This week in the digital world, both tech giants and startups have not failed to impress with their new product announcements. Here is the lowdown on the happenings in the tech world:
Contributor: Ricky Rajani
Unveiled: Flying Cars
AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled today a project they have been developing for the past 25 years: a flying car. Currently in its testing phase, the prototype will soon be available for the public to purchase. AeroMobil hopes to sell their flying car in “developing markets where there is minimal infrastructure.”
A Magical Pill
What if there existed a pill that could detect signs of cancer and other diseases? Google X is working to make that idea a reality through their project “Nanoparticle Platform.” The pill they are designing is meant to detect certain molecules that would indicate certain health problems using nanoparticles. These nanoparticles contain a combination of magnetic materials and antibodies or proteins such that a wearable device could use the magnetic cores to read back what the nanoparticles discovered. Nanoparticle Platform is one of the many projects involved in Google X, a division of Google that is trying to tackle big problems found in healthcare and elsewhere.
Free to Be You… Anonymously
Anonymous sharing apps seem to be the trend this year, with apps such as Whisper, Secret, YikYak, and now Facebook’s Rooms. Facebook recently released their new app that allows users to anonymously chat with other like-minded individuals about virtually anything. With this anonymity comes the freedom to speak your mind without the fear of your ideas being associated with your true identity. Of course, there is always the problem of spam and hate speech being posted; however, Rooms claims to have “moderators” that will prevent this from occurring.
Fitbit’s New Wearables
Fitbit recently announced a trio of wearables. These wristbands are the Fitbit Charge, the Charge HR, and the Surge. The Fitbit Charge uses metrics such as steps, calories burned, and movement-based sleep quality to track activities and sleep. Furthermore, it shows call notifications and contains an exercise mode that displays workout summaries following an activity. The Charge HR is similar to the Charge except that it includes a continuous heart rate monitoring. Last, the Surge, a.k.a. the “super watch,” is a combination of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. This device includes GPS, heart rate monitoring, call and text notifications, and different workout modes.