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July 26, 2019
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Meet the iPhone Case That Can Turn Into a VirtualReality Headset

first_imgVirtual Reality This story originally appeared on Engadget 6 min read –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Engadget Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business November 17, 2015 Nicole Lee Meet the iPhone Case That Can Turn Into a Virtual-Reality Headset Google’s low-end Cardboard headset is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get started with virtual reality. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly super portable and it’s not very durable either — it’s just cardboard, after all. Of course, there are plenty of other phone-compatible VR headsets out there, but most of them are still pretty clunky.The Figment, on the other hand, is a different take on VR (and AR) altogether. Debuting on Kickstarter today, it’s an iPhone case that can be transformed into a VR viewer with just a flick of a button, making it the only VR headset we know of that can fit in the back of your pocket.In a way, we’re surprised this hasn’t been done before. On the front, the Figment looks like an ordinary iPhone case. On the rear, however, are a pair of lenses that look just like the ones on Google’s Cardboard. Slide a couple of toggles, and the lenses will flip over, instantly positioning themselves in between you and the screen. To put it back, simply flip them over again and snap the lenses into place. It really is that simple. In a brief demonstration with a Figment prototype, I found the flipping action tremendously fun and addictive, giving me the same satisfactory sensation that I felt when playing around with T-Mobile’s Sidekicks of yore.And lest you think the Figment is just some random iPhone accessory, Zi Wang — Figment’s creator — would have you think otherwise. Wang is also the founder of Quantum Bakery and is the brains behind Glow, a pair of earbuds with laser light cords that had a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Wang, a former Googler, has been in talks with both Google and Apple for much of the year to make sure the Figment fits within Apple’s stringest aesthetic requirements while also being fully compatible with Cardboard apps and software. “When we’re designing a phone case, it has to be pocketable,” he says. “It has to offer minimal protection and can’t destroy the overall aesthetic of the phone.”During our interview, he delved deep into nerd territory by informing me that the bevel and chamfered edges around the case’s aluminum piece are all referencing the Apple “look and feel.” The final Figment hardware will be made from polycarbonate with a hint of silicone to keep it malleable. It’ll consist of about 40 parts total all ultrasonically welded together. The hinges will also incorporate about eight different O rings plus some dampening gel so that when the lenses flip around, it won’t bounce when it lands. Needless to say, Wang’s attention to detail to something as simple as a phone case is impressive.”I don’t want to design something that people will feel embarrassed by,” he says. “It should get out of your way. When it’s not in use, it’s invisible.”You might be thinking now that the Figment’s open design is a problem — after all, most VR headsets are enclosed to ensure maximum immersion and to avoid light bleeding through. But Wang tells me that the Figment’s open design offers a few advantages. For one thing, since you’re not completely disconnected from reality and have that tiny bit of peripheral vision, you’ll get less motion sickness. Additionally, with an open concept, you’ll get direct access to the screen. “I think the best input device today is still the touch screen,” he says. “You’ll have a more reasonable mobile gaming experience, with far less latency.” This, he says, is far easier and faster than using Cardboard’s current nubby button. Last but not least, the open design gives the Figment a couple degrees of play, so that the nose bridge can easily fit different faces.But what’s perhaps more interesting is that aside from the glasses, Wang is also working on an app that’s integrated with augmented reality software. He showed me a brief demonstration where he was able to use the phone’s camera along with some computer vision tricks to alter a Starbucks cup into a basketball hoop, and a bottle of Coke into a rocket. “It’s a new form of hyperlinking,” he says. “But instead of linking one digital piece of content to another, you’re linking digital content to a physical thing.”What I found particularly exciting was when he focused the phone’s camera on a lamp with a Philips Hue bulb, and the software instantly knew what it was due to the pattern on the lamp shade (he had already pre-programmed the pattern to the app). He could then change the color just by tapping on a color palette. Then while the software was still open, he pointed the camera at another lamp shade with a Belkin WeMo lamp, and it too was recognized instantly and he was able to turn the lamp on and off from the app. Augmented reality, he says, can potentially make the Internet of Things less fragmented, by unifying their interface in a single app.Even so, VR is the focus of the hardware here. “I’m betting on VR,” says Wang, adding that with all of the new software like the New York Times app and both Facebook and YouTube investing heavily in 360 video, VR is hotter than ever. And with something like Figment, you’ll finally be able to take it everywhere with you. “This lets you experience VR in a much more casual way,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be a big clunky headset.” There’s no setup; you can just fire it up and say to your friend ‘Hey, check this out.'”Still the Figment is not really cheap. It’ll retail for $79, though you can get it an an early bird $49 price if you jump on Kickstarter as soon as possible. It comes in white and black plus a couple of different sizes so that it can accommodate the iPhone 6 and up. Wang isn’t ruling out a case for an Android phone just yet, but decided to go for the iPhone for now. As for when you can expect it if you chip in for a case, Wang says they should start shipping in early Spring 2016. Senior Editor for Engadget Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

