Galileo 7 + 8 in Space

Two additional Galileo satellites are now in space  and also additional  projects have started to prove the core technology. By 2019 there will be 30 satellites in space and the system ready for civil applications.

According to a report on  02elf.net two additional research activities (“automotive GATE” and “train Gate”) recently started. Goal of these projects is the development the required technology for industry applications in the area of autonoumous driving or cars, trucks and trains.

With the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) this devleopment is essential to have a new technology available, which can succeed the older GPS. Major advantage of Galileo is the better coverage and the stronger signal, which will allow new applications in home-, industry- and laboratory-automation, due to lower energy consumption and higher precession.

 

Galileo
ESA Galileo Satellite in Space; Copyright: ESA-P. Carril

UR3 – New robotic arm from Universal Robots

Collaborative robots are one of the hottest trends in industrial automation. Universal Robots, based in Odense, Denmark, presents this year a smaller version of its industrial robots, the UR3, which is desgned to work along humans. Competing with Universal Robots are startups like Rethink Robotics, but UR seems to have a much more advanced technology platform.

 

 

Universal Robots – Company Website

UR3 Brochure

 

Clarks uses iPads to measure your feet and to collect biometric data

Its all about big data – Clarks places iPad based devices in shoe shops to support customers and improve the shopping experience. But as a nice side effect it also collects biometric data about your feet and process this data at its headquarters in order to get  information on regional trends.

Have a look at the video to get an impression about the combination of old and new technologies in today’s shoe industry.