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Fake Tony Stark is about to be a real-life Tony Stark. The Footprint Coalition, a new organization founded by Robert Downey Jr. will be dedicated to using advanced technologies to help improve the environment, will launch in April 2020. The announcement took place on June 5th in Las Vegas during the famous actor's opening keynote for Amazon's Re:Mars conference.   Robert Downey Jr's new organization, The Footprint Coalition will help maintain a cleaner environment with the use of robotics ...
When the Raspberry Pi was introduced in the classroom as a viable desktop replacement, many were skeptical to the processing power and software ecosystem that came with the single board computer. Then came the Pitop and things have never been the same. Enter Computex 2019 on 26th May in Taipei, where the future of technology is showcased and one of the unexpected demos was Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx and it's partnership with Lenovo. Codenamed Project Limitless, a 2-in-1 laptop was on display that i ...
I find stories like these inspirational. They are poised for a big success. Even older companies can make a splash like a startup.   A two decade-year old software developer company called Panic has unveiled a new handheld video game system known as Playdate. It comes bundled with a hand crank that can be used as an option to play video games. Playdate is only available in yellow, is small enough to fit in your pocket, has a black and white screen and can play a variety of games. The handh ...
The Long Term Stock Exchange was recently approved by the SEC and could change how tech startups go public. The LTSE could bring big chances to the stock market. (Stock Photo)   Every year we hear about the latest promising tech startup. By the end of the year, we hear of another one shutting down. If only these companies had enough time to develop their products, without worrying about profit growth. They may get that chance.   U.S. regulators recently approved a new stock exchange ...
The high end designer showed of their “Canvas of the Future” during their Cruise 2020 runway show. These may be innovative, but they’re not very pretty. (Image credit: Louis Vuitton)   High-end fashion designers are always looking for the next cutting edge trend, especially when it comes to technology. Louis Vuitton recently hopped on board with their latest bag that features built-in flexible displays. Dubbed the “Canvas Bag of the Future,” the handbags were ...
Google has leased with Hudson Pacific Properties to convert Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion mall into an office campus, which will also generate foot traffic and revenue for any remaining stores. (Image credit: Hudson Pacific Properties)   Shopping malls in America have been shuttering their doors for years since online retail stores have become more popular with consumers. Business Insider predicts that 75,000 stores will close across North America by 2024, and that’s on top of ...
Not only is self-assembly bot manufacturing inexpensive, they’re faster to build and easy to transport. The MIT team used a five-legged robot to test the new technique. (Photo from MIT)   Robots have a multitude of uses that can help with various applications, but they’re not necessarily easy to make on a mass scale. It’s a time-consuming task that requires the proper steps to ensure their mechanical parts, electronics, and sensors are installed properly. To help address ...
With the promise of new 5G technology on the horizon, there is no doubt that electronics companies are faced with new challenges to meet the demands of the higher performance technology, and it’s a race too. These challenges are being faced by test and measurement companies, integrated circuit design companies, as well as PCB and interconnect companies. The trouble stems from the high frequencies 5G needs to operate at, to provide the speed and low latency it has promised.   The fre ...
It sounded like a dream come true. No wonder it never happened.   A multi-purpose robot called Laundroid developed by Seven Dreamer, a Japanese company, was meant to function the way everyone has always dreamed up. The black obelisk was meant to be a washing machine, ironing, laundry-folding and drying robot all packaged into one. Sadly, this product will never hit shelves because the company filed for bankruptcy. They owe over 2.25 billion yen ($20.1 million USD) to 200 creditors.   ...
Researchers at MIT have developed a new learning system, known as a learning-based particle simulator that allows robots to create shapes by molding materials together. The robots also have the ability to make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system could also help to refine the robot's approach into shaping models of different shapes, like clay or rolling rice for sushi.   Physical simulators are used in robotic models that can obtain data on how material ...
Mote Marine Laboratory’s Micro-Fragmentation and Fusion Method can speed the growth of brain, boulder, and star corals- a trio of reef-building species. (Image credit: Pixabay)   This year’s Earth Day theme is “Protect our Species,” and rightfully so as life on land and sea are headed for extinction at alarming rates. While our oceans are seeing dwindling numbers in terms of fish, sharks, and whales (and other marine animals), coral reefs are also endangered, and i ...
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 ...