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Metaio announces AR processing unit for phones

first_img Citation: Metaio announces AR processing unit for phones (2013, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-metaio-ar.html (Phys.org)—Metaio this week announced its AREngine, an augmented reality chip that closes in on the future of smartphones as AR devices for daily use. The hardware chipset being introduced is a jump up for Metaio which has in the past focused on AR software. The AREngine is being promoted as a move to make “all-day AR possible” for mobile device users, a feature that will be easily appreciated by tourists, not to mention developers eager to gain from a riper ecosystem. According to ST-Ericsson, the hardware acceleration coming out of the Metaio pact will enable larger screen sizes, better resolution and better tracking accuracy yet “without the power-drain penalty associated with competing solutions.” According to the Metaio press release, the Metaio AREngine drastically reduces power consumption, which can make all-day AR experiences possible.Metaio is not a newcomer; it was founded in 2003 in Munich, and has been working at AR advancements in software. The company co-founders are Thomas Alt, CEO, and CTO Peter Meier. 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. Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: — www.metaio.com/press/press-rel … re-mobile-platforms/— venturi.fbk.eu/ Regarding the new announcement, Meier said in a promotional video that ever since he joined the company, his goal has been “to provide a seamless AR experience that feels natural to the end user.” This new piece of hardware being introduced, he added, is an augmented reality processing unit which will run and power the next generation of AR smartphones.Meier said, “The AREngine will do for Augmented Reality what the GPU did years ago for the gaming industry.” Translation: a great leap forward.A spokesperson from ST-Ericsson said its link with Metaio is not only as a business partner but the two are also joint participants in the European collaborative research project, Venturi. Targeting “the shortcomings of current Augmented Reality design,” the project is defined as all about bringing together the forces of mobile platform manufacturers, technology providers, content creators, and researchers in the field. Venturi’s goal is to create “a pervasive AR paradigm, where available information will be presented in a ‘user’ rather than a ‘device’ centric way.” The company announced it has struck a deal with Geneva-based ST-Ericsson, which supplies wireless platforms and semiconductors to device makers. ST-Ericsson is to integrate the AREngine into ST-Ericsson mobile platforms. What is referred to as Metaio’s “proprietary hardware acceleration technology” will go into ST-Ericsson smartphone chipsets. The significance of the collaboration is that the processor is to be used specifically to accelerate and improve the performance of AR software on mobile devices.last_img read more

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Pottery shards offer evidence of pulque production in prehispanic Mesoamerica

first_img While most people are familiar with the Maya or Inca civilizations that existed in Mexico and South America, many may not have heard of Teotihuacan, a city that existed in what is now central Mexico. At its zenith, it’s been estimated the city was home to approximately 125,000 people—though who exactly those people were, is still up for debate. Also a mystery was how the population was maintained during times of drought, which were known to have occurred frequently in the area. The main staple, maize, would have been adversely impacted by low rainfall as would have other less sturdy crops. In this latest effort, the researchers suggest that in addition to providing people with a jolt of alcohol, pulque would have offered many essential nutrients as well.Pulque is made from the agave plant—its thick leaves are reminiscent of the aloe and yucca plants. It’s the same plant used for the production of tequila, though a different part is used. With pulque, the sap is fermented to create a milky white thick beverage. To learn more about whether the people in Teotihuacan made the beverage, the researchers examined over 300 pottery shards that had been excavated from various sites in the city and that had been previously dated to 200 to 550 A.D. In so doing they found evidence of byproducts of Zymomonas mobilis, a bacterium known to have been present in the fermentation process used by other people such as the Maya. The find marks the oldest known production of pulque in Mesoamerica. The researchers note that in addition to providing nutrients, drinking pulque also has a tendency to make people feel full, which would have been a blessing during lean times. (A) Maguey plant (Agave salmiana), (B) maguey sap (aguamiel) pooled within a maguey in the process of sap extraction, and (C) man transferring pulque to a 2.5-L container for sale in Apan, Mexico. Credit: (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1408339111 © 2014 Phys.org More information: Pulque production from fermented agave sap as a dietary supplement in Prehispanic Mesoamerica, Marisol Correa-Ascencio, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408339111AbstractAlthough in modern societies fermented beverages are associated with socializing, celebration, and ritual, in ancient times they were also important sources of essential nutrients and potable water. In Mesoamerica, pulque, an alcoholic beverage produced from the fermented sap of several species of maguey plants (Agavaceae; Fig. 1) is hypothesized to have been used as a dietary supplement and risk-buffering food in ancient Teotihuacan (150 B.C. to A.D. 650). Although direct archaeological evidence of pulque production is lacking, organic residue analysis of pottery vessels offers a new avenue of investigation. However, the chemical components of alcoholic beverages are water-soluble, greatly limiting their survival over archaeological timescales compared with hydrophobic lipids widely preserved in food residues. Hence, we apply a novel lipid biomarker approach that considers detection of bacteriohopanoids derived from the ethanol-producing bacterium Zymomonas mobilis for identifying pulque production/consumption in pottery vessels. Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry selected ion monitoring (m/z 191) of lipid extracts of >300 potsherds revealed characteristic bacteriohopanoid distributions in a subset of 14 potsherds. This hopanoid biomarker approach offers a new means of identifying commonly occurring bacterially fermented alcoholic beverages worldwide, including palm wine, beer, cider, perry, and other plant sap- or fruit-derived beverages [Swings J, De Ley J (1977) Bacteriol Rev 41(1):1–46]. Robot discovers chambers under ancient Mexico temple Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K. has found evidence that suggests the people living in ancient Teotihuacan made an alcoholic beverage named pulque as early as 200 to 550 A.D. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they performed gas chromatography on multiple pottery shard samples from excavation sites and found evidence of bacterial byproducts known to be present in pulque. Citation: Pottery shards offer evidence of pulque production in prehispanic Mesoamerica (2014, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-pottery-shards-evidence-pulque-production.html Explore further 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.last_img read more

