This article contains two stories of how technology is used to inspire and solve problems in everyday life. First, parents to a newborn, Radhika and Bharath Patil, just like other parents with babies have faced disruptions in their sleep patterns. So, to find a solution to sooth their baby, and get better rest, they put their electrical engineering background to good use and built a smartcrib. The smartcrib is said to combine a baby monitor, rocker, bassinet and crib in one. Next story is about how Amazon is developing non-contact payment systems that could help retailers in these times where social distancing is required. Amazon is testing a palm-based detection system. Security level is similar to fingerprint scans, but palm scanning at a distance is more practical.
Vocabulary and Sample sentences:
Sth fly/go out the window ph. – something does not exist or disappeared
- Once you have a baby, your good night’s rest will go out the window.
- If you drink too much, your senses go out the window.
Pattern n. – a repeated decorative design or an arrangement/ sequence
- The palm scanning system of Amazon is based on capturing the vein patterns of the palm.
- Zen tangle artworks are based on different, repeated patterns.
Practical adj. - something that can be done or likely to be feasible
- Instead of fingerprint identification, palm scanning at a distance is more practical.
- After a session of brainstorming, we should consider selecting the ideas that are more practical.