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Google I/O 2017  Annual Developer Festival Held

Google I/O 2017  Annual Developer Festival Held

Google I/O 2017: This  Google’s developer conference ended with 101 announcements

The Google I/O is a yearly developer conference from Google. Since 2008, people from all over the world have been traveling to San Francisco to attend the company’s product presentations and announcements from the Mountain View and listen to lectures from Google employees. The topic spectrum is always broadly diversified and is addressed explicitly to a technically savvy specialist audience. In the past, the event featured Android OS, Google Glass, Android Wear and Hangouts.

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In the last three days everything was under the sign of the developer conference Google I/O and they heard many announcements there. Now the Google I/O developer conference is over and Google itself draws a conclusion from the event and has published an overview, in which all announcements are listed. In fact, during these three days, 101 announcements were made, some of which are already available.

As every year, Google’s developers save a series of announcements for the big show stage, which are then announced directly on the Google I/O – and best still on the keynote. There were fewer announcements this year than in the previous years, but this may be due to the fact that the developers only had improvements in their favored, but did not present or launch a single new product in Google I/O conference.

An overview of the most important innovations happened thro’ Google I/O:

Google Lens – new start with the picture search

Google’s CEO was very much excited to introduce the Google Lens in Google I/O conference. Google has already made several attempts to transform the visual search into the mainstream; Veterans of the Android early times may remember the Google image recognition app. “Google Lens”, which is integrated into the “GoogleAssistant” software and this boomed into a new start.

Google Lens” recognizes, for example, objects in the search field of the mobile phone camera and proposes actions or steps itself to act. Anyone who photographed a flower does not only display the name of the species, but can also be taken to the florist nearby. Scanning the WiFi code at the bottom of the router ensures that the smartphone logs in at the same time. In addition, photos with the Google lens will “blur” blurred motifs even better “and soon even auto-retouch photo obstacles away – instead of the smartphone camera puts the software in the center.

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The “Virtual Positioning System” (VPS), a combination of the Augmented reality platform “Tango” and Google Maps, shows how far Google’s trained image recognition is. VPS is intended to allow navigation in closed rooms by scanning the objects there and matching them with a database. For example, consumers can find certain products in supermarkets easier when they look at their smartphone while walking.

The trend towards smart lenses is followed by the whole industry, among other things Facebook wants to use the camera more strongly for the identification, the change of pictures and the superimposing of digital objects.

Android O – small changes planned

Another innovative announcement in Google I/O conference is Android O. Initially available in the beta version, accessible from the summer, but still without nicknames: “Android O” is the latest version of the smartphone operating system currently equipped with two billion active devices.

The changes that Google is presenting are, above all, details that are meant to make everyday life easier. For example, a picture-in-picture function allows you to make notes or scroll through the calendar in video chat. Android O also allows the automatic completion of passwords for apps other than Google. The notifications in apps receive small speech bubbles, so that a constant call will no longer be necessary.

In the Play Store, Google promises more security, with batteries more runtime and with the light version “Android Go” an optimization for low-budget smartphones (memory of 512 megabytes / one gigabyte). As always, such promises can only be answered as soon as the “O” update is available. And here many users are still dependent on the schedule of manufacturers or providers.

Google Assistant

According to CEO Sundar Pichai declared in Google I/O Conference, is the organization and operating software Google Assistant currently has 100 million users. To make it more, more languages will be released in the coming months. In addition, the app is now available for Apple’s iOS devices. The opening of the wizard for developers is intended to enable the control of further devices and programs. The command center in the smartphone and voice control era is a major goal of companies such as Microsoft (Cortana), Apple (Siri) or Amazon (Alexa). To simplify operation in noisy environments, however, you can also use typed commands in Google Assistant.

Google Home sends visual answers

Googles command-receiving loudspeaker Home is also a fantabulous annoucement in Google I/O. The competitor of Amazons Echo, is to be launched in this summer. Exact details on prices are not yet available, in the US, the device supposed to costs around 130 US dollars. Functional updates are provided with a telephone function (“call mama on”), the integration of Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud as well as the display of visual answers if a screen is nearby – think of it A calendar or Google Maps.

The virtual reality software Daydream will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and on the next premium smartphones from LG. Own data glasses are to be produced together with partners.

As always, the innovations cover Google’s money, especially on the search for text, and thus remains the golden goose of the parent company’s alphabet. In the past quarter, Alphabet reported $ 5.43 billion in profits, while growth rates were in profit as well as sales at more than 20 percent.

This growth is probably due to the fact that the company has greatly expanded the number of ads in mobile search results. A success of the visual search on smartphones could create more opportunities for advertising ads

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Virtual Reality Typing Lights up Ideas and Keyboards

Virtual Reality Typing Lights up Ideas and Keyboards

Computer scientists from the Michigan Technological University have presented a new research that studies the different ways one could type into a virtual reality space also called as VR. They conducted a presentation at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems and stated that while texting has become an integral part of our digital lives, it is an area of research that has surprisingly less emphasis in the development of Virtual Reality.

