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.

Broadband infrared LED helps farmers plan harvest time

Determining fruit ripeness in this way is made possible by near-infrared spectroscopy. This involves irradiating a specimen with a defined spectrum of light and a using a spectrometer to measure the wavelength distribution of the reflected light. Simply scanning fruit or cereal crops with the NIRED installed in a smartphone or tablet produces reliable information about the sugar, water and fat content, enabling farmers in the field or vineyard owners to easily monitor the progress of their crops in real time so they can plan the ideal time for the harvest.

Chinese FPGA startup opens European office in UK

Based in the UK, the operation is run by Mike Furnival, general manager of Gowin Semiconductor (Europe), Furnival held similar positions ad XMOS Ltd. and Lattice Semiconductor UK Ltd.

MCUs with embedded PCM meet automotive needs

ST announced that it was sampling the MCUs, made using the company's 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) technology in May 2018 (see ST samples MCU with embedded phase-change memory). It has now provided initial performance benchmarks of ePCM at IEDM 2018 and full automotive qualification for MCUs expected in 2020.

96GB DDR4 RAM support for Server-on-Modules

This is twice the previously supported capacity and sets a major new milestone for COM Express Type 7 based designs, claims the manufacturer, as memory is one of the most important performance levers for embedded edge server technologies.

Only with an open standard will LiFi's market start to grow

LEDs can be modulated at a high frequency level that can’t be perceived by the human eye, supporting transfer data rates proven at 10 to 100x faster than Wi-Fi while remaining localized (only line of sight). The technology is also highly energy efficient as the visible light is already in use for lighting applications and seen as a safe alternative to radio waves, which are potentially harmful.

Energy harvesting presence sensor communicates via Bluethooth LE

The new sensor, type designation EMDCB, uses a passive infrared sensor (PIR) for motion detection. Thanks to small solar modules, it obtains the required energy from ambient light so that neither batteries nor maintenance work are required. An energy accumulator ensures that the sensor functions even when there is not sufficient light for a while. The sensor is also equipped with an NFC interface so that it can be integrated and configured in lighting control systems via an NFC reader, smartphone or tablet.


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