January 03, 2017

Android Nougat

Department of CS

Features of Android Nougat:

Google revealed the official name for android N is going to be Android Nought, not android Nuttella. Based on other clues from  Google  I/o and in developer previews. We already knew the next major android version would be Android 7.0 Nought. Android   N was known internally as New York  Chesscake.

Android Nougat release date:

Rather than wait until Google I/O 2016, Google decided to surprise us all by releasing the first android developer preview on March 9, two fill months earlier than expected. The Android N preview went live for the Nexus 6p, Nexus 5x, Nexus 9, Nexus player and pixel c on the android developer site.

        The final android 7.0 Nougat release date has been confirmed for Q3, 2016 giving Google until Septe  mber 30 to make good in its timeline. This means the Nexus 6P and 5X or whatever they will be called this year- will be coming on little earlier than expected too.

As the new version of android is always presented alongside new Nexus devices.
       The final android 7.0 release will be limited to Nexus devices at first and make its way to other manufacturer devices and carrier networks over the fol  lowing 6 months or so. You can download the android N preview below and flash it on a compatible device right now but be sure to consult the list of issues first. Google successfully stuck to its monthly update schedule for the android Nougat previews.

Android N developer preview:

  1. Quick settings toggle behaviour fixed.
  2. App source now shown in app info.
  3. New Google camera with customisable volume button actions.
  4. New quick settings options for developers.
  5. VR mode options now appear in display settings.
  6. No more launcher shortcuts for android N.
  7. Unicode 9.0 emoji support.
  8. Multi  window  mode.
  9. Faster app optimization in android N.
  10. Moving to open JDK from java APIs.
  11. Project tango and daydream VR support.
  12. Chrome Os integration. 

- Madhukara K
  Naveena Kumar S


Interesting facts about robots

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  1.  “Robots “   comes from the Czech word robota , meaning “drudgery”.

  2. Modern robots can respond to emotion and to the smell of fine wines.

  3. More than a million, industrial robots are now in use, nearly half of them in Japan.

  4. MIT’s Media Lab is trying to make robots personal, developing RoCo-a computer with a monitor for a head and neck- and Leonardo, a sort of super –Furly designed to respond to emotional cues.

  5. Cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick calls himself the world’s first cyborg, with computer chips implemented in his left arm. He can remotely operate doors, an artificial hand and an electronic wheeler.

  6. Elektro, the world’s first humanoid robot, debuted in 1939.Built by Westinghouse, the seven-foot-tall walking machine “spoke “ more than 700 words stored on 78-rpm records to simulate conversion.
- Shreya S

Internet of Things

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  Many of us have dreamed of smart homes where our appliances do our bidding automatically. The alarm sounds and the coffee pot starts brewing the moment you want to start your day. Lights come on as you walk through the house. Some unseen computing device responds to your voice commands to read your schedule and messages to you while you get ready, then turns on the TV news. Your car drives you to work via the least congested route, freeing you up to get caught up on your reading or prep for your morning meeting while in transit. We have read and seen such things in science fiction for decades, but they are now either already possible or on the brink of coming into reality. And this entire new technology is forming the basis of what people are calling the Internet of Things.

           The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. 

          Kevin Ashton, cofounder and executive director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, first mentioned the Internet of Things in a presentation he made to Procter & Gamble in 1999. It has evolved from the convergence of radio frequency identification (RFID), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology and the internet. The convergence has helped to bridge the gap between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), allowing unstructured machine-generated data to be analyzed for insights that will drive improvements. Thus IoT connects the physical world with the internet’s cyber world. 

         Practical applications of IoT technology can be found in many industries today, including precision agriculture, building management, healthcare, energy and transportation. So it is believed IoT industry will drive the next economic growth.  

- Sooryanarayana P S.
  Dept. of CS.