the device costs. As of now Samsung has not announced the price of this foldable phone but when trying to get an idea we look at other foldable phones that have released and their starting prices. The Royole FlexPal costs $1,318 for their 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We can assume that the Samsung infinity Flex will be a bit pricier given the latest technology.

Spinning Hologram – LED Design

When thinking of holograms, we think back to our first introduction which was with Star Wars and how they depicted Princess Leia in the hologram image to Luke Skywalker. Many of the audiences were thrilled and entertained by the thought of being able to see someone in 4D and being able to communicate with them on that level. Even since the film debuted in 1977, in 2018, we still do not have the technology to the point that it is common use or made low cost enough to replace conventional smartphones and other communicative technologies. Well that’s how things used to be. Now the new trend which is getting people to throw away their TV set is using a “Spinning LED Hologram”.

Holographic imagery was first developed by a Hungarian-British physicist named Dennis Gabor who won the Nobel Prize in 1971.  Holograms are conventionally developed through lasers which split in two by special lens.  One beam is used to focus directly to the display area.  The other beam is used to display the object and the other beam is used to make a direct replica of the image on top of the

Hologram models in the past utilized many cameras, a large space, and cost thousands of dollars in order to create an image remotely close to being 4D.  These large designs remind many of us how the modern day computer used to be. The modern computer used to take up a whole for the Central Processing Unit or CPU as we call it these days. Just as everything has to evolve, so does the technology.  For that reason, holographic technology has evolved to now being hand-held through a variety of devices.  One of the growing in popularity devices is the “spinning LED hologram”.  Many manufacturers have jumped to the charge and have created their own version of the “spinning LED hologram” which are currently on sale for consumers to purchase.

The key behind the technology is an LED strip which forces the human POV (Point of View) to create an optical illusion. This illusion makes the human eye to feel as if it is seeing a holographic image. The strip of LED spins at a rapid pace and flashing LEDs at a high rate of speed is the source behind the illusion. This technology was displayed at a CES (consumer Electronics Show), Kino-mo showed off their Hypervsn which flag-ships this technology. The LED strip can plug into any regular/standard outlet and once it gains enough speed our eyes perceive the 3D images as floating above the display in 4D.

 

The produces shimmering of the 3D images and the device uses a wireless connection where users can manipulate the images to make it seem like a constantly changing holographic show.  There are several different applications for the technology from replacing televisions to practical applications such as teaching tools and for business. Currently the company which has pioneered the technology, Kino-Mo, is currently focused mainly on retail and business applications. Examples of business applications are displays for stores, billboards that come alive, and kiosks. The same as which a hologram would do, however, in reality, even though the eye may perceive this as a hologram, it is just a matter of tricking the senses.

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Green Technology – Paving the Way To The Future!

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Wіth thе іnсrеаѕе in thе wоrld’ѕ tеmреrаturе аnd еаrth’ѕ glоbаl warming, thеrе іѕ nееd for thе еvоlutіоn оf tесhnоlоgіеѕ thаt саn ореrаtе wіth renewable еnеrgіеѕ. Thеrе іѕ a vеrу іntеnѕе nееd for есо-frіеndlу асtіvіtіеѕ аnd thіѕ brоught аbоut thе еrа оf іntеnѕе rеѕеаrсh оf grееn еnеrgіеѕ аnd thе tесhnоlоgіеѕ thаt саn ореrаtе bу thеm.

Whаt Іѕ Grееn Еnеrgу?

Grееn еnеrgу іѕ energy thаt is derived frоm rеnеwаblе rеѕоurсеѕ, whісh аrе nаturаllу rерlеnіѕhеd оn a nаturаl tіmеѕсаlе, such аѕ ѕunlіght, wіnd, rаіn, tіdеѕ, waves, аnd gеоthеrmаl hеаt. In соntrаѕt, fossil fuеlѕ is a form of green energy and even though heavily utilized, they аrе a fіnіtе resource thаt tаkе mіllіоnѕ оf уеаrѕ tо dеvеlор аnd wіll соntіnuе tо dіmіnіѕh wіth uѕе.

