Japanese Researchers Unveil Tiny, Floating, “Firefly” Light Called Luciola

Named “Luciola” after a genus of fireflies, a remarkable new light is about the size of a lighting bug and floats over waves of ultrasound. Weighing in at a minuscule 16.2 mg, each light glows red just brightly enough to read by. The ultrasonic waves that Luciola emits through 285 microspeakers are at a frequency inaudible to the human ear, allowing the light to levitate in total silence.

Japanese researchers of the Kawahara Universal Information Network Project have been working on Luciola for two years, circuit design specialist Makoto Takamiya said in an interview with Reuters. This remarkable invention is beautiful to behold but also magnificent in its capabilities. While initially, the bot may seem primarily whimsical, Luciola has the potential to be applied to everything from projection mapping to internet-of-things technologies.

“Ultimately, my hope is that such tiny objects will have smartphone capabilities and be built to float about helping us in our everyday lives in smarter ways,” Takamiya told Reuters.

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The research team believes that it will be possible to equip Luciola with temperature and movement sensors. This could allow the lights to deliver messages (traveling by ultrasonic wave, of course), work together to make moving displays, and even detect the presence of humans (something that could be applied within moving displays).

Further modifications to Luciola could give it even more capabilities, although they will take time. The researchers aim to have the tiny bot ready to bring to market in the next five to 10 years.

Hopefully, Takamiya is right, and Luciola will float into our lives, improving existing devices while expanding the horizon of what’s technologically possible — one ultrasonic wave at a time.

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Google Wifi adds app shortcuts, prepares batch testing and something called port opening in BV10144 update [APK Teardown]

If your home or business is keeping wireless devices connected through a Google Wifi, you’ll be getting an update to the companion app today. The new version brings a pair of app shortcuts for those of us using it on Android 7.1 or above, but that’s about it for visible changes.

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Google Working On PS Now-Like Game Streaming Service Called Yeti For Chromecast

According to a new report, Google may be working on some kind of game streaming service that would allow a subscription model to be used, streaming content into gamers’ homes via a Chromecast or Google-made gaming console.

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Report: Google’s working on a streaming game platform called ‘Yeti’

Google’s gaming aspirations of late have been centered around VR experiences for its own Daydream headset. According to a report from The Information (paywall) today, that could soon change. The report outlines Google’s work on a subscription-based gaming service that taps the power of a Google-made console, or possibly the Chromecast. According to sources familiar with the matter, the project lets users play games as they’re being streamed, rather than requiring a download or a disk. It’s codenamed “Yeti.” If successful, this wouldn’t be Google’s first time kicking around the idea for a gaming console. Back in 2014, the company reportedly…

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Apple’s proposed Australian flagship store faces public opposition, called ‘Pizza Hut pagoda’

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Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.
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