Huawei has been doing pretty well for itself for quite some time already, what with the Ascend Mate 2 already being certified to go on sale in China soon. Well, we have word that there is yet another smartphone from the folks over at Huawei, coming in the form of the Ascend P7, which is speculated to roll out in April next year. This Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone will most probably be the successor to the high end Ascend P6 Android-powered smartphone (which is set to receive Android 4.4 KitKat). Word on the street has it that “exquisite materials” will be used in the manufacturing process of the Huawei Ascend P7, and hopefully, it will be more than just Swarovski crystals.
The Huawei Ascend P7 apparently also comes with the codename Sophia, where unconfirmed specifications include a 5” Full HD display, a quad-core 1.6GHz Balong 910 processor, a 13-megapixel camera at the back, an 8-megapixel shooter in front, 16GB of internal memory, 2GB RAM, a microSD memory card, and a 2,460 mAh battery. Expect the Ascend P7 to be accompanied by Huawei’s very own Emotion UI 2.0 that will run atop of Android. It remains to be seen just when will the Huawei Ascend P7 roll out next year, and how much will it cost. Image courtesy of GSMArena.
The folks over at NASA must have received inspiration from the cartoon Macross which features the Valkyrie robot, after the space agency unveiled the 6-foot long Valkyrie, which they have dubbed as a “superhero robot”. It was specially designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, and it has been touted to be a “female” robot – which could very well end up as a prototype model to the kind of robo-astronauts down the road which will help humanity in the quest to colonize Mars.
Just how complex is the Valkyrie? It will come with 44 axes of movement and interchangeable arms, tipping the scales at 275 pounds. Do expect it to go up against the likes of the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamic. Popular culture could have played a part in the design of the Valkyrie, where it sports an Iron Man-style glowing chest ring. Nicolaus Radford of the NASA JSC Dextrous Robotics Lab shared, “We really wanted to design the appearance of this robot to be one that when you saw it (you’d say) ‘Wow. That’s awesome.” When we were designing the robot, we were thinking about the competition from day one, and we wanted a very modular system. Specifically with the arm, we can yank one bolt and one connector, and we can take the arm off. It happens in a matter of minutes.”