NATEDE: Want to Breathe Indoor Air That Won’t Kill You?

Finally, NATEDE, from Clairy, an Italian company, has come up with a smart air purifier that cleans your indoor air of pathogens, pollutants, and toxins naturally. On its second run on Kickstarter, minimalist-looking NATEDE continues to impress investors, raising $300K in only a week and projected to end its campaign at $1.8M. First introduced at CES in 2016, it won the European Product Design Award, was a finalist in the Best Entrepreneur Award at G20 Germany in 2017 and selected to represent Worldwide Entrepreneurs during Global Money Week 2018.

NATEDE is the perfect marriage of IoT and nature. It has advanced sensors and a dedicated app that adjusts airflow and monitors pollutants and conditions in the environment. The photocatalytic filter does not need to be replaced, making NATEDE convenient and economical in the long run. And being smart, it communicates with Alexa and other devices.

So why is this deceptively simple planter-like device getting so much hype? For one thing, the air you and I breathe certainly consists of more than just oxygen and is unbelievably more polluted than outside air. It is also the carrier of dust, allergens, viruses, bacteria, and contaminants unseen by the human eye.

Whether at work or at home, we typically breathe in two tablespoons of dust that includes dander, human skin, pollen, and antigens. These particles are trapped in the respiratory system and can also cause immunologic reactions like asthma and allergies. Although we see dust and dirt, bacteria, viruses, and molds are small but vicious pathogens that attack unseen.

And of course, VCO and other pollutants from off-gassing paint, lacquer, synthetic material, household cleaning solutions and even your sweet-smelling air-freshener can poison you unseen – continuously.

“Thanks to the combination of the plant with this innovative filter, this air purifier successfully eliminates 93% of VOCs, 99% of bacteria, viruses, fine-particulate and odors.” – NATEDE

How NATEDE stacks up against other purifiers:

A single Clairy NATEDE can purify 36 m3 resulting in environmental air cleared of its pollutants and odors. A microbiological report affirms that it clears the air of formaldehyde (often found in off-gas) and E.coli bacteria.

Clairy looks a stylish flowerpot that comes in two models (regular or premium) and stylish colors, white, blue, rame, corallo, sand or matte black. Two new, vibrant colors are coming soon – Azalea and Girasole. It is made of sustainable and biodegradable materials and now comes with an optional wooden stand.

After the success of our first Kickstarter campaign back in 2016, we started working with fluid dynamics engineers to perfect the airflow and to improve the purification range. NATEDE has an incredible purification range and guarantees a perfect and silent air flow.

Connected by WIFI, it monitors temperature, humidity, pollution

If you hate waking up sniffling, sneezing, or reeling from dizziness and splitting headache, this is something worth considering. Chronic sufferers of asthma and allergy whether under maintenance meds or not benefit from the NATEDE’s air cleaning effects. And of course, with better oxygenation comes better sleep and increased productivity. You can even choose from 4 modes of air cleaning: auto, performance, night (economy) and custom.

With 8 days to go, you still have time to back this project. Thus far, it has 3,086 backers and had raised over US$ 712K of its US$ 58,811 goal. Let your plants clean your air of benzene, xylene, ammonia, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde stylishly, economically, and efficiently.

There are so many blog-worthy, life-saving gadgets that improve the way we live. TechNewsGadget is all ears about any product you want featured or reviewed so we can all live our BEST LIFE ever!

Attritnution: Photos, graphics and video from Clairy, Natede and Kickstarter.

Google’s New Android P: Simple, Adaptive, Powerful and Energy Efficient

Google I/O 2018 was mostly focused on improving Google Assistant, Maps and the News app that keeps you abreast and tackles fake news to boot. But a lot of improvements on the Android operating system, the Android P were overlooked as Duplex, the human-like voice too center stage. Note that the Android P is not Fuchsia, something designed to be a universal Operating System of sorts. But it IS predictive and ambitious in many ways. Even as it adapts to you and anticipates what you are likely to do (e.g. Suggested Actions), it also offers tools that allow you to “disconnect”. It can be downloaded not just for Pixel and Nexus but also for flagship phones of Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Essential and Sony, among others.

