Best Fitness Trackers 2016

In 2016, Best fitness trackers are none but another watch on your wrist

Let us check it out in dictionary; word watch can be used as a transitive and intransitive verb. In the regular terminology of the dictionary, Watch means “to have a look at something” or to “stay awake.” Now think again, why we use word “watch” in connection with “wristwatches”, the reason is quite simple, the watch means to stay awake and wrist watches or other watches help us in staying awake by keeping a track of the time.

Fitness trackers are emerging as the new watchdogs of our fitness regimens

Fitness trackers are becoming the wristwatches of the 21st century. With the arrival of smart phones and mobile phones, regular watches are becoming redundant. In the year 2016, we witnessed the emergence of a new culture. People are now replacing fitness tracker watches with regular watches. These attractive watches win the tag of wearing an “in the vogue” thing and the same watches also help individuals in keeping a check on their fitness regimes. It is a welcome change of sorts, in the past, we were matching steps with the world and regular watches were our tools and now we are matching steps with our own body clock and fitness tracker watches are acting like an ideal tool for us.

Which fitness tracker watch is the best, if you wish to seek an answer to this question then you need to take care of three criterion, first the functions, second the battery and third is the price or the value for money. Based on these three criterion here we are presenting a list of three super performers of who made it big in the market of fitness trackers in the year of 2016. 

Fitness Tracker

Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Blaze

Numbers are certainly supporting this gizmo; it is a boon for entry-level fitness enthusiasts. Battery, looks and hardware are all tried and tested. It would be safe to say that Fitbit Blaze has already become a trusted name in the market and it has all the good reasons to sustain its position in the top bracket because it is very easy to use and entry level players want this kind of an ease in the game all the time. It costs  INR.19,999.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

It is a chunky design with some intelligent and serious features clubbed together in a fitness tracker machine. It started creating ripples in the market because of the functions like GPS control and heartbeat rate monitor. It is a 24×7 device and it can monitor your sleep timings as well. It starts at INR. 14,999.

Jawbone UP2

Loaded with smart features like step monitoring, alarm systems and sleep monitoring, Jawbone UP2 is a machine that looks more like a friendship band. It means that if you are wearing casual stuff all the time and want to add a colourful accessory to it then, in this case, Jawbone UP2 can be a great choice. It costs INR10, 000.

Two Thousand Sixteen is the epitome of simple 10,000-step theory

In the early 70s a Japanese professor came up with this idea of 10,000 steps during a day theory. It was believed that people who increase their walking to 10,000 steps daily experience a real health benefits.  Then we saw the emergence of this concept where they maintained a check on the rate of heartbeats in order to figure out the right health conditions. The fitness trackers hitting the marquee in 2016 are like hybrid gadgets that are capable of maintaining both the ends well.

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Pokemon Go- How this New Phenomenon is Changing the World

For each and every kid in the world that grew in the late nineties and the early two thousands, there is one thing that is common throughout. They grew up watching the anime phenomenon called Pokemon. For the unfamiliar, this was (and still is) a Japanese game franchise inspired anime series that took the world by storm. It had all the elements that attracted kids and young adults alike. A relatable protagonist, epic adventures, great connect value etc. For a long time Pokemon ruled the cartoon network throughout the world. The anime and games along with multiple tie-ins deals, toys, and promotions grew into a cultural phenomenon that had its fan base in children and young adults alike.

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO (Source: http://www.pokemongo.com/)

Cut to Today

This was all in the late nineties and the early two thousands. Fast forward to just about one month ago, July 2016, when another cultural phenomenon called Pokemon GO yet again took over the world, accumulating over fifty million downloads on the Google App Store in its first week and a yet unknown number on the iOS App Store.

How it Works

Again for the unfamiliar, Pokemon GO is a smartphone game that makes use of augmented reality to present a scenario to the player where they must physically travel to locate Pokemon and then make use of a Poke-ball throwing mechanism to catch the Pokemon. The game offers several other features, but this is the gist of what it does.

Why it Works

Now what we need to understand is how this game with such a simple mechanism took over the world. The key ingredient that it worked upon was nostalgia. An analysis of the active users of the game ranged between people who were within the age group of 18-24, this necessarily accounts for all those children who grew up when the anime series was at its prime. These people got to experience what it would be like to catch Pokemon in reality.

