The NVIDIA PX autonomous car development platform recently received the Award of Excellence in the Autonomous Driving/AI division. The accolades were handed earlier this week at the 7th Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo exhibition, marking another achievement. It also showcases how the car industry is taking bigger and bigger steps towards autonomous driving. The award is the latest recognition of the key role GPUs – and the AI renaissance sparked by GPU-powered deep learning techniques – are playing as automakers race to offer more sophisticated capabilities. “With NVIDIA’s chips coming into the car industry, autonomous driving has suddenly become a reality,” said Takeshi Natsuno, head of the awards committee
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA report is great news for the planet, giving us hope that economic growth is possible without damage to our natural habitat. It however, showcases how well can we adapt if we put our money, effort and trust into new technologies/systems overall. “The new figures confirm last year’s surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth,”
After being named as the 2016 most ethical company in the world a few weeks ago, Dell is on point with yet another human enlightenment project. The company is teaming up with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, to help combat post-childbirth complications in women now. Dell will deliver the newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey. The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One of these areas is part of helping combat post-childbirth complications, ensuring women get a better chance of avoiding post-birth related surgeries. One CSIRO
3D printing is slowly, but certainly becoming an evolution or even a revolution of manufacturing. Every week we receive news pitches from companies claiming they’re the next big thing in the world of 3D printing, but there are innovations which are really making you think we’re changing for the better. From 3D printed vertebrae and skin in medicine to airplanes and rockets, 3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is becoming an everyday reality for mission critical tasks. One company known for its innovation since inception – Hughes Research Laboratories (known today as HRL Laboratories, LLC – a joint-venture of General Motors and Boeing) just announced a technological breakthrough in
Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur and hands-on executive for his disruptive businesses, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City gave a short, but sweet speech during the 21st Climate Change conference, which takes place in Paris, France. There’s no denying that humans are impacting the environment, but even if that could be argued, one cannot argue that we as a society have to become more efficient. Just as tractors replaced horses and oxes in the fields, and those replaced human labor, we need to look beyond the tractor to increase efficiency and consequentially, productivity of the said piece of land. Instead of giving you a long article filled
At the 2015 Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques (UN Conference on Climate Change), which takes place in Paris, France, manufacturing division of Oak Ridge National Laboratories presented what they believe is a watershed moment for the future of manufacturing. ORNL Manufacturing demonstrated a 3D printed version of legendary Shelby AC Cobra, printed using an all-metal process. The organization used several different printers to achieve a life like look and feel. By polishing the metal, they ended with the same ‘experience’ as a conventionally manufactured sheet metal would look like. Leather seats were not 3D printed though, but pretty much everything else was.
Hot on the heels of Boeing unveiling its human transport capsule dubbed CST-100 Starliner, SpaceX unveiled its final take on the Crew Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to take first manned flights in 2017, in what will be return of United States of America to spacefaring nations, something the country wasn’t able to do since they retired the venerable Space Shuttle. In the video below, you can see the bespoke Dragon capsule, which can transport up to five people the the ISS, and what SpaceX hopes to be one of first steps to move us from LEO (Lower Earth Orbit) to other planets, especially Mars:
3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014, while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated
When EADS, the crown company mostly known for Airbus commercial planes and Eurocopter planes, as well as booming Satellite business -renamed itself Airbus Group SE, information start to leak from the company – sale of unwanted, non-core assets. It started with selling shares of private jet / military jet maker Dassault Aviation, evaluating exit from ATR, its joint venture with Finmeccanica etc. Now, Airbus Group wants to focus on commercial sector, and a spin-off of its core defense business is under way. While the buyout companies are prominent and mostly attracted to various parts of the Airbus Defense overall, there are a few specialty companies in the defense
According to the company tagline “Personalized Treatment Surveillance. Better Outcomes.” CareDX, Inc. is a molecular diagnostic company which is known for its AlloMap service that monitors patients with heart transplants. Current focus is on expanding the AlloMap line of blood-test products with cfDNA for Heart and cfDNA Kidney – potentially changing the lives of millions of transplant patients worldwide. Key of the company is ‘gene expression profiling,’ using the best of semiconductor industry to analyze blood cells on a molecular level, in order to identify gene activity in various types of blood cells. By building patient maps, doctors can research and predict how a patient is reacting to treatment, inflammation
Tech in sports is quickly becoming a multibillion dollar business of increasing complexity. What does the future hold?
