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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Ceramic substrate stabilizes lithium batteries

The rechargeable battery technology described in the Journal of Power Sources under the paper title "Demonstration of high current densities and extended cycling in the garnet Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolyte" could help metal lithium  make its come-back, doubling the output of today's lithium ion cells.

While current lithium ion batteries max out with a total energy density around 600 watt-hours per liter (Wh/L) at the cell level, solid-state batteries could reach 1,200 Wh/L.

Lumileds gets $66 Million in damages for trade secrets theft from ex-employee

The case, Lumileds LLC v. Elec-Tech International Co., Ltd., Donglei “Tony” Wang, and Gangyi Chen, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara, found the defendants liable for damages in intellectual property theft. The jury awarded Lumileds $66 million.

Mini LED backplanes to push LCD dynamic range

The company’s 32-inch mini LEDs divide the backlight into 384 control areas for high, dynamic contrast of HDR 1000 nits. The company says that the unique wide color gamut of its field LED technology enables panel color performance to reach above 95% of the NTSC color gamut. The product is already shipping in volume and is currently used in sports venue displays and high-end graphics displays.

Toshiba expands line-up of Arm Cortex-M3-based MCUs

The line-up includes a range of 64 to 144-pin packages, 256 to 512KB of flash memory, and 32KB data flash memory. The operating frequency is 80MHz, twice the speed of the first M3H group. Integrated features include high-precision analog circuits such as a 12-bit ADC converter with 1.5μs conversion speed with up-to 21 channels, and an 8-bit, 2 channel, DAC. Toshiba’s Advanced-Programmable Motor Driver (A-PMD), a single channel motor control circuit that provides inverter control of brushless DC motors is also built-in.

Compact positioning controller communicates via EtherCAT

The new, intelligent motion controllers with realtime communication offer a simple, plug-and-play solution for controlling brushed DC and brushless EC motors (BLDC) with peak currents of up to 30A. With their modular design, they are particularly suited to applications with single or multi-axis systems in small devices and machines, as well as robotics.

Pick and place handler tests LEDs during volume production

The Xcerra solution leverages the exceptional temperature accuracy of the well-established MT9510 test handler to ensure full temperature control during test, while the LEDs are turned on and producing heat. In addition the MT9510 configuration accounts for the sensitive surface areas of the LEDs, which must not be touched while handling the device.

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