Neuroscientists at the German Primate Centre can predict grip movements of the hand by measuring brain cell activity and have built a refined robot hand. They analyse the brain activity of non human primates during the execution of hand grasping movements. The neuronal information, recorded with fine electrodes in the cortex, could one day be used to control a robotic hand as a prosthesis for paralysed people.
Britain's telecoms industry consolidation has just speeded up with the Hutchison Whampoa Ltd agreement to buy Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion. Hutchison already operates Three Mobile network in Britain, and by buying about 22 million subscribers to O2 from the Spanish group will make it the country's top mobile operator.
Aberystwyth University space scientists contribute perseverance and skills with help of camera's and software to the joyous re-discovery of the Beagle 2 Mars Lander believed lost on Christmas Day 2003.
Technology follows banking at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and on the heels of the SEPA management change, CBI appoints a new director for Scotland, technology veteran and authority Hugh Aitken who takes over from accounting and banking authority expert, Iain McMillan the current director appointed in 1995, but recently dogged by referendum controversy.
Talented young scientists and engineers will benefit in future from a £750,000 scholarship fund. Some 70 students from around the world will be able to study for undergraduate degrees at the University of Edinburgh thanks to a scheme, funded by global logistics company Deutsche Post DHL through the DHL UK Foundation
Dubbed after the "unecessary" letter and for some the unlucky 13, IBM headlines the machine as the most powerful and secure yet! The first mainframe in history designed for growth of the mobile app economy. IBM's first new mainframe in three years - represents continued investment in core hardware systems that can process 2.5 billion business transactions per day, or the equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays.
For Ishbell MacPhail, general manager of Dell Scotland, trying to ensure a female STEM balance for the company’s IT staff, finds her also acutely aware of the need for "best candidate for the job" balance, not to mention a wider need for overall diversity in staff with a wide range of attributes as sales skills, leadership, and creativity.
NLG (Natural Language Generators) Arria, Quill & OnlyBoth are three software approaches to natural report writing, that will work with analytical, data heavy, reports and have emerged from Aberdeen University, and in the USA Chicago and a Pittsburgh University startups respectively. These are also envisaged as the needful voices for emergent IoT.
This area of knowledge has a high business potential and aims to export specialists and regional companies to Europe. The newly established company Cualli-Software, has its founding Mexican partnership identify a niche opportunity in specialised software to export from Latin America as new products as well as highly qualified human resources .
UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, sets out its planned negotiating position for the 2015 global conference where decisions relating to the allocation of radio frequency bands are expected to be taken.
Don't hold your breath. Smart meters roll out is now scheduled for 2016. It will involves Telefonica, CGI and Capita for the UK south and central regions, while DECC suppliers of choice for smart meters, are Arqiva, BAE Systems and BT in northern England and Scotland.
Statistics for renewable energy in Scotland offer a dual face to the 2014 wind and solar year. WWF Scotland declares wind turbines alone provided 1,279,150MWh to the National Grid, and total installed capacity of solar PV (photo-voltaic) systems in Scotland has reached 140MW – a rise of 32% since last year. But wind farms are being increasingly constraint-paid at more than £1 million a week to shut down turbines.
Bambootec consortium from Yucatán, in the south of Mexico, has designed a bamboo bicycle that transforms the kinetic energy generated by pedalling, into a source of electricity, able to simultaneously recharge mobile devices, smartphone’s external battery and a navigation dashboard, located on the handlebars, which not only measures distance and time, but also offers bluetooth connection.
As CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) promises 2015 International CES will feature the largest ever IoT showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things,” 2015 marks the next phase for the European IOT project which has run from 2011-2014. working in areas such as ‘smart' house, health, transport and energy.. The EU IOE (Internet of Energy ) project has 40 European partners, working on how to make it easier for energy suppliers and consumers to connect to each others’ equipment.
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