The other day it became known about the purchase by Google of the manufacturer of wearable devices Fitbit. In the light of events, the corporation hastened to patent the acquired developments, and one of the first was named - “Low-profile capsule for fitness monitoring”. The technical component of the device is hidden, but some details can be distinguished from the provided drawings.
Previously, Fitbit's core business was fitness equipment, so it’s logical to continue the production line of the acquired company. The product has the shape of a smart watch, where you can see the places under the bracelet straps.
Fitbit-Google - patent for a new device-3
On the front side there will be a square-shaped display, most likely with touchscreen support. On the back, a sensor module is indicated, a similar one is used to read the user's medical parameters.
By the way, the application was submitted by previous Fitbit owners back in May of this year, and the actual registration occurred six months later. One can only assume that $ 2.1 billion paid for Fitbit will be an economic success for Google.
NASA researchers believe that life on our planet originated from fallen meteorites, informs replyua.net. A report on the origin of life on Earth was published in one of scientific journals, and scientists have noted that along with the fallen meteorites on the surface of the planet were organic compounds, which became the beginning of a long evolutionary chain, which lasts millions of years on Earth.
According to experts, organic compounds came to Earth with meteorites, the Chondrites. The researchers emphasized that these meteorites provide an explanation for many processes occurring on the planet millions of years ago. In addition, NASA say that with the help of his new study, they found that water and asteroids, which are considered precursors of carbonaceous chondrites, it was still long before the appearance of the Earth around 50 million years.
When you reach the planets, the asteroids were "fertilized" complex organic molecules, which can be called "the ancestors of mankind." According to scientists, asteroids, furrowing the space, can emerge even amino acids.
Team coordination of international assistance launched in test operation http://OPENAID.GOV.UA – database of international assistance projects and various tools for donors, artists, journalists. According to the initiators, the country still has not been a single public registry.
It is a Single registry, with the ability to view the list of donors, programs and reforms on which help is available for searching by category. API, manually and web scraproom going all the donor sites , two e-services submission of documents for registration of projects and accreditation of service providers (international organizations), Analytics, news, events, and presentations.
Big Christmas #primogenita from the team coordination of international assistance - most of those grants, which everyone loves. We launched into test operation http://OPENAID.GOV.UA - database of international assistance projects and various tools for donors, implementers, journalists!
1) you probably find it hard to believe (or maybe already not), but there WAS NOT a single public registry. Was a definite sign that the Ministry was paper card registration (the Donor so-and-so starts the project Improve governance at the village for $5 million!) and that's it.
2) reports on projects bad. They are often nobody provides. Sometimes when there is urgency is gone. What is written is not always clear. When the project closed, his site dies, everything disappears (and often anyone out there know what is this site?)...
3) the entire document of course paper, all call - up check this! convey a copy Tetovo. The most frequent request to the Department - and what are donor programs ottakaa direction?
4) the fellowship of the donors (foreign countries, international organizations, EU, OECD), beneficiaries (state Executive agencies), recipients (public authorities and organizations, NGOs, private companies, citizens), performers (international companies, organizations, Ukrainian private company) passes through us, past us, through other bodies, etc.
Trying to change all that!
- Single register, with search and categories.
- API manual and web scraproom was taken from the donor sites all they could do
- scanned all that we had
two e-services submission of documents for registration of projects and accreditation of service providers (international organizations)
- news, events, presentations
- where historical information is not available - problem :( Will keep looking... but for new projects will have to fill efficiently.
- further I want to make online classrooms all participants of the process, online reports, subscribing to announcements about grants and tenders, integrated tool for creating websites of international assistance projects in the form of under-the Openaid website the like.
Everything is carried on their shoulders the head of the project Oksana Borysenko! Oksana, her large team of volunteers (believe me, corny to read these fit the texts and correct mistakes a hell of a job!) very cool!!! Congratulations Elena Tregub, Elena Levchuk, Alina Shved and all-all-all Department!
P. S. according to custom, the budget is not affected. Funds for the programming gave the delegation of the EU (Thanks to the European Union in Ukraine!), the rest of the work done for free.
A meeting of the Committee for electronic communications: Israel invites the Ukrainian IT-companies to cooperation
Israel is willing to share their innovations to help Ukraine solve the problems concerning the sphere of civil protection and ecology. This was stated by the participants of the Israeli delegation during a meeting with representatives of Russian IT companies.
