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Introduced, ‘Third Eye’ for ‘Phone Zombies’ Steals Attention

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A South Korean industrial designer created a robotic eyeball for ‘smartphone zombies’, i.e. people who can’t take their eyes off their phone screens.

28-year-old Paeng Min-wook has developed a robotic eyeball dubbed the ‘ Third Eye’, which obsessive phone users can tie to the forehead so they can browse unscathed on the move.

The device, part of Paeng’s artwork called “Phono Sapiens”, will open its see-through eyelids whenever it feels the user’s head down to look at the phone. When the user is within one to two meters of an obstacle such as a wall, the device will sound to warn of impending danger.

“This is a display of the future of mankind with three eyes,” Paeng, a graduate in innovative design engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, told Reuters as he demonstrated the use of the “Third Eye” around Seoul.

“Since we can’t take our eyes off our smartphones, extra eyes will be needed in the future.”

Paeng’s invention uses a gyro sensor to measure the angle of inclination of the user’s neck and an ultrasonic sensor to calculate the distance between the robot’s eye and any obstacle. Both sensors are connected to an open source single board mini controller, with battery pack.

The Paeng device demonstration in Seoul this week caught the attention of passersby.

“I think he looks like an alien with eyes on his forehead,” said Seoul resident Lee Ok-jo.

“Nowadays many young people can have accidents while using their cell phones. This tool will be good for them.”

Paeng plans to develop a camera module for the “Third Eye” and a connected phone app, but he has no plans to commercialize his invention — a stance he might consider changing given potential demand.

“It’s very cool and interesting. We can easily meet each other on the street while using smartphones. I may not need it now, but I want to buy it when they sell it later,” said Shin Jae-ik.

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Future Closer, Archer Officially Launches Flying Taxi Tak

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Archer Aviation officially launched its first electric flying taxi called “Maker”. It is shaped like a helicopter and is claimed to be zero emissions because it is operated using batteries.

Reported by Reuters , Sunday (13/6/2021), Archer’s debut was staged in a hangar using XR technology to simulate travel.

Archer Aviation’s flying taxis cannot be flown commercially. However, the shows and simulations have opened many people’s horizons about the future.

Future Closer, Archer Officially Launches Flying Taxi Tak

Archer hopes that Maker’s flying taxi can be launched commercially by 2024. Currently, they are in the process of certifying the four-passenger aircraft.

“Our real goal is to create mass market transportation solutions in and around cities,” said co-founder and co-CEO Brett Adcock.

This flying taxi can glide at a speed of 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour) for a distance of up to 60 miles (100 km). The price is US$3-US$4 per mile for one passenger.

For example, a 17-mile trip will cost US$50-US$70 with a travel time of 7 minutes. This is much faster than a car ride which takes 60-90 minutes.

However, experts predict the multibillion-dollar eVTOL market will not immediately generate money and the timing of approval is uncertain.

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Samsung Soon to Produce Flexible OLED Displays for Google, Vivo, and Xiaomi

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Some time ago a report appeared that said that Samsung Display would supply an Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) screen to Google for use in its foldable smartphone.

Now there is new information that says that in the future Samsung Display will also supply this flexible OLED screen not only for Google but also for Vivo and Xiaomi.

It is stated that mass production of the flexible screen will also begin in October 2021.

Reportedly, Samsung Display will produce a flexible screen with a size of 7.6 inches that will be used by Google in its Pixel folding smartphone.

Then Vivo will use a larger screen that is 8 inches in size and has an aspect ratio of 10.2: 9. However, there is no information regarding the screen that will be sent to Xiaomi.

Previously there was also information that said OPPO would also use a flexible screen made by Samsung. However, it is known that this smartphone will be released in 2022 so that Samsung does not need to rush to produce the screen.

Samsung is currently arguably the most famous flexible screen manufacturer for now. Where now a competitor from Samsung Display is BOE, which makes flexible screens for the Huawei Mate X and Mate X2 folding smartphones.

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Xiaomi Smartphones Soon to Get Earthquake Detection Features, Use Sensors & AI

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Xiaomi Smartphones Soon to Get Earthquake Detection Features, Use Sensors & AI

In the last year, Xiaomi has introduced a feature that can provide earthquake-related alerts in its custom MIUI ROMs and smart TVs. But now this feature seems to want to be presented more widely to Xiaomi users around the world.

The reason is that now the Chinese technology company has announced the earthquake detection feature that will provide notifications to its smartphone users.

Not only providing earthquake information, but this feature will also monitor earthquake activity from its source, strength, and impact in real-time.

Later this feature will utilize several sensors on the user’s smartphone and be assisted by AI to detect if the user’s smartphone is experiencing shock due to an earthquake or not.

It is known that this feature is already present in the development version of MIUI 12.5, where users can join an initial program called Mobile Phone Manager Earthquake Early Warning.

One of the things that made Xiaomi launch this feature is that recently there have been quite a few earthquakes so Xiaomi wants to help smartphone users to get information related to earthquakes more quickly.

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