Robots can go where humans can't in a disaster. See what the innovative machines in DARPA's next robotics challenge can do.
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RoboSimian is being designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Inspired by simians, this robot will complete difficult tasks under supervised tele-operation. JPL is using design methods, system elements and software algorithms already in use in other JPL robots. RoboSimian's design allows its four general-purpose limbs and hands to hold passively stable positions; create multipoint connections to ladders, railings, stairs and other supports; and brace itself when it carries out forceful manipulations.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?