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ELEKTRO 8-9/2018 was released on September 4th 2018. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Topic: Electrical engineering in industry; 60th International Engineering Fair in Brno

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Smart Cities (part 3 – volume 2)

AMPY: Power your devices from your motion

21.10.2014 |

It started with a frustration we all have — a dead smartphone at the worst time. AMPY's co-founders -- Tejas Shastry, Alex Smith, and Mike Geier -- met in an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern University during their engineering PhDs. As active urbanites, they wanted to capture the energy from our daily activities to charge their phones. They engineered a solution to do just that, creating the technology that powers AMPY (formerly known as myPowr). AMPY is a wearable device that…

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DHL parcelcopter launches initial operations for research purposes

20.10.2014 |

DHL Parcel will soon launch a unique pilot project on the North Sea island of Juist: For the first time worldwide, medications and other urgently needed goods will be delivered to the island at certain times of the day by DHL parcelcopter. This research project represents the first and only time in Europe that a flight by an unmanned aircraft will be operated outside of the pilot's field of vision in a real-life mission. By taking this step, DHL Parcel has moved to the next phase of the…

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University of Zilina, Slovakia European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Intelligent Transport Systems (

16.10.2014 |

Excellent scientists are invited to apply for the ERA Chair position established at the University Science Park of the University of Zilina within the prestigious European grant awarded to only 11 European research institutions within the Seventh Framework Programme. The project aims to enhance research and innovation aspects of the University Science Park and the University of Zilina in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The ERA Chair holder…

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Stanley Headlamp provides safe and secure night-time driving

10.10.2014 |

Stanley Electric developed the ADB (Adaptive Driving Beam) headlamp that improves night-time driving safety and security. More people are killed when crossing the road at night-time compared to the daytime. By using ADB, no dazzle which would disturb the eyes of the driver in an oncoming car or a car ahead would be generated. Drivers would also recognize pedestrians and signs earlier.Therefore, this system would provide a safe night visual range to drivers. We expect the traffice…

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Design for the "New Tube for London" revealed

09.10.2014 |

Transport for London and design studio PriestmanGoode, we now can, after they unveiled designs for a new fleet of driverless Tube trains due to be rolled out in 2022. The "New Tube for London" features a futuristic design that abandons the traditional multi-carriage layout for a walk-through car, which will provide passengers with air-cooling and onboard WiFi for the first time. TfL plans to deploy 250 of these next-generation Tube trains on the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo &…

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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 developed by aLab Inc., Osaka University, Shibaura Institute of Technology and Shonan…

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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 Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and…

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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 them into the real world of a three-dimensional airspace. The source of inspiration for the spaxels is the…

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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 October, Joseph (who says even as a kid, his two fascinations were lights and cars)…

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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 what Notion is capable of. With Notion, you can know things like how full a propane tank is, when your…

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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 sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its…

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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 to implement the Natural Light Technology is EVERLIGHT’s 3 - 50W Ceramic COBs (JU Series) and Metal PCB…

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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 Windows. The event will focus on enterprise and power users of Windows. Microsoft is expected to deliver a…

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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, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first…

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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 work on them will continue. "We're especially excited to work with the Google team to scale our operations…

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