Month: January 2016

World’s Oldest Torrent Is Still Being Downloaded By Users After 12 Years.

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Today we are going to tell you the story of the world’s oldest torrent and how it has managed to survive the past 12 years. This fan-made ASCII version of the 1999 sci-fi The Matrix is still being downloaded by users regularly.

 

World’s oldest torrent is still active and being downloaded by the users. It’s a fan-made ASCII version of the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix. The torrent was created more than 12 years ago and it has once again became popular among the users.To keep a file alive, at least one person has to keep sharing it. While most torrents disappear after people lose interest, some torrents live on forever. The website where this ASCII torrent originated has disappeared, but the file continues to thrive.

 

TorrentFreak reports that the torrent has seen over 5000 completed downloads. Thanks to the recent publicity, this torrent has 6-8 seeders on websites KickAssTorrents, SeedPeer.me, TorrentFunk.come, YourBittorent.com, Manova.org, Bitsnoop.com, and TorrentProject.se.

The real origin date of this torrent is a bit conflicting. While TorrentFreak takes back to December 2003, an Internet Archive cache mentions that it was made available in January 2004.

Here’s the original description of the torrent:

The.Matrix-ASCII is the original Matrix movie encoded in text. The finished product is an MPEG-2 file 7989979136 bytes in size, too large to fit on a DVD5. I re-encoded the ASCII movie to fit on a standard DVDR. The two samples are from the larger file and are higher quality. The DVDR is available through BitTorrent. If you wish to download the final movie or either of the samples using BitTorrent with Java installed, I suggest Azureus: otherwise TheSHADOW’s BitTorrent Client should work well. You will need a media player that can play MPEG-2 videos to watch either sample and a DVD player to watch the movie. 

Today the BitTorrent file system has grown to become an excellent content sharing mechanism. However, 12 years ago the network didn’t enjoy such popularity. Defying the odds, the existence of this torrent is a proof of BitTorrent’s success.

Keep seeding guys. Keep the world’s oldest torrent alive.

FAT32 vs. NTFS vs. exFAT – Difference Between Three File Systems

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FAT32, NTFS, exFAT are three different files systems used to store data in a storage device. Created by Microsoft, they have their pros and cons which you might want to know and will allow you to use them wisely.

When we talk about the Windows OS, we realize that the operating system installs on a partition formatted with the NTFS file system. For removable drives and another form of USB interface-based storage, we use FAT32. Additionally, the removable drives and memory cards can also be formatted with the exFAT file system, which is a derivative to the old FAT32. Have you ever thought about the differences between FAT32, NTFS, and ExFAT, and what is a file system?

What Is A File System?

A file system is basically a set of rules used to decide how data is stored and fetched in a storage device, be it a hard drive, flash drive or something else. Like the conventional way we used to store data in our offices in different files, the same method is deployed in computing. A defined set of data called a ‘File’ is stored at a specified location in a storage device. If the file system is kicked out of the computing world, all we will be left with is a large chunk of unrecognizable data in our storage media.

 

There are many type of files systems available for different types of storage options like the Disk File System, Flash File System, Tape File System, and so on. But for now, I’ll be restricting myself with the three Disk File Systems FAT32, NTFS, and ExFAT.

What Is FAT32 File System?

Standing for File Allocation Table, it’s the oldest and the most experienced file system in the history of computing. The story started in 1977 with the original 8-bit FAT file system intended as an antecedent to Microsoft’s Standalone Disk Basic-80, which was launched for Intel 8080-based NCR 7200 in 1977/1978, a data entry terminal with 8-inch floppy disks. It was coded by Marc McDonald following discussions with Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates.

Further utilization of the FAT File System or FAT Structure as it was called referred earlier, was done in Microsoft’s 8080/Z80 platform-based operating system MDOS/MIDAS written by Marc McDonald, who was Microsoft’s first salaried employee. In the subsequent years, the FAT file system advanced to FAT12, FAT16 and finally FAT32 that has been synonymous to the word file system when we have to deal external storage media like removable drives.

FAT32 was a surmount to the limited volume size offered by the FAT16 file system. The 32-bit File Allocation Table was released in August 1995, with the Windows 95 operating system. It allows you to store files of size up to 4 Gigs and the maximum disk size can go up to 16TB.

So, the fatty file system can’t be used to install heavy apps or store large files, that’s why the modern Windows uses a new file system known as NTFS, for which we don’t have to worry about the file size and disk size limits.

