The first robotic micro-sub capable of being used from a larger robotic boat has been on show in the Marine Autonomous and Technology Annual Showcase this November, held at the NOC (National Oceanography Centre).
Ocado is revealing more details about the 4G-based wireless protocol used to control the robots powering its new warehouses.
Highly-automated these will be offered as part of a managed service entitled "Ocado Smart Platform" which enables international partners to build scalable, sustainable and profitable online retail businesses. The protocol marks the first deployment worldwide to use the unlicensed 4G spectrum for warehouse automation. It guarantees a connection ten times per second to each of the 1,000+ robots roaming around the warehouse - and all working within a 150 meter radius.
Two pioneering engineering graduates from The University of Manchester have launched a DIY walking robot which anyone can build with 3D printing technology. Jack Scott-Reeve and Josh Elijah, who graduated with Master’s degrees in engineering from the University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, have developed QuadBot, a 3D printable walking robotics platform. Their aim is to help as many people as possible to learn about robotics.
An enterprising researcher from The University of Manchester has developed a prototype tool that could help transform the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis has upgraded the white cane - which has been used as a mobility tool for centuries – by adding a low-cost embedded computer that functions in a similar way to a car parking sensor.
Field robots and plane-based remote sensors can patrol the earth and the sky to monitor the gases that cause climate change. Standing on three large wheels that help it avoid getting stuck in the soil, the Field Flux robot is able to lower two sampling chambers held on large arms to test soils for tiny amounts of nitrous oxide (N2O).
OAS (Ocean Array Systems) is to use the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult’s 7 MW offshore wind demonstration turbine to validate software designed to improve the control strategies of offshore WTGs. Improved turbine control, adopted farm-wide, could see as much as a 2.4% reduction in the LCOE (Levelled Cost of Energy) of offshore wind, says OAS.
Despite its detection, due to the small size of the lander and the resolution of the HiRISE camera on the MRO, the exact configuration of the lander on Mars was not clear - despite collecting 8 images of the lander and use of advanced image processing techniques. Now, however, the researchers from De Montfort University and the University of Leicester have worked together to come up with a new way to detect the lander configuration. The study finds the Mars lander deployed at least three or all four of its solar panels. Well, what would you expect from a loyal and true blue robot!!
Robots are going down to the farm as an emerging major market, courtesy of sensors and big data which is slowly sweeping out the need for big machines and skilled tractor drivers. IDTechEx Research forecasts that sales of agricultural robots and drones will reach $200m by 2026.
5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey has had its first full demonstration of an Orchestrated, NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) based on virtualised (FDC) ‘Flat Distributed Cloud’ on a 5G core network architectur. New orchestrated virtualised architecture enables rapid speed of deployment, flexibility of complex combinations, and swift software updates and feature additions. FDC will also significantly reduce installation and maintenance costs for network operators, making delivery of a 5G network more commercially viable
Hunting for the gift for the person who has everything? How about a new, limited edition, made to order, GOLD drone. Those with the taste for opulence can now add a customised DJI Phantom 4 which comes adorned in a 24-carat gold-plating.
News that the Earlham Institute launches the first CyVerse-UK hub for ‘big data’ analysis, comes suitably on World Statistics day as Earlham Institute establishes the first UK dedicated HPC (high-performance computing) cluster for international data portal ‘CyVerse’ - providing free, open-source genome analysis for ‘big data’ research.
Finland HQ Tieto, with more than 13 000 experts in close to 20 countries, a turnover of approximately €1.5 billion with shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm appoints an Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven businesses unit. Called Alicia T the AI is the first to be nominated to a leadership team in an OMX-listed company. AI will help the management team to become truly data-driven and will assist the team in seeking innovative ways to pursue the significant opportunities of the data-driven world.
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and made by engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd, has been installed on moorings at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney as part of site commissioning and testing. The 2MW SR2000 floating turbine was towed to site by Green Marine’s vessel the Green Isle. Leaving Kirkwall at 9am on 12th October it connected to its moorings on the Fall of Warness by 3pm. Adhering to engineering a low cost, low risk approach to their turbine solution: Scotrenewables completed construction and installation on site for the 2MW unit, including installation of the 500 tonne turbine itself, using locally available workboat vessels.
Advances in robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold the potential to fundamentally reshape the way we live and work. Yet the Government does not yet have a strategy for developing the new skills citizens will need to flourish in a world where Artificial Intelligence is more prevalent, or responding to the social and ethical dilemmas it poses, concludes the Science and Technology Committee report.
University of Huddersfield Institute of Railway Research (IRR) experts are working with engineering giant Siemens to develop an inexpensive and easily-fitted sensor that could turn virtually every rail vehicle into a track monitor, detecting and transmitting vital information about the condition of rails and rail bed throughout the network. Result would not only be improvements in safety and reliability, but also provide major efficiency gains and cost savings for network operators, plus improved ride quality for passengers.
Powerbox Sweden, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies has four decades of optimising power use for demanding applications. It now introduces two new board mounted DC/DC converters to power industrial and railway applications; the extra wide input, ultra high power density
Drones can be used to locate earthquake victims, fight fires, save lives, go fishing, assess the extent of agricultural damage and take forest inventories. Almost every day new applications arise for them. But it is not just a matter of drones: In the future, unmanned systems will be changing the nature of transport on land and sea and CeBIT 2017 (20–24 March, Mon.–Fri.) will expand the drones showcase
Following last years Silicon to Systems event, NMI have this year partnered with IMEC and DSP Valley to bring you the latest in how to develop low cost Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for almost any application. Many people are put off designing ASICs because they think it’s too hard, too expensive or they don’t have the skills. This conference aims to show that an ASIC could be easier and less costly than you think. It will show a range of strategies that can be used to successfully implement an ASIC solution even in low to moderate volumes.
A new report outlining the investment case for pumped storage hydro has set out 20 key benefits of the technology’s UK expansion. In the DNV GL study, funded by the Scottish Government, SSE, and ScottishPower, the report also identifies political and economic barriers facing “one of the most cost-effective options for grid-scale energy storage.”
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