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Engadget

Together, these sensors detect and visualise everything around the truck, including cars, pedestrians and lamp posts. The system works with Caesium, a cloud-based platform (also developed by Oxbotica) that can manage and coordinate fleets of autonomous vehicles. The company sells a "smart platform" which gives other companies access to its delivery infrastructure -- the technology behind its apps, its warehouses and delivery vehicles. So it's very important for us to keep innovating and to keep doing exciting technology projects, because that will give us a competitive advantage going forward."


ARM Institute West Coast meeting review

Robohub

Robotics manufacturing in the US will be getting federal support to match business or startup investments via the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. The federal government has committed over $1 billion, matched by over $2 billion in non-federal investment, across the Manufacturing USA network. China is now the world's largest purchaser of industrial robots from overseas, but is now creating Chinese robot manufacturing companies. As one of the industry partners, Silicon Valley Robotics was represented and I'm providing a summary of my notes on the event and presentations.


AI to drive GDP gains of $15.7 trillion with productivity, personalisation improvements

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Healthcare: Data-driven diagnostic support: Pandemic identification: Imaging diagnostics (radiology, pathology) Automotive: Autonomous fleets for ride sharing; Smart cars/driver assist; Predictive and autonomous maintenance Financial services: Personalised financial planning; Fraud detection and anti-money laundering; Transaction automation Retail: Personalised design and production; Customer insights generation; Inventory and delivery management Technology, communications and entertainment: Media archiving and search; Content creation (marketing, film, music, etc.); Personalized marketing and advertising Manufacturing; Enhanced monitoring and auto-correction; Supply chain and production optimisation; On-demand production Energy: Smart metering; More efficient grid operation and storage; Intelligent infrastructure maintenance Transport and logistics; Autonomous trucking and delivery: Traffic control and reduced congestion; Enhanced security Methodology: To estimate AI impact, our team conducted a dual-phased top-down and bottom-up analysis combining a detailed assessment of the current and future use of AI and an exploration of the economic impact in terms of new jobs, new products, and other secondary effects. Healthcare: Data-driven diagnostic support: Pandemic identification: Imaging diagnostics (radiology, pathology) Automotive: Autonomous fleets for ride sharing; Smart cars/driver assist; Predictive and autonomous maintenance Financial services: Personalised financial planning; Fraud detection and anti-money laundering; Transaction automation Retail: Personalised design and production; Customer insights generation; Inventory and delivery management Technology, communications and entertainment: Media archiving and search; Content creation (marketing, film, music, etc.); Personalized marketing and advertising Manufacturing; Enhanced monitoring and auto-correction; Supply chain and production optimisation; On-demand production Energy: Smart metering; More efficient grid operation and storage; Intelligent infrastructure maintenance Transport and logistics; Autonomous trucking and delivery: Traffic control and reduced congestion; Enhanced security Healthcare: Data-driven diagnostic support: Pandemic identification: Imaging diagnostics (radiology, pathology) Automotive: Autonomous fleets for ride sharing; Smart cars/driver assist; Predictive and autonomous maintenance Financial services: Personalised financial planning; Fraud detection and anti-money laundering; Transaction automation Retail: Personalised design and production; Customer insights generation; Inventory and delivery management Technology, communications and entertainment: Media archiving and search; Content creation (marketing, film, music, etc.


Eero Home WiFi System 2 review: Beacons make this system even easier to install

PCWorld

Thread is an up-and-coming wireless mesh network designed to connect devices such as thermostats, appliances, lighting, and smart entry locks in the home. Tap one of the icons representing the client devices on your network, and the app displays details such as how that device is connected (wired or wireless, and if wireless, which frequency band it's using and the strength of its connection); which Eero device it's connected to (an Eero beacon or the Eero router itself); the client's IP and MAC addresses; and more. The second-generation Eero Home WiFi System is attractively designed, easy to set up and use, and very capable. The Eero 2's $399 list price, however, is steep--especially when you can pick up the original, much faster Netgear Orbi Home WiFi system for $50 less.


Self-driving cars can be even safer with connected technology

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The test facility is 32 acres of simulated urban and suburban environment where researchers can test potentially dangerous scenarios that self-driving cars must master before they're road-ready. "In the last year, we've added infrastructure connectivity, the ability to use augmented reality to create a more robust testing environment, and the Michigan Traffic Lab, which is Mcity's traffic control center," said Mcity Director Huei Peng, who is the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Peng led the Lincoln demo, which involved vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle communication and augmented reality technology. The data came from the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment, one of the world's largest operational, real-world deployments of connected vehicles and infrastructure.


Driverless vans will now deliver groceries in London

Mashable

Autonomous delivery vehicles are making drop-offs in London as part of a trial program and study spearheaded by University of Oxford self-driving spin-off Oxbotica, as well as Ocado Technologies, a developmental division of the UK-based, online-only supermarket service. SEE ALSO: Car rental companies are nervous about driverless cars, so they're doing something about it The CargoPod runs on Oxbotica's Selenium autonomous control system, which was designed for multiple vehicle types. The UK requires that autonomous test vehicles have someone to take control if anything goes wrong, like most areas that allow autonomous trials in the United States. The team behind the project is also focused on observing how such a system might impact cities and fit into a residential neighborhood, along with how real-world customers react to a driverless vehicle pulling up to their door with their groceries.


Panasonic unveils hanger that deodorizes clothes

Daily Mail

Called Deodorant Hanger MS, the gadget is said to reduce odor intensity within 5 hours and the Japanese firm claims it works especially well to eliminate the smells of smoke, sweat and grilled meats. The system requires a power source and is equip with a unique cable that is plugged into a wall outlet, but the device also includes pack for batteries in case users are without an electrical socket. The system requires a power source and is equip with a unique cable that is plugged into a wall outlet, but the device also includes pack for batteries in case users are without an electrical socket. Called Deodorant Hanger MS, the gadget is said to reduce odor intensity within 5 hours and the Japanese firm claims it works especially well to eliminate the smells of smoke, sweat and grilled meats.


Ocado trials driverless delivery van in London

BBC News

"We have chosen it to work specifically in this type of environment, where bigger vehicles are not allowed," said Graeme Smith, chief executive of robotics company Oxbotica, which developed the vehicle. The CargoPod trial was part of a broader £8m research project into driverless technology, using the Greenwich area as a test location. Chief executive Paul Clark said driverless delivery was "a natural stage in the progression of our transport technologies". While Amazon is developing a drone delivery service, Ocado had no immediate plans to follow suit, Mr Clark said.


Future Robots In The Workplace Are Coming For Retail Jobs

International Business Times

In addition, the rise of mobile ordering and payment pioneered by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) which has been adopted by many other chains takes work away from human workers. That, however, won't be the case for every chain, as in many cases robots and automaton will lead to fewer human workers. While the rise of automation and robots won't be immediate or complete, they will eliminate jobs that traditionally went to lower-skilled workers. The Motley Fool recommends CVS Health.


Meet drone dueling, the sport California is about to inadvertently kill

Popular Science

In its current form, California Senate Bill 347 says "A person shall not weaponize a remote piloted aircraft or operate a weaponized remote piloted aircraft." Without exceptions for sporting use or clarifying what, exactly, a weaponized drone is, California's "State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act" could end drone duels, and limit what exactly a future sport could be. The Aerial Sports League runs drone events, including racing and drone combat, in the Bay Area, and has since its founding in 2011. Before each event, the Aerial Sports League sets guidelines, and then there's a check-in at the event to make sure the weapon is calibrated so that it won't cause harm.