ADN Issue 3, February 2014


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Oculus Rift Takes Home The Crunchie For Best Hardware Startup
Greg Kumparak
TechCrunch, February 11, 2014
As has been said many a time, Hardware is hard. Though the barrier to entry is lower than it’s ever been, the creation of new hardware is still a field that most don’t enter.

It makes sense, then, that the competition here was incredibly fierce. Oculus’ fellow nominees in the category: 3D Robotics, SmartThings, Sonos, Square.

Electric cars are ready for the big time and if you disagree you're wrong
Jeremy Laird
TechRadar, February 11, 2014
Existing electric cars with ranges of around 100 miles and charged at home without the need for complex and costly new infrastructure are already good enough to replace a large chunk of the conventional combustion car market.

Why Human-Computer Teams Hold the Most Promise for the Future
Stephen DeAngelis
InnivationInsight, February 10, 2014
Computer systems that run programs capable of learning (either from their own mistakes or from relationships established by analyzing vast amounts of data) are part of the growing field called cognitive computing. Although some people are worried that intelligent computers will develop into autonomous networks, like the infamous Skynet in the “Terminator” movies, and take over the world, Anup Varier believes that future belongs to teams of humans and computers working together.

Audi Patents Details Active Aero Wheels, Electric Quattro All-Wheel Drive System
Shane McGlaun
DailyTech, February 10, 2014
The patents are for “active” aerodynamic wheels and an electric all-wheel drive system. The patent for the wheels shows a hinged flap between the spokes that move over the spokes of the wheels as speed increases. Once fully deployed, the hinged flaps create a flat wheel surface, reducing drag.

ARM Announces Octacore Cortex-A17, MediaTek Airs Early Design
Jason Mick
DailyTech, February 11, 2014
ARM Holdings Plc is pushing hard for chipmakers to switch to the 64-bit ARMv8-A instruction set to help it with its fledgling server market push. As a result it appeared to temporarily freeze 32-bit releases, funneling useful technology into 64-bit cores -- namely the Cortex-A53 and A57.

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