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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

PairASight - Let Others See Through Your Eyes

 PairASight - Let Others See Through Your Eyes


        Generally when somebody states “smart glass”, immediately everybody gets the first thought of Google Glass. But different from Google Glass, a concept of new glass came up known as PairASight which falls into the same category of “smart glass”.

 

What it is?

PairASight project is an attempt to develop smart glasses which allows others to see what you are seeing via your own eyes no matter how far you are from each other. They would feel like they are present at the moment and watching the scenario with their own eyes. With PairASight technology you no longer have to hold tablet, camcorder or camera to capture photos and videos and then sharing with your friends or relatives. Let them see what you are seeing in real time.

PairASight Glass
PairASight Glass

What it consist?

This glass looks like regular glass installed with 2 cameras, each placed on either side. Original model provided only 5MP camera. But later the model upgraded to video camera streaming with 1080p in HD. Also this glass contains speaker and microphone integrated on either side of the glass. Whatever you see is streamed wirelessly to another person allowing you to share real time experience with others. PairASight works on two way audio communication system. Audio and video are streamed wirelessly from the glasses to user’s smartphone or tablet which can be shared anywhere in the world over internet.

PairASight
PairASight

How helpful it is?

If someone is stuck somewhere in between and are not able to figure it out what actually the problem is, they can talk to someone without being  physically present and show them what they see in 3D with accurate details. This can be helpful in various areas like medical analysis for doctors to show another expert live if they are not able to determine the disease, during automotive repair - if a mechanic is not able to figure out the fault,  military soldiers to transfer various information and situation they are into to their respective authorities and it is used for entertainment purpose too.

PairASight - video streaming
PairASight - video streaming

PairASight project presently employs six individuals and is in the paradigm stage as there is no official declaration on how glasses will communicate with the smartphone or PC, though it has received lot of praise and interest after winning Technovation Award at CE week in New York. Company expects to bring the Glasses into the market early upcoming year with the intention of business use. It will be interesting to witness when PairASight glasses will come into the market and stand against its competitor, Google Glass.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

3D Printing - Technology Transforming Dreams Into Reality

3D Printing - Technology Transforming Dreams Into Reality


It’s every designer’s dream to transform his idea into a physical object that he can touch and feel. 3D printing technology helps to transform this dream into reality by creating any3D objects of any shape virtual model.
3D Printer
3D Printer

How it works?


First of all, a 3D digital image is made using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The image generated is in the form of .STL, .WRL (VRML), .PLY, .3DS and .ZPR files, is then sent to 3D printer. Then 3D printer places consecutive layers of liquid, powder, paper or metal material and constructs 3D model of the image by shaping series of cross-sections.


Different techniques used to build 3D objects.


There are different types of 3D printing techniques invented after 1970. Some of them are following.

1. Extrusion process: - In this process, plastic filament or metal wire is used which is wound around the coil and is reeled off to supply material to extrusion nozzle. The nozzle heats the material to melt and can be moved in horizontal and vertical directions. As soon as the material extrudes out from the nozzle, it hardens.
Materials used in this process are Thermoplastics (e.g. PLA, ABS), HDPE, eutectic metals, edible materials. Different polymers like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), polylactic acid (PLA), high density polyethylene (HDPE), PC/ABS, and polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) are used as filament.
But still the extrusion process is not the best because it cannot build cylinder like structures as they will not be supported during the building process.


3D Printer - Nozzles
3D Printer - Nozzles
2. Granular bed: - Materials like titanium alloys, metal alloys or thermoplastic are mixed together to form granular bed. Then it fuses the parts layer by layer till the object is manufactured. A laser is used to make solid objects from the powder. This process of making solid objects from powder is called Sintering. Sintering technique involved in this process is Selective laser sintering.
3D Printing - Granular process
3D Printing - Granular process
3. Lamination Process: - Materials like paper, metal foil or plastic film is used to build the object by laminating. Printing cost in this technique is lower.
3D Printing - Laminating Film
3D Printing - Laminating Film
4. Light Polymerization: - Light Polymerization is basically a technique to build solid object out of liquid. This technique makes the use of tub of liquid polymer that is disclosed to light which in turn hardens. Then the build plate shifts in small amount in downward direction and again the liquid is disclosed under light. This process is repeated till the object has been generated. The left over liquid is then drained from the tub, giving the solid object. Another system like Inkjet printer sprays photopolymer material in thin layers on the solid object to make it complete.
3D Printing - Light Polymerization
3D Printing - Light Polymerization

