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ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the ‘internet of things’

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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The “internet of things” is quite the buzzed about phenomena these days and everyone wants in on the action. But, much of the hype so far has been associated with that DIY staple, the Arduino, and its admittedly under-powered 8-bit MCU. ARM is looking to put more power at developers fingertips, though, with the Cortex-M0+, an ultra low-power processor designed for embedded applications. The 32-bit chip is based on the existing M0, but with significant tweaks that greatly improve performance while keeping power draw to a minimum. Freescale and NXP should be first out the box with licensed processors and, while we wouldn’t anticipate these showing up in a refrigerator or printer just yet, we wouldn’t be shocked if they drew some interest from hobbyists. Check out the complete PR after the break.

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Live from Samsung’s CES 2012 press conference

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We saw a few new Samsung phones revealed during AT&T’s press conference Monday morning. Coming soon to AT&T’s smartphone lineup are the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, but the South Korea-based vendor has much more in store for us at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Smartphones, tablets, computers, HDTVs and more will debut from Samsung this week at CES, and Monday’s press conference is where we’ll get our first live taste of what’s in store. The event is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific, so hit the break for all the action as it unfolds.


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4:55PM:Ok guys, we’re inside and seated and the show should start in the next few minutes. The room is absolutely packed — and when we say packed, we mean there are probably 1,000 people in a room that holds 600.
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4:57PM:According to an announcement that just came over the PA, we’ll be starting on time in about 4 minutes. We’re not buying it.
5:01PM:Wow, looks like we’re starting on time! Light are down, music is loud… Here we go.
5:02PM:“Pushing Boundaries” is the name of the event, and samsung’s Boo-Keun Yoon is on stage.
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5:03PM:Samsung is the world’s No.1 TV brand for the sixth consecutive year. It sold 2 TVs per second last year. Samsung also sold more than 300 million mobile phones last year.
5:04PM:For the third straight year, Samsung was also the world’s top refrigerator brand. “That was our past, but were here to see the future of electronics products.”
5:04PM:“We must break down the walls that exist between devices.” Just like we all could have guessed, Samsung is all about connected devices this year.
5:05PM:Samsung wants users to enjoy and share content across multiple devices any time, anywhere. TVs, tablets, phones and so on.
5:06PM:Samsung is updating its TV lineup and Smart TVs are the focus. Samsung’s smart TVs can “listen, see, and do what it wants” and you never have to touch a control.
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5:07PM:Sharing from TVs to other personal devices is also a huge focus for Samsung’s new lineup. And, of course, 3D is still a big focus. There will be a lot of new 3D content as well.
5:08PM:Samsung also wants to make sure that its new TVs are smart enough to keep evolving and “getting smarter every year.”
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5:10PM:“We’re now watching a demo video. Samsung’s new TVs can be controlled by voice or using tons of different gestures. Not quite Minority Report, but very cool none the less. Users can drag menu items around and make selections just by waving and poking.
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5:11PM:Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics in the U.S. is on stage now. Samsung’s new lineup is all about content, services and technology. Connectivity to other devices and to the cloud are obviously a big deal as well.
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5:12PM:Samsung’s ES8000 LED TV is the company’s flagship model for 2012.
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5:13PM:It is absolutely gorgeous. “You won’t find a more powerful TV.” It packs a dual-core processor and it supports multitasking.
5:13PM:Users can jump from app to app just like they can on a tablet, and the app’s state will be saved.
5:14PM:The bezel around the screen is very, very thin, and it’s available in sizes up to 75 inches. Yes, 75 inches.
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5:14PM:The ES8000 also features an integrated camera for web conferencing and more.
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5:16PM:25,000 companies are now building apps for Samsung’s smart TVs.
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5:17PM:Samsung will be putting Media Hub on its TVs this year as well. Buy content on one device, watch on all devices.
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5:18PM:Since 2010, Samsung has sold more than 12 million 3D TVs. In 2012, half of Samsung’s TV lineup will be 3D.
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5:19PM:This year, Samsung is focusing on bringing much more 3D content to its TVs. One example is NBCUniversal’s Battlestar Galactica, which will be coming to Samsung’s TVs in 3D this year.
5:20PM:Angry Birds just invaded the press conference. They’re hoping around the screen and, obviously, the app will be coming to Samsung’s TVs this year.
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5:21PM:Samsung is even adding a channel dedicated to animated Angry Birds content. Seriously.
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5:23PM:Joe Stinziano, Samsung’s SVP, is on stage now. Samsung held a competition recently for developers to bring apps that provide interaction between TVs and smartphones. The winner, a dev who build an app called Party Shots (drink with friends, snap pics, share on a social network) just won 0,000!
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5:24PM:Samsung is introducing new signature services for 2012. The first one, Family Story, allows users to upload images and more from a Samsung device and add it to a stream on a TV. Another service provides enhanced parental controls.
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5:25PM:Smart Interaction allows users to interact with Samsung’s smart TVs using their voices, gestures and even their face.
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5:26PM:Users can say things like “channel 2″ or “play Black Eyed Peas” and the TV obeys. The TVs will also recognize users by their faces, and display each user’s home page and apps automatically.
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5:27PM:A new “Smart Evolution” feature in Samsung’s 2012 TVB lineup will include open slots in the back of the unit that will allow users to install “kits” in the future to add new features.
5:28PM:And now, another new TV. The Samsung 55-inch “Super OLED” TV. It. Is. Gorgeous.
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5:29PM:The TV is out on stage right now and even from the back of the room, we can see how gorgeous the display is. The colors are absolutely remarkable. And since it’s OLED, there’s no need for color filters. It also eliminates blur, is nearly borderless and is remarkably slim.
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5:30PM:And despite being ridiculously thin, it doesn’t skimp on features at all. A dual-core process and 3D are packed within this gorgeous set, and it also includes an integrated webcam.
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Robot uses semantic search to get a Subway sandwich, do Jared’s evil bidding (video)

