Month: January 2015

Teleportation Machine That Works Through Destructive Scanning And 3D Printing

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Scotty - The Teleportation MachineThe Hasso Plattner Institute has created an actual teleportation machine. The concept of teleportation suggests the movement of an object from one location to another location, perhaps through the disassembly and reassembly of atoms or other similarly impossible means.

The project, called Scotty, is a proof-of-concept and artistic statement, rather than a flesh and blood teleporter. Scotty teleports items by scanning them layer by layer and then grinding them away. The scan is then sent securely to another 3D printer which recreates the object in plastic. There would be only one copy of the object as the data transferred between machines is quickly destroyed once the object is printed.

Check out the video below.

References: TechCrunch. 3DPrint

Translate Text in Real Time with the Google Translate App

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There’s a new app from Google Inc. that I recently downloaded called Google Translate. It’s a pretty cool app that translates text in real time.

Here’s the description from the Google Play Store:

• Translate between 90 languages
• Converse naturally and let Google translate
• Translate with your voice, camera, keyboard or handwriting
• Translate offline while traveling. No internet connection needed.
• Save your translations and access from any device

Translations between the following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sesotho, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

One of the cool features is that using your camera, you can point it at the text that you want to translate and it will instantly translate the text even without internet/data connection.

Here’s a picture of a magazine that I randomly grabbed near me, and the translation from English to French which you can see on my phone using the Google Translate app. That one is actually not in real time as I had to “pause” it, then take a picture. For the record, my phone would not let me take a screenshot while it was translating in real time for some reason.

Google Translate - English to French

suretap wallet surely works for me!

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wpid-screenshot_2015-01-12-22-46-05.pngAbout a week ago or so, I downloaded this new app called suretap wallet. So, what is it, you ask? It’s an app from Rogers that enables users to store payment cards and complete everyday point-of-sale (POS) transactions using their mobile device. This, however, can only be used on POS terminals which support contactless payments.

Currently, you can only add the Rogers Prepaid MasterCard as well as some gift cards to it. There was a recent promotion (which expired on January 6, 2015) that when you register and add the Rogers Prepaid MasterCard to the suretap wallet, you will receive $100 in free money. Yep, you read that right – one hundred dollars! If you were not able to take advantage of this promotion, let’s hope there’s another one for you soon.

The suretap wallet application is compatible with only certain smartphones. Current list includes the following:

  • Samsung GALAXY Alpha™
  • Samsung GALAXY Note 4™
  • Samsung GALAXY Note 3™
  • Samsung GALAXY Note II™
  • Samsung GALAXY S4™
  • Samsung GALAXY S III™
  • Samsung GALAXY S5™
  • HTC One™
  • HTC One (M8)
  • LG G3
  • LG G Flex
  • LG G2
  • LG Optimus G
  • BlackBerry® Z10
  • Sony Xperia® Z3
  • BlackBerry® Z3
  • Samsung Core LTE
  • BlackBerry® Z30
  • BlackBerry® Q10

wpid-20150112_224256.jpgBasically, any device with NFC (near field communications) capability should work. Also, you would need an active suretap LTE SIM card.

The first transaction that I had using the suretap wallet with the free $100 in my Rogers Prepaid MasterCard was for my purchase at a health food store. The cashier was amazed, exclaiming, “Oh, new technology!”

For more information on suretap, check out rogers.com/suretap.

Onda V919: The Less Expensive iPad Air Clone with Dual-Boot and Cellular Connectivity

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Onda V919Onda V919 is a 9.7 inch tablet from China which looks like the Apple iPad Air, but without the expensive price. Even with the cheaper price, it is actually a well-made tablet with good specifications, according to Phone Arena.

The Onda V919 3G Air only costs C$196.85 (from DX.com), offers 64GB of internal storage, and features 3G cellular data connectivity. Also, it has the capability to dual-boot Android 4.4 KitKat (not Lollipop unfortunately) and Windows 8.1. To switch between the two operating systems, you would only need to press a button.

For comparison, a 16GB iPad Air with WiFi only (no cellular connectivity) is about C$439, and with cellular connectivity is C$579. That’s a pretty big price difference!

Would you consider buying this tablet?