Advantages


  • With 3D printing, a Company can develop large number of products in less time hence, increases the manufacturing speed.
  • Also you can easily print out small objects at home rather than going to the store to buy which consumes time. You can send the digital copy of 3D object anywhere in the world over the internet so that your friends or relatives don’t have to worry about getting the physical object if it isn’t available in their area provided they have 3D printer.
  • If you are good at designing, you can get your imagination transformed into actual object in much less time.
  • Though the price of 3D printer is quite high, but once you get it, the object made out of it will cost very cheaper.
  • It creates more jobs as more engineers are required to build 3D printers and more technicians are required to preserve and utilize those printers.

DisAdvantages


  • As 3D printer is a machine, it prints whatever you want without knowing how badly the object is going to affect. This might be helpful to criminals to print the dangerous objects which may increases the risk of criminal activity.
  • There will be reduction in manufacturing jobs as most of the work will be done by machine without involving much labor.
  • With 3D printing, the printing of copyrighted products will become more common resulting into building of fake products and difficult to determine.
  • Objects built from 3D printer are limited in size. The common 3D printer provides size enough to fit on your desktop. There are other printers that are able to build larger objects but still to build larger objects require larger amount to pay.
  • 3D printers built objects out of only plastic, few metals and ceramics presently.

 

Friday, 26 July 2013

Wireless Charging - How It Works and How Beneficial It Is?

Wireless Charging - How It Works and How Beneficial It Is?


         Yeah!! Now, it is possible to charge your tele-communicating gizmos and even other electronic devices without cables. Wireless charging is now a days latest piece of technology and spreading in the world of electronics at a lightning speed.

        The new technology arrived in market which provides wireless charging or rather inductive charging in technical terms. To be more specific, the wireless charging basically works on the fundamentals of electro-magnetic field to transfer the type of energy between the two devices. There are two coils one in the pad of the charger and other in the electronic device which is required to be charged.

Wireless Charging - Components
Wireless Charging - Components


How It Works


Initially the induction device uses an induction coil which releases the electro-magnetic field.  The other induction coil is in the device which is to be charged. It receives the electromagnetic field and through the phenomenon of the inductive coupling, that electromagnetic field is converted into electric current and the device is charged then. This becomes very technical as far as the technology hidden behind this type of charging and the fundamentals of science is concerned.
 
Wireless Charging - How it works?
Wireless Charging - How it works?


Major Advantages


Wireless Charging is very safe. No wires means No fear of electric shock. Further, this technology is used in medical devices, which is highly advantageous over the wires which are needed to be penetrated through the skin in case of several treatments. No infection can occur as there are no wires. Metal wires gets corroded sometimes, charging wirelessly does not have any issue regarding the corrosion. In the matter of convenience also, this charging provide convenient options as the user need not to attach his device to a cord rather he just need to keep the device near an induction coil and the work is done.


Major Disadvantages


In this fast and furious world, this induction charging seems to be slow. As it is wireless, the electromagnetic field is not direction specific which provides slow charging. Further, in the case of efficiency, wireless charging is lagging behind. For the people who are strictly against the global warming, can’t use this kind of charging as it wastes lot of heat and provides less charging as it spreads open field. Some users find this type of charging inconvenient because one need to put the device near the charging device and cannot even move the device in necessity. As far as the dollars and pounds are concerned, you need some more of them to get the pleasure of this type of charging.
Wireless Charging - Samsung Galaxy S4
Wireless Charging - Samsung Galaxy S4


Applications


This type of charging, as it is safe, recently used in the field of mobile phones, medical science instruments, radios in early days, cars manufactured by different companies such as Toyota and in other large machines. In the recent field of mobile phones, there is a Qi Standard and several companies adopted this Qi Standard in their recent inventions. The phones like Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC Droid, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 820, Nexus 4 series launched by Google and several other devices comes with the Qi standard which supports all kinds of wireless charging.

