The quest to make international business a little easier is being addressed by Fuji Xerox. A translator photo copy machine is on show only in Japan. According, to Nikkei dot net, Digital Tokyo World and Crave, the prototype translator copy machine can scan Japanese text and print it in English, Chinese and Korean without altering the original format of the page. The prototype translator photo copier does not have a name as of this writing. The exact method utilized by Fuji Xerox to provide the translator capabilities is forthcoming. It is believed by some industry reporters to involve networking the prototype copier to a dedicated translator server and combining this with algorithms that have the capability to distinguish between text, lines and drawings so page format remains in tact. For those of us that have used Alta Vista Babel Fish or Google Translator page with some pretty serious mangling of phrases and key words. It presently comes down to the eye-ball test of,“that looks funny.” Let us hope the Fuji Xerox selection of a dedicated translator server has worked out the bugs. Digital Tokyo World cites the same difficulty I have faced in using the (MT) machine translating device utilized by current translator software. The one touch prototype translator copier has a big hurdle to cross in convincing regular users of the accuracy of the translations. There is currently no release date or further detail from the company currently available. It is a newsworthy advancement in bridging the gap between the East and the West. Whether it does what it says it can do will be tested in the market place. Citation: Fuji Xerox Prototype Translator Copier (2007, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-fuji-xerox-prototype-copier.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fuji Xerox Translator Copier-Prototype A prototype copier by Fuji Xerox is currently on show in Japan. The one touch translator function allows scanned Japanese language documents to be immediately translated into Chinese, Korean and English. The uniqueness of this product is that the original document when translated does not lose its original format. read more
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Sony is showing off prototypes incorporating its super-thin, flexible OLED technology at the CREATEC JAPAN 2009 IT and electronics trade show in Makuhari Messe (Chiba) in Japan. Citation: Super-thin flexible OLED from Sony (2009, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-super-thin-flexible-oled-sony.html Sony’s flexible OLED-based Vaio notebook–not coming to a store near you. Image: Scott Ard/CNET Explore further Foldable phone opens into large OLED screen Early efforts to manufacture transparent and flexible OLEDs met with resolution problems and distortions of the image when the device was bent or folded. Sony demonstrated an OLED television in 2008 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a flexible 0.2 mm thick OLED audio player at this year’s show. Several other companies, such as Samsung and LG, are also working on flexible OLED displays.The devices on show at CEATEC JAPAN are all at the concept stage and there is no indication of when, or even if, they will ever be marketed.The CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies ) JAPAN event showcases IT and electronic innovations. The theme for 2009 is “Digital Convergence ? Defining the Shape of Our Future”. The exhibition opened on October 6 and runs until October 10.via CNet News© 2009 PhysOrg.com Sony’s flexible OLED-based Vaio notebook–not coming to a store near you. Image: Scott Ard/CNET Sony’s new “bendable” and transparent organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology is being shown in prototypes featuring an OLED a mere 0.2 mm thick. The prototype devices are a Vaio notebook, a flexible e-book, and a Walkman bracelet.The OLED screen is transparent and flexible, and the viewing angle range is almost unlimited. OLED technology has a number of advantages over LEDs, including higher efficiency, faster response times, and no requirement for backlighting. The devices also have very low energy needs. The Sony Reader and Walkman redone with flexible OLED technology. Image: Scott Ard/CNET The Sony Reader and Walkman redone with flexible OLED technology. Image: Scott Ard/CNET Vaio with flexible OLED screen. Image: Scott Ard/CNET read more
More information: Tracy Holsclaw, Ujjaini Alam, Bruno Sansó, Herbert Lee, Katrin Heitmann, Salman Halbib, and David Higdon, “Nonparametric Dark Energy Reconstruction from Supernova Data,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.241302 In order to test theories of dark energy, a group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the University of California Santa Cruz came up with a technique designed to test different models of dark energy. “We are trying to investigate what could be behind the accelerated expansion of the universe,” Katrin Heitmann, one of the Los Alamos scientists tells PhysOrg.com. “Our technique is based on data, and can be used to evaluate different models.”Heitmann and her collaborators created their method based on Gaussian process modeling; the implementation was led by Tracy Holsclaw from UC Santa Cruz. “We’re using statistical methods rather than trying to come up with different models. Our process takes data from different sources and then uses it to look for certain deviations from what we assume in a cosmological constant.” The group’s work can be seen in Physical Review Letters: “Nonparametric Dark Energy Reconstruction from Supernova Data.”“Many scientists think that dark energy is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe,” Heitmann says. “If this is the case, it is possible to characterize it via its equation of state w(z). The redshift evolution of the equation of state parameter w(z) would show some indication of a dynamical origin of dark energy.”Heitmann points out that in such a case, there could be an infinite number of models. “We can’t test all those models,” she says, “so we have to do an inverse problem. We have data and we can characterize the underlying cause of the accelerated expansion. It assumes that w is a smoothly varying function, and a dynamical dark energy theory would fit that. We can use data and analyze it to see if we can find indications that dark energy really is behind accelerated expansion.”The Los Alamos and University of California, Santa Cruz team first tested their statistical technique on simulated data in order see whether the method was reliable. “After we saw that it was,” Heitmann says, “we tried it on currently available supernova data.”So far, their analysis has not revealed that a dynamical dark energy is behind the accelerated expansion (the cosmological constant is a very special case of dark energy and is still in agreement with the data), but Heitmann doesn’t think that means that the door is closed on dynamical dark energy theories as the cause of acceleration in the expanding universe. “The data so far is limited, and better data is coming in every day,” she says. Additionally, the group hopes to include other data in their statistical analyses. “Our technique allows for the input of data from cosmic microwave background and baryon acoustic oscillations as well, and that’s what we want to add in next.”If this technique does identify a dynamical dark energy as the reason behind accelerated expansion of the universe, it could mean revisiting the basics of what we know about the workings of the universe. “If we do find the time dependence that supports the idea of dark energy as this mechanism, then we can go back to the theory approach. We would have an idea of which models could better explain universe’s expansion history and ultimately develop a self-consistent theory with no ad hoc assumptions.