Autodesk continues its investment in Reality Capture; other recent acquisitions include Alice Labs and RealViz. Autodesk defines Reality Capture as the practice of creating digital models of physical objects and spaces using photography, laser scanning, and other technologies.
Allpoint brings several significant pieces of the puzzle to Autodesk, including large-scale 3D scan data registration, an area of significant research focus but little commercial application.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects to formulate a standard by 2016 that will permit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to interoperate with manned aircraft using an “electronic means” to see and avoid potential ...
RapidIO Nudges ARM Into Servers EE Times "Microservers are just general-purpose versions of embedded computers," Devashish Paul, a spokesman for the RapidIO trade group and a senior product manager for RapidIO switch chips at IDT, told me.
Manufacturers are still not putting security first when designing implantable medical devices
A few million people probably first thought about the security of pacemakers and other implantable medical devices last December when watching the TV show “Homeland.” The character of Nick Brody contributes to an electronic attack on the pacemaker of the U.S. vice president. The pacemaker is made to fail once the attackers get some key security information from Brody.
Certainly, ever since the first pacemaker implants of the 1960s, biomedical engineers have made remarkable strides with implantable medical devices. IMDs, as they’re called, are delivering painkillers and insulin at proper rates; they’re measuring our vital signs and reporting them to doctors and nurses; and, of course, they’re still making sure our hearts beat as steadily as metronomes.
But these devices are essentially embedded computers, and with computers come questions of hardware and software security.
UC Berkeley Pressure-Sensing Electronic “Skin” Mike Orcutt MIT Technology Review Flexible, bendable electronics would open the door to a multitude of new applications, from medical sensors that wrap around organs to foldable displays.
Marcus Taylor's insight:
Adn if they can do pressure they should be able to do temperature, stress, strain, humidity etc etc
Aussies design paper plane drone for detecting bushfires CNET Australia Drones are slowly shedding their bad image as primarily war machines, with many benign versions coming out — with uses including play, education and environmental research.
World Bank Group Imagining a 'Smart Country' – Such as Rwanda World Bank Group “Smart development” and “smart solutions” are the use of information and communication technologies to tackle pressing development problems, such as poverty and access...
Marcus Taylor's insight:
Interesting turnaround strategy. Will it level the playing field and cut through social and economic inequality?
Four hospitals are testing Caretag's reading devices and software, as well as Xerafy's RFID tags, tracking surgical tools as they are packed, used in surgery, sterilized and maintained, and thereby reducing tool-management ...