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    Trains, planes and …motorbikes

    What they’re building, additively

    June 29, 2016

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    Airbus is using THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and artificial intelligence.

    The future of flight, space, motor transport –indeed all modes of transportation – is undergoing radical innovation, led by aerospace, automotive, and industrial designers who are turning 3D printed parts and complex final assemblies into significant material, production, time and cost savings on the factory floor.

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      Application processing gets heterogeneous silicon boost

      June 28, 2016

      Heterogeneous computing, a long-time feature of graphics-intensive desktop devices, is making its way into application processing, specifically on mobile devices, Internet of Things applications, wearables, secure Point-of-Sale equipment, smart home controls, and industrial products.

      Heterogeneous computing refers to an emerging design architecture that incorporates more than one kind of processor, or core, for handling varying system computing tasks.

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        Cognex introduces first Image-based baggage identification solution

        Provides significantly higher read rates over laser-based systems

        June 5, 2016

        Air travel is growing 8% annually, placing a significant burden on current baggage processing systems that have remained relatively unchanged for 30 years. The Cognex ABH-ID Solution uses proven, airline industry-recognized technology that reads codes that are traditionally difficult to decode and offers high read rates even at critical junctions such as transfer lines, where tags frequently sustain damage from the airplane loading and unloading process.

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          ARM’s Segars Sees Expanded Role for Machine Vision, Machine Learning

          June 5, 2016

          Simon Segars, chief executive of chip licensing powerhouse ARM Holdings, stopped by for a chat about last week’s acquisition of startup Apical, based near ARM’s headquarters in Cambridge, for $350 million. The company designs circuits for machine vision that can be embedded in chips developed by ARM’s customers. The company has 1 billion smartphones already shipped with its technology.

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            Intel acquires computer vision startup Itseez for Internet of Things and self-driving cars

            June 5, 2016

            Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

            Intel CEO announces acquisition of a machine vision start up

             

            One of the Internet of Things projects that Intel is gearing up for is self-driving cars. A key capability for such cars is being able to see surroundings and interpret them.

            Itseez, which  creates software and integration for everything from cars to security systems could become a key ingredient for Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IOTG) roadmap by giving customers the ability to create applications like autonomous driving, digital security and surveillance, and industrial inspection.

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              Sensing depth using “structured” light

              June 5, 2016

              This 3-D printer is basically a demo of the DLP Structured Light Software Development Kit designed for high accuracy and high-speed 3-D printed objects. The system features the programmable DLP® LightCrafter4500™ evaluation module to precisely expose object layers and the ultra-low-power MSP430™ microcontroller to synchronize layer exposure with motor control for flexible 3-D builds.