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This Invention Might Be The Death Of The Keyboard We All Know



Ran Poliakine, founder of Powermat
Technologies Inc. Focused on eliminating the world’s
dependence on electrical cables, is setting his sights
on improving communication with wireless devices
by transforming human hands into keyboards that
type anywhere, and on anything.

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The new gadget, Tap Systems , came out of stealth
mode Wednesday with a foam strap that slips onto
the hand almost like a brass knuckle. It translates 31
finger taps into letters and numbers, which are
transmitted by Bluetooth to mobile devices like
phones and tablets. With an accuracy level of “99
percent,” according to Poliakine, the strap is an
alternative to voice-based systems such as Apple
Inc.’s Digital Assistant, Siri or gesture technologies, and eliminates the
need to carry a keyboard.

“We’ve invented a new smart textile that when you
place it on your hand you can turn any surface into a
keyboard,” Poliakine said in an interview. “It’s
important because when you have a smartwatch, or
iPad or any other device that you need to activate or
interact with on the go, right now you need to sit
down and have a keyboard, or to touch on a screen.”

Poliakine founded Tap with Sabrina Kemeny , a
former NASA engineer and co-inventor of an image
sensor technology used in mobile phones; and David
Schick, an engineer whose previous company, Schick
Technologies Inc., sold in 2005 to Sirona Dental
Systems in a $928 million reverse takeover.
Financed by its founders, Tap stands to benefit from
Poliakine’s previous experience with Powermat.

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According to Bloomberg, Cordless charging, 10 years after the company
founding, is far from ubiquitous , despite the likes of
Samsung Electronics Co., Ikea Group and Starbucks
Corp. embedding the technology in its latest products
or stores.
“Lesson number one is: go after a very large market
that is going to be even bigger. When we started
Powermat it was clear that the market will come but
was not there,” said Poliakine. “Wireless charging
was like a magic kind of thing, a concept. With Tap
the need is absolutely there, and is going to be
greater and greater, from wearable devices all the
way to virtual reality and augmented reality, all of
those devices in urgent need for a sophisticated input
method.” MarketsandMarkets most recent forecast
for the global wearables industry was $31.3 billion by
The strap won’t stop at typing text. Software
developers will be invited to create applications for
use with the platform. Poliakine foresees a future
where music could be composed or played by tapping
on a knee instead of piano keys. He hopes to see
technology global leaders such as Microsoft Corp.
eventually incorporate Tap technology into products
like HoloLens , the company’s virtual reality headset
that a recent CNET review said was difficult to control
with voice commands and gross movements.
Tap intends to offer the strap early on to the blind or
visually impaired. “This is a transformative
technology, where they can be as facile with mobile
as a sighted person,” Schick said. The market for
devices that assist the disabled and elderly could
reach $19.6 billion by 2019, according to
Transparency Market Research.
Other companies, in Israel and abroad, are targeting
that same market. OrCam , a company created by one
of the founders of Mobileye NV, makes a device that
fits on eyeglasses to help the visually impaired cross a
street or read. Imogen Heap, a musician and
entrepreneur based in the U.K., co-developed a set of
gloves that can help physically challenged musicians
create and perform.
As the need for a better input method grows, so will
the possibility that Tap will end up competing with
some of the world’s largest companies. “It is quite
possible that Google, Facebook and Apple are
working on a solution,” Schick said.
Tap’s possible drawback may be that users need to
learn to “tap,” an obstacle the company has tried to
overcome with a learning game that uses ditties and
music to improve memory retention for finger
combinations. Poliakine said it takes most people no
more than an hour to adjust.
Schick said the development continues in-house and
the strap will evolve as technology advances. In
particular, he envisions future designs of the strap to
eventually be worn on the wrist rather than around
the hand.
The company plans several months of consumer
testing in Silicon Valley before shipping. “The
underlying assumption is we need to create a
community,” Schick said. “We believe this technology
can become a core language or protocol.”

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]


Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion



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A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.

Google Stadia

This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.

Google Stadia Controller

Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.

Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.

I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.

Google Stadia Reader Opinion

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Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?

George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.

Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.

ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.

Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.

I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.

Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too

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Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?

The comment box is yours, let me know what you think

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Checkout The Xiaomi Fast Charge Tech That Charges A Phone Full In 17 Minutes



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The new Xiaomi Fast Charge Technology looks to eliminate one major problem we all face daily and that is slow charging.

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At the moment, Oppo’s SuperVOOC is the fastest wired charger with its 50W speeds at 10V/5A, but Xiaomi is coming up something crazier and different that can charge a dead battery to 100% in just 17 minutes.

Here is a video posted by Xiaomi’s brand president Lin Bin, it shows a phone with 4000mAh battery charged fully in just 17 minutes.

Xiaomi has compared this to OPPO’s 50W (10V/5A) Super VOOC Charging that charges 3700mAh battery up to 65% in 17 minutes.

This was introduced as the world’s fastest smartphone charging tech that can charge the phone up to 92% in 30 minutes.

For comparison, Huawei’s upcoming 55W Super Charge fast charging technology for the Mate X’s 4500mAh battery will need just 35min to fully charge the device.

Xiaomi’s new Super Charge Turbo technology is currently in testing stage and will take some time to reach the market… it will be announce few hours from now at an event.

An interesting move I must say, I feel this is a good innovation. I hope other companies adopt this technology quickly

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