These robots won't conquer the world, but they will wash windows, watch aging parents, and entertain kids.
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Want to learn how to build your own humanoid robot? Rapiro is a programmable, do-it-yourself kit designed to teach robotics to coders and non-coders alike. You'll need a couple of screwdrivers to assemble this pint-sized device, which comes with RGB LED eyes and a limited set of preprogrammed skills. Designed primarily as a learning tool to teach robotics, Rapiro ships with open-source Arduino IDE, a C++-like programming environment. Rapiro has enough room under the hood for a Linux-based, Raspberry Pi credit card-sized PC (sold separately) for expanding the robot's capabilities. What might Rapiro do? Options include sending you message notifications via WiFi or acting as a home security bot. Priced at $450, Rapiro will be available in February.
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.
Building a Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents to our Mobile Application Development Survey ó up from 350 respondents in 2012 ó 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Whatís the holdup for that remaining 30%? Often, itís a lack of expertise.
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