Google claims that Android P, at the forefront of AI and machine-learning, is all about Intelligence, Simplicity, and Well-being. One of the things it tackles is battery life, for which Google partnered with Deep-Minds to improve longevity; something which Apple had an upper hand in the past. Interestingly, this battery “spending” adapts to your own usage patterns. In short, it prioritizes apps which are often used or considered important. It has a 60% success rate in predicting and does so in an energy efficient way. For instance, its feature “App Action” adjusts screen brightness for you, based on your former preferences. Not only is it power-efficient, it second-guesses which app you are about to launch and what action you are likely to take. It has absolutely gone from “Hey, Google” to predicting your next step.

It has also streamlined user interface in an attempt to make your increasingly complex digital life to something simpler and organized. Even searching is no longer overwhelming with so many “hits”. This time with “Slice” the search ferrets back the most relevant to you in the context of what concerns you most from apps installed on your phone. For instance, typing “Lyft” will interactively give you the price it takes to get to work and such – and you don’t have to get out of search into the Lyft app because you can now order your ride from there. Neat, huh?

And if that’s not enough, Android P also has ML Kit, a new set of API that will enable:

  • Image labeling
  • Text recognition
  • Face detection
  • Barcode scanning
  • Landmark detection and
  • Smart reply

What else can it do? Beyond powerful productivity and energy efficiency, Google wants to give you more time by understanding your habits. And the really ambitious part is that it will let you “focus on what matters, switch off, and wind down.” The Android dashboard gives you a mini-analytics on how you are spending your time. Google hopes that this awareness will give you a good idea on how to balance your time – something essential for digital addicts!

Believe it or not, it also attempts to carve personal space for you with the gesture-driven “Shush” that’s essentially a NO DISTURB sign. It’s as easy as turning over your phone, face-down to shut yourself from calls, texts or pings. But it does compromise with starred contacts who are let through even when on Shush mode. And “Wind Down”? It’s something we all need -including you. Your phone calls it a night when you do. And that’s a wrap!

 

 

Nemo: Smart Submarine Drone That Takes UHD 4K Photo-Video Underwater

Don’t know how to dive or swim but mesmerized by the pull of underwater marine life? Nemo, from Aquarobotman, the smart drone that takes amazing UHD 4K photo and video will get you into the deep waters without having as much your toes getting wet. Launched at Kickstarter, it has already exceeded its goals and may be released by July 2018.

Unlike other drones in its class, it uses a “patented QAS-balance system with a 4 tandem thruster design” to give it the most stable video platform for amazing focus. To ensure clarity and vividness, Nemo has a built-in powerful lighting system, the  8 LED fill light matrix that makes undersea footages a cut above the rest. Designed by engineers, photographers, and divers, Nemo understands needs and is the perfect dovetailing of professional quality and ease of use.

With an app that is simple to use even by amateurs and a dedicated wifi signal to a depth of 100 meters, it is a fully-functional underwater drone that is priced within reach of consumers.

 

 

Controlled by your smartphone and paired with VR glasses, you can choose to store captured footage or stream it live so you can uncover mysteries and have fun exploring the depths.

It is perfect for fishing, diving, underwater photography and for conducting scientific studies even in previously difficult to reach underwater caves.

 

It takes stable photos to a depth of 100 meters or 328 ft. and captures videos at 30 frames per second. What does that mean? It means that the video is exceedingly smooth and not jumpy or pixellated. This means that you can take calculated risks and act with impeccable timing before actually jumping into the water. You’ll never have to miss out on the details or the live action ever again!

According to Aquarobotman as explained in Kickstarter, Nemo’s best features are:

  • Ultra stable UHD 4K, 30 fps camera
  • VR Goggles for a truly immersive experience
  • Immediate social sharing
  • Stable 4-Thruster technology
  • Longer diving hours with the long-life battery and quick battery changer

During its testing phase, it was put to utilitarian use like checking a ship’s engine problem and studying a pearl farm. The adventures were many: the deep-sea study of coral reefs, underwater grotto exploration, swimming alongside dolphins and manta rays in Hawaii as well as crocodile spotting in Florida.

You can still back Nemo at Kickstarter starting at $799 and have your own drone by July 2018. Its high-standard features will make this summer unforgettable whether you choose to be in or out of the water. Find Nemo and go off on an undersea adventure of a lifetime!

 

 

AI and Beyond: Your Future Job Starts Now (Don’t be Left Behind)

The future scenario for jobs is something that is so vastly different from what we know now – but we can come prepared. There is so much apprehension over AI and robots taking over most jobs; something justifiable in the light of AI assistants that can engage in very human-like conversation and robots that can perform fast and complicated tasks. But that’s not saying that we can’t compete. In fact, quite the opposite is possible – especially if you are in the computer, technological, engineering, mathematical, design and architectural fields. Of the 7.1M jobs that stand to be lost in 2020, will you be one of the casualties?

