Apple patents lighter, comfortable headset

San Francisco: Apple has filed a patent for a device that appears to be much more lightweight than other Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) headsets introduced by Microsoft and Facebook-owned Oculus VR. According to the patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has imagined a new head-mounted display design that could dramatically shrink the size of a VR or AR headset, SlashGear has reported. “Dubbed

Pillownauts to help study space travel problems

London: Scientists are enlisting the help of ‘pillownauts’ to examine a potentially serious adverse effect of space travel and weightlessness on the human body. A 3-day bed rest study is being carried out at the University of Nottingham in the UK along with a 60-day bed rest study by the European Space Agency in France. Bed rest is a tried and tested way to measure the effects of weightlessness on

Smart thermometer to detect flu spread

Washington: A “smart thermometer” connected to a mobile phone app can track flu activity in real time and help predict how the infection will spread, scientists say. “We found the smart thermometer data are highly correlated with information obtained from traditional public health surveillance systems and can be used to improve forecasting of influenza-like illness activity, possibly giving warnings of changes in disease activity weeks in advance,” said Aaron Miller,

Now one can get MRTS ticket sans waiting in queue

Chennai: Traveling without a ticket is a punishable offence. But buying railway ticket in Guindy or Egmore station is not an easy task. The long queues before the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATV) machines and ticket counters have doubled since bus fare hike. To overcome the problem, the Indian Railways launched an app called UTS mobile ticketing for online ticket booking. Though the app was launched a few months ago,

A switch to make computer work like human brain

Washington: Scientists have developed a superconducting switch that ‘learns’ like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future computers operating like the human brain. The switch called a synapse, like its biological counterpart, supplies a missing piece for so-called neuromorphic computers, said researchers at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US. Envisioned as a new type of artificial intelligence, such computers could

Turn your room into digital library by a click

Chennai: Imagine having a collection of six million books at home. The National Digital Library (NDL) is aiming at making this a reality. With the NDL app, one can read over 7.2 million books in 70 different languages. The National Digital Library of India is a single window portal to integrate the digital repositories of India. The subjects range from computer science, philosophy, and religion to literature, agriculture and fine