From robo-lenses to rocket boards, we’ve got a sci-fi rundown this week.
Today on Up To Speed: Check out some of the most exciting tech news from around the world.
Zooming in with the blink of an eye.
Scientists at the University of San Diego have introduced a new contact lens that is controlled by the movements of the human eye. By responding to the electric impulses of the eye, the lens can zoom in closer if the viewer blinks twice in a row. According to the creators of the lens, the technology has the potential to make a big impact on the advancement of remotely operated robotics.
Flying from France into the record books.
This week, French inventor Franky Zapata flew 22 miles across the English Channel on his Flyboard Air jet-powered hoverboard. Traveling at an average speed of 87 mph, Zapata completed the journey from France to England in just 20 minutes as he flew between 50 to 65 feet in the air. After landing, Zapata told reports, “I’m feeling happy… it’s just an amazing moment in my life,” according to The Associated Press. This was Zapata’s second attempt at crossing the English Channel after he landed short of a refueling boat earlier this month and fell into the ocean waters.
Google takes steps to cut carbon emissions.
On Monday, Alphabet Inc’s Google announced new commitments to neutralize their carbon footprint when delivering consumer hardware. The company saw a 40% drop in transport-related carbon emissions last year, and they pledge to be carbon neutral this year by purchasing carbon credits. Google also announced they will include recycled plastic in each of its products by 2022. According to Anna Meegan, head of sustainability for Google’s devices and services unit, sustainability standards are becoming integral to the company’s production and design process, with checkpoints along the way that ensure environmentally-friendly packaging, and ease of repair, has been taken into consideration.
Earlier this year, Verizon announced its plan to become carbon-neutral by 2035. Verizon also has seen a 28% carbon-intensity reduction since 2016, with a goal for a 50% reduction by 2025.