According to the “Future of Jobs”, a report released by the World Economic Forum, the top three skills are what humans are programmed for: complex problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Yes, even in what is foreseen as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that will see AI, IoT, self-driving vehicles, nanotechnology, renewable energy, quantum computing and biotechnology taking dominating commerce, humans who have adapted to new technology will still earn top dollar.

“As technology disrupts industries, the demand for soft skills — including creativity and emotional intelligence — is growing fast.” – Barbara Palm

While creativity was just in 10th place among the most wanted skills in 2015, its job to the third position speaks volumes about the importance placed on thinking innovatively. Emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility debuted on the list – something surprising for those who think that techie skills are everything. People skills like management, negotiating, coordination, decision-making abilities, and service orientation round-up what can get you employed – or let you keep your job.

Overall, social skills — such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others — will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control.

Without a doubt, technology is disruptive and will continue to be so at a faster pace. We foresee new markets, AI that think like we do, robots that make life easier and business faster – and computers that will use that information in ways still unfathomable. But behind the wheel, there will be a human with a growth, digital, and creative mindset. In fact, even Tesla’s Elon Musk has turned to humans to meet the demand for even more cars.

In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills.”

Sources:

World Economic Forum

Fast Company

Explore Engineering

Growth Tribe

 

 

 

 

 

Google Duplex: Incredibly Human-like and Smart Enough to Take Your Job

Google is a master conjurer of what’s innovative and in the recent developer’s conference, it showed its mettle with Google Duplex, a new technology that can conduct “natural” conversation over the phone through Google Assistant. It is designed to conduct mundane tasks like setting up appointments and inquiring about prices – something that it did too well causing an uncomfortable stir since it sounded so human. According to the Verge, this personal assistant will now have a built-in disclosure identifying itself as AI before engaging in a conversation with a human. Using WaveNet, an audio-generating technology from DeepMind, Duplex also uses advances in language processing to understand and generate natural speech. In contrast to what we have gotten accustomed to, the conversation is not stilted and it does need adjusting to.

But before we jump the gun on Google and declare that Duplex will grab all Front desk jobs in the future, note that its expertise is limited to small real-world tasks that it needs to be deeply trained on. For now, Duplex can carry on limited talks convincingly but is not suitable for lengthy conversations. Duplex, a fully automated system can initiate calls and receive them in a variety of voices. Incredible as it sounds, the voice you hear is computer generated even if the accent, context, syntax, and pauses are humanlike. The audio files below where an appointment to a hair salon and restaurant are made are from the Google Blog. To hear is to believe:

“Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone” — Yaniv Leviathan, Principal Engineer & Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering, Google

Longer conversations between someone who is not too familiar with the booking system in the salon or the menu in the restaurant are challenging, if at all feasible. Natural sounding syntax, intonation, and meaningful pauses are extremely difficult if the level of familiarity is low. These are deemed complex conversations and while it may sound “human-like”, the contextual responses or nuances are not up to par.

According to Google Blog, they have yet to fully master interruptions, elaborations, synchs, and pauses but it is relying on advances in Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology, the recurrent neural network (RNN) and TensorFlow Extended (TFX) to improve “understanding, interacting, timing, and speaking”. Meaningful conversation is a result of a sequence of processes:

  1. The ASR processes incoming sound.
  2. The text that is produced is run against the context and other inputs.
  3. The response text is created.
  4. The TTS (text to speech) system reads the response aloud.

According to Google, this will greatly help businesses because information and the appropriate reply is available 24/7. There will also be “downtime”, something that can be considerable and expensive when training and nesting Frontliners. From the user-end, you can book, search and get information asynchronously, effortlessly, and in the background. How soon can Google’s deep-learning and AI get this mainstreamed and threaten customer service jobs globally? Hopefully, it can make life easier but not smarter than humans.

UberAir: Flying Taxi Takes Off

Don’t get too excited yet about evading city traffic by flying in Uber taxi’s space-age like drones. Though Uber premiered its “flying car’ concept at the recent Elevate conference in L.A., the actual target launch of the aerial taxi service is still in 2023, a good five years from this sneak preview. Looking like an extremely light plane but functioning more like a helicopter, it has four rotors for lift and one at the rear for propulsion. Why so many rotors? It means that should one rotor fail, there are others that can operate and enable a safe landing for the four passengers and driver on board. Uber said that the rotor design where one is on top the other and rotating in the same direction results in quiet and better performance.

