You don’t hear much about SAP’s PLM offering, but there was some interesting news on that front this week. SAP is licensing and integrating Right Hemisphere’s 2-D and 3-D visualization technology into its PLM Solution to serve as the base for viewing, collaborating and publishing graphical product data. The technology will surface in the next release of SAP PLM, slated to ship later this year. The pair are also working on tighter integration between their products, which will enable SAP users to incorporate additional Right Hemisphere software products into their IT infrastructures for help with 2-D and 3-D product graphics authoring and publishing. By incorporating Right Hemisphere’s Deep Server product, for example, companies can get a holistic and visual view of their product data, including pricing, ordering and service information. Deep Server automatically merges visual data from engineering and text-based data from SAP to create this holistic view.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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