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Honda Releases Smartphone Case N with Airbags

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Gadgets

A case is designed to protect your smartphone from bumps, scrapes and drops. However, many smartphone users still manage to break their device. Honda is promoting a new line of small cars by adding airbags to a protective case in their new video. The Smartphone Case N uses carbon dioxide to inflate small airbags right after it detects it is falling. [Not a valid template] The brainchild of designers at Honda used 6 different smart airbags that inflate within a split second and protect your phone. Even if the phone looks perfectly safe, we are not sure is it would be safe for the case to inflate while still in your pocket. However, the airbag case is a promotion for the new series of cars, so it is unlikely it will be available in shops any time soon. But with the new discoveries in technology, anything is possible. So if you were expecting some high tech news involving smartphones, here’s one piece that you’ll definitely find some use in. The Honda Smartphone Case N is very similar to the airbags in cars which activate in the event of a collision. However, instead of deploying on impact, Honda’s airbags pop when the phone faces the force of gravity. When the phone is falling, an accelerometer trips and a canister of carbon dioxide gas inflates the airbags in 0.2 of a second. Thus, the phone’s fall is cushioned and your problem is solved. The airbags are located around the edges and the computer-controlled accelerometer in the rear of the case. Although this idea is impractical in its current form, the system is real and functional. In the video, the airbags deploy after 3 ft of falling, or 90 cm, so it might not be a good idea to take the case along when you are practicing sports. Once the computer triggers the mechanism, the valve is opened electrically and CO2 is released from a cartridge. After the impact, it bounces gently for a moment and then the phone rests unharmed on the airbags. At this point, the airbags remain inflated so it is unclear how they can be repacked or replaced. Like any device, the Honda Smartphone Case N has its pros and cons. On one side, it seems to be performing its main function in an effective manner so that the smartphone is protected. On the other hand, its size is enormous and the cost will probably be very high. Moreover, resetting the airbags may be difficult or cost extra. Another flaw is the fact that the phone is not protected if it is dropped screen down on a pointy object. There is also a danger of tripping while having the case in your pocket. It is clear that the concept is not ready for prime time. This high tech news will definitely arouse interest in lots of smartphone users who enjoy spending lots of money on new devices but are afraid they might break them. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos believes that the idea is good enough, as he patented it for Amazon. The patent filed in February 2010 covers almost any method of protecting the fragile phone, including reorienting it while it falls or using air jets to slow the fall. We believe that this concept may become a common reality sooner than we expected.

4 Irresponsible Smart Phone Apps

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Gadgets

Technology is an amazing thing that can make us more efficient and our lives easier. Over the last few years, smartphones have become a must-have for many people. Their fancy apps help ups advance as a society, but sometimes they can go horribly wrong. These are some of the most irresponsible smart phone apps ever made: [Not a valid template] Popular Translator Gives Wrong Information Word Lens has been advertised as the translation software of the future. According to the demo video, the app is a translation miracle: you simply have to focus the smartphone’s camera on something written in a foreign language and the app will instantly translate it. This way tourists will be able to have a rudimentary understanding on a foreign language while abroad. However, the app has many problems, ranging from misinforming you on traffic laws to comical broken English translations. Moreover, the authors admit that they didn’t consult someone fluent in Spanish when they created the app. Word Lens translates individual words instead of phrases and can misinform you about medicine labels, safely regulation and what you’re eating while on vacation. Cry Translator Helps you Comfort Baby Becoming a parent is not easy, and many parents would be grateful for an app that helps them understand why their baby is crying. Cry Translator is an app that after analyzing 10 short seconds of crying it can tell parents what the baby needs – by guessing. Trusting your baby’s life with a phone app seems a little bit irresponsible, but if the leader of this technology, Dr. Antonio Portugal Ramirez says it is accurate, who are we to disagree? Moreover, users reported that recording the same cry twice results in different results, or that the app encourages parent to overfeed babies. Electronic Key App Opening doors is very difficult, as you must find the key in your pocket and insert it into a tiny hole. However, KISI plans to change all that and make your life easier via smartphone technology. The company’s digital key uses an electronic interface between the door that keep your home safe and your phone. For example, if you are away and someone wants to enter your apartment, you can activate the app and open the door. Opening the door without actually seeing who is in front of it can be very irresponsible, and losing your phone can mean losing your furniture. Apps like these only serve to complicate our lives instead of doing the opposite, so we have to know how to avoid them. For reviews on apps and software that is truly useful, or at least has some entertainment value, visit AgeOfInnovation.Org and you’ll know how to separate the bad from the good. Skin Cancer App A cancer diagnosis is like winning the disease lottery, so bodily growths easily make people freak out. In order to help people address their fears about skin cancer in the middle of the night, developers created apps that diagnose skin cancer. All you have to is photograph the growth and compare it to actual cancer. Free versions such as UMSkinCheck can analyze your exterior and use a visual algorithm to provide an automatic assessment. Apparently the apps can identify cancer across 188 images of lesions. The worse app has a success rate of 6.8 percent, making it the most irresponsible in the family. The best app with 98.1 percent accuracy cheated by sending images to certified dermatologists. Even if these apps seem like a quick solution, they can’t replace doctors.

Leo the Homeless Coder Develops an App

Written by Liam Grant. Posted in Apps

Leo Grand is a homeless man who got lucky one day and made a wise decision. Today, he developed an app called Trees for Cars aimed to save the environment. He and plans on using the money to pursue programming education. But there’s more to the story. [Not a valid template] The 36-year-old man has been living on the streets of New York since 2011 when he lost his job at MetLife. Leo Grand managed to create an app, Trees for Cars after only 16 weeks of coding lessons. The app is available for download from Google Play Store and Apple iTune Store for only 99 cents. The homeless coder was approached by programmer Patrick McConlogue in mid-August. McConlogue presented him with a choice, either to take $100 or to learn how to code. Leo didn’t hesitate and made a wide decision that would change his life forever. Leo met with McConlogue each day for an hour of coding lessons at the place where he slept outside. The doorman at a nearby luxury apartment allowed Grand to charge his laptop inside. Patrick McConlogue saw his potential and gave him a shot by offering him books, lessons and a laptop. Leo confessed that he would go through $100 in a few days, but McConlogue told him that he could have a laptop and learn something useful, and that was something more. The two would meet every day at 8am and code for a full hour. However, after McConlogue headed off to work Leo continued to practice on his own for 3-4 hours, reading and practicing writing. The homeless coder said that he had plenty of time to learn to do it anyway. Soon the two men were working together to start building an app, and only four months later Trees for Cars was available in Android and Apple app stores. Leo Grand coded every line for the mobile carpooling app meant to connect riders and drivers. Trees for Cars aims to save the environment by connecting users so they can carpool to their destination. Moreover, the app also provides information about the amount of CO2 the user is saving with each ride, encouraging environmental awareness. There is also a competition against users to save the most CO2. Trees for Cars is an app that focuses on strengthening communities, building relationships, and helping each other, all while saving the environment. The drivers simply have to pick a meeting address and the app will show nearby riders. Both drivers and riders are connected only if they mutually accept the invitation.
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