New infrared communications channel is 300X more energy efficient than WiFi

January 9, 2018 by  
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ARON – or Augmented-Reality Optical Narrowcasting – is a new communications channel that operates without relying on cellular networks or the Internet , instead depending on infrared light. SureFire , a tactical equipment company, is debuting the technology that could be groundbreaking at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show . The company says ARON is “300 times more energy efficient than Wi-Fi , and can operate on solar power .” ARON could change the way humans interact with the world, according to SureFire. The new communications system sends data via infrared light waves, using “a patented combination of optical beacons and signals.” Users can send any kind of digital information such as high-definition videos on the optical communications channel – as far away as 400 meters, or around 1,312 feet, in the daytime and 1,200 meters, or around 3,937 feet, at night, according to Engadget . Related: Ericsson’s new mixed-reality platform envisions urban design in “real life” ARON acts as an alternative to radio frequency waves, already used by smartphones , and is said to be secure and fast. The communications platform is as of now unregulated, potentially opening up a lot of opportunities for companies. SureFire’s video shows people utilizing the communications channel for augmented reality on smartphones, glasses, and car windshields. The company is also marketing ARON as useful during a natural disaster – it allows public information to flow even if the power is down, so first responders could reach trapped people, for example. Engadget pointed out it will take a while to deploy ARON on a large scale – someone would have to install sensors on buildings, freeways, or any other object or person needing to send data. They said the technology currently exists in demo form. SureFire’s video says the system can be installed in any car or mobile device, and “is inexpensive to deploy and use.” + ARON Via SureFire/PRNewswire and Engadget Images via Depositphotos and ARON video

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Tiny Yves Behar-designed wearable warns you when youve had too much sun

January 8, 2018 by  
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A tiny piece of innovative tech wants to help you stay away from sun-induced skin cancer. Global beauty leader L’Oréal teamed up with prolific designer Yves Behar of fuseproject to create UV Sense, the first battery-free wearable electronic UV sensor. Soon to be unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show kicking off tomorrow, this innovative technology collects and shares real-time data on individual UV exposure within a wearable so small and thin it fits on a fingernail. The UV Sense is the second UV-related wearable product L’Oréal’s presented following the debut of their temporary tattoo-like My UV Patch last year. Like its predecessor, the UV-monitoring wearable is activated by UV rays and uses near-field communication to transmit information about exposure trends to a smartphone app. In response to user feedback about My UV Patch, the new and improved UV Sense is smaller, reusable, and updated to automatically sync with the app with real-time data. At just nine millimeters in diameter and less than two millimeters thick, the tiny UV Sensor is designed to fit on a thumbnail and can be worn for up to two weeks at a time. Users can reattach the sensor with a new adhesive. The technology can hold individual UV exposure data for up to three months. Instead of a battery, the technology is powered by the user’s smartphone. L’Oréal’s accompanying app shares information on sun-safety habits and personalized advance on how the user should adjust his or her sun exposure levels. Related: L’Oréal’s wearable patch changes color to warn against skin cancer “Design and technology are inextricably linked, and as products become more personalized to individuals, both elements are integral to providing people with seamless experiences,” said Yves Behar, designer entrepreneur and founder of fuseproject . “By working with L’Oréal, we are able to pair deep expertise in beauty tech with an effective design that enhances consumers’ wellbeing without distracting from their everyday lives.” UV Sense will be available in the U.S. with limited stock through their La Roche-Posay brand this summer 2018. The global launch is slated for 2019. + La Roche-Posay Images via L’Oréal

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Hyundai foldable electric Ioniq scooter will make your commute awesome

January 6, 2017 by  
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Hyundai is taking an inventive approach to mobility with a foldable electric Ioniq scooter . The cool “first and last mile mobility” Ioniq vehicle that makes your 2000 Razor scooter jealous can be stored in the Ioniq Electric car’s front door. Unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the shiny scooter is targeted for transportation after parking or en route to a public transit station. Hyundai’s tackling hybrid and electric travel through Project Ioniq , and the new scooter is one of their latest concepts. There’s scant information on the scooter as of now, but Hyundai used the terms ‘lightweight’ and ‘portable’ prominently in their announcement. We don’t know how fast or far it will travel, or how much it will cost. Related: Hyundai’s new hybrid Ioniq is the first car to take on the Toyota Prius Hyundai did dangle a few tantalizing details, such as the digital dashboard on the scooter’s handle. Users can check their battery life, speed, and range on the digital dashboard. Scrolling up or down on a thumb switch lets a rider accelerate or brake, or they can brake via a rear wheel pad. Riders can unfold and fold up the scooter with one hand. Front and rear lights keep a rider safe, and there are even sensors incorporated so the scooter only switches to riding mode when a person is safely on the device. The scooter can be charged while in the electric car’s front door. In a statement, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute Tae Won Lim said, “As we look ahead, our vision is to be a world leader in hyper-connected living and to offer our customers seamless, end-to-end transport solutions.” We don’t yet know when – or if – Hyundai will release the Ioniq scooter. Via The Verge and Hyundai Images via Hyundai

