20 Cool Features of Amazon Echo to Automate Your Life

When Amazon Echo was first released it was limited to playing music, telling you the weather, set alarms, read news, tell corny jokes, produce shopping lists and reciting basic trivia. They are actually pretty good but not spectacular. Today, the Echo is now a family of three. Including the Echo, there’s also the Echo Dot and Tap.Alexa, an...

A 6-Year-Old Asks Alexa For Cookies And A Dollhouse

One of the most popular Christmas gifts of 2016, in addition to Knitted Sweaters and ‘Cards Against Humanity’, was the Amazon Echo as known as ‘Alexa’.Discussed in our Interesting Engineering article here, the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot is a voice-controlled smart speaker connected to the Alexa voice service. The device allows you to play music, listen to...

This Gadget Knows Exactly What Your Medications Look Like

For people on several medications, knowing what’s what is vital. However, pills often get confused, especially when they’re the same color and size. Even professionals can struggle with differentiating medications. NBC’s New York affiliate discovered as many as 50 million prescriptions are incorrectly filled each year partially due to such confusion. Startup company Stratio built a device that can...

Audi’s Smart Factory is A Glimpse Into The Future

Audi, the German automaker, is preparing for the future with its Smart Factory.It is now vital to optimize the production line considering the increased complexity of automobiles, .“New market needs, customer expectations and the legislative framework are increasingly requiring innovative technologies and differing vehicle versions” says Audi. “This means that the fixed timing of the assembly line is becoming less efficient....

It’s Been 10 Years Since iPhone Revolutionized the Mobile Industry

He stood up on stage in his signature black turtleneck and said: “This is a day I have been looking forward to for two and a half years.”Steve Jobs, then (2007) CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. announced the release of the iPhone; the phone that would revolutionize the mobile phone industry.The iPhone was a success, it incorporated...

Minority Report Becomes Reality: Artificial Intelligence Succeeds to Identify Criminals By Their Faces

Artificial Intelligence develops a neural network that can separate criminals and non-criminals by their mugshots.It might sound like a scene from Minority Report, but it is not. Scientists from Shangai Jiao Tong University identified offenders with an accuracy of 89.5 percent via machine-vision algorithms. The study named ‘Automated Inference on Criminality’ is the first automated work that takes...

30 Fantastic Inventions to Improve Your Life

We all want an easy life. Laborious, repetitive tasks like opening bottles or cutting pizza shouldn’t add to the daily grind. Here is our list of some of the 30 most fantastic inventions to improve your life.Let’s get stuck in.1. One-handed bottle cap openerThis cheeky little gadget lets you open bottles with one hand, as the name suggests....

Researchers Use X-Ray and Micro-CT to Explore 16th Century Boxwood Carvings

Art specialists collaborate with scientists to solve the mystery behind the stunning miniature boxwood carvings via Micro-CT and X-Ray technology.For an astonishing documentation and exhibition project called  The Boxwood Project, Art Gallery of Ontario collaborated with scientists. Scientists used computed tomography to find out the secret of every known example of boxwood carvings,Pieces are all from leading museums and...

Top 10 Strangest Elevators in the World

Elevators have one deceptively simple task: moving passengers or objects between levels. As mundane as this sounds, that doesn’t mean the design has to be. Some elevators from around the world have become tourist attractions in their own right. Either because of their uniqueness, unusual looks or “driving” experience.Elevators, or lifts for British readers, are designed for the...

This Temple Still Astounds Archaeologists 12,000 Years Later

When it comes to the history of engineering, Gobeklitepe is one of the oldest miracles of humankind with its construction dating back to 12,000 years ago. Even now, archeologists are still trying to solve the mystery behind who designed, built and erected Gobeklitepe in a world of chaos, as well as how and why they did it.Located about...