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Year in Review: Our Top Stories From 2019

2019 was an action-packed year full of innovative technology and the InnovaTech team would like to thank all our readers for their support. In honor of the new decade that lies ahead we thought we would round-up some of our favorite stories from 2019:

Hubble Space Telescope’s Observations Used To Produce Image Containing 265,000 Galaxies

An image combining 16 years of data from the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope was released. The image, which was created from nearly 7,500 individual photos contains nearly 265,000 galaxies that stretch back through 13.3 billion years of time to just 500 million years after the big bang, because this is how long the light takes to get to Hubble’s lenses.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and ESA (European Space Agency).

Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Essenlix Develops The World’s Smallest, Simplest, And Lowest-Cost Blood Count Device

The digital wellness and health company, Essenlix Corporation announced the development of the iMOST-CBC, the smallest self-testing blood count device in existence. The device incorporates advanced biology with machine learning and nanotechnology, delivering an easy to use platform that delivers results by a simple prick of the finger. The blood is placed on the iMOST Card which is then inserted into the iMOST reader that is connected to a smartphone loaded with the iMOST app.

The device, which is 10,000 times smaller than an enterprise blood count machine, has been in development for over four years now and while it has not yet been given the all-clear by the FDA it is currently available for use in the research field.

Huawei Announces $1.5 Billion Investment In The Next 5 Years

Chinese technology company Huawei announced a $1.5 billion investment into its Developer Program 2.0 over the next five years. Back in 2015, the company launched the Huawei Developer Program 1.0 and since then has released an array of technology like cloud services, open communications products, Kunpeng computing capabilities, and Ascend AI computing.

According to Mr. Patrick Zhang, CTO of Huawei Cloud & AI Products & Services, the money will be used to focus on promoting the expansion of industry standards, technical certification system, specifications, and demonstration sites. The company wants to make Ascend computing power and Sharing Kunpeng available to every developer. There will be a focus on creating region-specific industry ecosystems and industry-specific application ecosystems. Huawei also will work on initiating an all-round enablement system.

J.D. Power Study Reveals Driver-Assistance Technology Seen As Annoying And Bothersome

J.D Power published its findings from the 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, which showed some drivers of cars fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) find them to be “annoying or bothersome.”

The study revealed that on average 23% of drivers fluctuating from only 8% for one domestic brand of vehicle to 30% with a few import brands, have complained about the ADAS alerts, including lane-keeping and centering systems.

These results are concerning to auto manufacturers as more and more brands incorporate these technologies into vehicles as companies more towards the self-driving cars of the future.

JD Powers’ study works on a 1000-point system, which measures an owner’s experience with 38 driver-centric vehicle technologies after three months of owning the car. The average score was 781 with the Kia Stinger taking the top spot with a score of 834.

ICON Uses 3D Printing To Build Homes For The Homeless In Austin

The Texas-based startup ICON, built a 500-square-foot welcome center completely from 3D printing.  Constructed for the non-profit Mobile Loaves & Fishes for their Community First! Village, which provides permenant housing for individuals coming out of chronic homelessness.

The center was made using Vulcan II 3D printers that use advanced software, automated handling, robotics, and a type of proprietary concrete called Lavacrete to print the 3D structures.

ICON is also currently working on six new 3D printed homes that will be simultaneously printed with varying designs, commissioned by Cielo Property Group.

Source: ICON, 3D Printed Home, Community First! Village

NASA Announces First All-Female Spacewalk Scheduled For October 21

The first all-female spacewalk took place on October 21, 2019 outside the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch were selected to perform the historic walk after it was postponed from its original date in March because one of the two medium sizes spacesuits onboard was not configured and ready.

The purpose of this mission and the six more that are planned is to fully upgrade the space station power system, which should be completed by the end of this month. This was the fourth mission as part of the upgrade and the ladies’ task was to fit new lithium-ion batteries. The ladies have since completed their third spacewalk outside the ISS.

CUJO AI Platform Surpasses 500 Million Monitored, Protected Connected Devices

The company that utilizes Artificial Intelligence to monitor and protect connected devices, CUJO AI, announced they have surpassed 500 million units that they now oversee worldwide. The platform uses advanced machine-learning algorithms to recognize cybersecurity threats, data breaches, questionable content and privacy concerns within a huge amount of network information.

CUJO AI is able to scan and guard data on numerous types of connections including wifi, fixed and mobile networks worldwide. With the use of IoT continuing to rise daily, the risks are increasing too. Companies such as Charter Communication and Comcast have turned to CUJO AI to safeguard their information with help from artificial intelligence.

Saildrone Announces 3-Way Public-Private Partnership To Advance Ocean Mapping

Saildrone, the company responsible for creating the first unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to circumnavigate Antarctica, has joined forces with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to design the Saildrone Surveyor. The state of the art vessel will be used to further research ocean mapping and characterization. The USV, which will be operated remotely, will also collect eDNA from the sea.

Source: Saildrone

The Surveyor will also have onboard a number of oceanographic and meteorological instruments to collect data which will have many benefits in numerous fields as Larry Mayer, professor of Earth Science and Ocean Engineering at UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and co-head of Seabed 2030’s Arctic and North Pacific Regional Data Center explains, “This innovative partnership will produce a much more efficient and cost-effective way to collect needed data for mapping the ocean and monitoring the marine environment. The data we will collect will play a critical role in safety of navigation, tsunami and storm surge predictions, ecosystem and other environmental studies, and modeling climate change,”

Here is to 2020 and another year filled with awe-inspiring, innovative technology stories and we at Innovatech News look forward to telling you all about them!