Month: September 2016

ABI Research Sees Smartphone Iris Scanning Emerge as a Secure ID Trend

SINGAPORE, Sept. 21, 2016 — The release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sparked something positive—iris scanning. As one of the safest and most convenient ways to secure a smartphone user’s identity, iris scanning is a biometric identification solution that uses mathematical pattern recognition techniques to verify an individual’s identity based on video images of their irises. ABI Research forecasts global shipments of smartphones equipped with iris scanners will reach almost 300 million in 2021. “As the iris is an unchanging, protected, and completely unique feature of the human body, smartphone vendors are gradually incorporating iris scanning capabilities into their products as a secure biometric identification solution to unlock devices or certify mobile payments,” says Marina Lu, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. “We find that users are still wary to rely on mobile payments due to security concerns, but iris scanning will help drive future mobile payment adoption.” Iris scanning requires no physical contact, which makes authentication more seamless than other methods, like entering PIN numbers and scanning fingerprints. Iris sensors in mobile devices include a camera chip and an IRED for illumination of the eyes so that the sensors can detect iris features even in semi-dark conditions. The sensor can function as a separate unit from the front camera. Japanese company Fujitsu was the first to announce iris scanning for smartphones in March 2015.  Following that, Microsoft introduced its...

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Physical Proof for Energy From Gravity Invention

AMSTERDAM, September 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dutch architect and scientists deliver proof of principle for what started years ago with the question “Can we get energy from gravity?” Over the past 6 months, architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture, Amsterdam) and scientists from VIRO in Hengelo (NL) have been working on the physical evidence. As was expected based on earlier calculations, gravity combined with mechanical instability greatly improved the efficiency of the technique that turns mechanical pressure into electricity, the so-called piezoelectricity. The high increase in efficiency opens the door for a new type of energy generator. In a video interview with Reuters, Ruijssenaars said: “I tried to think of how one could have gravity present in one moment and not present in the next. Because with change one can generate electricity.” The broadcast of the Reuters item on international TV stations caught the attention of energy investors. Already 10% of the shares of Gravity Energy, the Amsterdam-based company that will license the patented invention, were purchased by Angel investor Jeroen van den Hamer, who said: “The high efficiency in comparison to existing sustainable methods such as wind turbines and solar panels caught our attention. This could be a game changer.” The idea: By unbalancing a weight, gravitational energy becomes available as extra input into a piezo generator. A gentle breeze is enough to generate electricity. The remaining energy, that was stored in the piezo spring,...

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Using Industry 4.0 Know-how, North German Region is Going 100% Renewable

HAMBURG, Germany, September 30, 2016 — As of 1 December 2016, an energy system of the future will be developed in Northern Germany as part of the large-scale project NEW 4.0. From 2035, around 4.5 million residents in the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein will be provided with power by renewable energy sources alone. Applying Industry 4.0 systems, the project will demonstrate how imbalances in production and consumption can be offset based on renewable energies. Northern Germany is playing an important role in Germany’s energy transition: Schleswig-Holstein as an energy supplier with an ever increasing number of onshore and offshore wind farms, and the city state of Hamburg as a location for industry and large power consumers. As part of the NEW 4.0 project, the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have been merged into one consistent energy region. The overall objective is to serve as a showcase for Germany and to demonstrate within a European context that the energy transition is indeed feasible: NEW 4.0 will showcase how a region with 4.5 million residents can be supplied with regenerative energy as early as 2035 using 100% safe, affordable, eco-friendly and socially acceptable energy sources that can lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions by 50 to 70%. Prof. Werner Beba, project coordinator of NEW 4.0., explains: “This is the first time that the interplay of different technological approaches,...

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Reinventing Healthcare: Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine Returns to San Diego

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Singularity University (SU) is bringing together over 500 global leaders in technology and healthcare for its sixth annual Exponential Medicine Conference October 8-11, 2016 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California. The conference will explore the cutting edge of and implications for trends and technologies that are reshaping the way we approach prevention, diagnostics, therapy, global health and beyond. Exponential Medicine is a widely acclaimed interactive four-day program for clinicians, scientists, technologists, healthcare executives, innovators, and investors, interested in exploring the impact and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies in the fields of health and biomedicine. This year’s themes explore the convergence of fast moving technologies such as low cost genomics, AI and Big Data, robotics, virtual reality, gene therapy, blockchain, 3D printing and more, and their implications and potential for reshaping the future of medicine across the healthcare continuum. This convergence is top of mind for both the private and public sectors – the FDA is opening a dialog on the future of regulation and technology that conference attendees can participate in through a special interactive working session at the conference. “The practice of healthcare has traditionally operated in silos, based on old definitions and infrastructures,” said Daniel Kraft, MD, Exponential Medicine’s chair and curator and faculty chair of the SU’s Medicine and Neuroscience Track. “In the new digital, genomic and connected age,...

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Kernel’s Neural Implants Could Boost Failing Human Brains

(INVERSE) – As neural implants become more and more advanced, researchers think humans may be able to overcome diseases and defects like strokes and dementia with the help of tiny computers in our brains. With the forecasted inevitable rise of the machines — be they robots or artificial intelligences — humans are beginning to realize that they should work to maintain superiority. There are a few ideas about how we should do it, but perhaps the most promising option is to go full cyborg. (What could possibly go wrong?) On Monday, a company called Kernel, announced that it would...

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