India-based technology startup PowerSquare is all set to launch Qi Wireless Charging Pad, based on the company’s patent-pending Adaptive Position-Free (APF) technology that allows users to simultaneously charge multiple Qi-compatible mobile devices.
Using APF system, multiple mobile devices can be wirelessly charge by placing them over the Qi Wireless Charging Pad without bothering about the position of placing the devices. The APF system enabled Pad is compatible with newer as well as older mobile devices, meeting the safety specifications (WPC1.1 FOD) of the Wireless Power Consortium. Read more
Rohildev N., 23, from Kerela has developed a device called Fin, a tiny hardware that one can wear on one’s thumb as a ring and which converts the whole palm into a gesture interface. Fin has been created at Rohildev’s RHL Vision Technologies at the Startup Village in Kochi.
Wearable devices are the next stage of computing and the thumb ring developed by Rohil and his team is stylish and easy to use. Fin, worn as a ring on your thumb, has sensors that can uniquely recognize each segment (phalange) of the fingers and identify various parts of the palm by calculating their distance from the thumb. So you can assign different functions to each finger segment, and can perform a function by making your thumb touch the relevant segment. This means that the simple touch of your thumb on a finger segment can send an emergency alert, silence your phone, move to the next track on your playlist, or pick up a call – all without you actually touching the device.
It uses smart low energy technology such as Bluetooth for communication with connected devices. Fin, according to a report in the Indian Science Journal (ISJ) website, can transmit natural gestures as commands to any connected Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone, a music player, a gaming console, a digital interface inside a car, a television set or a home automation device.
According to Rohildev, if you have home automation devices, your palm can operate those without raising a hand or any gestures, unlike other touchless technologies.
Made out of durable, waterproof and dustproof material, a single Fin will be capable of supporting up to three devices at a time. It will come with a custom Lithium ion battery with micro-USB charging dock and last more than one month on full charge.
Fin will be priced at $120 each, but that cost could come down with mass manufacturing. Read more
Co-founded by Sahil Sahni, an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology with a doctorate from MIT, LinkCycle is a startup aimed at helping manufacturers reduce energy waste. The company has five customers, including Rubbermaid, which found $1 million in savings using LinkCycle’s software.
LinkCycle’s software allows plant managers the ability to walk through their facility with an iPad and identify how energy is flowing through machines. At the same time, customers can also view opportunities to reduce production costs. The software, which can cut costs in scheduling, machine utilization, process control and equipment upgrades, also has tabs for historical costs and future costs. Read more
Scientists at Intel are developing a new technology which can verify a person’s identity with a wave of the hand. A biometric sensor in a laptop or tablet computer scans the unique pattern of veins in a person’s palm to verify their identity. The technology could do away with the multiple passwords most people use for websites.
“The problem with passwords — we use too many of them, their rules are complex, and they differ for different websites. There is a way out of it, and biometrics is an option,” Sridhar Iyengar, director of research at Intel Labs said. Iyengar added that the palm scanning technology worked much better than the finger-print scanners used on some laptops today. Read more
Google unveiled a seven-inch tablet computer that it will sell directly to consumers. The device, unveiled at the company’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco, was pitched not as a competitor with Apple’s popular iPad, but as a simple way to enjoy movies, books, games, and other content bought through Google’s Play store.
Google will begin taking orders for Nexus 7 tablets starting today and will ship them in “mid-July,” said Hugo Barra, director of product management for Google’s Android mobile operating system. Barra said that Nexus 7 offers up to nine hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time. “It’s only 340 grams—just about the weight of a standard paperback,” he said. The Nexus 7 will initially be available only in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Read more