Willow Garage is a company working diligently to create a personal robot people will use in their everyday lives. Some of the things it can do: play pool, bake cookies, make pancakes, and fetch a beer from the refrigerator. Do you think this $400,000 robot can be trained to conduct tasks in a business setting? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
At a recent Q&A session, Google CEO Schmidt was asked what his biggest mistake has been thus far during his decade-long tenure at the helm for the tech giant. Schmidt's answer then, and in this CNN interview, relates to Facebook and the idea of a "web identity." If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
General Motors confirmed last week that it plans to build a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The company said it is moving forward with the Cadillac ELR, which will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Move over virtual reality, researchers at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are taking spatially augmented reality to the next level with ''dynamic projection surfaces.'' The system moves projected images out into the real world, enabling multiple users to interact with their physical and virtual environments simultaneously.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp., the country's third-largest cellphone company, will start selling the iPhone in mid-October, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said the wireless company will get to sell both the new iPhone 5 and the current model, the iPhone 4.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — China has passed an important technological milestone: It became the world's biggest consumer of PCs in the second quarter, according to new market research by IDC. Computer makers shipped about 18.5 million PCs in China in the second quarter, compared with 17.7 million in the U.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Rental car company Hertz Global Holdings says it plans to partner with General Electric in offering electric vehicles in China and expanding the charging networks needed to run them. An agreement to be signed in Shanghai's "Auto City" of Anting on Wednesday calls for building 770 charging stations in major Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing, said Richard Broome, Hertz's senior vice president for corporate affairs.
BEIJING (AP) — China will appeal a World Trade Organization rejection of its curbs on exports of industrial raw materials, the government said Wednesday, in a case that Washington and Europe hope will lead to an easing of its restrictions on rare earths sales. "We still consider that China practice and China's policies do not violate WTO rules," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang at a regular news briefing.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Research In Motion Ltd. on Tuesday announced three new models in its popular low-end BlackBerry Curve range, featuring its new BlackBerry 7 operating system. The Waterloo, Ontario, company showed off high-end models updated with the new software three weeks ago. The new Curve models -- 9350, 9360 and 9370 -- will go on sale in Canada this month and in the rest of the world in September.
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest $72 million in a northwest Ohio plant, and the state's governor said Tuesday there might be bigger things to come from the automaker. Chrysler wants to install new equipment and modernize its Toledo Machining Plant near Perrysburg, which will allow it to retain 640 hourly and salaried jobs, the company said.
Make the effort to identify and shed the dead weight, and you might just be the hero of the day for finding the lost profits your business needs. A lesson I learned from one of the Six Sigma masters is to dig into the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system of a business and plot out the sales versus inventory numbers of the various products.
A distributor implements a CMMS (computerized maintenance management software) to track repair history, mileage, and idle time of its delivery fleet. What would you do if you had to manage maintenance for all the accumulating assets of an industry giant that thrived on acquisitions? That question befell the fixed asset management team and Jane Sears, fixed asset manager for the Commercial Fuels Division of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Canada’s largest independent distributor of fuel products.
Inflatable aircrafts have been around since the Montgolfier brothers developed the first untethered hot-air balloon in 1782, but 200 years later, they are making a high-tech resurgence for both civilian and military use. U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin's version is called the P-791 airship, which it hopes is about to take off.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven't been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have decided to work together on a gas-electric hybrid engine to power pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The companies signed a deal Monday to share development costs, saying they want to make the technology more affordable for customers and bring it to market faster.
DENVER (AP) — An energy company executive's sip of fracking fluid at an industry conference this month has been called a demonstration by some and a stunt by others, but it's bringing attention to new recipes for hydraulic fracturing fluids that in the past have contained chemicals commonly used for antifreeze or bleaching hair.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Another recession isn't likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy. That's the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Toyota plans to unveil its first redesign of the Camry in five years on Tuesday. While it promises new technology and other upgrades, America's best-selling car faces a fight to stay on top. Toyota has released few details about the new car, which will be shown at simultaneous events in California, Michigan and at the Georgetown, Ky.
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an Illinois manufacturer will open a factory in northwestern Indiana, where it plans to potentially hire hundreds of workers. Merrillville Town Councilman Richard Hardaway tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/n1YlFd ) that Modern Drop Forge will be coming the town following the council's approval of a 10-year tax abatement for the company in May.
IBM announced last week that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers. The prototypes offer further evidence of the growing importance of "parallel processing," or computers doing multiple tasks simultaneously.