Morpholios new Smart Fill AR feature makes calculating design areas a snap

May 8, 2018 by  
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Many digitally savvy architects can attest to the incredible usefulness of Morpholio’s award-winning Trace —an AR sketch app that just got even better. The team just launched today their newest augmented reality feature, “Smart Fill,” that can instantly calculate any area of your choosing during a live sketch. From homeowners to architects, designers and design enthusiasts of all kinds will find use for the feature—not to mention that it’s beautiful to boot. Available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Morpholio Trace is designed primarily with architects in mind but its versatility makes it a useful feature for designers of all types. With the addition of Smart Fill, designers can focus more on conceptualizing and expressing an idea instead of crunching numbers. “The new feature is a fill tool that not only calculates the area of the fill, it actually changes as the sketch evolves,” says Anna Kenoff, Morpholio Co-Founder. “Slice a room in half and watch it reduce or, erase a wall and watch it expand.” Related: INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World Here’s how it works: after starting a sketch—whether from scratch or a trace drawing over an image—you set the scale and then select the target(s) for area calculation. The Smart Fill feature will instantly generate the calculation based on the scale provided, as well as an “Areas Chart,” which can be exported to Excel and its equivalents. The tool can also fill the selected region with your choice of colors and patterns, making it a quick and beautiful way to estimate the materials or budget needed for a project. You can download Morpholio Trace and TracePro, available for iOS only, in the App Store . + Morpholio Trace Images via Morpholio

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New $150 gadget lets your smartphone detect cancer with laboratory precision

October 20, 2016 by  
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While smartphone spectrometers are already being used to help detect cancer, they have only been able to evaluate one sample at a time, making the work slow and tedious. A breakthrough by a Washington State University research team led to the creation of a low-cost multichannel smartphone spectrometer that uses optical sensors to scan multiple samples simultaneously . The team, led by Lei Li, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, found their spectrometer to be highly accurate and sensitive, thanks to the custom prism array designed especially for this device. The WSU team has created a device, perhaps the first of its kind, with the same sensitivity level as existing laboratory equipment, capable of detecting proteins and cancer biomarkers with a high degree of accuracy. The team used a customized prism array they built through a hybrid manufacturing process, which makes it possible for the smartphone spectrometer to scan several samples at once in search of cancer biomarkers. The eight-channel smartphone spectrometer can detect human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. Related: World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything The smartphone-based cancer screening device is also a cost-effective solution, with a price tag around $150. The design was based on the iPhone 5, but the team is currently working to make it compatible with other smartphone models. A portable, low-cost spectrometer that produces lab quality results is just the sort of device in high demand in rural areas and especially in developing countries where hospitals lack high-tech cancer screening equipment or are absent altogether. The team’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation along with a WSU startup fund, and the report on their results was recently published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Via WSU Images via Wikipedia and Lei Li/WSU

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17 Tech-tastic Green Gadget Gifts

November 30, 2015 by  
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With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 — perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers — to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all. GREEN GIFTS FOR GADGET GEEKS >

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Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

August 12, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. What if you could power your iPhone from thin air? Making wires redundant was one of Nikola Tesla’s biggest dreams – a dream University of Washington researchers want to fulfill with PoWiFi. Shyam Gollakota and his team recently demonstrated technology at EmTech Digital in San Francisco that harvests ambient ‘backscatter’ radio signals to power battery-free temperature and camera sensors. The technology can also be used to charge nickel–metal hydride and lithium-ion coin-cell batteries at distances of up to 28 feet. In a recent paper describing their work, called Powering the Next Billion Devices with Wi-Fi , the researchers provide a detailed description of how they successfully powered devices over WiFi using existing Wi-Fi chipsets–without reducing the router’s performance. Details after the jump. Read the rest of Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

August 3, 2015 by  
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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot —the world’s first Braille smartwatch —which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can. Read the rest of World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW

June 16, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever , and the home battery has already sold out through 2016 . The company is currently constructing the “ Gigafactory ” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be among the largest structures in the world. But that doesn’t mean that criticism of their game-changing technologies fall on deaf ears—according to GreenTech Media , Musk recently told shareholders that the capability of the Powerwall is going to be lifted from 2kW to 5kW, but the price will remain the same. Read the rest of Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , Gigafactory , home battery , powerpack , powerwall , powerwall capacity , powerwall kW , solar battery , tesla , tesla battery , tesla energy , tesla shareholders

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Apple wins ‘greenest tech company’ in 2015 honor from Greenpeace

May 13, 2015 by  
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Just a few years back, in 2011, Greenpeace named Apple as the “least clean” tech company , chastising the iPhone maker in particular for their coal-fueled data centers. Since then, Apple has made great strides (and hefty investments) to become completely powered by renewable energy . On top of that, Apple has been going greener in every phase of its operations  as well as investing in green energy projects that benefit the greater public. Those efforts have prompted Greenpeace to name Apple as the greenest tech company in the world in 2015. The rating comes out of Greenpeace’s updated 2015 Click Clean Report , in which tech companies are measured for clean energy usage, transparency regarding energy sources, renewable energy, and other factors. Apple earned a 100 percent Clean Energy Index from Greenpeace in its overall Company Scorecard. Facebook and Google rounded out the top three, with 49 percent and 46 percent respectively. + Greenpeace’s 2015 Click Clean Report Image via Shutterstock  and Greenpeace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 click clean report , apple , apple clean energy , apple green tech , apple renewable energy , clean energy index , clean tech company , clean technology company , green tech company , greenest tech company , Greenpeace

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PHOTOS: Apple Unveils The Apple Watch – Its First Wearable Device

September 9, 2014 by  
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Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

August 18, 2014 by  
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Apple just took a big step towards greening the iPhone by removing two toxic chemicals from part of the production process. While the rare earth elements that go into many modern gadgets might be too environmentally destructive to be called “green,” the Associated Press reports that Apple is abandoning the use of benzene and n-hexane, two potentially hazardous chemicals used in the final assembly process of iPhones. The move to protect workers in the Chinese plants that assemble the phones comes after China Labor Watch and Green America launched petitions calling for Apple to abandon the chemicals. Read the rest of Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , benzene , carcinogenic materials , chemical , china , factory , greening iPhones , hexane , iPhone , iPhone toxic materials , manufacturing , toxic

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Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad

December 23, 2013 by  
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It’s the holidays, and gifts of technology (namely smartphones) are at the top of everyone’s list. If you’re not planning to give the phone itself, then accessories that allow it to do more, better, faster, are probably a close second. The iPhone changed everything, turning our phones into multi-tasking life organizers that have replaced our cameras, video recorders, alarm clocks and stereo systems. Ruphus , a Portland-based company, is dedicated to squeezing every last drop of performance out of these phones, and they’re doing so in an eco-friendly way that supports the domestic economy. Read on to find out why you should add two of their products—the DockIt and PodPad—to your holiday gift list. Read the rest of Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly gifts , eco-friendly iPhone docks , iPhone , iphone accessories , iPhone docks , made in USA , Ruphus , smartphone accessories        

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