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The Amazing Ways Samsung Is Using Big Data, Artificial Intelligence And Robots To Drive Performance
May 30, 2018 6:00 am|Comments (0)

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Until recently, Korean company Samsung was said to behind its competitors in terms of researching and developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, but the company’s recent strategy suggests that it’s committed to closing the gap and even competing for the top spot. Since 70 percent of the world’s data is produced and stored on Samsung’s products, the company is the leading provider of data storage products in the world. By revenue, Samsung is the largest consumer electronics company in the world—yes, it has even overtaken Apple and sells 500 million connected devices a year. From industry events to setting goals with AI at the forefront to updating products to use artificial intelligence, Samsung seems to have gone full throttle in preparing for the 4th industrial revolution.

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Bringing innovators together

Samsung started 2018 with intention to be an artificial intelligence leader by organizing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit and brought together 300 university students, technical experts and leading academics to explore ways to accelerate AI research and to develop the best commercial applications of AI.

Samsung has Dr. Larry Heck, world-renowned AI and voice recognition leader, on their AI research team. At the summit, Dr. Heck emphasized the need for collaboration within the AI industry so that there would be a higher level of confidence and adoption by consumers and to allow AI to flourish. Samsung announced plans to host more AI-related events as well as the creation of a new AI Research Center dedicated to AI research and development. The research center will bolster Samsung’s expertise in artificial intelligence.

Bixby: Samsung’s AI Assistant

Bixby, Samsung’s artificial intelligence system designed to make device interaction easier, debuted with the Samsung Galaxy S8. The latest version, 2.0, is a “fundamental leap forward for digital assistants.” Bixby 2.0 allows the AI system to be available on all devices including TVs, refrigerators, washers, smartphones and other connected devices. It’s also open to developers so that it will be more likely to integrate with other products and services.

Bixby is contextually aware and understands natural language to help users interact with increasingly complex devices. Samsung plans to introduce a Bixby speaker to compete with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

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Battle Of The Cleaning Robots: iRobot Braava 380T Vs. Deebot Ozmo 601
May 25, 2018 6:00 am|Comments (0)

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The Deebot Ozmo 601 (left) next to the iRobot Braava (right).

It’s funny how the path of ascendance for Chinese tech upstarts seem to always involve competing with an American product with a lower-cased “I” in its name. In the smartphone world, Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo are ultimately competing with the iPhone more than they are against each other; and in the world of robot cleaners, Suzhou-based Ecovacs Robotics’ rapid rise means its products are constantly being compared with those from Massachusetts-based iRobot.

During an online search for the best robot cleaners, iRobot and Ecovacs–respectively the number one and two in global sales–will almost certainly top most lists. In fact, the tech website Wirecutter (a Forbes partner) last year picked from a selection of top entry-level robot cleaners and Ecovacs’ Deebot N79 came out on top, with iRobot’s Roomba 690 as runner-up.

Since then, Ecovacs has released a new robot mopping machine–the Deebot Ozmo 601–that is meant to take on iRobot’s best-selling Braava 380T. Ecovacs loaned me a unit to review, but since my friend has raved about her Braava 380T for months, I opted for a comparison of both models.


An official product rendering of the Deebot Ozmo 601.

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An official product rendering of the iRobot Braava 380T.


First, let’s look at the design. The Ozmo 601’s design follows Ecovacs’ previous robot cleaners, in that it’s a circular device measuring around 13-inches in diameter. It has a V-shaped brush and two rotating fan-like brushes at the bottom. iRobot’s Braava 380T, meanwhile, has a blocky design without the brushes — in fact, it only has wheels and the mop head on the bottom for a relatively simple base. It’s also a bit smaller in size.

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The size difference is noticeable.

The Braava requires a separate small box-shaped device which iRobot calls “NorthStar” navigation system to help the Braava scan and track the room. Meanwhile, Ozmo 601 uses a built-in infrared sensor to navigate its surroundings.

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The Braava 380T requires this secondary box to work.

Both units come with microfiber cloths for mopping, but the Braava has an advantage in that it can use third-party Swiffer-style cloths while the Ozmo can only use Ecovacs’ own line of clothes.

For the first test we purposely spilled some tea on dusty tile floors and set both machines loose. It’s worth noting that the Ozmo can be turned on and controlled with an app or the included remote control, while the Braava must be turned on manually by pressing a button on the machine’s body. Once on though, both machines soaked up the tea and wiped the dust considerably, though it’s worth noting that the Braava operates much quieter. The Ozomo wasn’t loud by any means — just not whisper quiet like the Braava.

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The Braava 380T’s spilled tea mop results.

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Here’s the Ozmo 601 doing a respectable job too — though it took longer.

Because the Braava has that dedicated room-mapping box, it was able to move more swiftly and knew exactly when and where to turn compared to the Ozomo which scans the room in real time and moves at a more deliberate pace. Both were able to reach under the couch, but neither are safe from getting tangled by cords and smartphone charging cables.

For the second test, we placed cracker crumbs with some dog hair on the floor, and this is where the Ozmo’s additional vacuuming feature makes the difference. As you can see in the video below, the Braava acted more like a plow truck than a cleaner, pushing crumbs into a corner. This is somewhat helpful, making it easy to scoop up the crumbs later, but the Ozmo managed to suck up the crumbs leaving much less manual work for the user. The Braava’s cloth also wasn’t too adept at picking up the stray dog hair. Perhaps this is why the Ecovacs insists we use the company’s own cloth.