The FAT32 file system is perfect for storage devices like flash drives but you’ll have to make sure you don’t have an individual file larger than 4 GB. It has been widely implemented beyond the realm of computers, like gaming consoles, HDTVs, DVD & Blu-Ray players, and practically any device with a USB port. All versions of Windows, Linux support the FAT32 file system, even Apple’s Mac provides complete support it.

What Is NTFS File System?

Another Microsoft proprietary file system was introduced in 1993 with their Windows NT 3.1 coming into existence. It offers inexhaustible file size limits and you won’t run out of it anytime soon. The development started in the mid-1980s as the result of an association between Microsoft and IBM to develop a new age operating system with better performance in terms of graphics. However, their friendship didn’t last longer and the two parted their ways consequently developing their own version of the new file system. IBM made HPFS which was used in the OS/2 operating system and the Redmond created NTFS v1.0 released with Windows NT 3.1.

The NTFS or New Technology File System offers a theoretical file size of 16 EB – 1 KB which is 18,446,744,073,709,550,592 bytes. Well, your files aren’t that much huge, I guess. Its development team included Tom Miller, Garry Kimura, Brian Andrew, and David Goebel. NTFS v3.1 was launched with Microsoft’s Windows XP and it hasn’t been changed much since then, although numerous additions like partition shrinking, self-healing, and NTFS Symbolic links have been added. Also, the implemented capacity of NTFS file system is only 256 TB out the whopping 16 EB – 1 KB which was done with the launch of Windows 8, for which Microsoft ended support last week and Windows Server 2012.

Other notable features include reparse points, sparse file support, disk usage quotas, distributed link tracking, and file-level encryption. The NTFS file system supports backward compatibility with the previous versions and it’s a journaling file system that proves to be an important tool when it comes to reviving a corrupt file system. It maintains a Journal, a data structure which keeps track of any potential modifications to the file system and is used to recover the file system.

This file system is supported by Windows XP and later versions. Apple’s Mac OSX provides read-only support to an NTFS-formatted drive and only a few Linux variants are able to provide write support for NTFS.

What Is exFAT File System?

The exFAT (Extended FAT) is another Microsoft proprietary file system which finds its use in ball games where the FAT32 feels out of breath. Most of the modern digital cameras use exFAT. High capacity SDXC memory cards are now pre-formatted with the exFAT, as it is lightweight in contrast to NTFS and supports file size more of than 4 GB. So, if you have an exFAT SD card you will have no issues while copying full-length HD movies on it which is not the case with FAT32.

Currently, Microsoft holds the US Patent 8321439 for Quick File Name Lookup using Name hash, is a method which escalates file search speed. They’ve not released a complete specification set for the exFAT file system, for which the vendors have to obtain a restricted license from Microsoft. Most of the countries recognize the US Patent Law and thus, any implementation of the exFAT file system is not possible for the vendors which intended to be a part of an open-source operating system or a commercial software.

Microsoft’s stubbornness to make the exFAT available freely has triggered the development of custom implementations of the file system. A FUSE-based version of the exFAT file system, named exfat-fuse, provides read/write operations for many Linux distributions including FreeBSD. A kernel based implementation made by Samsung was accidentally leaked on GitHub but was later published officially.

Launched in 2006, it has the same 16 EB file size limit as NTFS, but it is way lighter as it doesn’t contain many of the extra features that the latter has. Talking about the compatibility, full read and write support is provided by Mac, Android, and Windows operating system but for Linux distributions, the appropriate software facilitates the support.

NTFS vs FAT32 vs exFAT – Comparison

FAT32:

Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Linux, gaming consoles, practically any device with a USB port.

Pros: Cross-platform compatibility, lightweight.

Cons: Limited file size (upto 4GB) and partition size (upto 16TB)

Usage: Removable storage devices.

NTFS:

Compatibility: Windows, Mac (Read-only), Linux (read-only for some distributions), Microsoft Xbox One.

Pros: Inexhaustible limits for file and partition size.

Cons: Limited cross-platform compatibility.

Usage: Best for internal hard drives. Use it for Windows system drive and any other system partition which may be used to install software.

exFAT:

Compatibility: Windows XP and later versions, Mac OSX 10.6.5 and above, Linux (using FUSE), Android.

Pros: Behaves as a fusion between FAT32 and NTFS by providing practically unlimited file size and partition size.

