“Smart Home” comes under the “The Internet of Things,” also called IoT. The way devices and appliances can be connected together to provide control over all aspects of your house and more. Home automation has existed for decades for lighting and simple appliance control.
Today technology grabs the idea of the interconnected world at the touch of your fingertips or a simple voice command to Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana.
Home automation and smart home are entirely interchangeable; in fact, if you search for “what is a smart home,” you will get similar results.…
Human enhancement technologies are opening up many exciting new possibilities. But they are also bringing up questions about what it means to be human, and what’s right or wrong for our individual and collective well-being. These new technological applications are geared towards restoring or improving mental and physical abilities for medical purposes.
However, those new applications can be turned around and used with a different goal in mind: enhancing performance. Think of athletes! However, using this technology is will be an individual choice; it nevertheless has an impact on society as a whole. An international group of researchers led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, and Oxford University has been exploring the ethical issues arising from such experiments.…
Solar power was in a permanent state of advancement in 2019, with new improvements in solar panel technology announced almost weekly. In the last year alone, there were landmarks in wearable solar technology, solar energy storage, solar efficiency, and solar design tech. Keep reading to find the full update on all of the breakthroughs you should know about in the world of new solar energy products technologies.
Solar Technology: What Is New In 2019?
There are two main types of solar technologies: concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics (PV). Solar PV technology catches sunlight to produce electric power, and CSP provides the sun’s heat and uses it to produce thermal energy which powers tanks or heaters. With both of these kinds of solar energy comes a broad range of opportunities for technical innovation. Here are some of the newest emerging solar panel technologies for 2019:…
The Encryption Algorithm in Linux Kernel of NSA is currently creating unease in community with more than 13 million lines of code, the Linux kernel is one of the major open source projects on this planet, and however, what is a kernel and what are its uses?
So What’s The Kernel?
A kernel is the lowest level of quickly expendable software that interfaces with the hardware in your PC. It’s responsible for interfacing all your applications which are running in user mode to the physical hardware, and enabling processes, called servers, to get information from each other using inter-process communication (IPC).
Linux Kernel 4.17 watched the addition of Speck, the controversial encryption algorithm of NSA. Linux Kernel 4.18 will watch Speck being available as a backed algorithm with the script, and not everybody is delighted about it.
Before you panic or form adverse decisions, you need to know that Speck isn’t a backdoor. It’s …
Some kids are born with Poland Syndrome meaning that the affected hand cannot function normally. The kids with this condition cannot perform various tasks like playing their favorite game. On the other hand, amputees also suffer the same fate following the removal of the hand due to different conditions.
However, there is a ray of hope since such people can harness the affordable 3-D technology to overcome their challenges. The inspiring story of Hailey Dawson’s robotic hand shows that people with artificial hands can also perform various activities like any average person.
Hailey Dawson was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare condition that affected her hand such that it could not function normally. Touched by her situation, the students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) College of Engineering faculty came to her rescue. They designed a 3-D printed robotic hand that helps Hailey to perform an increased number of functions.…
Human beings have always sought ways to make their lives better, simpler and more comfortable. It is this hunger for a better life and more free time that feeds the ever-evolving nature of technology and internet use.
Industry experts note that the number of connected devices is exploding. The projections suggest that the number of connected devices will grow to over 8.3 billion in 2017. This is an increase from 6.38 in 2016. These figures include smart or robotic home devices such as TVs, refrigerators, lightening, garage doors, cleaning products, and security cameras all of which are part of home automation. See Robots In My Home for more examples. It is also important to note that the figures do not include devices such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers.
Today, the internet remains one of the most influential technologies in the world. The number of people connected to the internet continues to grow with increased …
Password hashing systems are an important part of data security for many companies. The best options are the ones that can save time, money and computer memory in a smart, secure system. For a long time, Lyra was that system. Then its designers went back to the drawing board and created a new, more impressive version in Lyra2.
What Was Lyra?
Lyra was a password-based system that used cryptographic algorithms to decode a sequential system. This is also referred to as a key derivation function or KDF. It was the creation a group of students from Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo.
The original Lyra model was a great example of key encryption algorithms. The idea of this sequential system, rather than one that could be easily paralleled, was that it was much safer. Hackers with the toughest custom hardware and multiple processing cores couldn’t get through this …
The need for new, efficient solar energy products is undeniable. As more companies work to create appealing, consumer-focused products, efficiency remains a top goal. Many companies are competing to provide the very best panels with new solar technologies. SolarCity is opening a mass-production facility in Buffalo, New York, with panels reaching levels of 22%. Panasonic claim to have since beaten that.
