GM is partnering with AT&Tto provide 4G LTE service through its Onstar subsidiary. Because it’s embedded into Onstar’s high-powered antenna and operates any time the car is on, you’ll get a more robust 4G connection in and around the car without draining a mobile device’s battery. Passengers can connect as many as seven devices to the car, making it faster and easier to surf the Web, stream live video, or get improved access to Onstar services like vehicle diagnostics and remote vehicle access. A stronger data connection opens up all kinds of new possibilities for enhanced digital services, which could provide a nice additional revenue stream for GM and Onstar.
Like Google or Xerox, “GoPro” is one of those branded proper nouns that has been so successful that it has become a verb. With 6,000 or more new tagged videos uploaded to YouTube each day, GoPro-ing is now a legitimate phenomenon. The cameras are sturdy, cheap and small enough to sit in the palm of your hand; they can be attached to almost anything, from a surfboard to a tripod to a recalcitrant labrador. They are easy to use and produce remarkably high-quality video, which you can post online right away. To Hennessy’s disappointment, though, that formula was not enough to gain the pair’s films any online traction.
My friend David Terrar is hosting what is shaping up to be a star-studded event on social collaboration and digital technologies at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in London on November 26. Confirmed speakers are Mara Tolja of Deutsche Bank Celine Schillinger of Sanofi Pasteur, Bonnie Cheuk of Euroclear and Luis Garza of CEMEX among others.
He’s also planning an “unconference” on 27th. If you are anywhere near London those days, this should be on your agenda. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and we are expecting visitors, otherwise I would fly there. The Academy at the corner of St. James’ Park is a great setting.
Under the plan, all these services will be accessed through a single online platform. People will be able to buy their transport in service packages that work like mobile phone tariffs: either as a complete monthly deal or pay as you go options based on individual usage. Any number of companies can use the platform to offer transport packages, and if users find their travel needs change, they'll be able to switch packages or moved to a rival with a better deal.
It sounds like part Google Maps, part City Mapper, part Boris Bikes, part Uber, and part capitalist free for all — but the Helsinki vision isn't as farfetched as it might sound.
The inspiration behind an initiative that would send many cityplanners running for the hills comes from a master's thesis by transport engineer Sonja Heikkilä. Commissioned by the Helsinki City Planning Department, Heikkilä's thesis argued young people's changing attitudes towards cars, coupled with the growing functionality and takeup of mobile technology, could transform the way people get around the capital.
Personally I despise hubs and changing planes, but you have to admire the algorithms and Big Data of gate, flight, passenger, crew, ground staff. weather and other information that is going into this “peak scheduling”
“Peak scheduling packs planes better because it creates more possible itineraries. Under American's old schedule, a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Miami might have had 20 possible connecting flights. After the Aug. 19 re-peaking it may have 45. That means more bookings on the Columbus flight, and more people on the connecting flights.
In Miami on a typical weekday, 42 flights depart between 9 and 10 a.m. Then between 10 and 11 a.m., only a handful are scheduled to take off. The process repeats during the day with 10 "banks" of flights that fill about 45 gates at a time.”
To be precise, Dr Rubenstein’s ’bot swarm (above) has 1,024 members (210 being a conveniently binary number), known apparently without irony as kilobots. Each is a rigid-legged tripod that moves around by vibrating. Kilobots communicate with infra-red light, which can reflect off the table Dr Rubenstein uses for his experiments, and are programmed with three types of behaviour.
One is edge-following, which allows a ’bot move along the edge of a cluster. The second is gradient-formation, which lets it know how many other ’bots a signal has been relayed through, and thus gives it information about the location of these ’bots and the shape of the cluster it is in. The third is localisation, which means it can agree a system of co-ordinates with its neighbours, so that they can measure distances between themselves.
The machine, equivalent to a human food critic, is composed of an electronic nose made with 16 gas sensors and an electronic tongue made to detect sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (meat or savory) flavors.
The second robot is called ESenS according to the same report. It’s a smart application on Android, the size of a printer, that uses micro-sensors to compare samples to an existing database of recipes.
It took Chongsrid's team about a year to develop the two robots. He told ABC News the team hoped to develop at least 100 or more.
So far, samples can be compared to 11 recipes approved by the Thai government and its “Thai Delicious Committee”.
Summer vacation is over for students at Houston's A+ Unlimited Potential school, but they won't be stuck in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom all day. Instead, the middle school's students will have class in places such as coffee shops, tapping into free wireless networks to collaboratively edit texts, or visit city parks to photograph wildflowers before researching them online. They will spend roughly half their time out and about, and the rest at a rented space in the heart of Houston's Museum District.”