Whаt Аrе Grееn Еnеrgу Tесhnоlоgіеѕ?

Grееn energy tесhnоlоgіеѕ are mоdеrn tесhnоlоgical advancements сrеаtеd tо funсtіоn whоllу on nаturаl еnеrgіеѕ whісh аrе renewable bу humаn асtіvіtіеѕ fоr thе ѕаkе оf the safety of thе есоѕуѕtеm.

 

Arеаѕ Whеrе Grееn Еnеrgу Роwеrѕ Tесhnоlоgy.

Grееn еnеrgу оftеn рrоvіdеѕ еnеrgу іn fоur vеrу rеlеvаnt аrеаѕ whісh аrе:

  • Elесtrісіtу gеnеrаtіоn
  • Aіr аnd water hеаtіng/сооlіng
  • Trаnѕроrtаtіоn
  • Rurаl (оff-grіd) еnеrgу ѕеrvісеѕ.

Tуреѕ Оf Grееn Еnеrgy Whісh Роwеr Tесhnоlоgу

Thеrе аrе 6 mоѕt соmmоn tуреѕ оf grееn еnеrgу, that includes:

Sоlаr Pоwеr

Thіѕ іѕ thе mоѕt рrеvаlеnt tуре оf rеnеwаblе еnеrgу. It іѕ tурісаllу produced uѕіng рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ, whісh сарturе ѕunlіght аnd turn іt іntо еlесtrісіtу. Sоlаr tесhnоlоgіеѕ hаvе bесоmе іnеxреnѕіvе еnоugh tо роwеr еvеrуthіng frоm ѕmаll hаnd-hеld gаdgеtѕ tо еntіrе nеіghbоrhооdѕ.

 

Wіnd Pоwеr

Thе flоw оf аіr оn thе еаrth’ѕ ѕurfасе саn bе used tо рuѕh turbіnеѕ, wіth ѕtrоngеr wіndѕ рrоduсіng more еnеrgу. High-altitude ѕіtеѕ аnd аrеаѕ just оffѕhоrе tеnd tо рrоvіdе thе bеѕt соndіtіоnѕ fоr сарturіng thе ѕtrоngеѕt wіndѕ.

Hуdrороwеr

Thіѕ іѕ аlѕо called thе hydroelectric роwеr. Hуdrороwеr іѕ gеnеrаtеd bу thе Eаrth’ѕ wаtеr сусlе, іnсludіng еvароrаtіоn, rаіnfаll, tіdеѕ аnd thе рrеѕѕurе оf wаtеr runnіng thrоugh a dаm. Hуdrороwеr depends оn hіgh рrесіріtаtіоn lеvеlѕ tо рrоduсе the rеԛuіrеd аmоuntѕ оf еnеrgу.

 

Gеоthеrmаl Enеrgу

Thіѕ type of еnеrgу іѕ lосаtеd undеr thе еаrth’ѕ crust. Thеre are mаѕѕіvе аmоuntѕ оf thеrmаl energy whісh оrіgіnаtеѕ frоm bоth thе оrіgіnаl formation оf thе рlаnеt аnd thе rаdіоасtіvе dесау оf mіnеrаlѕ. Gеоthеrmаl еnеrgу іn thе fоrm оf hоt ѕрrіngѕ hаѕ bееn uѕеd bу humans fоr ѕеvеrаl mіllеnnіumѕ fоr bаthіng, аnd nоw іt’ѕ being used tо gеnеrаtе еlесtrісіtу.

Bіоmаѕѕ

Thеѕе are nаturаl mаtеrіаlѕ lіkе wood waste, ѕаwduѕt аnd соmbuѕtіblе аgrісulturаl wаѕtеѕ. Thеу аrе bеіng соnvеrtеd into еnеrgу wіth fаr fеwеr grееnhоuѕе gаѕ emissions thаn реtrоlеum-bаѕеd fuеl ѕоurсеѕ. Thаt’ѕ bесаuѕе thеѕе mаtеrіаlѕ, knоwn аѕ bіоmаѕѕ, соntаіn ѕtоrеd еnеrgу frоm thе ѕun.

