Ola launches luxury cars category in Mumbai

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Taxi-aggregator company Ola on Friday introduced a new category on its app called, ‘Ola Lux’, a service which provides luxury cars including Jaguar, Mercedes, Audi and BMW among others. The ‘Ola Lux’ service, which is piloting in South Mumbai, is available for booking at a minimum fare of ₹200 for 5 km, and ₹19 per km then onwards.

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Google announces Android VR platform ‘Daydream’

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Google on Wednesday announced a new Virtual Reality (VR) hardware and software platform called the Daydream, built on top of the upcoming Android N. The company said that Daydream-ready phones, along with VR viewers and motion controllers, will be available later in the year. Google also announced eight hardware partners including Samsung, HTC and LG, that will make Daydream-ready phones.
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Google develops gigapixel ‘Art Camera’

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Google has developed a new camera, dubbed the “Art Camera”, which is a custom-built, robotic camera capable of capturing gigapixel images quickly. The project, which was unveiled by the Google Cultural Institute, lets web users view artworks down to individual brush strokes. To achieve this, the camera, steered by a robotic system, took thousands of high-resolution close-ups of several artworks.
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Google launches group sharing app Spaces

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Google on Monday launched Spaces, a group sharing app with inbuilt Google Search, YouTube and Chrome to let users share articles, videos and images without leaving it. Users can create different groups for topics and invite others via messaging, email or a social network. Available on Android and iOS, Spaces will compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Museum runs campaign to rebuild robot from 1928

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London’s Science Museum has started a campaign on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to rebuild ‘Eric’, the United Kingdom’s first humanoid robot. Built in 1928 by British duo Captain William H Richards and Alan Reffell, the walking and talking robot travelled the globe before it disappeared in the 1930s. The robot was made mostly from aluminium and weighed 45 kilograms.

Stanford students build wall-gripping drone

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US-based Stanford University students have built a drone that can grip itself to rough surfaces, vertical walls and ceilings. The drone has micro-spines that use opposed-grip strategy to keep itself perched to the surface. After leaving the surface, the drone regains its usual flying pattern. Students claim that it can be used for earthquake rescue and environment monitoring in forests.

Wearable device allows typing by tapping fingers

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Israeli startup Tap Systems has developed ‘Tap Strap’, a foam strap that lets users type by tapping fingers. Controlled through an app, the bluetooth-connected strap translates 31 different kinds of finger tapping into various text inputs and claims 99% accuracy. While each finger is considered as a vowel, and combinations of fingers make up the other letters and symbols.

Smart paper controlled by gestures developed

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Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a battery-free wireless smart paper that senses seven gestures including touching, sliding and hand waving to perform various actions. Ultra-thin Radio Frequency Identification labels make normal paper in books, documents, paper planes and origami interactive. These labels cost about 10 cents each and can be stuck onto any paper.