Having moved from my Motorola Razr to my Blackberry as my primary phone, I hadn't seen my Razr for a week. Usually, this would bother me and despite carrying an increasing number of gadgets, I'd at least spend some time looking for the Razr. But after panning my Razr with a tired battery in my previous blog post, I didn't care whether I found it. Lo and behold, it showed up in some pants pocket this morning. It works, but my Blackberry 8700c is now my main phone.
By the way, I wrote a Chevy Volt column (posted Thursday) discussing why GM is so late to the electric car party. The columns highlights our coverage of the electric car's new materials and powertrain. Check it out.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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