The modern world is changing every second: thanks to the reactive development of technologies, mankind is developing faster and faster, and keeping track of the news can be very difficult. And now, that a year ago could be considered a fantasy, in 2019 it became a reality, and in 2020, most likely, it will become obsolete at all.
We have prepared a review of the latest news in the field of technology that can amaze anyone to the core.
The Most Highly Sensitive Camera Capable of Capturing Dark Matter Developed
Researchers from the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created the most highly sensitive camera to date, the pixels of which are sensors that can capture single photons of light. The matrix of this camera contains more than a thousand pixels and is intended for installation on next-generation space telescopes, where it will be used to search for chemical signs of life on other planets, to search for the elusive dark matter, which accounts for most of the entire matter of the Universe.
Found a Way to Improve the Quality of 3D Printing
One of the drawbacks of modern industrial technologies for laser three-dimensional printing is strong heating at the point of contact of the metal with the laser light beam. This heating melts the metal powder, but it also leads to the appearance of areas of internal mechanical tension and deformation of the workpiece. And all these things are practically impossible to predict, which makes it impossible to somehow compensate for them. However, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge found a way to solve the problem described above. Using special holographic images generated by a computer using complex algorithms, it is possible to control the distribution of laser light energy in three dimensions, which avoids unnecessary heating of the manufactured part.
Thermal Insulator: Physicists Have Discovered a Metal Substance that Does Not Conduct Heat When Exposed to Electric Current
Researchers from the American National Laboratory in Berkeley have discovered a new substance that, while in a metallic state, conducts electric current well, being at the same time a thermal insulator. This feature of this material can be very useful in some areas, however, it fundamentally breaks all the established principles and understanding of how electrical conductors work.
The Largest 3D-Printed Building Erected in Dubai
Dubai is considered one of the most modern cities in the world: its architectural ensemble is unique, but the city’s authorities do not stop there. Apis Cor, a specialist in 3D building printing technology, recently completed the construction of what can be called the largest “printed” building in the world today. This building, located in Dubai, is an administrative building, it was erected using a single three-dimensional printer, although it is worth recognizing that a significant part of the work was done in the old fashion by human builders.
City of the Future from Toyota
Toyota has announced plans to build the city of the future. In his speech at CES 2020, Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced plans to build a futuristic prototype city. This city, already known as Woven City, will be built near Mount Fuji on the territory of the old Toyota production complex in Higashi-Fuji, with an area of about 70 hectares, and this area will be filled with futuristic buildings and infrastructure elements designed to study how humans and robots can coexist in harmony. It is possible that in such a city there will be everything that is needed for life and entertainment. However, due to digitalization, its inhabitants will be able to find entertainment online, for example, at the best bingo sites.
New Sensations from Virtual Reality: Teslasuit
Teslasuit has announced a glove that can convey sensations from virtual objects, including texture and weight. The company named its new project Teslasuit Glove and is positioning it as a device for training, medical rehabilitation and other professional things. In addition, the gadget is compatible with the Teslasuit suit, which allows you to capture movements or also transmit the sensations of virtual objects throughout the body. The company initially positioned itself as a manufacturer of consumer electronics, but eventually switched to the business segment.
The Teslasuit Glove fit several technologies that will allow not only to transfer the texture but also to simulate the retention and weight of the subject. This gadget is assisted by 9 electrodes located on each finger.
MIT Teaches Robotic Cars to Deal With Different Driver’s Psychic Types
Autonomous cars are already slowly appearing on the roads, but the AI is still having difficulty trying to get along with ordinary drivers. The computer does not distinguish between the types of behavior of drivers, collecting them all “under one comb” – however, anyone who has ever driven a car knows that this is not so.
A new study from the Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at MIT solves the problem of the interaction of robotic machines with ordinary people driving. Scientists forced the computer to predict their behavior on the road, using some tools from psychology. The system categorizes all drivers into two categories: selfish and safe.
Now the system studies the behavior of many drivers, constantly improving. The main parameters by which the system draws conclusions are how drivers keep their lanes and how they turn (do they assess the safety of the maneuver). The accuracy of the determination increased by 25% compared with previous experiments.
Technology news is usually amazing. Especially when you consider that in our selection we presented only the most high-profile ones published in the media in December 2019. If in just 31 days of the last month of the year there have been so many discoveries, imagine how busy the year 2020 will be!