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Iran Seen Preparing For Space Launch

first_img by NPR News Geoff Brumfiel 8.26.19 6:13pm In the latest indication that it may be readying an attempt to launch another space rocket, Iran has given its launch pad a fresh coat of paint.A satellite image taken by the commercial company Planet shows the pad painted a bright blue. The image, taken August 24, was shared with NPR. Until this month, the launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center had been sporting a burn scar from a previous failed launch attempt. It had also been covered in debris from a possible flash flood at the site this past spring. “The Iranians have finished clearing off the pad, and they painted over the previous launch scar,” says Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies who has analyzed the imagery. Other recent imagery has shown vehicle activity at a nearby building where Iran assembles its rockets. “We’re getting close to a launch, but exactly when that will happen I can’t tell you,” Schmerler says.Iran’s press has reported that the government has three satellites that could be ready for launch by the end of the nation’s calendar year in March of 2020. A recent report from August suggests that one of the satellites, a communications satellite known as Nahid-1, is ready for launch now.If a launch does take place, it would be the third such attempt this year. Launch attempts in January and February both ended in failure.The Trump administration has insisted that Iran’s space rockets also advance the nation’s ballistic missile program. “Such vehicles incorporate technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement following the failed launch attempt in January.But Schmerler and other independent analysts are less sure of a clear connection between Iran’s liquid-fueled space rockets and its missile activities. The rocket the Iranians are likely to use, known as the Safir, does not contain advanced technology. It is a “relatively dated space-launch vehicle,” he says.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Iran Seen Preparing For Space Launch last_img read more

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Cityscapes on canvas

first_imgKeeping that in mind, Modern Art Gallery organised an exhibition of eminent artist Krishendu Porel’s paintings at the India Habitat Centre. The paintings were architectural art with the theme centering around the current social and political conditions.‘He has painted what is there in our heritage with the traumas and beauties of the modern world. It is a reflection of the tedious life that can be seen in one of his paintings which has oiled pillars with people slipping down. In another painting, the Jantar Mantar is painted green because tomorrow when there is no green in the environment, people can probably look back at it. It is just a reflection of his thought,’ said Sushmita Shekhar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘It is a launch platform with the motive of encouraging the artists,’ said Ritu Chagti, director, Modern Art Gallery.Curator Paramjit S. Kochar feels that Porel has great talent and potential and the ‘architectural art which has a colonial essence’ is something that anybody can connect with. What makes Krishendu’s works special is the deeper meaning they have and the different things and emotions they depict.‘My paintings have a message that I’m trying to convey to the society. Like for example, the painting with mother and child represents the safety and security that a child has when s/he is in his/her mother’s arms. So in order to understand a painting, you have to look deeper,’ said Krishendu Porel.last_img read more

