By: Jackelyn Fiat
Have you ever lost your car in a parking lot before (especially all the lots at FIU’s MMC Campus)? No worries, it happens to the best of us. Well do I have good news for you! Smartphones have created helpful apps to find the exact spot you parked your car. Many of the parking apps use your smartphone’s GPS capability to pinpoint where you parked. Other apps may use advanced functionality like augmented reality (AR is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data). These apps are so useful; some can even keep track of the time left in your parking meter!
Most of these apps aren’t free; however at the end of the day, a little bit of money may go a long way! You won’t ever have to worry about forgetting where you parked your car again!
Top 5 Apps to remember where you parked your car:
- Car Finder AR
- Find My Car Smarter
- Car Locater
- Where Did I Park
Researchers at Caltech have been working on a microchip that can repair itself when it’s damaged. This isn’t to suggest that if the microchip is stepped on or physically damaged it will repair itself through a form of cellular regeneration. Rather, when the chip is damaged it uses a second processor to discover new ways on solving the task at hand. The chip can also be used to find other ways on saving energy. Manufacturing chips to “self-heal” it could help microchips last longer. It may only be a few years down the road where this technology can be used on larger machines or on larger scales. What if a computer in a car were to implement the same type of technology and learn how to find new ways to save energy. Of course, there are far more mechanical errors to take into consideration that could cause an automobile to stop working.
For more information on the Caltech article you can visit: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/512776/microchip-adapts-to-severe-damage/
A recent announcement from NASA revealed that they have sustainable evidence that Mars could have sustained life in the past. It all comes down to a study made by NASA’s rover in Mars surface, after drilling Martian soil and analyzing the components of it, it shows that chemical components point to evidence of potential life in the past, NASA explains that the rover “…identified some of the key chemical ingredients for life in this dust, including sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon, researchers said. Intriguingly, the mix also suggested a possible energy source for indigenous Martian life, if any ever existed in the area”. The news comes after the rover has been in Martian land for over seven months now, and is expected to keep researching for potential living environment elements. The mission is key in understanding all the critical information regarding Mars before conducting any human command explorations into the red giant.
One of the pleasurable joys and experiences while traveling, whether it be in the same state, country, or continent, is experiencing the most minute differences between the places you are traveling – essentially creating its essence. I have come to learn through experience, that the important aspects to notice when traveling are – the people’s overall personalities and outgoingness towards others, the way a city wakes up ( at what time and how quickly ), the way people move around the city, the speed and pace of everyday life, and what people do throughout the day – how they eat, where they stay..etc. The combination of these aspects creates an overall experience and deeper understanding and feeling and emotion of the place. This week I have been able to experience all of these in LA and Santa Monica, which are completely different from those of Miami. In Santa Monica, I woke up to a mystic fog that was like a soothing blanket over the city – keeping the people in and slowly awaking the city by 11:00. Slowly by slowly the people came out onto the street, but the movements were not fast nor rushed, like those of Miamians, but leisurely and relaxed – giving off a peaceful sensation as they went by. The best way to get a feel for a city and its people is going on the public transportation – not only is it also cheaper, but it is a million times more entertaining than driving in an isolated rented car. While on the bus for an hour from Santa Monica to LA, I met people from all different walks of life, showing me how, similarily to Miami, LA is a cultural melting pot with different backgrounds and socioeconomic levels