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Japanese researchers from the University of Tsukuba, Utsunomiya University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo have developed a “Fairy Lights” display system that creates touchable hologram-like images in midair, IEEE Spectrum reports.

The Fairy Lights display uses lasers pulses fired at high frequency to ionize air molecules in midair, creating bright pixels that float in space and give tactile feedback when touched. Such systems, which have existed for a few years, are produced by companies like Japan-based Aerial Burton. However, the tactile feedback given by “traditional” laser-induced plasma displays is a bit too strong – the floating plasma that they generate will severely burn your fingers if you try to touch it.

The Fairy Lights researchers have solved the problem by using femtosecond lasers with a pulse duration of only a few tens of femtoseconds (one femtosecond is one millionth of one billionth of one second), much shorter than the nanosecond (one billionth of one second) pulses used in previous applications.

Fairy LightsThe User Feels an Impulse on the Finger as if the Light has Physical Substance

The research results are detailed in a paper submitted to ACM Transactions on Graphics. A draft version of the paper, titled “Fairy Lights in Femtoseconds: Aerial and Volumetric Graphics Rendered by Focused Femtosecond Laser Combined with Computational Holographic Fields,” is freely available on arXiv.

“Our system has the unique characteristic that the plasma is touchable,” notes the research paper. “It was found that the contact between plasma and a finger causes a brighter light. This effect can be used as a cue of the contact. One possible control is touch interaction in which floating images change when touched by a user.”

Shock waves are generated by plasma when a user touches the plasma voxels. Then the user feels an impulse on the finger as if the light has physical substance.

Virtual and Augmented Reality systems like the Microsoft HoloLens can display images and 3D holograms floating in virtual air in front of the user, and even give tactile feedback via haptic gloves, but the holograms don’t really exist – they are but pixels generated by a computer device. On the contrary, the Fairy Lights system generates physical pixels that can be touched with the bare fingers.

Touchable laser-induced plasma display technology is very young and the tiny pixels in the images and video are but a first rough demonstrator. However, the researchers envisage future refinements of their technology that could permit creating life-like, high-resolution, touchable 3D displays in the air.

Images from Yoichi Ochiai, Kota Kumagai, Takayuki Hoshi, Jun Rekimoto, Satoshi Hasegawa, and Yoshio Hayasaki.

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4 Reasons Why Traders Shouldn’t Miss Out On ABCC Exchange

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As most crypto traders are aware, 2018 has been a bloodbath beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.  Most, if not all, gains from 2017 have been wiped out.  And while the pain will certainly end at some point, it’s unclear when that will be.  But as Harvey Dent famously said in The Dark Knight, “the night is darkest just before the dawn.  And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”  When brighter times do finally come, trading volume will certainly explode again as old investors return and new investors discover cryptocurrencies for the first time.  A platform that is poised to benefit from that growth is ABCC Exchange.

ABCC Exchange is a world-class digital assets exchange that aims to provide a frictionless, user-centric trading experience. The company is focused on embracing the philosophy of decentralized technology which essentially means open, frictionless and participatory.

The company’s main goal is assisting investors with identifying valuable decentralized technology assets, offering a secure online trading platform and providing professional trading services.  Below are four reasons why ABCC may be on the verge of revolutionizing crypto trading.

Reason #1 – State of the Art Trading Features

While many other trading exchanges have only basic functionality and very limited order types, ABCC is just the opposite.  It’s a state of the art platform that caters to both beginner and experienced crypto traders.  For a while, ABCC offered just its base trading platform.  But on November 2nd, the company launched its beta version of the ABCC Pro.  The Pro version benchmarks with the user experience on top exchanges such as BitMEX.  It also includes the following enhancements:

  • A chart section that includes both candlestick chart and line graph
  • Night mode
  • Enhanced security
  • A “My Assets” section where traders can now view real-time updates in their total assets
  • Full-screen mode
  • Ability to see customer orders directly within the depth
  • 160+ trading indicators
  • Stop loss and stop limit
  • Easy-to-use mobile APP

Crypto volatility has been astronomical during the past few weeks causing traders to spend a lot of time managing their portfolios.  Because of that volatility, traders are always trying to find new ways to risk manage and limit potential losses.  One of the best ways to limit losses is with stop loss orders.  And with seemingly perfect timing, ABCC released the addition of stop loss functionality.

