Researchers from MIT have developed a new energy efficient neural chip that can run powerful AI algorithms locally, without depending on the internet for heavy data processing. The chip, called “Eyeriss”, is ten times as efficient as a mobile GPU, and could greatly increase the task-handling capability of mobile devices.
A neural network is a vast virtual network of information processors, modeled to emulate the processing technique of the human...
Scientists from the Universities of York, Torino and Connecticut have predicted the morphological structure of self-assembling protein nano-particles by using a mathematical model. Nano particles create symmetrical 3D folds over proteins, generating cage or shell-like architectures which serve the purpose of storage, catalysis, structural scaffolding or as enclosures for viral genomes. Though the structure could be seen using electron microscopy and neutron scattering, the technology had...
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois have formulated a new battery design that will separate salt from sea-water, making it suitable for consumption. In addition to that, this battery uses salt water to store and supply electricity, so it acts both as a battery and as a desalination device. When tried with water that had salt levels equal to sea water, the researchers were able to recover about 80% of the desalinated water. If put into production, this technology could serve...
Imagine a world where you get all the important updates and information while brushing your teeth; well it is pretty much crafted into reality by a Google Engineer Max Braun. He has developed a smart Android-powered high-tech bathroom mirror which displays the date, time, weather and news headlines while you brush your teeth, and it even has voice search support to boot. What’s more the prototype device is pretty much assembled using individual parts fairly easy to procure (two-way mirror, a...
Fitbit was one of the first companies that took fitness tracking to mainstream thanks to its extensive range of fitness trackers for every price bracket. This year they have upped the ante and launched the Fitbit Alta, a premium fitness tracker with style in its mind. The Fitbit Alta has ditched the plasticity body and gone for a stainless steel one with satin finish. For the first time, Fitbit has introduced the option of interchangeable bands. A custom, quick-release feature allows you...
G.K Surya, the director of UCS Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and his colleague George Olah, have discovered a cost-effective means of recycling carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce Methanol fuel, out of thin air. Methanol is a clean-burning fuel, and the scientists say that the success of this research will keep carbon levels in check, and also provide an alternative clean fuel. Both of the above scenarios will help reduce global warming....
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Phalgun Kompalli hails from a typical middle class family. His dad is a charted accountant, mother a housewife and younger sister is pursuing her Masters in Biomedical engineering. Phalgun's entire childhood was spent in Hyderabad and some of his best memories are associated with the city. The first time he actually ventured out of the city was when he got into IIT-Delhi (batch of 2011). After graduating from IIT-D in Civil Engineering, Phalgun went on to...
A group of scientists from the University of Arkansas has developed an artificial material that is said to have a structure similar to that of Graphene. Instead of Carbon, the new material consists of transition metal atoms arranged in a honeycomb-shaped lattice. The research was funded jointly by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Chinese Academy of...
Your personal information doesn’t stand threatened any longer. Credits cards and passports will not leak it out. You won’t have to fear being hacked at any sudden instant of your professional or personal life. A research team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new radio frequency distribution (RFID) chip that it calls “virtually impossible to hack”.
Side-channels attacks in cryptography are based on information gained from...
In a very swift move, the US tech giant Microsoft has announced the acquisition of the firm SwiftKey known for its advanced, AI-powered smart prediction technology that makes typing easier. The UK-based company which got sold to Microsoft for about $250 million, is maker of predictive keyboard app which has been installed on hundreds of millions of smartphones. For Microsoft, the purchase is its latest step in their plan to regain a strong foothold in mobile markets by acquiring popular...