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Great advances being made in assistive technology
Pizza delivery apps. Fitness trackers. Dashboard GPS. Often, technology makes life easier for people whose lives are already very easy. But what about next-generation wheelchairs or 3D-printed prosthetics? In the field of assistive technology, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are also making life easier for people with disabilities, chipping away at truly big problems at steady pace. Their successes are likely to accelerate.
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Canada's newest astronauts will fly to space by 2024
Canada's two newest astronauts will finally get a chance to fly to space, the federal government says. Canada will be able to send David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen to space by 2024, after formally committing to renew Canada's participation in the International Space Station, Industry Minister James Moore announced at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
High-tech ovens to latest in packaging: Baking trade show focuses on innovation
From high-tech ovens to packaging that keeps baguettes fresh for days, innovation is on display at the Baking Association of Canada's annual congress in Montreal. "Innovation through tradition" is the theme of this year's congress and trade show, which brings together bakery industry professionals checking out the newest ingredients, equipment, services, technology and, of course, baked goods.
CRTC: Emergency alerts coming to mobile devices
You can expect alerts about missing children, tornadoes, forest fires, industrial spills and other emergencies to pop up on your smartphone in the not-too-distant future. Canada's wireless industry has now developed specifications for such alerts – the first big step in the process of bringing such alerts to wireless devices, Canada's telecommunications regulator announced recently.
Restaurants turning to pre-paid meal reservation system
The Globe and Mail
San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June in May. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. Not reserved. Sold. As in, every meal for almost every seat for an entire month bought and paid for in advance.
How new smartwatch will control your car
An update of the Volvo On Call app, based on the Sensus infotainment system from the XC90, is to be released soon. Drivers will be able to set heater timings, control settings as well as find their vehicles in car parks — and unlock them — from their wrist. Volvo say the app will also have a better sat nav system — and you can send routes from your watch to your car.
Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks
Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that might be greeted as a great convenience to some and a tad too creepy for others.
Mobile health technology can improve healthcare services in Africa
Food World News
Mobile health care technology has played a significant role in changing and making medical conditions better in the regions of Nigera, Liberia and Sierra Leone in Africa. Several mobile apps available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store have been utilized as monitoring tools and knowledge bases that help healthcare practitioners widen their understanding in their respective fields.
Researchers to put cutting edge wave power technology to the test in real ocean conditions
Oceans — which after all cover some 71 per cent of the earth's surface — represent an untapped source of clean, renewable energy. Early demonstrations have already shown that the energy stored in waves can be captured by floating energy converters. Now scientists want to rigorously test this technology on a much larger scale, to see whether the concept is truly viable and whether hardware is capable of surviving rough sea conditions over a period of several years.
An 'army' of seals gathers data in Antarctica
Since 2004, scientists have been sticking sensors on seals' heads and sending them out on a mission: to collect detailed information about the oceans surrounding Antarctica. Now, all that information has finally been made available to the public.
The data give an in-depth look at how climate change is altering the ocean around Antarctica, and how animals like the seals adapt to the changing conditions.
Google wants to count the calories in your Instagram food porn
If it's not on Instagram, you haven't eaten it. Roast dinners, soufflés and salads, no food escapes an Amaro filter these days. Now Google is responding to the appetite for "food porn" by developing an artificial intelligence project to calculate the calories in your latest Instagram post. Announced at the Rework Deep Learning Summit, the prospective tool called Im2Calories, aims to identify food snapped and work out the calorie content.
This high-tech helmet shows cyclists the best bike route in a city
Cyclist injuries and fatalities are high in London, where about half a million people use bikes as their key mode of transportation. In 2013, 14 cyclists died and 475 were seriously injured during bike journeys in Central London. To adapt to both the growing number of cycling commuters and the relentless car and foot traffic of the city, London-based Future Cities Catapult has designed a Google Glass-like helmet prototype that could help cyclists be more aware of their surroundings and highlight the safest routes in their travels.
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