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Digital Twins at work II

Following on last post, an interesting presentation came from Sandvik, a company manufacturing heavy machines. The presentation focussed on the increased automation and the use of these machines in mining environment. The operating conditions are particularly demanding, often requiring the machine to operate in very narrow spaces. Something I did …

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Eventually anybody can land a plane…

Last years Garmin announced an auto-landing feature for its navigation system. If a pilot is no longer able to fly the plane all it takes is a passenger to press a button for 2 seconds to engage the auto-landing system. You might object that we have had planes able to …

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Morphing a drone into a hummingbird

The news is not a recent one, goes back to 2019 and in technology one year is quite a long time, but what it makes it relevant today is its application in real life. Researchers at Purdue University, probably fascinated by the amazing capabilities of hummingbirds to hover with an …

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Spreading the Wings

If you Google for Supermarket queues you’ll get plenty of articles and images/video on the lengthy snakes of people in line. No surprise that online shopping has seen a tremendous increase courtesy of the lock-down. However, this is not true in all merchandising sector. Whilst (Italy data for March 2020) …

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The Gig economy keeps growing …

The Gig Economy, that is the one generated by self-employed people, usually offering their services on-demand, is nothing new. There have always been artisans that would offer their capabilities to whoever needed them on-demand. Actually, it is a relatively modern invention the economy based on companies. What is different today …

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Building a smart city from scratch

Keeping in stride with the myth of Las Vegas where everything is overstated, a never seen before Smart City will be built from scratch in the Las Vegas Valley with an investment of 7.5 B$. The announcement was made by BleuTech Park Las Vegas in July 2019 with construction planned …

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Autonomous Systems in Transportation

Autonomous systems in transportation can be segmented in public transportation systems, car rental and sharing systems, industrial (goods) transportation and private transportation. They can be further segmented in ground, air and water transport. Overall the autonomous systems market in transportation is expected to reach a global value of 172.3 billion …

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Autonomous Systems in Retail

Autonomous robots and more generally autonomous systems (including soft-bots) are making head in the retail space, from robots able to spot misplaced, or low in stock, items on shelves (and incorrect pricing) to robot selling stuff, like Nestlé’s Pepper, robots assisting customers and robots manning the shop 24h/7. The global market …

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