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ELEKTRO 4/2018 was released on April 18th 2018. Its digital version will be available on May 15th 2018.

Topic: Electrical installations; Smart buildings; IoT; HVAC

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Smart Cities (part 1)

CEATEC 2014: Toshiba unveils Aiko Chihira, a talking, signing android robot

09.10.2014 |

At Ceatec 2014, Japan’s biggest tech event, Toshiba has unveiled its contribution to the Japanese robot canon - an android that can talk and sign. Aiko Chihira is an example of what Toshiba hopes will be a new line in humanoid communication robots that can “man” receptions and also help with nursing people, a chronic problem as Japan’s population ages. Aiko Chihira has silicone skin and was jointed…

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New Light To Iluminate The World

07.10.2014 |

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and Nagoya University, Japan Hiroshi Amano Nagoya University, Japan and Shuji Nakamura University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. This year’s…

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Spaxels - Glowing Drones Dancing In The Night Sky

06.10.2014 |

Spaxels are quadcopters equipped with a programmable LED system. They comprise a swarm that’s able to fly in formation and “draw” dynamic three-dimensional figures in the night sky. The Ars Electronica Futurelab is the sole player in this field, the only one capable of working with aesthetic forms of expression that were previously possible only on a computer and, via spaxels, translating…

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Ex-Tesla and NASA Engineers Make a Light Bulb That’s Smarter Than You

25.09.2014 |

Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. “It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?’” says Neil Joseph. An online search for a better, responsive bulb only yielded a few expensive commercial products. That…

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Notion: Be home, even when you're not

23.09.2014 |

Notion is a home intelligence system that uses a small, smart, multi-function sensor to detect unbelievable things. The Notion of Home Intelligence is Now a Reality. Home intelligence is a concept that hasn’t been possible until now. For years, security systems have only detected things like doors opening, windows breaking or alarms going off. These alerts only skim the surface of…

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New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass

19.09.2014 |

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As itramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop. Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a…

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EVERLIGHT’s Natural Light Technology campaign addresses market requirements for higher quality of Li

18.09.2014 |

EVERLIGHT ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. , a leading player in the global LED and optoelectronics industry, supplements its LED Lighting product portfolio, currently featuring a market-standard CRI of > 80 Ra, with higher color quality versions. The new Natural Light LED variants will provide a CRI >95 Ra, averaging 98 Ra. EVERLIGHT is pursuing this goal a step at a time. The first LED series…

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Microsoft announces Windows 9 event in San Francisco on September 30th

16.09.2014 |

Microsoft is preparing to detail its next major version of Windows. We had been expecting the company to hold a press event later this month, and now it’s official. Microsoft will hold a "Windows event" in San Francisco on September 30th. The software maker started emailing out invites to the event today, and Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson will be leading a discussion around the future of…

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World’s First 3D-printed Car To Be Live Printed, Assembled During IMTS

12.09.2014 |

History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13, 2014. Called the Strati,…

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Google buys maker of smart spoon

12.09.2014 |

Google has purchased the biotech startup Lift Labs, the makers of an electronic spoon that helps people with Parkinson's to eat by making small movements to compensate for tremors. The startup will be joining Google X, and it'll continue to sell its current product, known as Liftware. A fork, soup spoon, and keyholder were all in the works prior to the acquisition, and it sounds as though…

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Humanoid Robot Nao Learns to Drive Its Own Car

11.09.2014 |

Robots have proven to be not that great at driving cars. Robot cars are just fine at driving themselves, but that's much different than putting a robot (humanoid orotherwise) behind the wheel of a vehicle designed for humans. The very fancy and expensive robots at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials had a tough time trying to make it work, but for Aldebaran's humanoid Nao, it's a cinch,…

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High Speed Bipedal Robot Running Using High Speed Visual Feedback

09.09.2014 |

With the goal of pursuing the limit of the machine system beyond the human being by improving both hardware and control method, Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory developed an entirely new bipedal running robot system "ACHIRES" (Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System) using the high-speed visual feedback, and we have realized a high speed running as the first step of this research…

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Electromagnetic Field: Can geeks get kids into science?

05.09.2014 |

BBC News reported on last weekend’s successful Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event held near Bletchley, Milton Keynes. The three day event attracted nearly three times as many people as the previous event held in 2012. Of those attending 75 were children under 16. “Getting kids involved has been crucial,” said Jonty Wareing, one of the event’s volunteer organisers. Dr Elpida Makrygianni, from UCL’s…

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Wireless hybrid bus charging trial set for London

05.09.2014 |

Four hybrid buses in East London will next year trial technology which will enable them to wirelessly charge while waiting at bus stands, Transport for London (TfL) announced on August 27. TfL said the technology being trialled would enable the vehicles to operate in pure electric mode for a “significant period of the time they are in passenger service”,…

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This university’s library does not have a single paper book

02.09.2014 |

Bookless libraries aren't quite so far-fetched as they used to be. Florida Polytechnic University, opening for the first time this fall, features a $60 million,Santiago Calatrava-designed main building with a library that doesn't hold a single paper book within its walls. Instead, the library has space for reading, desks for doing work, and a number of desktops, laptops, and tablets readily available. It joins a…

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