BOSTON, MA — In celebration of National Robotics Week (April 6-14, 2019), MassRobotics is hosting a series of statewide open houses at innovative robotics organizations shaping the new Massachusetts technology landscape and the state’s ever-growing robotics cluster.One of these open houses will take place at Symbotic (200 Research Drive) in Wilmington on Friday, April 12 at 11am. Learn more and register HERE.“Massachusetts is a global hub of robot technology development and innovation,” said Tom Ryden, executive director, MassRobotics. “As part of RoboWeek, we hope to increase the public awareness of the importance of the robotics industry in Massachusetts and its tremendous impact on the future by providing an inside look into some of the area’s robotics companies. These events are ideal for investors, those looking to advance their careers in robotics, government officials invested in the Commonwealth’s technology and innovation industry, and businesses interested in collaborating with these smart companies.”From Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12, robot enthusiasts can get behind-the-scenes tours at Massachusetts’ best-known robotics companies, including:iRobot – Tour the Cool Stuff Museum and Family Innovation Lab, learn about the company and see a demo of a robot in action. Bedford, MA.6 River Systems – Learn about Chuck, a collaborative mobile robot, and how the company is building fulfillment solutions for the warehouses of tomorrow. Waltham, MA.DunkWorks – Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Center for Marine Robotics, see how DunkWorks is accelerating the path of technology to the ocean. Woods Hole, MA.Piaggio Fast Forward – Meet gita, the sustainable, mobile-carrier that follows people on the go while transporting up to 45 pounds and learn about the company’s vision of a sustainable mobility ecology with healthy lifestyles and social connectivity available to all. Boston, MA.Symbotic – Learn how to simplify material handling from manufacturer to store shelf with the combination of proprietary software and mathematics. Wilmington, MA.Artaic – Discover how Artaic is using robotic technology to customize, design and fabricate award-winning mosaics for projects of any size. Boston, MA.FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems – As the world’s leading provider of battle-tested Unmanned Ground Vehicles, get an inside look at how these robots help keep troops, first responders and the public safe. Chelmsford, MA.UMass Lowell NERVE and iHub – As part of the monthly Mass Innovation Nights event series, network with members of the local innovation community and view presentations by local startups and entrepreneurs. To register, visit https://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-121. Lowell, MA.MassRobotics – Meet the masterminds behind the innovation hub for robotics and connected devices. Get a deep dive in how our programming is nurturing the next generation of talent and promoting economic growth. Boston, MA.For registration details, tour dates and times, click HERE.About MassRoboticsMassRobotics is the result of the collective work of a group of engineers, rocket scientists and entrepreneurs with a shared vision to create a strong, vibrant robotics and IoT ecosystem in Massachusetts. MassRobotics’ mission is to help create and scale the next generation of successful robotics and connected devices companies by providing entrepreneurs and innovative robotics/automation startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test and commercialize their products and solutions. See www.massrobotics.org for details.(NOTE: The above press release is from MassRobotics.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 8-14)In “5 Things To Do Today”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”
Share your voice Tags “Since we launched Apex Legends last week on Monday we’ve seen the creation of an Apex Legends community that is excited, thriving, and full of great feedback and ideas,” Vince Zampella wrote in a blog post. (Zampella is head of Respawn Entertainment, which made Apex Legends and its predecessor, Titanfall.) “Our goal is to build this game with you, our community, so keep giving us your feedback because we really are listening.”EA’s success with Apex Legends marks a potential for it to take on Fortnite, which counted 200 million players in December. (Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for updated figures.) Those millions of players have turned Fortnite into a cultural phenomenon, played by celebrities, musicians and sports stars. Player counts aren’t the only signs of Apex Legends’ success. Shortly after the announcement Monday, gamers were playing Apex Legends on the popular streaming game service Twitch at nearly three times the number they were Fortnite, and even more than other popular streaming games like League of Legends. The number of people streaming Apex Legends is nearly three times more than Fortnite on Twitch.tv. Screenshot by Ian Sherr/CNET “The game is off to a phenomenal start,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note to investors last week. Though EA’s financial results over the last holiday season were disappointing (in part because of Fortnite’s popularity), Pachter expects Apex Legends to contribute $100 million to EA’s revenues in its next fiscal year. Post a comment Apex Legends continues to grow.The new video game from industry giant Electronic Arts has been grabbing attention online as it takes on one of the world’s most popular games, Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to download and is designed as a last-man-standing “battle royale” title. And Apex Legends appears to be growing fast. Last week, the company said the game counted 10 million players in the first 72 hours since the game’s launch. Now it’s at 25 million players. How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? 0 Electronic Arts (EA) Fortnite Now playing: Watch this: Culture Tech Industry Gaming 2:42
https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/637299/how-artificial-intelligence-transforming-stock-market.jpgHow artificial intelligence is transforming the stock marketIBTimes UK Indian information technology (IT) giant Infosys is seeking ways to tie up with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) and other firms that offers data analytics or artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to get more business from its existing customers.The company wants to advance the business model that allows it to sell a cognitive platform that will then let its key clients run their businesses more efficiently. That is why Infosys wants to sell solutions like IBM Watson along with service offering, Mint reported.Infosys may now be seeking to tie up with companies that provide AI platforms, but it has already launched its new AI platform called Nia. The platform, launched earlier this year, is capable of helping businesses forecast revenues, understand customer behaviour and also helps companies to scrutinise content of contacts and deal with issues of compliance and fraud.This new AI platform of Infosys is a revised version of Mana, the first AI platform it had introduced last year.Reports last week also suggested that Infosys co-founder Senapathy Gopalakrishnan has picked up stake in Crayon Data — a predictive analytics company in Singapore and Chennai.”I see that the future of business will be