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Tech Xplore / Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars—but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

2 hours ago in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Fibers from old tires can improve fire resistance of concrete

A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using materials recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at the University of Sheffield.

3 hours ago in Engineering
Tech Xplore / New residential solar panels deliver record-breaking efficiency

The solar panels developed by startup Insolight boast an impressive 29 percent yield – a record for the retail market. These systems, which have now been standardized for mass production, contain lenses that focus sunlight ...

21 hours ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Gearing up for 5G: A miniature, low-cost transceiver for fast, reliable communications

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have designed a 28 GHz transceiver that integrates beamforming with dual-polarized, multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology. Measuring just three by four ...

23 hours ago in Hardware
Tech Xplore / Evaluating robots as teachers or partners in language learning exercises

Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden have carried out a study exploring the effects of using physical robots to assist humans during vocabulary learning exercises. The department of Speech, Music ...

Feb 19, 2019 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Robots track moving objects using RFID tags to home in on targets

A novel system developed at MIT uses RFID tags to help robots home in on moving objects with unprecedented speed and accuracy. The system could enable greater collaboration and precision by robots working on packaging and ...

23 hours ago in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Apple eyes device future with flexible display designs

Et tu, Apple? Look who is joining the foldable and flexible and bendable brigade. Apple is another brand leader hoping to get a slice of the action in future sales. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published ...

Feb 19, 2019 in Consumer & Gadgets
Tech Xplore / Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality

Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may ...

Feb 19, 2019 in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Flexible display talk: Smartphone might fold around your wrist

A phone that folds? Smartphone vendors think it can capture imaginations as they work to come up with newer gee-whiz designs to sell phones. This month, there is one foldable phone in the wings that is capturing special attention ...

Feb 18, 2019 in Consumer & Gadgets
Tech Xplore / Lithium-air batteries can store energy for cars, houses and industry

Current lithium ion battery technology will probably not be able to handle the coming decades' huge demand for energy. It is estimated that by 2050, electricity will make up 50 percent of the world's energy mix. Today, that ...

Feb 18, 2019 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Digitalized infinity: Engineers present blockchain technology to verify natural diamonds

Members of the Russian startup Bitcarat.com, graduates of the National University of Science and Technology, have commercialized a unique technology aimed at verifying and tracing natural diamonds. The method is based on ...

Feb 18, 2019 in Software
Tech Xplore / The highly realistic nobody: Researchers take fake images to another level

We are being fed an ample amount of information about artificial intelligence and the webs it can weave for delivering fake news. Leave some room for more news, this time for NVIDIA's feat in delivering fake images. Wait, ...

Feb 17, 2019 in Computer Sciences