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.

3D electromagnetic motion tracking sensor, only 6x6x2mm for VR

The 3DV06 Series features a fully magnetically isotropic 3DCoil trimmed for VR devices and has been designed with a fully protected LDS metallized housing that makes the external 7x7mm footprint. The unit includes three identical axis of 1mH at 20kHz and aims to compete with IMU (Inertial Measurement Units) which have several disadvantages solved by 3D electromagnetic tracking. When combined with Premo's 3DcoilCube emitter antennas for VR, it can be read from 8 meters.

Swift-dock interface arrays speed development

Swift-Dock has a pitch of 7mm, whereas Swift-Dock-mini is available on a 3mm pitch. Both families are available in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 pin configurations; Swift-Dock can handle up to 6A while Swift-Dock-mini is rated up to 3A. Each unit comes as a pair of complete arrays ready-fitted with spring-loaded contacts on one side and contact lands on the other although each side is available separately. The PCB can be supplied with or without a connector.

5Mpixel CMOS backside illuminated image sensor delivers 60fps

A demo kit is available for the AR0521 along with additional services provided by the global imaging experts at FRAMOS.
The AR0521 captures images in either linear or high dynamic range modes with rolling shutter readouts and includes additional functions such as binning and sub-windowing in both video and single frame modes. It is designed for both low light and high dynamic range performance, with line interleaved T1/T2 readout that support off chip HDR algorithms in an ISP chip.

Alternistor triacs operate at up to 150°C

With a maximum junction temperature of 150°C, the 16A QJxx16xHx series and 25A QJxx25xHx series are designed for use as AC switches, helping circuit designers address overheating challenges in AC power control applications with limited or no heat sinking. Their high peak, single cycle AC current pulse ratings allow them to tolerate higher in-rush currents in heater or motor control applications. The devices come with 200A/250A ITSM ratings, allowing designers to tolerate higher inrush currents in heater or motor control applications.

Leti to drive GaN electric drivetrain integration

By integrating the frequency, voltage and high-temperature benefits of wide-bandgap semiconductors fabricated with gallium nitride (GaN), the ModulED project aims to boost drivetrain performance and meet vehicle-owner requirements, making manufacturing more efficient and reducing environmental impact and vehicle cost. The project team will leverage recent innovations from diverse industries to directly integrate GaN electronic circuitry into the motor.