Month: August 2019

Mekas robot head makes eyes at nextwave users w video

first_img Small wonder that human heads were turning last month at the IROS (Intelligent Robots and Systems) 2011 event in San Francisco where visitors met the most sociable humanoid head around, attached to a torso and arm assembly. The robot belongs to Professor Luis Sentis of University of Texas at Austin.The Meka robot goal was to design a head that can elicit a sense of trust and sociability. In viewing the head, it is difficult not to feel an affinity, even though the head is not at all truly representational of a human head but rather is a curious blend of anime and cartoon character searching for a DreamWorks home.The head carries much expressiveness and the focal resting points are the engaging eyes. Meka co-founder Aaron Edsinger fielded questions about the robot at the event, and provided technical details: The humanoid head is a seven degree-of-freedom robotic active vision head. Designed for a wide range of expressive postures, it is a useful platform for researchers interested in human-robot interaction and social robotics. The system features high resolution FireWire cameras in each eye, integrated DSP controllers, zero-backlash Harmonic Drive gearheads in the neck, and Meka M3 and ROS software stacks. When asked why the little ears, he answered, “That was my idea. I had a puppy, so they were inspired by that.” Edsinger also noted that the robot involved the Meka team and the Human Centered Robotics Group at UT Austin. At UT Austin, Professor Luis Sentis is known for his work with force augmentation, which looks into how robots can help to augment the movements of humans. ”We worked closely with Professor Sentis to achieve a friendly anime aesthetic for the overall look, adding two 2DOF ears with RGB lighting for added expressive ability.”Meka Robotics, in addition to the humanoid head, offers specialized parts–hands, grippers, arms, torsos. The company supports the Willow Garage Robot Operating System (ROS), an open source platform for personal robots, including RVIZ kinematic visualization, URDF descriptions, posture control of all joints, and common sensor interfaces.Meka is a 2006 spin-off from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, where its founders, Edsinger and Jeff Weber, developed the Domo humanoid robot. Weber’s work with prosthetic ankles and knees at the MIT Media Lab led to the first commercially available powered prosthetic ankle. More information: Explore further ( — You’ve seen robots in the form of alpha dogs and insect swarms capable of military deployments but the next wave of robotics also includes a special breed of “sociable” robots for use in medicine, eldercare, and education. These are the robots that demand scientists’ skills toward making robotic parts that can mimic their human counterparts, and be responsive to social cues. The Meka Robotics’ M1: A customizable human-like bot at $340,000center_img © 2011 Citation: Meka’s robot head makes eyes at next-wave users (w/ video) (2011, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Scientists produce a 3D morphokinematical model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440

