Tech Friday (1 – 7 Jan 2021)

Updated: Jan 14

Weekly Tech News related to PS5 Launch in India, Tesla Delivering Almost 500,000 Vehicles, Samsung Galaxy S21 Event, Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature, Breaking Through the Resolution Barrier, Shape-Changing Smart Gel, ‘Virtual Biopsies’ Replacing Tissue Biopsies, Ultra-Thin Sensors for Smart Contact Lenses, Light-Carrying Chips Advancing Machine Learning, Elon Musk Becoming the Richest Person on Earth, World’s Fastest Optical Neuromorphic Processor

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1. Sony To Launch PlayStation 5 In India On February 2


Source: Tech Crunch 1 Jan 2021


Sony said on Friday that it will launch the PlayStation 5 in India on February 2, suggesting improvements in the supply chain network that was severely impacted last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The PlayStation 5 is priced at INR 49,990, while the digital edition of the console will sell at INR 39,990.


Original written by: Manish Singh

2. Tesla Fell Just Short of Delivering 500,000 Vehicles In 2020


Source: The Verge 2 Jan 2021


Tesla fell just shy of hitting CEO Elon Musk’s goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020, the company announced Saturday, having shipped a record 499,550 throughout the year — or 99.91 percent. Tesla said the final tally could vary by as much as 0.5 percent, though, so it’s possible that it will eclipse the 500,000 mark by the time it reveals the ultimate figures in its full year results, due out at the end of January.


Original written by: Kim Lyons and Sean O'Kane

3. Samsung Officially Confirms Galaxy S21 Event for January 14th


Source: The Verge 3 Jan 2021


Samsung will officially be announcing its latest lineup of Galaxy flagship phones — rumored to be the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra — on January 14th, the company confirmed through invitations to a new Galaxy Unpacked event. The tagline: “Welcome to the Everyday Epic.” The event will kick off at 8.30PM IST / 7AM PT / 10AM ET.


Original written by: Chaim Gartenberg and Sean Hollister

4. A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature


Source: University of Leeds 5 Jan 2021


Drones, robots, and autonomous systems can transform the natural world in and around cities for people and wildlife. International research, involving over 170 experts assessed the opportunities and challenges that this cutting-edge technology could have for urban nature and green spaces. But the researchers also warned that advances in robotics and automation could be damaging to the environment.

5. Breaking Through the Resolution Barrier


Source: Universität Paderborn 5 Jan 2021


Researchers have developed a new method of distance measurement for systems such as GPS, which achieves more precise results than ever before. Using quantum physics, the team has successfully overcome the so-called resolution limit, which causes the “noise” we may see in photos, for example.

6. 3D-Printed Smart Gel Changes Shape When Exposed to Light


Source: Rutgers University 5 Jan 2021


Inspired by the color-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses, and squids, engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light, becomes “artificial muscle” and may lead to new military camouflage, soft robotics, and flexible displays. The engineers also developed a 3D-printed stretchy material that can reveal colors when light changes, according to their study.

7. ‘Virtual Biopsies’ Could Replace Tissue Biopsies in Future Thanks to a New Technique


Source: University of Cambridge 6 Jan 2021


A new advanced computing technique using routine medical scans to enable doctors to take fewer, more accurate tumor biopsies, has been developed by cancer researchers. This is an important step towards precision tissue sampling for cancer patients to help select the best treatment. In the future the technique could even replace clinical biopsies with ‘virtual biopsies’, sparing patients invasive procedures.


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8. Manufacturing Process of Ultra-Thin Sensor for Smart Contact Lenses


Source: University of Surrey 6 Jan 2021


In a new paper, engineers report on how they have developed a breakthrough sensor system and manufacturing process. The team reveals that the new contact lens sensor system contains a photodetector for receiving optical information, a temperature sensor for diagnosing potential corneal disease, and a glucose sensor for directly monitoring the glucose levels in tear fluid.

9. Light-Carrying Chips Advance Machine Learning


Source: University of Münster 6 Jan 2021


Researches have now shown that so-called photonic processors, with which data is processed by means of light, can process information much more rapidly and in parallel - something electronic chips are incapable of doing. The researchers combined the photonic structures with phase-change materials (PCMs) as energy-efficient storage elements.

10. Elon Musk Passes Jeff Bezos To Become the Richest Person on Earth


Source: The Verge 7 Jan 2021


As of Thursday, Elon Musk has become the wealthiest person on the planet, surpassing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, thanks to the continued rise in Tesla’s stock price. Musk is now worth around $188 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.


Original written by: Sean O'Kane

11. World’s Fastest Optical Neuromorphic Processor


Source: Monash University 7 Jan 2021


A team has demonstrated the world’s fastest and most powerful optical neuromorphic processor for artificial intelligence. The neuromorphic processor operates faster than 10 trillion operations per second and is capable of processing ultra-large-scale data. This breakthrough represents an enormous leap forward for neural networks and neuromorphic processing


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