Credit: Minwook Paeng
>Designer creates wearable third eye
An industrial design student has created a high-tech third eye that can be affixed to a persons forehead and look out for obstacles as they walk, while their real eyes are glued to their smartphone.
Minwook Paengs Third eye consists of a translucent plastic case that is fixed directly to the wearers forehead with a thin gel pad.
Inside this plastic eye are a small speaker, a gyroscopic sensor and a sonar sensor.
When the gyroscope detects while the users head is angled down, it opens the eyes plastic eyelid and the sonar starts to monitor the area in front of the user.
When it detects an obstacle, it warns the wearer via the connected speaker.
>Drinking causes damage to the brain
There is no such thing as a “safe” level of drinking, with increased consumption of alcohol associated with poorer brain health, according to a new study.
Drinking had an effect on the brains gray matter – regions in the brain that make up “important bits where information is processed,” according to lead author Anya Topiwala, a senior clinical researcher at Oxford.
“The more people drank, the less the volume of their gray matter,” Topiwala said.
There was no “safe” level of drinking – meaning that consuming any amount of alcohol was worse than not drinking it.
Researchers also found no evidence that the type of drink – such as wine, spirits or beer – affected the harm done to the brain.
Huawei Technologies Co unveiled its new foldable smartphone, Mate X2, on Feb 22 in an online launch event. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
>HarmonyOS for smartphones to debut
Chinese telecom giant Huawei will officially launch its new operating system HarmonyOS for smartphones on June 2, the company said.
HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng in Chinese, is an operating system designed for various devices and scenarios. It was first launched on Internet-of-Things devices.
Huawei expects the number of devices equipped with HarmonyOS to reach 300 million by the end of 2021, including more than 200 million for Huawei devices.
>MS gets rid of IE browser
The end is finally near for Internet Explorer, one of Microsofts most-reviled products that refused to die.
Microsoft announced that it will end support for Internet Explorer 11 on June 15, 2022.
In August 2020, Microsoft turned its back on IE for its own products.
Workplace chat software Teams stopped working with IE last fall, and its 365 apps (including Office) will no longer work on IE by mid-summer 2021.
Once the most-used web browser, Internet Explorer had been on a steady downward trajectory for nearly two decades.
Its share of the browser market fell below the 50% threshold in 2010 and now sits at about 5%, according to browser usage tracker NetMarketShare.
Googles Chrome is the browser leader, commanding a 69% share of the market.
In its death announcement, Microsoft said Internet Explorer is slow, no longer practical for or compatible with many modern web tasks, and is far less secure than modern browsers.
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