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Technobyte: Smartphones may be behind the huge hike in pedestrian fatalities

Last week Samsung unveiled their latest flagship devices at a worldwide launch in New York.

The S8 and S8+ are a complete redesign to the previous S6 and S7 range. The new phones feature an “infinity display” where Samsung have pushed the display area right against the curved edge.

The new phones also feature Samsung new intelligent personal assistant called Bixby which interacts to voice commands and will integrate into home connected devices.

Another security feature has also been added giving users an opportunity to now also unlock their devices using their eyes with the retina scanning technology built in. The new devices go on sale in South Africa on 5 May.

www.samsung.com

A man with quadriplegia employs injury bridging technologies to move again—just by thinking.

Kochevar, who was paralysed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies.

A brain-computer interface with recording electrodes under his skull, and a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system activating his arm and hand, reconnect his brain to paralysed muscles.

thedaily.case.edu

A new report estimates that in 2016, the United States saw its largest annual increase in pedestrian fatalities since such record keeping began 40 years ago.

The thing that has changed dramatically in recent years is smartphone use. The volume of wireless data used from 2014 to 2015 more than doubled, according to the Wireless Association.

Drivers and pedestrians who are distracted by their smartphones are less likely to be aware of their surroundings, creating the potential for danger.

Most pedestrian fatalities occur at night in road space designated for vehicles. Only one in five pedestrian fatalities occur at intersections.

money.cnn.com

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