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Using smart tags from Thinfilm, the Korean Red Cross has made the work of delivering aid to those in need more efficient and more transparent.
Near-field communications (NFC) specialist Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) has outlined the role played by its technology in a project that it claims is the “largest ever” deployment of NFC tags by a humanitarian organization.
Thinfilm’s SpeedTap tags were adopted by the Korean Red Cross for its Heemang Poongcha program, which translates as ‘Windmill of Hope’. Launched in 2012, this sees the Korean Red Cross deliver food, clothing and medicines to low-income and socio-economically vulnerable people, including children living without their parents, senior citizens and foreign migrant workers throughout South Korea.
The SpeedTap technology, meanwhile, combines NFC connectivity with printed electronics to enable everyday objects labelled with these tags to communicate with smartphones.
Volunteers with smartphones
The Korean Red Cross relies on volunteers to make its Windmill of Hope deliveries and, in the past, beneficiaries were required to sign a receipt, as proof they’d received the goods. These paper receipts were then sent back to Red Cross offices, where the details were manually entered by staff into a software program for auditing and tracking. The process was time-consuming and error-prone.
Today, delivery receipts carry a SpeedTap tag and, once a delivery is made, volunteers scan the tag using their smartphone or an NFC reader. The scan instantly confirms the exchange of goods (or in some cases, services) and sends the relevant information to a Korean Red Cross database located in the cloud, for real-time record-keeping, reporting and analysis.
In other words, smart tags make it simpler for volunteers to confirm deliveries and this approach doesn’t require office staff to enter transactions into a database. The net result is increased transparency when it comes to the transfer of goods between volunteers and beneficiaries.
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20,000 tags and counting
Since May 2017, around 20,000 SpeedTag tags have been used by the Korean Red Cross and the organization is continuing with its use of the technology.
“Improving efficiency and increasing transparency are critical to the continued success of the Windmill of Hope program,” said Baek Dong-Chan, head of program development and operations team at the Korean Red Cross. “Thinfilm’s solution made this possible for us and it was easy for volunteers to use.”
Oslo-based Thinfilm’s NFC products for mobile marketing and and smart packaging applications are more commonly used in consumer-focused applications: for example, the company recently worked on a project with Colorado-based craft beer company Oskar Blues Brewery, distributing 200,000 coasters featuring SpeedTap tags to bars and restaurants throughout the US. When tapped by a patron with their smartphone, the coasters generated a behind-the-scenes video to be shown on that device, promoting the company’s Dale’s Pale Ale product.
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Supersonic Flight’s Rocky Past
We are one step closer to an affordable reboot of supersonic flight. Japan Airlines (JAL) has invested $ 10 million in the Denver-based aerospace company, Boom Supersonic, that’s planning to resurrect the method of travel. In exchange for their funding, JAL will be able to pre-order 20 of the new aircraft. The airline’s president, Yoshiharu Ueki, said in a press release from December 5: “Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic flight with the intent of providing more time to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety.”
It’s been 14 years since British Airways and Air France grounded their Concorde fleets, and commercial air travel hasn’t hit supersonic speeds since. Fourteen of these planes ferried first-class passengers from New York to London at speeds of 1,353 mph (2177.44 kph) — twice as fast as the speed of sound — making the jaunt across the pond in only 3.5 hours. That’s about half the time it takes a normal passenger plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
But the supersonic travel industry was hampered by prohibitive costs. Not only did it need four times as much fuel per passenger as a Boeing 747 airbus, but the average cost of a round-trip ticket was $ 12,000. Passenger numbers also dropped dramatically after the fiery crash of Air France Flight 4590 in Paris killed everyone on board.
A “Baby” Concorde
“We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic in the press release. The companies have been collaborating to improve the plane’s design for passengers on board in addition to technical aspects.
JAL is only one of Boom’s financial backers. In 2016, British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson agreed to buy the first 10 of these jets. He also promised that his spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, would assist with flight test support.
With Branson’s and now JAL’s support, Boom Supersonic is aiming to build a faster, cheaper version of the Concorde. The company’s FAQ says it aims to have its supersonic airliner in service by 2023, designed so it “can operate profitably while charging the same fares as today’s business class.” These potential cuts to the cost of supersonic flight might make the industry more accessible to less wealthy passengers.
“We are talking about the first supersonic jet people can afford to fly,” Scholl told Wired UK earlier this year. “This isn’t science fiction. We are actually doing this. You will be able to fly New York to London in three-and-a-half hours for $ 5,000 (£3,548) return,” he said.
The company’s supersonic prototype, the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, is scheduled to fly in 2018. Nicknamed “Baby Boom,” it’s one-third the size of what the commercial option will look like. It will fly at speeds of 1,300 mph (2092.15 kph) — exceeding two times the speed of a jumbo jet. The full-sized one will reach 1,700 mph (2735.89 kph).