Cons: Microsoft restricts its usage by license obligations.

Usage: Use with external hard drives or flash drives of you want to transfer files larger than 4 GB. Always prefer exFAT over FAT32 if the operating supports it.

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10 Most Common Mistakes Every Beginner Java Programmer Makes.

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According to you, which is the most common mistake every beginner makes while coding in Java programming language? Well, there are some basic coding mistakes that people make again and again. Know how to spot them and improve your coding skills.

Since its advent in 1995, Java has been changing our lives and exceeding the expectations of people. The Sun Microsystems team that worked around the clock to develop this programming language targeted the digital television industry. As the concept of Java was too advanced at that time, it seemed perfect for the internet and other applications.Over the time, object-oriented programming language Java has spread everywhere and created its own special place in the world of programming. The language is easy to learn but problems do exist in Java just like any other language. Here I’ll be covering the 10 most common mistakes made by every Java programmer.

 

This list is based on the research work done by data scientists that covered 250,000 Java programming beginners from all around the world. Using 37 million compilations, they revealed the most common errors a developer makes while coding in Java.

To scan this enormous data set, Amjad Altadmri and Neil Brown from the University of Kent, UK put the mistakes in 18 possible categories. The programs were scanned for changes over the time by looking for the next compilation where the mistake was no longer present.

10 Most Common Mistakes Every Beginner Java Programmer Makes

Surprisingly, it was found that most common Java mistakes were actually a result of common misconceptions based on loose evidence. Here are the top 10 errors made by beginner Java programmers:

  1. Unbalanced parentheses, curly braces, brackets, and quotation marks, or using these different symbols interchangeably, such as in: while (a == 0].
  2. Invoking methods with wrong arguments or argument types, such as in:list.get("abc").
  3. Control flow can reach end of non-void method without returning, such as in:
  4. Confusing the assignment operator (=) with the comparison operator (==), such as in: if (a = b).
  5. Ignoring or discarding the return value of a method with non-void return type, such as in: myObject.toString();.
  6. Use of == instead of .equals to compare strings.
  7. Trying to invoke a non-static method as if it was static, such as in:MyClass.toString();.
  8. Class claims to implement an interface, but does not implement all the required methods, such as in: class Y implements ActionListener { }.
  9. Invoking the types of parameters when invoking a method, such as in:myObject.foo(int x, String s);.
  10. Incorrect semicolon in if statements or for and while loops, such as in: if (a==b); return 6;.

The researchers observed that the most common mistake as also the easiest to spot. Comparatively, other bugs were difficult to notice and they went unnoticed for more than 1,000 seconds or were never tracked at all.

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Source: Askaswiss

Lakka Is A Linux OS That Converts Any Computer Into A Gaming Console.

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Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution for converting any computer into a full-fledged retro gaming console. Based on OpenELEC and RetroArch, it supports a large variety of computer boards.

 

It’s time to go to your basement, clean your dusty old PC and make it ready for something fun. Using the lightweight Linux distro Lakka, you can turn that old pal into a retro gaming machine. This ready-to-install system is derived from OpenELEC, a version of Kodi home theater software. The OS also acts as a DIY retro emulation console based upon the RetroArch emulator software.The strength of Lakka lies in the wide range of hardware it supports and useful feature like Braid-like rewinding, video streaming, and joypad hotplug. Once installed on your SD card, it is easy to set up and runs all your favorite vintage games.

 

The hardware needed to run Lakka costs as low as $30. It runs on a variety of computer boards including PCs, Raspberry Pi, Raspberry 2, Odroid, Banana Pi, CuBox-i, Cubietruck, Cubieboard 2, HummingBoard etc. Apart from the PC and these development boards, Lakka also supports gaming controllers like PlayStation, Nintendo, and XBox.

Lakka’s interface is very clean and similar to PS4 and PS3 operating systems where consoles run horizontally across the screen and games run vertically. As soon as you plug in any PS or XBox controller, it’s recognized instantly and you can use it right away.

However, if you choose to install it on a PC, Lakka is expected to perform more smoothly. These ideas were already out there and implemented, but Lakka makes everything much easier.

You just need to download Lakka from its website, transfer it to your USB drive and you have the option of running the installer or running Lakka live the drive.

Lakka is currently under heavy development and you can contribute to this open source project on GitHub if you notice some bug.

Microsoft Trolled: Even Windows Phone Chief Uses An iPhone?