first_img(—Astronomers from the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) in Brazil have developed a 3D model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440, describing the kinematics and morphology of this interesting object. The model, introduced in a paper published on June 3 on the arXiv pre-print server, could shed new light on the origins and formation processes of planetary nebulae. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Colorful Demise of a Sun-Like Star © 2016 Mesh model to NGC 2440 built with SHAPE (left) and reference HST image (right). Credit: Paulo Lago/Roberto Costa, 2016. Discovered by William Herschel in 1790, NGC 2440 is one of the most well-known planetary nebulae in our Milky Way galaxy. The object is located in the Puppis constellation and its central star, designated HD 62166, is possibly the hottest known white dwarf to date.While studying NGC 2440, Paulo Lago and Roberto Costa of IAG, were particularly interested in the nebula’s core. The central region has drawn attention of the astronomers due to its complexity and a wealth of microstructures.In order to create a model that would showcase the nebula’s complicated structure, the scientists used high-resolution spectra and position-velocity diagrams of NGC 2440. The high angular resolution images required for modeling purposes were selected from the Hubble Space Telescope’s (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera (WFPC2), available in different filters.The astronomers utilized the SHAPE software to construct the 3D model. This tool allows researchers to reconstruct the 3D structure of a planetary nebula in great detail, taking into account projection effects, using high angular resolution images such as those from the HST, and high resolution spectra. SHAPE is capable of building a mesh model inside a 3D environment in order to analyze the morphology and kinematics of planetary nebulae.”SHAPE modeling requires a mesh model and a set of physical parameters such as velocity fields and density distributions derived from the observational data. In general, the larger is the database, the better is the model due to the increase in the number of independent constraints,” the researchers noted in the paper.According to the newly developed 3D model, NGC 2440 is a multi-polar nebula with at least two bipolar components. The larger structure has a position angle of 85 degrees, while the smaller one has a position angle of 35 degrees; thus, they are tilted 50 degrees apart. These findings suggest the presence of a toroidal structure surrounding the core of the planetary nebula. “This torus is inside the inner bipolar structure at position angle of 35 degrees, however, it is very hard to distinguish such a feature in the high angular resolution images from HST due to filaments and ‘secondary’ morphological structures,” the paper reads.Moreover, based on the observational data and the 3D model, the scientists found that a toroidal structure not only exists but is also strongly interacting with the environment or the radiation field.NGC 2440 was found to showcase a molecular emission of carbon monoxide, particularly in the bipolar component, with a position angle of 35 degrees. According to the research, the presence of fast carbon monoxide components in the core region points to the destruction of a neutral and dense torus by the out flow at the moment of the lobes formation.”From our models and the observational data, we conclude that a segmented toroidal structure is a good description for the inner part of NGC 2440. The model based upon this hypothesis provides a good reproduction of the observed position-velocity diagrams, therefore it can be said that a torus, segmented at least in three parts, is in good agreement with the observational data. This result agrees with that of Wang et al. (2008), who detect a molecular outflow in NGC 2440, aligned with the optical bipolar lobes,” the astronomers concluded.The authors of the paper also managed to derive the distance to NGC 2440. According to their estimates, this nebula is located about 5,900 light years from the Earth. Previous calculations indicated a 4,000-light-year distance. More information: NGC 2440 : A morpho-kinematical model, arXiv:1606.01234 [astro-ph.SR] work describes the modelling of the 3D structure and position-velocity (P-V) diagrams of NGC 2440, a well known planetary nebula, aiming to describe the morphology of this object, specially its core. We have used high resolution spectra and P-V diagrams to reproduce the 3D structure of the nebula using SHAPE, a software that allows 3D modelling. HST high angular resolution images were used as reference to the model. The observational data point to a segmented core, and the simulations confirm this assumption; the best model for the nebula is a torus segmented in three pieces. The simulated P-V diagrams agree with the observations. We suggest that the torus was torn apart by interaction with the surrounding medium, either as winds or the radiation field. For the two bipolar lobes, orientation angles to the plane of the sky of 27±5 and −5±3 degrees, respectively for the bipolar components with PA of 85 and 35 degrees, were derived. No additional bipolar lobes were required to model the observed features of NGC 2440. A distance of 1.8±0.5 kpc was derived for the nebula using our velocity field for the toroidal structure. These results are the first derived for NGC 2440 from modelling in a 3D environment. Explore further Citation: Scientists produce a 3D morpho-kinematical model of the planetary nebula NGC 2440 (2016, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Study of fossil remains on Sumba island reveals unique creature history

first_img(—A team of researchers from the U.K., Indonesia and Australia has found fossil evidence of several unique creatures that once lived on the Indonesian island of Sumba. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their expeditions to the remote island, the fossils they found and their theories regarding the evolutionary history of the Wallacean archipelago. More information: Samuel T. Turvey et al. Quaternary vertebrate faunas from Sumba, Indonesia: implications for Wallacean biogeography and evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1278AbstractHistorical patterns of diversity, biogeography and faunal turnover remain poorly understood for Wallacea, the biologically and geologically complex island region between the Asian and Australian continental shelves. A distinctive Quaternary vertebrate fauna containing the small-bodied hominin Homo floresiensis, pygmy Stegodon proboscideans, varanids and giant murids has been described from Flores, but Quaternary faunas are poorly known from most other Lesser Sunda Islands. We report the discovery of extensive new fossil vertebrate collections from Pleistocene and Holocene deposits on Sumba, a large Wallacean island situated less than 50 km south of Flores. A fossil assemblage recovered from a Pleistocene deposit at Lewapaku in the interior highlands of Sumba, which may be close to 1 million years old, contains a series of skeletal elements of a very small Stegodon referable to S. sumbaensis, a tooth attributable to Varanus komodoensis, and fragmentary remains of unidentified giant murids. Holocene cave deposits at Mahaniwa dated to approximately 2000–3500 BP yielded extensive material of two new genera of endemic large-bodied murids, as well as fossils of an extinct frugivorous varanid. This new baseline for reconstructing Wallacean faunal histories reveals that Sumba’s Quaternary vertebrate fauna, although phylogenetically distinctive, was comparable in diversity and composition to the Quaternary fauna of Flores, suggesting that similar assemblages may have characterized Quaternary terrestrial ecosystems on many or all of the larger Lesser Sunda Islands. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Pleistocene fossils from Lewapaku. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1278 Citation: Study of fossil remains on Sumba island reveals unique creature history (2017, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2017 Wallacea is an archipelago that lies between Australia and Asia—one of its most famous islands is Flores due to the discovery there in 2004 of fossil remains of Homo floresiensis, subsequently dubbed “the Hobbit” due to its diminutive stature. That discovery caused archeologists to wonder if other islands in the archipelago might harbor other fossil remains of interest. Little research has been conducted in the region, which makes the area attractive for new research endeavors. In this new effort, the researchers chose to focus on the island of Sumba, which lies directly south of Flores.As part of their expeditions (conducted in 2011 and 2014), the researchers report that they found the fossilized remains of several interesting and unique extinct creatures. The list includes small creatures that resembled elephants (Stegodon), two species of giant rats, some large varanid reptiles and even evidence that the Komodo dragon once lived on the island. They note that some of the species were dated to a time as recent as just 12,000 years ago. It is still not known, of course, why the creatures disappeared from the island, though the team suggests it might have been due to the arrival of humans.Evidence of the Komodo dragon on the island, the group points outs, offers the first evidence of their existence on an island other than Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar. And that suggests they likely lived on some of the other unexplored island in the area, as well. The group’s findings also indicate that the archipelago overall likely holds evidence of a wide range of undiscovered extinct creatures and possibly the remains of other human relatives. They suggest much more research needs to be done. Explore further Komodo dragon attacks tourist in Indonesialast_img read more