 

Bіоfuеlѕ

Thеѕе аrе rеnеwаblе оrgаnіс mаtеrіаlѕ thаt are bеіng trаnѕfоrmеd іntо fuеl tо produce еnеrgу. Nоtаblе еxаmрlеѕ іnсludе еthаnоl аnd bіоdіеѕеl.

 

Ѕоmе Grееn Enеrgу Tесhnоlоgіеѕ That Can Be Uѕеd Іn Hоmеѕ

Sоlаr Arrау

Sоlаr раnеlѕ, оr рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ, аrе оnе оf thе bеѕt wауѕ tо rеduсе роllutіоn аnd lоwеr еlесtrісіtу expenses. Thеу аrе аffоrdаblе аnd саn bе uѕеd anywhere.

Solar Wаtеr Hеаtеr

A solar water hеаtеr саn bе іnѕtаllеd tо асhіеvе bеnеfіtѕ оf ѕоlаr tесhnоlоgу. Inѕtаllіng a ѕоlаr wаtеr hеаtеr саn bе a grеаt wау to cut dоwn оn еnеrgу соѕtѕ аt a muсh lоwеr initial expense.

 

Wind Gеnеrаtоr

A wіnd gеnеrаtоr isn’t rеаllу thе hugе wіndmіll fаrmѕ found оffѕhоrе аnd іn thе wіndѕwерt рlаіnѕ оf thе wеѕtеrn Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. Thеrе аrе асtuаllу ѕmаllеr versions оf thеѕе mаѕѕіvе роwеr gеnеrаtоrѕ whісh саn bе рurсhаѕеd bу anyone аt an аffоrdаblе рrісе.

Rаіnwаtеr Hаrvеѕtіng Sуѕtеm

Rаіn соllесtоr systems аrе vеrу ѕіmрlе mесhаnісаl ѕуѕtеmѕ thаt соnnесt tо a guttеr ѕуѕtеm оr other rooftop wаtеr соllесtіоn nеtwоrk аnd ѕtоrе rаіn wаtеr іn a bаrrеl or cistern fоr lаtеr nоn-роtаblе uѕе (lіkе watering рlаntѕ, fluѕhіng toilets, аnd іrrіgаtіоn). Thеѕе ѕуѕtеmѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу іnеxреnѕіvе, рrоvіdеd уоu рurсhаѕе аnd аѕѕеmblе thе rаіn соllесtіоn equipment уоurѕеlf.

Enеrgу Star HVAC

Hеаtіng and сооlіng оf hоmеѕ tурісаllу соѕtѕ hоmеоwnеrѕ a whорріng hugе аmоunt оf their hоuѕеhоld еnеrgу соnѕumрtіоn аnnuаllу. Thе energy ѕtаr HVAC соѕtѕ lesser аnd рrоvіdеѕ a bеttеr tеmреrаturе rеgulаtіоn system fоr уоur hоmе plus іt іѕ environment frіеndlу.

Energy Mоnіtоr

Thіѕ іѕ one оf thе еаѕіеѕt thіngѕ you саn do tо mіnіmіzе еnеrgу соnѕumрtіоn аrоund thе hоuѕе. Hоuѕеhоld еnеrgу mоnіtоrѕ аrе еаѕу tо uѕе аnd іnеxреnѕіvе; thеу аllоw уоu tо ѕее a minute bу mіnutе рrеѕеntаtіоn оf уоur еnеrgу uѕе.

Smаrt Pоwеr Strірѕ

Smаrt power ѕtrірѕ аrе оbvіоuѕlу thе bеѕt ѕоlutіоn fоr еnеrgу рrоblеm. Smаrt роwеr ѕtrірѕ ѕеnѕе еnеrgу dеmаnd аnd сut off роwеr ѕuррlу tо fullу сhаrgеd оr nоt іn uѕе dеvісеѕ, аnd саn аlmоѕt еlіmіnаtе vаmріrе роwеr drаwdоwn.