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Sometimes people do things out of passion but they are crazy about something else. The same case has come alive with Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President at Operating Systems Group at Microsoft. His only trouble was that he posted a pic from his vacation using an iPhone.

 

Joe began his world tour in October 2015 last year. Well, everybody likes to share about the places through pictures and videos and so does Joe. But Joe did not realize that he was using an iPhone. There is nothing wrong in using iPhone when you are at one of the top most positions in a company working on Windows Phone.

 

Joe Belfiore was recently in Kyoto, Japan. From there, he twitted a picture from his trip. And that single photo brought a trolling session on Twitter when everyone knew that Joe was using an Apple’s iPhone.

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And the trolling begins…

A number of people began pointing out that he was using an iPhone and mocking him that he could not make a better Windows phone. Silent Joe could not say anything about that. He has avoided replying to those tweets but he is replying to unrelated tweets.

However, Jow wanted to explain it in the comment section on The Verge something like this:

To understand the benefits and drawbacks of a full ecosystem like Windows, Android, iOS — you have to LIVE IN IT. You have to feel its strengths and weaknesses, be let down, be delighted. And you can’t do that just “playing around” with a device for a couple of days. You have to learn the UI, upload your photos, use cross-device apps and tools… all of it.

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10 Tech Billionaires Who Won’t Leave Their Entire Money For Kids.

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While most of us would be under the impression that children of the famous billionaires of the world would inherit a huge fortune to themselves, here’s the list of a famous people and couple people who have donated most of their money for the charitable causes.These men and women have not only made it big by their sheer hard work and dedication but also contributed in making this world a better place.

 

1. Bill Gates:

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Bill Gates is known for philanthropy. His past donations are a proof of how much is he in serving humanity than leaving behind billions for their children. Currently, Bill Gates is the master of around 85 billion dollars but he thinks that it is not a good idea to leave behind so much money for their children. From his past donations, it’s almost evident that Bill Gates is going to donate more money to his foundation called ‘Bill and Melinda Gates foundation’.

Gates said: “I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them.”

2. Facebook Founder Mark  Zuckerberg:

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Just like Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Zuckerberg is also planning to open an initiative called Chan-Zuckerberg initiative. This initiative was announced after the birth of their daughter in December last year. Through this foundation, they want to serve humanity by promoting equality, accessibility to educational resources to unprivileged children, curing disease etc. Mark Zuckerberg‘s net worth is around 47 billion Dollars.

3. AOL co-founder Steve Case

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Case began case foundation in 1997 by Steve Case the founder of AOL. Case initiative is not just focussed on donations rather it’s focussed more on how to make philanthropy more effective using technology. Like Zuckerberg, he has also signed the giving pledge and he is more interested in  startups outside the Silicon valley through an investment firm called the revolution.

4. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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Through his recently launched campaign called SF Gives, Benioff was able to raise $10 million for San Francisco-based nonprofit programmes in just 60 days. Apart from raising funds for philanthropy, he has also asked other corporations to follow his 1/1/1 model, which says that a company should donate 1% of its equity, 1% of its employees’ time, and 1% of its resources to philanthropic efforts.

5. Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs

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Irvin Jacobs is more into donating money for educational purposes. Jacobs has donated around $500 million to charitable causes that include the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus, MIT fellowships, and the San Diego Symphony. Like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Case, he has also signed the giving pledge promising to give away at least half of the billions he made with Qualcomm.

6. EBay founder Pierre Omidyar:

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Omidyar and his wife Pam signed the giving pledge in 2010. 12 years after eBay went public. They have already donated more than a billion dollars towards philanthropy since eBay became pubic.
“In 2001, I publicly stated that we intend to give away the vast majority of our wealth during our lifetime, our view is fairly simple. We have more money than our family will ever need. There’s no need. to hold onto it when it can be put to use today, to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.”

– The couple say in the Pledge letter.

They are most widely known for their humanity work against Human trafficking.

7. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore:

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Gordon Moore famous for Moore foundation has already donated half of his wealth towards his foundation. Besides donations, he has also given away more than $1 billion to the charitable causes. His cause towards philanthropy is also as unique as of Omidyar. His foundation works more towards environmental conservation, health measures etc. He has given billions of Dollars in charity and He also signed Giving pledge along with his wife in 2012. After signing the pledge, they said:
“We are pleased to be a part of the Giving Pledge not only because we are able to commit these funds, but because we believe they can lead to real learning and measurable change.”

