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Rocket Lab helping Nasa 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

New Zealand is set to play a part in the future of spacecraft building, by helping Nasa to 3D-print parts in space.The US space agency will launch experimental spacecraft Archinaut One from Rocket Lab's Mahia Peninsula base.Once in orbit, Archinaut will 3D-print two 10-metre-long beams out from either side of its body, which will then unfurl two massive solar panels.Read more...

July 15, 2019

Kiwi interns share experience working at NASA

Kiwi students Hammond Pearce and Rose Swears are about to finish a 10-week internship at NASA and are both working on "futuristic" equipment that may benefit humanity for the future. Mr Pearce originally has a background in computer engineering but told TVNZ1's Breakfast working in robotics goes "hand in hand". "The people here are absolutely wonderful, and the work here is absolutely inspiring," he said. Mr Pearce is currently working on a "tensegrity" robot and aiming to achieve meaning locomo...

July 15, 2019

Google Translate can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it

Google can now recognise written te reo Māori and translate it instantly into more than 100 different languages.Before, the machine translation service could only translate between English and other languages.Due to a "major update" to Google Translate which rolls out this week, smartphone users will be able to hold their camera in front of written te reo words and Word Lens will translate them.Read more...

July 15, 2019

Walmart adds virtual reality to assessment of an employee's potential

For Walmart employees, seeking a promotion within the American company has typically meant undergoing a comprehensive vetting process that included a detailed "paper-based assessment."Combined with in-person interviews, the written component has traditionally helped managers judge how effectively someone might function in a new role with more responsibility.But for the past few months, Walmart - the nation's largest employer - has begun replacing paper-based assessments with an experimental tool...

July 14, 2019

FMA releases review of cyber-resilience in NZ financial services

All licensed financial services firms should treat the risk of a cyberattack as real, and plan accordingly.That is the call to action of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) following its thematic review of cyber-resilience in New Zealand financial services. The report found that the majority of participants (56%) were aware of the high and increasing level of cyber-risk globally and 89% believe it will increase in the future. However, the level of “high / very high” risk ratings drops to 3...

July 13, 2019

High-tech equipment to help track down rogue wallabies

Environment Canterbury is going hi-tech in the hunt for rogue wallabies in the South Canterbury high country."The war against wallabies is not easily won, so we're looking at any new tool that can help us," ECan biosecurity team leader Brent Glentworth says.And that hi-tech "state of the art" gear is thermal imaging which will be focussed on the Tekapo, Ohau and Lake Pukaki river beds as part of a $15,000 programme running July 22-26. It will be done in conjunction with Land Information New Zeal...

July 12, 2019

O’Leary brings technology leap in race for Hamilton mayor

Anyone following the Hamilton mayoral election this year can become part of the story through their tablet or mobile phone.In what is a first for New Zealand politics, Hamilton mayoral contender and four term City Councillor Angela O’Leary, will be using a technology known as ‘augmented reality (AR)’ as part of her campaign leading up to the October election.With augmented reality the user becomes part of the online experience. For users it combines their real world, with an augmented worl...

July 12, 2019

People 'machine-enhanced' by AI

Trying to establish which New Zealand industries will benefit from artificial intelligence (AI) is a bit like wondering which businesses benefitted from the invention of electricity.That's the word from Qrious CEO Nathalie Morris who says all the "hype" about AI is now turning into significant, measurable influence on companies' performance.Qrious helps New Zealand organisations with data strategy and optimisation, analytics, insights, artificial intelligence and data-driven marketing – and Mo...

July 12, 2019

NZ left behind on data analytics

New Zealand mid-sized companies are missing opportunities presented by the fast-paced march of technology disruption, according to the global head of audit & accounting for BDO, Chris Smith.Smith, in New Zealand recently to attend an audit conference, says companies worldwide are struggling to stay abreast of rapid technology changes that are sparking renewed examination of standards by financial and regulatory authorities.From those examinations spring new standards and compliance measures whic...

July 12, 2019

Boost planned for high-tech hydroponic berry growing operation

A Whangarei berry operation says loan funding from the Government's Provincial Growth Fund will help Northland become the hydroponic horticultural capital of New Zealand.The $2.37 million PGF loan was announced today by the Minister of Regional Economic Development Shane Jones.Read more...

July 12, 2019

Innovative online programmes for kids who think differently

A new tech education business that changes the game for kids who think differently has been launched in a bid to develop the most essential skills of the 21st century.“Peoply”, the brainchild of 20 year old Wellingtonian, Matt Strawbridge, supports and empowers children who have learning difficulties, may feel stressed, anxious or lack confidence. Programmes are designed to future proof kids by enhancing skills such as creativity, critical thinking and communication, and covering topics like...

July 11, 2019

Dangerous drones could be shot down under new law

A proposed law change would make it legal to shoot down drones in special circumstances.The Government is currently consulting on changes to the Civil Aviation Act. One proposal is to allow drones to be detained, seized and destroyed in extreme situations. Pilots and airports complain that current rules are lax as they treat drones equally to planes carrying people, making them almost impossible to bring down even when they pose a safety risk. Read more...

July 11, 2019

'World leading' wine research centre to be based in Blenheim

A "world-leading" national research winery will be based at the Blenheim campus of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.Bragato Research Institute (BRI) chief executive MJ Loza said one of the main reasons they had decided to build on that site was to continue a partnership with the polytechnic. It had been operating on a temporary site at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology campus, but was excited to push this further and get something more permanent.&n...

