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Amazon Web Services brings Direct Connect to UK

Amazon Web Services has brought its Direct Connect technology to the UK, which allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection between their datacentre and the local Amazon Web Services facility.The announcement, made on Wednesday, means UK customers can connect to Amazon Web Services' EU West (Ireland) region via the Telecity Sovereign House datacentre in London at guaranteed port speeds of 1Gbps or 10Gbps.

January 11, 2012 by

Discovering Venice with a CINeSPACE device

There are many existing services to help you to discover a city you don't know, but the EU-funded CINeSPACE project is quite unique. It combines GIS and semantic technology to provide you with an intuitive and interactive way to discover the cultural heritage of a city. The CINeSPACE project combines several technologies including GPS to track your approximative position and optical and inertial tracking to refine it. You'll be able to rent the handheld at a tourist office or an airport, and your interactive tour will be designed according to your interests. The first field tests will be held in the beginning of 2009 in Glasgow, San Sebastian and Venice. But read more...

October 6, 2008 by

Cleaning ship hulls with a robot

This is the goal of a EU-funded project called HISMAR (Hull Identification System for Marine Autonomous Robotics). European researchers and engineers are working on an automated robotic cleaning system that removes marine growth from the hull of a ship. By cleaning a ship's hull, this robot will allow ships to travel through the water more efficiently by cutting down on drag -- and of course reducing fuel costs. The researchers said this robot acts like a vacuum cleaner -- in or out of the water. A prototype will be shown next week at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology Conference in Hamburg, Germany (SMM 2008). But read more...

September 18, 2008 by

Can robots become our 'phriends'?

A friendly collaboration between humans and robots is not always easy. Either robots work efficiently and far from humans in controlled environments, or they're equipped with lots of sensors to work along humans and not harm them. Now, a EU-funded project, Phriends -- short for 'Physical Human-Robot Interaction: DepENDability and Safety' -- has started to force robots to respect Asimov's laws. In a nutshell, these laws say that robots cannot cause harm to humans and that they have to obey us. This 3-year project will end next year and has received € 2.16 million from the EU. The technology developed for the Phriends project will be used in industrial robots, but also in sports training and physical rehabilitation. But read more...

September 9, 2008 by

Wearing a computer at work

The European Union has funded an ambitious project related to wearable technology. This project, named WearIT@work will end in one year and was funded with 14.3 million euros of EU money, even if the total project cost is expected to exceed 23 million euros. For mobile workers, the goal is to replace traditional interfaces, such as screen, keyboard or computer unit, by speech control or gesture control, without modifying the applications. This wearable system is currently being tested in four different fields including aircraft maintenance, emergency response, car production and healthcare.

November 29, 2007 by

'Talkative' business objects

The new sensor network technology developed for the EU-funded CoBIs project is going a step beyond existing RFID systems by embedding business logic in physical entities. For example, chemical drums could warn operators when the storage limit in a warehouse is reached. CoBIs could become commercially available within three to five years.

March 9, 2006 by

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