Consumer Disputes Redressal Filing disposal of cases on rise

first_imgKolkata: The filing and disposal of cases at the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission have gone up nearly nine times in the last ten years which is a clear indication of people’s faith in the consumer forum. The number of cases filed and disposal of cases have witnessed a noticeable rise since the year 2012 after Mamata Banerjee government assumed charge of the state in 2011.”We have taken up massive awareness campaign both through audio and visual mediums and also in the form of banners and hoardings informing consumers about their rights and this has contributed in people approaching the state Commission for justice if they are fleeced by any means. Presently, we have three benches of the Commission at our head office on Mirza Ghalib Street. We are coming up with two more state Commissions, one in Siliguri and another in Asansol. People who will be based near these two Commissions do not need to come to Kolkata,” Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe State Commission in Siliguri will be inaugurated in the month of May after the panchayat polls. The number of cases filed and disposed in the 23 district forums across the state has also seen a steady rise. As per statistics, the number of cases filed in the year 2008 was 502 with the disposal being 594 (previous year’s pending cases included). In the year 2017, the number of cases filed have been 4,026 with 3,370 cases disposed. In 2011, cases filed were 969 with disposal 821 while in 2012 filing went up to 1,827 and disposal was 1,170. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn 2011, the number of cases filed and disposed at the district forums were 3,283 and 3,105 respectively. It has doubled to 7,726 and 7,190 respectively in 2017.It may be mentioned that under the existing Consumer Act 1986, a person seeking justice from the district forum can get compensation upto Rs 20 lakh and upto Rs 1 crore in case of the State Commission. If the compensation is more than Rs 1 crore, the victim will have to approach the National Commission. “Some months back, I had written to the Centre to raise the jurisdiction of the consumer courts in term of ordering compensation. As per my viewpoint, compensation for district forums will be upto Rs 1 crore while the state commission can do the same upto Rs 1 crore. The standing committee at the centre has approved my viewpoint and is dilly dallying in bringing the amended act. But we hope that things will work out in the next Parliament session,” Pande said.The minister was critical of the centre’s allocation on consumer affairs which is not more than Rs 200 crore for the entire country. “We have an allocation of Rs 60 crore in this which shows our government’s commitment in dealing with consumer matters,” he maintained.last_img read more

Urban Recreation Forestry mulls planting programme from Babughat to Brigade Parade ground

first_imgKolkata: The Urban Recreation Forestry (URF) division will soon embark on a tree planting programme as part of a major beautification project in the city from Babughat to Brigade Parade Ground.A senior official in the URF division that comes under the aegis of the state Forest department said the entire project has been conceived by Kolkata Police, who has taken up a GreeningCalcutta Scheme. Under this scheme, the law enforcers’ theme is “2018 trees in year 2018.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA meeting has already been held with the URF division and all the nitty gritties has been discussed in detail. “We are waiting for a formal proposal from the Kolkata Police along with a map of the exact area of plantation.The work will start soon, as monsoon is the best time for such plantation programme. It will add to the beauty and aesthetic value of Kolkata,” said a senior official ofURF division.The plantation will focus on trees with medium height that will form a dense canopy as they grow up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe variety of trees that will be used include Bakul, Jarul, Phurush, Putranjibo etc. These trees, according to URF officials, have minimum chances of getting uprooted.”We are deliberately avoiding those trees that grow very big as they are susceptible to fall down during a storm.Putranjibo is a variety that is now being used by the state Forest department as it can be trimmed and given an umbrella shape thatlooks very nice.According to URF division officials, the trees will be procured from the own nurseries of the state government located at various places including Banabitan in Salt Lake, Dum Dum Road,Jodhpur Park etc.”We also procure from private nurseries as per requirement,” the official added.It may be mentioned that URF division is responsible for the maintenance of as many as 60 parks in the state of which 34 are located in South Bengal and 26 in North Bengal.It has also taken up landscaping and beautification of certain areas in the city that includes Second Hooghly Bridge, Salt Lake stadium to name a fewlast_img read more