Flying at 1,000 – 2,000 feet at a speed of 150-200 miles per hour, it will land on sky ports and other landing sites that can accommodate passengers at the rate of 200 landings and take-offs per hour. Electric-powered with a single charge sufficient for a 60-mile radius, it will be piloted by humans initially. Eventually, Uber sees a future where the aerial taxis can fly on auto-pilot but this would depend on the public’s acceptance of the concept.

Uber’s flying taxi was broached in 2016 but it faces not just design issues but also engineering and regulatory concerns. It’s true that an autonomous, electric air taxi that can conveniently take off and land vertically, land from rooftop-rooftop is a Utopian shuttling goal, but it does face a very uncertain future. However, the mood of Uber’s manufacturing partners, Bell Helicopters, Embraer, and Pipistrel remains upbeat. In fact, way ahead of its competitors, Uber is already in talks with real estate firms to firm up its idea of skyports for its air taxi service. More significantly, Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for a new traffic control system that will enable Uber’s low-flying to be a commercial possibility.

The idea is not unique to Uber – although it has the upper hand at the moment. Already, Kitty Hawk owned by Google’s Larry Page, and the venerable Airbus and Boeing are testing the waters. It looks like, despite its woes in its Asian operations, Uber may yet rule the urban skies in the future.

Uber unveiled its flying taxi prototype, which looks like a giant drone from CNBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fliteboard™ eFoil: Fly Over Water This Summer

Is it a surfboard, is it a jetski or is it a “drone” – it’s Fliteboard! Quiet, wake-free, futuristic-looking, and smooth-sailing, it’s as close to walking over water as you can get! Definitely out of the ordinary, it sells currently at a hefty $12,000 but you can assemble your own and even take Fliteboard lessons in their school. While it gives you the sensation of flying over water, it actually is like a cross between a jetski, surfboard, and stilts. Definitely perfect for the current crop of millennials who take their adventure and travel goals seriously, it is portable, simple, fast, and emission-free and does not require wake or waves.

Not exactly for the faint-hearted nor for those who have never had surfing or jet-skiing experience, it is definitely for those who want to be one with nature in an eco-friendly way because you can actually “foil” or e-ski (for want of a better term)” alongside dolphins since the splash you create is not disruptive. Just imagine the exhilarating experience of doing this with your friends or sailing alone and taking breathtaking selfies! However, even beginners can dare get onboard as the Fliteboard can be configured to your skill level.

“You won’t forget your first time foiling.

Wings fly below while you soar above.” Fliteboard

It is easy to set-up and only needs water at least 1 meter deep to be operational; making oceans, rivers, lakes, and bays perfect playgrounds any time of the year (when water isn’t frozen). With a maximum speed of 40 km/hour and a range of 25 km., it is engaging for anyone who is thrilled with watersports. Novice and expert riders alike who weigh at most 80 kg. can foil (fly above water) for up to one hour per single charge.

Fliteboard is easy to transport and outstandingly engineered. Partially made of ballistic-grade Carbon Innegra, it durable but light enough to be as portable as an ordinary surfboard.

There are three designs including the Fliteboard PRO and Fliteboard AIR that can be customized according to wings, battery, and finishes. The handheld controller makes foiling safer with its intuitive controls. According to Fliteboard the remote control is easily updatable by smartphone and equipped with:

  • OLED color display,
  • GPS speed,
  • remaining battery power and time,
  • energy used per kilometer, and
  • access to a range of different riding modes.

The learning curve is different for everyone but Flite schools in Australia and New Zealand will soon make this a safe and enjoyable adventure. In fact, it’s been compared to riding a bike. The maximum speed achieved depends on the rider’s weight, experience and kind of wings used. During tests, cruising speed is 34 km./hour and top speed is 40 km./hr. Want to be among the first to enjoy this novel experience? Pre-order and reserve your unit now.

 

 

Five Top (Lesser Known) Chrome Extensions for the Best Online Experience

When you say “top” or “best”, the statement becomes highly contestable because what’s good for the goose may not be so for the gander. The dilemma of choice becomes paralyzing not only because of the wide array but also since too many extensions, no matter how useful slows down the browser. TechNewsGadget invites you to share thoughts on what made your online experience faster, safer, and more productive.