Wireless Charging - Smartphone
Wireless Charging - Smartphone


Future Scope


In short and simple term, wireless charging is good and all I can say is, wireless charging is the future of the chargeable devices but it needs some more modifications in the technology to make it faster and even more efficient to run with the ongoing pace of this technoworld.




Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Windows 8.1 Features And Reviews

Windows 8.1 Features And Reviews


        After Windows 8 OS, Microsoft has launched advanced version of Windows 8 i.e. Windows 8.1 with many new features. Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 at the Build developer conference in San Francisco few days ago, describing as a polished version of Windows 8. Microsoft has already released Windows 8.1 preview and it is now officially available for free on Microsoft website. It is expected that the full version will be available in the autumn. Once the final version will release, it will be available for free download as Windows 8 update.

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Here are new features added to windows 8.1

Start Button


With Windows 8.1, Microsoft brings back the Start button which resides on the bottom-left corner but it is totally different from that in earlier Windows versions.

Windows 8.1 - Start Button
Windows 8.1 - Start Button


Lock Screen Window


Windows 8.1 allows you to turn your lock screen window into picture frame by having slideshow of your pictures. These pictures may be stored locally on your system or resides on Microsoft SkyDrive. You can also respond to your Skype call or open the camera quickly without entering the password.

Windows 8.1 - Lock Screen Window
Windows 8.1 - Lock Screen Window

Enhanced Start screen


Windows 8.1 provides greater customization options in Start Screen. It provides more different colors and background photos for the Start Screen with some motion images also. You can use your own background image to set it as Start Screen image.

Windows 8.1 - Enhanced Start Screen
Windows 8.1 - Enhanced Start Screen

Better Mouse Support


Devices which does not support touch, Windows 8.1 offers them improved mouse feature where you can hover a mouse in the corner, it brings all the apps page to you or back to previous page.

Tile Sizes


Windows 8 supports only two tile size currently but with new Windows 8.1 you can change the size as per your wish. Like Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 supports variety of tile sizes like new large and new small.


Windows 8.1 - Tile Sizes
Windows 8.1 - Tile Sizes
All in One Search 

In previous versions of Windows, rather than selecting an app and then search your files, Bing now offers all in one search where you can search anything from your system hard drive, App, SkyDrive, Web or any other place giving you appropriate answers for your questions. It will also provide results locally if are not connected to the Internet.

Windows 8.1 - All In One Search
Windows 8.1 - All In One Search

SkyDrive 


With improved SkyDrive feature, now you can get your all files that are stored locally on the drive or in the cloud. You can also take the back up of your whole local drive on the SkyDrive like Apple’s iCloud.


Windows 8.1 - SkyDrive
Windows 8.1 - SkyDrive
PC Settings

With PC Settings, you don’t need to access Control Panel to change normal settings like Display resolution, power options, Windows update, handle SkyDrive, change product key, etc.  You can change all these settings from PC Settings.


Windows 8.1 - PC Settings
Windows 8.1 - PC Settings


Internet Explorer 11


With updated OS comes updated Internet Explorer. New IE11 has better performance, page loads faster than before, can change its appearance and can open as many tabs as you want. Also IE11 has antimalware solution that scan the input before passing it over execution.

50-50 Split Screen


In windows 8 there wasn’t any feature for running multiple apps in split screen. But with Windows 8.1, now you can run two apps simultaneously side by side sharing the same single screen. This helps to carry out multitasking easier than ever. Also you can resize your app’s window size.


Windows 8.1 - 50-50 Split Screen
Windows 8.1 - 50-50 Split Screen

Kiosk Mode


With Kiosk mode in Windows 8.1, you can lock any app in your device to prevent people messing around with the app you don’t want them to access.


