Electrical rubber could be used as synthetic skin for robots
Scientists at the University of Tokyo have created a material with the texture and flexibility of rubber, but possessing more than 570 times the electrical conductivity. Made by grinding carbon nanotubeswith an ionic liquid and adding it to rubber, the material could be used to make intelligent steering wheels and mattresses, stretchable television displays, or sensitive e-skin for robots.
Tsuyoshi Sekitani, a research associate on the team, said the material could be used to create heat and pressure sensitive devices that interact with people on a more intuitive level.......Read about synthetic skin for robots..
Micron's next-Generation RealSSD Solid State Drives
Solid State Drives (SSDs) have found a happy home in laptop computers in recent times due largely to their size, durability and low power consumption compared to traditional hard drives. Now, with SSDcapacities increasing, Micron Technology believe SSDs can also find a new home in enterprise server systems where historically hard disk drives have reigned to provide a dramatic improvement in capacity, power and performance for the applications they serve. To this end they are releasing new SSDs for enterprise computing and notebook applications - the enterprise-class RealSSD P200 and the client-focused RealSSD C200.......Read about RealSSD Solid State Drives...
Robots developed that drive themselves up the wall
Scientists in the US have developed robots that are capable of climbing walls. BBC News has reported a team in SRI's Mobile Robotics and Transducers Programme have used the same principles behind electrostaticcharges to develop machines about the size of a remote-controlled car that can scale a range of surfaces including brick, wood, steel and glass.
The robots have caterpillartracks that have materials with electro-adhesiveproperties inside them. When a current is applied to the tracks, they are attracted to the wall in the same way that balloonsstick to ceilings after being rubbed......Read about robots capable of climbing walls...
Robot controlled by biological brain
The University of Reading has designed a robotthat is controlled by 300,000 cultured rat neurons. “Gordon” can use its biological brain to navigate around a room, and scientists hope that repeated exposure to the same settings will provoke signs of recognition in the brain cells. The University of Reading team anticipates that the behavior of the rat neurons will provide insight into how brains store data, which could lead to a better understanding of disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and strokes.......Read about Robot controlled by biological brain....
The Science of Sniffing Out Liars
Armed with a doctorate in physiological psychology, Eric Haseltine has explored the boundaries of perception and illusion in commercial projects ranging from flight simulators for Hughes Aircraft to virtual reality and special effects for Disney theme parks. After the events of 9/11, he became engaged in the study of a different kind of illusion: the shadowy world of international espionage. He headed research and development for the National Security Agency in 2002, and in 2006 he was named associate director for science and technology for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence........Read about Science of Sniffing Out Liars...
Approaches to Processing Technology for Prepaid Cards
Prepaid cards are the newest entrant in a 50-year continuum of network branded card products that have transformed
the way people pay. As with traditional credit and debit cards, prepaid cards utilize the Visa®, MasterCard®,
Discover® and American Express® networks as well as various EFT networks to automate payments.
The prepaid card industry emerged about a decade ago and is now in the early majority stage of product adoption.......Read about Processing Technology for Prepaid Cards...
Media Server Architecture
MediaPorts are the physical I/O devices used to input or output media to an Omneon server. Each
MediaPort is responsible for a single channel, and processes video, audio and timecode. They are all bi-directional, offering record or playback capability (though not
simultaneously – a MediaPort is either in record mode, or play mode at any one point in time). This
is an important architectural point – since MediaPorts are bi-directional, they can be used to record
material, then reconfigured via software to play that same material out, which minimizes the
number of MediaPorts needed for any application.......Read about Media Server Architecture...