8 .Tesla CEO Elon Musk:

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Elon Musk has already created history by venturing into the field of space technology and electric cars. Even after having five children, he’s already donated much of his $12.9 billion fortune to renewable energy, science and engineering education, and pediatric health. Elon Musk is a big donor towards technologies which are going to benefit humanity like renewable energy sources, science, and engineering etc. He receives only $1 a year for his work with Tesla.

9. Spanx CEO Sara Blakely:

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Sara is the first woman to sign the Giving Pledge in 2013. Her Pledge letter read:

“I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office – essentially be given the chance to soar!” 

10. Oracle founder Larry Ellison:

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Oracle founder Ellison committed to giving away 95 percent of his wealth to charitable causes, especially to his medical foundation.

His letter to the Giving Pledge read:

Warren Buffett personally asked me to write this letter because he said I would be ‘setting an example’ and ‘influencing others’ to give. I hope he’s right.”

Marc McDonald Was The First Salaried Employee At Microsoft.

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The first salaried employee at Microsoft was Marc McDonald, who designed the 8-bit File Allocation System for Microsoft’s Standalone Disc BASIC-80 in 1977. He is currently working as a Software Architect at PaperG. 

One of the earliest Microsoft employees was Marc McDonald, who was in fact, the first salaried employee when Redmond was based in Albuquerque, New Mexico Area in 1976. During his 7-year term, McDonald developed the 8-bit File Allocation Table for Microsoft’s Standalone and NCR 8200 data entry terminal.

 

McDonald also developed the MDOS/MIDAS operating system in 1979. The MIDAS OS was designed for Intel 8080/Z80 microprocessors to use terminal input/output functionality. Though the 8-bit OS never saw the daylight but its FAT-variant file system inspired Tim Paterson’s Quick and Dirty OS (QDOS), which he coded when he worked for Seattle Computer Products in 1980.

After leaving Microsoft in January 1984, McDonald was appointed as a Senior Development Engineer at Asymetrix in January 1985 and their first employee. He redesigned the Asymetrix ToolBook Runtime and worked on LISP pcode system.

McDonald jumped to Design Intelligence in January 1995 where he worked on an expression-based coding language and adaptive document design until the year 2000, when he came back to Microsoft after it purchased Design Intelligence.

In his second term, the then CEO Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer made serious efforts to assign him the employee code ‘1’ but failed, as the HR software wasn’t in the mood to do so. They could only end up giving him a badge with 1 written on it – unlike Steve Jobs who took employee code #0 instead – other numbers rubbed off. It is quite humorous to know that McDonald left Microsoft back in 1984 when around 400 employees worked there, as he thought the company was “too big” in size. He re-joined the company in 2000 when the employees were several thousand in numbers.

McDonald was in the Windows Defect Prevention Group, which emphasized on bumping up software quality by focusing on organisational best practices. He has six software patents and has co-authored a book titled as ‘The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention’ published in 2007. After leaving Microsoft again in 2011, he worked for MindMode Corp and finally joined PaperG in 2013.

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Facebook Messenger will soon get bots that will chat with you and follow your command.

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It’s like having your own personal assistant bot in Facebook Messenger

Knowing that the competition is extremely stiff, Facebook Messenger might have something new and exciting coming up in the form of bots. These bots will be able to expand your messaging capabilities beyond the boundaries of texting, sending video clips and GIFs. It looks like the social networking company has given developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK. This Chat SDK will allow them to seamlessly build an army of bots in the Messenger app and these bots will be responsible for carrying out a multitude of tasks.

Ranging from your travelling assistant to your personal shopping cart, these bots will be able to do it all. Not only this, but it looks like sources who are close to this valuable information have stated that the Chat SDK will also allow developers to create bots that in turn, will allow users to send text messages that automatically respond to things such as the following:

• Images
• Location services
• Product prices
• Buy links

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Since Facebook Messenger already includes an option to send payments to other people, there is also a possibility that these bots will allow you to make purchases effortlessly through online websites ranging from Amazon to Newegg.

Only recently, Uber announced that its service is going to be integrated into the application that will allow users to call for a call ride with just a tap of a button; similarly, the primary of function of bots could be to bring a whole new level of flexibility for a variety of things. Since Facebook has currently kept this venture private, we will wait for future updates to come through and wait for the company to make this epic announcement.