Most crypto traders probably already know what a stop loss is but for those who don’t, here is a quick overview.  A stop loss order is designed to limit an investor’s loss on a position.  For example, setting a stop loss order for 10% below the price at which one bought the crypto asset will limit the loss to approximately 10% should the asset fall to that price level.

As someone who has generally used only the most basic of crypto exchanges, these features are extremely welcome and useful.

Reason #2 – Trading Strategy Competition

Accompanying the release of stop loss functions, ABCC has announced a trading competition in which first place will receive a prize of 2,000 USDT.  The competition is scheduled to begin on December 5 and last for one week.  During the competition, each user will be ranked based upon their rate of return from all trading pairs.  The total prize pool for all competitors is 4,500 USDT.

These competitions are beneficial on several different levels.  It’s obviously beneficial for traders as they get to practice and hone their trading skills on ABCC’s state of the art platform while hopefully doing well enough to earn prizes.  And it’s beneficial for ABCC as it should serve as an opportunity to generate additional revenue through increased trading volume from both existing and new customers.

In August, the company held another trading competition with prizes that included a Tesla, 40,000 USDT, and smaller daily rewards.  So new traders and competitors should expect that the December competition won’t be the last one that ABCC holds.  So if a trader doesn’t do well this time around, keep practicing and perhaps their fortune will change the next time around.

In addition to increased revenue, trading competitions always bring a lot of hype and publicity which should do well toward enhancing ABCC’s brand recognition and ability to serve more customers in the future.

Reason #3 – ABCC Token (AT)

AT, an original token of ABCC Exchange, is mined automatically when ABCC users conduct trading activities via the Trade-to-Mine mechanism. 80% of trading fees from crypto trading and 80% of net profits from options trading are rewarded back to AT Holders in the form of BTC, ETH and USDT.

A new product, Daily Options, was recently launched by ABCC.  This new product also introduces a new use case for AT as traders will be able to make predictions regarding the future price changes of BTC.  ABCC users can expect additional product offerings, such as Daily Options, in the future.

Reason #4 – Vitalik Buterin Endorsement

As blockchain startups look to disrupt industries, it never hurts to have a major endorsement from one of the most prominent figures in the blockchain movement.  Earlier this year, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin participated in an interview with Jon Evans at TechCrunch Sessions: Blockchain.  During that interview, Buterin stressed his desire for everything to be decentralized.  Additionally, when the conversation turned toward exchanges, Buterin had this to say: “I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible.”  He said there is no reason whatsoever why some projects need to pay up to $15 million in listing fees just so that people can trade their tokens on centralized exchanges. While it’s still in the early phase for decentralized exchanges, it never hurts to have someone like Buterin on your side.

Conclusion

While the crypto trading environment isn’t what it was in late 2017, the recent volatility has certainly created an opportunity for new exciting platforms like ABCC to fill a void for traders.  One thing not previously mentioned is that ABCC Exchange aspires to list as many good projects as possible.  Unlike other exchanges that attempt to bleed companies dry, ABCC hopes to build strong partnerships and relationships with their listed clients.  Conducting business in this fashion allows both ABCC and the listed projects to grow and prosper together.

The existing platform and the coming enhancements should certainly go a long way to helping traders manage their existing portfolios while simultaneously exploring the market for those undervalued projects that are working on breakthrough technology.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Would You Buy the Exodus 1 for 4.78 Ether?

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Taiwanese tech company HTC launched the Exodus 1, its blockchain-based smartphone, on Tuesday, October 23. The phone is only for purchase with cryptocurrency. It sells for 0.15 bitcoins (BTC) or 4.78 ether tokens (ETH), which equals approximately $960, and is available in 34 countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong, the U.S. and the U.K. It’s expected to ship in December.

What makes the phone stand out are its built-in blockchain and cryptocurrency features. It includes a cryptocurrency wallet, called Zion, which runs on a secure enclave on the phone’s chip that’s separate from the Android operating system. The wallet was developed using technology from SoftBank’s Arm Holdings and acts like a separate, miniature OS.

The phone’s blockchain technology enables users to own their own private keys for their wallets and enhances the security and privacy aspects of the device. It could also be used to store other sensitive information. If a user loses access to their funds, they can use the “Social Key Recovery” Feature, which requires several trusted contacts to provide parts of a code that enables the user to regain access.

“And the reason why you do a blockchain phone is … for everybody just to own their own keys,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC. “Everything starts there. When you start owning your own keys, then you can start owning your own digital identity, then you can start to own data.”

The phone also uses the blockchain in other ways such as running decentralized applications and programs.

