Tuesday, September 25, 2018

iPhone XS Camera

Austin Mann has posted an excellent piece taking a look at iPhone XS’ camera abilities, comparing and contrasting it with the iPhone X.

If you are interested in photography, especially the way that AI has allowed the tiny sensors/lenses on smartphones to produce increasingly high quality images, the post makes fascinating reading.

To quote Austin’s ‘Bottom Line’...

”Most of the time my expectations for camera upgrades on “S” years aren’t so high, but after shooting with the iPhone XS for a week, I can confidently say it’s a huge camera upgrade. There’s a lot of little improvements, but Smart HDR definitely takes the cake. This is a feature and technology that improves virtually everything you capture with your iPhone camera. I think you’ll be really thrilled when you experience the results yourself.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Clearmotion AI Suspension Enhancer

Wired reports: [edited]

Clearmotion’s aim is to build an intelligent suspension system that can do away with jolts, and let drivers change the feel of their car's ride at will.

The key component is an electro-hydraulic system that clips on to a car’s suspension and shifts the wheels as the car moves over bumps in the road. As the wheels move up and down, left and right, the car – and the people within it – stay perfectly still in the centre.

The other items are a network of eight accelerometers on – one behind each wheel and another four on the vehicle body. Five milliseconds after an accelerometer detects a wheel starting to dip into a pothole, it sends a signal to an electric motor that injects a fluid into the relevant units, forcing the wheel to extend downwards.

With every journey, ClearMotion’s sensors generate reams of data, which, over time, allow ClearMotion to build up a detailed image of every lump and bump on a given road. The the system can draw on this data the next time it encounters the same stretch. “As you're doing the same commute every day, the car is going to know what it's going over, and it's just going to get better and better with every ride,” says ClearMotion’s founder and CEO, Shakeel Avadhany. This information could be shared between cars, allowing them to alert each other about upcoming road features. For example, if a car were warned that it is approaching a speedbump, the suspension could adapt at just the right moment so that passengers would barely feel the bump.

Sensor data could even be used to improve the roads themselves. Avadhany plans to collaborate with governments – sharing data from ClearMotion to flag up roads in need of maintenance. He says that his system can identify a crack in the road long before it develops into a pothole, and passing that data on to city authorities could save huge sums in road repairs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Desiknio Pinion Urban Electric Bicycle

Desiknio reports: [edited]

- 13.5kg

- 80km Range

- Battery in Frame

- Rear Hub Motor

- Carbon Belt Drive System

- Ebikemotion App for Smartphones/Smartwatches

Price: from £4,495

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The Web Design Museum

Kottke reports: [edited]

If you started using the web 15-25 years ago, prepare yourself for the nostalgic blast of the Web Design Museum.