Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Tech4WorkFromHome: Tech U Can Use To Work & Study From Home

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

#tech4wfh is a new series to curate technology and gadgets that you can use to set up your home environment for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning – based on what I use for my own home office.

What is your #WorkFromHome or #HomeBasedLearning setup at home? Stay tuned for tech4WorkFromHome series of curated technology and gadgets to set up your work or study environment at home.

What is your #WorkFromHome or #HomeBasedLearning setup at home? Stay tuned for #tech4WorkFromHome series of curated technology and gadgets to set up your work or study environment at home.

It’s been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By now, workers and students all over the world have become accustomed to lockdowns and social distancing in the fight against the respiratory disease.

#WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning have become the norm for the time being.

As a result, I’ve been inundated with requests for recommendations on technology and gadgets for setting up the home environment for working and for studying.

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Tech Focus: Artificial Intelligence Consumes Energy Too

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Jo De Boeck notes the growing list of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications as they take up more and more of the resources on Earth to deliver anything from Amazon recommendations to deciphering a virus DNA.

In this guest blog, the EVP/CSO of imec shares his insights into how power-hungry AI can be and the need for an Energy label for AI.

Jo De Boeck is the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of imec, an R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, based in Belgium. Photo: imec.

Jo De Boeck is the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of imec, an R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, based in Belgium. Photo: imec.

AI has become more intelligent in recent years.

Fuelled by seemingly infinite computational power that is easily available on tap today, it now processes huge amounts of data to recognise patterns every day.

Yet, with each new “trick” that an AI can learn, whether this is differentiating a cat from a dog or getting a robotic arm to figure out a Rubik’s Cube, billions of calculations go into each task.

“We need to talk about an Energy Label for AI,” says Jo De Boeck, EVP & CSO, imec. Photo: imec.

“We need to talk about an Energy Label for AI,” says Jo De Boeck, EVP & CSO, imec. Photo: imec.

That takes a lot of energy to power up, adding to an already fraught situation with global warming.

Compare this to the human brain.

It can effortlessly complete many of these cognitive feats that AI is accomplishing and celebrated for today, while requiring a small fraction of the energy.

So, while AI can be useful to help save energy by optimising its use, there is energy needed to train an AI model as well. This energy is not insubstantial.

Can this inspire us to develop more energy-efficient AI systems?

Will they bring a net positive in efforts to prevent or reverse permanent environmental damage?

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OPPO Unveils Three Concept Gadgets at INNO DAY 2020

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

OPPO unveiled the OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset, OPPO AR Glass 2021, and OPPO CybeReal AR application, as the company rolled out its 3+N+X technology development strategy.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset.

OPPO says that the three concept products demonstrate all-new possibilities of human-tech interaction and exploration of future technology.

  1. OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset
  2. OPPO AR Glass 2021
  3. OPPO CybeReal AR application

The OPPO X 2021 rollable concept handset features a flexible display and structural stacking, offering users a more natural interactive experience.

The concept handset features OPPO’s three proprietary technologies.

  • Roll Motor powertrain
  • 2-in-1 Plate
  • Self-developed Warp Track high-strength screen laminate

The OLED display can vary from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches, allowing users to adjust the size of the display based on actual needs.

OPPO AR Glass 2021 adopts a new split design, which is compact and ultra-light; making it nearly 75% lighter than its predecessor.

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New Arrival: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G Mobile Platform

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Qualcomm has added a new 5G mobile platform to its Snapdragon 7-series, with the Snapdragon 750G enabling global 5G, HDR gaming and on-device AI.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform.

To date, there have been more than 275 designs announced or in development based on Snapdragon 7- series mobile platforms, including 140 5G designs.

“We continue to see great traction with our high-tier Snapdragon 7-series 5G mobile platforms. As we continue to build out this relatively new tier of our mobile roadmap, we’re always looking for ways to support the growing needs of our OEM customers. Snapdragon 750G delivers a selection of premium mobile features to an even wider audience,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The new Snapdragon 750G features the truly global Qualcomm Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF System, which supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz, SA and NSA modes, TDD, FDD and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and global roaming and global multi-SIM.

This comprehensive modem-to-antenna solution allows devices powered by Snapdragon 750G to support multi-gigabit connections with fast upload and download speeds.

Snapdragon 750G offers select Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features to allow for smooth, low- latency gameplay for richer entertainment quality.

More details below from the press release.

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News: Imec Achieves cm Accuracy & Low-power Ultra Wideband Localisation

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Imec has combined advanced machine learning algorithms and innovations in chip design to extend its secure proximity portfolio with next-generation high-precision and low-power ultra wideband technology.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

“UWB’s power consumption, chip size and associated cost have been prohibitive factors to the technology’s adoption, especially when it comes to the deployment of wireless ranging applications. For one, imec’s brand-new UWB chip developments result in a significant reduction of the technology’s footprint based on digital-style RF-concepts: we have been able to integrate an entire transceiver – including three receivers for angle-of-arrival measurements – on an area of less than 1 square mm. Importantly, our design also targets a very low power consumption: less than 4mW/20mW (Tx/Rx) – which is up to 10 times better than today’s implementations. And it builds on imec’s long standing expertise in secure distance bounding to increase the technology’s resilience to potential relay attacks,” explained Christian Bachmann, program manager for Secure Proximity and Sensitive Networks programs at imec.

