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    Smaller, less expensive liar system detects objects on the road

    By Murray Slovick | June 30, 2015

    Osram’s high power pulsed laser diodes with integrated driver simplify the design of laser systems and reduce their cost.

    Osram’s high-power pulsed laser diode with integrated driver simplifies the design of LIDAR systems and reduces cost.

    LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) works on the principle of radar but uses light from a dedicated infrared pulsed laser. It is a critical technology in the development of autonomous vehicles but has proven so far to be expensive to develop for commercial use.

    Internet of Things, Innovation

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      6 award winning personal tech products from CE NYC

      June 29, 2015

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      A number of award winning devices and new technologies emerged at CE Week in New York last week, the city’s largest consumer electronics showcase. Awards were presented to Seek Thermal for its Smartphone Thermal Imaging Camera, and finalists BodiMetrics for its Performance Monitor, and Roost, which showcased its Roost 9V Smart Battery for Smoke Alarms.

      The Smarter Grid, Internet of Things

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        Smart City pilots target commerce, trade, sustainability

        By Richard Wallace | June 27, 2015

        Smart cities

        The Smart Cities concept, developing civil administration and social infrastructure by using new ‘cloud’ resources and assets, is gaining momentum in places like India and China where the ‘smart’ approach is being promoted as a way to close the technology gap between the past and the 21st century; between haves, and have nots.

        The Connected Automobile

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          Google’s self-driving cars are cruising around Mountain View, CA

          By Murray Slovick | June 26, 2015

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          Yesterday the Google Self-Driving Car Project announced (on Google+–where else?) that its latest prototype vehicles are ready for the road and a few of them were cruising around the streets of Mountain View, California.

          Designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving, the odd-looking little cars are ultimately expected to work without a steering wheel or pedals (assuming motor vehicle laws change to allow this), but during this phase of the project Google has safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.

          Robotics & AI, 3D printing

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            Robots, 3D printer merge to bridge Amsterdam canal

            June 24, 2015

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            Designers and architects the world over are taking to robotics and 3D printing to develop novel solutions to difficult construction and manufacturing problems. Today, 3D printers are used to print everything from artificial hands and other prosthetic devices to precision metal parts used in aircraft and automotive development.

            Now a Dutch designer, Joris Laarman, has designed an ornate metal pedestrian bridge for an Amsterdam canal that will reportedly be built, on site, using robots and 3D printers.

            Virtual Reality

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              The new reality in gaming: Not virtual, but augmented?

              June 20, 2015

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              The frisson of excitement over virtual reality based gaming may be dissipating. Big name publishers are taking a wait-and-see attitude to the technology. At this week’s E3 game convention in Los Angeles, the NY Times found that the heavyweights are treading very carefully when it comes to committing to such an immersive experience.

              “Do we want to sit in a room with a vision-occluding headset for a long period of time?” asked one game publisher.

              The Connected Automobile

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                Land Rover Demos Remote-control App and Autonomous Three-point Turns

                By Murray Slovick | June 19, 2015

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                As part of its ongoing research and experimentation with autonomous vehicles Jaguar Land Rover has demonstrated a remote-control app and self-driving features. The company’s Range Rover Sport research vehicle can be driven from outside the car via a smartphone. The smartphone app includes control of steering, accelerator and brakes as well as the ability to change from high- to low-range 4-wheel drive.

                Smart Wearable Things, Internet of Things

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                  With Jacquard, Google gains 20/20 foresight in wearables

                  By Richard Wallace | June 12, 2015

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                  Jacquard components, yarns and fabrics can be manufactured with standard equipment used in mills around the world.

                  From Silicon Valley to the runways of New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, wearable technology has become au, so, courant. Scratch a developer conference anywhere and you will find threads, garments, silicon, and conductors converging in new, cutting-edge fabric technology.