Windows 8.1 - Kiosk Mode
Windows 8.1 - Kiosk Mode

Camera App


With updated camera app, it now captures a picture before and after you click the capture button so you will not lose the best shot.

Windows 8.1 - Camera App
Windows 8.1 - Camera App

NFC Tap-to-Pair Feature


Now with NFC tap-to-pair feature, you can easily connect your Windows 8.1 device with an NFC enabled printer and you are ready to print. You just need to put an NFC card on your printer to enable this feature rather than buying another printer.

WiFi Direct Printing


With WiFi direct feature, you can connect to WiFi direct enabled printers without installing any extra drivers, making direct connection between Windows 8.1 running device and printer.

Broadband Tethering


With broadband tethering feature, you can make your Windows 8.1 device into WiFi access point, letting others to connect to your network and access the Internet.

Miracast wireless display


Miracast wireless display feature allows you to connect your Windows 8.1 device wirelessly with Miracast enabled projector using NFC and Miracast will use WiFi allowing you to operate projector without any cables.


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active : Features and Specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active : Features and Specifications.


        After Sony’s water proof and dust resistant smartphone Xperia Z, Samsung has launched its first water and dust proof smartphone i.e. Galaxy S4 Active. Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active are quite different from each other where we can say Galaxy S4 Active is better than Galaxy S4 only by its water and dust proof feature. Except water and dust proof, Galaxy S4 is better than Galaxy S4 Active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Screen and Display


        Galaxy S4 Active supports 3G and 4G network using micro-SIM. It  is little bigger and heavier than Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z, measuring 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm and weighing 153 g. It has TFT capacitive touchscreen supporting 16M colors like Xperia Z rather than AMOLED capacitive touchscreen used in Samsung’s most of the devices. The advantage of using TFT is it is brighter than AMOLED but on the other side it consumes more power than AMOLED. The screen size is 5.0 inches containing 1080 x 1920 pixels with pixel density of ~441 ppi which is same as Xperia Z and Galaxy S4. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is not as tough as Corning Gorilla Glass 3 used in Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 v/s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active v/s Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy S4 v/s Samsung Galaxy S4 Active v/s Sony Xperia Z

Durability : Water proof and Dust proof


        Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is certified with IP67 that means it is dust proof (6) and water proof (7) and can withstand water up to 1 meter and 30 minutes while Sony Xperia Z was IP57 certified which means it is dust resistant (5) and water proof (7). Resistance does not guarantee that it will be entirely Dust proof. Little amount of dust may enter the phone but that will not affect any operation of the phone. Hence we can say Samsung Galaxy S4 active is slightly better than Sony Xperia Z.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Water proof
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Water proof

Processor and Memory


        Galaxy S4 Active has Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600, Quad Core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor which is better than Sony Xperia Z having Quad core 1.5 GHz.  Still Galaxy S4 remains at the top by defeating both Galaxy S4 Active and Xperia Z by using eight cores - Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. With 2 GB of RAM integrated with Adreno 320 graphic card you can play all high graphic games without getting stuck. Galaxy S4 Active has 16 GB of internal memory and microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 64 GB, while Galaxy S4 comes with 16/32/64 GB of internal memory. It will run on Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back side
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Camera featuring "Aqua Mode"


        Galaxy S4 Active has 8 MP primary camera supporting 3264 x 2448 pixels with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash. Like Galaxy S4, it supports Simultaneous HD video and image recording with HDR technology that captures clear images against strong backlight with lesser noise and has secondary front camera of 2 MP. Both primary and secondary camera records video with 1080p@30fps. And with new Aqua Mode feature, you can capture underwater photos and record videos.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Underwater
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Underwater

Other Features


        Other features of this smartphone are USB On-the-go, infrared port, USB Host, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC enabled, Wi-Fi hotspot, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll and sensors like Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture are embedded with the phone. It has no Radio.

Color and Price

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in different colors
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in different colors
        Galaxy S4 Active will be available in the market in three colors:- Urban Grey, Dive Blue, Orange Flare. Like Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active has Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery but it drains faster than Galaxy S4 because of the use of TFT touchscreen that consumes more power. Galaxy S4 Active is expected to have price of around Rs. 40,000 INR in India, £500 in UK and $600 in US.