Imagine having bots present in your application that will allow you to carry out majority of your everyday tasks with a simple push of a button? It definitely sounds too good to be true.

Here is the world’s first drone that can carry a human.

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Meet the world’s first drone with enough space to accommodate a human being

For the longest time, we have heard of drones being controlled remotely, but thanks to the efforts of a Chinese company called Ehang, all that is about to change. The company unveiled the world’s first drone that can carry a human being inside it and the flying machine was shown off at CES 2016. The name of the drone is Ehang 184 and has four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground, which is similar to the functionality of other drones. The drone will require electricity to function, and can be completely charged in two hours. However, you must be wondering what is the maximum weight this drone can carry?

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Turns out quite a bit because Ehang 184 can carry up to 220 pounds of additional weight and fly for 23 minutes at sea level, according to the company. The drone can only accommodate one passenger, but has additional space to fit in a small backpack and even has its own air conditioning and a reading light. With its propellers folded up, the aerial machine has been designed to easily fit in a single parking spot. However, the drone will still function on commands because as soon as the individual sits inside it, he will have to take control of the drone through voice recognition functionality which involves two commands: ‘take off’ and ‘land’.

Chinese drone maker unveils human-carrying drone

Its top speed is 63 miles per hour and has been designed to fly about 1,000 to 1,650 feet off the ground with a maximum altitude of 11,500 feet. While this is a major breakthrough in technology, this piece of hardware will definitely not go under the nose of U.S. authorities, who will probably decide later on if the drone will be able to fly with a human being present inside it, in the country’s own airspace. According to the co-founder and CFO of the company, Shang Hsiao, Ehang 184 is being aimed to sell at a price range of $200,000-$300,000 at the start of this year.

Now here is where the scary part starts. The passenger will have no control over the aerial machine and in case there is a problem, a backup will be in the form of a remote control center that would take over the vehicle and ensure that it lands safely. While a passenger who will sit inside the vehicle for the first time will be nervous knowing that he or she will not be able to control the vehicle, Chief Marketing Officer Derrick Xiong has provided some sort of comfort by saying that the drone has been flown more than a 100 times at low altitudes and that too in a forested area in Guangzhou, China.

While this is comforting to know, the company will have to release various number of footages before passengers start feeling remotely safe over their maiden aerial voyage.

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Why Linux-powered “World’s Safest Drone” Fleye Is Better Than Google Glass?

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Here is the world’s safest drone – Fleye. It is as small as a soccer ball and equipped with everything you need in a perfect companion to help you with your daily tasks.

 
With the growing realm of robots in our day-to-day life, it’s time to say hello to the future of autonomous flying robots with Fleye. Fleye is a startup that made its appearance on Kickstarter. It has been described as a whole new kind of drone which is – safe, fun, autonomous, easier to use, open and programmable, and a result of 18 months of research and development.Fleye was founded by two engineers who shared a common passion for robotics and other flying machines, namely, Laurent and Dimitri.

What is Fleye?

Fleye is a unique drone with all its moving parts shielded, thus, making it safer and robust in case it hits something or someone, kudos to the “ducted fan UAV” concept, which used in larger industrial/defense drones. It is exactly the same size and weight as a soccer ball. It is easily controllable via a smartphone and is compatible with iOS and Android. It comes with options of flying camera mode or in case you prefer manual control, you can go for using a virtual touch- gamepad or Bluetooth game controller.

It is far superior to devices like Google Glass and the Quadcopter as it’s a superior combination of both.

Features of Fleye:

Noticeably, it has a mini-computer much similar to one like smartphones on-board and comes with easy to swap batteries which can power ten-minutes of flight time. It is a dual-core ARM A9, two GPUs supporting OpenGL and OpenCL, 512 MB of RAM and runs on Linux. To maximize the power, it offers a special Developer Edition reward that bestows a Quad-core computer and 1GB RAM. Furthermore, it also supports Computer Vision Library OpenCV which makes it programmable to execute missions autonomously and enables it to react likewise it observes in its environment.

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Fleye can also be controlled via wifi using a JSON-over_UDP API. In fact, anything that can command Fleye can be used as a controller. It also provides connectivity options through a USB and Serial extension port and also has inbuilt 7 sensors including its own GPS system.

The fist production run is planned to start from June 2016 and shipping from September 2016.

Undoubtedly, Fleye is a fascinating dream come true flying bot, but did this project impress you?? Tell us through your comments below.