Skills to Imagine, Design and Develop the Cars of the Future


via The Engineer : Skills to Imagine, Design and Develop the Cars of the Future Anthony Baxendale, head of Emerging Transport Technologies, Research & Innovation at HORIBA MIRA, looks at what skills will be needed to produce a new generation of cars. The rapid development of technologies in cars is becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation in my circle of family and friends. Why is this? Certainly part of this is because of my job at HORIBA MIRA but I’m convinced this is only a small part of the reason and that I am only providing a conduit for them to express and explore an increasing fascination with the subject. Future cars My 94 year old uncle who has now stopped driving is particularly interested in developments in driverless cars and what they will mean for helping keep older people mobile in the future. In the meantime he is getting to grips with apps for public transport and booking taxis (unfortunately uber do not yet cover his village though). For those still driving there is the fascination with increasing connectivity and improving navigation services as well as advances with driver assistance features. For those currently too young to drive there is the fascination with how cars are changing in to robots and what terms like “artificial intelligence” mean and whether “you can do this at university.” It was this last point that gave me the idea of doing a blog on what these changes in the car will mean for… Read more

Can Apple Close The Loop? Tech Giant Targets 100% Recycled Material


via GreenBiz : Can Apple Close The Loop? Tech Giant Targets 100% Recycled Material Recycled Materials  Apple is aiming to use 100 percent recycled materials to make its iPhones, Macbooks and other electronics products in the future in a bid to reduce its reliance on mined raw materials, the company revealed last week. Publishing its latest annual Environmental Responsibility Report, the IT and electronics giant said its goal was to operate a closed-loop supply chain “where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled materials.” The company said it already has programs in place to enable the responsible sourcing of minerals, metals and other finite materials used in its products. But it added that it was “also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.” The report highlights the Apple Renew scheme to encourage customers to recycle their old devices, as well as Apple’s piloting of “innovative new recycling technologies, like our line of disassembly robots, so we can put reclaimed materials to better use in new products.” “It’s an ambitious goal that will require many years of collaboration across multiple Apple teams, our suppliers and specialty recyclers — but our work is already under way,” the report stated. However, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, told Vice the company did not yet have a full-fledged plan for reaching the 100 percent recycled materials goal. “We’re actually doing something we rarely do, which is announcing a goal before we’ve completely figured out… Read more

The Future Of Deliveries: Drones Could Pass Packages To Each Other Mid-Air


via BT : The Future Of Deliveries: Drones Could Pass Packages To Each Other Mid-Air It’s not hard to imagine a world where drones carrying everything from last-minute birthday presents to your dinner fill the skies, and following IBM’s latest patent that world might not even be too far away. The invention would allow delivery drones to pass packages to one another mid-flight, like a relay race. Each drone would come equipped with extendable arms fitted with magnets that would connect mid-air and pass off the package, locking it safely in place as the arm retracts and it continues on the next part of its journey. Drone for Delivery  The invention, described in US patent number 9,561,852, even suggests that a customer’s own personal drone could get involved for the last leg of the race – meeting the delivery drone close to home and ensuring it gets back safely. A communications link also described in the patent would allow a personal drone to communicate with the IBM delivery network, making things seem pretty seamless. IBM is certainly not the first to propose delivery-by-drone, but this system potentially solves one of the challenges posed by using drones as a delivery method – limited flight range. It also hopes to optimise any potential delivery network by ensuring everything is connected, another of the problems posed by having myriad drones roaming the skies. Drone for Delivery “Drones have the potential to change the way businesses operate and by leveraging machine learning, drones could change… Read more