July 24, 2019
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The Connected Car Is Poised for Acceleration and HyperPersonalization

first_imgThe Connected Car Is Poised for Acceleration and Hyper-Personalization Senthil GunasekaranJuly 4, 2019, 8:00 amJuly 10, 2019 Like a New York City subway train at rush hour, new technologies advance in fits and stops. A breakthrough occurs, and then the next few years are spent perfecting it, until the next major upheaval.That’s the state of the current in-vogue concept, the “connected home.” Every imaginable product from toothbrushes to coffee makers is now being connected to the internet, whether that makes sense or not. Perhaps I’m unique, but I really don’t see a need to have my dentist receive a record of my brushing habits.One product for which internet access does make sense is the car. Due to their long lead times and slow development processes, the automobile industry lags other products in innovation. Internet access and over-the-air software upgrades, however, are allowing them to catch up, and it will soon be a race to see which provides the most-compelling, personalized, cloud-based experiences.The connected vehicle will eventually become the framework by which retailers, banks and other consumer-facing businesses will be able to create new and unique offerings for their customers. Using AI and Big Data, hyper-personalized products and services could become the norm, with the connected vehicle acting as the hub of the experience.Until recently, the automobile had not changed much since its inception: the driver pushes a pedal, and an engine using some sort of fuel propels it forward. Gauges tell the driver the condition of the vehicle. When you’re bored you can listen to music. And that’s about it. Imagine, instead, a vehicle that lets you directly charge your gasoline fill-up, authorizing the pump before you arrive. Or one that lets you pay for your tolls using your car’s display, eliminating the need for an external transponder and monthly bills.Today, certain Audi models will tell you when the light is about to turn green, while advising the ideal speed to drive to avoid a red one, reducing stress in heavy traffic. The coming implementation of what’s known as V2X, or vehicle-to-everything communications, will tell drivers when another car is about to emerge from a blind intersection, and alert succeeding drivers to road hazards a few yards ahead.Vehicle location will be monitored; if you’re driving near what, based on your buying habits, is a favorite retail outlet, your vehicle’s screen will be able to display a special sale, tailored just for you. Your calendar could be incorporated into the vehicle’s database. When it knows that you’re about to return to your car after a difficult spin class, cabin temperature will be lowered ahead of time to cool you down.Wearable health monitors would be connected to the vehicle; suffer a medical event such as a stroke, heart attack, or insulin drop, and the vehicle would take appropriate action, automatically calling 911, or directing the driver to the nearest pharmacy to buy a sugar-laden candy bar. Simultaneously, marketers will be able to use the increasingly-complex data gleaned from driver interactions with those vehicles to better understand their customers, enabling them to provide customized products and services that a particular individual is most likely to embrace.Read More: Rise of AI: Should Humans Be Worried?For example, with permission, a vehicle owner’s actual driving data how far they travel, their typical speed, braking frequency, the use of the vehicle’s autonomous features, and other criteria—could be used to set “pay-as-you-drive” insurance rates tailored to each individual’s driving style. Whether in-vehicle or out, retailers, financial institutions and other enterprises targeting consumers will be able to own the customer journey, to use today’s phraseology. That’s in every sense of the word, from the customer interaction with the brand to the literal trip itself. They will have to understand what customers want and offer them an exceptional experience across the entire purchase decision-making continuum.What happens if a brand fails to do that? Consider the takeover of Time Warner by AOL in 2000. At the time, it was called by the new company “a win for consumers.” Ten years later, it was called “the worst deal of the century.” Not by some snarky critic, but by the man who architected it, Gerald Levin.In hindsight, its failure was inevitable; rather than looking at where the consumer was going, the new company fell back on where it was. As the world moved to always-on internet and online services, AOL Time Warner was selling dial-up internet and print magazines and making customers buy huge packages of channels that they’d never watch—because it suited Time Warner’s business model.Marketers now have the opportunity to avoid that sort of negative outcome by creating a unique environment for connected vehicle owners that they want, rather than ones that companies think they should have. By using such tools as AI, Voice Recognition, and Machine Learning to craft an exceptional customer relationship, manufacturers will be able to harness the vehicle’s unique characteristics to