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Pilot earpiece targets language barriers with live conversation translation

Pilot earpiece targets language barriers with live conversation translation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
From the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Babel fish to Star Trek's universal translator, science fiction has found ways to break down the intergalactic language barriers, but it's something those of us in the real world are still struggling with. New York startup Waverly Labs is now claiming it's ready to make fiction a reality with the Pilot earpiece, which sits in your ear to provide near real-time translations of multilingual conversations.
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Project Ara: Will Google's modular smartphone slot into our future?

Project Ara: Will Google's modular smartphone slot into our future? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
We've been keeping an eye on the progress of Google's Project Ara for a while now, and the radio silence had us a little worried. The idea for a modular smartphone, where individual hardware components like cameras, speakers and battery packs can be easily swapped out to customize your device, was too intriguing to languish in limbo. But Ara will languish no more, as the tech giant gave the project some much needed attention at its I/O conference last week. We now know a lot more about how the system works, how it fits into the current landscape of modular phones and why we should be (at least cautiously) excited about it.
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The rise of APIs

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It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how software is created and brought to market.

The application programming interface (API) has been a key part of software development for decades as a way to develop for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows. More recently, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, have offered APIs that help the developer and have, in effect, created a developer dependency on these platforms.
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Top 5 Best Drones Available Now (2016)

Here are the top 5 must have drones for 2016 which are available now in the market to order. The featured drones in this videos are the latest releases an
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Signs of creativity in how robot solves problems | ZDNet

Signs of creativity in how robot solves problems | ZDNet | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator.
The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot's creativity in solving problems.
"It was exploiting sort of superhuman capabilities," Siddhartha Srinivasa, associate professor of robotics, said of his lab's two-armed mobile robot, the Home Exploring Robot Butler, or HERB. "The robot's wrist has a 270-degree range, which led to behaviors we didn't expect. Sometimes, we're blinded by our own anthropomorphism

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En de winnaar van de fintechstrijd is…

De fintechrevolutie is werkelijkheid geworden. Waar de eerste fintechstart-ups een paar jaar geleden opgericht werden, zijn er nu wereldwijd meer dan 12.000 actief en snoepen ze langzaam aan het marktaandeel van banken. Volgens McKinsey en Accenture, staat 35 à 40 procent van de inkomsten van banken op het spel.

Het besef bij de banken, althans de meeste, is er inmiddels wel degelijk dat er iets moet gebeuren. Sterker nog: als je nu nog moet starten, ben je waarschijnlijk te laat. Want de verandering die gevraagd wordt, is een fundamentele. Het traditionele model van de bank moet drastisch om: van een op rendement en kosten gebaseerd model naar een model dat volledig op klanten is gericht. Een model dat erop gericht is zoveel mogelijk waarde voor de klant toe te voegen. Back to basics dus. Want banken zijn ooit begonnen als pure dienstverleners. En ze worden gedwongen om dat weer te gaan doen.
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How do they do it Tidal Power Plant Delta works The Netherlands

Building and installation of the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.
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There's a battery on the way that could change everything...

There's a battery on the way that could change everything... | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
BATTERIES. COULD WE live without them? Life would be a deal trickier that’s for sure.
The big problem with present-day batteries is that they simply don’t last very long, particularly in a modern era of energy-guzzling smartphone monsters.
The demand for longer-lasting batteries can’t be overstated – the world will be a very different place when that technology arrives (think electric cars for one small example). And that technology may not be as far off as you might think.
Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) have developed a new technology that could see a battery last up to 200,000 charging cycles. For reference, your standard lithium ion battery can cope with between 5,000 and 7,000 charges before performance starts to dip.
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IoT Demands Innovative Applications | Oracle United Kingdom

 In the digital age, IoT is absolutely essential to delivering exceptional customer experiences. This is a critical time for IoT, one where the technology is poised to take a central role in our home and work lives.
As such, it’s important to keep in mind the key factor in its success: application innovation. IoT isn’t just about adding ‘intelligence’ and sensors to devices; it’s about creating innovative applications that make use of this technology to deliver value. Businesses must therefore be able to experiment with IoT applications in a low-cost, low risk environment. After all, you can have all the embedded sensors in the world, but they’re useless without value-add applications that integrate IoT data with all relevant enterprise systems.

