Green Hills Software, Inc. unveiled a minuscule embedded operating system with a ROM footprint as small as 1,600 bytes. Called µ-velOSity, the new RTOS offers a RAM footprint, as small as 1,600 bytes and service call times as low as 30 cycles. Green Hills' engineers say the new OS supports ARM technology, PowerPC host processors, as well as select Freescale ColdFire embedded controllers. They foresee its use in MP3 players, disk controllers and wireless control applications. Read more about it at http://rbi.ims.ca/ 4924-578.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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