Rostec exoskeleton technology in the works for robotic Russian military future infantry program


Rostec engineers reportedly also are developing an active exoskeleton, and they’ve already designed a prototype. So, it would appear that US military infantry warfighters are going to have their hands full.

Co-developing the Rostec robotic passive exoskeleton technology was the Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (TSNIITOCHMASH), which is part of Russia’s Rostec State, and GB Engineering.

Source: Rostec exoskeleton technology in the works for robotic Russian military future infantry program

Next-gen electro-optical tracking sensor could help avoid friendly fire target accidents


UTC Aerospace Systems in Westford, Mass., is testing a next-generation short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera sensor that can see laser strobes in real time.

The electro-optical system — already deployed with U.S. military testing units — is a multi-mode tracking SWIR sensor.

The company developed the sensor to prevent fratricide, reduce talk on target, and promote covert communications. UTC’s multi-mode tracking sensor can pick up designators as well as markers from friendly forces.

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Sprint Creates Curiosity: a New IOT Platform | Via Satellite


Sprint unveiled the Curiosity Internet of Things (IOT) platform, a new development in how IOT is managed and secured. Enterprises will now be able to manage IoT devices and connectivity over the air across multiple Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) profiles. Intelligence from device data will be generated instantly through the dedicated, distributed, and virtualized core, built together with the new operating system.

“On top of our dedicated IOT core and operating system built together with Ericsson, our close collaboration with fellow SoftBank company, Packet, enables an advanced distributed core network using bare metal servers at the edge that may be activated in minutes,” said Sprint Senior Vice President (SVP) of IOT and Product Development Ivo Rook.

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UK Risks Losing Space Debris Warnings with ‘No Deal’ Brexit | Via Satellite


A ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario would result in the United Kingdom being removed from the European Union (EU) Space Surveillance and Tracking (EUSST) program and, essentially, losing a critical space debris tracking resource, according to a UK government report published Sept. 13.

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Soft Robotic Spider Is Small and Nimble | Design News


A cross-institutional team from Harvard University and Boston University has developed one of the smallest soft robots to date using a new fabrication process. That process, which was developed by engineers at the universities, is called Microfluidic Origami for Reconfigurable Pneumatic/Hydraulic (MORPH) devices. To demonstrate it, they built a robotic soft spider inspired by the millimeter-sized, colorful Australian peacock spider.

“The smallest soft robotic systems still tend to be very simple, with usually only one degree of freedom, which means that they can only actuate one particular change in shape or type of movement,” she said in the news release.

The robot she and her collaborators developed, on the other hand, can move much more freely and change its shape various times, said Sheila Russo, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute and SEAS.

Source: Soft Robotic Spider Is Small and Nimble | Design News

How Can the US Win at 5G? | Design News


According to a report released in April by CTIA, a trade association representing the US wireless communications industry, the US is among the top four countries leading the world in “5G readiness.”

Yet it currently sits at number three, lagging behind China at number one (holding a “narrow lead,” according to CTIA) and South Korea holding second place. The US is ahead of Japan, which currently sits in fourth place.

Speaking at MWCA, Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA, stressed the need for the US to lead the 5G race. Baker was optimistic, noting that a year ago, there were no 5G deployments planned in the United Sates—compared to this year, where the first 5G deployments are beginning. Three mobile carriers—Verizon, Spring, and T-Mobile—are planning to launch 5G networks in Los Angeles alone.

She said that by 2019, 50 cities across the US will have 5G. “Thank goodness we Americans hate to lose,” she noted.

Source: How Can the US Win at 5G? | Design News

How I learned to turn failure into lessons for success


.. As I was building out the presentation, I realized that I enjoyed working with the types of firms I was pitching (namely, larger engineering firms). I also realized that a lot of the firms have many of the same pain points.

So rather than throwing out the presentation entirely, I tweaked it so it could serve as a template for future pitches. I knew that every subsequent deck would need the same branding, a place to introduce my company, a way to present the client’s problem, and a compelling way to illustrate that I could provide the solution they were looking for.

When I had this realization, I stopped feeling sorry for myself …

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Misconceptions about extroverts


.. And bucking the stereotype of the gregarious go-getter, some extroverts are actually shy, says executive coach Olivia Fox Cabane.

Shy extroverts may have trouble creating the connections they crave, so they may surround themselves with more outgoing types to “ensure there’s a generous supply of new humans passing through their days and their lives—that their days are fairly full of human interactions,” she says.

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Scientists Discover a ‘Tunable’ Novel Quantum State of Matter


An international team of researchers led by Princeton physicist Zahid Hasan has discovered a quantum state of matter that can be “tuned” at will—and it’s 10 times more tunable than existing theories can explain. This level of manipulability opens enormous possibilities for next-generation nanotechnologies and quantum computing.

“We found a new control knob for the quantum topological world,” said Hasan, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics. “We expect this is tip of the iceberg.

“There will be a new subfield of materials or physics grown out of this. … This would be a fantastic playground for nanoscale engineering.”

Source: Scientists Discover a ‘Tuneable’ Novel Quantum State of Matter

Gut Bacteria Can Produce Electricity


Scientists from the University of California Berkeley have found that Listeria monocytogenes and hundreds of other bacterial species produce electricity, a discovery that could yield living batteries from microbes.

“The fact that so many bugs that interact with humans, either as pathogens or in probiotics or in our microbiota or involved in fermentation of human products, are electrogenic—that had been missed before,” Dan Portnoy, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology and of plant and microbial biology, said in a statement.

“It could tell us a lot about how these bacteria infect us or help us have a healthy gut.”

Source: Gut Bacteria Can Produce Electricity