UK launches social care robot challenge

The Challenge runs from now, and will culminate in a daylong public presentation of collaborative learnings in Central London on Friday June 30, 2017, during the second annual UK Robotics Week 2017 (taking place from 24th – 30th June 2017).

The collaborative research themes will be agreed via themed workshops to be held during Spring 2017, addressing issues including assisted mobility; personal hygiene; social support; preventative and rehabilitation monitoring; remote assistance; and food preparation.

AI ethics under scrutiny

Initially funded with $27 million from the Knight Foundation; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman; the Omidyar Network; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Jim Pallotta, founder of the Raptor Group, the new fund will also seek to advance public understanding of AI.





1.6x0.8x0.55mm green LED delivers 2,800mcd

Using the most recent ultrabright InGaN chip technology, the VLMTG1400 series devices deliver a luminous intensity ranging from 1,200 mcd to 2,800 mcd at 20mA, at a typical wavelength of 525nm and a forward voltage from 2.75 to 3.2V. The devices are grouped by luminous intensity, wavelength, and forward voltage, and offer an extremely wide viewing angle of 146°. Available in 8mm tape, the LEDs are RoHS-compliant, halogen-free and compatible with IR-reflow soldering processes.

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CST Global to lead single photon LED project

The QR_SPLED project seeks to mass-produce low-cost, single-photon LEDs (SPLEDs); a critical technology step in the development of commercially viable, next generation, intrinsic, network security.

Dr Manus Hayne from the Department of Physics at Lancaster University is the academic partner on the project. He is the recognized world-authority on GaSb/GaAs quantum rings and their use in devices such as telecoms-wavelength, Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs).

New scheme tackles obsolescence management across Europe

“The problem we have in rail is we talk about component lifetime of three to five years but we want the operational life to be 20, 30 or even 50 years,” said Stuart Broadbent, Obsolescence Director at Alsthom Transport speaking at this week’s International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM) conference.

Virtual fabrication platform provides statistical insight into process variation challenges

Along with SEMulator3D Version 6.1, Coventor is releasing an all-new SEMulator3D Analytics add-on component that automates statistical analysis of process variation directly from within the SEMulator3D process-predictive platform.