Interapt’s Top Ten Tech Moment’s March 7th- March 11th

Adoption of Health Apps, Wearable Devices Grows

Nathan Eddy, EWeek

The number of U.S. consumers using wearables and mobile apps for managing their health has doubled from 16 percent in 2014 to 33 percent today.The findings are part of a seven-country Accenture survey of roughly 8,000 consumers, including 2,225 in the United States.The majority of both consumers (77 percent) and doctors (85 percent), the reported found, said that using wearables helps a patient engage in his or her health.

 

Samsung reveals ‘largest ever’ SSD at 15TB

Aaron Lee, ITPRO

Samsung has introduced a 15TB solid-state drive (SSD), which it claims is the largest drive of its kind in the world today. Its 15.36TB of space is equivalent to approximately 300 Blu-ray discs or 4,000 standard layer DVDs, while Samsung said its 2.5-inch form factor means enterprise storage managers can fit twice as many of the drives in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack, compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch storage drive.

Toyota’s Project Blaid Gives Visually Impaired More Freedom

Quinten Plummer, TechNewsWorld

Toyota on Monday introduced a concept for a piece of wearable tech that could help the visually impaired better navigate the world around them. Dubbed “Project Blaid,” the mobility device would sit atop a wearer’s shoulders and use cameras to sense the layout of indoor spaces. Wearers would be able to ask the device about objects and areas in a room, the company said. The wearable tech would guide them using speakers or vibrations for prompts.

Goodyear wants to replace your tires with mag-lev rubber balls

 

Miles Brannan, Digital Trends

Though there have been significant changes to tire technology over the years, the general size and shape of a passenger vehicle’s tire has remained the same for decades. However, Goodyear is ready for the next wave with the introduction of the manufacturer’s Eagle-360 tire at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

 

New MIT Code Makes Web Pages Load 34 Percent Faster in Any Browser

Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo

Internet connections get faster but websites get more complex—and that means we often still have to wait an age for pages to load. Now, a new technique from MIT that helps browsers gather files more efficiently could change that.

 

French aviator plans to fly from New York to Paris in a biofuel plane

Cailey Rizzo, Mashable 

In the spirit of Charles Lindbergh, a French research company hopes to complete the first carbon-free trans-Atlantic flight later this year. The Eraole, an electric biofuel plane developed by Laboratoire Océan Vital, will take flight from New York to Paris in June: The company says the plane will produce zero carbon emissions. If successful, the plane could have lasting impacts in the field of environmentally-friendly flight.

NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

Emily Calandrelli, TechCrunch 

NASA announced that it will send its next lander to Mars, known as the InSight Mars lander, in May of 2018. The mission was originally on schedule to launch later this month, but a technical issue found late last year put the InSight launch on hold.The new launch date comes as great news to the InSight team because there was a possibility that the technical issue would not be resolved in time and the mission would be cancelled altogether.

General Motors buys Cruise Automation to accelerate driverless car effort

Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet

General Motors said Friday it plans to buy San Francisco-based startup Cruise Automation to accelerate GM’s development of autonomous vehicle technology.”Cruise provides our company with a unique technology advantage that is unmatched in our industry.,” said Mark Reuss, GM EVP of global product development for GM.

When robots eliminate jobs, humans will find better things to do

Jason Hiner, ZDNet

The specter of robots taking over many of the world’s jobs — from retail to manufacturing to janitorial work to the military — has been hanging over humanity for decades. The threat has expanded recently to include not just robots but also artificial intelligence — algorithms — with solutions like Google’s search engine and IBM Watson proving that not only can technology do manual labor better than humans but it can also solve problems better, in some cases.

 

Can’t make it to Coachella? Don’t worry – you’ll be able to watch it remotely with VR

Chloe Olewitz, Digital Trends

Coachella is one of the year’s most popular and well-attended festivals, but that doesn’t mean that every fan can get to the California desert in the middle of April. But now, thanks to a collaborative VR partnership with Vantage.tv, Coachella is making a live stream of this year’s festival events available to fans at home on their couches. Through a Coachella VR app, fans far away will be able to get all kinds of virtual reality experiences, from festival history to desert preparation and the live sets themselves.

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