Exploit Technologies (ETPL), the technology transfer arm of Singapore’s A*STAR, a government R&D agency, has yesterday unveiled five hotspots it intends to focus on to drive the country’s economy to the bleeding edge and create the jobs of tomorrow. The five are: printed electronics, business analytics, bio-imaging, medical diagnostics, and anti-microbials.
These focus areas were picked based on A*STAR’s research strengths, market potential, and its portfolio of patents. Of the five, printed electronics and business analytics could have widespread applications in the web and mobile space. Read more
It seems like everyone is making speculative concept videos these days. While opinion is split on the vanity of the companies involved in making them, the videos do give us a glimpse of what the future could be like and how technology might change the way we live. If you only have time for one video though, we’d suggest you check out “Sight”, which is at the bottom. It gives a humorous portrayal of how our reliance on technology could become… excessive. Read more
If you’re in London for the Olympics, you might have seen an army of these intriguing devices inhabiting the streets of the city central.
These are high-tech recycling bins that put their dull ancestors to shame: They’re bomb-proof, Internet-enabled, and environmentally friendly. And they come with two digital screens that broadcasts news, stock updates, and anything you can dream of.
The only catch? They cost a wholesome US$40,000 (S$50,000) each: 23 grand to manufacture, and another US$16,000 to install, since each unit requires a telecoms and electrical line, as well as a cement platform.
It’s also coming to Singapore. One of these sleek garbage bins will be installed in the city-state as a trial run, reveals Chris O’Connor, the CFO of Renew Solution, the company behind the ambitious idea. Read more
Every once in a while, we cover cool technology from across the pond. After all, inspiration knows no boundaries.
When birds chirp, they communicate. And communication involves transmitting data. Taking inspiration from nature, a startup in London has created a novel way of transmitting data from one smartphone to another — by sending digital chirps.
The company, called Chirp, is a spin-off business from the University College London. Here’s how the app works: Say you want to transmit a photo to a friend. You upload the photo to the cloud using the app, and once you hit the button, the app blasts a short two-second song to your friend’s phone, which also has the Chirp app open.
It takes just a few seconds for your friend to receive the file. Besides photos, the app can transmit text links and short 140 character messages. Read more
Join us in mapping Singapore’s infocomm technology future at Infocomm Technology Roadmap Symposium 2012 : Co-Creating the Future.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is hosting Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR), a symposium charting the vision, trends and future developments of the global technology landscape, while seeking to align Singapore’s technological direction with these developments. The event will also provide insights on the emerging technologies and trends in the infocomm industry. Read more