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Artificial Intelligence Listening to Your Car – The Future of Preventative Maintenance?

A US-based startup is the first in the world to develop an automated sound-diagnosis solution for early detection of vehicle malfunctions.
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A new mechanic in town: could AI take over identifying problems by tracking vehicle sounds?

A Delaware-based startup called V2M is developing a new system for monitoring the operating noises of automobiles using AI. This is similar to how expert mechanics have traditionally been able to diagnose some mechanical problems by listening to the sound of a car’s engine.

The emerging technology could increase road safety for vehicle-users. Data shows that 27% of accidents caused by malfunctions could be avoided by early detection of their related mechanical noises.

The prototype system being tested uses two electroacoustic sensing modules. These are located in the front and rear of the vehicle, and are connected to a control unit in the middle. The system continuously makes analog recordings, which are then converted into digital signals and sent to an online server for analysis by AI-based software. If issues are detected, the relevant decision-makers will be immediately notified and a report will be created.

The idea for the automated system was conceived by engineer Peter Bakulov in 2012. At first, he saw an opportunity to partially replace the work of a consultant advisor at his dealership. However, as he delved deeper into the potential of the idea, he decided to turn it into the thesis for his Ph.D. work and began to develop a scientific foundation for the product over the next nine years.

V2M has successfully obtained a patent in the United States for their system. They have a vision of partnering with leading automakers to integrate their technology as a standard part of vehicle equipment. This would be similar to the GPS systems currently installed in every car coming off the production line.

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What are the Benefits of Browsing using Virtual Private Networks?

Without a VPN your internet usage can be easily monitored by your Internet Service Provider, surveillance agencies, hackers and advertisers.
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A Virtual Private Network allows you to be safe and bypass restrictions

In today’s world, accessing the internet has become a daily routine for many. Though the internet has a lot of advantages, it also carries some dangers as well. In order to stay safe online, many people make use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. This service creates a secure connection between your devices and the internet, making it a popular option for users who prioritize security and privacy.

At the heart of the VPN service is the VPN server. A VPN server is a server that establishes a protected network connection when using public networks. Instead of sending your internet connection through your personal Internet Service Provider (ISP), a VPN creates a secure connection between your devices and the internet. This secured connection is useful for privacy and security purposes, as any data transferred over the internet through the VPN server is encrypted.

The encryption protocols used by a VPN server help keep your passwords and other valuable personal data away from prying eyes. By routing your internet traffic through a VPN tunnel, the VPN server adds an extra layer of protection to your online activities, including web browsing, email, and file-sharing.

Beyond security, using a VPN server also improves accessibility. For instance, some websites or online services can be accessed from certain locations only. A VPN service can help bypass these restrictions by providing users with local IP addresses. In doing so, users can stream or access online content without geographic limitations.

A VPN server is a powerful tool internet users can leverage to secure their online activities and encrypt their internet traffic. It adds an extra layer of security for those who prioritize privacy and enables them to access online content without geographical restrictions.

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50 Years of Connectedness: The Cellphone Call That Sparked a Tech Revolution

Inventor Martin Cooper created history's first mobile phone that allowed you to communicate while on the move.
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Unbelievable advancements in 50 short years: the rise of the cellphone

The world’s first cellphone call was made almost exactly 50 years ago. It was made on April 3, 1973, by the Head of Motorola’s Communications Systems Division, Martin Cooper. The call was made to Cooper’s business rival Joel Engel, the director of AT&T’s cellular program. Martin Cooper walked on a street in New York while using a prototype cellphone to surprise Joel Engel with a historic call.

Martin Cooper wanted to create a mobile phone that would give people freedom to move around and call from wherever they wanted to. The vision became reality and has been surpassed with smartphones which place the power of a computer in peoples’ pockets.

The first cellphone that was released to the public was the DynaTAC 8000X, which cost $4000 at the time and required 10 hours to charge. The sole function of this brick-like device was to make calls, and it could only provide 30 minutes of talk time to its users. This phone was revolutionary because it was portable and could be carried around unlike its predecessors which were large and stationary.

In the past 50 years, cellphones have undergone significant transformations. They have become smaller, more affordable and more powerful. Evolution in technology means that modern-day cellphones have an ever-increasing impact on our day-to-day lives. This includes our work, social lives and our ability to access information. To understand how much we use our cellphones, recent research shows that the average US adult checks their phone 344 times a day.

These diverse societal changes can be traced back to one cellphone call 50 years ago. A remarkable moment in history that marked the beginning of a modern technological revolution that continues to transform the world.

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SpaceX Reuses Rocket to Launch 56 Starlink Satellites Into Space

Elon Musk's innovative space technology company is revolutionizing both space travel and satellite internet provision to Earth's previously unconnected areas.
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Reusable rockets: SpaceX successfully launches another 56 Starlink satellites

A SpaceX mission took place on March 29, 2023, at 4:01 p.m. ET, wherein a Falcon 9 rocket launched 56 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. The launch was done from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation developed by SpaceX. It consists of thousands of small satellites moving around our planet in low-Earth orbit. The main goal of the Starlink project is to provide high-speed internet to places where traditional internet services are not available.

The 56 satellites were successfully deployed approximately 200 miles (300 kilometers) above the surface of Earth, just over an hour after the launch. They are some of the many Starlink satellites being lifted into low-Earth orbit in multiple SpaceX launches.

The particular Falcon 9 first stage booster used during the mission had undergone four launches and landings previously. It separated from the rocket after it had provided the initial boost required and landed on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The payload-carrying nose cone parachuted into the ocean in two separate halves after leaving the satellites in low-Earth orbit. Another SpaceX team was on standby to recover these two valuable pieces.

This was the 21st launch SpaceX has completed in 2023. The amount carried by the rocket tied with a previous launch in January for the heaviest payload of a SpaceX rocket to date.


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