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On February 14th, it’s hard to keep your mind focused on work. If you’re like me, you were wondering if the flowers, candy, and teddy bear you ordered would get delivered to your wife on time, or if the butcher would have any steaks left by the time you made it to the market after work. Frankly the last thing on my mind was the possibilities enabled when we connect people, processes, data and things, also known as the Internet of Everything (#IoE).
BM has set out to prove it can revolutionize the food industry with data, starting with China. Six industrial slaughterhouses and 100 markets in Shandong Province are part of a large scale test in tracking pork from farm to customer. Pigs are marked with ear tags containing unique barcodes, those same barcodes appear on the bins that carry their meat during processing, and on the packages for the pork placed in stores. In the near term, IBM hopes that knowing the history of every piece of meat will enable fast and super accurate recalls in case of contamination. Eventually, this kind of comprehensive tracking could help farmers keep pigs healthier, improve the quality of meat after it is cut, and even place a picture on the store package of the exact pig made into that pork product. Knowledge is power in this new take on the supply chain.
A $1 million dollar bionic something or other is now on display at the London Science Museum. It’s not really a man, and it’s not really a robot. It’s not really a cyborg, either, although that might be the closest accurate descriptor. What it is, is a showcase of all of the artificial systems we can install in humans to try and fix things that aren’t working, along with a look towards the future of augmented biology, all stuffed into a human form.
Rex, as this, er, project, is called, was put together out of $1 million work of artificial body parts by Shadow Robot Company to be featured as part of a documentary on BBC’s Channel 4 entitled “How to Build a Bionic Man.”
Ube’s smart dimmer connects easily to your home WiFi router and allows you to control your lights from our smartphone app either while you are at home or away – anywhere you have a WiFi connection.
Professor Raffaello D’Andrea from ETH Zurich at ZURICH.MINDS presents: “Feedback Control and the Coming Machine Revolution” — an amazing display of the future capabilities of machines using flying robots (drones). Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, Zurichminds 2012, curated by Rolf Dobelli.
The LUMO is a thin, flexible sensor band worn as a belt that captures the posture of your lower and upper back and provides the vital motherly service of nagging you if your posture slips by means of a gentle vibration.
Duration: 04:46 driverless car
Billions of dollars are being spent on how a web connection can improve driving.
Ian Hardy looks at innovations – everything from driverless cars to sensors that can detect potential collisions – taking place in the car industry.
“By the end of 2014, every vehicle [big brands] sell will offer some sort of connectivity” – Jack Bergquist IHS information
“It will not be car companies but actually someone like Apple or Facebook who will successfully challenge the car manufacturers” – John Leech KPMG
An other driverless car is the Google car: