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.

Paper-thin flexible OLED panels to light-up print media

"OLED panels have traditionally been too expensive and fragile to use in any application outside of high-end smartphone displays or TVs," explains Michael Helander, President & CEO of OTI Lumionics. "To make OLEDs suitable for print applications, we had to develop entirely new manufacturing technology and advanced materials, including our proprietary FlexTorr Encapsulation."

Finnish researchers create room-temperature Bose–Einstein condensate

Nearly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted that quantum mechanics can force a large number of particles to behave in concert as if they were only a single particle. The phenomenon is called Bose–Einstein condensation, and it took until 1995 to create the first such condensate of a gas of alkali atoms.

Facebook to design own processors

The job, based at Menlo Park, California, covers the creation of firmware and driver development, silicon architecture and micro-architecture and keeping Facebook's silicon strategy in-line with the company's long-range objectives.

The applicant is expected to have at least 15 years of experience in managing SoC development teams at the director or manager level as a track record of first pass ASIC and systems success.

Spectrum Instrumentation has over 140 digitizers at CERN for machine protection

A very high degree of precision is required for this as two high-energy particle beams travel at close to the speed of light in opposite directions in the 27 km LHC accelerator ring. They are then made to collide at four locations around the ring for runs of several hours. The particles are so tiny that the task of making them collide is akin to firing two needles 10 kilometers apart with such precision that they meet halfway.


Inertial navigation module works with external GNSS

The MTi-7 unit requires an input from an external GNSS receiver to provide a real-time position, velocity and orientation data stream. Operating at output data rates up to 800Hz, the MTi-7 achieves a latency of 2 ms, allowing for real-time operation of dynamic functions such as flight control and camera stabilization.

SEGGER launches audio support for emUSB-Device

The audio class is part of SEGGER’s emUSB-Device USB stack, a high-performance USB stack for embedded applications. The stack is platform independent and allows the creation of multi-class devices through any combination of USB classes. It has classes for Media Transfer Protocol, Mass Storage Device, CDROM, Audio, Human Interface Device, CDC-ACM, IP-over-USB, and printers. It also has a Bulk communication class feature for high-bandwidth peripherals.

Trial packages for SEGGER's emPower board and other readily available boards are available for download.

Infineon demos secured authentication on Windows 10

The FIDO2 design is centred on the security certified SLE 78 chip and is based on specifications formulated by the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance, which has provided a framework for easy-to-use authentication. The demonstration will show how the FIDO2 kit can provide protection from phishing and replaying and also halt data being revealed through server breach attacks.