the ability to leverage AI and big data to create ‘personal’ digital experiences for millions of customers. Crayon has a unique ability to bridge multiple worlds – analytics to digital, offline to online, internal, and external data,” Gopalakrishnan said in a press conference last week.Future of big data analyticsBig data analytics is the process of taking large quantities of data and using distributed computing platforms to combine and convert it into meaningful results. Analytics companies then use the final data to determine consumer behaviour and offer calculative and predictive results to clients. “Employees are coming to do such courses from a career point of view. There is definitely a transition in terms of the projects IT companies are getting such as cloud movement of IT infrastructure, doing more work on cyber security. This translates into a greater demand for data analytics courses,” said Kashyap Dalal, Chief Business Officer at Simplilearn.Earlier this year, government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said it would engage data scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and IT firms for large data analysis to raise the company’s output and reduce cost. https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/637613/how-data-science-helped-identify-londons-most-polluted-parks.jpgHow data science helped to identify Londons most polluted parksIBTimes UK Advancement of AI needs to be controlled for humans to thrive, according to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.Creative Commons RelatedMore bleak days likely as major IT firms trim workforce by over 4,000Goldman Sachs now hiring engineers to transform service strategyWipro will push McLaren’s sports car business through artificial intelligenceGear change: Face IT industry headwinds with the right skillsets However, this digital process has still not reached the masses. IT companies are still figuring out the possibilities they can explore with big data analytics.But, according to a Business Standard report, data analytics is gaining mass recognition in India and is set to become the next big career dream.Thousands of IT and non-IT professionals are signing up for data science courses. Other courses on demand include cloud computing, machine learning and digital marketing.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Akron has devised a method to shape shift materials into a preconditioned state at a preprogrammed time. They have published a paper in the journal Nature Communications describing their materials and how they can be programmed and have created a video that shows the shape shifting in action. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sequential ‘blooming’ of an artificial flower, which has been assembled from individually programed petals Supplementary Movie 4. Credit: Sheiko et al. Nature Communications Heat, light stimulate self-assembly: Researchers develop shape-changing ‘smart’ material Creating materials that can change shape under given conditions would be useful in a variety of applications, including space-based constructions, microstructures for delivering medications inside the human body or monitoring abilities. Up until now, however, such constructs have relied on an external stimulus to cause the change to occur, e.g. heat, light or even a change in pH level. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a material that can be caused to initiate shape shifting at a preprogrammed time.The team created their materials by making use of two different types of chemical bonds—dynamic and permanent—using hydrogel polymers that were similar to human cartilage. The dynamic bonds control the change in state while the permanent bonds control the final state of the material after it has shape shifted. The energy that is stored due to folding is what ultimately drives the transformation. Preprogramming is done by adjusting the parameters that define the bonds such as location, strength and number. The team reports that they can control the shape shifting to within hours, minutes or even seconds.The team also reports that they created many objects to test the materials. To demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach, they created a flower that blooms over time with different parts opening after others, just as occurs in nature. They filmed the action, speeded it up, and then posted a video of the results on YouTube. The team also notes that they believe such material could be used to deliver drugs in the body in a novel way—they would be transported to the site where they are needed and delivered when the material shape shifted, allowing the drug to be released. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: Preprogramming materials to shape shift at a given time (w/ video) (2016, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-preprogramming-materials-shift.html Explore further More information: Xiaobo Hu et al. Programming temporal shapeshifting, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12919AbstractShapeshifting enables a wide range of engineering and biomedical applications, but until now transformations have required external triggers. This prerequisite limits viability in closed or inert systems and puts forward the challenge of developing materials with intrinsically encoded shape evolution. Herein we demonstrate programmable shape-memory materials that perform a sequence of encoded actuations under constant environment conditions without using an external trigger. We employ dual network hydrogels: in the first network, covalent crosslinks are introduced for elastic energy storage, and in the second one, temporary hydrogen-bonds regulate the energy release rate. Through strain-induced and time-dependent reorganization of the reversible hydrogen-bonds, this dual network allows for encoding both the rate and pathway of shape transformations on timescales from seconds to hours. This generic mechanism for programming trigger-free shapeshifting opens new ways to design autonomous actuators, drug-release systems and active implants.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRailway passengers faced disruption due to Virgin Trains having a ticket machine issue across the UK this evening. The train operator runs trains from a number of railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – including Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Crewe to destinations including London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. It is not known if any other railway operators are affected at this stage but shortly after 9.15pm tonight Virgin Trains advised people to collect their tickets before travelling if possible. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “There has been a nationwide ticket machine fault reported this evening. Passengers are advised to attempt to collect their tickets before travel and if you have a problem, please speak to station teams before boarding.” Read MoreAre chances of Channel 4 coming to Stoke-on-Trent increasing? Virgin Trains contacted The Sentinel shortly after 10.30pm to say the issue had been resolved. For the latest traffic and travel news from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated channel here. For more news and updates on the roads across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here . For the latest live news updates from across the region, visit our live feed here.