JAL could use their 20 new jets, seating up to 55 passengers each, to plan flights between Tokyo and North America. While a standard flight from San Francisco to Tokyo takes 11 hours, a supersonic jet might make the trip in half the time.
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Wheelchair users are able to go off-roading.
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Why don’t we have supersonic planes today?
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A new Navigant Research report has projected that the combined cumulative revenue for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, software and services throughout the world will cross the $ 1 trillion mark by 2027.
The trend will be driven by an increasing number of enterprises as they start realising the benefits of IIoT leading to lower costs and increased equipment maintenance, the research firm added.
The report, titled “Industrial Internet of Things”, analysed the overall emerging IIoT market and highlighted the key market drivers and technologies as well as the regulatory frameworks. According to the report, in the beginning IIoT solutions can appear to be a little complex to administrators who are not aware about hardware, software, and service choices.
Neil Strother, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, said: “We are starting to see more and more companies across the spectrum adopt IIoT strategies, deploying hardware and software platforms to help lower operational spend, and to serve as a competitive differentiator that can help them sell products and services at lower costs.”
Elsewhere, a Technavio report on smart farming practices using IoT held that the future of agriculture is being shaped by IoT resulting in increased crop yields, real-time plant and filed monitoring and enhanced supply chain management.
According to the report, the global IoT market in smart farming will grow at a CAGR of almost 11% from 2017-2021. The report has highlighted three drivers that are responsible for the growth of the IoT market in smart farming worldwide viz a decline in the rates of sensors; boost in IoT solutions for remote monitoring; and lack of arable land and a swell in population.
Back in late August we posted about Stickman Golf Battle, the newest game from Djinnworks who have created an entire line of “Stickman” sports games. The idea was to take the player-versus-player focus of their previous game Stickman Skate Battle [Free] and apply it to a full-blown golfing game. Well, since that original announcement the game has been progressing rapidly, and it has even undergone a slight name change, as it’s now known as Stickman Cross Golf Battle. While our original post featured some in-game footage of an early version of the game, with the official name now set and the game moving towards completion Djinnworks has created an official trailer for Stickman Cross Golf Battle, which you can check out just below.
Alongside this new trailer, Djinnworks is also ramping up towards a beta testing period, and they’re looking for participants. If interested, you can fill out the sign-up form on the game’s official website, or just shout about it in the game’s forum thread. I’m a massive fan of golfing games, but I’ll admit I was a bit let down by Stickman Skate Battle’s emphasis on multiplayer competition. In that case, I just wanted a skating game to play for fun, not to compete in. With golf the competition angle is more appealing to me, though I do hope there’s still a decent amount of single-player stuff to do in there too. At any rate it shouldn’t be too much longer before Stickman Cross Golf Battle is ready for release, and we’ll let you know when that time has come.
Within the next decade, planes could be capable of traveling across the country by hypersonic flight in less than an hour—all it would take is some boron nitride.
A key factor for a vehicle to maintain extremely high speeds is the intense amount of heat generated during travel; for example, the now-retired supersonic Concorde aircraft experienced temperatures of up to 260°F at its lazy cruising speed of 1,534 miles per hour. As such, the materials used to build these aircraft must also be able to withstand very high heat, in addition to being structurally stable and lightweight. A study conducted by researchers from NASA and Binghamton University investigated the properties of nanotubes made using boron nitride, a combination of boron and nitrogen. The study revealed it could potentially be used to make hypersonic travel—speeds above 4,000 miles per hour—possible.
Currently, carbon nanotubes are used in aircraft due to their strength and ability to withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius (752 degress Fahrenheit). Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), however, can withstand up to 900 degrees Celsius (1652 Fahrenheit). They can also handle high amounts of stress, and are much more lightweight than their carbon counterparts.
The Price of Air Travel
The problem with using BNNTs is their cost. According to Binghamton University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Changhong Ke, coating an aircraft with BNNTs would run a very high price tag.
“NASA currently owns one of the few facilities in the world able to produce quality BNNTs,” said Ke. “Right now, BNNTs cost about $ 1,000 per gram. It would be impractical to use a product that expensive.”
Despite the high production cost, it’s possible prices will decrease, and production increase, after more studies detail the material’s usefulness. Carbon nanotubes were around the same price 20 years ago, but are now between $ 10 and $ 20 per gram. Ke believes something similar will happen with BNNTs.
That said, don’t expect the first application of BNNTs to be for commercial aircraft. They’ll probably be used for military fighter jets first, with commercialized flights to follow after. Hopefully by then, we’ll other other ways to travel quickly: be it by hyperloop, Elon Musk’s BFR rocket, or China’s plans to build the fastest “flying train.”
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