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Statistical modeling could help us understand cosmic acceleration (2010, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-statistical-cosmic.html Researchers continue search for elusive new particles at CERN Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — While it is generally accepted by scientists that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, there are questions about why this should be so. For years, scientists have been trying to determine the cause of this behavior. One of the theories is that dark energy could be the cause of cosmic acceleration. read more
Thermal sensors can measure temperature by receiving energy radiated from target objects on thermopile elements. For security system applications, for example, Omron is suggesting its use as a sensor in a low power consumer device. It can tell if there is someone present, by detecting body heat. As an energy saving application, it can detect if there is no one present, and can be used to save energy, by turning off lights, or turning down air conditioners. The thermal-area sensor can also monitor the temperature of a room as it can detect the slightest temperature changes. © 2012 Phys.org Along with smartphone camera, one can use the sensor as a restaurant or kitchen aid. The demo showed viewers the device’s “Too hot to eat” sensor. Placed under the camera of the smartphone, the sensor detects the actual temperature of objects. According to the demo, when the image of a mug is displayed, the person can press the “Too hot to eat” button, and find out the temperature of the liquid inside the mug. The demonstrator said it was not a very serious application but sufficed to show the technology at hand. Other use could be in factory automation where temperature control and irregular temperature detection are important.Omron promotes its technology as a useful alternative to pyroelectric human presence sensors that rely on motion detection, as they are unable to detect the presence of objects that are not moving, whereas the Omron device does. Also, Omron points out that while standard thermal sensors are only able to measure temperature at one certain contact point, the D6T can measure the temperature of an entire area without contact.Overall, MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) technology has grown in interest as MEMS uses semiconductor processing technology to enable super-high-precision processing at micrometer or even nanometer levels,-a degree of precision that is impossible for humans to replicate, according to the company.Omron provides products and services in industrial automation, electronic components, healthcare, and the environment. With its Omron MEMS technology in the D6T, said a company release, “we are aiming to contribute to the creation of new advanced energy-saving household appliances as well as home and building energy management systems plus a wide variety of factory automation applications.” (Phys.org) — Japan-based Omron is promoting its small-sized thermal area sensor with a flexible future of use as a security system check, energy-saver or smartphone companion, to warn you that your turkey broth is still too hot to drink. Omron demonstrated its D6T thermal sensor earlier this week at the Micromachine/MEMS ROBOTECH 2012 exhibition in Tokyo. The device is described as an infrared thermal area sensor using MEMS technology that can check for situations such as human presence and hot food. Explore further More information: Press release Citation: Omron sensor can do security and hot-soup checks (w/ Video) (2012, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-omron-sensor-hot-soup-video.html Imec demonstrates CMOS integrated poly-SiGe piezoresistive pressure sensor This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more
One of the precepts of governmental planning for third-world countries is that if poor, remote communities are provided with basic amenities such as clean water and electricity, the standard of living in those areas will automatically rise. People living in such places, it is assumed, would take advantage of electric-powered activities to improve their lot, such as conducting business at night or studying for longer hours. But as the researchers with this new effort found, that might not be the case.India is a developing country with a population of approximately 1.3 billion people. But despite efforts to expand the grid, approximately 300 million people still live without a reliable source of electricity. This means they must rely on kerosene lamps for light at night, and cannot use electrical appliances that make life easier. The government in India has acknowledged the problem and pledged to provide for such communities by investing heavily in local solar power electricity. Called India’s Remote Village Electrification Program, the goal is to increase solar power production from 12.3 gigawatts to 100 gigawatts by 2022. But will doing so provide the stimulus to lift people living in remote communities out of poverty? To find out, the researchers conducted a survey of approximately 1,300 households in 81 remote, non-electrified communities. A year later, they conducted another survey of the same people, and found that electrification rates had increased by 29 to 35 percent. But the responses of those who gained access to electricity indicated little to no economic gain. The only measurable change in the lives of the people was a reduction in the amount of kerosene they bought.The researchers note that theirs was a limited-time study, and point out that it is possible that over longer time spans, economic growth might occur, but they also suggest that other measures besides access to electricity might be needed to improve the lives of the poor living throughout the country. More