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Aircraft to have ‘human-like skin

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Aircraft to be given 'human-like skin' to sense damage

Aircraft to be made from ‘human-like skin’ to enable them to feel damage and monitor their health while flying

  • BAE Systems in Essex has revealed a new technology for aircraft

  • The smart skin would be embedded with thousands of micro-sensors

  • The sensors act like human skin to detect damage and ‘feel’ the world 

  • These can sense wind speed, temperature and movement accurately

  • Could then monitor health and locate potential problems like our bodies

A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is being developed by British experts.

Dailymail revealed that Engineers at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre are investigating a ‘smart skin’ concept which could be embedded with tens of thousands of micro-sensors.

When applied to an aircraft, it will enable it to sense wind speed, temperature, physical strain and movement, far more accurately than current sensor technology allows.

Aircraft to be given 'human-like skin' to sense damage The i mage above show a new technology developed by BAE Systems in Essex . A human-like ‘skin’ will detect damage and ‘feel’ the world around the plane (illustration shown). The smart skin would be embedded with thousands of micro-sensors. These can sense wind speed, temperature and movement accurately

The revolutionary ‘smart skin’ concept will enable aircraft to continually monitor their health, reporting back on potential problems before they become significant.

Engineers say the smart skin system would reduce the need for regular check-ups on the ground and parts could be replaced in a timely manner, increasing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance, the availability of the plane and improving safety.

The tiny sensors or ‘motes’ can be as small as grains of rice and even as small as dust particles at less than 0.002 inches squared (one millimetre squared).

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Collectively, the sensors would have their own power source and when paired with the appropriate software, be able to communicate in much the same way that human skin sends signals to the brain.

The sensors are so small that BAE Systems is exploring the possibility of retrofitting them to existing aircraft and even spraying them on like paint.

Aircraft to be made from 'human-like skin' to enable them to feel damage and monitor their health while flyingEngineers say the smart skin system would reduce the need for regular check-ups on the ground and parts could be replaced in a timely manner, increasing the efficiency of aircraft maintenance.The tiny sensors or ‘motes’ (shown) can be as small as grains of rice and even as small as dust particles

An  analyst also to The BBC that innovation could prove useful “far beyond the military”.

Senior research scientist Lydia Hyde, who came up with the technology, says the idea came to her while watching her tumble dryer, which uses a sensor to prevent overheating.

“Observing how a simple sensor can be used to stop a domestic appliance overheating got me thinking about how this could be applied to my work and how we could replace bulky, expensive sensors with cheap, miniature, multi-functional ones,” she said.

 

‘The idea is to make platforms “feel” using a skin of sensors in the same way humans or animals do.

‘By combining the outputs of thousands of sensors with big data analysis, the technology has the potential to be a game-changer for the UK industry.

‘In the future we could see more robust defence platforms that are capable of more complex missions whilst reducing the need for routine maintenance checks.

‘There are also wider civilian applications for the concept which we are exploring.’

The research is part of a range of new systems being investigated by BAE Systems under a major programme exploring next-generation technology for air platforms.

 Jennifer Cole, senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) think tank, told the BBC the technology could help stave off natural disasters or everyday annoyances.

“It could help equipment and technology to ‘report back’ on local environmental conditions and alert users to when repairs are needed ahead of schedule if hairline cracks are detected early, for example on flood defences and dams.

“Or it could enable water pipes to ‘switch on’ heating elements automatically during a particularly cold winter that would prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.”

She added: “If similar technology could be applied to cars, it could revolutionise MOT schedules and potentially reduce road accidents.”

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eyefactive Extends the Human-Computer Interaction by Recognition of Objects on Large Professional Touchscreens

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Multitouch technology got established on smartphones and tablets. The direct operation by fingers facilitates an intuitive control of contents and applications on the display. eyefactive extends the human-computer interaction by recognition of objects on large professional touchscreens.

Wedel, Schleswig-Holstein — (ReleaseWire) — 11/27/2017 — Touchscreen object recognition employs the known principle of barcodes for checkout systems: Any object tagged with a specific marker chip can be recognized and processed by displays in realtime. So far object recognition on LCD based touchscreens was only possible with external accessories like QR code scanners. Now, with eyefactive marker chips, objects can be recognized directly on the display.

Instead of working through complicated menu structures users can open the desired content simply by placing a physical object on the display. As soon as an object is being recognized by the touchscreen, further information opens in its vicinity in form of individual media or whole applications straight away, which then can be navigated by fingers via multitouch.

The fields of application are manifold: customers open specific content at point of sale, media fades in next to exhibits miniatures, games can be intuitively controlled by haptical elements like steering wheels.

As of now the marker chips are available from eyefactive. Many apps and widgets which can be linked with objects are already available for download in their own dedicated online shop for touchscreen software. The recognition technology is integrated in the touchscreen CMS software AppSuite free of charge – what is more, it can also be upgraded for external programs and development frameworks.