Specs of the Exodus 1

Some other specs of the Exodus 1 include its six gigabytes (GB) of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3500mAh battery, six-inch display with quad-HD+ resolution, 16-megapixel (MP) dual main camera and 8MP dual front camera with 4K video. The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Apps run on Android Oreo. The device is rated as dust-resistant and waterproof.

HTC is inviting blockchain developers to provide feedback on the phone and help improve it. The company plans to release APIs so that third-party services can access the phone’s hardware systems.

“EXODUS 1 is a foundational element of the crypto internet,” Phil Chen said. “For digital assets and decentralised apps to reach their potential, we believe mobile will need to be the main point of distribution. We look forward to partnering with developers in the blockchain community to usher in this vision.”

HTC has indicated that the Exodus 1 is part of a shift in the company’s smartphone strategy.

“We believe blockchain is the new paradigm for smartphones and it will form part of HTC’s wider smartphone strategy,” Chen told CNBC. “This marks a change in HTC, with increased focus on software and IP.”

Another company, a startup called Sirin Labs, is developing its own blockchain-based phone. The device, called Finney, will cost $1000 and is expected in November. A small startup by the name of Sikur became the first to ship a blockchain phone when it launched its Sikurphone, a version of Sony’s Experia phone customized with SkurOS software, in September.

Is It Worth It?

Is the Exodus 1 a worthwhile purchase? While it isn’t cheap, its price is not too far off from that of other high-end but non-blockchain phones. The Exodus 1 might not be for everyone though. For those who aren’t experienced with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, it’s likely better to wait until this kind of technology matures a bit. If you are, however, getting in on the ground floor may be worth the 4.78 ETH price tag.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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60 Minutes Showcases Potential of DNA and Genetic Genealogy; Opportunity for Crypto Investors

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Throughout the years, 60 Minutes has been responsible for reporting on some of the biggest stories in the world.  Many of the most memorable episodes have involved world leader interviews, stories on endangered animals, profiles of famous celebrities, and occasionally, segments on promising developments in business and science.  A week ago, 60 Minutes had a very interesting report on how the authorities used Genetic genealogy to solve the case of the Golden State Killer, and how the authorities plan to keep using this new field to solve more cold cases in the future.

On April 25, 2018, authorities in Sacramento announced that they had solved the notorious case of the Golden State Killer.  Authorities were able to use a promising new technique called Genetic genealogy to help identify 72-year-old former police officer, Joseph DeAngelo, as the suspected killer.

Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is a mixture of high-tech DNA analysis, high speed computer technology, and family genealogy.  The end goal is to determine the level and type of genetic relationship between individuals.

In the case of the Golden State Killer, DNA came into play because the killer had committed at least 12 murders, 50 rapes, and many home burglaries.  Investigators were able to obtain DNA from the killer at one of the reported crime scenes.  After many years of frustrating dead ends, a cold case investigator submitted the obtained DNA sample to GEDmatch.  GEDmatch is the largest public genealogy database in the world.  After uploading the sample, authorities were able to generate a handful of leads which eventually led to the front doors of Joseph DeAngelo.

In addition to the Golden State Killer case, authorities have used Genetic genealogy to make arrests in at least 11 other cold cases.  While the science appears to be sound, there is a legal question that has yet to be answered.  There is no doubt that attorneys for the accused will raise the question of privacy and whether using databases, thought to be private, should be legal.

Opportunity for Crypto Investors

While I’ve invested in equities and crypto for many years with varying degrees of success, I’ve never had the opportunity to invest at the beginning of a new frontier.  Fortunately, the opportunity has come.  Encrypgen (DNA) is a genomic blockchain network that provides customers and partners with best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data.  This creates a fair marketplace for a person’s DNA that can be stored private and sold (if a person wishes to do that).

Over the past few months, Encrypgen has been gaining attention in the mainstream media because of their revolutionary technology as well as the fact that their closest competition is still years away.

In August, Encrypgen released a beta version of its Gene-Chain.  The Gene-Chain allows consumers to upload their genetic profile and for researchers to purchase that genetic data.  Within the next 2 weeks, the company plans to release the full version of the Gene-Chain which will officially make them a new pioneer in the field of genomic blockchain security.

With the DNA token hovering at approximately 5 cents, the time is running out to accumulate at bargain basement prices.  I fully expect the token to achieve utility in the next several months which will cause a rocket-like explosion in the token price.  There is no looking back now, only forward, and I love what I see.

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