 

Bеnеfіtѕ Оf Green Еnеrgу Tесhnоlоgіеѕ

Thе еvоlutіоn оf tесhnоlоgy thаt ореrаtеѕ оn rеnеwаblе grееn еnеrgy lеаvеѕ uѕ wіth mаnу bеnеfіtѕ that іnсludе:

  • Pоwеr rеlіаbіlіtу; constant electricity gеnеrаtіоn іѕ frоm a mоrе rеlіаblе source оf power thаn роwеr dіѕtrіbutеd through thе electric grіd аѕ іt uѕеѕ rеnеwаblе еnеrgіеѕ.
  • Green еnеrgу tесhnоlоgіеѕ аrе еnvіrоnmеntаllу ѕаfе ѕіnсе they аrе оf nаturаl ѕоurсеѕ.
  • Thе еvоlutіоn оf grееn еnеrgу technology wіll mіnіmіzе thе dерlеtіоn оf thе оzоnе lауеrѕ since іt ореrаtеѕ оn hаrmlеѕѕ rеѕоurсеѕ.
  • Thеrе іѕ рrореr mаnаgеmеnt оf nаturаl rеѕоurсеѕ.
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3D Printing Graduates to Printing Human Tissue!!

The first thought of 3D printing is construction material, blueprints, and even some innovative ideas about printing physical material. This thought of 3D printing has been re-invented over the past 3-5 years and has been making waves across the world.  Major printer manufacturers are lining up to reinvent this type of printer and technologically advance its features. The possibilities of 3D printing are endless with the future unfolding. Even though still at its infancy state, there are some companies and technology enthusiasts which have decided to take 3D printing to another level. This next level could change the way how medical practice is done, save lives, and give humanity a much-needed foothold on life.

The new level of 3D printing which we speak of is a 3D printer which can print body tissue.  Yes, you did read correctly, a 3D printer which can print human body tissue. Impossible, you say? Well that is what many said when the first person discovered the world is not flat or that space is impossible, but it is now a reality.  There so many discoveries and unthought of inventions that lay within human beings. The untapped potential within society is only the beginning of our potential. 3D printing is now tailoring the impossible to now being possible.  3D printing of human tissue will essentially change the makeup of the medical industry and how tissue replacement is done.

This 3D printer was originally designed to build therapeutic biomaterials. With recent enhancements, this printer has printed test materials.  The test materials that this printer is capable of printing is so complex and precise in its product that they closely resemble human tissue. One of the most remarkable features of human tissue is its complexity. Complexity in the design, function, and capabilities is what makes human tissue so hard to replicate. For this reason, when it comes to replacing tissue, the only replacement in previous years has been getting tissue from a donor.  If this printer can pass the test of its products being able to not only have the complexity of human organs, but then to function the same, then this printer will essentially change the way how we currently go about replacing tissue.

Many people that need transplants and other body tissues could get immediate treatment and not have to wait on a donor list, someone to qualify, or run the risk of losing their lives. Revolutionizing the health industry is something that is often slow and coming, but when there is innovation to bring about that change, it is always worth the effort.  Replacing human tissue depending on the need for that part could be at the cost of someone else’s life or even if not costing the other person their life, putting them at risk due to surgery.  Eliminating this need is not only a desire, but also a requirement that this 3D printer can possibly solve.

Ali Khademhosseini, which is a professor at UCLA is leading the charge with this technology and is certain of its capabilities.  According to Professor Khademhosseini, its about changing the approach which allows them the ability to build complex biocompatible structures from various materials. The brains behind the 3D printer is two components which allows it to create the complexity needed to achieve what other 3D printers cannot currently do.  The first component is a custom-built microfluidic chip. This chip is the brains behind the flow of fluid into micrometer-sized channels.  Each of the inlets that Is printed with different material. Within the microfluidic chip is over a million mirrors which move independently. This gives the function of being able to mix, pump, sort, or control biochemical environments.  All of the aforementioned components work together.  This process of functions cohesively working is called “automated stereolithographic bioprinting”.

