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SNAKE ROBOTS: CAN YOU WATCH THIS WITHOUT SQUIRMING?

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Are you, like many, afraid of snakes? What about robots? What about snake robots?

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SOURCE: NICO ZEVALLOS AND CHAOHUI GONG

A robot with the advantages of a snake?! Now here’s an idea that is truly “outside the box!” This innovation, which uses nature for inspiration, is just one incredible example of biomimicry; a growing field of science at the intersection of engineering, design, and biology.

First, a quick look at where we are going today…

 

 

If you can get over the impulse to recoil from how snake-like it is, you will see that the snake robot has some incredible abilities and applications, about which we will soon learn more. But first, let’s take a look at the possibilities for underwater applications:

What is the potential for the snake robot?

Consider the many dirty jobs that, performed by humans, endanger lives, or jobs that require access to small spaces, spaces that even conventional robots, with limbs or wheels, could never access.   Consider the possibility for assisting in minimally-invasive surgery, for inspection of power plants, for aiding in search and rescue efforts, in archaeological digs.

When one considers the many fields of work and disciplines of study in which we humans are engaged, and the number of associated problems we are trying to solve, it becomes clear that the snake robot has a lot of potential indeed!

We found a short video from a conference that explores the reaches of the snake robot’s potential. Let’s take a little trip into the future of this extraordinary technology, with a video courtesy of the Huffington Post

Snake robots aren’t just interesting creepy crawlies, they offer us a chance to explore our world and enhance our experience.

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IPHONE 12 MINI COMING WITH A 5.4-INCH OLED DISPLAY

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If you’re an Apple enthusiast, then you’ll maybe living the strangest of September. It’s a very unusual month for a very unusual year in light of the ongoing pandemic. The fact is, that all fans waiting for an iPhone release this month will have to wait until October as the company couldn’t finish the new smartphones in time for the usual schedule. We have been waiting for a new set of iPhone 12 devices and now, there’s some light for the upcoming small model with 5.4-inch.

According to a new leaker (via), the smallest iPhone will be called the “iPhone 12 Mini”. Interestingly enough, the leakster states that the device previously called “iPhone 12 Max” will now launch as “iPhone 12”. As we can see, Apple is moving down the smartphones by introducing a new naming scheme for the smallest device. It’s not a big surprise, after all, the company is planning four new devices for this year’s release. For that reason the company is introducing the fourth device with a new name.

 

Worth noting that the “Mini” naming is not entirely new for the Cupertino-based firm. It already uses the Mini in the iPad and Mac computer lineups. The company even unveiled iPod Mini models in the past. So it’s not so shocking to see an iPhone 12 Mini, even though this suffix has taken several years to reach the smartphone lineup. The company will likely keep the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max suffixes for the upcoming models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inches. These names were introduced last year with the iPhone 11 lineup.

Read Also:  Alleged iPhone 12 Pro Max with the A14 Bionic SoC appears on AnTuTu

A14 BIONIC, 5G CONNECTIVITY, 60HZ REFRESH RATE AND SMALLER NOTCH

All the new iPhone will debut with the company’s first 5nm chipset the Apple A14 Bionic. The gains in performance are incremental, but we can expect a massive boost in energy consumption. Apart from the power-efficient chipset, they will also be the first iPhones to surf on the blazing fast speeds of 5G networks.

iPhone 12 Lineup Rumored to Be Named 'iPhone 12 mini,' 'iPhone 12,' 'iPhone  12 Pro,' and 'iPhone 12 Pro Max' - MacRumors

Unfortunately, Apple will not surf on recent trends like that one asking for high-refresh rate displays. All the new iPhones will pack 60Hz refresh rate OLED screens. However, they are said to sport smaller notches to allow more status icon at the display’s top. It will be the first time we see the company making adjustments in the wide notch introduced with the iPhone X. Unfortunately, the new devices are said to not come with a charging brick. This certainly will enrage some users.

Source: https://www.gizchina.com/2020/09/21/iphone-12-mini-coming-with-a-5-4-inch-oled-display/

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price, Release Date, and Specs

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The 5G-ready Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s third attempt at a foldable smartphone since the release of the Galaxy Fold in the spring of 2019 and the Galaxy Z Flip in February of 2020.

