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Top 10 Technology Stocks By Market Cap - Chinadeep

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Alphabet Unit Tests New System to Identify Airborne Drones

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Under the concept, operators, government agencies and individual citizens would have access to the data. The recent test results are expected to provide momentum for proposed package delivery to consumers and many other drone uses currently stalled by regulatory hurdles. U.S. air-safety and law-enforcement officials have balked at approving extensive commercial drone operations without reliable identification techniques. In addition to Wing, which is slated to demonstrate fledgling-package delivery procedures in Virginia this year, the flights included drone-service companies AirMap Inc. and Kittyhawk. With three of the burgeoning industry's leading companies backing the approach and promising to step up testing, proponents hope to persuade the Federal Aviation Administration to loosen flight restrictions before completion of full-fledged rule making expected to take years.


Internet of Things: The next ecosystem of data mining

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Imagine a not so distance future where the produce you eat is entirely farmed by machines. The weather predictions are accurate. Drone are flying around acting as the new package delivery system. Virtual assistance so advance that replace human assistance to the point we can't tell if it is a person or a human speaking to us. Imagine an eco system of all your devices all working together; interlinked by a your user account.


Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Drones have a fundamental design problem. The kind of drone that can carry large payloads at high speeds over long distances is fundamentally different from the kind of drone that can take off and land from a small area. In very simple terms, for the former, you want fixed wings, and for the latter, you want rotors. This problem has resulted in a bunch of weird drones that try to do both of these things at once, usually by combining desired features from fixed-wing drones and rotorcraft. We've seen tail-sitter drones that can transition from vertical take off to horizontal flight; we've seen drones with propeller systems that swivel; and we've seen a variety of airframes that are essentially quadrotors stapled to fixed-wing aircraft to give them vertical take-off and landing capability.


Stop & Shop is bringing autonomous food stands to Boston

Engadget

Forget self-driving grocery delivery cars -- Stop & Shop wants robotic vehicles to bring a chunk of the store to your door. It's launching autonomous grocery vehicles in the greater Boston area that will let you shop for produce, meal kits and "convenience items" (think bread and eggs) just outside your home. You just have to hail one of the Robomart-made cars through a mobile app, unlock the vehicle when it arrives, and pick your food -- a combination of computer vision and RFID tagging automatically flags your purchases. Boston-based service will be ready sometime in the spring as part of an "engagement" with Robomart. Stop & Shop didn't say how much the service would cost.


Basis Technologies Announces David Lees As Chief Strategy Officer

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Basis Technologies, innovators of the most complete automation platform for DevOps and testing engineered specifically for SAP, announced that David Lees has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. In this role he will work with the executive management team to execute the company's global expansion strategy and drive the continued adoption of its market-leading SAP automation. David joins the company from Procter & Gamble where most recently he held the role of SAP Supply Chain (S/4HANA) Platform Transformation Leader. David brings with him more than 20 years of SAP domain experience and has been highly successful across a wide range of roles during his career at P&G. He was responsible for leading many of the company's major IT transformations, including initiatives around application management, system and corporate restructuring projects, a move to SAP ECC and recently to S/4HANA.


Regulators To Ease Restrictions On Drones, Clearing The Way For More Commercial Uses

NPR

Federal regulators have announced plans to allow drone operators to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles over populated areas and at night. A Wing Hummingbird drone from Project Wing arrives and sets down its package at a delivery location in Blacksburg, Va., last year. Federal regulators have announced plans to allow drone operators to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles over populated areas and at night. A Wing Hummingbird drone from Project Wing arrives and sets down its package at a delivery location in Blacksburg, Va., last year. Package delivery by drone is one small step closer to reality today.


$7.5 million to push last-mile drone delivery closer to reality

ZDNet

Drone logistics firm Flytrex has secured $7.5 million in Series B funding, adding to a $3 million Series A in early 2017. The Israeli firm has been aggressive pursuing real world testbeds and pilot programs to demonstrate the economic efficacy of urban drone delivery. Last year, Flytrex expanded delivery routes for Icelandic ecommerce company Aha.is and is currently serving about half of Reykjavik with last mile drone delivery. In the U.S., which has notoriously stringent (some in the industry would say outdated) commercial drone rules, Flytrex has teamed up with private industry to tiptoe around regulation. Last year, the firm partnered with drone company EASE Drones and a private golf course in North Dakota to launch an on-course beverage delivery service.


Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

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Turns out, robots aren't the best at hospitality. After opening in a blaze of publicity in 2015, Japan's Henn na, or "Strange," Hotel, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first robot hotel, is now laying off its low-performing droids. So far, the hotel has culled over half of its 243 robots, many because they created work rather than reduced it. "It's easier now that we're not being frequently called by guests to help with problems with the robots," said one staff member who has worked at the hotel for three years. Robots and other devices that could be useful to the hospitality industry were all over the CES consumer-technology show last week in Las Vegas.


The Self-Driving Industry Is Finally Becoming More Realistic - ExtremeTech

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A number of companies have pared down the Level 5 challenge to make it more tractable. Some are limiting their locations to easier to navigate areas, like Voyage's effort based in retirement communities. Others are looking at applications that don't involve moving humans, like grocery delivery robot company Nuro, which has teamed up with Kroger to pilot autonomous delivery. Finally, other companies like Aptiv (with Lyft) and Cruise (part of GM) are tackling the broader challenge of Level 4, but with some operational constraints. They've limited their vehicles to areas that are accurately mapped and monitored, and where they can get needed infrastructure updates.