Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending is set to accelerate over the next five years, thanks to the growth of new technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI). The forecast is part of IDC’s latest Worldwide Black Book forecast. What this forecast shows is a tale of two ICT markets. The traditional IT and telecom spend will stagnate and move toward a handful of cloud computing giants. Traditional IT spending will grow 3 percent to 4 percent annually through the next 5 years. Telecom spending will grow 1 percent per year.
Anime-inspired Robotic Exoskeleton becomes a reality
HAL robot exoskeleton creator Cyberdyne develops a new robotic exoskeleton that may have been inspired from a similar gadget in a certain game/anime.
Qualcomm Announces $1 Million Robotics Accelerator
Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) continues to push on the robotics front after announcing its microrover project powered by Snapdragon. Its new initiative is to pump $1.2 million into a robotics acclerator, which will host 10 companies and be located at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, while being run by TechStars which was recently featured in Bright Side of News’* ROAD to ROCKI Blog Series. This is all done through Qualcomm’s own accelerator initiative which is ‘powered’ by TechStars who provides their expertise in running their own accelerator program where they seed companies with $118,000 in seed funding as well as knowledge, advice and expertise. In order to enter into Qualcomm’s robotics
RoboBee Could Save Mankind from Starvation
Harvard University researchers are busy improving RoboBee, a substitute robotic method of pollination, because honey bees aren’t doing the job they used to. Bees that have always pollinated plants are disappearing. Without pollination, crops will also disappear leaving our dinner plates empty. Many food producing plants depend on bees flitting from blossom to blossom collecting and depositing pollen which causes the plant to fruit. Without this transfer, there would be fewer crops to harvest. One third of what we eat, including apples, pumpkins, carrots, sunflowers, blueberries, avocados, and almonds need bees to survive. Pesticides, disease and parasites have all been blamed for the bee’s demise,
Predator ROV Wins Underwater Robotics Competition
A team of high school students took first place in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s International Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition for the second year in a row. Jesuit High School from Sacramento, California beat university teams by putting in hundreds of hours and $7,300 to create their underwater robot which would have to complete missions based on actual situations from the ocean workplace. Jesuit’s robot, named Predator, painted bright yellow, looks nothing like a fish, nor like a submarine. Ben Byers was the pilot for the odd looking, remote controlled vehicle. All contestants had to collect samples from simulated shipwrecks, inventory invasive species,