Youth held for creaking fake FB profile of woman

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station for creating a fake Facebook profile of a woman and circulating obscene messages from there. Md. Razil (20), a resident of Topsia, was picked up from his home in the wee hours on Thursday.The complainant, a resident of Deshbandhu Nagar in Baguiati, had lodged a complaint in September last year that a fake Facebook and WhatsApp account have been created using her name and pictures and messages were being circulated in social media without her knowledge and consent.She alleged that obnoxious messages were being shared by using her pictures and offering people sex service all over India in exchange of money through e-wallets like Paytm. The accused was also providing account number for payment and other details.last_img

Mamata is the perfect answer to Indias need for a PM with

first_imgKolkata: India needs a Prime Minister who has a humane face and Mamata Banerjee is the most suitable candidate for the post who will stand by the side of farmers, labourers and poor people, said Aroop Biswas, state Youth Services and Sports minister, who is also in charge of the Public Works Department (PWD).Biswas was speaking at a rally organised by the district Trinamool Congress leaders in Hooghly. It was organised as a preparation rally for Trinamool Congress’ grand show at Esplanade on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA large number of supporters participated in the rally, which started at Khadina More area of Chinsurah and ended at Gharar More. District Trinamool Congress president and minister Tapan Dasgupta and another state minister Ashima Patra took part in the rally alongside Biswas. Senior leaders have said that around 4 lakh people from the district would join the Martyrs’ day programme on Saturday. Trinamool Congress has set a target of winning all the 42 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. The party feels it will also be able to win all the Parliament seats in the election, scheduled to take place next year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The whole country wants to see a Prime Minister who has a humanitarian face and Mamata Banerjee is the best candidate for the job. She thinks about the poor people, farmers and labourers,” Biswas maintained. He also raised questions on the organisational capabilities of the BJP, after a portion of a pandal collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in West Midnapore. Biswas satirically said that those who are unable to hold a rally of 10,000 people and whose stage collapses, must contest with one Trinamool Congress councillor at a time. Every Trinamool Congress leader has the individual capacity to hold rallies with 10,000 people, the minister stated.last_img read more

HIDCO to open Facebook page for Misti Hub to contain details on

first_imgKolkata: Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will open a Facebook page for Misti Hub on Saturday.Celebrated folk singer Sourav Mani will perform at the hub. HIDCO has chalked out a unique plan to give budding folk artists a platform at the hub to woo young people, many of whom have lost taste for famous Bengali sweets. Often young people are found thronging ice -cream parlours but they seldom visit the sweet shops selling traditional Bengali sweets. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Facebook page will carry reviews of those who have visited the hub. People will be able to know about the cultural programmes and the different varieties of sweets that are found at the hub.The Misti hub, one of kind in Bengal, houses some of the best branded sweet shops in the city under one roof. Situated near gate number 3 of Eco Park, the hub houses 10 branded sweet shops each having more than 25 years of experience in the business.Well known sweetmeat sellers like KC Das, Gupta Brothers, Bancharam, Balaram and Radharaman Mullcik, Methai, Sweet Bengal, New Nabakrishna Guin, Hindusthan Sweets and Ganguram have their outlets at the hub. The shops are open from 12 noon to 9 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe hub has already become very popular among the Kolkatans. On Saturday and Sunday, the shops are making brisk business. The visitors can park their vehicles at the parking lot and for the first half-an-hour, it is free. To cope with the situation, visitors were also allowed to park their vehicles on the service road.The hub is situated off the Biswa Bangla Sarani and airport-bound passengers going from the city can buy famous Kolkata sweets for their family and friends. Every shop has some item or the other.Bengali sweets have tremendous potential both in the country and abroad. Proper branding of Bengali sweets can hit the international market.last_img read more