Slowly but certainly, Electric Vehicles (EV) are gaining ground. From hypercars like Concept One from Rimac Automobili, high-end limo Model S from Tesla Motors, or city jockeys Mitsubishi MiEV and Nissan LEAF, electric cars are increasing their presence. While the largest volume of cars is powered by ICE and ICE alone, there are over 200 hybrid and full electric vehicles in the pipeline. Electrification doesn’t stop there. Railways are mostly full-electric throughout the globe, and where they are not, there are hybrids. Diesel-Electric locomotives are the backbone of american economy, and Europe or Asia aren’t behind – if your railroad is not electrified, there is over 80% chance that the trains
Last week, news broke that ZhuoDa Group, a Chinese 3D printing company manufactured i.e. ‘printed’ the house using 3D printing technology, or ‘Additive Manufacturing’ (as it is called by western companies). Unfortunately, most of news outlets didn’t even name the company properly. We took the time to contact the company and learn a bit more about the process used and why the company decided to move on what might be a pivotal upset for the construction industry. Typical house build lasts anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months, depending on the continent where you live, and materials used. It is widely accepted that houses in the North America
85 years after its discovery, a space object formerly known as the ‘eight planet in the Solar System’ was finally visited and we can now see how Pluto actually looks like. Even though often short-sighted and ego-driven science organizations officially recognize solar system with seven planets and five dwarf planets, there are further 380 dwarf planets pending – and estimated 7,000 objects more in a violent area known as the Kuiper Belt. This is exactly the goal of NASA’s New Horizons mission, intended to reveal as much as possible. First and foremost, we now know that Pluto is red, not blue or gray, which is what roughly pixelated images
Earlier today, Falcon 9 rocket exploded after the launch at Cape Canaveral space center in Florida. The rocket was carrying its payload, going to the International Space Station (track current position) and it tumbled out of the sky into the Atlantic Ocean. This marks another setback in the space program, exploration and usable cargo delivery overall. After 23 successive successful launches, including six resupply missions for NASA, the first explosion of Falcon 9 marks the biggest setback yet. This might give second wind to proponents of government-controlled, funded (NASA or Russian Federal Space Agency) claiming that the development and rocket manufacturing for successful payload delivery needs to be controlled for successful missions into space. After all, Orbital
The much maligned JSF program and its F-35 Lightning II fighter jet may see some bright light being shined upon it soon! According to some rumors, the much famed albeit rather criticized stealth fighter will probably receive the new Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) engine. This marks the beginning of a new era for the aircraft for several reasons: better fuel efficiency, more power and better utility for the airplane overall. Simply put, it would extend the aircraft’s range and allow it to better fulfill its role(s). With many new potential threats coming online in the next few years, adding range and time on station is
While the Buran never flew, the Soviets did have a few interesting ideas for their version of the Space Shuttle. But, let’s get some things clear first, shall we? Seems fair to recognize some true and some untrue or better to say unfair assumptions about the Soviet Space Shuttle development overall. Even though a lot of people consider the Buran a direct or according to some a shameless copy of the Shuttle done by their design bureaus, the logical assumption and perfectly backed up by facts is that the Russian simply picked the best aerodynamic outlook for their spacecraft. It is if as seeing the
While some view commercial airplanes as ‘boring’, given that their only role is to safely transport humans and cargo (or just cargo), realities are that the planes are safer because they can go through incredible challenges and still land safely at the destination. This is why airshows are such a precious events, because we get to see those planes without tens or even hundreds of tonnes of passengers, cargo and fuel. Once their weight is reduced, these planes – which have to take off with a single engine even if packed to the brim, become acrobatic masters. Boeing thrilled the visitors of Paris Air Show 2015 by showing off an almost vertical
While most people think of Airbus and Boeing as airplane manufacturers, the truth is that both Airbus S.A.S. and The Boeing Company, Inc. are conglomerates that manufacture many more products than ‘just planes’. However, the size of those companies enables synergy (but also can slow down the innovation) and use experience from one project to another. According to industry data, Airbus Defence and Space is world’s second largest aerospace company. After going through restructuring process, the company started to adopt procedures from Airbus commercial planes, but also procedures made famous by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, known as SpaceX. By bringing manufacturing techniques from the airplane production line, Airbus
While the world’s attention to electric powered planes is being focused around quite a unique project, Solar Impulse and its Round The World project, Airbus is quietly preparing to make electric dreams a reality. While Solar Impulse RTW project is now hitting delays as the weather conditions are not allowing for the plane to travel from China to Hawaii, words come from Airbus that they will build a final assembly line for their Airbus E-Fan aircraft in Pau, France. This puts the manufacturing plan in close proximity to Daher, a design firm known for its disruptive innovations in the fields of surveillance, aviation and aerospace.