Scott Kuhl, who is an associate professor of computer science at Michigan Tech, stated that many people are purchasing head-mounted displays for mostly video games and they are trying to figure out how the head-mounted displays can be used in an office for writing or editing a document or emailing someone.

These ordinary tasks are not yet ideal in Virtual Reality, but by making the user wear a headset that resembles a sleeping mask that’s oversized, Virtual Reality can transport the user in a surreal place which can be anywhere in the world. The trick lies in creating a balance between visuals on the head-mounted display and what can be touched physically by the person. Both the aspects are required for the purpose of typing.

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Also researching with Kuhl was James Walker, a computer science lecturer, for the purpose of his dissertation. He said that the challenge lied in the fact that the user needed to see what they were typing and that was difficult with a headset mounted over the eyes.

So as a solution to this he developed a light-up virtual keyboard that was synced with a physical keyboard.This keyboard helps the Virtual Reality user to see what keys are typed in the head-mounted display while using the physical keyboard at the same time.Mid-air virtual keyboards or overlaying of real-world video into the Virtual Reality display are the two methods on which other Virtual Reality typing systems depend on.

However, both require additional equipments such as tracking cameras, which are prone to errors and are invasive. The quality of texting also declines with the availability of only virtual keyboards. Walker says that his solution is significant as it allows people to continue using the physical aspects to interact which makes way for better performance. Also, it doesn’t need additional hardware or an arrangement where a video feed is superimposed into the virtual environment.

Autocorrect Algorithm called VelociTap

Walker conducted an experiment in order to assess the efficiency of a physical keyboard where participants had to type on a keyboard they couldn’t see. In the first part, participants were given a head-mounted display to use which in this case was an Oculus Rift.

In the second part, participants were made to use a desktop monitor along with a keyboard that was out of their view but could be used to type. Both were tested with and without Walker’s virtual keyboard. Most of the participants reported back with at least proficient typing skills.

However, those without the virtual keyboard lighting up keys made a lot of mistakes. This experiment help set the basis for not just Virtual Reality testing but also to observe how far does autocorrect help in this scenario.Through this study, their team developed a language model to automatically correct the typing called VelociTap, a touch recognition screen program that has been trained on billions of words making it very accurate. The aim is now to implement texting, for both work and play, into Virtual Realityby using physical keyboards.

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Wing Things: The Various Types of Aerial Drone Platforms

Wing Things: The Various Types of Aerial Drone Platforms

If you’re considering getting started flying drones for recreation, you have your task cut out for you — you have an endless array of choices with wonderful, high-tech models everywhere you look. You have a learning curve ahead of you finding out what kind of choice to make.

Right here, you can start with these quick descriptions of the four major designs in use today.

Multi-rotor drones

The most common drone type seen in many applications, multi-rotor drones have three or more rotors. Designs start from cheap toy models that cost as little as $20 to ones that are powerful enough to carry several pounds of payload and cost as much as $5,000.

Multi-rotor drones have a lot going for them, including low cost, ease of control, an ability to hover like a helicopter, and safety. The spinning rotors on these vehicles are tiny and not very powerful. If you accidentally hit someone, the injuries aren’t likely to be serious.

While multi-rotor models are the cheapest drone variety, they do come with downsides. With their many rotors to spin, their batteries don’t usually last very long. A good, mass-market model is likely to fly no longer than 20 minutes, less if there is a heavy camera to carry.

Fixed-wing drones

Fixed-wing drones tend to look like one of those cool Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bombers. Unlike multi-rotor drones, these needs to glide to stay aloft — they don’t hover. Extended flight time is the greatest advantage that comes with choosing this design. Since these craft are able to glide on their wings, their propellers don’t need work as hard. A battery-powered fixed-wing drone can stay up two hours, and one powered by a gas engine can fly as long as 16 hours.

On the downside, fixed wing drones are like airplanes — they need space to take off and land, and the take skill to fly. You need to pay attention to technical nuances like angle of attack, pitch and yaw. If you bank wrong or angle too hard into the wind, you’ll face a stall situation. If you’re happy to really invest in learning the skill and don’t need to hover, fixed-wing drones are for you.

Single-rotor drones

Single-rotor drones come in a very familiar form — they look and function exactly like helicopters. While there are models that run on battery power, the most popular ones run on gas engines. Single-rotor drones tend to be large at 6 feet from tip to tail, and are powerful enough to carry movie cameras. With only one rotor to fly on, they do offer a lot more flying time than multi-rotor models that tend to waste a lot of energy. These vehicles can be very expensive, however, and take a great deal of skill to fly.

It’s also important to keep in mind that with their large helicopter-like blades, their weight, speed and size, these are not toys. If they are handled incorrectly, terrible accidents are bound to happen.

Hybrid VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing)

These are large, helicopter-like craft as well, but with a huge difference — they have wings as well as rotors. These are used by companies like Amazon to deliver some of their merchandise. At this point, these are expensive, and you would need special connections to find one. They aren’t in production yet. But when they come on the market, they could be a lot of fun, because they provide both hover and gliding flight, and come with various autopilot features.