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New Toyota concept takes the wheel when drivers get sleepy

January 5, 2017 by  
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The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas, with an increasing number of automakers using the show to showcase their latest technological innovations. This year, Toyota is giving the world a look at the future with its Concept-i vehicle which can not only drive itself, but also uses Artificial Intelligence to build a relationship with the driver. According to Toyota, the Concept-i is designed from the inside out to give the vehicle a warm and friendly user experience. While its interior looks spacious and inviting, the more significant part of the Concept-i is its advanced artificial intelligence system that builds a relationship with the driver that is stronger than learning driving patterns and schedules. The Concept-i is designed to use multiple technologies to measure emotion, mapped against when and where the driver travels around the world. Related: Chrysler unveils all-electric self-driving Portal car In addition, the AI system uses advanced automated vehicle technologies to enhance driving safety. Under certain conditions, drivers will have the choice of automated or manual driving based on their personal preference, but the Concept-i also has the ability to fully take over if the driver’s engagement declines. The system monitors driver attention and road conditions, with the goal of increasing self-driving support as necessary. The warm and friendly part of the Concept-i starts with a next-generation user interface that serves as a platform for the vehicle’s AI Agent, nicknamed “Yui”. Instead of displaying important information on a digital screen, Yui uses lights, sounds and even touch to communicate critical information. Colored lights in the foot wells indicate whether the vehicle is in automated or manual drive, projectors in the rear deck project views onto the seat pillar to help warn about blind spots and a next-generation head up helps keep the driver’s eyes on the road. The Concept-i’s exterior also displays information, like “Hello” to greet the driver and passengers as they approach the vehicle. The rear of the concept communicates to other drivers about upcoming turns or warn about a potential hazard, while the front communicates whether the Concept-i is in automated or manual drive. Toyota hasn’t announced any production plans for the Concept-i, but Toyota does expect to start on-road evaluation within the next few years in Japan. + Toyota All images @Toyota

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New SCiO sensor app lets anyone explore their world on a molecular level

January 8, 2016 by  
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Toyota gives away more than 5,600 hydrogen fuel-cell patents, for free

January 6, 2015 by  
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Taking a page out of Tesla’s book , Toyota has announced that more than 5,600 of its fuel-cell-related patents are available for use—for free. Toyota hopes that its announcement at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show will spur development and introduction of innovative fuel cell technologies around the world. Read the rest of Toyota gives away more than 5,600 hydrogen fuel-cell patents, for free Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 CES , 2016 Mirai , ces , consumer electronics show , fuel cell , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , hydrogen , hydrogen fuel cell vehicle , patents , Toyota , Toyota Mirai

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Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

January 6, 2015 by  
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Audi wants to showcase its autonomous driving technology at the upcoming  International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in an effort to demonstrate the technology’s capabilities. To back up their tech, Audi recently let a team of journalists sit behind the wheel of an autonomous A7 concept that drove by itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas—a total distance of more than 550 miles. Read the rest of Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Consumer Electronics show , AUDI , Audi A7 , Audi A7 autonomous concept , Audi A7 Concept , autonomous car , ces , consumer electronics show , green car , green transportation , self-driving car

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MPowered’s Elegant Luci Solar Lantern Maintains a Single Charge for Three Months!

January 9, 2013 by  
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The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas this week, and once again, gadgets that make use of renewable energy are making headlines around the world. MPowered’s Luci solar lantern is a lightweight, collapsible appliance that acts as a task light, flash light and a diffused lantern. Designed to be a clean energy solution where light is inaccessible or not affordable, Luci’s waterproof form is also perfect for emergency disaster kits or camping adventures. Read the rest of MPowered’s Elegant Luci Solar Lantern Maintains a Single Charge for Three Months! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ces , CES 2013 , consumer electronics show , developing nations , energy efficient lighting , LEDs , MPowered , off-grid , renewable energy , solar lantern , Solar Power

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AfterShokz Bone-Conducting Earphones Pump Music Directly Through Your Skull

January 15, 2012 by  
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  Never seem to be able to get the music loud enough?   AfterShokz may have a solution for you – earphones that send sound waves directly to your inner ear.  Because these earphones use bone-conduction technology, they don’t drown out noise around you like conventional ones, meaning it may be safer to walk around or ride your bike while wearing them.   Click ahead to read more about the cutting edge technology! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AfterShokz , ces , consumer electronics show , Design for Health , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , wearable technology

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