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Auto Technology: New Vehicles May Be Required To Come Equipped With V2V By 2023

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposal recently to require all new vehicles to come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It isn’t an official requirement yet however, if it goes into effect in 2019, manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a few years, with all new vehicles being required to communicate with each other by 2023. The guideline not only requires the technology to be on board; it also standardizes the messages that vehicles will share. Each vehicle would come with a short-range communications (DSRC) unit that receives and sends out basic safety messages (BSMs).

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BSMs are basic and include data like speed, heading, and brake status. The proposal says specifically, “NHTSA purposely does not require some elements to alleviate potential privacy concerns.” The target here is to confirm all vehicles are speaking the same language in short messages. The proposal also includes a requirement that all vehicles be able to receive over-the-air security and software updates, with “consumer consent, where appropriate.” The proposal is pretty clear that vehicles should use the data received to engage other on-board sensor and safety systems, like automatic emergency braking. NHTSA also calls out the benefits of vehicles communicating in a swarm and helping each other to see beyond the limits of their own sensors and DSRC messages.

The government does not believe V2V technology is moving fast enough. The proposed rule states, “Without government action, these challenges could prevent this promising safety technology from achieving sufficiently widespread use throughout the vehicle fleet to achieve these benefits.” NHTSA also notes that without requiring this technology, consumers may not choose to purchase it. If you the consumer only see safety benefits from V2V when other cars have it, but not enough other people are buying it, then you might not buy it either. NHTSA is just going to require all vehicles to have it.

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Piaggio Technology – A Robot That Carries Your Stuff And Follows You

Piaggio, the Italian company that makes Vespa scooters revealed its newest technology creation this week; a personal delivery device or “cargo robot,” called the Gita. The technology and the robot were designed by a new “startup” within the broader Piaggio group of brands, called Piaggio Fast Forward, in Boston. Gita resembles an exercise ball with tires in a meridian position, and multiple cameras embedded within its shell. It can follow a person, or roll autonomously in an environment it has already mapped. At 26 inches tall, the Gita can carry up to 40 pounds at a time and has a maximum speed of 22 miles per hour, so it can keep up with a person on foot or riding a bike. It can run for about 8 hours of continuous use, the company said.

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Piaggio Fast Forward’s Chief Creative Officer Greg Lynn stated, “We come from a world of lightweight, scooters, two and three-wheeled cycles, and mini trucks. Everything we do is lightweight and made for highly congested cities, like Bangkok or Hanoi, where traffic is a real issue We wanted to extend people’s movement and encourage them to move more freely and easily, even in congested environments.” Piaggio Fast Forward has taken a different approach to working around traffic on the ground than other startups in this space, such as the delivery drone makers Flirtey and Zipline or Starship Technologies, which makes semi-autonomous personal delivery robots. The Gita has to follow a human around to learn how to navigate around a new environment. Its design permits it to go wherever a person in a wheelchair could go, including grocery stores, ramps, and elevators.

Sasha Hoffman, Piaggio Fast Forward Chief Operating Officer, noted that the follow-mode can alleviate some problems faced by autonomous vehicles. She stated, “A machine can be intelligent, but isn’t as smart as a human today. Driving down the street and deciding to swerve to avoid hitting a bicyclist or a dog on the road, for example, people make ethical decisions all the time that a self driving car can’t make. If a device is following a person then that person has the lead, and powers the most important decisions around the robot’s movement.”

Hoffman also said running Gita units indoors and out with select partners will help the company amongst a database of location information that isn’t available through resources like Google Maps today. It could lead to better navigation tools to help people get around places like campus buildings, airports, and parking lots. These are also locations where the Gita could alleviate workers and visitors from carrying a heavy load, whether that’s suitcases or tools. If the robot isn’t allowed indoors, Piaggio created the Gita with the ability to park outside safely. It has a locking bay that requires a fingerprint scan and a code to open it, as well as to start the robot. “Gita is also covered with cameras, and sensors and always knows where it is. It’d be the dumbest thing in the world to try to steal or break into,” he stated. Piaggio Fast Forward soon plans to run pilot tests with Gita on different college campuses and in towns in the U.S. It envisions the Gita assisting maintenance, gardening and custodial workers, and others who must tote heavy things around to get their jobs done.

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Diagnosis Of Skin Cancer Could Be Done On Your Smartphone

If found early, skin cancer isn’t necessarily fatal. Unfortunate for many, signs often go unnoticed until health has been damaged irreversibly. Studies published in Nature Today hint at a future where anyone may be able to do a skin cancer test on your smartphone.

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A Stanford research team, including Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, discovered that machine learning was able to match the efficiency of dermatologists at analyzing skin cancer. Even matching fallible human accuracy, the model could set the tone for a less expensive solution to get more people taking life-saving preliminary screenings.