Get Exercising

This is where the physical aspect of the game and the exceptional use of augmented reality have worked wonders for the game. The simple mechanic creates a scenario where people have to physically travel to the locations in order to locate the Pokemon. Once they reach the location the game switches to the augmented reality mode where it uses the phones camera to digitally project a Pokemon in the surroundings on the phone screen. This brings in a feature in the game that differs from the peer games, since it serves a purpose for the people to physically move from place to place in hopes of finding a Pokemon.
Another way in which the game makes use of using the physical aspect is to make people walk a dedicated number of kilometres in order to hatch a Pokemon egg that they collect, the more they walk, and the more are their chances of hatching a rare Pokemon.

The Psychological Aspect

 The game goes into the players’ mind because as per the research, the games that offer trophies make a gamer feel a sense of achievement. Although the achievement is not real, it triggers the hormone called dopamine which causes a “natural high” feeling in a person. Not only this, it is an addictive game because it encourages “collection”. It is a general liking of almost all the people to enjoy the behavior of collecting something.

 Pokemon go has essentially played a gamble on the people’s psychology by working up the game in a manner that instantly capitalizes on the already popular fan base of the franchise and giving the people a massively multiplayer scenario in which they can interact with several other gamers alike and interact in a manner that has never achieved mainstream publicity. Sure the developers of the game Niantic had earlier brought out a game based on a similar framework, but it is only with Pokemon GO that has been licensed to them by Nintendo that they have been able to successfully achieve what they aimed for, that is creating a global community of Pokemon lovers.

Boost to Mobile Gaming

Pokemon GO has also created a phenomenon in the world of mobile gaming. Mobile gaming which was earlier considered secondary to Console and PC gaming has received a never seen before appraisal and interest because of Pokemon GO. People are actually leaving their houses in order to look for Pokemon. Pokemon GO has now more active daily users than Twitter. Sure the issue of battery drainage is there, but it seems people do not mind carrying power banks and portable chargers to assist them in their hunt.

Importance of Safety

The most important concern that can be raised in regards to Pokemon GO is that of safety outside home. People might become so engrossed in their phones that they might ignore important aspects like road safety. However the game does encourage people to take excessive care of their surroundings in order to be safe and sound.

In conclusion, whether you have been a fan of the game or not, you would have to be living under the rock to miss the huge dent it has made in today’s world. Its success can be called nothing short of exemplary. Whether you have tried it yet or not is a discussion for another day. Whether you should or not doesn’t even need to be a discussion.

Download it right now and we wish you happy hunting.
Hurry up because, you gotta catch ‘em all!

Technology Juggernauts Harnessing Power of Olympics2016

Olympics, the mix of everything in everything, has come to life, as the cauldron has been lit and the show has started. But this time, there’s something really amazing happening that is beyond expectation. This Olympics is the most technologically oriented event where the big technology giants such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook are taking advantage of the event by modernizing many aspects of Olympics.

Rio 2016 and Technologies

Rio 2016 and Technologies (courtesy: http://www.rio2016-live.com)

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Live Streaming Application: The NBC Sports app will be livestreaming all the events. The application is available for download on Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon, Windows 10 tablets, Xbox, Windows Phone, PC and Mac to access news, highlights and programming.
  • Microsoft Azure: Microsoft has prepared a big storage space, called cloud, for storing and live-streaming all the events of Rio to the whole world. Each user will be allowed to access 4,500 hours of online content. Due to a time difference of only 1 hour between Eastern US and Rio, a large amount of viewers are expected this time.
  • The need for high definition: To deliver the best services and gather audience who will be watching Rio on big TV’s, NBC want to assure high definition output for their TV Programs. Microsoft Azure has also increased their TV output to 1080 pixels.
  • Livestream Ads: Azure will be partnering with Adobe to build livestream ads.
  • Local tech: Microsoft announced that they will also be developing technology to meet the needs of local people and local places where the games will be played.
  • The Google Magic: Google has announced a variety of additions to their interface for the upcoming Rio Olympics. Google will be adding a detailed event schedule, the country wise medal count and athlete information in its Search function. These additions will also enable everyone to view the TV Schedule in more than 31 nations and watch highlights of all the events in more than 60 countries around the world. Users of google on android and iOS will be getting automatic updates of all events in Rio.
  • The google Maps Experience: Google Maps has already scanned the streets of Rio and Olympic venue for a 360 degree panoramas using Street view. Google has also partnered with 8-9 of top cultural organisations of Rio to create an interactive online collection of Rio’s famous art exhibits and landmarks.
  • Samsung is in line: Samsung came up with a world class Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition smartphone and Samsung will be delivering 12,500 to all Olympians.
  • Virtual Reality Dance: VR is also here to rock Rio! NBC will offer virtual reality coverage of the Olympic Games, exclusively for Samsung Galaxy smartphone users having the Samsung Galaxy VR via the NBC app. 85 hours of VR programing will be available including all ceremonies and games.
  • Tips for many tech leaders: Dahlia El Gazzar, the founder of event tech consulting firm DAHLIA+ offered amazing tips for tech leaders to grab hold of their funnel in such events and how to make full use of them. The tips were on improvement of Data analytics, Curation of user-generated content and filtration and creation of local meetup or events applications. El Gazzar said: “For smaller tech companies—be niche, be consistent, do what you do best, target hard, promote what you are doing,”

