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Lattice Cryptography

Cryptography has evolved from 64-bit encryption to 256-bit encryption and as quantum computers become conventional, it would no longer be enough. Enter Lattice Cryptography. Lattices are complex high dimensional algebraic structures. Theoretically, even a million-qubit quantum computer cannot crack the data encoded within these structures. It will also enable the computers to operate while in an encrypted state. This opens up the possibilities of a completely secure credit referencing system thus giving a new definition to cybersecurity by making it invulnerable to hackers.

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5G technology

It is the next generation of cellular technology which promises to be about 10 to 100 times faster than the current speed. Qualcomm, the mobile hardware giant claims that this would be the next biggest thing after electricity and the new generation of mobile phones supporting 5G are not far away. 5G technology will achieve its expected efficiency using a combination of MIMO and small cell concepts along with device to device communication. Previous generations like 3G and 4G were huge breakthroughs and 5G technology already sounds promising enough to be a world changer.

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Medical alert smartwatches

Smart watches have been in the market for a long time now but this CES 2018, many companies have unveiled a new generation of medical alert devices to be worn on the wrist. Apart from the regular functions of sleep monitoring and step tracking, the new smartwatch unveiled by Omron helps to measure medically accurate blood pressure rates in real time. HeartGuide, as it is called, has a stiff inflatable band to take the oscillometric measurement like a doctor’s pressure cuff and is capable of assessing the heart rate for a stroke even while asleep.

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Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.

Digital Twins

As the name suggests, digital twinning denotes a digital replica of the physical asset be it an object, process, system or a body. A digital twin does not act as a replacement for the physical object or service which it represents. Instead, it acts as a vehicle for monitoring and testing around the physical object without actually having to be in close proximity to it. This is achieved by incorporating sensors in the asset to gather real-time-data which then updates the state of the digital twin. Hence acting as a placeholder which can be accessed remotely.

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Real-Time Translation

After the launch of Google Pixel Buds which offered mediocre real-time translation using the built-in Google Assistant, a Brooklyn based company called Waverly Labs has launched a product called PILOT which offers on point real-time translation. Reportedly the company has developed its own translation software in-house only using third-party sources to verify the accuracy. Other companies like Microsoft are also working on an AI technology which can translate face to face.

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Beam of Invisibility

Invisibility was thought to belong only to the domain of fiction until recently. The researchers from Vienna University have developed a technique to bestow the gift of invisibility upon objects using a beam. The strategy is to render the object’s materialistic properties such that it becomes transparent to different wavelengths of light. Soon the highly acclaimed cloak of invisibility would not just remain a story, but would turn into reality.

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