CES 2019: Advances in AI, Connectivity, and Memory Will Power New Products

What to expect from Las Vegas next week Next week, Las Vegas is hosting the massive annual CES trade show. It will be a showcase for innovative technology that will soon impact our lives in many ways, including transportation, health services, and entertainment.  In addition, the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) at the end of the show will give a view of the future of consumer electronics looking out over the next 5 to 10 years. Let’s look at some things that we expect to see at CES as well as at the ICCE conference. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are ubiquitous in new cars. ADAS uses sensors, memory, processing, and networking to detect road conditions and provide feedback to drivers—and in some cases to drive the vehicle off the road if there are unsafe conditions. As in the last few years, the 2019 CES will have a heavy automotive company presence, showing Continue reading CES 2019: Advances in AI, Connectivity, and Memory Will Power New Products

Startup Says Direct-Drive Motors Are the Future of Robot Actuators

Genesis Robotics is developing a stronger, faster direct-drive motor for robots Illustration: Blood Bros. While robots are becoming more diverse and capable, there’s one component that hasn’t changed much in the past half century: their actuators. A vast majority of robots use an electric motor coupled to a gearbox to move each of their wheels and joints. The motor spins rapidly, as it’s optimized to do, while the gearbox reduces the rotation speed of the output shaft, increasing the torque in the process. This type of actuator powers robots as varied as industrial arms, walking humanoids, and Mars rovers. But it’s far from perfect: Gear motors are often bulky and sluggish. They can’t handle impacts and are maintenance heavy. And if you need a lot of torque, be prepared to pay a steep price. Roboticists have long hoped to find better alternatives. Now a Canadian startup says there’s indeed a better Continue reading Startup Says Direct-Drive Motors Are the Future of Robot Actuators