Robots



Can 5G really transform businesses?

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While consumers across ASEAN are excited about 5G's promise of faster home broadband speeds and mobile internet connections, it is the technology's low network latency and power consumption that offers a variety of opportunities for businesses. Globe Telecom in the Philippines rolled out Southeast Asia's first 5G broadband service in select areas of the country in June, partnering with telecommunications giant Huawei to give the world's largest community of social media users a home broadband service that is now the fastest in ASEAN. About 20 times faster than 4G, everything from instant high-definition movie streaming to cloud gaming will be less than seconds away once 5G is commercially available across the rest of the region in the next few years. Businesses, meanwhile, can unlock increased value from Internet of Things (IoT) applications, artificial intelligence (AI), advanced robotics and a multitude of other uses. A recent report from consultancy firm A.T. Kearney predicted that this increased value will be worth around US$147 billion for ASEAN businesses by 2025 – with US$81 billion of that additional revenue gained through the growing use of AI in industries such as trade, transport and financial services.


India To Create A Country-Wide Digital Map Using Drones, AI and Big Data Analytics Insight

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India has commenced the project to map the country digitally with a resolution of 10cm via drones and disruptive technologies including AI and big data. The massive task was taken up by the Survey of India a few months ago. The Survey of India is a part of the Department of Science and Technology and has planned to complete the project in two years as stated by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Department's Secretary. He also revealed that the Survey of India has been equipped with the latest technologies like drones, AI, big data analytics, image processing, and continuously operating reference system. After the completion of the project, the data will be made available to citizens and Gram Panchayats/local bodies.


Energy Department CIO breaks down goals for IT modernization in 2020 Federal News Network

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The Energy Department has a new chief information officer and a plan to bring its infrastructure into the modern age. DOE CIO Chris "Rocky" Campione outlined four primary objectives to modernize and rationalize the IT infrastructure that supports his agency's wide scope of programs. In fiscal 2020, operational visibility, delivery excellence, delivering innovation and workforce development will be the name of the game. "How do we make sure -- and that's everything from making sure we're reskilling and retraining the federal workforce," Campione said of the fourth objective, on Federal Monthly Insights -- A New Approach in IT Modernization. "But's also looking at how do we provide the information to our workforce so that we can make good decisions?"


Tiny 'biohybrid' robots directed by muscles and nerves built by researchers

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 17 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Researchers have developed soft robotic devices that are driven by neuromuscular tissue that gets triggered when stimulated by light. Their work, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, brings the field of mechanical engineering one step closer to creating autonomous biobots. The researchers were able to demonstrate a new generation of two-tailed bots powered by skeletal muscle tissue that's been stimulated by on-board motor neurons.


Army details mission of AI task force

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File photo - U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment watch as CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade lands after an advising mission at the Afghan National Army headquarters for the 203rd Corps in the Paktia province of Afghanistan December 21, 2014. Warrior Maven: What is the primary purpose of the Army's AI Task Force? Matty: The Army AI Task Force was established with a Secretary of the Army directive in October of 2018. There are four thrusts or top initiatives from the Secretary's directive. One component is we are leveraging AI to help our talent management in human resources.


Overwatch "Brick Bastion" Event Makes Your Robot Pal Look Like A Lego

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Bastion is going to get bricked. A new Overwatch limited-time event starting today, September 17, will let you earn several new cosmetics, with a new "Brick Bastion" skin at the center of it all. The new Legendary skin makes the robotic character look like he's built out of Lego bricks. To win the skin and some other cosmetics, all you have to do is play during the LTE period through September 30. Winning three games will get you two new player icons, winning six games will earn you two sprays, and winning nine games will get you the Brick Bastion skin.


Machines Treating Patients? It's Already Happening

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Rayfield Byrd knows when it's time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. A little after 8 a.m. each day, a small yellow robot named Mabu asks Byrd how he's doing. Byrd has Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure, and about three years ago, he had surgery to implant a microvalve in his heart to keep his blood flowing properly. To stay healthy, he takes four medications a day and needs to exercise regularly.


ABB launches new version of robotic picking software Pickmaster

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ABB has launched the new version of its robotic picking software Pickmaster, which now feature "digital twin technology" to reduce commissioning times. The company says the system is now capable of achieving picking times that are "15 percent faster", enabling it to increases output and total line efficiency by 40 percent. ABB Robotics says PickMaster is the market-leading robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications for the digital factory of the future. The new PickMaster Twin software is equipped with digital twin technology for the first time, to shorten commissioning times from days to hours and cut changeover periods from hours to minutes. Digital twin technology allows customers to test out robotic configurations on virtual production lines before physical lines are built.


What if a Robot Charged Your Apple Car For You? - The Mac Observer

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A patent granted to Apple today references a robot that could autonomously carry a power cord to an electric car (via AppleInsider). The patent, dubbed "Charging System" is about a "mobile charging device may be used to move a battery or a power cord to a target device." The device could attach a power cord to the vehicle, couple a connector, or use a wireless power transfer element. Sensors embedded in the vehicle would help the robot find the power port. It may be desirable to transfer power between a source of power and equipment that requires power.