We’re all told that social networking is next wave of interaction between collagues, but now there’s Yammer. I’ve checked and and it looks like it could be pretty useful for engineers. It’s secure chat within your enterprise based on one simple question made famous by Facebook: “What are you doing right now” except Yammer asks “What are working on right now?” It’s a great way to exchange posts, images, ideas and links all within your own company Yammer network. In aggregate the discussions can be saved and accessed. In the process, the discussion create a knowledge base. The basic service is free, but companies can pay for administered networks that could conceivably supplant exspensive and internal e-mail servers (can you say Exchange?).
It sounds like a nifty tool for engineering collaboration. And it’s frighteningly simple and could get that social networking monkey off your back. Check out the demo (Yammer calls it a “tour”).
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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