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Facebook to launch smart home speakers in July: Report

Zee Business: "The Aloha model, to be marketed under the official name Portal, will use voice commands but will also feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook via a wide-angle lens on the front of the device," the report added.

Lonely Toys: If Toys Are Getting Smarter, Maybe Parents Should Too

Consumer advocacy groups claim toy manufacturers aren’t doing enough to protect children’s information or advise parents what they’re doing in collecting and using the stalking information. But it’s really up to parents to do their own research for the toys

What is Real and What is Pure PR about the Tesla Solar Roof?

While there is much to be excited about whenever a new advancement is made in the solar industry, it’s important to understand what is fact and what is fiction. So, what are the true facts behind the Tesla Solar Roof, and what is pure PR?

With Blink's camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy

Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica: On the flip side, Blink's cameras are powered by AA batteries, and its embedded, energy-efficient chip allows those batteries to last up to two years at a time.

How Not to Run Hot: Overcoming Thermal Challenges in Wi-Fi Front-End Designs (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part series that looks at the design challenges for Wi-Fi front-end designs.

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D-Tools and The Cinema Designer Announce Integration Partnership

D-Tools and The Cinema Designer integration equips system integrators with a time-saving, all-in-one cinema room design and proposal management solution

Now Available: iDevices® Instant Switch™, An Intelligently-Designed Wireless Remote Wall Switch

The Instant Switch quickly adds flexibility anywhere in the home with an additional way to control iDevices' diverse ecosystem of smart products.

Mint Solar Debuts in Eight Sam's Club Locations in Southern California

Vendor and financier agnostic, Mint Solar makes it easier to comparison shop for Residential and Commercial Solar Systems

sonnen Powers Remote School in Puerto Rico Using Solar + Battery Storage Microgrid Technology

The Orocovis school is the site of the ninth and tenth microgrids that sonnen has installed following Hurricane Maria

Essential Energy Everyday, Lead Battery Industry, Celebrate National Battery Day, February 18

New Video Highlights the Role of Innovative Lead Batteries in Our Energy Future

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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