Who would have thought a 19-year-old from Philadelphia could rake in millions with his vision of drones flying advertising banners along the Las Vegas Strip? This is not a just a teenage dream anymore, but became a reality for Raj Singh.
The first concept of the unmanned aircraft flying advertising banners became a business goal for Singh when he saw a TV report last fall that Amazon is considering the use of drones to deliver orders.
Then Singh formed DroneCast. Currently he has 15 employees working in his company. According to Singh, he even hired a president who used to work at Merill Lynch as an executive. The drones fly banners over concerts at 40 feet in the air. For every appearance, DroneCast charges $50,000.
The only obstacle right for the teen’s company is the FAA. The FAA regulations do not allow commercially flown unmanned drone flights.
According to Singh, his company is not violating any FAA regulations. However, if FAA will oblige him to follow regulations then he will willingly do so. He further stated that it is his company’s advocacy to show that drones can be used responsibly. Singh even had a demonstration the Las Vegas Strip last Thursday.
It is a fact that many of us are used to utilizing virtual world programs for fun and recreation but one researcher is thinking differently. While users enjoy Second Life to live in a world of fantasy, a researcher is exploring the possibility of using these same virtual worlds to fire the imagination and help amputees or the physically challenged individuals to have skills useful for them in the world of reality.
Sandra Winkler holds a doctorate degree in occupational therapy and also works as a faculty researcher. An assistant professor at the Nova Southeastern University College of Health Care Sciences, she was recently awarded the sum of almost $1 million for a grant that will run over a period of three years. The funding, which is to assist her study, will be coming from the US Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. The costs for the project will be borne fully with financial assistance from the federal government of the United States.
The research work, titled ‘Dissemination of Amputation and Prosthetic Evidence-based Medicine’ will lead to educational and supportive programs for amputees or the physically challenged individuals. These programs will enable amputees to enjoy the functional and psychological benefits therein. It will also assist in reducing ‘phantom limb pain’, a common complaint in amputees.
Sandra Winkler further explains that the patients will be able to make use of the virtual island and carry out simulations of what it is like to use their missing limbs. All that will be needed to enjoy this facility is a connection to the Internet. It is also hoped that over time, this facility will assist caregivers and clinicians in taking care of those in their custody.
For those amputees or the physically challenged individuals who will be partaking in the study, it promises to be a very exciting one indeed. The virtual experience will cover everything, from scuba diving to skiing on the waves.
The study upon completion is deemed a useful tool for the almost 2 million people who are physically challenged in the United States.
With real estate on the rebound, market prices are going up again and this is always a good thing. Currently, the Miami real estate market has reached a state of equilibrium and still prices continue to increase. Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Liza Mendez mentioned that there is continuous demand for Miami properties this 2014.
Single-family homes and condominiums showed again an increase in its median sales prices. Single-family homes median sales price has actually been rising for 28 straight months and has reached a 4.4 percent increase. On March 2013 the records show that the median sale price was $225,000 and has risen to $235,000. On the other hand, a whopping 17.8 percent rise in the average sale price for single-family homes has been recorded as of March 2014. The average sale price of $389,847 in March 2013 and has risen to $459,102 of the same month this year.
There was also a 33 consecutive months of increase in the median sale price for condominiums. The median sale price rose to 19.8 percent, last year it was recorded at $167,000 and just last month the records showed $200,000. The average sales price also increased by 16.3 percent. Records showed that in March 2013, figures were $324,380 and this year it has increased to $377,290.
Miami real estate is selling like hot cakes. Most single-family homes are being sold within 47 days upon its release on the market. It is actually an 11.9 percent increase compared to March 2013. Condominium sales also show a significant increase of 22.9 percent compared to March 2013 and with a median number of 59 days. With the current sales performance, single-family home supply can last for 5 months, more or less.
Active listings in Miami also continue to rise. It has considerably increased by 29.1 percent since March 2013. The inventory of single-family homes showed an increase of 22.5 percent from March 2013. While condominium inventory also increased to 33.3 percent
There is also an increase of 10.2 percent for newer listings of single-family homes while condominium listings has increased 13.7 percent. However, short sales are currently experiencing sharp decline. Cash sales in Miami are quite high compared to the national average of 33 percent.
Most Miami real estate buyers are coming from foreign investments. Its strong presence in the real estate market of Miami provides a promising turn for homeowners.
Crabster CR200 is not one of your sea monsters but a crustacean inspired robot that weighs over half a ton. Crabster CR200 is the creation of Huan Jun and was developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) for high-risk deep sea explorations.
This six-legged manufactured sea explorer is 2.4m wide, 1.3m tall and 2.4m long. The six legs contain 30 motors and the overall weight of the Crabster CR200 is 650 kg. This incredible machine is intended to efficiently work in stormy and deep waters of the ocean.
The machine can mimic the design of lobsters and crabs. It can creep along the ocean floor in aggressive waters where propeller-driven craft and divers cannot reach. The underwater machine can acclimatize its posture to the strong currents or varying pressure conditions underwater of up to 200 meters deep. There are on-board cameras installed for whatever objects of interest it can find underwater using its sonar. The robot will be able to move at a speed of 10 cm/second. The machine is also expected to accomplish survey and inspection of wrecks, checking pipelines, pollution, observing underwater ecosystems, underwater mining, looking for resources, take action to oil spills, and seabed mapping.
Crabster CR200 is still being currently tested and undergoes constant modification. Its first mission will be in May, it will be searching for ancient artifacts in the harsh environment of Yellow Sea – a place where various exploring crafts have failed. The Crabster CR200 will be expected to do more. it is continually being modified to undertake heavy-duty underwater tasks.