Here are the 3 best learning outcomes of this year’s Olympics:

  • This year’s Olympics will be the most technologically oriented event, setting examples for all tech leaders to follow.
  • This year, 85% of viewers will be on a second screen such as TV, app, or VR to watch the events.
  • Partnerships, Expansion and Rebranding is the future for tech companies to capitalize on major events.

Let us see which country and which company make the most of this highly popular game show!

Do You Know about the New Buzz ‘Internet Bots’?

A ‘Bot’ (Robot), or typically called An Internet Bot, is a software application that runs repetitive automated tasks or scripts over the internet. The task can be as simple as opening your browser as soon as you open the computer, or it may be structurally repetitive, such as making backups. As the market of Apps is becoming mature, the trend of Chatbox would certainly rise. Normally powered by artificial intelligence, Bots also rely on humans.

Internet Bots

Internet Bots

These bots or software applications have many names. But why are they getting so popular? Bots can perform human tasks at exceptionally high speed. These tasks can be simple, they can be implemented in gaming such as ‘ Doing Repetitive Firing in a War Game’  or ‘ Doing a task in a game repetitively so that it earns you more points’ , or they can be used in programming to help coders write repetitive lines or certain repetitive codes.

But Bots have far more amount of applications. Here are the top 6 bots to blow your mind:

  • The Music Promotion Bots: Many Song artists and music producers release a music chatting bot that can provide you with a lot of information about singer’s history, their tours, their songs, the base levels and all the information that you need. These bots became quickly popular in 2001 when 1 million people added GooglyMinotaur as their friend which promoted the album ‘ Amnesiac’ by Radiohead. AOL Instant Messenger users could add the GooglyMinotaur to their buddy list and chat with him like they would a friend or family member.
  • The Foodie Bots: These bots are something that grew out of people’s inability to decide on ‘What should they eat?’ Brown, a developer, came up with Lunchbot in 2013, a simple software application that recommends a food option out of all options in the vicinity of the person. It started with 20 restaurants and it expanded slowly. Now, it has become more sophisticated and holds a bigger database of restaurants and food trucks.
  • The Al-powered assistants: This bot is a solution to all the different organisation apps that you have in your smartphone. This bot manages more and more of our daily activities on the web and on different applications. It works on the basis of your preferences and does an incredible job in reducing the amount of time you spend on your smartphone.
  • Crawling Bots/ GoogleBot: Crawling is a process by which this bot discovers and updates pages that have to be added to the Google Index. This bot actually helps to update the web regularly and it is the reason why you always find updated information on all webpages.
  • Search Engine Bots/ Spiders: Such bots, also called spiders, are the new face of search engines and they help you search all websites for pages, audio files and images. The ‘ Baidu Spider’ is currently the most famous bot and is operated as a substitute to Google in China. Another such bot is Microsoft’s ‘bingbot’ which is the basic software script for the Bing Search engine. The Yandex bot is another Russian search engine bot.
  • The Co-Working/ Teamwork Bot: Ever felt a problem while working in a team? Bots are here for you. The Slackbot is one such bot which helps you send instant messages to your team workers about regular updates such as ‘ You will be late’ or ‘ You won’t come’ etc. The Slackbot can also help you set up personal details for you. It builds a profile for you and then manages it accordingly.

Many such bots are now developing. The Silicon Valley awaits another stream of classic bots that will be the ‘Next big thing’ in the world of coding and applications. With so many things happening about bots, many CEOs regard it as the ‘Bitcoin of the App industry’. Bots will indeed be the next thing that are going to fill up your mobile space even before you know it. Be with us and we will also talk about some of the worth trying Facebook Chatbots in our next post.