The meeting was held in the framework of the meeting of the Committee for electronic communications at the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine on February 14. The event was attended by commercial attaché of the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine Elizabeth Solovyova, Chairman of the Committee for electronic communications at the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine Volodymyr Kolyadenko, first Deputy Chairman of the State environmental service of Ukraine Igor Yakovlev, heads of departments of the State service of Ukraine for emergency situations and representatives of domestic business in the field of information technology.
According to commercial attaché of the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine Elizabeth Solovyova, the Israeli business is interested in cooperation with Ukrainian companies in the field of IT. Moreover, the Israeli developments and innovative solutions can help to solve in Ukraine a number of issues related to cybersecurity, and as a result, positively influence the development of the economy and all its sectors separately.
Our office treats a lot of companies from Israel, which want to establish cooperation with the Ukrainian business. Israeli entrepreneurs to participate in exhibitions held in Ukraine, and actively invited the Ukrainian business to review their development and define what solutions they need, what innovations can be applied in Ukraine. I want to emphasize that the Ukrainian IT-industry is growing rapidly and progresses. We see, therefore, understand the opportunities that are opening before us in the case of cooperation and exchange of experience in this field. I want to emphasize that our office collects information on Israeli technologies in the field of security, cyber-security, in the field of environmental monitoring, efficient use of energy resources. Therefore, those Ukrainian companies which are interested in cooperation with Israeli businesses, you can find all the necessary information through the chamber of Commerce, or contacting us directly – said Elizabeth Solovyov.
She added that Israeli technology is based on more efficient use of resources in the IT industry. This allows you to reduce costs and, consequently, to obtain greater profits. According to Elizabeth Solovyova, the Israeli experience and innovation can help Ukraine to solve urgent issues related to the prevention of emergency situations and protection of population.
We know how sometimes it's hard to find an effective solution, which also should be qualitatively applied at the state level. So the Israelis are ready to offer ready-made solutions, which show the results for a long time and its effectiveness. This will reduce for the Ukrainian IT industry long-term innovative research projects in the field of civil protection. In addition, Ukrainians and Israelis will be able to create joint projects and use them to enter global markets, which positively flows to the development of entrepreneurship in both countries, said Ms. Solov.
It should be noted that Israel has created favorable climate for the development of the IT industry. Thus, the state for a long period of time provides tax and other incentives for innovative companies. There is a program of technological incubators, the support companies in the process of scientific and technical research. It is therefore not surprising that Israel is currently ranked first in the world in innovation, second in research work. Therefore, an important conclusion from the experience of Israel is that the state should support new developments and at the same time not tie the hands of researchers. Even 60 years ago, Israel exported mostly citrus fruit, and today 11% of Israel's GDP – high-tech products. By the way, of the 70 billion dollars of exports to Israel, more than half accounted for by high-tech goods. While the country has more than 4 thousand startup companies that call the "Israeli miracle."
Another feature of the Israeli IT industry is that they are open to the world. In addition, when all Israeli universities continuing to operate the company, are engaged in the promotion of patents of faculty and staff of the institution. These patents are registered not only in Israel but in other countries where necessary.
Elizabeth Solovyov said that the main role for the development of this industry in Israel is played by the Ministry of defence and the Ministry of industry and trade. There are special departments – offices of the Chief scientist. They are responsible for innovation policy, generated funds to support new developments and the like. We should stop the emphasis on support funds. In General, part of these funds is distributed for the competition, so everyone who wants to get the money on your project, apply. Further, the Fund considers each application and makes the decision to provide financial support. It should be noted that such contests are organized transparently and professionally. At the same time, there are funds where selection can take place without competition. In this case, also, each participant must submit an application, but there is one condition – the applicant for funding must be a business partner.
One of the most important places in the system of innovation development of Israel took the incubators. Each of them can simultaneously develop about 10 startups. Each project can be in the incubator for 2-3 years. It is important to note if the project proves successful, the entrepreneur gets money through a royalty, typically 4% of sales. If the project does not generate revenue and is not being implemented properly – no responsibility before the state, the entrepreneur does not carry. Of course, the selection of applications is carried out very carefully and attentively, but in any case, IT-business in Israel feels effective support and capacity.
