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    Mini Series Part 1: The Air Quality Module

    By david pomies

    Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts of the world. It’s not uncommon to see pictures of parts of China through a haze of smog. However the problem of air pollution is not limited to China, impacting in cities ranging from Berlin, Krakow and London to California and New Delhi.  It’s cited that 6.5 million deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), much greater than the number from HIV/AIDS,... View Article

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    How Modular IoT Technology Will Help Manage Thunderstorm Asthma

    By Cate Lawrence

    Imagine a situation where thousands of people all of a sudden find themselves unable to breathe. Thousands of people present themselves to hospitals and doctors surgeries struggling with wheezing, coughing and a shortness of breath. Some are turning blue. 1900 people call emergency services for an ambulance over 5 hours, the demand far exceeding supply. Many people end up in hospital and 8 die. It’s not a gas leak or smoke from an industrial fire. Instead, it’s the respiratory condition... View Article

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    You Are the Avatar: The New Era of RPG’s

    By Cate Lawrence

    Massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) bring computer gaming into the virtual world. Think characters that coexist in a world of their choosing (typically embracing all or facets of space, science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction). It’s a form of gaming that distinguishes itself from standard RPG as the characters continue to evolve even when you are offline and away from the game. Some well known examples include World of Warcraft and Final Fantastic XXIV. What these games all... View Article

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    Getting to Know Dan Makoski: The “MODfather”

    By Steve Safarowic

    One of the indicators of success in startup communities is the company that you keep. When you meet people that share your vision, especially when you are trying to do something that disrupts an industry,  you know you are really onto something. As you are no doubt aware, Google has pulled the plug on it’s modular smartphone, Project Ara. This was sad news for us at nexpaq as Project Ara went into development around the same time as us and... View Article

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    Disrupting Your Brain: The Cloud’s the Limit

    By Cate Lawrence

    Futurist forecasters, technologists and transhumanists, are all thinking about a world where the relationship between medical science and technology reveals greater knowledge about the human brain and how we understand, supplement and improve our understanding of brain functionality. The reality is that the technology has made scientific discoveries more common and more precise, perhaps nowhere more radically than in medical science. Neuroscience in particular has been subject to some of the most advanced developments from treating debilitating illnesses to training... View Article

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    Dan Makoski Visits nexpaq Factory in Shanghai

    By Cate Lawrence

    Recently Dan Makoski traveled to our Quanta factories in Shanghai where nexpaq products are being manufactured. Whilst visiting, Dan has met with the on-site nexpaq engineers, collaborating and providing insight for the upcoming round of beta units being produced. He shared his thoughts with us: “I was struck by how well the team was working together to solve all the typical challenges that need to be overcome in the final stages of manufacturing, and how close we are to being... View Article

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    Cyborgs: Another Reason to Love Modularity

    By Cate Lawrence

    As technology moves at a rapid pace it’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and fads without considering the many hours of planning, research, prototyping and manufacturing that have gone into creating hardware devices that have a transformative function in the lives of many people.  One area where this is most evident is through wearable body parts and devices that are getting lighter, more agile and smarter with every year that passes. From Cochlear implants to artificial hearts, the notion... View Article

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    Recipe to Prepare for Your Perfect Arrival on Mars

    By Cate Lawrence

    Creative and scientific minds have been captivated by the notion of not only travel to Mars but habitation on the red planet as it’s first human citizens. Whether you envisage a journey to Mars as a tourist destination or a chance to start over from the mistakes made on planet earth, there’s plenty of investment past and present into people who want to make it a reality. From Elon Musk’s Space X to the rather ill-fated Biosphere 2 and current... View Article

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    nexpaq x Maxim Integrated: Post Hackathon Report

    By Steve Safarowic

    Last month nexpaq and Maxim Integrated held a pilot hackathon based on Maxim’s new ultra-low power microcontroller with participants forming teams and competing to see who can come up with the best collaborative projects between the Maxim and nexpaq technologies. Maxim Ventures recently invested in nexpaq and this event served as a precursor to when we open up to hackers and engineers everywhere. The purpose of the hackathon was to pressure test nexpaq’s developer kits, the co-developed Maxim/nexpaq developer module,... View Article

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    The Hard and Soft of Augmented Reality

    By Cate Lawrence

    Augmented reality (AR) is coming to personal hardware. We’re moving on from the keyboard and into a range of devices from headsets to mobiles to contact lenses. Here we take a look at some of the latest applications and the role that modular devices can play. AR disrupts traditional technology 2.0 companies Traditional 2.0 tech companies are opting in on hardware to get ready for the mainstream adoption of AR. Snapchat have recently joined the hardware market with the upcoming release... View Article

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