The team began with an existing convolutional neural network architecture. Afterwards, they utilize transfer learning, bringing together stakeholders to assemble a database of almost 130,000 clinical images, covering about 2,000 different diseases. About 18 online repositories were used to create the training dataset alongside Stanford University Medical Center.

The group explained, “Our system requires no hand-crafted features. It is trained end-to-end directly from image labels and raw pixels, with a single network for both photographic and dermoscopic images.” A set of high quality biopsy-confirmed images was then used for validation. With humans classifying from a set of almost 200 images, machines actually tied the capabilities of clinicians.

This work highlights efforts by Microsoft and Google’s DeepMind to recognize conditions that can lead to blindness using machine learning. The first line of defense when it comes to health is often a visual scan, something that data fueled deep learning has proven capable. For machine learning to reform the way we think about healthcare, algorithms need to escape the lab and find new homes on everyday electronic devices.

Computational capability is still predominant for most functions in machine learning, something that just does not exist on mobile yet. Prior attempts have been defeated by the highly-variant data produced by smartphone cameras used in the real-world. The question is whether greater amounts of data can overcome these factors like angle, zoom, and lighting. If it can be done, such technology has the potential to cut healthcare costs and save lives. It isn’t difficult to envision making a small in-app purchase for a preliminary diagnosis rather than a doctor’s visit that would be much more expensive.

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Roku Revamps TV Technology App

After introducing new TV models at CES, Roku’s technology department is rolling out a remodeled mobile app targeted at making it easier to access its most popular features, including the remote control and search, while introducing new ways to find things to watch. Roku has long offered a companion app that works with its smart TVs and streaming media player devices. The older version of the application offered a simple interface with vertically aligned buttons for search, remote, My Feed, Play on Roku , and the Channel Store.

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Roku stated it is moving the navigation to the bottom of the app. That is a more conventional design than the large buttons it used earlier. However, the buttons themselves have changed. Now, from left to right, you can access the remote, a new section called “What’s On,” Channels, “Photos+”, and the app’s settings. When the application is launched, you’ll be presented with a list of the channels you have installed. You can then tap the channel you want so you can continue to navigate to the show or movie you want to watch. The Channel Store is still available in a separate tab.

“What’s On” is a new section that replaced the earlier “My Feed” button. The target was to make it simpler to keep up with content across services in the streaming landscape by integrating these updates. With “What’s On,” Roku turns its focus to more generalized suggestions with an organized list of the top entertainment available to stream, buy, or rent. You will find other content grouping by theme here. “My Feed” is still available at the bottom of this section.

While “My Feed” was helpful if you spent the time customizing it and keeping it current with the shows you were currently watching, it will become dated without the effort. You would have to consistently tweak the feed to keep it tuned into what shows you are interested in. “What’s On” makes more sense now, as it focuses on more interesting things for you to watch.

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New Technology Feature For Ipad Pro Artists

The iPad Pro is a new technology tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its new technology software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

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Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

The iPad Pro is tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

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Finally, A Technology Update To Google Voice

Google Voice technology is getting ready to reveal a momentous update. Some Google Voice users reported seeing a technology upgrade link reading “the new Google Voice” on the web version of the service. There was also a link for them to follow to try it out. Obviously, the message was released too early because the upgrade didn’t actually come through when the link was clicked.

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A banner showed up at the top of the screen when they logged into their account. The message read, “The new Google Voice is here. Try now,” according to Droid Life blog. However, when the users clicked on it, the page refreshed and they stayed on the current user page on the site.

The updates have been few and far between, even with the usefulness of the service and its room for growth. Since Google failed to continue improving in the space it has given other voice calling apps room to excel. Other calling apps like Burner and Listen seem to be getting more of the focus now.

The Google Voice competition have prospered in part by focusing on mobile users, an area where Google Voice has fallen short, having not updated its iOS and Android apps since last year. Google confirmed that it is working on updates to Google Voice, but declined to give any details ahead of the reveal.

The company’s strategy regarding its communications apps have been sloppy. It will be interesting to see what the improved Google Voice looks like. Google has several communication products, which seem to constantly fluctuate.

For example, Hangouts has seen its API shut down, which will shutter the application ecosystem on the platform. The apps that would remain have an business focus instead, as Google related to developers in an email that it is moving away from its customer focus.

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Technology Advances With Google and Fiat Chrysler

Google self-driving car project is now working with the Fiat Chrysler and Alphabet. Currently Google is teaming with the automaker for in-car system technology and using Android as the base for a new advertorial and connect car platform. The new FCA in-car system is called Uconnect. It uses Android 7.0 to deliver a scope of features, like terrestrial radio and AC/ heat controlled with the Android app.

