Electrical Industrial Apparatus

Robots Are Fueling the Quiet Ascendance of the Electric Motor


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. But the electric motor is in the midst of launching a far bigger, far more subtle revolution--not in cars, but robots. Open up a robotic arm and you'll find that its joints are actually electric motors, known as actuators.

Kodi boxes: Experts urge users to unplug their devices immediately

The Independent

"Kodi box" users are being urged to unplug the devices immediately. A product safety assessment has found that several popular illicit streaming device models suffer from potentially life-threatening flaws. People who continue to use them are risking serious injury through electrocution or the outbreak of a fire, experts have warned. Electrical Safety First has tested nine "popular" Kodi boxes that were taken from a number of raids across the UK, and none of them complied with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. "Given the nature of the safety issues we found, [the worst case result of one of the devices malfunctioning] would be for a fire to break out, causing severe property damage and even fatalities, and of course fatalities from electric shock," Steve Curtler, product safety manager at Electrical Safety First, told the Independent.

Battery safety and fire handling


Lithium battery safety is an important issue as there are more and more reports of fires and explosions. Fires have been reported in everything from cell phones to airplanes to robots. If you don't know why we need to discuss this, or even if you do know, watch this clip or click here. I am not a fire expert. This post is based on things I have heard and some basic research.

Volkswagen and Google to bring quantum computing benefits to cars


Computers have changed cars at least as much as they've changed our daily lives, but a new partnership between Google and Volkswagen could transform transportation further still: The two are collaborating on how to apply quantum computing to solving some fundamental car-related problems, including optimizing traffic flow, making machine learning more intelligent, and helping to crack the issue of building new battery technologies that can extend range and improve charging rates. Of course, quantum computing isn't a magic panacea that can deliver all of the above just by flicking a switch, but it can calculate much more efficiently than a tradition computer, which is great for dealing with high volume work like artificial intelligence and running simulations. Roadshow reports that the collaborative effort is hoping to add a number of elements into the mix in figuring out traffic optimization, including availability of EV charging spots and parking spaces, for example. Computer power is a limiting factor in both artificial intelligence, which is crucial to the future of autonomous driving, and basic and applied materials science, essential to developing longer-lasting EV batteries. This partnership is just a study for now, but it could become something more later on, especially as automakers focus more on the broader issue of transportation and moving around cities, instead of focusing more narrowly on cars and vehicles themselves.

GE Working on Robot That It Says Can Save $200 Billion of Power


General Electric Co. is working on a way to use artificial intelligence in electricity grids, a technology that it expects will save $200 billion globally by improving efficiency. "We're also putting a lot into the machine learning side, a lot," said Steven Martin, chief digital officer at GE's energy connections business, at an interview at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in London. This is expected to significantly increase the efficiency of the grid and save consumers money. Researchers are looking into how so-called machine learning can be integrated into businesses from healthcare to computing, and now energy.

Right Relevance: Top IIoT Influencers on Twitter in June 2017


This report is a summary of graph analysis of engagements and conversations including retweets, mentions and replies of tweets related to the subject of'Industrial IoT'. Compared to the previous IIoT Report published in April, PageRank brings up Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) on the top position, followed by Bill McCabe (@IoTRecruiting) and Carol Rudinschi (@IIoT_World). Some big players in the industrial market like Rockwell Automation (ROKAutomation), @Schneider Electric, @PTC, @ThingWorx (a PTC business and an award winning IoT solution) or @Avnet are in this top too. Insights include flocks, top trending terms, top hashtags, top Users/accounts, RR topics, top tweets and several other measures.

LG Electronics sets up AI division: Yonhap - The Mainichi


South Korean tech powerhouse LG Electronics Inc. said Sunday it has set up two research centers to develop technologies related to artificial intelligence, Yonhap News Agency reported. One center will focus on developing AI and the other robotics, it said. The AI center will focus on developing technologies applicable to LG Electronics' home appliance lineup, smartphones and automobile parts, while the robotics center will focus on developing "core technologies of smart robotics," Yonhap reported.

Ring Video Doorbell review

Popular Science

Like most other smart doorbells, Ring lets you see who's at your door and interact with your guests before letting them in. Since our test home doesn't have built-in doorbell wiring, we chose the wireless installation option. That's partly due to our unique front door situation, and partly due to the Ring's 5-by-2.4-by-1-inch The former was too thin to serve as an adequate base, while the latter were too short to accommodate the Ring's entire length. Our review unit came with the Chime Pro, a $49 chime/Wi-Fi range extender that, once plugged into an outlet, boosts the Ring's network signal and amplifies the sound of the doorbell alerts.

Honda is bringing its robotic lawnmower to the US

Daily Mail

Robots are slowly making their way into the workforce, but there is one job humans may not mind these machines taking over – mowing the lawn. Honda has unveiled an autonomous robotic lawnmower that uses electric motors, sensors and three different programmable cutting patterns to take care of one of life's most tedious chores. Called Miimo, the robot is equipped with a minicomputer and is capable of recharging itself – when it hits less than 30 percent battery life, it heads back to its charging dock, reloads and returns to where it left off to finish the task. Honda has unveiled an autonomous robotic lawnmower that uses electric motors, sensors and three different programmable cutting patterns to take care of one life's most tedious chores - mowing the lawn Honda plans to release two models in the US starting in June – the Miimo 310 and the Miimo 520, which can cover up to 300 square miles. Both are equipped with three cutting modes that allow consumers to customize the look of their lawn.

Forget Autopilot, the Self-Driving VW Sedric Boasts Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality - TechEBlog


Forget autopilot, the VW Sedric is a self-driving pod car with absolutely no pedals, a steering wheel, or even a cockpit for that matter. At the push of a button, the vehicle transports its passengers to their desired location using the most efficient route(s). "Sedric is a purely electric car, with a battery pack located flat between its axles and the compact electric motor at the wheels. The AI system is located in the compact overhangs at both the front and rear of the pod, and the rider can communicate with the vehicle via a push-button remote to indicate the time at which Sedric should arrive.