"The Register" comments “Don't say you weren't warned: Miele went full on with IoHDT (Internet-of-Things with a network-connected) dishwasher, gave it a web server, and now finds itself on the wrong end of a security bug report – and it's accused of ignoring the warning.
CeBIT 2017 closed in Hannover, after five action-packed days as this year’s event, tangibly conveyed digitalisation potential and how best to achieve it. More than 3,000 exhibitors from 70 nations showcased their innovations for digital transformation of the economy and society, under the lead theme of “d!conomy – no limits”. This year’s Partner Country, Japan made a major impact from the start. The other highlight is from 2018 on, CeBIT will be staged in a new June time slot recast as Europe’s leading “Events Platform” for digital transformation.
A team of researchers led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely navigate through the surgical environment. It follows hard on the heels of recent news on robotic cochlear-implants indicating the way that robotic surgery will develop.
As Amsterdam-based Sightcorp uses a simple webcam, its Face Analysis Technology is able to track and measure consumers’ unbiased behaviour responses and interest in different real-life scenarios, in a totally automated and non-intrusive way. Now German Heidelberg-based Dermalog's "Face Matching" claims to be the fastest software for biometric Face Matching on the market. Speed is at 100 million matches per second on a single blade and is accompanied by a low failure rate that the confirmed working speed is ahead of the competition.
“The launch bottleneck is causing issues,” says Craig Clark, Clyde Space CEO. "Many companies were unable to send their satellites into orbit in 2016 due to multiple launch delays. As a result, firms were unable to generate data and revenue. We would have seen faster growth.
As IBM anounces its move into quantum computers, Glasgow- based laser technology M Squared has been carving out its niche to accomodate for the quantum computing boom. Where traditional laser companies are busy with vast materials processing and the manufacturing market for smartphones and computers, M Squared has focused on edge applications as medical research, chemical detection and the forthcoming boom in quantum computing, as IBM commits to that technology.
IBM is to build the first commercially available, universal quantum computers. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform; IBM will also provide software developers with the interfaces needed to build applications that combine quantum and classical computing.
Major funding boost to develop healthcare and extreme environment robotics control; in vivo microscopic imaging and sensing; intra-operative vision and navigation; and endoluminal platform development. The development of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) technologies to improve the way the sick and elderly are cared for, and also deal with hazardous environments, has received a major boost with more than £17.3 million of investment.
London Science Museum robotic delights ranging from a 5th century Spanish clockwork monk that kisses his rosary and beats his breast in contrition, to a Japanese “childoid” newsreader, created in 2014 with lifelike facial expressions, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unstoppable Terminator cyborg and Robby the Robot, star of the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet,” representing the horror and the fantasy of robots with minds of their own.
A rates fiasco threatens to end hydro-power in Scotland with a new regime of business rates marking out hydropower for “special punishment”, and threatening to end independent development of schemes north of the border, Scottish industry representatives at Alba Energy are warning. Small hydro-businesses now face an increase in rates of up to 650%, with bills on some sites rising to as much as a quarter of total turnover. With some operators facing insolvency, others are left to calculate the cost of a future in which renewable energy ceases to be financially sustainable.
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) became law just under a year ago. In a year from now, the Information Commissioner's Office starts to enforce it. DataIQ is now benchmarking how companies are preparing for GDPR compliance across the four key areas of permission, profiling, protection and personal.
A series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers have received sums of up to £25,000 in awards to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit.
Abertay University forensics students will benefit from working with a high-tech new machine capable of retrieving the fingerprints of cold case murder victims. The University is the only place in Scotland that students can access the specialist VMD (Vacuum Metal Deposition) chamber from West Technology, which heats gold and zinc to 1600C, evaporating the metal, which is redeposited as a thin layer on a target surface, delineating any fingerprints.
By spraying a fine mist of particles into the stratosphere, global warming can be controlled – even given our slowness to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The process is one that imitates the natural cooling process from volcanoes, called SRM: Solar Radiation Management.
Panasonic is looking to deepen its partnership with Tesla, beyond batteries, to include autonomous technology. It has also signed a contract to acquire all shares of Massachusetts-based TeraDiode Inc., a laser supplier of high brightness direct diode lasers for industrial use.
Not being left out of the friends, helpers, artists and humanoid robotics movement, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has opened its Humanoid Robot Research Centre this January at the KAIST Institute. Endorsed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy with 15 billion KRW funding, the Centre will conduct research for advancing humanoid robot technology and fostering research fellows in the field.
What is dubbed an amazing technology event takes place at London’s Roof Gardens next month could be really relevant for hightech watchers. The free event, Cloud UK Live, will see the biggest names in tech coming together to help businesses understand how cloud technology can benefit them and what they must consider if they are to avoid being left behind by the competition.
For many roboticists and technology on-lookers, the goal is to not simply evolve robotic machines as tool specific, but rather to invent a new species of best friend/co-worker. To create machines that humans will intuitively bond with — and do not harbour any instincts to rise up and obliterate humans .
A white paper by Critical Manufacturing, Manufacturing Software for Industry 4.0 - "Embracing Change and Decentralization," has been awarded MESA’s Smart Story Award, demonstrating that technology may be considered a major challenge in achieving Industry 4.0 vision.
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