The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, is to open a retail store in New York City according to Wall Street Journal. The store would try to fill the void of urgency in e-commerce. The store would serve as a showroom for customers to pick up, return and exchange items without having to depend on the U.S Postal service. The idea of a physical location has been toyed in the past but now Amazon have a chance to connect to their customers in real life. Meanwhile officials at Amazon have chosen not to comment on the rumor. Read More>>
Connected healthcare device sales have been projected to exceed $3 billion globally by 2019, according to a report from analysis firm juniper Research. This growth can be partially attributed to Apple and Samsung’s newly launched health platforms, Samsung’s SAMI and Apple’s healthKit. Another report from research firm Visiongain found the mobile health market is expected to be valued at $6.7 billion by the end of 2014. Read More>>
Universities across America are requesting to fly unmanned aircrafts for multiple reasons. The FAA released date that universities and colleges across US accounted for 25 percent or more that 900 request seeking approval to fly drones. Schools want to use these devices for number of reasons, from academics to agricultural monitoring. Read More>>
Boston-based startups have had a successful IPOs in the past two weeks. As furniture shopping service Wayfair went public and raised $300 million in its IPO, while HubSpot also had successful IPO. These success may spur the startup scene in Boston.
Although these new IPO’s have the spotlight, Boston has been quite active with startup companies. It is safe to say that most of the credit goes to MIT and Harvard, who produce the talent each year. From Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, all started their journey from the city of Boston. Thus a lot of young smart people with great ideas thrive in this region indicating that these two IPO’s will only boost more entrepreneurs to push harder for their ideas. As more money and talent flow in, Boston could be an alternative for Silicon Valley in the Future. Read More>>
The latest e-learning startup called Udacity Inc. has raised 35 million to redefine the way people learn.Unlike traditional companies in the marketplace, Udacity targets college grads and is built with the help of industry partners seeking skilled employees. Various Corporations provide the content and pay Udacity to develop online classes. Roughly three million users have signed up for the free Udacity courses. Read More>>
3D printers have now made its way into the Defense Industry. The DOD is using 3D printers across various military services. Lockheed Martin is also is using high-tech 3D printers to manufacturer tools used to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a next-generation fighter jet that will be flown by the U.S. military and allies. The Obama administration has been interested in expanding the use of 3D printing in America for a number of years and now we see the use being expanded into various fields in the Defense Industry. Read More>>
Graphene paper, which is a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon, has been found to yield new properties that could be useful for creating stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices, due to its large surface area per mass.
The finding is reported in the journal Scientific Reports by MIT’s Xuanhe Zhao, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering. It has robust properties, which is one of the strongest materials and by crumpling a sheet of grapheme paper into a chaotic mass of folds, they can make a super capacitor that can easily be bent, folded, or stretched to as much as 800 percent of its original size. Read More>>
BlackBerry is ready to re-launch itself as a global brand with a campaign developed and implemented by ad shop gyro. The campaign repositions Blackberry as the firm that offers “Serious Mobility for Serious Business,” Blackberry hopes that this makeover will help them compete with Apple, which nearly took BlackBerry out of business. Read More>>
Bionym, a Canadian company has created a wearable device that allows people to use their heartbeats to unlock passwords on their devices. The wearable called Nymi, uses heart rhythm as a sensor to unlock devices as heart beats are as unique as fingerprints. As hacking and data breach has become a major issue, Karl Martin, CEO and founder of the company has high hopes for the device. Read More>>
Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra realized in one of her global expeditions that the Thai cuisine available abroad were unworthy of the name. The issue was distressing enough to be raised at a cabinet meeting and the government has decided to unveil a robot to standardize the art of Thai food.
This state of the art robot consists of a boxy contraption filled with sensors and microchips which was developed over a budget of 30 million baht, around $1 million. It produces a chemical signature, which it measures against a standard deemed to be the authentic version.
Pioneers in nanotechnology wanted the cheapest and easiest
approach to measure food which results in a direct rating of the same. Because even computers cannot judge taste, the food is compared with a standard derived from a database of popular preferences for each dish with 80 being the standardized rating. Read More>>