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TechSpot recently posted an article outlining 10 hidden Windows 10 features that you may not know about. Below are a few features highlighted in the article that we at Akvelon found especially useful:
“Storage Sense is one of the great features Microsoft has brought to Windows 10 from mobile platforms. The feature analyses the files on your hard drive, tells you how much space is occupied by different types of content, and suggests ways you can locate and clean up these files. For systems with more than onedrive, Storage Sense gives you a detailed storage breakdown for each drive, including any external drives attached through USB. Popping in to check Storage Sense every once in a while is a great way to keep track of and manage the files on your drive. It provides an easy way to clean up temporary files, tells you how much storage space is occupied by each app and game installed on your system, and even tells you how large your hibernation file and system restores are.”
“Mac OS X has historically had better trackpad support than Windows, but with 10 there is a concerted effort to improve the experience for laptop users. The result? Better support for trackpads, including some new and useful gestures that harness the new functionality of the OS. Windows 10 universally supports trackpad gestures you’ve probably tried to use before: pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scrolling, and two-finger tap to right click. But some of the best new gestures are designed for power users and multi-tasking. Three-finger swiping upwards reveals the Task View, allowing you to easily switch apps or create new desktops. Three-finger swiping to the left or right activates Alt+Tab, while three-finger swiping downwards shows the desktop. Microsoft has also baked in two other trackpad shortcuts that might come in handy: three-finger tapping opens Cortana; and four-finger tapping opens the Action Center, thus revealing your notifications. With all of these gestures at your arsenal, multi-tasking on a laptopsuddenly becomes a whole lot easier.”
“One of the most useful features introduced on Windows 7 was the ability to snap windows to certain areas of your screen. In Windows 10, a new collection of snapping features have been introduced that are great for those with large displays, wide displays or multiple displays. Along with the ability to snap to one half of the screen, Windows 10 can snap windows to one corner, allowing you to easily position four app windows on a single display. If you have a large 4K monitor, this feature is especially handy. On top of this, Windows 10 extends multi-monitor support by allowing you to snap to the sides or corners of any monitor, even if the side or corner of a monitor borders another. Plus, snapping a window now brings up Snap Assist, which suggests other running programs to fill the remaining quadrants of your displays in a click.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) is definitely an upcoming and interesting topic that we are very familiar with – you can check out what we have done with IoT here.
For those of you who do not know what the concept of Internet of Things is, it is a “scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction” –What Is.
IoT is an important concept to learn, because it is expected to grow rapidly in the following years. We are perceived to have countless devices and systems connected – anything from wearables (watches, socks, shirts) to home automation (refrigerators, toasters, coffee makers). IoT is connecting objects to humans just with the touch of a button.
The main reason for this growth is due to the massive growth and adoption of sensors that convert physical data to digital content. What do we mean by this? Well, internet connectivity can be added to any physical object – such as clothing, vehicles, household appliances, diapers (yes, diapers), medical devices, and industrial and mechanical controls.
We have compiled a list of what we believe are the top 10 upcoming IoT devices and companies. We hope you enjoy, and please, feel free to tell us your thoughts! This list is in no particular order.
Chui is an intelligent doorbell that uses facial recognition to make your home keyless, secure, and individualized. With Chui, your face becomes a key that can unlock the front door, while enabling connected devices tailored to your preferences. Relax in confidence, knowing Chui will automatically notify you and your loved ones of who’s at the door. Sleek and stylish, Chui does more than enable a house that is smart – Chui shapes a home that is you.
Most people don’t program their thermostats – it’s just too complicated. And that wastes a lot of energy. So we made it simple. The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. With Auto-Away™, the Nest Thermostat automatically turns to an energy-efficient Away temperature when you’re gone. Auto-Away works in 90% of homes, even if your Nest is in a spot you don’t pass on your way out the door.
The Sensoria smart socks are infused with proprietary 100% textile sensors to detect parameters important to your running form including cadence and foot landing technique. The socks connect to the innovative light weight anklet which wirelessly relay data during your run to the Sensoria Fitness mobile app. The Sensoria Fitness smart t-shirt provides accurate and consistent heart rate monitoring, with any Bluetooth devices and also works with their app.
AdhereTech smart wireless pill bottles are currently being used by patients in pharmaceutical and research engagements. These bottles collect and send all adherence data in real-time. The system automatically analyzes this information and populates the data on our secure dashboard. If doses are missed, patients can receive customizable alerts and interventions – using automated phone calls, text messages, and more.
“Whatever you need, whenever you want”. Mother and the Motion Cookies are a family of smart sensors that you can set in two minutes to perform the functions you want and that you can change as often as you need. Small and slick, they can be affixed to almost anything. They are really smart and can detect and analyze the movements of objects and people. They include a sensor that measures the surrounding temperature. They can be used to detect the presence of the object or the person they are attached to.
The Kolibree was developed with the strong involvement of recognized dental professionals to help you improve your dental health. Electric vibrating toothbrush, 3D motion sensors, Bluetooth® connectivity to smartphones and tablets. Motivate and check your children’s brushing with games. Encourage dental professionals to interact with their patients and encourage 3rd party designers to develop creative apps. Manage your actions and keep an eye on your brushing sessions and get oral health tips from dental professionals.
Yaroslav Faybishenko, who started Pixie with his wife, Jennie, the diapers have patches at the front with several colored squares that change color as they react to different compounds, such as water content, proteins or bacteria. The diapers are accompanied by a smartphone app that can read the data and send it to a physician. On the inside, that panel contains several non-toxic test strips situated underneath the absorbent core, so they never actually touch the child’s skin. Once the diaper is wet, the strips react to leukocytes, nitrates, and a variety of other substances that could each indicate different health problems.
Pre-boil via your App. With the wifi kettle you can start boiling your kettle from anywhere in the house. Using the wifi kettle app you will save up to two days a year by pre-boiling your kettle saving you up to five minutes at a time. The wifi kettle is smart, it will tell you when your hot water is ready to pour, remind you to refill and tell you when the kettle is empty. Set the kettle to automatically turn on when you pull up on the drive so its ready and waiting for you when you walk through the door.
A refrigerator with USB capabilities and WiFi connected. This will give us a platform to create awesome new add-on products like a butter softener compartment, food scale/weight sensor, deodorizer, auto-fill water pitcher, temperature modules, baby bottle IR, external speakers, voice control, etc. ChillHub is a refrigerator with two seamlessly integrated USB hubs. This first-of-its-kind platform enables development of new hardware products that benefit from operating inside a cooled space.
Mercedes-Benz In order to provide a foundation for the new autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle, an interdisciplinary team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has devised a future scenario that incorporates many different aspects of day-to-day mobility. Above and beyond its mobility function, this scenario perceives the motor car as a private retreat that additionally offers an important added value for society at large.
Google’s self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets. They have sensors designed to detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions, including pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles—or even fluttering plastic shopping bags and rogue birds. The software processes all the information to help the car safely navigate the road without getting tired or distracted.
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