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What’s in 5G for a Smart City?

Stating that connectivity is a major enabler for a smart city is stating the obvious. As a matter of fact, all cities today, more or less smart, rely on a pervasive communications infrastructure collecting data, sending alert to citizen, supporting a variety of applications that orchestrate the city and deliver …

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A digital camera needing Industry 4.0

I just read a review of L16, the digital camera that according to its producer would have been a game changer. I have the L16 under my sight since it was announced, back in 2015. The producer, Light, claimed, and they still do, to have a game changer in the …

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Flink: Functional Living Ink for 3D printing

3D printers have been perfected over the last ten years bringing them within reach of the mass market. Further evolution is more focussing on the inks then on the printer itself. Finding new ways of placing atoms/molecules of different sorts in the ink so that they can be printed is …

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Robots are learning to foresee the future

Although we may seldom realise it, whenever we are mulling over a decision we are actually imagining what would be the consequences of our action, and some time we do this visually, like seeing with our mind’s eye the movement of an object and its path leading to hitting another …

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Using photons for processing …

Photons can travel from the other side of the universe and can reach us because they do not interfere among themselves. We exploit this characteristics in optical fibres, using photons to transport data. Light is also very good to transport data because its frequency is really high (physicists talks in …

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Ever wished you were there in Summertime?

Did you ever wish to take a photo of a place in a different season or in a different weather? It happened to me several times. Well, get ready for your wish to be granted: Nvidia researchers have created an Artificial Intelligence based software that can take an image, or …

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From Smart to Intelligent Cities – Part III

Citizens are “autonomous systems” and the question, or if you want the “challenge”, is how can a city planner leverage on these autonomous systems to create an intelligent symbiotic organisms where intelligence emerges as result of its components interactions? Notice that even though citizens are (at least sometimes) showing an …

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Material Robotics: morphing a robot into a shoe

Robots have evolved significantly, thanks to technology progress, and are now coming in a variety of shapes, from the iconic one -anthropomorphic robots- to autonomous ships, underground trains, manufacturing robots and even vacuum cleaners. As technology will progress further they will keep taking even more shapes, from micro to macro. …

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From Smart to Intelligent Cities – Part II

OK, so we can expect a smart city to become more and more “imbibed” with IoTs, hundreds of millions of them connected through a nervous infrastructure supported by a ubiquitous communications fabric (5G) with plenty of software that makes sense of data and orchestrate the response of the city, seen …

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From Smart to Intelligent Cities

Smart is being able to make the most out of a situation, leveraging on what can be available. Intelligent means the capability to look ahead and make “conscious” decisions now, taking into account their impact on a longer term. Most animals are very smart, only a few, including (sometimes) humans …

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