Rating : 8.7/10



Friday, 19 July 2013

HTC One Mini: Good Things Come In Small Packages

HTC One Mini: Good Things Come In Small Packages


        After successfully hitting the market with HTC One, HTC has announced the minimized version of HTC one i.e. HTC one Mini. HTC One is having quite high hardware configuration and it is pretty expensive too. HTC One Mini is an attempt to make it little cheaper and putting it into the mid range category so that more users can enjoy the awesomeness of HTC One.
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini

Design And Display


        HTC has announced to release this smartphone in August, 2013. It will support 3G as well as 4G network using micro SIM. This Mini smartphone has HD screen of size 4.3 inches having 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density of ~342 ppi which is more than Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (~256 ppi). It has dimensions of 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm and its body is made up of metal alloy weighing 122g. The display technology used in this smartphone is Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. HTC One mini has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is three times tougher than Corning Gorilla Glass 2 used in HTC One.

HTC One v/s HTC One Mini
HTC One v/s HTC One Mini
        HTC One Mini is integrated with HTC Sense UI for smooth multi touching and HTC BlinkFeed. HTC BlinkFeed is new feature that updates home screen automatically giving you the latest news about sports, blogs, post, etc.


Processor and OS


        While going over hardware configuration, HTC One Mini will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.4 GHz Dual Core processor with 1 GB RAM integrated with Adreno 305 GPU. It will run on Android OS version 4.2 (Jelly Bean) which is also a latest Version of OS.



HTC One Mini - Processor
HTC One Mini - Processor

Memory


        It has internal memory of 16 GB but there is no card slot for expanding memory which is consider to be the major drawback of this smartphone as just 16 GB of internal will not going to be enough for storing thousands of songs and high resolution movies because half of the memory will be consumed by applications data. But still HTC provides Dropbox space of 25 GB free for two years.

HTC One Mini - Is It Gonna Change the World?
HTC One Mini - Is It Gonna Change the World?


Camera


        HTC One Mini will have 4MP UltraPixel primary camera having 2688 x 1520 pixels with auto focus and LED flash and also it has HDR technology that can capture lightest and darkest areas of the picture than any other previous photographic technology. It can record videos with 1080@30fps and also it supports parallel HD video and image recording. It has secondary camera of 1.6 MP  with BSI sensor that increases the quantity of light hence improving quality of photos taken in low light and can record videos with 720p@30fps.


Sound System


        Going over to sound quality, it has dual frontal stereo speakers, one on top and other on bottom of the phone integrated with Beats audio sound enhancement. With Built-in amps you will experience louder and richer sound. That means HTC is never going to compromise with the sound system and giving the best output as in HTC One.
HTC One Mini Dual Speakers
HTC One Mini Dual Speakers

Other Features


        This smartphone has other features like infrared port, FM radio and sensors like Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and ambient light sensor (for low power consumption and low light sensitivity) are present. It contains Li-Po 1800 mAh non-removable battery embedded with the phone.


Color and Price


HTC One Mini in Stealth Black and Glacial Silver
HTC One Mini in Stealth Black and Glacial Silver
         HTC One mini will be available in the market with two colors: Glacial Silver, Stealth Black and is expected to have price between Rs. 25,000 to 30,000 INR in India and £380 in UK.



Rating : 8.8/10



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Nokia lumia 1020: Nothing Gets This Close.

Nokia lumia 1020: Nothing Gets This Close.


        Nokia lumia 1020 was announced to be released in July, 2013 with 3G and 4G network working on micro SIM. This smartphone has dimensions of 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm weighing around 158 g.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020

Display And Design  


        Lumia 1020 has AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supporting 16M colors and has a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. The size of the screen is 4.5 inches with pixel density of ~332 ppi which is more than average compared to any other smartphones and also supporting multitouch. The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is three times tougher than Corning GorillaGlass 2. 