According to Drone Enthusiasts (Dronethusiasts Rankings – Top Camera Drones), the kind of model you choose depends on the purpose that you have in mind, the amount of investment that you’re willing to bring to the activity and the amount of skill you’re willing to learn.

If you’re only starting out, multi-rotor craft are likely to work the best.

 

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Graphene – a Material with Promising Superconducting Properties

Graphene – a Material with Promising Superconducting Properties

Graphene, the new shooting star among the stable carbon forms

For a long time, physicists have been bothering about what should follow silicon when the microelectronics based on this material reaches its end. The latest hope carrier is made of carbon and is neither a metal nor a Super conducting material – the Graphene

The super conducting material Graphene is always good for surprises. When the well renowned science magazine ‘Science’ in 1991 declared the C60 fullerenes consisting of 60 carbon atoms as the molecule, Japanese researchers had already discovered another stable form of carbon: the nanotubes consisting of coiled graphite layers.

However, the nanotubes are in danger of being overshadowed by a further modification of the carbon. Two and a half years ago Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov of the University of Manchester succeeded in peeling off a graphite block from a layer of adhesive, until only a single atomic layer of graphite remained. This layer is one million times thinner than a sheet of paper. Thus, the researchers had achieved something which was previously considered impossible. For theoretical reasons it had been believed that two-dimensional crystals were not stable and would either clump or roll up. Graphene has excellent electrical conductivity as the group from Manchester continued to emerge. This prompted many researchers to look more closely at the material and its application potential in modern electronics.

If they are to be recorded with the usual terms, then it is neither a semiconductor nor a metal. The high conductivity of metals is due to the fact that there are always free electrons in them, which can be set in motion by an electric field. In a semiconductor, on the other hand, the electrons have to be lifted from the full valence band over an energy gap (the so-called band gap) into the conduction band so that they can flow as current. The peculiarity of the super conducting material Graphene consists in the fact that the two bands are not strictly separated from one another, but are touching at certain points.

This unusual band structure is due to the honeycomb like arrangement of the carbon atoms in the 2D crystal lattice. This results in a number of strange consequences. Thus the assert carriers in graphene show in some respects a behavior which is otherwise known only from particles which move approximately at the speed of light. This analogy is particularly fascinating for basic researchers.

Very recently MIT physicists discovered that a graphene flake, while brought in close propinquity among two superconducting materials, could acquire some of those materials superconducting attributes. As graphene being machinate between superconductors, its electronic state alters dramatically, even at its center. Visualized below is the brief data-based conception.

Their discovery, publicized few days ago in Nature Physics, are the prototypical research of Andreev affirms due to superconductivity’s “proximity effect” in a 2D material such as graphene.

In the near future, the researchers of graphene platform might be used to research exotic materials, such as Majorana fermions, that are greatly considered to spring up the important materials for building omnipotent, error proof quantum computers.

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Build Lego With Chrome

Build Lego With Chrome

What is Build With Chrome?

Build With Chrome is a web application for Chrome that allows the user to creatively build realistic structures using Lego bricks. It’s a platform developed by LEGO and Chrome collectively, for people to build within Chrome’s browser. The creations are placed on real life geographical maps, so one might find a Lego model in Google Maps.

How does Build Lego With Chrome  Work?

For building a structure, two piles of Lego bricks are available and different keyboard and mouse commands can be used for controlling the build process. Later, a detailed build academy was added to help users get more creative which teaches the process and provides tips to build with Lego. Initially, the user has to share their location and is allotted a space that looks similar to a Lego baseplate. However, one can zoom in any chose any geographic are on which the entire Lego model will be based. In order to unlock additional bricks, the challenges have to be completed.

 

Other local models are also available on the world map and even Lego models of the actual structures can be found. Therefore, if all the structures in a town are built by different users, the entire town would get a Lego representation of its real-life version. While developing a Lego model, one designer can have only one baseplate and models can’t overlap pieces of another baseplate. There are a few technicalities to follow while building a model but all in all, it’s a great platform to showcase your creativity and build structures from your imagination in the virtual world.

Browse the map and find an open plot to get started and or have Build find you one by clicking the Build button which is blue in color. Every plot is a 32-by-32-peg square and a user is initially given 1,000 virtual Lego bricks to use. As you complete different Build challenges, you unlock more bricks to use further. The bricks are available in ten different colors and types with two extra types, a door and a window. You can make a selection from the left panel and then drop them on the right hand side. To place a brick, left-click on the plot and to move it, right-click on it. To align your bricks in the direction you want, use the rotate button in the left panel. By holding down the space bar while moving the mouse you can rotate your plot to view it better while working on a particular area. After your done working on it, you can publish your creation by clicking the green Publish button present in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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Sharing and Access

The models or creations can be shared and you can view models created by others through Google+. All models shared on Google+ are public and can be viewed by any Google+ user. Since the models are public, the creators’ Google+ names are also public. One can even view the geographical address of the model placed on the map. You can even share your model through email. However, for your model to be seen on the map, it needs to be approved first by Lego.

Any browser enabled with WebGL can access Build With Google Chrome. This includes Safari, Firefox and all types of mobile browsers. Once you select you choice of browser, WebGL’s site will inform you if the selected browser supports it.

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