Cars will be able to talk to each other to avoid accidents, merge onto highways and drive us to a destination we set on the GPS sometime in the near future. This type of technology is actually already on the roads across the world and will be rolling out in Australia over the next few years.
A free personal-safety mobile app is now being used by tens of thousands of people around the world. The new app allows friends to virtually walk you home at night.
People in India will be the first in the world to get access to what could be the next big thing in wearable technology: the smartshoe. Ducere Technologies Pvt., an Indian startup, is going to start selling its Bluetooth enabled Lechal shoes for more than $100 a pair in September. The smartshoes sync up with a smartphone app that uses Google maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.
iBeacon could change the retail experience for consumers.
The iBeacon is an indoor positioning system that communicates with devices via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It’s basically GPS for indoors.
The new DNA test was over 80 percent successful in tracing people from around the world back to their ancestral origins.
Most people can broadly trace our ancestral roots to a country or general region on the planet. But a new DNA test can locate where your relatives lived over 1,000 years ago, and in some cases, even pinpoint the specific village or island your ancestors came from.
The entire demise of Blu-rays and DVDs are due to one company.
Innovation in the tech industry is moving fast. We can’t know all of the different technologies that will fill our lives in five years. We can however, predict what tech products won’t last. It’s clear the technology landscape will look dramatically different in the near future.
Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.
BitLock, a keyless bike lock, is a U-lock that can be opened electronically by an iPhone or Android app. With that electronic aspect comes other features, such as a GPS tracker and a fitness tracker that can record miles biked, calories burned, and CO2 emissions avoided. Whoever has admin-like status can grant or revoke access to the lock. Making things even simpler, it all connects via Bluetooth, so you don’t even need to have your phone out to open it: proximity works just as well.
Definetz, a German non-profit group, wants to make defibrillators readily available across its country so that any time someone has a heart attack, the life saving devices are within arms reach. Definetz is looking to drones to help it bring its vision to fruition. The group has announced the Defikopter, a concept device it designed with drone-maker Height Tech to fly defibrillators to emergency responders or the public by way of a GPS-enabled smartphone app.
Mercedes is testing Google Glass-based navigation systems.
Mercedes-Benz just went public with its initial plans for Google Glass integration, and the results are fascinating. Using Glass’s built-in GPS capabilities, Mercedes is testing a functional door-to-door direction system that guides users to their destinations even after they park the car.
Advanced mapping technology has let one aid organization in Africa see more clearly the scope of the problems it’s trying to fix.
A good mapping app can be appreciated by everyone. Look what happened to Apple when it failed at providing a good mapping application. Maps save us from getting lost, ensure that we get to locations on time, and guide us through complicated public transportation systems. And in some places, they can save lives. Just ask World Vision, a humanitarian organization focused on poverty and justice.
Engineering students have created underwear which gives any would-be attacker a 3,800 kilovolt shock.
One of the most brutal and heinous crimes imaginable is rape. An undergarment has been designed to disable the attacker with a powerful electric jolt, while letting the cops know where an attack has occurred using GPS coordinates sent by text message.