The new device is called Car+ Battery Sensor. It’s a gadget that connects directly to the battery of a vehicle and pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth. With the help of AI, the device captures voltage fluctuations upon cranking and then runs a quick analysis. This helps calculate its health. Based on a complex algorithm, the device generates an estimate of the date when the battery will require replacing and sends a notification to the connected smartphone with the obtained information.
More About Car+ Battery
The developers of the new device explain that Car+ Battery detects the cranking profile of the car battery performance and with the help of Artificial Intelligence, it can predict the battery’s health status. They also add that the inexpensive device is directly connected to the battery itself. That said, it reduces the error due to the circuity of the vehicle. The device uses an app called Car+ Battery Sensor, and it’s now available on App Store and Google Play.
The investors of the new device posted it on Kickstarter. They asked for $7,497 in donations to make the whole gadget happen. The good news is that the project has already been fully funded. If everything goes according to plan, the Car+ Battery Sensor should enter mass production in December 2020, with shipping projected to kick off in February 2021.
The Future Looks Promising
It’s quite amazing how new technology can be implemented in things that have been around us for decades. Artificial Intelligence has come a long way when it comes to making our lives more convenient, and Car+ Battery is yet another example of this. Will it be reliable? What will be its price? Will vehicle owners like the new device? Only the future will tell. On paper, it surely looks convenient to know how much a car battery will last because no one likes being stranded on the side of the road.
James Bond’s Vanishing Aston Martin Is Real
James Bond had the coolest gadgets and we could not stop talking about them. They would get him out of the craziest situation with such suave and you could not help but ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over it. But the coolest one among them was Vanquish, the Aston Martin that the 007 agent drove in Die Another Day. However, we all knew that it was all fiction, back then. But what if we told you that the vanishing car exists in real life too?
Not So Realistic
Daniel Craig took his final bow with No Time To Die as the James Bond. And people will always remember his films as more realistic. However, realism was not the best way to describe the 2002 film Die Another Day. Even Chris Corbould, the veteran special effects supervisor for about 15 Bond movies said that they took it too far with the inept CGI of the famous (more like infamous) invisible car. In an interview, Corbould said that he wasn’t very keen on it either but went along with creating the CGI for the Aston Martin anyway.
As crazy as the idea of a vanishing car may be, the technology of invisibility was based on reality. It was inspired by some work done by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA may be defunct now but it was part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Scriptwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade had made this discovery as they were researching for this film.
When Reel Become Real
Corbould has always found it amusing to see how reality eventually replicates the gadgets used in the James Bond films. BAE Systems is one of the largest defense and aerospace contractors in the world. They are working on this very invisibility technology. Alongside the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, they aim to create a system known as Adaptiv, which will be used on tank fleets.