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Smart Robot is Safeguard for Live-Alone Seniors

For the many senior adults who live by themselves—12 million in the United States alone—a new robot companion is on the way. The smart, connected GiraffPlus system consists of a robot plugged into the Internet, and a series of integrated sensors. It can notify caregivers of potentially urgent situations like falls, inform physicians of behavioral and physiological changes that could …

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U.S. Universities Work to Close the Skills Gap

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Over the past five years there has been one glaring problem plaguing the U.S. labor market: Lots of jobs, not enough qualified people to fill them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there are 4.7 million job openings—the most in over 10 years—and about 9.7 million people currently looking for work. So what’s the problem? As reported by policymakers, …

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The Next-Generation Tech Helping Police Fight Crime

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While RoboCop-type solutions to law enforcement are not yet on the horizon, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a promising future in the ongoing fight against crime. Police departments across the globe are adopting new technology, including the NYPD’s testing of Google Glass and the LAPD’s trial of on-body cameras. Law enforcement agencies are seeking ways to use technology not …

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Mexico and U.K. Rising Stars in Low-Cost Manufacturing

Mexico and U.K. Rising Stars in Low-Cost Manufacturing

For decades, it’s been widely accepted that countries with well-developed industries, like the United States and Britain, outsource much of their production and jobs to low-cost regions like Asia and South America. The U.S. alone outsourced more than two million jobs in 2013. But according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), things are changing. Wages, productivity, energy costs, …

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Internet of Things Security Strategy Takes Shape

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McAfee’s involvement in the formation of the Open Interconnect Consortium—a group that aims to unravel the specification, certification, and branding around everything IoT—suggests that major industry players like Intel, Dell, and Samsung are ready to take a serious look at the need for better security. Given the rapid market expansion of our smart world, a lack of universally agreed upon …

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Nanotechnology Gains Momentum in Manufacturing

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It is hard to imagine the size of a nanometer. At one-billionth of a meter, a nanometer has been compared to 1/80,000th the diameter of a human hair, a million times smaller than the length of an ant, or the amount a man’s beard grows in the time it takes him to lift a razor to his face. Yet, nanotechnology—the …

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China’s Maker Movement Shapes New Manufacturing Paradigm

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When we think of Chinese manufacturing, what immediately comes to mind is production of commodity products, subtracting for multinational manufacturers, and knockoff retail products. It’s a rapidly growing maker movement, however, that’s at the heart of a new Chinese manufacturing paradigm. An agile, flexible, and open ecosystem that’s producing innovative branded products in the consumer electronics space and beyond. Eric …

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Move Over Smart Cars, Smart Roads Are Here

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Earlier this year, Google announced the commission of 100 experimental self-driven cars. Unlike their previous retro-fitted Prius models, this custom-built fleet eschews driver controls entirely. Google’s latest move continues its strategy to drive innovation and dominate the conversation around smart cars, but while driverless vehicles will change the paradigm of America’s car culture, it’s not the only change coming to …

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Virtual Reality: The Next Big Thing in Education?

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Virtual reality. When we hear these words, we may immediately think of computer or video games, while others may conjure up images of Neo from the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix. And while it’s true that the origin of virtual reality (VR) and most of its uses have been rooted in gaming, thanks to technological advances and the buzz around …

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Urban Program Helps Boost Minorities, Women in Engineering

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ST. LOUIS—Eric’El Johnson was great at science and math in high school, so you’d think the move to engineering school would have been smooth for her. But two things stood in the way: stereotypes and money. “Guys are expected to do well in math and science, and girls aren’t,” says Johnson, who, in addition to being female, is part of two other …

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