offer goods, services, intelligent product recommendations, and ease of purchase features that have never been available. Equally importantly, the technology will understand the context behind these interactions, so consumers can benefit from them at the opportune time and place along their journeys.Voice control will play an important role in the connected vehicle, and not just because it’s a safer way of doing things. The ability to speak a wide range of commands stays with us throughout our entire life, making a connected vehicle simple to use for all. Amazon Alexa will be integrated into a number of cars, beginning with Audi’s e-Tron electric vehicle this year. Alexa Auto will not only offer the same features available on one’s home Alexa device, but also new vehicle-specific skills, many of which are still in development.Drivers will be able to turn off their home’s lights, close the shades, and automatically open the garage door after setting up an automated routine.Music can be ordered up by asking Alexa to play that song that begins with a few recalled words. Alexa will help you get directions and manage your calendar as you drive. And, when you’re sitting in traffic daydreaming and realize you’ve run out of toilet paper, you can order it from Amazon with a voice command.The technological breakthroughs to allow these developments to occur took decades to come to fruition; that may be even more difficult is to convince the public to use them.Today, we can follow our Lyft car or UPS delivery truck prior to arriving. And with the driver’s express permission, we’ll soon be able to follow an individual throughout their day, understanding their habits by digesting reams of information and then offering products and services that individuals truly want when and where they want them.Consumers shopping for cars will become less enamored of buying a product, and more in tune with the buying experience. With advances in vehicle technology running in lockstep across automakers, consumers will look for the marque that offers the best-connected experience by being combined with their other favorite brands.But in order for that love affair to germinate, each new feature will require that its user be willing to offer up some additional personal information, such as one’s daily habits, one’s calendar, buying patterns and more mundane things, such as credit card numbers.Yet knowing where a vehicle is emerging into the roadway could tell law enforcement how fast the driver is going, making that information grounds for a ticket. The guilty party in a traffic accident may no longer be up for debate if insurers are allowed to access the camera, radar, and sensor data from a vehicle.Read More: Artificial Intelligence – the Driving Force Behind Modern InnovationWith constant tales of credit card hacking and the theft of personal information, from social security numbers to intimate photographs, the public is becoming wary of giving up their data for some minor perceived benefit.To make a connected vehicle infrastructure a reality, companies must understand that consumers have an expectation of digital trust: they will increasingly demand that their personally identifiable information and other data is safe, will not be shared without their permission under any circumstances and is impenetrable to hacking.Europe has taken the lead with its GDPR General Data Protection Regulation rules, codifying the fact that data must be gathered lawfully, with limitations on its use and storage, in a highly secure manner. And California’s Consumer Privacy Act, passed last year, gives consumers the right to not have their data sold, know to whom it has been sold, and to inspect it.In short, companies must be clear that they understand and endorse the fact that the consumer is the one who owns his or her data, not the company. It is the consumer who decides which connected features are of sufficient value to justify the use of their personal data. But they will do so only if they know that they are getting proper, reciprocal value and that their data will always be secure.For those merchants who succeed in building trust, there is the potential to return the bond that consumers once felt with their corner merchant who knew and understood them through the “data” of personal interaction, a relationship that has since been lost in the age of anonymous websites and big-box chain stores with constantly-churning staffs.Whatever futuristic features the connected vehicle will bring, the technology gives us the potential to create through the car new, unique, hyper-personalized experiences for a wide variety of brands, from banks to retail, to entertainment. The chance to put customized, long-lasting relationships with one’s customers into overdrive will soon be upon us.Read More: Here & Now: Create Meaningful Marketing Moments with Location Intelligence Artificial IntelligenceAutomobilebig dataCustomer InteractionHyper-Personalizationmachine learning Previous ArticleHotels Can Now Overcome Language Barriers and Enforce Incidental Policies with Mobile Devices and Connect Staff by MonsciergeNext ArticleThree Providers of Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Displays for Commercial Use Named IDC Innovatorslast_img read more