Brexit And Its Impact On Technology

For those of you who don’t know yet, Brexit is the phenomenon which denotes the voice of the British voters as of 23rd June, 2016; as they voted in favour of Britain exiting the European Union. It is one of the most massive occurrences of recent times which have taken the entire world by storm. The fact that David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) has already announced his departure is a testament in itself as to how ‘big’ it truly is. This referendum has led to the plummeting of not only the British market, but the global market as a whole affecting everything in its wake; right from political relationships, administrative setups, currency values and what not! The technology sector hasn’t been left too far behind though. Here’s how:

Impact on the Startup Sector

The decision of UK to leave European Union would have an adverse effect on the British startup sector. Till 2015, United Kingdom enjoyed a distinct advantage over Germany in the start-up sector. Since then, Berlin has overtaken London in this area. A majority of British start-ups from the United Kingdom were dead set against the idea of Britain leaving EU. The exit has only confirmed the fears that the bridge between Berlin and London will widen in the years to come. Software major, Microsoft warned, in the run up to the Brexit polls that Britain may be a less preferred investment destination in the event that Britons decide to leave the European Union. It is expected that Germany would attract major investment in the financial technology sector and the British would turn out to be losers.

Impact on Radio Frequency

Brexit may make it difficult for the standardization of technology required for 5G. Prior to this week’s opinion poll which saw a majority of Britons voting for the exit, there was a move to standardize all technologies, radio frequencies, spectrum etc before the roll out of the fifth generation of mobile technology. Now, Britain may have to take the concurrence of its public for adherence to the EU standardization drive. Logically, Britain may adopt the same standards as the EU but, the air of uncertainty will linger for some time to come.

Brexit and Tech

Brexit

Costlier Mobile Calls from EU to Britain

It is expected that post Brexit, callers from EU to Britain will have to pay more for the same mobile call. This would especially impact Britons who are visiting the EU. Expect them to pay more for the data charges from EU to Britain.

Impact on Data Privacy

In simple language, it means that there will probably be a new set of laws in Britain to regulate its data flows to the EU mainland. So far, the EU was resisting the US tech firms from accessing and profiling the data of its citizens. The EU thought that the data of its citizens was not safe in the hands of the US tech companies like Google and Microsoft. Now with Britain leaving the European Union, the rest of the EU would again subject the British tech firms to rigorous scrutiny. This may not happen immediately as Britain would most likely remain with the EU till 2018, but, the country is expected to amend its data policies in consonance with those of the EU.

Right To Be Forgotten

Granted by a European Union court, the judgment gave the right to the citizens of EU to not turn up in search results that were irrelevant, inadequate etc to the purposes of which they were processed. In simple language, this means that the judgment established the right to privacy of an EU citizen. With Britain exiting the European Union, this protective shield is no longer available to its citizens. However, any British court may restore this right to the British but, it is unlikely that the search engines will not challenge such a ruling.

New Trade Laws

It is widely expected that post Brexit, there will be a new set of laws governing import and export between UK and EU on one hand and UK and the individual member nations of the European Union. This will require a major overhaul of computer systems, their software etc. There will be firms that will sprout overnight offering services for overhauling of information systems of organizations in the United Kingdom. It will be akin to the situation like Y2K when a lot of firms sprang up to set Y2K compliant systems.

Shrinkage Of The UK

A large number of Scots have voted in favour of remaining with the European Union. In the coming days , they will take a hard look at the British and the EU economies .If they find the EU economy attractive enough, the Scots will decide to leave the UK altogether. This may force many companies (particularly the tech ones) which are conducting their business in Scotland, to re- evaluate their ties with the UK.

The Aspect of Immigration

Trans-border flows of skilled labour between UK and the EU will be highly impacted post Brexit. The EU will no longer allow free flow of labour from Britain to its member countries. Maybe, the entry costs of such labour will be increased to a level where the operating costs of British firms operating in the EU will rise uncontrollably. Bottom lines of such firms will be severely impacted.

Though it is not so easy to judge the repercussion of Brexit, it could be indeed very profound and complex. For now, let us wait and watch the impact of it on each sector and the global market!

How IoT (Internet of Things) is changing our lives?

We’ve been discussing about IoT since the start of this decade, but the understanding of this topic is very important in terms of the effect that it will have in our future. Well, IoT in traditional terms is a network of physical objects, basically everything near you which is collaborated to each other through a very complex mechanism of electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that come along to eliminate any human-human interaction or computer-human interaction. Come to think of it, as we stand here in the 21st century, the phenomenon of IoT is everywhere around us, but not many of us realize the innate potential it holds. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty first and check what the IoT is actually made up of:

What is IoT

In actual terms, IoT is a mechanism to eliminate a human interference between two non-living services or objects.