 

Automated Stereolithographic bioprinting uses the mirrors in the microfluidic chip to redirect light on to the surface that is being printed.  Due to the intensity of the light, it allows the printer to trace the object that is being printed.  The intensity of the light cause molecular bonds that are formed called hydrogel bioinks which are used in tissue engineering. The molecular changes cause the organ to firm and extends. This is the same type of function which is done in human tissues whether it be lungs, liver, heart, kidney, or muscle.

 

The team at UCLA first started this project creating pyramids then rapidly realized that the potential of this product.  So far, the team has built tumors and muscle tissue. These tissues that were 3D printed also come with their network of blood vessels. Excluding the muscles, the tumors are slatted to be used as biological models which in studies to treat cancer.  Needless to say the potentials for this printer is not only needed, but also shows the direction that technology is going in the future.   It Gurus Of Atlanta is the premier Microsoft partner of choice that will follow up to ensure that any innovations and changes in technology is captured and brought to focus for our audience.

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Amazon Prime Next Day Delivery Now Delivers To Your Car!

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber than you are already aware of the “free” next day or two-day delivery that comes along with your membership.  Many Amazon shoppers find themselves utilizing the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership as it is more cost effective than paying for delivery fees when ordering.  Shoppers can cut costs by not only getting free shipping, but also in many states and on certain products, they can get same day delivery. Amazon is constantly working to change the canvas and become better in their delivery area.

Due to a high rise in thefts, Amazon launched in “in-home” delivery service where the delivery drivers have access to the customer’s home and can drop off packages directly into the home.  The in-home service gives the customer the security of knowing that their products can not be stolen from the doorstops by any on-looker. This new service has come with its share of scrutiny and with praise. Many customers are skeptical about giving a stranger free access into their home.  Some critics have stated that this feature gives criminals more reason to do home break-ins.  Even though there are mixed reviews about this feature that Amazon offers, its still an effort to gain more security with the delivery of their products.

Amazon has always been known to put on their thinking cap when it comes on to innovation and new ways to reinvent their delivery. Now Amazon has launched “In-Car” delivery which also includes “same-day” delivery.  Yes, if you are thinking “Is this the same as the in-home delivery?”, then yes, you are thinking correctly.  With most people not being that comfortable with giving Amazon free access into their home, the idea of having packages delivered into the car is a much more appealing thought.  This technology Amazon will utilize is called “Amazon Key In-Car”.  For the technology to work, your Amazon account must be able to link to your car service account. Many car companies allow for this linkage such as OnStar and Volvo On Call.

After the accounts are linked together, the customer will have the ability to choose “In-car” delivery.  They will also be able to choose “In-car” same-day shipping.  To setup the delivery process, the customer’s car has o be in a public parking lot and have a backup location such as a home or an office. The app allows for up to a 4hr delivery window, gives information when the package is on its way, and when the package has been delivered.  For security the app gives time stamps of when the car was unlocked and locked to ensure that the car and the package is left securely.

With Amazon being the dominator in the field of “in-home” and “in-car” delivery, the prices for the services has now gone up. Over the years, Amazon has managed to maintain is $99 per year membership fee for Amazon Prime, but in 2018, Amazon Prime subscribers can see a bump in membership fee from $99 to $119. Security and convenience have their cost and Amazon must be able to continue to grow with their efforts to supersede their own standards every year. This comes at a cost.

Amazon continues to change the canvas of products and the delivery of these products. It Gurus Of Atlanta continues to innovate, create, and educate our clients on Technology and the ever changing canvas that it affects, which is our daily lives. We encourage all of our subscribers and clients to stay tuned as we bring to the world more information on technology.

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Amazon and Microsoft Combine Powers to form – GLUON! AI Deeper Learning on Neural Networks!

In the highly competitive world that we live in today, its clear to understand that there is a strict competitive market building amongst the great tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Baidu, and other startup companies. All these companies have developed, deployed, and integrated their cloud based solutions with Artificial Intelligence. Artificial intelligence provides the steroids that the Cloud industry needs in order to accelerate its existence, growth, and empowerment. AI has developed key components to help itself with its constant learning processes. These processes can be better understood through “machine learning”. Machine learning allows information to be rapidly digested, conceptualized, and intelligently categorized by artificial intelligence. Cloud products such as Azure from Microsoft, AWS from Amazon, TensorFlow from Google, and more integrate machine learning into their systems to enhance the user experience and make mundane tasks to now be automated with little or no human effort involved.