Highlights:

  • The foldable smartphone starts shipping on September 18 with a $1999 price tag.
  • The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available for pre-order from Samsung’s website.
  • It comes in two colors: bronze and black. The hinge is available in metallic red, silver, gold, and blue.
  • A stylish Thom Browne Edition is available.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Features

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers an array of improvements compared to the original Galaxy Fold. Here’s what you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 against a black background
  • Glass screen folds like a book.
  • The camera has a hands-free option, where you can wave your hand to take a picture.
  • The screen emits reduced blue light, so its easier on your eyes.
  • No notch and slim bezels—just a tiny punch hole for the camera—make for more screen real estate.
  • Has a Hideaway Hinge for a streamlined look.
  • 120 Hz refresh rate on the main screen.
  • Samsung’s improved AI saves battery life.
  • Wireless charging support.
  • Comes with an array of VIP benefits (scroll down to learn more).

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs and Hardware

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 improves upon its predecessor in many ways, including upgrading from a plastic to a glass display, adding a more reliable hinge, and removing the thumb-shaped notch.

The glass display should be more conducive to folding and unfolding than the original Fold’s plastic one. Speaking of folding, Samsung’s Flex mode lets you fold the smartphone and lock the screen at any angle. The hinge is strong enough to stay open at a variety of angles so you can stand it up to watch a movie, have a video chat, or take photos using a hand gesture, for example.

This smartphone has app continuity when folding and unfolding, so your work or play isn’t interrupted. You can use two apps on the smaller cover screen, and three on the main screen using the split-screen feature.

Users can launch up to 3 supported apps simultaneously and save the layout, so those apps will appear just like that every time you start up the phone.

There are two cool camera features too. Photo-takers can use the Cover screen to show a preview of camera shots to their subjects. Auto framing keeps your subjects centered and in focus, and widens and narrows the view as people enter and leave the scene.

Finally, its larger, 7.6-inch main screen has a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is excellent for gaming.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs-at-a-glance
Operating System Android 10
Dimensions (Folded) 6.26 by 2.67 by 0.6 inches
Dimensions (Unfolded) 6.26 by 5.04 by 0.27 inches
Screen Size (Folded) 6.2 inches
Screen Size (Unfolded) 7.6 inches
Screen Resolution 2260 by 816 pixels (inner); 2208 by 1768 (outer)
Camera (Front) Dual 10-megapixel lenses
Camera (Rear) Triple 12 megapixel lenses
Storage 256 GB
Hardware/chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 12GB RAM
Battery Size 4500 mAh

Galaxy Z Premier Perks

Galaxy Z Premier is Samsung’s VIP club for foldable phones. The smartphone includes Galaxy Z Concierge, which offers 24/7 support and a discounted screen replacement if you damage it within a year of purchase.

Other benefits include a membership to Founders Card, an organization for entrepreneurs, a prepared meal from a Michelin starred restaurant, access to participating golf and country clubs across the U.S., and more. Samsung continually adds benefits to the program.

Source: https://www.lifewire.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-2-5076492

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LG Wing takes aim at Galaxy Z Fold 2 – shakes up the new status quo

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The LG Wing made its first appearance last week in a concept image, but has been officially announced since then, introducing a radical new form factor to the world of smartphones.

With a completely different approach to multitasking than the dual screens of the Surface Duo, and an innovative way to offer more screen real estate compared to the Galaxy Fold, the LG Wing is a statement smartphone optimised for the way people consume media today.

The device offers a 6.8-inch P-OLED display that swivels up, revealing a second, 3.9-inch screen. Swivel Mode, as it’s called, is designed to present a new way to “engage with certain apps and features,” which translates to scenarios like using the main screen for video content or navigation, and using the smaller screen for browsing comments, taking calls, or reading messages.

Swivel Mode also allows the second screen to act as a grip, and with Grip Lock turned on, it ignores accidental touches to the smaller screen, meaning that your activities on the main screen remain uninterrupted.

Inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 765G 5G processor for 5G connectivity, 8GB RAM, and options for either 128GB or 256GB storage.

On the camera-front, you’ll find a triple setup (64MP f/1.8 wide, 13MP f/1.9 ultra-wide, 12MP f/2.2) with a Gimbal Mode that content-makers will love. The selfie camera is a 32MP pop-up – leaving the display free of holes and notches – that can be used in tandem with one of the rear cameras for dual recording.

The LG Wing has taken a different design path to Samsung’s foldables to solve problems like the need for multitasking, and larger displays in a compact form factor, but with the Korean tech giant rumored to be making its foldable Z series its new flagship, LG may find it difficult to find an audience for its unique approach.

The phone is set for an initial launch in South Korea, followed by North America and Europe, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Source: https://www.t3.com/news/lg-wing-takes-aim-at-galaxy-z-fold-2-shakes-up-the-new-status-quo

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