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Scientists Have Built an Internet for Robots

Scientists Have Built an Internet for Robots | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it

Scientists in Europe have put together a "standardised knowledge base for robots," through which robots can exchange information with other robots using cloud computing.


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Molly Reckord's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:12 AM

EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:34 PM

This article/website gives information on how a scientists have built an internet for robots, so that robots can exchange informations with eachother. This will become bigger and better in the future and allow vital information to be shared through each robot, and would essentially make it easier to maintain robots and the software.

Braden Costin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:14 AM

This article focuses on a World Wide Web for Robots. This Internet collects and stores all data that a robot has collectyed throughout it's day. Other Robots would be able to access this internet in the form of a query to an unknown problem. Essentially if one Robot takes a step forward so does every other. This would allow for lighter and smaller robots as they would only have to query the internet for any problems rather than going through memory for the solution.

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Soon You Will Interact With Computers Through Thought Alone

Soon You Will Interact With Computers Through Thought Alone | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it

We can already paint pictures without lifting a finger.


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Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones...

Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones... | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it

When Mayor Bloomberg announced New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge last winter, it was an opportunity to see how designers would reimagine these idle relics of last century’s infrastructure into something other than a shading device for smartphone-browsing in sunny weather.


From the looks of the finalists, which Bloomberg announced Tuesday, tomorrow’s payphone could have a lot of app-style features, from weather reports and wayfinding to voice and gesture control.

 

A handful of New York’s roughly 11,000 payphones already serve as wifi hotspots thanks to a pilot program launched by the city last summer, so the leap to hyperconnectivity isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. A few years down the line, we could all be using a shiny new network of payphones to call taxis by voice command, charge our devices, check the weather for our urban farms, and, inevitably, look at ads.

The six finalists are chosen in five categories—creativity, connectivity, functionality, community impact, and visual design.

 

Visit the article link to view the proposals and learn more about what may be the payphone of the future...


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kaja jacobs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:20 AM

looks so cool but people can do what you are doing not so cool

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This glove works with an Android app to translate sign language into text

This glove works with an Android app to translate sign language into text | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it
We're all eyes and ears about the new cool gadgets The Next Web team is checking out at CES, but this is one gadget that didn't pop up in Las Vegas. Despite that fact, it still deserves ...

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Elon Musk: Our future in space depends on reusable rockets

Elon Musk: Our future in space depends on reusable rockets | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it

Austin, Texas (CNN) -- The future of space travel will depend on our ability to make rockets that can be used more than once, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. And on Saturday, he gave a crowd at the South by Southwest Interactive festival the world's first look at a step in that direction.

 

Musk, whose SpaceX Dragon is currently docked on the International Space Station, showed a packed exhibit hall a two-day-old video of Grasshopper, an experimental rocket. If fully realized, the rocket would propel spacecraft out of the earth's atmosphere, then flip around, sprout landing gear and return intact to the launch pad.

 

In the video, a 10-story-high Grasshopper rocket did just that -- except for the leaving-the-atmosphere part. It blasted off, hovered, and then set itself down at virtually the same spot where it began. The video, with its Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" soundtrack, drew cheers from the crowd.

 

 


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MikeMongo's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:11 AM

Elon Musk describes SpaceX's recent jaw-dropping save of Dragon spacecraft.

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New '4-D' transistor is preview of future computers

New '4-D' transistor is preview of future computers | New tech Lauren Green | Scoop.it
A new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree has arrived just in time for the holidays, but the prototype won't be nestled under the tree along with the other gifts.

 

"It's a preview of things to come in the semiconductor industry," said Peide "Peter" Ye, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. Researchers from Purdue and Harvard universities created the transistor, which is made from a material that could replace silicon within a decade. Each transistor contains three tiny nanowires made not of silicon, like conventional transistors, but from a material called indium-gallium-arsenide. The three nanowires are progressively smaller, yielding a tapered cross section resembling a Christmas tree.

 

The research builds on previous work in which the team created a 3-D structure instead of conventional flat transistors. The approach could enable engineers to build faster, more compact and efficient integrated circuits and lighter laptops that generate less heat than today's. New findings show how to improve the device performance by linking the transistors vertically in parallel. "A one-story house can hold so many people, but more floors, more people, and it's the same thing with transistors," Ye said. "Stacking them results in more current and much faster operation for high-speed computing. This adds a whole new dimension, so I call them 4-D." 

 

Transistors contain critical components called gates, which enable the devices to switch on and off and to direct the flow of electrical current. Smaller gates make faster operation possible. In today's 3-D silicon transistors, the length of these gates is about 22 nanometers, or billionths of a meter.

 

The 3-D design is critical because gate lengths of 22 nanometers and smaller do not work well in a flat transistor architecture. Engineers are working to develop transistors that use even smaller gate lengths; 14 nanometers are expected by 2015, and 10 nanometers by 2018.

However, size reductions beyond 10 nanometers and additional performance improvements are likely not possible using silicon, meaning new materials will be needed to continue progress, Ye said.

 

Creating smaller transistors also will require finding a new type of insulating, or "dielectric" layer that allows the gate to switch off. As gate lengths shrink smaller than 14 nanometers, the dielectric used in conventional transistors fails to perform properly and is said to "leak" electrical charge when the transistor is turned off.

 

Nanowires in the new transistors are coated with a different type of composite insulator, a 4-nanometer-thick layer of lanthanum aluminate with an ultrathin, half-nanometer layer of aluminum oxide. The new ultrathin dielectric allowed researchers to create transistors made of indium-gallium- arsenide with 20-nanometer gates, which is a milestone, Ye said.


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