Nokia Lumia 1020 Design
Nokia Lumia 1020 Design

        Along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, lumia 1020 also has PureMotion HD and Clear Black display. With PureMotion HD, the colors and contrast gets adjusted automatically depending on surrounding light. Clear Black display adds a reflection blocking layer between touch layer and display panel which helps to cut down reflections falling on the screen and better the quality of image. Sometimes under sunlight you are not able to see what is going on the screen but with Clear Black display which improves the brightness of the colors, helps to see everything clearly.

Awesome "41 MP" Camera


        The main feature of this smartphone is use of high resolution camera i.e. 41 MP primary camera of Carl Zeiss optics having 7152 x 5368 pixels along with Xenon and LED flash. 

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Camera
Nokia Lumia 1020 - Camera

          With 41 MP you can capture high resolution photos setting focus, white balance and shutter speed and can also capture dual photos. Once clicked, you can zoom in to see the minute details of the photo. With Nokia Rich Recording you can record video in full HD 1080p@30fps without distortion and experiencing stereo sound quality. Once recorded, you can zoom up to six times without reducing the quality. It also has secondary front camera of 1.2 MP and can record video in 720p@30fps.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - "41 MP" Camera
Nokia Lumia 1020 - "41 MP" Camera

        Nokia has used PureView technology in Lumia 1020, a technology that reduces high resolution photo into low resolution photo to achieve high quality and light sensitivity and allows 4x zooming without losing the quality.

Processor and OS


        Going over hardware configurations, it has Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 GPU and 2 GB of RAM to process heavy applications simultaneously without getting stuck. 


Nokia Lumia 1020 : Review and Specification
Nokia Lumia 1020 : Review and Specification


Memory


        It comes in two models based on internal memory i.e. 32 GB and 64 GB. This device gives 7 GB free cloud storage but it has no card slot for expanding memory. Powered by Windows, it will run on Windows Phone 8 OS integrated with MS Office and other features like free voice-guided navigation.
       
 

Special Feature - "Wireless Charging"


Nokia Lumia 1020 - Wireless Charging
Nokia Lumia 1020 - Wireless Charging

        Other miscellaneous features of this smartphone are stereo FM radio with RDS, microUSB, USB On-the-go, wireless charging, NFC enabled and sensors like accelerometer (to measure linear acceleration), gyro (to measure orientation), proximity (to discover nearby objects without any physical contact), compass (that shows the direction), barometer (to measure atmospheric pressure).



In Market World

Nokia Lumia 1020 In DIfferent Colors
Nokia Lumia 1020 In DIfferent Colors

        Nokia lumia 1020 is going to be launched in three colors i.e. Black, yellow and white containing Li-Ion 2000 mAh non-removable battery. It is expected to have price around $659 in US and Rs. 40,000 INR India.

Rating : 9.0/10




Saturday, 13 July 2013

Apple TV - TV In A Small Box.

Apple TV - TV In A Small Box.

        Apple always has its best product to give to its user with innovative technology. Apple TV gives best HD experience to see and hear news, songs, movies, photos and other events. And now with iCloud feature, everything you store on your Apple device is updated automatically on Apple TV. All these can be stored in very small box.
Apple TV
Apple TV
    

Design And Display


      Apple TV has dimension of 23 x 98 x 98 mm weighting around 0.6 pound. It comes with five ports:- power plug, HDMI, Micro-USB, optical audio and Ethernet slot. Everything you want to watch, that is stored in Apple TV, can be accessed wirelessly. That means you can watch HD movies, listen to your favorite songs and do more stuff wirelessly on your widescreen TV. Now there is no need to sync the content with iTunes or to manage storage. Apple TV comes with slick aluminum remote to switch between different menus. If you are using iphone or ipad or ipod touch, you just need to download an remote app to control Apple TV with your apple device.


Apple TV - TV In A Small Box
Apple TV - TV In A Small Box

How To Set up?


        It is very easy to setup apple TV without any cumbersome procedure. All you need to do is just plug the power and connect your widescreen TV with Apple TV using HDMI cable. As Apple TV streams everything wirelessly, all you need is wireless network.

