Innovation Friday: The latest in technology

latest in technology

Welcome to Innovation Friday. Each week we surf the World Wide Web in search of what’s hot in the world of innovation and technology and share our finds here with you.

We can’t cover it all, so we invite you to share links to your favorite innovative finds in the comment section, and don’t forget to check out the previous edition of Innovation Friday.

carNew technology for cars in 2017

2017 is a promising year in technological advancements and futuristic features in cars. Among the advancements, selected model of cars will be capable of communicating with each other through their computers. Information like traffic, hazardous road conditions, quickest routes, and a lot more will be shared to increase safety and help with fuel economy.

Another advancement is electric axles, which improve fuel economy over four-wheel drive vehicles. Four-wheel drive cars tend to drink more fuel due to the engine’s need for more power to operate on four wheels. But now some manufacturers are offering an electrically powered axle — called an e-axle — that is installed in the rear of front-wheel drive cars to help spin the non-dominant tires when needed.

Also in 2017, more car companies will be manufacturing self-driving cars. Some major car brands have begun testing their production of autonomous cars and have set goals of releasing them by late next year.


New technology uses typically discarded produce to cut waste

The most nutritious part of a vegetable or fruit is often what gets discarded before processing. But Cape Town, South Africa-based Green Cell Technologies has designed a food processing machine that can use every part of a vegetable or fruit—or indeed, any organic plant material—in the making of a purée, juice, emulsion or extract, creating less waste and increasing food security for parts of the world where crops are already in short supply.

The machine, called the Disruptor, uses what the company terms “Dynamic Cellular Disruption” (DCD) technology to provide food manufacturers with a compact and cost-saving way to process their food more expediently, reduce waste and improve nutritional quality.

Without using harmful heat or chemicals, the process can break whole foods and plants down to a molecular level to generate nutrient-rich emulsions that can be used in soups, convenience foods, juices, baby foods, sauces and more.


Machine learning system lets computer create melodies to fit any lyrics

Got words but no melody? A machine learning system turns poetry into song by composing a pop music score to suit the lyrics it’s given.

The system, called ALYSIA, processes short lines of text and associates each syllable with a musical note. It chooses the pairing based on features including the syllable’s position in the word and how it will fit with the previous five notes.

ALYSIA can write whole accompanying scores this way, or provide musicians with a variety of melody options for each segment of lyrics, acting like a co-creator.


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