In addition, the office of the Chief scientist allocates annually about 500 million dollars in scholarships for various studies and innovative developments. Sometimes it covers up to 60% of the total cost of each project. At the same time, about $ 100 million annually amount of compensation of the Ministry of industry and trade in the form of interest payments if the project was successfully implemented.
Every year more than hundreds of Israeli companies signed contracts with investors from different countries. Usually the contract amount starts from a few tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars in each of the startups.
Besides the Investment center of the Ministry of trade and industry provides young and talented entrepreneurs who want to realize themselves in the field of information technology, subsidies for the creation of new enterprises. The Ministry also supports the expansion of existing companies in the field of IT-technologies. Loan size in this case may depend on the region. For example, companies that are located in peripheral areas, are eligible to apply for more substantial grants. Although the company's high-tech direction, as a rule, are not particularly capital intensive, so they choose another form of incentives – tax incentives.
In Israel also operate investment funds, which are willing to invest in the creation of innovative companies. Every year at least $ 3 billion invested in Israeli and international venture capital in Israeli innovative projects with a high degree of risk that is comparable with the volume of venture capital investment. If such trends continue, soon Israel may become a new innovation center in the world.
All this suggests that Israel is a very promising market for Ukrainian business. And the establishment of close linkages between domestic and Israeli IT companies could be the beginning of a new, more progressive, economic and trade relations between the two countries.
During a meeting in the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine's domestic and Israeli business representatives especially insisted on this. In addition, they exchanged experiences in the use of IT technologies in the field of ecology, in particular in the protection of the environment. Therefore, it is possible that very soon to solve environmental problems in the country are using proven Israeli technologies.
We have some serious problems at the national level in the field of ecology. This organization of monitoring state of natural environment and the results of all the changes that occur in the country in this field. It would therefore be very interesting to study the experience in Israel on the state level, new technologies and see how we can apply them in Ukraine, – said the first Deputy Chairman of the State environmental service of Ukraine Igor Yakovlev.
Embassy of Israel jointly with the CCI of Ukraine plan to hold a series of events for entrepreneurs of both countries. Convinced that this will not only improve the cooperation in the IT sphere, but also to stimulate mutual investment in the sector.
Very important for us the cooperation with the chamber of Commerce and industry of Ukraine. I believe that such a business Association, which unites under one roof a very large number of representatives of business, you can more accurately describe the needs that have business. The events, organized by the CCI of Ukraine, could be one of those platforms on which the Israeli companies can present themselves and share their experience with representatives of both small and large Ukrainian companies, – said Elizabeth Solovyov.
In turn, the Chairman of the Committee for electronic communications at the chamber of Commerce of Ukraine Volodymyr Kolyadenko noted that the Committee will establish cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine and added the following:
In the future, such devices may appear in places where every day is a lot of people transport, shopping centers and stadiums
Carpet generates electricity when you walk on it. Photo: YouLoveIt.ru
Carpet generates electricity when you walk on it. Photo: YouLoveIt.ru
A future in which people will stop building on the rivers and dams to burn coal for electricity, and instead begin to jump, run, stomp and poke a finger in the monitor, producing the kilowatts of energy, getting closer.
Engineers and students from UAE University have created a "magic" carpet. He, however, does not fly, but generates electricity when it walk, run, jump or otherwise exert a mechanical effect. Just as film-generator, it works by layers of materials with piezoelectric properties, superimposed on each other, popmech reports with reference to The National.
Kharuf razan (Razan Kharouf) and Hamda al Derei (Hamda Al Derei), a graduate of the University of the UAE, to show its development. Photo: Delores Johnson / The National
The authors expect that carpets-generators in the near future oustalet floors of shopping malls, concert venues and other places with large concentrations of people. Now the materials and Assembly of the "wonder carpet" is too expensive, but engineers are working to make Eswee the invention as affordable as possible.
The piezoelectric effect is expressed in the emergence of the polarization of the dielectric by mechanical action. Piezoelectric elements are used where you need to get an electrical discharge under physical compression of parts of the system. Such devices are popular in a variety of sensors, sound technician (where piezoelectric effect is used to convert sound waves into an electrical signal) and contact fuses.