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Shell Concept Car launched in collaboration with Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design

Today (22 April) saw the unveiling of the Shell Concept Car in collaboration with Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design in Beijing, China which, if it were ever to go into production today, would deliver a 34% reduction in primary energy use over its entire lifecycle when compared with a typical city car in the UK
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Wanted: Business Models For The Energy Future

Wanted: Business Models For The Energy Future | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The challenge for the new disruptors is that: Firstly, it might take too long for markets to change and investments to generate a return. Companies and their investors might run out of cash and patience. Secondly, the early movers might not be the winners. While their spending on educating customers, fighting regulations, or building new organisations is essential for the overall market development, it might not pay back for them. Many of the companies that will really benefit from the revolution in the way we generate and use energy are probably not around yet.
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For the first time, point-contacted solar cells can be manufactured in series 

For the first time, point-contacted solar cells can be manufactured in series  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Today most solar cells are equipped with a wide-surface metallic contact, covering the entire backside of the silicon wafer and allowing electricity to flow from the cell to the electrode. This configuration however limits efficiency.

A more high-performance alternative, discovered in 1989, is the Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell technology (PERC). In contrast to conventional cells, this technology includes an additional reflective layer on the backside of the cell and thousands of electric contact points. The LFC process developed by the Fraunhofer researchers has enabled the first industrial mass production of PERC solar cells.
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Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots

If there’s one place on Earth you can already get a glimpse of our robot-assisted future, it’s Japan. Routinely at the forefront of robotics research, the country has brought us some of the weirdest automatons, most lifelike androids, and cutest helper-bots.
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Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug

Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Internal combustion engines are likely to remain in widespread use for some time yet, but it's possible that we may be bidding adieu to that most iconic of engine parts, the spark plug. Researchers from Japan's National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) are creating laser igniters that could one day replace spark plugs in automobile engines. Not only would these lasers allow for better performance and fuel economy, but cars using them would also create less harmful emissions.

Located at the top of each engine cylinder, spark plugs send a high-voltage electrical spark across a gap between their two metal electrodes. That spark ignites the compressed air-fuel mixture in the cylinder, causing a controlled mini-explosion that pushes the piston down.
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Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone

Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Project Ara, Google's attempt to build a smartphone that lets you swap out its parts like Lego blocks -- just by popping them on and off. Slide in a couple of speaker modules if you're throwing a party, insert an additional battery if you'll be out on the town or even slot in exotic modules like glucometers (for diabetics) or sensors to measure air quality. While we've recently seen LG attempt to build a modular smartphone with the G5, these Ara snap-on concepts are the kind of features you'd never find on a normal phone built for mass-market adoption.
With an Ara smartphone, you can snap on new parts.

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5 Best Smart Glasses

Glasses should enhance your face! Not conceal it! So here's a guide on how to find the right glasses for your face shape!
5 best glasses for future tech
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AI-powered selfie drone takes 13MP photos and 4K video, wows GMIC Beijing 2016 

Hover Camera--an AI-powered self-flying drone that was the biggest hit of the GMIC Beijing 2016 trade show.

The event, sometimes called "The CES of China," is taking place April 28 to May 2 at the China National Convention Center, just steps away from where the 2008 Beijing Olympics wowed the world.

Hover Camera supplied the wow factor for GMIC. After Wang, the CEO and co-founder, did a short on-stage demo early in the show, he had tech industry executives, VCs, and attendees tugging at him all week to talk about the product. No booth was more crowded or had more buzz than the black Hover Camera stall where demos of the product whirled around all day.

That's not bad for a product and a company that quietly announced themselves to the public just two days before GMIC started.
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Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Kindle's clout 

Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Kindle's clout  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Amazon, fundamentally, is a far more innovative company than any other tech company in existence. Here's why.
Many of us use services from Amazon.com in one way or another every day. But even though we are all intimately familiar with the company, and how it impacts our lives, it's hard to grok the totality of the company and what it provides.
At the most simplistic level, Amazon is just another shopping cart site, an electronic retailer. Except, of course, Amazon is pretty much the electronic retailer, eclipsing even Walmart's brick-and-mortar operation in many areas.

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Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”.

Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”.

 During the press conference to announce NOKIA being acquired by Microsoft, Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. Upon saying that, all his management team, himself included, teared sadly.