July 18, 2019
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Nanotechnology enables mice to see infrared light

first_imgIn our experiment, nanoparticles absorbed infrared light around 980 nm in wavelength and converted it into light peaked at 535 nm, which made the infrared light appear as the color green”.Jin Bao, University of Science and Technology of China In our study, we have shown that both rods and cones bind these nanoparticles and were activated by the near infrared light. So we believe this technology will also work in human eyes, not only for generating super vision but also for therapeutic solutions in human red color vision deficits.” The visible light that can be perceived by human’s natural vision occupies just a very small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electromagnetic waves longer or shorter than visible light carry lots of information.”Tian Xue, Senior Author, University of Science and Technology of China Source:http://www.cellpress.com/ Current infrared technology relies on detectors and cameras that are often limited by ambient daylight and need outside power sources. The researchers believe the bio-integrated nanoparticles are more desirable for potential infrared applications in civilian encryption, security, and military operations. “In the future, we think there may be room to improve the technology with a new version of organic-based nanoparticles, made of FDA-approved compounds, that appear to result in even brighter infrared vision,” says Han.The researchers also think more work can be done to fine tune the emission spectrum of the nanoparticles to suit human eyes, which utilize more cones than rods for their central vision compared to mouse eyes. “This is an exciting subject because the technology we made possible here could eventually enable human beings to see beyond our natural capabilities,” says Xue. When light enters the eye and hits the retina, the rods and cones–or photoreceptor cells–absorb the photons with visible light wavelengths and send corresponding electric signals to the brain. Because infrared wavelengths are too long to be absorbed by photoreceptors, we are not able to perceive them.”Gang Han, University of Massachusetts Medical School In this study, the scientists made nanoparticles that can anchor tightly to photoreceptor cells and act as tiny infrared light transducers. When infrared light hits the retina, the nanoparticles capture the longer infrared wavelengths and emit shorter wavelengths within the visible light range. The nearby rod or cone then absorbs the shorter wavelength and sends a normal signal to the brain, as if visible light had hit the retina. Related StoriesBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceLight therapy may dramatically reduce neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s diseaseThe researchers tested the nanoparticles in mice, which, like humans, cannot see infrared naturally. Mice that received the injections showed unconscious physical signs that they were detecting infrared light, such as their pupils constricting, while mice injected with only the buffer solution didn’t respond to infrared light.To test whether the mice could make sense of the infrared light, the researchers set up a series of maze tasks to show the mice could see infrared in daylight conditions, simultaneously with visible light.In rare cases, side effects from the injections such as cloudy corneas occurred but disappeared within less than a week. This may have been caused by the injection process alone because mice that only received injections of the buffer solution had a similar rate of these side effects. Other tests found no damage to the retina’s structure following the sub-retinal injections.Xue says: A multidisciplinary group of scientists led by Xue and Jin Bao at the University of Science and Technology of China as well as Gang Han at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed the nanotechnology to work with the eye’s existing structures. Mar 4 2019Mice with vision enhanced by nanotechnology were able to see infrared light as well as visible light, reports a study published February 28 in the journal Cell. A single injection of nanoparticles in the mice’s eyes bestowed infrared vision for up to 10 weeks with minimal side effects, allowing them to see infrared light even during the day and with enough specificity to distinguish between different shapes. These findings could lead to advancements in human infrared vision technologies, including potential applications in civilian encryption, security, and military operations. Humans and other mammals are limited to seeing a range of wavelengths of light called visible light, which includes the wavelengths of the rainbow. But infrared radiation, which has a longer wavelength, is all around us. People, animals and objects emit infrared light as they give off heat, and objects can also reflect infrared light.last_img read more

July 18, 2019
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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves working memory study shows

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 16 2019Magnetic stimulation of the brain improves working memory, offering a new potential avenue of therapy for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to new research from the Duke University School of Medicine.Healthy younger and older adult participants who received a therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) performed better on a memory task than during an rTMS-like placebo in the study, which was published here in PLoS One. Source:Duke Department of NeurologyJournal reference:Beynel, L. et al. (2019) Online repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation during working memory in younger and older adults: A randomized within-subject comparison. PLoS One. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213707 Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionWorking memory is the process of recalling and then using relevant information while performing a task. It’s a key component of day-to-day tasks like driving to a new location, making a recipe, or following instructions. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, which will more than double by 2050, and other forms of dementia, experience progressive loss of working memory and other forms of cognition, leading to a greater risk of injury or death and reducing their ability to function without home care.Twenty-nine young adults and 18 older adults completed the study, which involved trying to remember and then reproduce a series of letters in alphabetical order. The authors applied either online high-frequency (5Hz) rTMS, or a placebo-like sham over the left prefrontal cortex, an area on the brain responsible for higher executive function. Participants of all ages who received rTMS performed better than those who received the rTMS-like placebo. This study relies on highly individualized parameters, from the selection of the stimulated target, based on fMRI activation, to the selection of the difficulty, titrated according to subjects’ performance. Now that we have shown that these specific parameters can improve performance in healthy subjects, we will be able to extend it to populations with memory deficits.”Lysianne Beynel, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Interestingly, we only saw this effect during when participants were trying their hardest, suggesting a real use-it-or-lose it principle at work here. Contrary to much of what we hear, aging brains have a remarkable capability to remember past events and to use that information in a flexible manner. The brain stimulation applied in our study shows that older adults benefited just as much as the young.”Simon W. Davis, PhD, co-authorlast_img read more

July 18, 2019
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German car sales shake off emissionstest blues

first_imgGerman new car registrations jumped in May, in a sign that auto manufacturers might be recovering from a months-long slump © 2019 AFP A total of 332,962 cars hit the road for the first time last month, 9.1 percent more than in May 2018, the KBA transport authority said in a statement.Between January and May, sales gained 1.7 percent to a little more than 1.5 million vehicles.Registrations slumped in the second half of 2018 as carmakers struggled with new EU emissions tests, known as the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), that took effect in September.Manufacturers have repeatedly vowed to get to grips with the tougher procedure, introduced after Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating regulatory tests on 11 million diesel cars worldwide.A break-down of the manufacturers’ results showed that sales of VW’s own-brand cars fell 4.6 percent in May, but still made up almost one in five new registrations with 60,906 vehicles.High-end BMW added 41.9 percent, at 26,995 cars, and rival Mercedes-Benz 9.5 percent, with 29,793.VW subsidiary Porsche enjoyed slower growth, at 3.9 percent, while stablemate Audi shed 4.3 percent.At 33.3 percent of new sales, diesel-fuelled cars remained well below the market share they enjoyed before VW’s “dieselgate” scandal.Just 1.4 percent of registrations were for electric cars and 5.8 percent for hybrids, the KBA said.Ministers agreed last week to extend a subsidy for battery-powered vehicles to the end of 2020, hoping to give the technology a boost with drivers. German car market surges as manufacturers face emissions crunch New car registrations in Germany jumped sharply in May, official data showed Tuesday, suggesting the powerhouse sector for Europe’s top economy was recovering from a months-long bout of the blues.center_img Explore further Citation: German car sales shake off emissions-test blues (2019, June 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-german-car-sales-emissions-test-blues.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

July 17, 2019
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HRD panel recommends 4year undergraduate degree programme on lines of scrapped FYUP

