Tech Talk - Friday, June 3, 2017 - VPS Indoor Navigation, Facebooks Amber Alert, Samsungs Concave-Convex Screen, Robot Valet, Vision Test at Home, LG Extended Screen, Solar Powered Grill and more...

by: Adam

Listen to Adam Oldfield today at 11:35 on AM 900CHML. Here are todays topics of discussion:

Error 404 / Error 502 – Listener request question
Fixing 502 errors – general – If you are surfing the Web and see this problem for all Web sites you try to visit, then either 1) your ISP has a major equipment failure/overload or 2) there is something wrong with your internal internet connection e.g. your firewall is not functioning correctly. In the first case, only your ISP can help you. In the second case, you need to fix whatever it is that is preventing you reaching the internet.

If you get this problem for only some of the Web sites you try to visit then it is likely to be a problem at those sites i.e. one of their pieces of equipment is failing/overloaded. Contact the people at those sites.

VPS indoor navigation by Google is a game changer for the visually impaired. Google has a new tech is called “Visual Positioning Service”. Imagine holding your phone up like we did not too long ago for Pokemon. It will bring up explanations of which direction you are going. This VPS will actually direct those visually impaired where to go when inside a store. For example, if you’re in Ikea or Home Depot it might be easier for this little system to implement and help you get around turn by turn through the isles to the product you are looking for.

Facebook has an amazing feature we didn’t know about. It’s called “Amber Alert”. We have talked about Facebook having so much information and a link to many people. Facebook started by an FBI agent on the Child Abduction Repaid Development Team with a new feature called Amber Alert. This will allow for the police and local authorities to post the photo of a child when they went missing and it will now show up in a regional feed in your area. Started a few years back it’s starting to roll out and is available in Canada and the United States with a total of 12 other countries.

Samsung has launched a new prototype that could revolutionize how we visualize things. It is a new concave-convex screen, which means it bends with a high resolution that allows you to see visually on many levels.

It’s always a challenge to park at the airport. There is a new product called “Stan” and it is rolling out in major airports. It is a robot valet. You pull into a Cabin and like your luggage gets pulled away for you. Parking in an efficient manner automatically by a robot Stan will take care of ensuring your vehicle is parked safely until you return. Like a storage for your vehicle at the airport.

Maybe we won’t need vehicles. Americans are starting to see that. 25% of Americans have given up their car in favor of Uber and Lyft. These two services are much more cost-effective and available quickly to get where you need to go in almost any direction at a reasonable cost. It’s not the end of having a personal vehicle but according to statistics in 2010, 48% of Americans had two vehicles. It might make sense that you only need one and save on the cost.

There is an opening investigation from the 2016 Egypt air crash. Originally, it was thought that it was a terrorist bomb on one of the flights. In fact, they’ve actually determined that the co-pilot was plugging in his iPad mini and his iPhone into an outlet that wasn’t feasible to charge correctly causing a fire the plane going down. At the end of the day, the moral of the story is to make sure you don’t just plug your iPhone or iPad into any outlet and to ensure that you have the proper connection devices.

If you hate going to the eye doctor you’re going to love Warby Parker a new futuristic vision test app. You can now take an at home vision test using the app with your laptop and your smartphone. It is called the Prescription Check. It only works with iPhones currently and you can send your diagnosis directly to your eye doctor without ever needing to go in.

We’ve seen what Blackberry can do with the sliding keyboard. LG has a model to come out that now slides down and gives you an extended LCD screen. You can turn that screen into a keyboard. Think of it as a Blackberry with a sliding glass screen.

If you love barbecuing. You’re probably doing it in the sunshine. Let’s save on the propane. Now there is a solar-powered grill that can cook your food in half the time. It even insulates the heat so you can cook at night.

Be careful when you use your emojis. It was just proven in court in the states that a response to a landlord for a rental property was signified with dancing Hawaiian girl, a thumbs up and a heart when notified the property was available for them. The renter never signed the document but the landlord had rights and won in court, claiming that there was intent based on these emojis that were clearly identifying the satisfaction of accepting the property.

Imagine a self charging smartphone. From McGill University and Hydro-Quebec Research Institute, there is now a prototype that will allow for the smartphone to recharge without needing to be plugged in. The technology involves harvesting and storing light energy by adding a photosensitive dye to the cathode the part of the smartphone which the power is transferred from the grid. Think of it as a solar-powered ongoing charging unit. The next step is to start looking at how to connect it into the smartphone itself but it’s a starting to show how our smartphones will no longer need to be plugged in.