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ARM Cortex-A15 will be used in smartphones and scales to octo-core

Posted in Processors by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

ARM has been making processors for smartphones and all manner of other gadgets and hardware for a long time. ARM has now announced its next processor that will find its way into smartphones, home entertainment devices, and wireless infrastructure devices called the Cortex-A15.

The new Cortex-A15 has as much as five times the performance of today’s high-end smartphone processors and ten times the performance of processors used in infrastructure platforms with low power consumption. The A15 is highly scalable for different uses.

Lenovo delays launch of Skylight to better compete against iPad

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

According to Digitimes, Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook from April to July in order to improve the device’s working performance and is targeting iPad as the device’s competitor. This is because Skylight uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor with a Linux-based operating system and is mainly for online activities.

But since it doesn’t function as smoothly as the iPad and doesn’t have as many functions, Lenovo has decided to postpone the launch in order to improve it.

South Korean scientists transmit broadband signals through a human arm

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Need a hand with your data? How about an arm? Turns out that human skin is a very energy-efficient conduit for transmitting data. And why not? It can transmit electricity. In fact, a recent experiment achieved a rate of 10Mbps. In the experiment they used small, flexible electrodes.

The news might lead to new medical devices that can monitor blood sugar or electrical activity in the heart. Devices that could cut energy needs for a monitoring network by about 90 percent compared to wireless devices that run on batteries.

Cat Vs. robot arm

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2010

Before robots take over the world, they’ll have a few obstacles to overcome. Obstacles like cats. As evidenced by this video where some guy decided to pit his robot arm against his girlfriend’s cat.

The result is both adorable and tragic. And it’s all from the robot’s POV. Makes me want to watch a whole movie about cats and bots battling for the fate of the Earth, but that’s just me.

Sungworld launching 7-inch ARM-based Android MID

Posted in MID by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2010

Check out this as yet unnamed MID from Sungworld. It’s based on the ARM926 platform and running what else, the Android operating system. The device packs in a 7″ touchscreen display at 800 × 480 resolution, 512MB RAM, a 2GB SSD, Wi-Fi, 1080p video support and an HDMI port so you can watch full HD videos on your TV.

We are hoping it also has a memory card slot, because otherwise that 2GB of storage is a real shame. Looks like it might be available by the end of the month.

Lenovo Skylight, the first ARM-based Snapdragon Smartbook

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2010

The Skylight is Lenovo’s first ARM-based Snapdragon Smartbook. Qualcomm is providing its 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. It features a 10.1″ screen and will weigh less than two pounds. Lenovo says that it gets 10 hours-plus of active battery life as well.

Skylight will be paired with AT&T for 3G, along with its own built-in Wi-Fi. Some other features include a full keyboard and a custom interface that uses “web gadgets” for direct access to popular services like Gmail and Facebook.

IMO Coffee Maker looks like a robot arm

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

IMO Coffee Maker looks like a robot armDesigner Alisson Wilson Ströher’s IMO coffee maker is all about being compact and practical for your home. But it looks like a robot arm. Everytime I had coffee I would be sad that I don’t have the rest of the robot. I might search online and see if I can order his other parts, which would make me sadder. Because you can’t.

Would you keep a robot arm in your kitchen? This coffee maker can adjust its height so you can fill cups of any size. You can also brew three packets of coffee without changing the water inside. It’s only a concept, but if it existed, it would cost just $130.


ARM launches small and low power processor

Posted in arm by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

ARM Cortex-M0Intel typically holds the majority of the CPU market no matter what segment it is in. However, when it comes to processors for the mobile phone market ARM is tops. ARM processors are in most smartphones and other high-end devices.

ARM announced a new processor today called the ARM Cortex-M0 processor that is being called its smallest, lowest power, and energy efficient processor available. The processor has a low gate count but still delivers 32-bit performance.

Hug Me Pillow is like a comfy dismembered arm

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

Hug Me Pillow is like a comfy dismembered armPillows should be comfy, soft, yet not too soft. A cloud if you will, that will gently carry you off to dreamland. They should not be anything like this Hug Me pillow, which is a pillow that looks like it was delivered by the mafia on a night when horse heads weren’t easy to come by.

Do you want to sleep in the embrace of a dismembered arm? I don’t. But I’m sure it’s perfect for serial killers and the deranged as it will remind them of their last or next victims. The manufacturer should have just went all the way and added the blood and entrails.

The iPhone arm is a handy accessory

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

I thought this was mildly funny. And true. These people hate the iPhone. Though I’m sure some of you will want to arm yourself with this handy accessory. Enjoy.

Tankpitstop robot arm fills motorist’s tanks

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2008

Tankpitstop robot arm
For those who hate to get out of the car to fill up their gas tank, a new robot friend is only too glad to be of service and he may be in your future. Those who live in the Netherlands can take advantage of it right now. The Tankpitstop robotic arm cost it’s Dutch inventors $111,100, and it uses sensors and a car database to accurately open a car’s gas flap, unscrew the cap and fill the tank with gas.

Nico van Staveren, the inventor got the idea when he spotted a robot arm milking a cow on a farm. He figured if a robot arm could extract fluid from a cow, why could it not then put precious gas in a car. He hopes to see his robot arm in service at more gas stations around the Netherlands soon.