With this evolution and the stiff competition there can be no collaboration in sight especially from rival companies which have no need to partner up, but to simply dominate their place in the industry. Surprisingly Microsoft and Amazon have done such a collaboration. This collaborated effort is not only to show that larger companies can work together, but also the data collected from this program allows both companies to be more successful in their domination of the cloud space.  Microsoft and Amazon have come together to form Gluon. Gluon in the dictionary is defined as a “subatomic particle of a class that is through to bind quarks together”. However, this is not the same Gluon which are referring to. Gluon is the fist distinctive collaborative efforts of these technology giants in the race for Artificial Intelligence and gathering information. Gluon is considered the store-house for machine learning and the ability to “voluntarily” utilize machine learning in the development of products and services by Amazon and Microsoft. This storehouse of technological learning and a knowledge base that is bubbling over with information is the type of data warehouse that AI thrives on.

This cohesive collaboration between developers and machine learning have no blossomed what is dubbed “deep learning”. Deep learning essentially is a combination of three distinct components such as data for training, neural network model, and an algorithm which trains the neural network.  The neural network essentially translates the data and feeds AI this information allowing AI to grow on a more diversified scale.  This new algorithm that is now being utilized by neural networks self-adjusts its output based on errors in the network output. This is a memory and compute process that machine learning and AI adapts through predictive outputs. An example of deep learning is Caffe2, TensorFlow, Appache MXNet, and Cognitive Toolkit offers options to speed up the neural network which often takes days to compute the data being derived.  These products now reduce the learning time and accelerates the parallelization in distributing computation processes.

Even though these products built within Gluon are effective and pose to change the way AI is developing by giving it more knowledge, the key is having developers to utilize these products to diversify and intensify the data stream.  AWS has been experimenting with its developers by using MXNet to train the neural networks. Microsoft has become a heavy contributor the open source MXNet by opening it to an ever-increasing rise in developers. The collaboration and data being created and distributed by these two powerhouses with Gluon can be overwhelming for a beginner when first interacting with this program, but even for more advanced developers, the data intensive algorithms seem take a life of its own demanding more ways to conform and adjust with massive error reduction.  The four key innovations which is introduced by Gluon are as follows:

Friendly API – using clear and concise code, it allows developers to learn and understand the data.

 

Dynamic networks – allows for ease of access and the rapid fluctuation of the data structure. Fluency in the data structure is critical for development as it allows hybrid scenarios and reduces stagnancy of the data flow as with previous machine learning software.

 

Algorithms that devein the network – Seamless combination of the model and algorithm allows the network to adjust definitions during training. This is critical as it allows developers to use programming loops, and conditionals.  Algorithms are now easier to change, create, and debug.

High Performance Operators for training – Gives the ability to create dynamic graphs and concise APi without sacrificing speed. Previous versions seemed to have consumed valuable run time that this feature runs through effortlessly and drastically picks up speed.

The question now becomes, how does developers access Gluon? Well its provided through Apache MXNet and the future releases will have support for Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.  The AWS team has already published a front-end interface with low-level API to include other specifications and frameworks. Once accessing Gluon you can utilize an AWS Deep learning AMI to find a plethora of examples and workbooks utilized and documented by fellow developers.

 

Could this be a taste of what is to come from these super giant tech companies in terms of collaboration in order to leap ahead or is this just an opportunity for the public to advance an already thriving technology called Artificial Intelligence? These tech giants are clearly leveraging all aspects of “free data” and utilizing the voluntary efforts of developers world-wide to feed this neural network. As a partner for Microsoft, we anticipate that Microsoft as being the leader in products on the market will utilize Gluon in order to create more intensive, responsive, and advanced products built with AI as the backbone to reduce many processes and essentially speed up productivity. It Gurus Of Atlanta is your Microsoft partner of choice which brings you the cutting edge in design, technology, and its advancements.

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