Semiconductors aren't the only silicon technology racing to outpace Moore's Law. Researchers from Cornell University unveiled an entire robot that is teensy enough to fit most anywhere in the human body -- yes, even in there -- and inexpensive enough to produce on a mass scale. The walking robots are the creation of Cornell physics professor Itai Cohen, professor of physical science Paul McEuen, and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Marc Miskin. This is not Cohen's first microscopic rodeo, mind you. This work builds off of his previous efforts on origami-inspired, shape-shifting, micro-machines and manages to overcome a significant hurdle that's been plaguing the field: the lack of a "micrometre-scale actuator system that seamlessly integrates with semiconductor processing and responds to standard electronic control signals," according to the team's study published Wednesday in Nature.
Xilinx shared today that its programmable AI chips are being used in Subaru's EyeSight car safety system. Integrated into the Subaru Levorg, a mid-size car debuting soon in Japan, EyeSight will provide advanced features including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and pre-collision braking. "It's the first vehicle with a new generation of EyeSight," Xilinx automotive lead Willard Tu said in an interview with VentureBeat. "The most difficult part of this is the AI portion and support for it." The name of the chip is a mouthful: the Xilinx Automotive-qualified Zynq UltraScale multi-processor system-on-a-chip (MPSoC).
I've been posting a lot more about aibo lately because I find him (or her!) endlessly fascinating. It's a testament to how far technology has come and how far it has to go before it's anywhere near our sci-fi fantasies. With aibo, I have far more questions than I do answers, but if you've ever wondered how the can fit into your day, here's a fantastic video collaboration between Faruk (aka iPhonedo) and Sony that should answer it.
Qualcomm, a leader in wireless technology, has recently released the world's first 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform. Qualcomm says the Robotics RB5 platform includes novel technology that will accelerate the development of power-efficient, high-computing robots and drones for applications ranging from industrial and enterprise applications to defense and military sectors. Specifically, some of the applications this platform can enhance include inventory robots, retail robots, pick-sort-place robots, cleaning robots, delivery drones, healthcare robots, and defense robots. Qualcomm's Robotics RB5 platform, punctuated by their QRB5165 processor, supports a number of connectivity protocols through Qualcomm's FastConnect subsystems: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 4G, and 5G. This platform has been designed specifically for applications in robotics, and it comes with hardware, software, and other development tools to help designers with such applications.
With countless laptops, gaming devices, eBikes, and more, 2020 has been on a roll. As we speak, there are preparations going on for Samsung Unpacked, the Google Pixel 4a release, and also a whole bunch of new Sony audio gear. So, it wouldn't be wrong to say that technology hasn't slowed down this year. This week, we went ahead and listed the best cool tech gadgets and the most trending technologies of the year. Be it Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), or even Wi-Fi 6E, this weekly blog gives you a quick glimpse of every technology you should be aware of. As Elon Musk stated recently, "We're headed toward a situation where AI is vastly smarter than humans and I think that time frame is less than five years from now. But that doesn't mean that everything goes to hell in five years. It just means that things get unstable or weird." This statement does add value to the fact that more AI gadgets can actually make our lives easier. The below examples will show you how. If you need some friendly help around the house, look to the Nabot AI Trainable Robot.
Huawei is also now the world's largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is supposed to charge a battery to 50% full in 5 minutes, and 100% full in 15 minutes. Xilinx wants to help drive open, interoperable, and adaptable Radio Access Network (RAN) 5G technologies. The company this week joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition, an organization that advocates for open and interoperable solutions in RAN. Xilinx is already a member of O-RAN alliance and is a contributor to the 3GPP specifications for 5G mobile networks. Xilinx offers silicon that supports multiple standards, bands, carriers and sub-networks for Open RAN, the company said in its press release.
Samsung has revealed its plans for 6G technology, outlining its vision for "digital twins" of our physical selves. In a research paper published on Wednesday, the South Korean smartphone giant stated that there will be three key 6G services: Immersive extended reality (XR); high-fidelity mobile hologram; and digital replicas. "With the help of advanced sensors, AI, and communication technologies, it will be possible to replicate physical entities, including people, devices, objects, systems, and even places, in a virtual world," the white paper states. "In a 6G environment, through digital twins, users will be able to explore and monitor the reality in a virtual world, without temporal or spatial constraints. Users will be able to observe changes or detect problems remotely through the representation offered by digital twins."
Change has always been integral to development. With fast-evolving technologies, companies, too, need themselves to embrace these for maximized benefits. Artificial Intelligence (AI) moving to edge IoT devices and networks, just like we witnessed computing switch from mainframes to the cloud. And as data continues to grow, we need to opt for data storage and data computation to be located on the device. Companies like Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Intel are helping us achieve this reality.
Samsung has partnered with London-based fintech startup Curve to launch a digital payments card later this year. The Samsung Pay Card will allow users to link all of their bank and loyalty cards to a single digital card on their phone, the tech giant said. It will also allow people with Samsung smartphones to control their money and view all their spending from a single place. The company is also working with Mastercard to launch the new feature. The announcement continues a growing trend of technology firms such as Google and Apple offering a variety of digital payment solutions on their smartphones – last year Apple launched its own credit card for the first time through its Apple Wallet payments app.
Sony's robotic Aibo pup continues to learn new tricks. Thanks to a new software update, the android companion will now predict when you come home and sit patiently at the front door. According to Sony's website, you'll first need to assign a meeting place -- the entrance to your front home -- by saying a phrase like "this is where you should go." Aibo should then lower its head and'sniff' the ground to indicate that it's storing the location. If the process is successful, a door icon should appear on the map located inside the companion app.