The aim of the international initiative “Physical Internet” is to make the flow of goods more efficient, more flexible and more sustainable worldwide. Just as information in the form of data packets is sent through widely branching open routes in the World Wide Web, goods are meant to arrive at their destination seamlessly, fast and flexibly in a world-wide logistics network.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a lightweight, handheld, ultra-precision hyper spectral camera for the detection of skin cancers and their precursors. From the surface of the skin, the camera recognises early stages of cancer that are invisible to the naked eye.
Supercomputer TSUBAME recently upgraded from 2.0 to 2.5. Swallow in Japanese, Tsubame is the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) symbol. TSUBAME also stands for Tokyo Tech Supercomputer and Ubiquitously Accessible Mass Storage Environment,one of the world's top, large-scale supercomputers.
AdaCore has released its latest Ada cross-development environment, GNAT Pro 7.2, for ARM processors running Linux. This provides a complete Ada development environment oriented towards embedded systems that require the flexibility and extensive services provided by Linux.
As Nokia announced its adoption of Windows with a mix of Droid apps aka Windroid X, X+ and XL, Ford opts to drop Microsoft and pick up QNX from BlackBerry as its new software partner to power its in-car entertainment and communications systems.
Europe’s largest teaching laboratory of Sony PlayStation consoles has been opened at Abertay University in Dundee with permanently installed 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, that games students have open access to beside existing PlayStation 3 and 4 development kits.
Lead medical retinal imaging and diagnostics company, Dunfermline-based Optos interim statement from October 2013 delivered 10% year-on-year growth in new customers driven by the Daytona product and takes the total installed base to 6,219 units, up 5% from 5,945 at the start of the financial year.
Swedish power and automation group ABB follows the Chelmsford-based Global Marine Systems, Hampshire A-2-Sea Solutions and the Aberdeen Ecosse Subsea Systems in the supply and lay of submarine telecom or power cables.
This month Esko Bionics launches the first ever 3D-printed hybrid
exo skeleton robotic suit, in collaboration with 3D Systems, at a Singularity University event in Budapest. Designers from 3D Systems created personalised three-dimensional elements from multiple 3D scans taken with Ekso Ambassador, Amanda Boxtel.
Started in 2011, Innorobo has become Europe’s international meeting for the robotics community and for the innovation departments of other industries. In 3 years, this Lyon based show in France has built a solid international reputation with a 50% rise in attendance in 2013 when the event hosted more than 130 exhibitors from 14 countries and attracted 15,000 professional visitors.
Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics has entered into a partner agreement with Hyderabad-located systems design Incube Solutions. Incube will provide turnkey services to Wolfson’s customers and partners including porting, optimisation and integration of software audio technologies for consumer electronics and mobile device markets.
Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has launched the OREDP (Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan), intended to provide a framework for the sustainable development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources and also explore the potential for international collaboration with Scotland.
A £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that exploit quantum physics properties to develop quantum technologies - with the view to eventual application - has been opened for bids by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). Between £10-20 million a Hub will be available, complemented by a £75 million fund for capital investment across the network.
The Port of Ardersier now has the full backing of Highland Council for plans to turn the former oil fabrication yard on the Moray Firth into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind and been granted onshore planning consent for ambitious plans to transform 160 hectares (400 acres) vacant site into a manufacturing, assembly, operations and maintenance base for new Scottish east coast offshore wind fields.
Samsung Electronics (which has agreed a multi-year IP licence and component supply partnership with UK Wolfson Microelectronics for its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets, including the S4) has also now recently entered a couple of big patent-licensing agreements with Ericsson and Google.
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