London-based startup HyperSurfaces has filed for four patents for technology that would transform everyday objects into smart objects through machine learning and artificial intelligence. The program leverages neural networks and dedicated microchips to help devices recognize gestures and commands.
Location-based strategies can help retail marketers drive traffic into stores and direct them to products on the shelves, writes Craig Waggy. Location intelligence also helps companies target consumers by behaviors, as Waggy writes, "With a location SDK integrated into your mobile application and a geofence set around stores or competitor locations, you can deliver more relevant ad campaigns to customers."
Pure Storage is offering three new cloud data services as the company refocuses on a hybrid cloud model for its applications. Cloud Block Store, CloudSnap and StorReduce will provide storage, protection and backup across the private and public clouds while allowing users to run applications across both clouds.
Indeed, a job search service, released data showing a 3% decline in 2018 in interest regarding jobs related to blockchain as bitcoin dropped to its lowest point of 2018 on Friday. Additionally, employer interest in blockchain hirings rose just 25% in 2018 compared to 325% in 2017, while jobs in the general IT field continued to rise with the addition of 59,500 jobs in the field.
Worldwide revenues for NAND flash memory devices reached $17 billion in the third quarter, a 4.4% gain from the second quarter, as memory chip prices declined 10% to 15% on average, DRAMeXchange estimates. Intel's short supply of notebook processors and weaker-than-expected sales of the latest iPhone models were among the factors in lowering demand for NAND flash, along with oversupply in the market, the market research firm says.
Researchers in China report an improvement in lithium-sulfur batteries by adding a hybrid interlayer of graphene and cobalt hydroxide nanosheets, which is said to enhance the use of sulfide ions. Prior to this work, lithium-sulfur batteries showed low cycling lifetimes due to the polysulfide ions going back and forth from the electrodes during charging and discharging, it was said.
The upcoming International Solid-State Circuits Conference will focus on 5G cellular communications and artificial intelligence technology, among other topics. Intel and Samsung Electronics are scheduled to detail 5G/LTE combination chips, and Toshiba will discuss a NAND flash memory chip that can contain 1.33 terabytes of data.
Researchers at Australia's RMIT University say they can replace silicon with minute air gaps in making a transistor. The team has a proof-of-concept design for nanochips with metal and narrow air gaps, reducing the number of atoms flowing within a semiconductor device.
Robotics are poised to expand exponentially in the restaurant industry and other business segments, and the speed of the rollout is likely to surprise consumers, panelists said at the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Innovation Summit. "I think that in the next six months, we will deploy robots to customers in ways that will shock people," said John Miller, CEO of CaliBurger parent Cali Group, which already has introduced Flippy, the burger-flipping robot.