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Down the rabbit hole with Alice

first_imgLive entertainment company – Humour Me is putting together their next large scale grandiose production – 7 Days To Wonderland. Get ready to press pause on your real life reel and be drawn into the magical world of fairy tales later this year. From the finest fairy tales which continue to mesmerise us 7 Days To Wonderland, a play about truth being stranger than fiction, will bring our favorite fairy tale characters in confrontation with young Alice, white as a snow flake and blissfully unaware of the monstrous elements of life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Broadway inspired concept is a conglomeration of the finest tales of fantasy brought together in the finest trail of theatrics by the most ambitious theatrical actors from the domestic circuit. The show will feature some of India’s youngest yet finest talent. There’s a slight twist in this tale however. This Alice dos not fall down a rabbit hole and end up in Wonderland. Nor does she get shrunk and enlarged or fight the Jabberwoky. She does have some interesting adventures however. Here’s a little peek into what Humour Me has planned for their Alice… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix7 Days to Wonderland is a touching tale between a struggling musician father Jahan, and his 7-year-old daughter Alice. Jahan and his two best friends Bobo and Cliffy, take Alice on a thrilling adventurous journey to Wonderland. En route to Wonderland they visit Neverland and the infamous Captain Hook, Cinderella’s old manor in England where Alice gets to woo the Prince before the clock strikes 12 and a rescue mission where they confront a wicked witch who lives in a house made of treats in the forest. Alice for 7 Days to Wonderland is an innocent yet sprightly girl much above her years in maturity and in sophistication. She adds flavours of humour and excitement with her blissful unawareness and finally misguided and misaimed femininity that help connect the various dots of the magical fairytale journey she sets out on.And to add to the excitement, the company is looking out for young actresses to play the lead role of Alice. A few other roles are also up for grabs and audition calls are on.  If acting is the thing for your little girl – this could be her chance to grab the limelight.last_img read more

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Sculpting emotions depicting life

first_imgPrem Lata Sarkar belongs to the latter class, her talent translates cultural aspects of human life and dimensions of cultural attainment of society in her sculptures. The sculptures unparallely reflects melody of sweet and romantic feelings depicting them all in varied facts of human emotions.Prem Lata Sarkar who has been into this art for almost two decades has done numerous solo and group shows. Her sculptures have been selected for numerous exhibitions in India and other countries. She has been covered in leading magazines like; Femina, Griha Shobha and Santa and by TV channels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In search of different shapes and form she continue to explore the territory of visual art mixing the essence of nature. Her works combine lyricism with an astute sense of iconography. The lyrical quality that is characteristics of her work represent concentration of mass rather than its distribution.Prem Lata has been practicing sculpture at Sculpture Department Of Triveni Kala Sangam since 1994. In 1997 she actively participated in shows at AIFACS and her sculpture Dhratal have been selected by National Gallery of Modern Art, as a permanent exhibit.She is back with her next exhibition titled Realism about fusionative sculpture in the Capital.When: On till 20 DecTimings: 11am to 7pmWhere: Triveni Gallery, 205, Tansen Marg, Triveni Kala Sangamlast_img read more

DDA discontinues attestation by gazetted officers

first_imgAfter Millennium Post published the report ‘Gazetted officers charge Rs 500 to attest papers of DDA housing scheme’ on Tuesday, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) issued fresh guidelines to discontinue the attestation by gazetted officers with immediate effect.“In an important development, it has been stated that the documents like photo and signatures, which were asked to be got attested by a gazetted officer, will not, anymore, be required to be attested by gazetted officer but a self-attestation by the applicant will be accepted. Therefore, all documents can be self-attested by the applicant himself or herself without approaching notary or gazetted officer for the purpose,” said a statement from DDA. The guidelines have also been uploaded on DDA website and will be given wide publicity so that allottees are not misguided, said a senior DDA officer.DDA has also decided to extend four days camp for successful allottees of DDA Housing Scheme 2014 of Dwarka area for one day on December 24. “For the housing localities other than Dwarka, DDA will be operating special counters separately from January 1, 2015 to January 31 on all working days and Saturdays,” said the officer. DDA is also sending an intimation letter to all the successful applicants wherein a Login ID and password will be provided so that the successful applicants can check their allotment details etc. Those applicants who cannot deposit the document in person can also send the same through post by January 31. The allottees will be given possession on January 1-15  for Narela area and from January 25 onwards for Rohini. This time, DDA is also recording biometric data of original allottees to ensure only genuine persons are given ownership rights after five years.last_img read more