Go Khadi this international Yoga Day

first_imgActing on the advice of Ministry of Ayush, KVIC has developed Yoga kits of Khadi, designed by National Institute Design (NID). The kit includes clothes for men and women, Khadi mat and Khadi napkin.  The stitching is done by people in the affected area of Jammu & Kashmir. The kit also consists of tri-colour Khadi garland.Speaking about the move, KVIC chairman, VK Saxena informed that  on the occasion of International Yoga Day, KVIC will offer special 30 per cent discount on these yoga kits. After discount the male yoga kit will cost Rs 1500 and the female yoga kit will cost Rs 1350. For this purpose, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has already ordered KVIC to supply 1000 kits which includes 600 kits for men and 400 kits for women. These kits will be available on sale from June 11 onwards at Khadi India Sales Outlets of New Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Bhopal, Ernakulam and Kolkatta. Khadi being hand spun and hand woven will be very suitable for yoga uniform. Saxena informed that this is for the first time KVIC is entering into such activities which will generate extra employment for the Khadi Artisans. Apart from generating employment to poor people who spin and weave Khadi, it is also eco-friendly.last_img read more

Take care of frizzy hair in simple steps

first_imgHumidity is a major contributing factor during the monsoon season and that can lead to frizzy hair for most. Arm yourself with a serum and hair masque to keep frizziness at bay, say experts. Hairstylists Laksh Singh and Aasif Ahmed have rolled out simple steps: To ensure hair is frizz-free and manageable, avoid straightening your hair often. Wash your hair from roots to tips with a good shampoo followed by a conditioner and apply a serum to the moist hair, especially if your hair is frizzy. Use a hair masque which helps cutting frizz and gives your hair a good shine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUnless you sport a pixie or a bob cut, you will have nothing to complain about the rainy season. But if you have anywhere from middle-length to long hair, you will dread monsoon. You can neither avoid humidity nor the frizz that tags along. If your hair is entangled in such woes, then it is time to give your strands a stylish yet practical twist this season. Easy hairstyles like side braided pony tail, a top knot, sleek back low pony, fishtails, ponytails and plaited buns work well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOil your hair with warm coconut oil followed by shampoo and conditioner. Hair masques help and a good quality serum ensures no frizz. Avoid putting too much spray as it aggravates the problem. Don’t keep oil overnight. A wide tooth comb to de-tangle hair is recommended. Wash hair three times a week. Diet plays a very important role in hair care as it helps in protecting the hair and also strengthening the hair follicles. Do not eat oily and spicy food. Avoid leaving long hair open as it looks messy and frizzy. A regular hair trim is a must to keep the hair healthy in monsoon. Too much of experimenting with hair colour should be avoided.last_img read more

Two cops injured in separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: Two policemen were injured in two separate accidents in two different places in the city on Sunday. The incident occurred near the Shakespeare and Upper Wood Street Crossing around 11 am when a police constable Naresh Majhi was hit by a Uber cab. The victim, who has currently been serving at South TP Guard, received injuries on his left elbow. He was immediately taken to a nearby private hospital by his fellow colleagues where he was discharged from later in the day. On the basis of a specific complaint, police started a probe. The vehicle was seized and the driver had been detained for interrogation.In the other incident, another a police personnel identified as Biswajit Sarkar of Sealdah TP guard was injured after being dashed by a speeding ambulance. The incident took place on Beliaghata main road at 4.30 pm. His right leg got injured in the accident. He was taken to the NRS Medical College and Hospital and later discharged after the primary treatment. The vehicle has also been seized by the police following the incident.last_img read more

Amazon Obhijaan set for pan India release today

first_imgAfter a successful and on-going run at the theatres in Bengal, Amazon Obhijaan, the most expensive Bengali film ever produced is set for a riveting national level debut. Produced by SVF – Eastern India’s largest movie production house, the film will be released nationally on January 5 in five different Indian languages i.e., Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese and Odia. While the Hindi version has been titled as Amazon Abhiyan, the mega-budget film will be called Amazon Adventure in rest of the languages. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith an everlasting desire to entertain the audiences, SVF and the Kamaleswar Mukherjee, the director, shot Amazon Obhijaan in Amazon rainforest, making it the first Indian movie and only the 8th movie worldwide to be shot in that location. With panthers, anacondas, alligators, deceptive rivers and tribals galore – Amazon Adventure/Amazon Abhiyan promises an adventure of a lifetime.Commenting on this, Mahendra Soni – co-founder, SVF said, “We are a company driven by the passion called cinema and strive towards bringing the best possible experience for our audience. We are thrilled with the overwhelming response that Amazon Obhijaan has received in Bengal. We are confident that people across all age groups will love the way we have brought Amazon on screen.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAmazon Obhijaan is the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Chander Pahar which, at the time, broke all records for being the most successful Bengali film ever made in Bengal. The story of Amazon Obhijaan written, scripted and directed by the doctor-turned-director Kamaleswar Mukherjee delves into the deep jungles of the Amazonia. The expedition led by the Bengali cinestar Dev, playing the explorer Shankar Choudhury, is touted as a visual treat to watch for people who love adventure.last_img read more

