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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – V

5. Open Hardware I have been talking about the evolution of hardware and software relation, and we have been used to talk about Open (Source) Software for over fifteen years (the Open Software Initiative came to life in 1998. The advantage of Open Software is that anybody can reuse the existing software …

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The opposite thumb steps up to a new level

It is often said that the opposite thumb was one of Nature’s smart invention. It allows us to grab easily and do a variety of things. Now, an Indian entrepreneur is set to enhance the thumb capability through electronics and software. Welcome FIN, a success in pre-orders as reported by GizBot. …

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Smart patches are getting smarter

In the last two years I have posted a few news on smart patches, bandages with embedded electronics that can sense the presence of bacteria infecting a skin lesion, like the ones left by surgery. Now these patches have evolved further, can sense a wider range of conditions and can …

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Networks without network!

It is now a while that I am seeing signs of evolution/revolution at the network edges. Already at the turn of the century it was becoming clear that radio communications would be possible among devices in such a way to create real networked devices. With iOS 4.3 we started to …

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Aesthetics … computerised

The amount of data flooding our perception is overwhelming. No wonder that researchers are looking at ways to represent them in ways that can be immediately perceived. It is clear that a graphic showing the trend of a series is better understood than a series of numbers in an Excel …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – IV

4. Atoms and Bits I used a few times the word “softwarization”. It is a word not recognised by my spelling checker but it would ring a bell to many marketing innovators people. Indeed, software is now embedded everywhere, wherever you have a chip, of course, there is software (in …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – III

3. Towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing technology has kept evolving, as in chips, both in increasing sophistication and in decreasing cost. Sophistication in products has increased as result of better manufacturing and more flexible architectures that allow the decoupling of different manufacturing processes. As an example, a smart phone today is …

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Giving “eyes” to everything …

How tiny can a digital camera get? Well, there are some physical constraints imposed on the lens that as a matter of fact cannot let us squeeze a camera below a certain dimension. Not that they have to be big, as we have come used to appreciate by having digital cameras …

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Privacy is on a slippery slope…

I have posted some news in the past about new, low cost and portable Brain Computer Interface. Now I start to see some applications coming up leveraging the signals that are generated by the BCI. This is one of them, created by Keiko University scientists. As you can see in the …

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Data tapestry

Yesterday I was involved in a panel at the ICT Days 2014 in Trento discussing Big Data and the territory. I’d like to share some of the thoughts I socialised there. We live in a connected world and technology has increased this connectivity. More than that. At a perceptual level we tend …

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