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The Deebot Ozmo 601 managed to clean up crumbs a lot better than the iRobot Braava 380T.

Neither could clean the minor grout that has a tendency to occupy the space between floor tiles. These robot cleaners can help maintain cleanliness, but if you’re the type to walk around your house in shoes, you can’t expect either the Deebot or the Braava to work magic.

Overall, the Deebot Ozmo 601 is a more up-to-date robot cleaner that fits into the current IoT/Smart Home buzz — you can control the Ozmo 601 away from home via an app, and it can return to its charging dock automatically while the Braava cannot.

But iRobot’s Braava 380T, at $ 299, is $ 100 cheaper than Deebot’s offering, and it takes up less space in the home, not just because it’s smaller but because it docks vertically.


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Robots help artist bring fine bison hair to pricey paintings
May 3, 2018 6:01 pm|Comments (0)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American artist Barnaby Furnas has turned to a custom-made robot to help him with paintings that can sell for more than $ 100,000 at New York galleries.

Furnas and several artists are using digital printing robots that use techniques in paintings that were previously impossible or too labor intensive. The machines are guided by inputs from artists and optical sensors to paint in fine detail in lines thinner than a human eyelash.

“I literally think of that robot as a friend,” Furnas said in an interview. “More than a pet, less than an art assistant – somewhere in there.”

He has used a robot called “sozo,” which means imagination in Japanese, for tasks such as painting thousands of hairs on a bison in one of his artworks.

It leaves marks on a canvas according to his instructions that he communicates through an optical tracking system attached to a paintbrush-like rod.

It records a painter’s movements, allowing artists to edit brushstrokes before putting an image on a canvas. Those digital images can be combined with brushwork from an artist to bring new dimensions to a painting.

Sozo was created by technology startup Artmatr, whose CEO Ben Tritt is a painter. He sees the company as an open-source community that will help artists merge digital technology with traditional painting methods.

Besides Sozo, Artmatr also has a variety of machines that use ink jet heads found in printers.

“It lowers the risk threshold for individual mark making,” Furnas said.

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The impacts on storage and compliance from Blockchain, robots and IoT
November 24, 2017 12:07 am|Comments (0)

At Web Summit in Lisbon, key issues for storage and compliance included the internet of things (IoT), Blockchain, biometrics and always-available health data.

In this podcast, Computer Weekly storage editor Antony Adshead talks with the CEO of Vigitrust, Mathieu Gorge, about the implications for storage and compliance of always-available healthcare data, biometric security methods and the data generated, Blockchain, and human-robot interaction in internet of things deployments.

Antony Adshead: What is Web Summit, why is it important, and what key themes emerged with regard to storage and compliance?

Mathieu Gorge: The Web Summit has been held every year for the past 10 years. It grew from 400 people to more than 59,000 people this year, and is currently held in Lisbon. The founder is Paddy Cosgrave, who started it in Dublin, but it got so big it needed a new home.

Web Summit is organised in different tracks. There are tracks for startups, for scaling companies and for enterprises. It’s a mix of 24 different summits; some focus on software as a service (SaaS), some on compliance and others on next-generation IT, which is primarily the IoT and robots at the moment.

It allows people to get a feel for everything web-based, and any type of new solutions that are coming out. It also has a number of keynote speakers that come in from large organisations, but also innovative startups. It’s always excellent to learn and it’s very good for networking.

Adshead: Could you expand on key themes that emerged with regard to storage and compliance?

Gorge: If I look very briefly at four key things, the first one is startups. There is always a number of them that pitch every day at Web Summit.

There was a trend around solutions to do with health data; how we build solutions that allow consumers to have a full overview of their health status in such a way that it’s available and securely stored on the cloud, and that they can get access to that information anywhere and anytime so they can get treatment anywhere in the world. There were a number of innovative solutions there that were showcased.

The second was security and compliance; new ideas on how we can provide strong authentication and identity management. There was a lot of focus on biometrics, looking at your eyes, fingerprints and a mix of different things.

These are not necessarily groundbreaking, but there was an emphasis that wasn’t there last year. It was coupled with the question of how we store those credentials from a security perspective. Is it stored on the go, in vaults or in dynamic storage? Again, there are a number of startups in that domain.

Focusing on Blockchain

Third is Blockchain. There were a number of keynotes around Blockchains; some around what an initial coin offering is, how it works, why it is good for startups and the industry, and what it allows you to do. It was interesting to see heavy hitters like Tim Draper speaking on the main stage.

Finally, there was the concept of the IoT, focusing on the advent of the first robots coming out in the market and how those devices become intelligent through AI. From a storage and compliance perspective, they accumulate information about humans and our interaction with robots. One of the key questions asked how we make sure this is done in a correct and secure way; as well as how we make sure it is done in compliance with the new EU GDPR, because it’s going to be very hard to track everything.


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SoftBank teams up with Microsoft to develop cloud robots
March 9, 2016 10:50 am|Comments (0)

The first step in the new partnership will be to integrate SoftBank’s robotics with Microsoft’s cloud computing platform to create robots that can interact …


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