Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:00

Canopy Uses Drones to Keep People Cool

The new system, developed by masters students at the University of Stuttgart, incorporates drones as an inventive type of architecture that can change its shape as the sun travels across the sky.

The project, known as the Cyber Physical Macro Materials endeavor, is made up of several panels that, together, form a kind of free-standing roof. The system uses magnets to attach one panel to others, and also makes use of built-in sensors, communication equipment, and shading elements.

The panels attach to drones by taking advantage of a communications network that lets them adapt to their surroundings. The system can be programmed to shift and change in response to the sun's movements to provide shade to a specific area at all times of the day. A different algorithm can be used to pick up on the number of people occupying the shaded space so that the drones and panels can again adjust to best keep everyone shaded and cool.

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Golfers face a dilemma each time they arrive at the golf course. One option is to pay to rent a golf cart, giving them something to help carry their clubs around. But many golfers prefer to walk from one hole to the next, forcing them to either carry their golf clubs or pay for a caddy to do it.

A former BP executive may have come up with the perfect solution to a classic golfer dilemma. Tim Doane has created an autonomous robot that takes over the responsibility of carrying golf clubs. The device, called Rover, runs on three wheels and is self-propelled, which means you can enjoy your game without worrying about getting your clubs from one hole to the next.

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00

Will Robots Replace Fast-Food Workers?

Fast-food restaurants in some parts of Europe already use touch-screen ordering systems that take your order, accept debit/credit payment and spit out a number that's called when your order is ready to be retrieved at the counter. One day, fast-food establishments could use robots to cook and serve your food items, suggests a report from financial services company Cornerstone Capital Group.

While it could take a decade or so for that idea to become a reality, there are compelling reasons for why automation of the fast-food business makes bottom-line sense. Noting that food and labor costs account for anywhere from 60% to 70% of industry revenues, the report has identified three factors which portend to place significant upward pressure on costs.

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