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Ask the Crowd: Robots Learn Faster, Better with Online Helpers

June 27, 2014 12:21 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could...

Engineering Newswire 96: The Most Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Ever Designed

June 27, 2014 12:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re recharging drones on power lines, adding dimples to domes, and driving an autonomous caddy ...                  

Collaborative Learning... For Robots

June 25, 2014 3:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking cars. It's also the technique that autonomous robots typically use to build models of their environments...

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New Method Automatically Cuts Boring Parts from Long Videos

June 25, 2014 3:36 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Smartphones, GoPro cameras and Google Glass are making it easy for anyone to shoot video anywhere. But, they do not make it any easier to watch the tedious videos that can result. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists, however, have invented...

Google Shows off Android Auto, Wearables

June 25, 2014 3:19 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco. But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display...

New Memristor Study: Metal Particles Aren't as Fixed as They Seem

June 25, 2014 12:32 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought...

Ghost Writing the Whip

June 25, 2014 12:14 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it's an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now a group of researchers is applying the same idea in reverse...

Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Tablet

June 24, 2014 5:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition...

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Eyes on You: Experts Reveal Police Hacking Methods

June 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday...

TDK-Lambda High-Current Power Module Uses Powervation Digital Controller

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Powervation Ltd. has announced that its PV3012 digital controller is being used by new TDK-Lambda iJB Series high-current digital POL modules...

Photos of the Day: Woman or Machine?

June 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion...        

New Japanese Robots Look Creepily Human

June 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine...

Analog Devices Unveils Rapid Prototyping FMC Module

June 24, 2014 10:21 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. has announced immediate availability of the AD-FMCADC2-EBZ FMC module with HDL code and software drivers for rapid design prototyping and interoperability with Xilinx FPGAs...

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Shielded Small Footprint SMD Power Inductors from Sumida

June 24, 2014 9:58 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sumida Corporation has announced their new magnetically shielded CDRH3D23 Series of power inductors for high-density power circuitry. With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield high inductance values while measuring just 3.92 x 3.92 x 2.5 mm...

Microchip Expands 8-bit PIC Microcontroller Family

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog, and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators...

Booting up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

June 24, 2014 12:51 am | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens...

Robot Can Be Programmed by Casually Talking to It

June 24, 2014 12:43 am | by Cornell University | Videos | Comments

In order for robots to perform tasks in real world, they need to be able to understand our natural language commands. While there is a lot of past research that went into the task of language parsing, they often require the instructions to be spelled out in full detail which makes it difficult to use them in real world situations...

Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

June 23, 2014 11:06 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that...

Miniature CQ4 Capacitive Sensor from SICK

June 23, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SICK has announced the launch of the CQ4 capacitive proximity sensor for detecting and monitoring a wide range of objects and materials. The CQ4 is ideal for high-speed object detection through non-metallic surfaces in the electronic and solar, food and beverage, and machine building industries...

New 650 V Normally-Off GaN Transistor Family Announced by GaN Systems

June 23, 2014 9:43 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GaN Systems Inc. has announced five new normally-off 650 V GaN transistors optimised for high speed system design...

GaN Systems Launches Five New Normally-Off 100 V GaN Transistors

June 23, 2014 9:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GaN Systems has announced a family of normally-off 100 V GaN transistors that spans 20-80 A with very low on resistance...

Report Says Apple Smartwatch to Come This Fall

June 22, 2014 9:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal also said Friday that Apple Inc. is planning multiple screen...

Review: Warming up to Tablets with Keyboard Covers

June 22, 2014 9:19 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I've long asked, "Why not just get a laptop?" I didn't see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn't Microsoft's Surface tablet...

TIA Responds to FCC ‘Measuring Broadband’ Report

June 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, has commented on the FCC’s annual report, Measuring Broadband America...

TI Expands Portfolio with InstaSPIN-FOC and InstaSPIN-MOTION Technology

June 19, 2014 4:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced its latest devices with InstaSPIN-FOC™ (field-oriented control) and InstaSPIN-MOTION™ motor control technology...

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