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Google is working with FCA and is going well beyond the Android Auto model. The company clearly wants to advance onward in a way that is more integrated with carmaker systems themselves.

Director of Android Engineering Patrick Brady said when announcing the news in a press release, “Google is committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive platform that integrates deeply with the vehicle in a safe and seamless way.”

Android and Google offer uncommon flexibility for the carmaker that give them the convenience of being able to offer customers app compatibility, but without having to give up total control of the branding and consumer relations.

FCA Head of Electrical Engineering Chris Barman stated in the same press release, “With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.” This is a convenience that is not accessible to Apple. It’s not likely that Apple would ever give up control over the look and feel of the interface to automakers.

Allowing automakers to maintain responsibility for the look and feel of the in-car software interface is not the most fitting solution. However, carmakers also face harsh guidelines for prohibiting distraction, and would not be likely to give up control of interface design entirely to operating system makers anyhow. Android’s flexibility could be crucial to getting it more attention in cars heading into the future.

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As it continues to try to find a new future for itself in 2017, Twitter is releasing another new product. Taking another step forward into the future, Twitter is now introducing live 360 degree video streaming through Periscope. 2016 has been a difficult year for the company. It saw itself the subject of a potential major acquisition before those talks fell apart. Since then, Twitter has struggled to find exciting and new ways to expand. The company has rarely added any new features or tools.

Subscribers on Twitter can now watch 360 degree live video (but must have Periscope). This live video is only available for a limited number of Twitter users right now. As live streaming becomes more popular on Facebook it was sure to happen that something similar come out on Twitter.

With live 360 video, Twitter subscribers can now get a full angle view of what is happening from a broadcaster’s surroundings. Presently this feature is only limited to its partners, however there does not look like there will be a whole lot of live 360 degree video streaming for a some time. Users will surely use this new feature as a playground to explore new use cases. This could be a great plan to engage new subscribers who might otherwise go to different platforms. This would offer new tools to experiment with to continue expanding their audience.

While not as popular as Facebook (who has over 300 million users worldwide), twitter will continue the effort and make changes to the platform to broaden their audience. The company would like to grow faster. This is not easy but if Twitter is going to find new ways to spark growth the company will need to continue to make big bets, specifically ones in video streaming.

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Pretty much anything could be accessed quickly with 3G. Selfies and social media were made possible from the rapid transfer of data. It is difficult to see how, in the early 2000s, we went on about our day without knowing what restaurant someone was going to for dinner.

Then came 4G. It delivered Facebook Live and SnapChat. Crowdfunding and free-to-publish video platforms gave everyone the potential of a global reach. With this comes almost virtual reality, giving us the inroads to content that feels tangible.

This now means that the Internet becomes the backbone for daily life. Intimate and rich personal data becomes predictive: a web of apps accessed via IM, Google Now, Alexa, or Siri predicting our needs.

To accommodate this, handset manufacturers should open their platforms and data in order to allow services and partnerships to be built on top. Our phones have become more important than we would have ever thought and they will become even more central in our lives.

The main way in which we consume will be through m-commerce. Our understanding of how media relates to people’s lives need to be reformed. With 5G, technologies now on the horizon will become customary to everyone.

For each customer a brand carries a constellation of different meanings. Brands need to dig deep into the aspirations and attitudes of consumers in order to identify the meanings that resonate with them the most. The connections based on these insights drive greater involvement and will help to strengthen the relationship with the consumer.

Alongside 5G, finding ways to connect with consumers through their devices and how they interact with them will be the main goal for innovators. What 5G connectivity really does is it creates a platform for businesses to build upon.

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Croatian technology is becoming more successful just as TCN predicted back in January, as evidenced by Zagrebs’ “MicroBlink” finding its way into American politics.

In just a matter of days American’s will know who their next president will be. Regardless of who wins the presidential race; Croatian technology will be there to help Americans vote.

A Zagreb based company MicroBlink; developed BlinkID, which allows you to scan ID documents with barcodes or OCR recognition. Co-founder, Izet Zdralovic, confirmed to Slobodna Dalmacija that the innovative technology is being used in the US Presidential elections.

MicroBlink uses advanced networks and techniques in order to provide fast and accurate text recognition, enabling people to easily scan and process documents such as driver’s licenses, ID cards and passports in 3 seconds using a mobile phone.

“We have signed contracts with a number of partners in the US, which are private companies or NGOs for the use of this technology” stated Zdralovic. He also said the device is currently being used in order to enable Americans to register to vote for Tuesday’s election as well as to identify voters.

MicroBlink was the startup following the popular ”Photomath” app which allows its users real-time answers to mathematical problems by taking a picture of the problem using a phone camera.

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