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Old PR2 can already fold towels, play pool and grab an ice cold beer — really, the Willow Garage robot is just one task of short of mastering the day-to-day activities of your average college student. What’s that? It can get a sandwich, too? Never mind. And this isn’t just any “get me a sandwich” command — the stout white ‘bot uses semantic search to infer possible locations for sandwich, using knowledge of similar objects and environmental models. In the below video, you’ll see PR2 make its way to a refrigerator, in search of sustenance, only to come up empty-clawed. Undaunted, it hops on an elevator and makes its way to a Subway sandwich shop. The joint project from the University of Tokyo and University of Munich was recently shown off at recent robotics conference. No word on when PR2 will be programmed to hold the onions.

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Samsung’s RF4289 WiFi ‘smart fridge’ gets a dumb $3,499 price

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Samsung’s RF4289 “smart fridge” has just been dated and priced. Remember, this is the WiFi connected refrigerator with LED lighting and 28 cubic feet of storage that we first peeped back at CES in January. And with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, Samsung provides quick access to “kitchen relevant applications” like Google calendar, Weatherbug forecasts, Epicurious recipes, AP news, Pandora music, and Picasa photos. You can also leave notes for the family or tap out a quick tweet should the compulsion arise. The wireless touchscreen is available on both the RSG309 side-by-side and RF4289 four-door french door models, but only the latter has received an end of May US launch date. Just keep in mind that the suggested $3,499 retail price is exactly $500 more expensive than Samsung’s existing 28 cubic foot french door model, the touchscreen-less RF4287. Instead of shelling out a premium for what amounts to a novelty, maybe you should consider dedicating an entry-level BlackBerry PlayBook to the kitchen or pick up a fridge-friendly iPad 2 instead.

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European R&D advances ‘internet of things,’ hastens our Phildickian future

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Why can’t our refrigerator fire off an urgent email when the milk has gone lumpy? And the toilet paper dispensers warn us it’s empty – before we sit down? And when will our microwaves run BitTorrent? EUREKA, the European R&D network, knows how badly you crave networked objects, and rather than mock you, it’s moving to help. To that end, it has developed small, inexpensive, battery-powered sensors able to link everything from consumer electronics to environmental monitors to factory robots – creating the much-anticipated “Internet of Things.” But unlike the over-hyped RFID, it’s technology you’d actually use. Instead of knowing whether your keys are indeed on the RFID reader, the network could gently remind you that you left them in your car, which is now 100 miles away with someone else at the wheel, but, luckily for you, low on gas. Gaze into the so-called future of things with EUREKA’s press release, conveniently embedded after the jump.

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Beer-fetching robot promises to make your significant other obsolete

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The thing about the future is this: we’ll still have to do menial things like answer the door, or take out the trash, or get up off our couches to get our own brews after a long, hard day at the office… unless we’re smart enough to invent robots to do such menial things, that is. Well, Willow Garage has spent some time building a “Beer Me” application for its PR2 robot which gets at least one of these tasks under its belt. They added a a four-holed foam block placed behind the robot’s navigation laser so that it can safely carry four bottles across the terrain, and equipped their refrigerator with a tilted “self-stocking” shelf. Check out its operation in the video below.

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