UK launches social care robot challenge

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

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.

Low power reference design for edge AI and video processing

edge AI

A low power ECP5 FPGA from Lattice provides processing for the AI or smart vision workload and serves as the memory controller for Etron’s high performance RPC DRAM. The reference design reduces power consumption, overall design size, and data latency by allowing developers to store data used in AI and smart vision applications locally instead of using larger, external memory cards.

Belgium startup keeps track of social distancing with ultra-wideband


Its solutions alert employees when they are too close to each other, but offer even more options when integrated with the Pozyx UWB infrastructure. It allows companies to track the history of users, create maps for smart disinfection, and even prevent crowds and bottlenecks.

Rubidium oscillator 1000x more stable than traditional OCXOs

Rubidium oscillator

With a 10MHz output and an operating temperature range of -30°C to 60°C, the SRO10S-10.000M provides a significant improvement in performance over a traditional Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO). Available as standard with a Sinewave output, an HCMOS output can also be supplied to special order. Packaged in a sub-miniature 50.8x50.8mm hermetically sealed metal package, the SRO10S-10.000M operates over a supply voltage of between 12VDC and 18VDC. Power consumption is 6W maximum with a warm-up time of 5 minutes.

6-DOF XYZ-axis MEMs sensor has self-test function

MEMs sensor

The SCHA600 sensor delivers centimeter-level accuracy in regard to vehicle dynamics and position, to ensure safe, robust and verified autonomous driving. Qualified to the AEC-Q100 standard, it includes advanced self-diagnostic features and is also compliant to ASIL-D level – the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level. With an Allan variance down to 0.9 °/h at room temperature and gyro RMS noise level below 0.007°/s, the sensor delivers best in class performance for automotive applications in regard to bias stability and noise.

150W evaluation board targets LED street lamps

LED street lamps

As a 150W, 1A mains-input driver, the EVL150W-HVSL achieves full-load efficiency above 91% to maximize utility-cost savings for streetlamp operators. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is within relevant EN55022 limits and input-current total harmonic distortion (THD) less than 10% at 230V AC from 30% to 100% of full load meets European EN61000-3-2 Class-C and Japanese JEITA-MITI Class-C norms for lighting equipment. The EVL150W-HVSL has a universal 90V-264V AC input and meets IEC 60950-1 and 62368-1 safety standards.

CMOS-like InGaAs image sensor captures both visible and SWIR light

image sensor

The high number of defect pixels requires intensive image quality correction. They also need outer memory and pre-memorizing for dark current compensation. Other issues are the large pixel size between 10~20μm; their restriction to 0.9~1.7μm wave length and a still high price level. Sony was able to dramatically reduce pixel size to 5μm enabling lower costs and higher resolution.

A bright future for efficient, connected lighting

connected lighting

This demand for improved efficiency and more functions is being met by smart, or connected, lighting control. The market for smart control of lighting in residential applications is four times larger in volume than in industrial buildings. Together, they are the fastest-growing segment of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Industrial I/O is software configurable for industrial automation

industrial automation

The AD74412R and AD74413R enable flexible control systems to be designed with reconfigurable module channels quickly, easily, and remotely without requiring extensive re-wiring. This drastically increases speed of implementation, flexibility, and the ability to make changes without significant cost and downtime. In using software configurable I/O, manufacturers can develop a platform that replaces multiple aging fixed function I/O modules or be applied across multiple customer applications where the I/O dynamic changes with each installation.

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