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Monthly Archives: December 2013

New 3D printer for the price of a smartphone

Cheap 3D printing A college student in the US has developed a simple, affordable 3D printer which costs only a third of the price of a conventional 3D printer. Shai Schechter, from Purchase College, State University of New York, developed the low-cost device called Deltaprintr. " We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about USD 500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints ," Schechter said. " It's never used because it is so expensive and classes weren't offered that much in the curriculum, " [...]
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Big Data confusion slows growth of BI and Analytics

Big Data confusion will constrain spending on business intelligence and analytics software to single digit growth for the next two years, according to Gartner. However, the CIO focus on BI looks set to continue and Gartner has mapped out the progress of the proliferation of Big Data, giving key predictions until 2017. Gartner said that the benefits of fact-based decision-making are clear to business managers in a broad range of disciplines, including: marketing, sales, supply chain management, manufacturing, engineering, risk management, finance and HR. Managing vice president, Ian Bertram, said major changes were imminent in the world of BI [...]
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Unbounded Robotics First Robot

ubr1.png Willow Garage is a company known mostly for its robotic hardware and open source software. Their most famous project has been the PR2 Robot. Although this was a highly advanced robot, the price and size of the bot was a little too much for most companies or manufacturers to invest in. Now a group of former employees for Willow Garage have come together to create a company of their own. It is called Unbounded Robotics and they have just announced their new robot, the UBR-1.   This will not be the first time former employees of Willow Garage [...]
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GM Sees Big Data in Smart Car Future

A GM smart car prototype. Image: GM A GM smart car prototype. Image: GM The car of the future is going to drive itself, brake itself, park itself (more or less) — and be part of a worldwide communications system that will be based on 4G; it will gather and communicate data, that will be used to offer a Facebook-style personalised experience to drivers. That's the vision of the future smart car that General Motors presented at an event in Israel recently, as Gil Golan, director of GM's Advanced Technical Center (ATC) in Israel, shared the company's view of [...]
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