Chrome, of course, is equipped with the essentials but having these add-ons give it customized functionality; something like choosing which toppings you want on top of a juicy burger. Featured below is a video by Tech Gumbo that includes other extensions not included in this shortlist. Here are some of the best-loved extensions that netizens claim enhanced their online experience on Chromebooks, Chrome OS, and Androids:

Typio Form Recovery

If you’ver ever lost data while tying or had to fill in a form, again and again, you can say goodbye to that frustration by downloading Typio Form Recovery. It’s similar to Lazarus but is more reliable. You can easily recover lost input and customize how long you want to keep the data. Recover lost forms with ease and but best of all, it is lightweight and secure.

FBDown Video Downloader

For those who have gotten wary about using other downloaders, you are going to love this one! It can download video from any website including Facebook,  Vimeo, and Daily Motion. Plus, it can record streaming video. One great thing about this is that it has 21 antivirus that checks the safety of your download.

YTD Video Downloader can also be downloaded since it downloads Youtube videos fast, but can’t download Vimeo. It’s great at converting files and resizing so you have exactly what you want, especially if space is at a premium.

 

OneTab

If you research a lot and too lazy to bookmark and close websites (especially streaming sites like Youtube), or you have a brain that travels at the speed of light and can process information from multiple sites simultaneously, then you can very well relate to the dilemma of a slowed browser due to too many open tabs.

OneTab offers you the convenience of having all those open sites at your fingertips without unduly taxing your PC or gadget’s memory.

“Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.”

Full Page Screen Capture

For those who loved Camtasia’s Snagit but only have an occasional need to capture websites, Full Screen Capture probably the next best thing. It’s free, reliable and simple to use. Did we mention that the whole page is captured as a jpg in its entirety?

Print Friendly and PDF 

Heaven-sent to those who just can’t live without printing-out but dismayed at the sheer volume of headers, colored banners, and the like, Print Friendly and PPF can turn any website into print-friendly versions. Watch how a printing disaster of 17 pages is transformed into a compact 2-page document.
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Disappearing Email and Security Nets in the Gmail Early Adopter Program

Google, one of the Top 10 in Reuter Thomson’s Global Technology Leaders of 2018 is innovative and as expected, answered the call for better control over security issues post-Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. But is the much-hyped disappearing email really new? To be honest, this feature which some quarters hailed as millennial makeover is interesting but not original. Apart from being around in Outlook, Snapchat and Android for years, disappearing email was something that was possible in Google itself circa 2012. Google did a Houdini here since this DIY version is no longer possible with a past revamp of the “tool” in Google Docs. Currently, the script in “tools” is abbreviated and is not as easily changed as in the following video:

Currently, Gmail has around 1.4 Billion users and some of them could be enjoying the benefits of confidential mail if we are to believe Google’s announcement last April 25. This option prevents recipients from copying, forwarding, and downloading mail that has been sent – something that will eventually be circumvented by the unscrupulous but a welcome change nonetheless. It gives you leverage over how long you want the message to remain in the recipient’s Inbox before disappearing into thin air or becoming inaccessible. In addition, passwords (SMS and non-SMS)  can be enabled for individual mail.

The implications are alarming as it could be a two-way sword. If you are at the receiving end, there would be no proof to show and information can’t be readily referenced. A question of ethics arises because when mail is sent, who owns it – the sender or the receiver? At present, the confidential mode does not yet acknowledge this shared ownership, but in the future, can we expect Gmail to inform recipients that the message will disappear and ask their consent?

Google just gave Gmail a huge makeover — here is what’s new from CNBC.

The new Gmail also comes with two-factor authentication and better phishing safeguards. A most useful feature is the “Task Integration” feature which enables smoother workflow and better productivity (all to-dos in one place); something extremely utilitarian especially for business or enterprise clients who tend to use other apps like Trello, Asana or Basecamp for better project management.

Don’t get too excited about taking it for a spin as it’s not yet available for everyone. Google does promise a global rollout soon but Administrators of G-Suite for businesses or schools can already opt-in and activate the changes from the Admin Console.

“Instead of getting a notification every time a new email hits your inbox, you can now tell your Gmail app to ping you only for the most important 3 percent of your incoming messages.” — CNBC

The new Gmail is a boon for consumers worried about the sanctity of data and how their private information is being used. It will also work smarter, giving you the option to prioritize emails – plus getting Smart Replies on your desktop. On May 8, there will be a Google’s I/O developer conference  (as the heels of F8) so we can expect more interesting revelations. Though the changes are belated, the new Gmail has cool options worth trying out.

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