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The weight of bits

Just three weeks ago an article was published on Phys.org reporting on a study by Melvin Vopson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Portsmouth, and his reflection on the nature of bits, considering the mass energy equivalence (Einstein), the application of thermodynamics to …

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Mirror, mirror on the wall …

We (at least the ones of you as old as me) grew up under the spell of magic given to us by fairy tails. Pumpkins morphing into carriages, elves, Aladdin lamps and of course talking mirrors. Now we start to get this magic at home. Alexa, Siri and the likes …

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Feeling your chemicals

Sensors keep progressing and it is now possible to use them to detect a number of physiological conditions that can be monitored and integrated to provide a snapshot of a person health. In the image, an old one taken from a Stanford University research published in 2016, flexible electronics have …

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Sleight of Ear

Just in yesterday’s post I mentioned optical illusions and how we can trick our brain. Now I come up with an IEEE Spectrum article describing a machine learning based software, AutoFoley, developed at the University of Texas at San Antonio, able to create sounds mimicking real sounds to the point …

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Leveraging Patterns – VII

As noticed in previous posts sensors embedded in the ambient, in our homes, in appliances, in power meters and of course in wearable (I would say that our smartphone has become a wearable, we never leave home without it…) harvest data that can be used to identify patterns of the …

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Leveraging Patterns – VI

Looking a bit further into the future, smart grids can become widespread sensors, covering a factory, a city, a railway infrastructure, a whole region or Country.For sure smart grids will need plenty of data for balancing power demand with power offering and these data are both generated and used within …

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Leveraging Patterns – V

Now, let’s take, as an example, a power utility that has deployed electronic meters to its millions of customers (Italian power distributor Enel has deployed 32 million 2nd generation electronic meters). These meters can measure instantaneous power consumption and communicate data to the cloud. So far data are aggregated in …

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