Ataturk Airport to become Turkey’s first air hub to appear on Google Street View.
TECHNOLOGY2011 08 23
Control your computer without mouse or keyboard
A group of young Turkish engineers developed software that recognizes mimics and thus helps controlling computers without using mouse or keyboard.
The software developed by engineers from Middle East Technical University (ODTU) enables commanding the computer through different acts such as smiling, frowning, laughing, winking, tooth-grinding and some other facial expressions.
An apparatus is placed on the head to function the software called MIMIK, mimic in Turkish, and the mouse can be moved on the screen by associating facial expressions with the device.
It will be possible to surf on the net, read newspapers, chat on social networks, send e-mails, watch videos, play games and start programs, in short, almost everything that can be done with a mouse and keyboard, thanks to this software.
ODTU engineers are now working on another software project, which would enable controlling computers through brain waves.
Government plans focus on biotech, information technology, nanotechnology as key areas to boost productivity
Turksat 4B communications satellite will be launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Friday night.
Recontact Istanbul has been developed by an all-Turkish team
Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea bid total of over €1.14 billion for the right to use frequencies on the new network.
DO YOU KNOW?
Public debt ratio lowest in Europe
The ratio of Turkey’s public debt to national income has dropped to 28.2 percent from 61.4 percent 10 years ago.
Double-lane roads save 1525 lives
The number of people who were killed in traffic accidents dropped to 4,041 in 2010 from 5,566 in 2000 thanks to 13,500 more kilometers of double-lane roads, which saved 1,525 lives a year on average.
From Electricity Importer to Exporter
Turkey increased electricity production from 31 thousand to 45 thousand megawatts in ten years and started selling electricity to Georgia, Syria and Greece.
Government Takes Care of Traffic Accident Victims
The government now covers all medical expenses of those injured in traffic accidents.
5000 more licensed tourist guides
The number of licensed tourist guides has risen to 12,517 in 2010, from 7,658 eight years ago.
Care for Pregnant Women Under Risk
12.275 women benefited from the "guest mother" program, which provides care to pregrant women under risk in health centers before delivery.
World Leader in Transit Passengers
Carrying 18 million passengers in the Asia-Europe transit corridor in 2010, Turkey saw the highest increase in transit passenger numbers in the world.
Safranbolu Houses, featured in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, are being restored by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey.
- Turkish economy grows 8.8% in Q2
- First Turkish built helicopter takes test flight
- Turkish field hospital gives life in Somalia
- New high-speed train line launched
- Turkish-made cabs in New York streets
- Control your computer without mouse or keyboard
- First Turkish observation satellite launched
- Turkey wins first-ever world title in volleyball
- James Bond to be shot in Istanbul
- Turkish swimmer sets new world record
Every student has Internet Access
Every school in Turkey now has ADSL internet connection.
Investing in Farmers
Turkey increased agricultural investments in the past 10 years from 1.8 billion TL to 9 billion TL.
Scholarship to Returning Academics
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey now offers 3. 250 TL monthly scholarship to returning academics who complete their Ph.Ds abroad.