LEDs are all the rage in lighting, but sometimes they don’t work very well. The Boston Globe reported today that PBS station WGBH’s "electronic mural" that entertains commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike is being switched off until cooler weather in September. Apparently, the LEDs go dark when they get too warm. The mural displays photos of WGBH’s TV shows and was turned on last November as part of the station’s new $85 million headquarters.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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