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.

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Inkjet printing of black phosphorus boosts photonic systems

Black phosphorous is a particularly interesting nanomaterial for next generation photonic and optoelectronic devices but has been difficult to use as the its semiconductor bandgap varies with the number of atomic layers.

"Our inkjet printing demonstration makes possible for the first time the scalable mass fabrication of black phosphorous based photonic and optoelectronic devices with long-term stability necessary for a wide range of industrial applications," said Professor Zhipei Sun at Aalto University in Finland.

AC Drive I/O & Display/Keypad System Solutions from Texas Instruments

Display and keypad functions are the human interface to the AC Drive. Featured include configuration, status display, service and maintenance, and monitoring drive status. In addition to" IOs and Displays" functions, a wireless interface is implemented connecting to a tablet with a GUI and app.

AC Drive Energy Recovery System Solutions from Texas Instruments

When a motor is braking, AC drive energy recovery systems feed energy back into the grid rather than dissipating braking energy into heat. Power efficient green energy AC drives are enabled by a high efficiency DC/AC three-phase fast switching isolated power stage…read more

AC Drive Control Module System Solutions from Texas Instruments

AC drive control typically connects to the power stage implementing open/closed-loop vector control to manage the torque/speed of the AC motor. PWM generation and optional position sensing are required to achieve high dynamic performance and efficiency, real-time control with low latency current, and voltage sampling.

Who Are China's Biggest Fabless Chipmakers?

The hand wringing centers upon the $150 billion fund – also called the Big Fund – that China has amassed to subsidize fabs, fuel acquisitions, and support other tactics that foreign officials say are reminiscent of China’s meddling in the steel and solar markets.

The fund’s existence has drawn harsh rebukes from both the Obama and Trump administrations, which have pushed back against China’s plot to become a semiconductor superpower by 2020. On the other hand, Chinese insiders contend that their concerns are misplaced and overblown.