Ultra wideband technology is perfectly suited to support a variety of high accuracy and secure wireless ranging use-cases.

“Using machine learning, we created smart anchor selection algorithms that detect the (non) line-of-sight between UWB anchors and the mobile devices that are being tracked. Building on that knowledge, the ranging quality is estimated, and ranging errors are corrected. Since our approach also comes with machine learning enabled features that enable adaptive tuning of the network’s physical layer parameters, the right steps can then be initiated to mitigate those ranging errors – for instance by tuning the anchors’ radios,” explained Professor Eli De Poorter from IDLab.

Think of the ‘smart lock’ solutions commonly used in automotive – automatically unlocking a car’s doors as its owner approaches, while locking the car when the owner moves away.

While UWB is inherently more difficult to compromise than some alternatives, its potential has largely remained untapped because of its higher power consumption and larger footprint.

The innovations imec introduces today mark an important step to unlocking the technology’s full potential.

More details below from the press release.

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Visa Study: 2 In 3 Singaporeans Interested In Using Neobanks

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Close to 65% of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.

* All infographics in this story courtesy of Visa.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank - interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

It comes as no surprise that if consumers were to adopt a digital bank – interest is highest for an existing issuer given the trust already associated with the issuer. Click on infographic to enlarge.

The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2019 by ENGINE Insights with 511 Singaporeans aged 18-65 years of age.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking - whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

3 in 4 Singaporeans are aware of the concept of Digital Banking – whilst nearly 2 in 3 would be curious of adopting a digital only bank. Click on infographic to enlarge.

This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 5,000 consumers across seven markets in Southeast Asia.

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Dell Technologies and Orange Telco Demonstrate 5G Capability

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Dell Technologies successfully completed live field trials of its first 5G-ready Latitude notebook on the Orange 5G network in Paris.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

Orange 5G tests of Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude 9510 notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G.

The demo builds on Dell’s agreement with Orange, one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services worldwide, to help people experience the impact and power of 5G.

“5G opens a broad new frontier for businesses and consumers with the Always-Connected PC. This announcement is a clear example of how 5G can impact our daily lives. Downloading a large presentation or training video could take seconds instead of minutes. Enhanced broadband communications and lower latency enables new usage models and users to complete tasks much faster than 4G-enabled networks, which creates and drives new business models and new applications, like augmented and virtual reality, cloud-assisted gaming, real-time language translation and image processing,” said Liam Quinn, Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow for Dell Technologies.

The two companies aim to unlock the true power of enhanced broadband communications in creating new opportunities for bandwidth-intensive applications.

They hope to demonstrate an immersive and interactive experience that unlocks new business opportunities and boosts productivity anytime, anywhere with the Always-Connected PC

Dell’s first 5G-ready Latitude notebook was announced at CES earlier this year, and is the first PC to successfully pass the Orange 5G testing.

These first field trials, conducted on the Orange 5G network in Paris, demonstrate the promise of 5G with sustained download speeds over 900 megabits per second on an enterprise-grade mobile compute platform – surpassing 4G speeds that typically are under 60 megabits per second.

By deploying Dell’s 5G PC on the Orange 5G network, the two companies are demonstrating that they can create immersive and interactive environments that unlock new business opportunities, while delivering what employees demand with connectivity to help boost productivity and collaboration.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 2 of 2)

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

How can technology help in the fight against zoonisis? Aspiring vet, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this second article in a two-part series.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Emerging technology can help in mainly two ways.

Firstly, through harnessing the power of Big Data, information from previous outbreaks, and studies conducted independently around the world, can be collated to help predict where a deadly zoonotic virus will strike next.

The vast availability of health data today means that data must be intelligently handled, using the right tools to derive helpful trends.

For instance, Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity, and was found to show strong correlation with official data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2009 flu pandemic.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

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Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 1 of 2)

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

The word ‘zoonosis’ is not one that is popular in the common lexicon, and yet it is something that can affect our lives profoundly. Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this two-part story.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

A zoonosis is a disease which can be transferred from animals to humans, and there are many examples of zoonoses which many are familiar with.

One has only to recall the SARS outbreak of 2003 to recognise the destructive potential of zoonoses.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease which originated from viruses in bats that jumped to palm civets and then to humans, severely impacted countries like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and even Canada.

774 lives were claimed globally by this never-before-seen disease.

Stories of doctors, nurses and other health workers who had perished saving the lives of SARS patients filled the papers.

International travel to affected areas dropped sharply by 50-70%, resulting in the closure of many tourism-related businesses.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

Clearly, while the containment of SARS – especially in Singapore – is generally hailed as a success story, the outbreak did result in significant social and economic drawbacks.

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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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