information: Michaël Aklin et al. Does basic energy access generate socioeconomic benefits? A field experiment with off-grid solar power in India, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602153AbstractThis article assesses the socioeconomic effects of solar microgrids. The lack of access to electricity is a major obstacle to the socioeconomic development of more than a billion people. Off-grid solar technologies hold potential as an affordable and clean solution to satisfy basic electricity needs. We conducted a randomized field experiment in India to estimate the causal effect of off-grid solar power on electricity access and broader socioeconomic development of 1281 rural households. Within a year, electrification rates in the treatment group increased by 29 to 36 percentage points. Daily hours of access to electricity increased only by 0.99 to 1.42 hours, and the confidence intervals are wide. Kerosene expenditure on the black market decreased by 47 to 49 rupees per month. Despite these strong electrification and expenditure effects, we found no systematic evidence for changes in savings, spending, business creation, time spent working or studying, or other broader indicators of socioeconomic development.Press release © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. has found that governmental initiatives to provide electricity to poor communities in India has not brought about the socioeconomic benefits that were predicted. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes a survey they carried out involving people living in non-electrified communities in India and a follow-up they conducted after some of those involved in the prior survey gained access to electricity. Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed Journal information: Science Advances Explore further Citation: Extending electricity to poor rural communities in India not reaping hoped-for economic impact (2017, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-electricity-poor-rural-india-reaping.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more
Credit: C. O’Hare; NASA/Jon Lomberg, via Physics , arXiv More information: Ciaran A. J. O’Hare et al. Dark matter hurricane: Measuring the S1 stream with dark matter detectors, Physical Review D (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.103006 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.09004 Explore further New study suggests galactic bulge emissions not due to dark matter Citation: Dark matter ‘hurricane’ offers chance to detect axions (2018, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-dark-hurricane-chance-axions.html Journal information: Physical Review D The evidence for the existence of dark matter is very strong, yet scientists are still unable to find a way to actually “see” it. Because of that, they keep trying to find new ways to do so. In this new effort, the researchers have been studying the S1 stream—a collection of stars moving in a way that suggests they were once part of a dwarf galaxy that was consumed by the Milky Way. The S1 stream was discovered last year by a team studying data from the Gaia satellite. Other such streams have been observed before, but this is the first to cross paths with our own solar system. In this new effort, the researchers have studied the possible impact of S1 as it passed through our region, because it offers a unique opportunity to study dark matter.As S1 moved through our area, theory suggests dark matter should have been moving along with it. Calculations by the team suggest it should be moving at approximately 500 km/s. They created several models showing the distribution of the dark matter and its density. Doing so allowed them to create predictions of possible signatures of the stream for researchers to look for. They suggest this event gives those in the field looking for observable evidence of dark matter a better than normal chance to do so. They suggest that it is not likely that WIMP detectors will find anything unusual. But they further suggest that the presence of a dark matter hurricane could increase the chances of detection of axionic dark matter due to possible bumps in the broad spectrum of axions. They note also that the current storm could offer data for use by future detection systems that are more advanced than those in use today. A team of researchers from Universidad de Zaragoza, King’s College London and the Institute of Astronomy in the U.K. has found that a “dark matter hurricane” passing through our solar system offers a better than usual chance of detecting axions. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review D, the group describes their findings and why they believe their observations could offer help in understanding dark matter. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Science X Network read more
Traveling is an experience which enriches one in many ways. Where ever we go, we leave memories behind and take numerous with ourselves which adds to the story of life. Inspired by travelling, art, culture and architecture belonging to different parts of the world House of Valaya launched, The Home of the Traveler, a concept store. This house has hand-picked art pieces divided into six collections namely India, Glamour, Vintage, Art Deco, Organic and World. Each piece of art has a story behind, historical events, cultural value and especially the essence of the place it has been picked from. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various moods are depicted in each collection like India, which shows the rich cultural heritage with exotic designs and modern twist. The collection blurs the line between art, craft and design and presents a contemporary yet traditional feel. Sleek lines, high sheen, smooth edges with history modified by time is the theme for the Glamour section. Each piece has a story of splendor that adds sophistication to any place. Inspired and named after the Art Deco moment of 20’s, this collection represents luxury, glamour and faith in social and technological progress in art sector. Each piece has interesting texture and details. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeople who like some chique and elegant art work with a story behind it, should eye the Vintage section where each item exudes a sense of warmth.Simplicity is the synonym for the Organic section which contains an array of botanic motifs, nature-inspired palette and warm woody and rattan pieces. Interestingly, all the colours and cultures are summarised in the World section, where the art work from around the planet has been squeezed in one section of the store. The store is a travelers paradise which brings the most exquisite art work from around the world to one place, definitely a must visit. read more
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