QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“A hair dryer? Don’t they have towels in the future?” – Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)
TOYOTA WANTS TO KINDLE THE OLYMPIC FLAME WITH A FUTURISTIC CAR
Toyota steps up to build a car that will satisfy both geeks and futurists.
IS IT ANOTHER DRIVERLESS CAR PROJECT?
Although Toyota and Nissan are in works to use autonomous vehicles to help athletes commute during Tokyo Olympics set for 2020, this project is quite different. Codenamed as ‘Skydrive’, the new vehicle will be a flying car that will bring a historic change to the automobile industry. The project started back in 2012, when Toyota assigned a group of 30 designers assisted by various engineers to work on a car that doesn’t need roads.
FLYING CARS? REALLY?
A lot of people might consider this as another long-shot hogwash by automobile companies, flying cars are actually way more realistic than robot driven cars. The group in charge of this project has been dubbed ‘Cartivator’ and is supposed to debut their futuristic specimen by lighting the Olympic torch in 2020. Photos and videos of a miniature prototype of this car are all over the internet. The project is also backed by a funding of $375,000 (42.5 million yen) and various engineers that specialize in drone technology to make this idea become reality.
Infact, several other companies such as Airbus and UBER have already announced their plans on developing flying cars in the near future.
WHAT WILL THIS CAR ACCOMPLISH OTHER THAN A FUTURISTIC PROMISE?
Ever since first conceptualized in sci-fi literature, cinema and television, flying cars have become a hallmark symbol of a hi-tech world where traffic jams don’t exist. Standing at 2.9 meters in height and 1.3 meters wide, Skydrive sure sounds like a compact vehicle that is only capable of a single occupant. Nevertheless, Toyota claims that the vehicle will be able to hover at least 10-meters off the ground and will be able to fly as fast as 100 mph and as fast as 150 mph on land.
AFTER GOOGLE AND QUALCOMM, APPLE REVEALS IT’S WORKING ON AN AI CHIP
Apple plans to integrate AI powered processor in next-gen iOS devices.
WHAT IS IT?
With the working title ‘Apple Neural Engine’, the newly developed processor are designed to take AI integration to the next level. Although Apple inc. were the first to capitalize on technologies such as Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence with Siri, but weren’t able to conceptualized the future of this technology until recently. This is certainly not the first time the technology giant has created specialized processors for it’s devices. They did it back in 2010 with the A4 chips that helped the devices stand apart from the rest. Therefore, it is quite likely that the new tech will bring some revolutionary and futuristic changes to Apple devices.
What Difference Will It Make?
The current AI integration in Apple devices is mostly centered around software and has several limitations. The Apple Neural Engine chip will bring several improvements and will automate several tasks that currently require human intervention. This would not only make them faster than ever, but will also make them far easier to use. Moreover, the implementation of a dedicated AI hardware will also help improve the battery life in iOS devices.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THIS TO ARRIVE?
Although Apple’s current competitors in this field, Google, Qualcomm and Nvidia etc. already have their AI hardware in the market, there’s slim chance that Apple fans will get to see Apple Neural Engine this year. Nevertheless, according to various reports Apple has already tested the chip with upcoming devices meaning there will soon be good news for Apple lovers all across the globe.