About eyefactive GmbH
eyefactive from Wedel (near Hamburg / Germany) is the leading provider for interactive multitouch and multiuser technology in large-scale. The product portfolio consists of flexible and scalable multitouch displays integrated into tables and walls as well as the first dedicated app-platform for interactive signage software. For effective marketing at points of sale & information and creative teamwork in companies. eyefactive has been awarded multiple times, e.g. “ICT start-up of the year 2012” by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Clients are world renowned brands like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz Bank, Beiersdorf, Siemens and Olympus.

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Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet

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Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet

Ever wondered why some Chinese companies are able to give you a smartphone loaded with high end specs and decent build quality, at a price way less than what world famous brands do? Chinese smartphones are often cheaper because  they don’t have  the same overheads as brands that have physical stores. Did you see the announcement of the Galaxy S6? Have you heard of the contract Robert Downey Jr signed last year with HTC? Or that Sony wants to promote the Xperia Z5 in a new James Bond film? These things cost a fortune. A fortune that you, the customer, end up paying. Tecno must have fallen on your ear. Browse https://jiji.ng/mobile-phones/tecno, where you can find an affordable Tecno smartphone in your city. So check this Tecno i7 to see whether, it really stands a chance in the already overcrowded african smartphone market?  

Design

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The Tecno I7 is a modern looking gadget,  that is very similar to  other smartphones in  the market. On the right side  are the power  and volume buttons. Tecno has given the power key a textured finish, which helps distinguish it from the volume keys just by feel.While, the front side looks expensive, the rear panel, looks borrowed, this is where i7 loses points is in terms of originality.  

Display

Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet

Tecno i7 comes with 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, which gives bright  and decent colors while watching movies, youtube or web browsing. You can also regulate the brightness manually or choose automatic adjustment option.  

Hardwear and softwear

Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet

The I7 runs a heavily skinned version of Android called Hi OS and powered by a 1.3 GHz  MediaTek processor paired up  with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has 32GB of internal memory along with a duo SIM card slot as well, wish you expand  the memory storage. It supports 3G, 4G and other connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Fingerprint sensor is accurate and responsive.  

Camera

Tecno i7 will sweep you off your feet

The front camera has  a resolution of 13 megapixels paired with with a Quad LED flash. It offers good colour and fast shutter speed.The  camera is snappy and gives  you easy access  to some of the options right from the main screen. You can swipe to switch from photo capturing mode to video mode, as well as change to  other modes like Beauty and Panorama. Unfortunately,  the front 16 MP  camera with Front LED flash promises  a lot on paper, but fails to deliver.

Battery

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One the strongest points of the Tecno i7 is its battery. The smartphone equipped  with a 4,000mAh battery  that supports fast charging. The Rocket Charge will get you 80% charge within 70  minutes.

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Why You Still Need An MP3 Player

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Only five or ten years ago MP3 players were the most popular devices for listening to music, but as mobile phones became more and more advanced, MP3 players started to lose their popularity. However, there are still plenty of reasons to choose an MP3 player over a music app in your smartphone. You can buy MP3 players and lots of other electronics in Nigeria at unbelievably low prices by simply following this link: https://jiji.ng/electronics

Low cost gadget

Even the latest MP3 player model is still cheaper than a mid-range smartphone, so if you often break or lose your device, an MP3 player can become your low-risk investment. For example, it may turn out that replacing the screen on your iPhone costs as much as a new iPod, so dropping your device on the ground can have different consequences depending on which gadget you prefer.
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Take the most out of your music collection

Most music fans have huge collections of MP3 files on their computer – they can be downloaded from the Internet or converted from music CDs. An MP3 player becomes the most suitable device for playing these files. Modern smartphones are mostly designed for using music apps and subscription services, while transferring and organizing MP3 files on your phone can turn out to be quite tricky. An MP3 player will let you effortlessly select music by artist, album or track title, or even release year. And don’t forget the super convenient playlist feature!
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Perfect for active lifestyle

Keeping fit and leading an adventurous life are today’s biggest trends, and music is an essential component of active lifestyle. No matter what you’re into – running, going into the gym, hiking, cycling, or climbing – an MP3 player is a much lighter and smaller device than your mobile phone, which means it’s much more convenient to carry around. Plus, many MP3 players like the iPod Shuffle have special clips, so you don’t have to keep them in your pocket.
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Save battery life

One of the biggest problems of smartphone users is the battery that dies in the middle of the day even when you’re not actively using the phone. Obviously, listening to music for hours has an even more drastic effect on the battery life. MP3 players, however, are known for lasting for days while playing music non-stop. That way you can take the pressure off your phone’s battery while enjoying your favorite tunes wherever you are without worrying about the battery life of your devices.

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