The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions.
Group of experts of the TokyoUniversity and Japanese corporation Toyota presented the humanoid robot astronaut which will go to the first travel on the International Space Station (ISS) in this summer. The purpose of creation of the new robot specially for sending it on the ISS is the desire of scientists to help astronauts to cope with stressful conditions arising at station. New robot weighs only one kilogram, and its height makes 34 centimeters. In a body of the robot which on the colorful design reminds the hero from Japanese animated movies. The whole system of recognition of voices of the people who were by a row and generating of answers is placed. Meanwhile the robot astronaut speaks only language of his founders — Japanese.
The Philips company let out tools of the developer for Hue — personal wireless system of lighting. This system started its operation from October 2012. The tools will allow the programmers to create applications for iOS, also will help the producers of devices to produce household appliances supporting the work with system. In spite of the fact that the tools started using only on March 11, some developers had issued programs for Hue before this date. One of such programs, Ambify, forces lamps of Hue to change color of a luminescence in a step to music. Hue includes three LED lamps and the Wi-fi module. By installing the free program, the user can operate the Philips light bulbs from the Smartphone or a tablet. It is possible to change, for example, color and brightness of a luminescence or to include or switch off Philips light bulbs, being outside the apartment. The price of system is $199,95,the price for the additional lamps is $59. By the words of Philips, the life of Philips light bulbs is 15 thousand hours.
Lernstift digital pen notifies the user about all cases of misspellings. The pen works on the basis of Linux. Special sensors track the movement and allow to detect errors, and in case of their detection comes vibrating signal. Lernstift works in two modes: Calligraphy Mode and Orthography Mode. In the mode of calligraphy pen notifies the error in calligraphy, and in the orthography mode identifies spelling and grammar errors. There are two varieties of digital pen. So, the first generation of devices should appear in the middle of 2013. It will be handle with motion sensors and the system, to identify the words.
Astronomers from Observatory “Gemini” received the most detailed to date image of the unusual galaxy NGC 660, relating to a rare class of polar galaxies. The galaxy NGC 660 is located at a distance of 40 million light years from Earth near the constellation Pisces. It is as if two separate star clusters: the spiral and lenticular. Such galaxies are called polar – they rotate the outer ring over the poles of the internal cluster. In addition, NGC 660 is the only other known polar galaxies in which the center has an old lenticular congestion. All polar galaxies are a result of the interaction of two separate star clusters. Some of them can be formed by the collision of two galaxies formed (for example, a galaxy can be formed by a merger in the future, with the Milky Way Andromeda).
A team of research engineers from Tufts University, University of Illinois and Northwestern University have developed ultra-thin electronic devices that can dissolve in the body. As scientists say the new invention “Water Soluble electronics” can be widely used in medical applications. According to a study published in the journal «Science», the unit is fully “dissolve” after you have made all scheduled functions. The transient electronics are made of nanomembranes of silicon and magnesium oxide that are printed with circuitry much like a PCB, offering robust performance very similar to conventional electronics. Silicone is water-soluble but to prevent immediate disintegration, components are covered in silk.
The famous British car manufacturer McLaren Automotive Limited introduced its new elegant Sports Concept X1 in California, “U.S”.During annual automotive event called “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event”, which is held in California, car brand McLaren introduced its new X-1. This model was created based on the model MP4-12C. The company said that their new sports car was created for the “anonymous car enthusiasts”.McLaren X1 is equipped with a powerful twin-turbo V8 3,8 liter engine, and will have a 7-speed transmission which will give the maximum 616 hp power.
One of the world’s leading IT-industry, Google has decided to permanently settle in the mobile payment systems. Google Electronic Payment System was started rather late, in 2011. Nevertheless, the company is actively engaged in business not only in the field of Internet services, but also in the mobile sector (this is the most common worldwide OS smartphone Android, and develop their own portable electronics), collected in the years to compete with local companies representing services in the area of electronic commerce. In order to make the payment, you will need a smart phone which supports NFC technology that is running Google Wallet. Some e-commerce systems can be tied to your account various bank cards, which makes it conduct a transaction.
The American SpaceX company’s Dragon cargo capsule is heading back to Earth having spent a week attached to the International Space Station (ISS). Built by commercial company Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), the Dragon capsule was detached from the space station by astronauts using the outpost’s robotic arm, which officially released the spacecraft at 5:49 a.m. EDT (0949 GMT). Dragon is the first private spacecraft ever to visit the $100 billion space station.