One Of The Interesting New Technologies For Solar Panel Creation Is That Of Perovskite Solar Cells
These new cells reach efficiency ratings up to 20% and are applicable in many situations. They are printed used ink-jet technology on flexible plastic film, which should revolutionize manufacture in some ways.
When combined with current silicon cells, the efficiency and appeal of the panels can only increase. At least that is what the manufacturers and designers had hoped. The problem here is that there is another material found within these new cells that isn’t …
Virtual reality headsets are nothing new. You put them on, plug in and transport yourself to another world. There you can play games or do whatever else will take you away from reality. The idea of a pair of augmented reality glasses for driving is different. You don’t want to distort reality when driving.
However, you do want to improve your perception of it to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable. MINI has teamed up with San-Francisco designers Qualcomm to create their glasses for the road. Mini is leading the way with these glasses, as no other car maker has thought about doing this. Is there a significant reason for that, or are other car makers missing a trick?…
With so many robotic pool cleaners on the market these days, it can be tricky finding the ideal fit. Specifications are helpful, but they are starting to sound the same. It is important to find the right model based on user experiences and the main advantages and selling points.
The following models each target a certain part of the market with great features and tech. They all promise a great cleaning experience but go about providing it in different ways. There are also some features that just miss the mark.
Infrared technology is a helpful tool for anyone that needs to see in the dark and tap into this invisible wavelength. It has many practical applications and industrial grade camera are sought after. However, there is also a call for commercial-level devices for consumers that want to play around in the dark.
This is now possible via the vision enhancement software of the FLIR One. FLIR means forward-looking infrared, and this is apt. This is an example of the thermal camera systems of the future, with its clever use of infrared cameras and thermal cameras.
Solar panels have many benefits as a way of powering and heating a home. However, they are not always the most attractive of products. Tesla is out to prove that it doesn’t have to be this way with their new invisible solar roof tiles. The solar glass tiles received their grand unveiling on the set of Desperate Housewives.
It was a neat trick to show that the most attractive LA homes can still look great with a solar roof installation. Elon Musk’s team had stripped the old roofs and replaced them with these new glass tiles with solar cells inside. They still look like slate and tiled roofs, with no sign of solar tech. This is much more appealing than a big black mass of silicon cells.…
Encryption is a complicated affair. Designers of key encryption algorithms need to create something complex enough that it can handle data on a large scale. Furthermore, the system must handle the data in such a secure way that there is no way to hack it. There are times when designers will come up with an unbreakable, fast system that in the pinnacle.
Before long, someone will find a way to beat it, or it will become obsolete, slow and unappealing. This is what happened with DES. Since its inception, several companies have tried to create the very best algorithms and alternative options to replace it. Some have succeeded significantly with some impressive, complicated systems.
This guide will look at 5 of the best. This includes 3DES, which is still respected, the options from RSA, Blowfish, Twofish and 3DES’s eventual successor.…
Home automation is a big business. The less effort that homeowners have to spend heating securing, lighting and cleaning their home, the better. These smart home products are all about providing an easy-to-use robotic solution for a household task. They can be user programmed to understand user preferences and the layout of a home for a great performance.
There are now intelligent robotic products in all kinds of niche areas of household design. There are product homeowners would expect, like security systems and home hubs, but also oddities for the kitchen or gym. The list of options is diverse and continually evolving.
The following list of types of smart home products highlights these different innovations in home automation. This is an up-to-date representation of the industry at the moment. However, it won’t be long before smarter; better products come along.…
It is usually places like California that receive all the praise and investment when it comes to solar power. This time is the turn of Buffalo, New York. An industrial park near Lake Erie is set to become the home of SolarCiy’s new factory. The aim is to produce the most efficient solar panels for the commercial sector.
Their aims are not small either, with a total of a gigawatt of panels expected from the site each year. That equates to 10,000 panels a day. It this too risky a venture? Or, have SolarCity tapped into the right part of the solar energy market at the right time?
There Are Some Concerns Over The Scale Of The Investment And The Cost
This is not a cheap investment for Buffalo, as the facility has already cost around $750 million. The facility came about through the kind funding of New York State, …
Online security is something that we consider a lot in our day-to-day lives. We all want the reassurance that all of our details and online transactions are secure. This means protection for bank details, account numbers, personal details, and other sensitive information.
We know that sites promise to be safe with the best protection, but we know little about how this works. Encryption algorithms are at work on numerous websites, from Amazon sales pages to Paypal transactions, for our security.
What Is Encryption And How Do These Encryption Algorithms Work?