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Although supersonic travel bade goodbye over a decade ago with Concorde, a US-based start-up, Boom, is now developing a jetliner that will fly nearly 75 people — at the cost of a business class ticket — from New York to London in a little over three hours in 2023.
Boom supersonic airliner will aim to fly at Mach 2.2 (more than double the speed of sound) and cut flight times to half — 2.6 times faster than the current airlines.
Los Angeles-based Arrivo Corporation, that aims to commercialise the Hyperloop technology, is building fast corridors — starting from Denver, Colorado, in 2019 — that will drastically reduce travel time by road.
Brent Bushnell, who calls himself the nerdiest nerd on Earth, is creating “mad engineering projects” to teach kids science and robotics at his LA-based engineering and entertainment start-up Two Bit Circus, that offers tequila clouds, flame tanks and robot bartenders.
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These start-ups have one thing in common: SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE solutions offered by the French 3D Experience major Dassault Systemes that are providing wings to their ideas.
Mike Jagemann, Head of XB-1 (XB-1 supersonic prototype is scheduled to fly this year) at Boom Supersonic, first learned SOLIDWORKS in college as part of a competitive aerospace team.
At one of the sessions, Jagemann explained that Boom is using SOLIDWORKS to design the entire aircraft — not just pieces of the fuselage or the interior but the complete package, including computer-aided design (CAD), product data management (PDM), simulation and Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR).
“Coming to the SOLIDWORKS conference is to connect with the best designers in the business who can help Boom take a giant leap. It’s a great place to grow your career,” Jagemann told the audience at one of the sessions.
Emerging start-ups are fast embracing SOLIDWORKS to design things that will change the future — from transportation to healthcare.
According to Ryan Kraft, an engineer from Arrivo, people who live in urban areas spend an average of 100 hours a year in traffic and the US loses billions of dollars as a result.
The company is using SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE solutions to design a high-speed super urban network to move people around cities.
The Arrivo network would have a magnetised track that parallels existing freeways. The system could support existing vehicles as well as cargo sleds and its own specially-designed vehicles.
According to Kraft, the company selected a minimum set of tools and processes to enable quick yet accurate manufacturing and testing and will add in further toolsets and processes as they move to a production mindset.
“The company will spend the next 18 months to two years focusing on moving forward with technology, partners and customers with doubling its engineering staff,” Kraft said.
British engineering company Gilo Industries is using SOLIDWORKS to design the “Mako” jetboard for water surfing.
According to its founder Gilo Cardoza, while the concept of a jetboard has been around since the 1930s, no one has ever done it really well.
“It needed to be lightweight, like a surfboard, and travel fast.
The Mako goes 56 km per hour, has a 12-horsepower engine and goes from zero to 35 in 2.8 seconds. Using SOLIDWORKS, we went from art to finished product in just 12 months,” Cardoza told the gathering.
For Bushnell from Two Bit Circus, the best immersive experience is not a smartphone or a laptop — but real life.
“Engagement is the key to creative design. There’s no experience more immersive than real life and everyone in the SOLIDWORKS community has the tools and skills to create something innovative, engaging and memorable,” he noted.
When it comes to healthcare, Kyoungchul “KC” Kong, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Sogang University in South Korea and CEO and founder of SG Robotics, has developed wearable robotics to help those in need of assistive technologies.
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“Angelegs” is one such wearable robot system that helps paraplegic people walk.
According to Neri Oxman, a designer and professor at MIT’s Mediated Matter Lab, we are in the middle of the transition from the “age of the machines” to the “age of organisms”.
“In the ‘age of the machines’, 3D printing processes worked with voxels, but in the ‘age of organisms’, this information won’t be captured in binary systems but in systems based on genetic codes,” she noted, adding that the “Bio-digital” age will enable manufacturers to 3D-print organic materials.
“We all share a big dream and, most importantly, we have the knowledge, talent, character and determination to make things happen. Let’s make a better world for everyone,” reiterated Gian Paolo Bassi, SOLIDWORKS CEO. (IANS)
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Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. Not only do fans love Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding performance, but the actor's heartwarming words are also highly regarded. A much moved Amitabh Bachchan, during his speech to the crowd of over 80,000 people at the Reliance Industries' annual event, said that the legacy left by Dhirubhai has had a positive impact on millions of people's lives worldwide.
When Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan became bankrupt in the late 1990s, Dhirubhai Ambani stepped forward to give him financial assistance. In his speech, Bachchan remembered that Dhirubhai had sent Anil Ambani to offer him financial assistance during the crisis, which he had respectfully declined. Lenders began knocking on his door, losses mounted, and his bank account dwindled to nothing. He said, "Dhirubhai's money might have gotten me out of the problem quickly. However, I respectfully declined his offer and gradually began to find work again, which let me pay off my debt."
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. | Flickr
Later, after Bachchan had recovered from the bankruptcy, one day he was invited to an event at Dhirubhai's residence; Bachchan added, "Dhirubhai was standing and having a chat with his industrialist friends when he saw me there, he called me, firstly I felt shy even to present myself in front of such big industrialists but then, I went there, and Dhirubhai declared in front of all of them that 'This young man had fallen but managed to get back up on his own, I have a lot of respect for him because of that.' Those words of his were worth much more to me than any amount of money that he could have offered me."
It was the "Reliance Family Day" event and was attended by members of the Ambani family from all generations. The event commemorated the company's 40-year journey since its inception. It also celebrated the 85th birthday of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, RILs (Reliance Industries Limited) founder.
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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that," the report quoted EU commissioner Thierry Breton as saying.
The Commission also wants to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices, which it says will improve the consumers' convenience. "With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." In addition, the Commission will require manufacturers to provide relevant information about charging performance. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Electronic Devices, Chargers, Cable, smartphone, Adapters, Charging Cord