Lionel Messi Becomes OrCam Technologies Ambassador to Advocate for Technology-Enabled Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Community

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BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OrCam Technologies, a leader in personal, AI-driven innovations, today announced that Lionel Messi, the global soccer legend, will be OrCam Technologies’ new Ambassador, leading the charge to improve accessibility through OrCam’s breakthrough AI technologies for people who are blind or visually impaired. The Israel-based company is launching the partnership collaboration with the soccer legend to increase awareness of the challenges faced by the blind and visually impaired community globally.

As a component of the project, OrCam will arrange meetings between dozens of visually impaired people from around the world with the soccer superstar in order to make a dream come true: an opportunity

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5 questions with Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, and Bret Swanson on improving public R&D policy | American Enterprise Institute

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US federal research and development spending as a share of GDP has fallen by nearly two thirds since the mid-1960s — a trend accompanied by decades of low productivity growth. In a recent extended episode of Political Economy, Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, Bret Swanson, and I discussed how policymakers should reverse this trend and reclaim America’s place at the forefront of the technological frontier.

Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and the co-author of “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.” Tony Mills is the director of the R Street Institute’s science policy program, which aims to equip policymakers with scientific expertise and to advance public policies that stimulate scientific innovation. Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of “The Code: Silicon Valley and the

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A New Low-Power GNSS Solution Creates More Precise Indoor Positioning

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Accuracy is a prevailing goal in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). And while location-tracking on our mobile phones is significantly more precise than it was 10 years ago, we still see hiccups at the circuit-level when identifying one’s location indoors or in dense city environments.

Nestware is an IoT geolocation company that provides hybrid-signal technology to IoT modem and DSP vendors. Recently, the company announced that it is combining its soft-core GPS navigation IP with Synopsys’ IoT communications IP subsystem to provide a low-power GNSS solution that can be integrated into IoT modems—cutting the cost of a dedicated GNSS chip altogether.

 

Nestware's core IP integrated into an IoT modem

Nestware’s core IP integrated into an IoT modem. Image used courtesy of Nestware
 

This announcement gives us the opportunity to review the key tenets of GNSS technology and analyze the solution presented in the Nestware-Synopsys collaboration. 

 

A Brief Review of GNSS Technology

GNSS is a mesh network of satellites,

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