first_imgThe existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. The controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which was scrapped in 2014, may make a come back as a panel constituted by the HRD Ministry has recommended the programme among undergraduate courses reforms for the new National Education Policy. The ministry officials, however, maintained that the committee has submitted its draft and no final decision has been taken yet. The draft of the new National Education Policy (NEP), formulated by a panel led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, was handed over to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He took charge as the Union Human Resource Development minister on Friday. The panel has recommended reintroduction of the four-year course as part of the undergraduate reforms.“Both three-year and four-year courses will be allowed to co-exist, but with multiple exit and entry options. The four-year programme will provide for greater rigour and allow students to conduct research optionally,” the draft said. “Students will graduate with a four-year Liberal Arts Science Education degree with Honours, or may graduate with a B Sc, BA, B Com or B Voc after completing three years with a suitable completion of credits within their subject,” it said. The four-year programme, the BLA or BLE in the chosen major and minors, will provide students the opportunity to experience the full range of liberal arts education. The three-year programme will lead to a Bachelors degree. Both programmes may lead to a degree “with Research”, if the student completes a rigorous research project as specified by the Higher Education Institute (HEI). HEIs may choose to call their three-year undergraduate degree a Bachelor of Arts, or Science, or Vocation, or the appropriate professional field, the draft report suggested.What was Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP)The Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) introduced by the Delhi University under the regime of previous Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh was scrapped by former HRD minister Smriti Irani. The panel has also recommended an overhaul of the teacher education system with the introduction of the four year programme.“Teacher preparation for all school stages will be offered only in multidisciplinary universities through a four year programme, with the curricula and processes being revamped to address current issues with teacher preparation. “Institutions currently offering the two year programme will either transition to this mode or be phased out; no new two year programmes will be given recognition,” it said. The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election. Apart from Kasturirangan, the committee had eight members, including mathematician Manjul Bhargava. The experts also took into account the report of a panel formed by former HRD minister Smriti Irani and headed by ex-cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian. education Published on policy June 02, 2019 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

July 17, 2019
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Delhis centenarian voters to be treated like VVIPs to get bouquets selfies

first_imgMay 08, 2019 Special arrangements would be made for Delhi voters who are aged 100 and above on polling day, including pick-up and drop facility, and they will be greeted at booths with bouquets and selfies to make them “feel like VVIPs”.Delhi goes to the polls on May 12 and Chief Electoral Officer, Ranbir Singh, said there are 96 centenarian voters in the city, and women outnumber men in this category.“We have been trying for the last four months to identify all voters who are aged 100 or above. This is the first such initiative to cater to such elderly voters who were born before Independence and have seen the first general elections in 1952. For us, they are VVIP voters and they will be treated as such,” Singh told PTI.According to data shared by the Delhi CEO Office, there are 42 male centenarian voters and 54 female.“A senior officer will go to the houses of each of these centenarian voters, residing nearest to the polling station in a constituency, and escort them them to the booths. They will also motivate them to vote, unless they are bedridden and their health doesn’t permit,” the CEO said.“But, if such voters are still eager to vote despite their frailty, we will make all possible arrangements, to ensure they exercise their franchise. They will also be given priority in voting, so they don’t have to stand in line,” he said.At polling stations they will be greeted with bouquets and polling staff would take selfies with them, Singh said.Among the centenarian voters on the electoral rolls are 111-year-old Bachchan Singh, a resident of West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Shankwar, who is suffering from age-related ailments for the last one decade and lives in East Delhi’s Kondli.“He has never missed out on voting as far as I can remember, as he understands the value of even one ballot. He barely remembers things now since he suffered a stroke a couple of months ago, though, he is able to walk and speak. So we will take him to the polling booth,” Bachchan Singh’s grandson, Gurucharan Singh, said.The Delhi CEO said, in keeping with the theme of ‘Accessible Elections’, proper facilities would be provided to voters with disabilities.“For visually-challenged voters, a dummy sheet would be kept at the polling station, on which they can feel and get to know about the candidates, and the serial number before exercising their franchise,” Singh said.A facility for having a companion is also there, besides, wheelchair and ramp facilities would be provided for such voters. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in Delhi, where the polls is largely being seen as a triangular contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress.Of the over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 are male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. The number of overseas electors stands at 40, while the count of service voters is 11,005. RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Opposition meeting likely to be held by Chandrababu Naidu and Rahul Gandhi on May 21 Published on COMMENTS Special arrangements would be made for centenarian voters in Delhi on polling day, including a pick-up and drop, besides being presented a bouquet at the booth and selfies with polling staff.   –  THE HINDUcenter_img COMMENT Caste equations, unauthorised colonies hold poll key in North East Delhi seat New Delhi national elections SHARE Priyanka compares Modi with Duryodhana, says BJP is arrogantlast_img read more