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151 Posts authored by: Cabe Atwell
The 3Ai was established to tackle AI applications and integration in advanced robotics, autonomous platforms, machine learning, and cyber-physical systems. (Image credit: 3Ai Institute via Twitter)   I wished this existed back in my old college days. Several years ago, Australia’s NICTA (National Information and Communications Technology Australia) merged with CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) to form Data61- a digital data sciences conglomerate of ...
SpaceX launching its Starhooper rocket prototype (Image credit: SpaceX)   Elon Musk’s SpaceX project has equal amounts of support and disdain from critics and the general public. But residents in a small Texas community may have even more reason to come out against the initiative. According to a new report, SpaceX wants to buy out properties of the residents in Boca Chica Village, which is only a few miles away from its Starhopper launch site.   Residents of the community repor ...
Wi-Fi 6 certified devices will be able to operate in the 2.5 and 5GHz bands and will include new features such as orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), multi-user multiple input/output, transmit beamforming, and more. (Image credit: Wi-Fi Alliance)   Wi-Fi has been slowly trickling out over the past year with several companies adopting the standard in their telecom chips... the Wi-Fi Alliance has opened the floodgates by officially launching the Wi-Fi 6 certification stand ...
GMI states that the increase in revenue is due to the adoption of embedded devices in the retail and automotive sectors. (Image credit: Global Market Insights)   Embedded Systems have been growing exponentially and can be found in a ton of applications, including IoT devices, manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, home/building automation, and more. It stands to reason that embedded software follows suit, and keeps those devices and applications running smoothly, so much so, that Global Market ...
The two autodealers have formed a joint venture partnership to focus on the future of semiconductors for autonomous cars. The new business is expected to open next year. (Image credit: Robert Hradil via Getty Images)   Toyota is gearing up to expand their business to include manufacturing semiconductors. The carmaker recently partnered with auto supplier Denso to form a new company that will focus on chip manufacture. Denso will own 51% of the new company, with Toyota owning the remainder, ...
Buzz Aldren- the second man to walk on the moon. (Image credit: Neil Armstrong via Pixabay)   Fifty years seems like such a long time ago since Neil Armstrong, Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldren Jr., and Michael Collins went to the moon for the first manned mission to collect lunar rocks from an area known as “Tranquility Base.” While the accomplishment of Apollo 11 was unprecedented in the history of mankind, it took years and an estimated backup crew of over 400,000 engin ...
Sidewalk Labs’ smart city includes two new neighborhoods, newly designed streets, and data collecting sensors. The image is Sidewalk Labs’ concept for their smart city. (Image credit: Sidewalk Labs)   Sidewalk Labs, part of Google’s Alphabet focused on cities and urban development, has finally revealed its Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDIP) for their proposed smart neighborhood on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. Even though it’s a draft, it’s t ...
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 ...
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.   ...