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Soon biometric attendance for doctors across state

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to check absenteeism of doctors, the state Health Department is all set to introduce biometric attendance system in all the medical colleges, super-specialty hospitals and also the district and sub-divisional hospitals across the state from later half of this month. The move has been taken by the state government to fix more accountability of the doctors. There were a few complaints coming in from the district and sub-divisional hospitals that some doctors do not visit the hospitals on a regular basis while some others do not enter the premises on time resulting in health services being affected. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the biometric attendance system has already been installed in various government departments. Now, the doctors at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals and in the districts will be brought within the system which, many believe, will benefit the common people. A section of doctors especially the non-teaching ones is however sceptical over the future of the new system. They expressed their confusion over the introduction of the biometric system as they claim it would have an adverse impact on them for certain reasons. The teaching doctors and senior ones would remain unaffected by the move. It is the Registered Medical Officers (RMO) and non-teaching doctors who will face inconvenience only because they often attend emergency patients on call during night hours. Will they be allowed to record their attendance during late night, asked the doctors? A section of non-teaching doctors said after performing normal duties, they often get calls for emergency duties and treat patients during late night hours. After treating the patient, they get released from the hospitals early next morning. Under the existing system, the RMOs or the non-teaching doctors who attend emergency patients during the night even after extending service throughout the day sometimes take leave on the next day or join duty in the latter half of the day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIf the biometric attendance is introduced, these doctors again have to come to the hospital the next morning even after attending emergency patients throughout the night. They claim that a huge number of patients are availing the health services in the state-run medical colleges, super-specialty hospitals and the district hospitals and they are already overburdened with the pressure. If the non-teaching staff and RMOs have to join duty the next morning after performing emergency duties the previous night, it would adversely affect the health condition of these doctors. The non-teaching doctors have demanded some relaxation on the duty hours if they attend emergency patients on call the previous night.Dr Ajay Chakraborty, Director of Health Service said: “The matter of biometric attendance for doctors is still under process. We will consider all the issues related to the doctors.”last_img read more

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Eid holiday notice row IAS from Rajasthan summoned

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has summoned the IAS officer from Rajasthan, Sanjay Dixit, who had shared the fake notification on Eid holidays on Twitter.The police summoned him on June 29 and he has been asked to turn up at the cyber cell of Kolkata Police by 11.30 am. It may be recalled that a controversy had sparked after an IAS officer shared the same on a social networking site and it took place after the city police had clearly stated in a tweet that it was a ” fake notification”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice had stated that “a fake notification is doing the rounds on social media about Eid Holidays. It is false. Those who have masterminded this will be strictly dealt with as per law”. Dixit had later deleted the tweet. He had uploaded the fake notification and stated in the same tweet: “Meanwhile, Islamic State of West Bangladesh declares the longest Eid holiday ever – a full 5 days of free salary and compulsory holiday for the faithful and infidel alike.”last_img read more

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Somnath Chatterjees condition critical put on ventilation

first_imgKolkata: Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, was put on life support on Friday evening after he developed acute breathing difficulty.89-year-old Chatterjee has breathing and cardiac problems, hospital sources said.He was earlier admitted to a Kolkata hospital in June. He was released after his improved after a few days. “Chatterjee is gradually improving but will take more time (to recover),” the senior hospital executive had said.He was admitted to a South Kolkata nursing home over a week ago with age-related ailments. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChatterjee’s condition became serious on Friday evening and he was put on life support system. A medical board has been constituted to monitor his health.The family members and doctors attending him did not disclose the ailment due to which the former Parliamentarian was admitted to the ICU earlier this week.Chatterjee, a legal luminary, was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009. He joined the CPI(M) in 1968 and was a member of the party till his expulsion in 2008, after he flouted the party’s diktats. He was a Central Committee member of CPI(M) and was the leader of the party in Lok Sabha from 1989 to 2004. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee became an MP in 1971, fighting as an Independent candidate with support from CPI(M). He was re-elected as an MP nine consecutive times, except when he lost to Mamata Banerjee from Jadavpur Parliamentary Constituency in 1984. Chatterjee was unanimously elected as the Speaker in 2004.The CPI(M) expelled him in 2008 for not resigning as the Speaker after the party withdrew its support from the UPA-1 government over Indo-US nuclear deal.last_img read more