Drones can make the world more efficient and safer, something Intel and Cyberhawk are demonstrating through a case study in which they used drones to inspect a gas terminal in St. Fergus, Scotland. This is another example of how using drones can extend the reach of humans and simplify tasks that are time-consuming or dangerous. Intel and Cyberhawk used the Intel Falcon 8+ drone to inspect the facility, reducing risks for employees and saving an estimated $1 million to $5 million per day in potential production losses. Traditional inspections of this scale require facility shutdowns, which could keep the plant offline...Read More
Toyota has revealed its third generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which can be controlled and synchronized with the operator’s movements. The user wears data gloves and an HTC Vive VR headset that’s linked to cameras to show the robot’s perspective. T-HR3 stands 1.54 meters tall and weighs 75kg ( 5 feet, 1 inches / 165 pounds) and was developed to explore the possibility of assisting humans in the home, medical facilities, construction sites, disaster areas, and even in space, Toyota says. The operator can control the robot’s entire body using what’s called the Master Maneuvering System (MMS) — 16...Read More
Say this for the French: They manage to keep their sense of humor in the face of a crisis. First, a massive butter shortage has swept the country this fall. Now, much of the country has woken up to find itself with limited internet, thanks to a power outage that has kneecapped the country’s largest web host. Meet OVH, perhaps not a household name around the world, but one of the biggest and most respected web hosts in Europe. This morning, OVH lost power due to an issue with the utility company EDF. OVH CEO and cofounder Octave Klaba...Read More
LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit a new record high on Monday after smashing through the $8,000 (£6,043.6) level for the first time over the weekend, marking an almost 50 percent climb in just eight days. A copy of bitcoin standing on PC motherboard is seen in this illustration picture, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic The new high came after leading U.S. payments company Square Inc said late last week that it had started allowing select customers to buy and sell bitcoins on its Cash app. Bitcoin traded as high as $8,197.81 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, up over 2...Read More
Virtual reality has begun to radically transform architecture, giving rise to “virtual property inspections” that provide a clear view of a property before construction crews even break ground. Contrary to what people see on their favorite real estate reality shows, which showcase a seamless process of building out and decorating a gorgeous home in the span of 30 minutes (including commercials), turning a high-cost real estate dream into reality is no easy feat. As many architects are aware, one of the biggest challenges an architect faces is effectively communicating a design to clients, developers, and financial investors. With the...Read More
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