8 Countries That Took A Giant Step Towards Electric Cars To Save The Environment

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via indiantimes : 8 Countries That Took A Giant Step Towards Electric Cars To Save The Environment Electric cars have begun shaping our tomorrow. They are a better and greener alternative to fuel-driven cars because, irrespective of the source of their power – solar, hydro, wind, biofuel, or even nuclear – they produce zero carbon in operation. Luckily, the share of electric vehicles (EVs) also continues to grow in the global auto market. Big manufacturers such as Tesla and BMW have pumped in significant amounts of money to boost the research and development of EVs. And supporting this investment are the customers who are making the switch for a greener future. India, of course, has a long way to go. Though its plan to replace all petrol- and diesel-fuelled cars by EVs by 2030s is rather ambitious, getting the supporting infrastructure may prove to be a herculean task. Maybe the below eight countries – ranked in accordance to their friendliness with EVs – can give India the inspiration she needs. 1. Norway The country’s EVs are the cleanest in the world as 98% of the electricity generated is sourced from hydropower. With a population of 5.2 million people, Norway registered 135,276 EVs in the month of December 2016. Electronic Vehicle Norway’s capital, Oslo, has dedicated bus lanes for EVs, along with recharging stations, privileged parking, and toll-free travel for people driving electric cars. The decision to make EVs a reality across the country began as early as the 1990s as an… Read more

How To Get A Job In Tech After Graduation: Advice From The Experts


via Forbes : How To Get A Job In Tech After Graduation: Advice From The Experts Few industries are as dynamic and appealing to young folks coming out of universities as tech. But embarking upon a career in that sector can feel confusing and perhaps even intimidating. How do you decide where to apply? How do you research prospective employers? Must software engineers go about their job-searches differently than, say, business development candidates? How do you put your best foot forward in an interview? We spoke with several hiring managers at growing tech firms about what new graduates should do as they search for their first role in the industry. Here’s what they had to say… Decide Upon A Workplace Environment And Sector There are a lot of tech firms out there – some new and some established – and young job seekers must do their due diligence on where they want to work. “The first thing is to identify himself or herself with the environment that will allow him or her to scale most effectively,” says Luan Lam, vice president of global talent for application monitoring and management company, AppDynamics. “What I mean by that is, does a person thrive in a smaller environment or in a bigger environment? That makes a big difference in his or her success.” Lam, who has held his position with the firm for three years, entered AppDynamics when the organization numbered less than 200 workers. Today it stands at over 1,000. Also, says Lam,… Read more

Garden Pavilion Addition To 1930s Bungalow Wins Architecture Award


via stuff : Garden Pavilion Addition To 1930s Bungalow Wins Architecture Award The architect described this original 1930s bungalow as “an ugly duckling”, but it clearly had the potential to become a swan – the renovation has just won an NZIA Auckland Architecture Award. Sam Atcheson of Dorrington Atcheson Architects says the Sandringham, Auckland weatherboard house was unusual in that it was built high above the ground and had a very steep roof pitch. “It looked a bit like a school hall out the back,” he says. “And it was not connected to the outside at all. There was just a single, solid back door. It’s how they built houses back then.” The family living in this house are friends of Atcheson, who says he has designed a couple of smaller projects for them over the years. Garden Pavilion “This one, though, was a lot bigger and was discussed quite a lot over dinner and wine at different times.” Garden Pavilion The architect says the brief was “a bit tongue-in-cheek”. “They told me they wanted a 1970s pavilion jungle house. I interpreted that to mean they wanted a garden pavilion that would open right up to an attractively landscaped back yard.” There were positives, however. The rear section was flat and the addition could open up to the sunny north. With the addition needing to be at ground level to enhance the indoor-outdoor connection, the main challenge was providing an easy connection between the new and the old parts of the… Read more

Creepy Or Useful? Amazon’s New Echo Look Selfie Camera Wants To Help You Get Dressed


