Electrical Industrial Apparatus


Gentle robot hand nabs sea creatures in the deep ocean

ZDNet

We know surprisingly little about life in the deep ocean, one of the last unexplored realms on our planet. ROVs capable of deep ocean exploration have begun to open up this mysterious realm, but sea life is elusive and difficult to study in the field. Many deep sea creatures are soft-bodied, as they don't need hard shells to protect them from larger predators. Catching these creatures typically means killing them. A robotic hand developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Radcliffe's Institute for Advanced Study may help.


MacBook Pro 2018 hands-on: Quieter keyboard, 'Hey Siri' and True Tone

Engadget

Apple unveiled some refreshed MacBook Pros this week, and I promised we'd be getting a unit to review ASAP. Sure enough, look what arrived in the mail today: a shiny, new 13-inch Mac. As you can see, the exterior design is the same as the previous-gen MacBook Pro's, from the unibody aluminum enclosure to that giant Force Touch trackpad. Most of the changes here are under the hood (think: quad-core processors on the 13-inch model), so it's going to take a few days to test things like speed, graphics performance and battery life. We'll post a full review next week (and, ya know, spend the weekend indoors putting this thing through its paces).


NIO starts delivering ES8 electric SUVs with NOMI AI - Autodevot

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Well, the Chinese startup is happy to announce that they've started to deliver the ES8 all-electric SUVs to its customers. One of the USPs of the ES8 is that the SUV has something called NOMI artificial intelligence technology, claimed to be the world's first in-car AI system for production vehicles. The NOMI can see her owner's arrival and quickly setup the seats and steering wheel position. She can also do things like take a selfie via roof mounted camera or play the desired music, when asked to do so. Another USP is that the ES8 features swappable battery technology, where the SUV can go into a swapping station to get its entire battery pack swapped within 3 minutes.


This Invention Helps Deep-Dwelling Fish Journey to the Surface

National Geographic News

Lying in the space 650 to 3,200 feet below the surface of the ocean is the mesopelagic zone. It's here that sunlight begins to fade away, earning it the nickname the "twilight zone." This twilight zone is home to critical ecosystems like coral reefs that are home to the diverse fish species that maintain them. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and invasive techniques have previously been used to study the complex systems. But a new invention is helping divers bring fish to the surface, where they can be more easily studied.


Google: Our new Android P beta shows how AI gives you more battery life

ZDNet

Android P: Google launches first developer preview. Google's Android developers have teamed up with Alphabet's DeepMind researchers to bring deep neural-net enhancements to Android P. The enhancements, which target battery life and screen performance, have been unveiled alongside the launch of the first Android P beta, which is now open to six more handset models beyond Google's Pixel devices. The beta follows the first Android P developer preview in March. Owners with a Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21UD and X21, and Essential PH‑1 can now join the Android P beta program. This beta program will be the fastest route to testing Android P's new Adaptive Battery feature, which was developed with researchers from the unit at Google parent Alphabet's AI firm, DeepMind, dedicated to delivering AI breakthroughs just for Google.


Android P taps AI to help save your battery life

Engadget

Today at the Google I/O keynote, the search giant took the opportunity to showcase all the new ways artificial intelligence will revolutionize its phone OS with the upcoming Android P. One of the least sexy AI applications might benefit the most users. Adaptive Battery, as its called, takes note of user behavior to cunningly switch off apps when it predicts you'll need them least -- and will result in a 30 percent reduction in CPU app wakeups, which should save you some juice. In other words, if it knows you only click through Instagram during your morning and afternoon coffee breaks, it'll close it in the interim -- and save you some battery life. Similarly, Android P has a feature called Adaptive Brightness that dims the screen when it predicts you won't need it lit up so much. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!


Safe Battery System For the UAV Industry – DEEP AERO DRONES – Medium

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Many people discussed on the innovative ideas to extend time in the air (TITA), ranging from traditional tethered solutions to really innovative, small rotary engines. Since this topic arouse, the performance of the Lithium-ion battery have been improved and on the other hand, TITAs are also supposed to get longer. With the innovations in the UAVs, the battery suppliers are also accelerating their growth. UL created a new standard to help ensure the safety of Li-ion batteries used in UAVs. Alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cells would also work well, but these new and innovative solutions had a bright future.


Liberate your Amazon Echo 2 from the constraints of a power cord

PCWorld

Ninety7 specializes in battery docks that render smart speakers portable, so it's appropriate that the company's new product for the Amazon Echo 2 features a large, easy-to-grab handle. The Sky is a replacement sleeve for the Echo 2 that docks the speaker to an 8800mAh Li-ion battery, so you can take Alexa out in the yard or on even on the road. The company says the battery should power an Echo 2 for about 8 hours, and a column of four LEDs near the bottom of the sleeve report the battery life remaining. I'm sure that will vary depending on how many times you summon Alexa and how much you use the Echo 2 to stream music. The battery gets recharged from the Echo 2's factory AC adapter and cable.


Self-heating-induced healing of lithium dendrites

Science

Lithium (Li) metal electrodes are not deployable in rechargeable batteries because electrochemical plating and stripping invariably leads to growth of dendrites that reduce coulombic efficiency and eventually short the battery. It is generally accepted that the dendrite problem is exacerbated at high current densities. Here, we report a regime for dendrite evolution in which the reverse is true. In our experiments, we found that when the plating and stripping current density is raised above 9 milliamperes per square centimeter, there is substantial self-heating of the dendrites, which triggers extensive surface migration of Li. We show that repeated doses of high-current-density healing treatment enables the safe cycling of Li-sulfur batteries with high coulombic efficiency.


Robots Are Fueling the Quiet Ascendance of the Electric Motor

WIRED

If you were going to kick off a technological revolution, you'd be hard-pressed to do it with more pizazz than Tesla with its electric cars. But oddly enough, what's driving it all--the electric motor--is an ancient technology at this point. It's lost out to the gas engine for over a century, sure, but it's finally begun to take over transportation, thanks to supporting roles from better batteries and fancy sensors.