Indian Museum hikes ticket prices clicking pics on mobile to cost extra

first_imgKolkata: The authorities of the Indian Museum implemented a new ticket pricing on Friday, in addition to extending the timings for visiting the iconic historical landmark of the city. The entry ticket for adults has been hiked to Rs 50, from Rs 20 earlier. For students till the age of 18, the ticket price has been increased to Rs 20.Museum director Rajesh Purohit said: “The Indian museum is a grant-in-aid institution and we get the grant from the government of India. We have received instructions from the government to raise the revenue by 30 percent, to meet the challenges such as salary, pension, maintenance and other expenditures. To increase the revenue by 30 percent is virtually impossible, but we will now aim to increase the revenue by 15 percent after the hike.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe further added: “In a civilised world, it is important to understand the value of heritage. We have increased the ticket prices with an aim to receive quality visitors. If you go to Victoria Memorial, you will see many people sitting on the lawn instead of going inside and seeing the artifacts. Similarly, in this museum, we do not want people to just come and occupy the benches since the price of the tickets was very low. We want people who are truly interested in history.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the hike in the entry fee, the museum is also charging an amount of Rs 50 from visitors for mobile photography which was not chargeable earlier. The authorities have also done away with the seasonal timings as earlier, the museum used to stay open till 4:30 pm during the winters and 5 pm during the summers. Visitors will now be allowed to stay till 6:30 pm in the evening on weekdays and till 8 pm on the weekends, apart from having its gates open for history buffs in the city all-year-round.last_img read more

Panasonic introduces new range of Toughbook handhelds

first_imgPanasonic – an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing solutions unveiled its next generation of highly capable handheld Toughbook, FZ-T1 and L1 – a series of slimline, rugged model perfect for today’s evolving mobile workforces seeking an all-in-one solution on December 13.On the occasion, Hiroaki Sakamoto, Managing Director of Mobile Solutions, Business Division, Panasonic Corporation said, “We at Panasonic are constantly looking to offer products that not only improve the efficiency but enhance productivity and bottom-line performances for a number of years. The business need have evolved from traditional ruggedness to more advanced factors, that include escalated levels of battery power, viewing and communication capabilities. We have designed the FZ-T1 and L1 to mirror those needs for the consumers, perfectly integrating the old with the new.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “More customers are recognising that a rugged device is not the same as a regular handheld device. Consumer devices have components that are not designed to withstand continuous use in difficult conditions and are liable to break down from shock, dust, moisture, heat, and cold. Our newest offering under the product category, further assists consumers with their enterprise based working environment by, robustly assisting them to augment their efficiency levels through the unique blend of characteristics offered by the Toughbook,” said Vijay Wadhwan, Business Head System and Solution Business, Panasonic India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe brand new Toughbook devices are one of the most versatile and compact android based offering that is boasted by Panasonic’s industry. Stocked with multiple evolutionary characteristics alongside a multifaceted functionality range, the newly launched devices can be used for shelf stocking, order taking, logistical record keeping, queue busting and long-lasting field use. With an easy viewing display, they have an efficient 10-finger input, are capable of operating in the rain and can be used with gloved hands or an optional passive pen. Further, for clear communication in busy work environments up to construction site noise levels, each product alike is equipped with noise suppression technology and loudspeaker. The seamless use of these features alongside its balance of mobility, durability and 12 hours battery life (FZ-T1) / 9 hours battery life (FZ-L1), ideal for industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, and public safety; have the ability to their improve workforce productivity and the ease of efficient business operability. FZ-T1 – a slim handheld Toughbook is extremely durable, compact and laced with a high user interface quotient. With a 5-inch screen, running Android 8.1, OreoTM, this device is familiar to workers who rely on smartphones for regular use but is thoroughly designed for the harsh unpredictable environment. The FZ-L1 offers professional-grade capabilities and reliability to workers who rely on accessing information on-the-go. Available as WI-FI function for inside workers or with voice and data capability for field-based workers, the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-L1 tablet is slim and lightweight in nature, weighing in at around 440g, but rugged enough to stand up to business needs. Both devices will be available beginning at retail price of INR 60,000 (without tax).last_img read more

