A team of Swiss researchers have succeeded in teaching a drone how to spot and follow trails in forests. The quadcopter used by the team is equipped with two cameras and a powerful artificial intelligence algorithm that processes the images and identifies man-made trails. During tests, the drone was able to successfully identify 85% of the trails while a human could identify only 82%. These drones could be used in search and rescue operations in dense forests....
A mechanical engineering graduate form IIT Kharagpur and an AMP from Harvard Business School, Bhaskar Majumdar serves as the Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures fund. He has a rich work experience holding key corporate positions at Times of India, Zee Telefilms and Altavista UK. As the Chairman of Heath Ventures from 2009, Bhaskar has invested in several early-stage startups in UK and India. Unicorn India Ventures started by Anil Joshi and Bhaskar Majumdar, has done its first close...
Home-spawned smartphone manufacturer Lava has unveiled three budget handsets A71, A88 and X11 in India. All the phones are priced under 8k; A71 at Rs. 6,499, A88 at Rs. 5,499, while the X11 is priced at Rs. 7,999. Lava A71, available in Royal Blue, Dream Black, and Regal Gold variants features a 5-inch touch screen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. It runs on Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2500 mAh removable battery. Its 8 GB of internal storage can be expanded up to...
A research team from the Computational Biology department of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a machine-learning based experimental set up for analysing the effects of drugs on protein patterns. The new fully automated robotic system is a first of its kind and reduces human effort by a staggering seventy percent. This novel approach towards drug - protein interaction will also be a boon for the medical industry by significantly lowering the cost of discovery of drugs. Indian-origin...
In a novel advancement towards disaster management, Google will now be posting alerts in India through Google Public Alerts that will be accessible through Google cards, Google Maps and even Google search results. The facility will be available on both computers and mobile devices. Information regarding the flood's details will also be provided upon clicking the alert. It will be simplified through a map to show where the affected area is and a timeline to depict when the flood might...
A new kind of Thin Film Transistor has been modeled by researchers at the University of Alberta, which is 10 times more capable of handling power compared to conventional TFTs. For the first time in the history of transistors, this one uses both electrons and absence of electrons (holes) as charge carriers, and therefore acts as a bipolar transistor. The team has achieved this by fabricating a film thinner than a strand of human hair, with high power handling capabilities....
The British venture, Intelligent Energy has recently joined hands with an undisclosed smartphone company to work on a £5.25m project that could redefine the smartphone powering technology. Intelligent Energy firmly supports hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and expects them to be the next generation battery element. The researchers are hopeful that the collaborative research might help the smartphone battery to retain its charge for more than a week. According to company's previous...
Opera Software ASA, confirmed Tuesday night that it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The consortium consists of mobile game developer 'Kunlun' and mobile security maker 'Qihoo', and is backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian.
Opera is due to release earnings today, at which time it is also expected to talk more about the takeover offer,...
Man's attempts to communicate with probable interstellar inhabitants will receive a new boost this autumn when a set of messages collected globally will be broadcast to stars through space artistic odyssey. A research team from the University of Edinburgh says it will convert the messages from the public into radio waves, bottle them into a transmittable form and send the resultant signals to the North Star, Polaris. Narrowing down the destination to Polaris was easy for the scientists...
A team at University of California, San Diego have 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver’s function and physiology. It might be closest we have yet come to develop the real thing - a diverse combination of liver cells and supporting cells systematically organised in a hexagonal pattern. The engineered tissue is a functioning liver specimen with the potential of reproducing a dual blood supply with different pressures and chemical constituents, thus providing unprecedented...