A few months ago, Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, initiated a new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, who is personally interested in robots, now wants Google to have a major role in making new kinds of robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual real robots. A recent article in the New York Times has revealed more about Google's plans. According to the article, Google is funding a major new robotics group, and that includes acquiring a bunch of robotics startups:
Among the companies are Schaft, a small team of Japanese roboticists who recently left Tokyo University to develop a humanoid robot, and Industrial Perception, a start-up here that has developed computer vision systems and robot arms for loading and unloading trucks. Also acquired were Meka and Redwood Robotics, makers of humanoid robots and robot arms in San Francisco, and Bot & Dolly, a maker of robotic camera systems that were recently used to create special effects in the movie “Gravity.” A related firm, Autofuss, which focuses on advertising and design, and Holomni, a small design firm that makes high-tech wheels, were acquired as well.
The seven companies are capable of creating technologies needed to build a mobile, dexterous robot. Mr. Rubin said he was pursuing additional acquisitions.
Industrial Perception spun out of Willow Garage back in March of 2012; read our Startup Spotlight post on them here.
Meka Robotics builds research robots with series elastic actuators in them; they're probably best known for the M1 humanoid (pictured above in front of the Google logo) and Dreamer, which you can read about here.
And of course, there's Bot & Dolly, which uses robot arms for precise and repeatable camera control, making things way more awesome than "precise and repeatable camera control" probably makes you think of.
Obviously, we're curious about what other acquisitions Rubin is pursuing, and more generally, just what Google is actually working on. Fortunately for us, the Google robotics group will at least initially be based right here in Palo Alto, meaning that I'll get a chance to put my spy drones and ninja outfit to good use.
Exactly 70 years ago this month the world’s first electronic programmable digital computer was created. It was called Colossus and was engineered in the UK by code breakers working during the Second World War.
Computers and their uses have changed significantly over the past 70 years – primarily government machines quickly proved their worth in the business landscape, and more recently they have become commonplace in homes too.
Akita, a London IT support company has produced a large interactive page and infographic to showcase the developments in technology. It can be viewed in full here: http://www.akita.co.uk/computing-history/ or as a static image at the link.
N’avez-vous jamais perdu des photos ? Un crash de disque de dur. Un virus. Une erreur de votre part. Moi ça m’est déjà arrivé. Et je peux vous assurer que perdre des photos de ses enfants, ça fait mal !
What will the role of the CIO look like in 2020? Paul Muller, VP of strategic marketing at HP Software, explains how Big Data, Security and IT Management will shape the way Chief Information Officers make decisions in the future.
Did you know that about six billion mobile phones were in use globally last year? In addition to staying in contact with friends, looking up information online and playing games, people also use their phones to connect with companies and provide valuable feedback. When businesses use market research to their advantage they will be able to find out what people like and dislike about their products and services. Whether your company opts to use focus groups, mobile surveys or other forms of market research, you will be able to help meet your business goals.
Via Russ Merz, Ph.D.
This is an edited version of a presentation I gave at ITUWorld 2013 in Bangkok, Nov 21, 2013, see more details at http://www.futuristgerd.com/2013/11/21/here-i (The Future of the Internet: the key trends (Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard) by @gleonhard...
“ More than 50% of businesses are now using cloud. You can find out more about it through this infographic. This goes to show how the cloud has been a very useful tool in many business operations. He...”
Via Patrick Bouillaud
Nous avons réuni autour d’une table Consultencia et Aspaway qui allient leurs compétences pour adresser en cloud privé les besoins en application de gestion intégrée des sociétés industrielles françaises avec l’ERP Epicor.
Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later?
Evernote is an invaluable tool and one you need if you haven't used it before.
This Manual will help you get you started and help you use it like a professional.
As information becomes more plentiful, we are bombarded with relentless forms of media 24/7, such as blog posts, videos and photos. Our computer hard drives are also getting bigger and bigger (500GB hard drives are not uncommon). This means we have a huge amount of media material on our computers and no practical way in which to organize it all.
Your brain can’t keep up with what it has to remember.
Evernote brings order to that chaos. Everything you need to remember can now be stored in your Evernote account for future browsing and searching.
Mark O’Neill, editor at MakeUseOf , takes you through everything you need to know about Evernote:
What are the best apps for Evernote? Is a premium account worth it? What are the best add-ons/plugins for Evernote? All the best tips and tricks.
Toujours en quête de nouveaux services pour pallier la baisse du courrier traditionnel, la Poste expérimente l'impression 3D. Un service de conseil et d’impression 3D est ouvert dans trois bureaux de poste franciliens (Boulogne-Billancourt « Hôtel de Ville » , Paris « Bonne Nouvelle », Paris « La Boétie »).La Poste s'est appuyée sur la société française Sculptéo. Celle-ci s'est spécialisée dans cette technologie qui permet de produire un objet réel à partir d'un fichier 3D par addition de matière (plastique ou issu d'un composé), couche par couche, pour obtenir la pièce demandée.
“Organizations need to drive innovation and growth, coupled with a limited budget and the mainstreaming of consuming technology "as-a-service", is creating the perfect condition for integrated platform solutions.”
Via ronald scherpenisse
The rise of 3D printing has introduced one of the most ground-breaking technological feats happening right now. The most exciting part, though, doesn't have anything to do with printing electronics or fancy furniture, but in producing human tissues, otherwise known as bioprinting. While it is still in its infancy, the future of bioprinting looks very bright and will eventually result in some major advances for society, whilst also saving billions for the economy this is spent on research and development.