Nokia has been a respectable company. They didn’t do anything wrong in their business, however, the world changed too fast. Their opponents were too powerful.
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The Most Innovative Companies Don’t Worry About Consensus

Consensus is a powerful tool. When CEOs set out to conquer new markets or undertake billion-dollar acquisitions, we’d hope they’d at least sought out some consensus from their trusted advisors. We hope they’d be as sure as possible that their teams are ready, that their strategies are sound, and that they’d done their diligence.

The problem with consensus is that it’s expensive. And while it’s worth the cost of consensus in the pursuit big, bold moves, it’s often crushing to small experimental ones.

Consider the story of Nick. Nick is a typical manager at a one of the world’s most successful widget companies. He’s well respected, but far from the top of his organization. The good news for Nick’s company is that Nick has some great ideas; ideas for new ways of producing and distributing widgets that have never been thought of before. Nick’s company is also lucky that Nick has read The Lean Startup. Nick readily grasps the value in testing his ideas before asking for any full-scale operation.
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What Kind of Thinker Are You?

What Kind of Thinker Are You? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.
The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to use them. What can be done to close that gap? A year ago we set out to find the answer, drawing on the collective experience of dozens of collaborative communities and learning organizations. Here’s what we found.
In most organizations, there’s a standard set of tools we use to form, lead, and manage teams. These include personality tests, skill profiles, and team roles. When you put a team together, you consider people’s personalities: are they an introvert or extrovert, risk-taker or risk-avoider, analytical or intuitive? You consider their skills: What is their specific area of talent, experience, or expertise? And you consider their potential role on the team: What will their contribution be to the team’s purpose?

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These 3 steps could help boost innovation in your organization

These 3 steps could help boost innovation in your organization | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Despite the explosive rate of innovation transforming our world, how established organisations innovate themselves is another matter altogether.
The string of defunct or struggling organisations such as Kodak, Nokia, Blockbuster, Blackberry or Borders Books attests to the fact that incumbent, established and erstwhile successful organisations either resisted, or were unsuccessful at attempting intrinsic innovation. At the same time, industry research indicates that there is no statistical relationship between R&D spend and business, revenue and net margin growth.
Given that the real economy comprises mostly of established enterprises, be they government agencies, public or private firms, how can we realise the real potential of enterprise-wide innovation? 

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Cree Continues To Reinvent LED Street Lighting

Cree Continues To Reinvent LED Street Lighting | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

LED lighting specialist Cree has unveiled a complete portfolio of LED street lights that it hopes will revolutionize the sustainability of street lights.
Earlier this year, Cree introduced the Cree RSW LED Street Luminaire, a new street light that would provide energy savings through LED technology while still producing the warm yellow light that is so favored in lighting. 
This week, Cree announced a full range of its RSW LED Street Luminaires, introducing three new models that it says “deliver comfortable, uniform and dark-sky friendly LED lighting to roadway applications.” The new street lights introduced are part of Cree’s wider RSW Series, “the first generation of LED streetlights to deliver LED energy savings and reliability in preferred color temperatures.

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Solar-Powered Drones, Coming Soon To A Sky Near You

Solar-Powered Drones, Coming Soon To A Sky Near You | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
According to Alta’s press materials, the new record applies to the company’s dual-junction technology, and the mark of 31.6% has been confirmed by NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and has now updated its efficiency-records chart.

NREL has previously confirmed a number of other Alta records, including a conversion efficiency of 30.8% for a dual-junction solar cell in 2013.

Alta’s press materials don’t give away much in terms of pinpointing where the solar cell tech improvement took place. For both devices, the explanation is the same. The company took its foundational technology, a single-junction gallium arsenide solar cell, and built up from there:
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Polymer solar cells could be even cheaper and more reliable thanks to new breakthrough 

Polymer solar cells could be even cheaper and more reliable thanks to new breakthrough  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In recent years, polymer solar cells have emerged as a low cost alternative to silicon solar cells. In order to obtain high efficiency, fullerenes are usually required in polymer solar cells to separate charge carriers. However, fullerenes are unstable under illumination, and form large crystals at high temperatures.
Now, a team of chemists led by Professor Jianhui Hou at the CAS has set a new world record for fullerene-free polymer solar cells by developing a unique combination of a polymer called PBDB-T and a small molecule called ITIC. With this combination, the sun’s energy is converted with an efficiency of 11%, a value that strikes most solar cells with fullerenes, and all without fullerenes.

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