Embark on a cinematic journey

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre – Habitat Film Festival will embark on a cinematic journey from May 17 to 26, at India Habitat Centre.The 14th edition of this spectacular platform for Indian cinema opens with Ashvin Kumar’s much talked about recent release ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ on May 17, at 6:00 pm, and closes with Devashish Makhija’s ‘Bhonsle’ on May 26 at 7:30 pm. Aiming for an approximation of the best of Indian Cinema year after year, this edition brings on a pan Indian selection from the current year and the year gone by with insightful post-screening interactions with directors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWidely anticipated for its yearly offerings which include first cuts, Indian festival premieres, and world premieres, debuts and master classes – this festival is nothing short of a cinematic treat for movie enthusiasts. It showcases 42 films in more than 19 languages including Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Hindi, Kashmiri, English, Telugu, Haryanvi, to name a few in its feature films section. And an additional 45 critically acclaimed films will be screened under the documentaries, shorts, and student film segments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFilms including ‘Vaada Chennai’, ‘Kumbalangi Nights’, ‘Nagarkirtan’, ‘The Mosquito Philosophy’, ‘Mehsampur’, ‘Noblemen’, ‘Tarikh’, ‘The Gold Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain’, and many more will also have post-screening conversations with their respective directors. Master classes by filmmakers and relevant panel discussions interspersed with the screenings are expected to drive in film lovers from the city in large numbers, making it enlightening and entertaining in equal measure. Famed Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta from Ahaa Re and Malayalam actress Rima Kallingal from Aabhasam will also grace the festival with their presence. The screening of Malayalam feature ‘Aabhasam’ will be followed by a panel on the #MeToo Movement and the formation of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) in the Malayalam film industry featuring actress Rima Kallingal, director Jubith Namradath, moderated by film critic Anna M M Vetticad. A dedicated festival lounge offers collateral openings such as in-depth interactions between filmmakers and film scholars. The festival has grown to accommodate a rich fare of short films and student films in addition to the documentaries. A special package of documentaries on Dadasaheb Phalke Awardees directed by Savita Oberoi will also be screened. A highlight of PSBT films in the documentary segment is Prantik Basu’sRang Mahal selected in the International Competition Berlinale Shorts section at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. HFF will also see the screening of several outstanding student films including The Firefox Guardian, Glow worm in a jungle, Khela, What is the colour of the colourless sky and many more. The films under the new Student’s Cinema Segment will witness the participation of the young and upcoming filmmakers from the Film and Television Institute Pune, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Kolkata, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre Jamia Millia Islamia, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC), etc. Vidyun Singh, Programmes Director, India Habitat Centre said, “Habitat Film Festival is known for its diverse choice of films. For the last 14 years, it has been providing the best of all worlds and has been showcasing films that have deeply engaged with its social and local contexts, displaying fine sensibilities and sensitivities. This is a selection that affirms our heterogeneous character. The film has always been a strong medium for the community to come together and we are thrilled to present the best of Indian cinema once again.” Dating back to its inception in the year 2005, Habitat Film Festival has experienced substantial growth over the years and has been at the forefront in drawing public attention to cinematic gems from across the country away from the glitz and glamour of Bollywood.last_img read more

All Ball Gottlieb defends KD for being brutally honest with CJ McCollum

first_imgGottlieb defends Kevin Durant over his comments from C.J. McCollum’s podcast that led to their highly public Twitter war, and why McCollum learned a hard lesson about being a critic.247 Sports College Basketball Insider talks AAU, and the recent power matchup between Team Takeover and the Compton Magic in Vegas.  Longtime hoops scout talks 2019 recruiting and his top players to watch.Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen!last_img

Tune in to the Social Channel

first_img This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Web App of the Month By Kim Orr App: CultureGPS Professional Compatible with: iPhone and iPod touch Price: $19.99While a number of celebrities and politicians could’ve saved themselves from highly embarrassing situations with this app, you may find that it’ll save you from losing that international client your company is depending on. Through a “5-D model” devised by cultural expert and professor Geert Hofstede, you can learn about the social customs and business characteristics of more than 100 countries and regions, compare your cultural values and even get recommendations about how best to handle managers, employees, teams and customers abroad. And in the long run, $19.99 is nothing compared with the cost of losing that key client–or worse, your dignity. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read The TV is no longer an isolated lump of electronics that feeds you a passive stream of shows and DVDs. Internet-connected add-ons like gaming devices and Blu-ray players are opening up a whole new social dimension for TV sets. Microsoft’s premium, online interactive Xbox Live Gold service has more than 10 million subscribers. Sony recently launched a social network accessible by PlayStation users. Blu-ray discs with interactive web features are already on the market. This is just the beginning, and entrepreneurs have a chance to help form the young TV/social networking industry.Social networking through TV has a lot in common with social networking through computers. “It won’t be that different in terms of spirit, but in terms of the practical use and time of the day, it will be different,” says Romi Mahajan, chief marketing officer with digital agency and technology consulting firm Ascentium. He sees an initial user base made up of gamers and niche groups of TV show fans, but the phenomenon is expected to grow considerably. “We’re going to be in the heady stages for the next couple years, and after that you’ll need a crystal ball to predict,” Mahajan says.”People are much more comfortable using an array of devices for communication than they ever were before.”Romi Mahajan, AscentiumThis is part of a larger movement of social networking extending from computers to media like radio and mobile devices, as well as TV sets. “People are much more comfortable using an array of devices for communication than they ever were before,” Mahajan says. Interesting areas for entrepreneurs to consider include add-on hardware for facilitating communication, services that help users interact with each other and the creation of niche communities.center_img March 12, 2009 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Are Google Apps for Business Worth the Price