July 10, 2019

Taking the guesswork out of pasture monitoring

A Christchurch agritech start-up is set to launch an ‘intelligent’ pasture monitoring system aimed at addressing farmers’ profit shortfall. The new Farmote System combines satellite technology with remote monitoring to address a data shortfall responsible for incorrect pasture management, says founder and managing director Richard Barton.He says the farming industry has so far been relying on dated information and guesswork. He quotes DairyNZ as saying farmers suffer a profit shortfall of ...

July 10, 2019

Thames school goes solar, saves hundreds in two months

A Thames school is leading the way in the adoption of sustainable energy, having recently installed solar panels that will keep costs down and kids cosy all winter.Moanataiari School celebrated the start of the chilly season by unveiling 76 new solar panels, becoming the first school in town to do so.The panels were installed at the end of April and by two months they had already saved the school $780.Read more...

July 10, 2019

Beam launches new fleet of e-scooters

Micromobility provider Beam is set to launch its next generation of e-scooters, alongside its rider protection programme that provides personal accident insurance coverage for all eligible riders in Asia-Pacific.Beam’s Saturn e-scooter, powered by Segway, promises smoother and more stable rides, even on rough surfaces or over speed bumps. Among its key features are a bigger, wider base and floorboard; upgraded tyres which offer improved shock-absorption; a powerful 350W rear-drive; and a water...

July 10, 2019

Kiwi tech company creates AR experience for new home builds

A Kiwi startup has come up with a new way of designing new homes, thanks to augmented reality (AR) technology.AR studio Reactar created a mobile platform called homeAR that helps buyers of new homes decide how their house should look.Buyers are able to see designs in ‘table scale’ 3D. These designs are based on a catalogue of ‘design and build’ and ‘house and land’ packages from builders and developers.Buyers can then look at designs and choose options that meet their needs – and t...

July 10, 2019

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: Nominations open

Nominations have officially opened for the 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards, with submissions set to close on Friday 2 August at midnight.Now in their fifth year, the awards will celebrate the industry's thriving performers at an awards ceremony on 23rd October.The Awards will honour the tech industry across eight categories: Emerging Technologies, Partner Awards, Vendor Awards, Distribution Awards, Channel Choice Awards, Hall of Fame, Entrepreneurship Awards and Homegrown Awards.Find o...

July 9, 2019

Groundbreaking facial recognition software under development in Dunedin - for sheep

With more than 27 million sheep in New Zealand, the chances of telling them apart are usually pretty slim. But that could soon be about to change, thanks to a new piece of facial recognition software being developed in Dunedin. Benoit Auvray and Greg Peyroux from Iris Data Science are currently developing the software, in hopes of eliminating the need for costly ear tags. Mr Auvray admitting the idea has surprised a few farmers.Read more...

July 9, 2019

Digital doctors beam out of Feilding in online consultation trial

Feilding Health Care patients can now consult with their GPs using video technology from wherever they have the internet.The centre hopes the "Manage My Health" app will remove the barriers of mobility and distance that can be a problem among a rural and aging population.However, video consultations won't completely replace a face-to-face meeting with a doctor and would instead supplement them, doctor Andy Williams said.Read more...

July 8, 2019

Auckland researchers build virtual lungs to better diagnose and treat patients

Virtual lungs could help doctors learn more about a vital set of organs without unnecessary tests and experiments. Our lungs are "extraordinarily complex" – they change with every inhale and exhale, and as we age, making it difficult to identify change or disease until "significant" damage is done. But researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute have found a way around that – by studying lungs that look and breathe like the...

July 8, 2019

Wireless technology improving confined space worker safety

The advent of wireless technology in portable gas detection devices is changing the way workers operate – particularly within confined spaces.Auckland-based supplier of portable gas detectors, Entec is encouraging NZ businesses to embrace this technology – technology which will not only improve worker safety but will increase efficiency.In the past, confined spaces were monitored by either an attendant with a portable gas detector, or a sampling pump or probe. While this allowed the attendan...

July 8, 2019

Hamilton Smart Space opens this week

Sensors to report on the condition of remote beehives, monitors optimising classroom environments to improve children’s learning, and road signs capturing data about traffic flows and driver behaviour – the innovation in Hamilton’s Smart Space reveals technology developed to solve community problems.Hamilton’s Smart Space, next to the Central Library in Garden Place, opens to the public this Wednesday.The space is an initiative of Hamilton City Council’s Smart Hamilton programme, which...

July 8, 2019

New Zealand tech helping cows in Germany enjoy the outdoors life

A German milking group is using New Zealand and Ireland's pasture-based dairy model for their unique outdoors operation near Berlin.Kiwi technology features at the centre of a new farming operation which aims to be the only full-time, pasture-based dairy operation in Germany.Dairy cows in Germany are traditionally farmed indoors but in Netzen, south west of Berlin, cows are enjoying the outdoor life, all year round, just like their New Zealand counterparts.The company leading the pasture-based i...

July 8, 2019

Aspiring engineer breaks glass ceiling in male-dominated industry

A Palmerston North student will be breaking glass ceilings after winning a scholarship aimed at shaking up the engineering profession.Massey University student Sarah Lewis, 18, has become the first recipient of the Whanake scholarship for Māori female engineering students, an award trying to make the industry more diverse.The scholarship includes a paid summer internship at the Heavy Engineering Research Association, based in Auckland, for four years. Lewis will al...

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