via AJC : Creepy Or Useful? Amazon’s New Echo Look Selfie Camera Wants To Help You Get Dressed When the Amazon Echo had its first big debut in 2015, it was introduced as a speaker with a voice assistant inside. Now, the newest device in the Echo family is focused on making sure you leave the house looking your absolute best. On Wednesday, Amazon revealed the Echo Look — priced at $200 — as a “hands-free camera and style assistant” featuring everything Amazon Alexa offers plus a selfie camera to take full-length photos and 360-degree videos, which Alexa uses to give you a major style check. Here’s how the Echo Look camera works: 1. Simply ask Alexa to take a picture or video OR use the Echo Look app to get a live view of your outfits, which will be stored as a lookbook on the app. 2. Use the app to get recommendations based on your daily style. 3. Get a second opinion in the app’s Style Check feature based on outfit, color and current trends, all part of Amazon-curated advice from fashion specialists using advanced machine learning algorithms. With Alexa built in, you can use the Echo Look to ask Alexa to read you the news, set your alarms, play music and everything else she’s beloved for. According to The Verge, if the Style Check feature is particularly appealing, the Amazon iOS app offers a similar feature called Outfit Compare under its programs and features menu. While the Echo… Read more

3D WASH Aims to Provide Clean Water Through 3D Printing and Recycling

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via 3D : 3D WASH Aims to Provide Clean Water Through 3D Printing and Recycling There are a lot of issues in the world today revolving around water. All living things need it to survive, and it’s getting harder to find in consumable form thanks to pollution and drought, as well as the poverty and isolation that prevent many communities around the world from being able to access proper sanitation. At Deakin University, a group of engineers have come up with an idea to attack two of those problems at the same time, with help from 3D printing. The first part of the project, spearheaded by engineers at the university’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), involves collecting plastic garbage from around the Pacific Islands and turning it into pellets, which will then be extruded as 3D printer filament. That’s an idea that we’ve seen many times before, but CADET has a very specific plan for the filament that they will be creating from the plastic waste. A big obstacle to clean water in developing countries is the fact that when sanitation equipment or basic plumbing components break, they don’t have easy access to the parts needed to repair the equipment. CADET wants to supply these communities with the means to replace the parts themselves by 3D printing them, using recycled plastic garbage. A crowdfunding campaign is currently trying to raise AUD$30,000 to develop and test a prototype for a portable 3D printer that will be trialed by… Read more

World’s Greenest Terminal Opens At Oslo Airport


via inhabitat : World’s Greenest Terminal Opens At Oslo Airport Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant during the summer. The recent expansion is a continuation of Nordic’s work on the Oslo Airport, which the architecture firm designed in 1998. The Oslo-based design studio’s 300-meter-long extension preserves the building’s simple and iconic appearance while increasing airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 million. New design elements also improve the passenger experience, such as the reduction of walking distances to a maximum of 450 meters, and the overhaul of the existing train station at the heart of the airport. Artificial lighting is minimized in favor of natural lighting to improve passenger comfort and reduce energy demands. In addition to the use of natural lighting and the reuse of snow as a summer coolant, the architects reduced the airport’s carbon footprint by 35 percent with the use of environmentally friendly and recycled materials. The new pier is entirely clad in timber sourced from Scandinavian forests, while additional natural materials, green walls, and water features, can be found throughout the interior. Recycled steel and concrete mixed… Read more

Chinese Tech Titan Baidu Is Opening Up Its Driverless Car Tech To Challenge Google, Tesla


via CNBC : Chinese Tech Titan Baidu Is Opening Up Its Driverless Car Tech To Challenge Google, Tesla Baidu has opened up its driverless car technology for auto makers to use as it aims to be the default platform for autonomous driving in a bid to challenge the likes of Google and Tesla. The Chinese internet giant said on Wednesday that the new project named Apollo, will provide the tools carmakers would need to make autonomous vehicles. There would be reference designs and a complete software solution that includes cloud data services. Essentially, Baidu is trying to become to cars what Google’s Android has become to smartphones – an operating system that will power a number of driverless vehicles. Baidu will open its autonomous driving technology for restricted environment driving in July and then share it for driverless cars running in simple urban road conditions towards the end of the year. By 2020, the company said that the technology will have the capabilities to allow cars to autonomously drive on highways and open city roads. The technology giant has been investing heavily in this area since 2015 and that same year tested fully autonomous cars on highways and roads in Beijing. But the company has also expanded to the U.S. where it received a driverless car test permit for California last year. “An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” Qi Lu, chief operating officer at… Read more