first_imgDecember 12, 2012 Google recently announced that Google Apps for Business will no longer be free for new small-business users. This suite of services — which includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Groups and many other tools — had been free for workgroups of no more than 10 users.Now, new businesses signing up for Google Apps must pay $5 per user per month, or $50 per user per year. So, for instance, a business with eight employees using the company’s Google Apps account would spend $400 year at the new annual rate. Pre-existing Google Apps business accounts remain free of charge, for now.For the new price, business users get some additional perks not available to individual free Google Apps accounts: 24/7 phone support, more Gmail storage (25GB compared to 10GB for free accounts) and the ability to purchase Google Vault archiving service for $10 per user, per month.Related: 10 Steps to Getting Started With Google Apps for BusinessBut whenever a free service turns paid, it’s usually a good time to evaluate the value it might offer. If you’re thinking about signing up for Google Apps for Business, consider which benefits to productivity, responsiveness, coordination, reliability, tech support, mobility or overall efficiency you’d hope to receive for the price. Even if your company has a grandfathered-in free account, what if Google someday starts charging you for it? What would make it worthwhile to stay and pay — or to switch to other options?One advantage of Google Apps is that it’s fairly comprehensive. The email and calendars apps are most popular, but the suite includes numerous apps, including Google Docs (document collaboration), Google Drive (file repository comparable to Dropbox) and Google Sites (simple website building and hosting). Going with alternative web-hosted options would probably involve turning to several providers, not just one.If you don’t plan to use more than a couple of apps in Google’s suite, it might not be worth paying for Google Apps for Business. But there are alternatives. If your company uses Microsoft Office applications, for instance, Microsoft offers a suite of online extensions called Office 365, available for $6 per user per month for up to 50 users. Microsoft 365 users also can subscribe to an online version of the Sharepoint suite of collaboration and conferencing tools. Plans range from $4-$22 per user per month. Extra storage is available for $0.20 per GB per month.Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareFor a complete alternative to Google Apps for Business, probably the closest competitor in terms of breadth of service is Zoho — a diverse suite of business, collaboration, and productivity apps — including calendaring and e-mail. For business users, Zoho pricing varies by the applications you use and the number of users, starting at $12 per user per month. Like Google Apps for Business, you can use your own domain name on these services. Zoho doesn’t offer archiving comparable to Google Vault.Will Google’s new pricing structure cause you to steer clear of its popular business apps service? Let us know in the comments below. min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more


What Twitters Former CEO Is Working On Now

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read January 19, 2016 Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took to his Twitter account this morning to reveal more details around what he is working on next. Costolo, who officially left the social media company in July 2015, is tackling a new startup in digital health and fitness.Costolo said that his startup, which he co-founded with CrossFit trainer and director Bryan Oki, is creating software that can be used by fitness professionals, nutritionists, physical therapists and more to communicate with their clients, guide them, and motivate them to achieve their goals.“The fitness industry is transitioning to a world of specialized studios and programs with a multitude of connected devices and software trackers. We’ve developed a system within this evolving landscape, and we believe we can scale this system with technology and deliver it to a massive audience,” Costolo wrote.Costolo’s move into health isn’t particularly surprising. He’s known to be passionate about fitness and CrossFit.Costolo also revealed he will be spending part of his time in the venture capital world, joining Index Ventures as a venture partner. It appears that Costolo won’t be making many investments on behalf of Index, but will instead be working with its existing portfolio, which includes Dropbox, Flipboard, Nasty Gal, and Slack.Additionally, the former executive is also splitting his time as a contributor, helping with writing story lines, for HBO’s hit sitcom about startups, Silicon Valley. Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more