For example, have you always been bemused by the fact that you see some Sponsored ads on your Facebook news feed over and over again? And there’s more! You also see the same products being showcased on the top and at the side of your Google results. Imagine yourself browsing through some Football shoes for yourself on an e-commerce website. The next second, your Facebook feed or your Google results or if you’re using an app or a website with paid ads; everything will be pointing towards the collection of shoes that you were just looking at with multiple options. This has been deemed as re-marketing per se, or targeted marketing. Everything from your shopping history to the amount of time you spent on a particular product link to the items that you entered in your cart but chose not to buy; all such parameters and more are recorded and then used to influence your decision as you are browsing through the Internet. Through an integrated mechanism, you become a potential client whose details are saved and are then exploited. The key component of the IoT  (whether wearables or smart home devices)  is not the sensor, but the application. Extracting important data from the piles of information is crucial.

Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Hop On The IoT Revolution Train

But how will IoT bring revolution to the market? Here’s a clue. Human-Human interaction accounts for 70-80% of the world’s official working to date. That means that about 60-70% of your salary is actually made of your own muscle power and the rest is attributed to computer-computer interaction. Now, the computer-computer interaction is going to increase, so your salary will now comprise of less muscle power and more computer-computer interaction. Let us seek an example here: If you have a business where you run a cow house and you process their milk for production. Let us assume that your machines are automated enough to extract the cow’s milk. But, you are the one who has to determine when the cow is ready. In IoT, a Biochip linked to the Cow sends a signal to the computer that the cow is ready for milking. Through automated doors and paths, the cow is led to the milking station and the process is carried out. More amazingly, even fodder supply is also controlled by IoT. A Biosensor analyses the cow’s pattern to analyse its hunger level and feeds it accordingly. So, your muscle power is reduced.

IoT is reducing the muscle power of people and the machines are bound to do that work. Not only that, your mental usage will also be affected and your decision making power shall also be reduced. Even though you have the ultimate capacity to control the system, you can’t really feed to cow at any time because of your instincts (A thing that has been happening till date).

Wide Array Of Merits

Mental and physical engagement shall be reduced by the working of IoT. 17 years into the working, IoT has had amazing development and has changed a lot of lives. The application system at many universities automatically generates a status portal when an applicant submits an application, ultimately reducing the work of the application processing department. The testing sites now automatically send scores to preferred universities automatically on time and before the person actually gets to know, the scores are submitted and show ‘Received’ on your status portal.

Ultimately, we’re looking at improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. But, with less human-computer interaction, more companies will focus on developers and software engineers while data interpreters and basic computer engineers might have to face problems. Also, the huge industry of data entry workers, middle men and many other people is bound to face extinction! We are currently witnessing a transformation that will metamorphosis the way we work and live. Let us harness the power of the latest revolutionary technology making the right choice of platforms!

 

 

5 Best Examples of Big Data Usage in India

Here we are dissecting the ‘Big’ in ‘Big Data’. It was only a few years ago when this tech marvel rose to the scene and it has come a long way from being the new kid on the block to an already established treat which no one can get enough of. Big Data is no longer a buzzword as it has already been widely accepted and integrated by every farsighted company and organization out there. However, what most people don’t realize is the fact that Big Data is not just limited to the technology space having found its niche but in many other equally advanced domains as well.

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The applications of Big Data are staggering especially in a rising economy like India. Here are the top 5 examples of Big Data usage on a national scale:

  1. Big Data & Elections:
  • If there’s one thing which sets BJP apart from every other political party in the country, it is their usage of the power of the Internet. And this is where Big Data enters the fray. Big Data analytics played a pivotal role in making BJP the current ruling party.
  • The party indulged in extensive data mining which opened their eyes to understanding the various local sentiments and issues that people deal with on a daily basis.
  • This innate focus on data was also utilised to raise valuable funds following different traction models in different areas.
  • The fact that there are no less than 800 million registered Indian voters, each with their own ideology and set of expectations, a cutting edge innovative tool was desperately needed. Voila! Big Data came to the rescue!
  1. Big Data & Water Leakage Detection:
  • The BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board) which is the body which oversees water supply and sewerage in the city has integrated with IBM’s technology which focuses on predictive analytics and Big Data in order to monitor and keep a track of the water distribution systems.
  • Ever since the city’s population has almost doubled from 5.4 million in 2000 to somewhere around 10 million to this date, something had to give. This has put immense pressure on the city’s water distribution system. This is why the BWSSB in tandem with IBM has come up with an operational dashboard per se, which acts as a centralized command centre overlooking the water supply networks present in the entire city.
  • Through the power of Big Data, the 45% of unaccounted water supply will definitely come down with the help of real time instantaneous monitoring and detection.
  1. Big Data & Finance:
  • No less than 40% of our country’s population lacks proper access to financial and banking services resulting in massive financial inclusion.
  • Janalakshmi Financial services, a micro finance firm is looking to tap this potential with the help of Big Data formulating a highly aggressive plan of expansion which aims to increase their footprint from 3 million accounts till date to over 20 million accounts by the year 2020.
  • Big Data will provide the much needed insights and behaviour traits along with due demographics through which such institutions can design customized financial strategies for those sections of the society which are often overlooked.
  • In order to improve distribution, the company also plans to amalgamate the usage of credit decision process along with geo-spatial insights.
  1. Big Data & Shopping:
  • eCommerce has successfully taken over an entire nation. Right from online shopping giants like Flipkart and Snapdeal to travel giants like Goibibo and MakeMyTrip, every single eCommerce company is indulging in Big Data extensively to learn customer behaviour.
  • Finding out which user is being generated from which source, the pages he visited and the reasons why those pages were visited and for how long, every possible facet can be brought to light using Big Data analytics.
  • These companies indulge in data driven decision making mustering as high as 40% of their sales via Big Data analytics.
  1. Big Data & Aadhar Card:
  • Right from storing and analyzing petabytes of raw data to dealing with authentication requests to generating unique identification numbers for all and warehousing millions and millions of records in its repertoire, Big Data can be put to good use for all these Aadhar related tasks and more.
  • The sheer volume and velocity of the Aadhar drive has been duly managed successfully thanks to Big Data and its tools.
  • Big Data has been used to execute parallel data processing, data streaming, locality computing, latency readings, data integrity and all the other related challenges posted by distributed data with high octane numbers.
  • It has been used to formulate analytics systems and OLTP based on which the Aadhar card initiative is running.

Big Data is here to stay and stay for long! These are just 5 of the many countless applications this tech marvel possesses. Sooner rather than later it will be adopted by every organization in some way or form. That’s how ‘big’ Big Data really is!

Quantum Computing- The future of Computing

Ever since Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada on his visit to the highly reputed Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo (Ontario), laid down his concrete opinions on quantum computing, this phenomenon has spread like wildfire and it has caught the attention of the tech aficionados all over the world. The footage however was captured by Trudeau as enthusiasts don’t really know if Trudeau knows his tech or was just pretending.

Taking The Quantum Leap

Since day and age, we’ve been raised to believe that almost every computer serves the same purpose; it’s just that one maybe faster to operate than the others. Well, that bubble has effectively burst now with the influx of new technologies and innovations which has taken over the computing world of today. When it comes to quantum computing, the essence of information behaves a whole lot differently than in the conventional world.

An entity, be it a PC or an electron can belong to up to a million different states. Not just that, it can also be applied to a super-position of those states which gives the entire system a sense of leverage and some handsome room to manoeuvre from input to the output. One can deem it similar to the case of Houdini picking a lock from an underwater shackle escape act. The ability to move freely will enable you to do and achieve so much more than if you were trapped. However, it’s not a matter of moving at a faster speed, but a matter of traversing spaces in different ways.

Before you get bummed down by all the formal and complexities of the matter at hand, let us first address the elephant in the room.

What Does Quantum Computing Mean?

Quantum computing is the application of highly complex and advanced laws of quantum mechanics with the purpose of processing critical information. Conventionally, a PC or a computer would process long tail strings of simple ‘bits’, which have the capability to encode and process either a one or a zero. However, a quantum computer will be able to process qubits or quantum bits. A ‘qubit’ is a part of a quantum system which will process and encode the one and the zero using 2 completely unique quantum states. That being said, because of the fact qubits tend to behave quantumly, the phenomenon of superposition and entanglement can be applied here. Well, all these terms might be looking mundane on the eyes, but if you’ve ever read basic quantum mechanics material, you would know the gravity of what we’re dealing with here.

Superposition & Entanglement

The ability of a quantum system to exist in more than one state at the same time instantaneously is known as superposition. For example, an entity can be ‘up’ and down’, ‘here’ and ‘there’ at one point of time.