Apple TV - How To Setup?
Apple TV - How To Setup?

        With Apple TV, you get immediate access to latest Hollywood releases and can watch as many as you want. You can search by genre, films or title and once you find it, you can watch its trailer, read reviews and can also check its ratings. To start watching the movie, just click on play and it will start in few seconds with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Going over rental tariffs, for SD movies rentals start from Rs.80 and for HD movies rentals start from Rs. 120. Once you rent the movie, you get 30 days to start watching. And once you start, you get 48 hours to watch as many times as you want.

Apple TV Screen
Apple TV Screen

        With photo streaming in iCloud, your recent photos appear automatically on your all devices along with Apple TV without syncing or sending it anywhere. With Airplay feature, you can stream your movies, photos and videos from your iphone, ipad or ipod touch with iOS 4.3 or higher provided device has airplay enabled apps. If you want to watch any movie that is stored in your any apple device or any recorded video, simply touch to start playing it on your Apple device and tap again to immediately watch on your Apple TV.

Apple TV -Airplay Feature
Apple TV -Airplay Feature

        With integration of youtube, vimeo and flickr apps, you can now watch all the videos from youtube and vimeo and can see your friends profile on flickr. With MLB TV subscription, you can watch MLB games live and in HD. You can also pause it to avoid missing the best shot or rewind it replay your favorite shot again or fast forward it. If you are not subscribe to MLB TV, still you can get latest scores, stats and schedules – all for free. Also apple TV has Wall Street Journal Live(WSJ Live) app to get the latest breaking news about business, finance and economic issues.


Apple TV - Youtube
Apple TV - Youtube

        To use Apple TV, the basic requirements are HDMI cable, High-definition TV with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p, Wired or wireless network, iTunes store account and broadband internet connection.

        Having such great functions, Apple TV costs only $99.


 

Google Project Loon- A New Way To Connect To The World.

Google Project Loon- A New Way To Connect To The World.


        These days world is dependent mostly on internet. Life without internet seems to be harder for a moment for those who live surrounded by internet all the time. But still two thirds of the whole world’s population does not have access to the internet. Keeping that in mind, Google came up with innovative idea to connect people to internet and to make the best out of it.

        Project Google Loon is basically cluster of balloons floating on the boundary of space that will help people to connect from different areas, and bring them back together.


Google Loon
Google Loon

Where it will travel?


        Project Google Loon’s balloons will travel in stratosphere which is about 20 km above the earth’s surface. The reason for keeping it into stratosphere is wind in this layer is usually calm and moves slowly with speed of 5 to 10 mph. To determine the direction of the balloons, it uses some computer algorithms to decide where the balloons should move. In this way moving along with the direction of wind, these balloons can be adjusted to cover huge network of people.

Balloons Floating In Stratosphere
Balloons Floating In Stratosphere

What It Is Made Up Of?


        Project Loon’s balloon is said to be made up of polyethylene plastic which is 15 meters wide and 12 meters tall when fully filled with air. It is cautiously designed to work even in challenging conditions like an air pressure that is 1% of sea level and low temperature such as -50 degree Celsius.

Google's Project Loon
Google's Project Loon

What makes these balloons run?


       All these balloons have solar panels installed that are capable of producing 100 Watts of power when exposed to full sun which charges its battery  enough to keep the balloons running  even at night. There is one small box below the balloon like in a hot air balloon but rather than having space for passengers, it contains electronic devices and boards to control the balloon, batteries to store power, GPS, sensors and antennas to communicate with internet antennas on the earth’s surface and with other balloons.

Control Box
Control Box.

How long it connects?


        Each balloon has capability of providing connectivity to about 40 km in diameter. Talking about the speed, it will provide high speed like 3G. Presently the balloon uses ISM bands - 2.4 and 5.8 GHz which are available to use for anybody on the earth.


Internet Antennas on Ground
Internet Antennas on Ground.

Google Project Loon : In Market World


        In June, Google launched its first balloon from New Zealand and then after around 30 balloons have been launched.This can be a Revolution in Internet World.