Debunking the stereotypes, solo travelers are no longer the ill-fated, or the ones who are deprived of a coveted company, established a recent study. In addition, it also talked of how a solo traveler loves his or her own company.
According to Queensland University of Technology (QUT), travelling alone is more of a choice rather than a forced option undertaken by the solo travelers.
The number of people travelling alone has taken a leap over the period of time, though some of them have family and friends, muses a leading researcher Constanza Bianchi.
“Research shows solo travel is the fastest-growing tourism segment and figures support this with solo traveller numbers increasing by almost 20 percent between 2007 and 2011,” Binachi added.
In an attempt at getting hold over the feeling of emancipation and understanding oneself, people nowadays prefer jaunting all alone.
“You discover a lot about yourself and you learn to be at peace with your inner monologue due to time spent alone and the challenges you must overcome alone,” said one of the participants of the aforesaid study.
A nationwide blackout was triggered in Kenya by the fall of a monkey on the transformer
The nationwide blackout that lasted for nearly three hours
The company is looking for different measures to enhance the security of the power plants
In an ill-fated incident that took place on Tuesday, June 7, a nationwide blackout was triggered in Kenya by the fall of a monkey.
The company, Kenya Electricity Generating Company or KenGen, claims that a monkey of the Vervet species climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station. The monkey in question jumped off the roof of the power station, landing on the transformer. The fall tripped the transformer, causing the other machines to trip on overload as well. It leaded to a loss of over 180MW.
The nationwide blackout that lasted for nearly three hours, proved detrimental for the businesses. There were some houses in Nairobi that complained of power loss even on Wednesday.
The company has posted the image in their Facebook page, KenGen Kenya about the incident with the image of the monkey.
In a statement that KenGen issued, the company stated that this accident was an “isolated incident” that they deeply regretted. It also said that the power installations in the hydropower station are “ secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals”.
The company stated that it is looking for different measures to enhance the security of the power plants.
What if you’ve never been to a place and missing on the amazing views by just looking at the GPS navigation system on your smartphone? Fret no more, there is a super solution to this.
EasyJet, a European airline company is working on a concept named smart shoes. They named it “Sneakairs” in which the vibrations will be sent to to the wearer’s feet when it’s time to make a turn. This is one of the latest attempts at a tactile navigation tool.
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In a video published the company they have said that “Synchronize your shoes with your phone, choose your destination, put your phone away and enjoy the views”.
The mechanism of this shoe is quite simple. If one needs to make a right turn his right shoe will vibrate. Similarly, if he wants to go left then his left shoe will vibrate. More importantly, if someone has missed the turn, then both the shoes will vibrate twice. That will indicate that you need to go back and rectify your footsteps. Lastly if it vibrates 3 times that will mean that you have reached your destination.
This is built with a miniaturized Arduino clone (an open source hardware). It has a Bluetooth module along with a tiny motor which vibrates every time. Bluetooth helps in connecting this with your device.
Coming to the navigation system, it uses Google Maps API to create it’s on pedestrian navigation app. This GPS will run as the background process. So one easily put his/her phone away. No need to constantly look for the directions. However, no official date of release has been decided yet by the company.
This isn’t a new project. Several trials have been done in the past. Anirudh Sharma, a researcher in Banglore, India, designed a vibrating navigation device built into a shoe to help blind people. In 2014, Sharma along with his partner Krispian Lawrence announced that it’ll be available for every person. They named their shoes ‘Lachal‘.
Another researcher at the MIT named Dhairya Dand developed a similar concept called “SuperShoes”. Those were insoles that could be tucked into a regular pair of shoes . Dand said on his website “The shoes are based on a tickling interface, Left toe tickles – turn left, right toe tickles – turn right, no tickle – keep going, both tickle repeatedly – reached the destination, both tickle once – recommendation, both tickle twice – a reminder.”
Similar is the concept with smrtGRiPS in which bicyclists get to know the directions using a special handlebar grip that connects to a device via Bluetooth. The left grip will vibrate to turn left and so does the right grip when a right turn needs to be made.
We are living in a generation where haptic feedback isn’t enough. The Apple Watch has also a feature of haptic direction. With these new innovations one day we’ll get them in our feet, wrists and hands too .
World’s first robotic mobile phone is on sale now. The small pocket size cute robot is capable of walking and dancing. Weighing 390 grams and 19.5cm in height (almost 8 inches) makes it the direct opposite of how other smartphones are evolving.
Named as RoBoHon, it offers WiFi and LTE which helps in making it working like a phone do. It also features 320×240 two inch screen on the back , on the inside there’s a small camera which is used for facial recognition and voice recognition. All features can be found on any smartphone today, but the difference is they’re not robots.
The cute robot can sit, walk, dance, get up and raise its arm if there is any notification. It is very interactive and talkative and it will do all types of Siri things with less hassle. RoBoHon will talk to you if there is text message, memo, and wake you up if there is alarm.
It can do a lot but it doesn’t come easy on pockets. It costs around $1,800 (1.25 lakhs approx) for nothing but a high tech toy but it does not end there once purchased a user has to $6 per month to use RoBoHon’s voice recognition feature.
The RoBoHon is developed by Japanese electronics company Sharp and engineer Tomotaka Takahasshi. The company has also invented the first robot astronaut ‘Kirobo’ which went on sale with a base price of JPY 198,000.
The Japanese electronics manufacturer has opened theRoBoHon Café in Tokyo to mark the launch. The visitors can test the humanoid robot until June 7.
The Osaka-based company currently produces around 5,000 units per month and wishes to be a world leader in this type of mobile. The company has sealed a takeover agreement with Taiwanese giant Foxconn known for assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.
-by Bhaskar Raghavendran
Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication and a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter handle: bhaskar_ragha