Informally, entanglement denotes the highly cohesive and sturdy relationship between 2 quantum particles, so much so, that even if the particles are separated by huge distances and other matter in between, they can be relentlessly linked in seamless unison acting in tandem with each other i.e. the particles will still exist in perfect co-relation even if they’re placed at the opposite ends of the system. No wonder the great Albert Einstein labelled entanglement as “spooky action at a distance.”

Why do these terms matter? This is because superposition and entanglement has enabled a quantum computer to perform intrinsic multiple calculations instantaneously. Certain chores are ‘impossible’ for a conventional computer will be fulfilled with seamless ease by a quantum computing enabled computer.

Perks Of A Quantum Computer Over A Classical Computer

  • Performing calculations involving large numbers
  • Executing multiple tasks concurrently
  • Complex Mathematics made easy
  • Introduce a superior level of safe and secure cryptography
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Quantum Computing (Source:IBM)

Quantum Computing & Hacking

Quantum computing will jeopardize some levels of the classical cryptography regime and render the process of ‘hacking’ a whole lot easier to execute. Our online transactions, PINs, passwords, account numbers, etc. are formed using a combination of complex numbers bundled together. Quantum mechanics will be able to decipher these hidden numbers easily to get an exact match if used in the right manner compromising our critical details to the alleged ‘hacker’. Ergo, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the world of quantum computing. However, there’s a flipside to it as well, as using QKD (Quantum Key Distribution), quantum mechanics will formulate a new level of cryptography protection.

Status Quo of Quantum Computing

A full fledged quantum computer might be a long term reality, but many little quantum discoveries have come to the fore, enabling scientists and researchers to benefit from their findings  acting as a headway to making this possible sooner rather than later. QKD is commercially available for use along with quantum actuators and sensors which are high end tools acting as strong pillars in this grueling journey.

The quantum revolution is well and truly under way; and the infinite possibilities that lie ahead of us is a win-win situation for all us inhabitants.

 

Nike’s ‘Self-Lacing’ Shoe Symbolizes Technology at Its Best

Since its launch in 1964, Nike has been offering its global consumers, a range of products that are robust yet possess an aesthetic appeal. In addition to this, Nike is also regarded as one of the most innovative companies in its own domain. Almost a week ago, the company unveiled its revolutionary shoe range in New York and finally marked the foray of technology and smart science into everyday things that we use.

Nike would be an entity to watch out for and now that they have blended technology with their product line, the comfort level is all set to go on a next level, altogether. The statement very well clarifies the unveiling of the revolutionary ‘Self-Lacing’ shoes, which happened not so long ago. Named as, the HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker, the shoes is designed to adjust to the customer shoe fit automatically and gets amazingly better with time. Remember, Nike’s self-lacing shoe in Back to the Future Part II? Yes, that famous shoe part of the sci-fi movie is now a reality. So wondering, how does it work?

Here’s a clear view:

The Technology

Nike has given this venture a lot of thought and come up with something that has created quite a few ripples in the market and definitely brought a change in the way you have been sharing shoes all these years. The mechanism that backs up the overall functioning of the HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker was earlier described in US patent 8769844, which was published on 8th of July 2014.

Nike Self-Lacing Shoes

Nike Self-Lacing Shoes

Here is the mechanism:

The shoe basically has a motorized system wherein the laces and the straps are tightened by spinning them around spools. The automatic system has two separate parts with one around the foot and other near the ankle.  Well, the cream is yet to come. There is a sensor in the heel of the show that gets activated once a person steps into them. The sensed weight signals a series of battery-powered pulleys to work upon the throat of the shoe. This would automatically tighten it, thereby, effectively tying the footwear.

Another highlighting aspect about the shoe is the belt around the ankle that has a lot of value to it. Further, there are minus and plus buttons that effectively allows the wearer to stiffen or loosen the grip. The best part is that with time, the show feeds in itself the fitting of the wearer and thereby adjusting would not be required all the times. Isn’t that amazing? Yes of course.

Specifications and Important Updates

Here are few updates on the product:

  • This holiday season, if you are a Nike member, then you can happily avail HyperAdapt 1.0 in three colors.
  • You can avail the amazing product by creating an account online and also sign up to know more on about the shoes.
  • The Nike+ app will be revamped in the month of June and the registered users can have an access to the coveted product range and events.
  • The company has proudly boasted about the battery-powered shoe.
  • No word is yet out on how long the battery might run after a full charge.

Who Fits the Shoe Well?

Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker is a thorough sportsman product. The company says that the adjustment settings and the ability of the shoes to adjust itself to the motions and some of the toughest twists and turns make it an apt product for athletes and people in sports, such as Tennis and Basketball. These sports require strenuous moves and demand a high degree of flexibility and not having a proper sneaker can negatively impact an athlete.

Moreover, the sneakers would also help sportsmen escape some of the harshest sprains and prevent injury.

Let’s see how this innovation brings change in the Footwear market and let’s see what technologies bring further!

 

 

Impact of Artificial Intelligence on our Daily Lives

You might take the concept of Artificial intelligence or AI as a realm of science that is more close to being fictional. However, you would be amazed to know that it’s no longer imaginary but actually a real part of our daily lives. AI has creepily entered our regimes and has managed to take over a major chunk of our lives; both personal and professional. There is no doubt about the fact that the reign of Artificial Intelligence will continue to prosper in future and lay an invincible impact on the human race. You are not even aware about it but most of the technology-driven things you are using or protocols you are going through are being headed by the ideation of AI.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Here are 4 shocking yet real-life ways Artificial Intelligence is changing our lives:

  1. Change in the Way Our Mobile Phones are Behaving

Companies such as Apple have come up with clever consumer-level applications that are nattily using the idea of artificial intelligence. These apps are programmed to produce predictable results on the basis of a human command or a behavior pattern. You no longer have to think about the chat responses or simple tasks like reminding you about an urgent task. One brilliant example is Cleverbot, which has its own database that enables obvious response sharing to a given situation or a problem. Majorly a chat supporting application, Cleverbot is light-hearted and fun application that automatically responds to a chat message with the aid of pre-defined integrated database. However, you have to keep a close watch on the replies as sometimes they might look weird and inappropriate. AI does not analyze chat more like a “real” conversation and chooses responses which it picks as the most optimum for every situation. The application cannot understand the tone, metaphors used etc. and uses an artificial form of intelligence to resolve queries. Even the games you play on your handsets have special settings that are based on the idea of artificial intelligence.

  1. Housewives Are Having the Time of Their Lives

Gone are the days when doing away with daily household chores was tough and tiresome. Nowadays, ladies are finding it easier to tackle some of the arduous household work, such as washing tones of clothes or filling up the house water tank without even bothering about overflow and wastage of water. Take a bow and thank the era of Artificial Intelligence. The washing machines that are being manufactured in the recent times are equipped with necessary functionalities that enables a user to set the timer for wash, rinse and the dry-up procedures. Apart from this, there is an automatic alarm tone that is pre-set and rings after a period of 2-3 hours signaling the person about the completion of the process. You just have to put in the clothes along with the washing detergent and leave all the rest process on the washing machine. Go brew some coffee and watch your favorite soap opera, your clothes will be washed to being pristine in no time. Be it water tank fill up or washing utensils, everything has gone automatic and the procedure has turned amazingly intelligent.

  1. Offering a Face-Lift to our Education System

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your kids break-free from the legacy of books and boring class-room tutoring? Yes, it would definitely be and credit goes to the newness artificial intelligence has brought into. It is predicted that artificial intelligence will change the way the world sees personalized tutoring and school education. The technology will enable a thorough student analysis and bring up interesting results on the basis of their study patterns. With this, teachers and tutors would be able to understand the issues a student is facing or subjects that he/she is finding difficult. The specially designed educational software are equipped enough to adapt to the individual needs of different students and thus provide feedback. The cream is yet to come; teachers too can take advantage of the technology by performing tasks like grading and paper checking with ease. Artificial intelligence will save time and still serve the purposes.

  1. Office Timings are Now Managed Easily

Remember the days when you used to manually enter your office entry and exit times and even the management had a tough time keeping a tab on each entry? Well, times have changed real fast and artificial intelligence has punched hole in here as well. Nowadays, companies are adopting intelligent ways of maintaining the attendance record by using biometrics and face recognition methods. No need to punch cards or manually enter the timings, just place your finger on a device and the system will recognize you. The powerful yet smart authentication system tracks measurable physical characteristics, such as eye cornea, thumb impression or even the whole face. You step onto the entry of your office and put your thumb on the device or bring up your face in the front and voila! The device instantly recognizes you and marks your attendance. Amazingly brilliant!

The potential of artificial intelligence as technology is invincible and the usage is gradually strengthening the foothold. A time will come when the entire world will be commanded by robots and the smart technology would make our lives interesting yet manageable.