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The Pentagon has named two finalists of the JEDI contract winners. (Image Credit: Ivan Cholakov via Getty Images)   Two finalists in the $10 billion dollar, decade-long, JEDI cloud contract were announced on Wednesday by the Pentagon and Oracle was not named as a finalist. Despite lawsuits, protests and complaints to the president, Microsoft and Amazon have been named finalists. The contract aims to bring cloud computing to the defense department.   One of the main reasons the contr ...
Autonomous robots can be seen doing the odd job in place of human workers. Retail stores like Walmart have already put robots to use (as a janitorial role), and while that may seem like a good idea to boost sales, it does pose the risk of job losses for employees. However, Walmart isn't the only company using robots for specific tasks. Companies around the world are also using autonomous robots to deliver packages, especially in aircraft drones.   The autonomous bot deployed by Walmart ...
Researchers from  MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Yale University have developed a robot, known as RoCycle that can sort through recycling by picking up paper, plastic, and glass. RoCycle uses an arm that's bundled with soft grippers and sensors to identify what each material is made of through touch. The research will be presented later this month at the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics in Seoul, South Korea. It's also supported by companies ...
Premier Farnell employs a number of talented engineers across all our brands and services, each with their own unique skills, interests and backgrounds. These are the people who help keep our company at the forefront of engineering, innovation and technology. Over the coming months, we'll be celebrating them with this spotlight series...   Andreea Teodorescu Andreea Teodorescu is a Global Senior Commercial Marketing Manager at Premier Farnell. She joined the company as a Marketing Assistan ...
The acquisition will bring deep and vision learning applications to Boston Dynamics family of robots. (Image credit: Boston Dynamics via YouTube)   Boston Dynamics has announced their acquisition of deep-learning vision company Kinema Systems- a Menlo Park (California) group that specializes in developing AI for industrial robotic arms. More specifically, they provide those robotic arms with 3D vision, allowing them to locate and move parts and boxes. The system can even identify diverse p ...
The three took the 1-million prize for laying the foundation of deep learning, which has become a staple in autonomous vehicles, computer vision, and speech recognition. (Image credit: ACM)   The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) has given the Turing Award (the Nobel Prize of computing) to a trio of scientists- Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun, for their work in AI, more specifically, deep learning. The three won a $1-million prize for developing the foundations durin ...
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. (Image credit: CERN)   Thirty years ago, English scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper entitled “Information Management: A Proposal,” which detailed how to manage general information about accelerators and experiments at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). Shortly after that, he implemented the key components to bring his idea to fruition- the first web server, browser, and editor. In April of 1993, CERN r ...
AI's new painter, Ai-Da can paint human faces The robot will be able to sketch human faces. (Image Credit: Reuters)   There's a chance some people have always wondered how they may appear to the eyes of a robot. Now they may be able to see that. Engineers are working closely with an art gallery owner to create a robotic artist. Ai-Da, the artificial intelligence robot will have a bionic hand that sketches what it sees. The bot will use AI technology to carry out its tasks - with cameras ...
NFC expands to many different markets and applications, from access, payment, ticketing, industrial, gaming, retail, metering, appliances, healthcare and many more. control applications. Each NFC application has very different requirements them in terms of RF protocols, performance, reading distance, security requirements, etc. For this reason, there is no single design that fits all applications. Therefore, it is important to understand the application requirements in order to design the approp ...
SkyRocket's latest technology allows onlookers to see their logos with ease. (Video Credit:  SkyRocket)   We've all seen it. Those pesky advertisements from TV, radio, billboards, newspapers, magazines. smartphones and even in movie theaters - all of which are designed to influence purchase choices through the use of hidden messages. Well, now advertising is going orbital! A Russian start-up company has made it a priority to launch tiny satellites into the night sky with illuminating ...
(Image credit: Gamedev.world)   This post is mainly about unionizing in a technical field. Could this concept move over to the other engineering fields?   A new game developer’s conference is set to launch later this year, which is designed to unite talent from all over the globe without having to travel to a specific venue, and without the need to speak a foreign language for that matter. GameDev.World is the brainchild of Vlambeer indie game co-founder Rami Ismail and voice a ...
Microsoft's president, Brad Smith and Chief Financial Officer, Amy Hood announce Microsoft's imitative to invest $500 million for affordable housing in Puget Sound. (Image Credit: Microsoft)   Microsoft announced a $500 million commitment to help with affordable housing, encourage development of new housing units and invest with non-profit organizations to address the crisis on the Eastside of King County and the Puget Sound region.  Their generous commitment will include: $225 mi ...
Caper's shopping cart is the ultimate checkout experience for customers who want a quick and easy checkout. (Image via Capar)   Technologically, it almost seems like this should be common place already. I look forward to shaking up industry.   Grocery store customers want speed and convenience when it comes to shopping, but that can be a problem. Most checkout lines can be lengthy, which ultimately takes away from the whole shopping experience. There have been some innovations with ...
Wiliot’s chip sensor is the first of its kind and has the ability to communicate with devices enabled by Bluetooth Low Energy. Wiliot’s concept for their Bluetooth chip. (Photo via Wiliot)   A new startup called WIliot is getting a lot of attention and funding from some big-name companies. Wiliot makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth networks allowing it to function without batteries or other traditional ...
Toyota Mobility Foundation has revealed the five finalists from their competition to find a way to pair smart technology with mobile technology. Qolo is just one of the ways the future of assisted mobility is being reimagined (Concept image by Simon Mckeown with Craig McMullen)   As technology advances, we start to rethink objects from refrigerators to cars in hopes to make them “smarter” and more efficient. Toyota hopes to do the same thing for wheelchairs. In 2016, Toyota Mob ...