Author: Alexander Bresk

Are exoskeletons ready for production?

This question has been asked for several years. Exoskeletons are already playing an increasingly important role in production. They offer many advantages. Among other things, because they relieve the workers who would otherwise have to exert much more muscle strength. Exoskeletons are also important partners in other professions because they help workers to lift heavy goods. This drastically reduces injuries and long-term damage.

Exoskeletons are divided into 2 categories:

  • Passive exoskeletons: They stabilize the body and balance weights more ergonomically for workers.
  • Active exoskeletons: Active skeletons have motors and active joints that increase the strength of workers.

These exoskeletons are already in the field:

Many companies, especially startups, are currently working on exoskeletons for production, logistics and manufacturing. This small overview shows the exoskeletons that are currently the most widely used.

FBR – Wall as a Service with HadrianX

We have reported here many times about FBR (formerly Fastbrick Robotics). Now HadrianX – the FBR product – is ready for outdoor use. HadrianX (a house-building robot) left FBR’s building for the first order.

This marks the end of a decade of research and development. Now HadrianX will be able to show what it can do on construction sites around the world.

To celebrate the day, CTO Mark Pivac has released a Throwback Thursday video, which shows this journey from the first prototypes to the current product.

Blockchain Use Case – Smart Grid and Energy

After the blockchain hype has subsided, the question arises as to which use cases for blockchain are conceivable for our society. Below we present a possible use case.

If you buy electricity nowadays, it usually comes from a central location, is transported through a centrally managed power grid and ends up with the consumer. So far, electricity has always followed this path. This was mainly due to the fact that not many households were able to produce their own electricity. However, this could change quickly with the current developments in the field of smart grids and blockchain.

 

End consumers become producers

Now end consumers themselves are becoming producers in which they can feed electricity into a network themselves using innovative solar modules on the roof. Many providers of inverters, solar panels and energy storage devices are entering the market and are offering end customers a solution to produce their own electricity.

If this electricity is not used, the producer can provide the energy that is not required in the neighborhood. The Smart Grid does this. This power grid is intelligent in that it enables intelligent distribution of the electricity.

 

The bill from the blockchain

Now the blockchain makes it possible to track the amount of electricity that a particular household has given to the smart grid in a way that is not counterfeit-proof. The blockchain enables transparent recording of the electricity offered and the quantity purchased. Since this form of offering and purchasing energy works like a marketplace, the blockchain can also automatically conclude purchase agreements via smart contracts. A smart contract integrated into a specific Bockchain protocol therefore carries out all actions up to an agreement and the electricity can flow.

 

Book Recommendation

In her book Token Economy, Shermin Voshmgir describes in great detail what the blockchain actually is, how tokens will be designed in the future and what use cases exist for these tokens. It highlights both the development of tokens on the blockchain to date and the future economy that can arise around these tokens.

 

 

Blockchain Use Case – Supply Chain Tracking

After the blockchain hype has subsided, the question arises as to which use cases for blockchain are conceivable for our society. Below we present a possible use case.

If you currently buy a product, you have no insight into where the goods really come from, which steps they have gone through and how (or when) they came into the market. In the past, these value chains and supply chains were more nationally restricted, but in times of globalization they have become longer and more opaque.

 

Transparency through tracking

It is these lack of transparency that often make consumers despair. With its smart contracts and counterfeit protection, the blockchain offers an instrument to ensure this transparency. But how? Each processing step of a product can be mapped and confirmed on the blockchain. All entries created in the following steps confirm the previous steps and simply add another entry on the blockchain. This means that every service provider (generally an actor) is forced to confirm receipt of the goods, carry out his work and is also obliged to leave an entry on the blockchain when the goods leave. What sounds like a lot of work here will happen automatically in practice and will be handled using technologies such as QR codes or scanners. As a rule, not every single unit is recorded for large quantities of a product, but only the delivery (or batch) to which the product belongs.

 

Democratization of the value chains

For the first time, this gives consumers the insight they need to make an informed purchase decision. In the future, this information will be found on foods, for example. With the help of an app you can get information about the goods. However, this solution of the goods on the blockchain offers further advantages. For example, faulty goods can be traced faster and a more targeted recall process can be started.

 

Book Recommendation

In her book Token Economy, Shermin Voshmgir describes in great detail what the blockchain actually is, how tokens will be designed in the future and what use cases exist for these tokens. It highlights both the development of tokens on the blockchain to date and the future economy that can arise around these tokens.

 

 

 

 

Blockchain Use Case – Art and other assets

After the blockchain hype has subsided, the question arises as to which use cases for blockchain are conceivable for our society. Below we present a possible use case.

Art and other possessions (assets) are often objects that you consider investment or just for hobby. But if you want to pay off these assets, you rarely find a liquid marketplace. Also, possession of such goods is usually 100% with one person. This makes it difficult for a collective of private art lovers to share ownership of a painting (or the rights to it). There are other assets that do the same. Historic cars and general collectibles suffer from the same problem.

 

Democratization of art

With the help of the blockchain, these assets can be tokenized. This means that you issue shares (tokens) for a piece of art, for example. On the one hand, these share certificates confirm the authenticity of the work of art and, on the other hand, they are a right to own a share of the work of art. This also makes it possible for small investors and private individuals to own art and to benefit from resale or the general commercialization of the painting. These tokens are on the blockchain and are stored there against forgery.

 

Art and new liquidity

 

Book Recommendation

In her book Token Economy, Shermin Voshmgir describes in great detail what the blockchain actually is, how tokens will be designed in the future and what use cases exist for these tokens. It highlights both the development of tokens on the blockchain to date and the future economy that can arise around these tokens.

Blockchain Use Case – Real Estate

After the blockchain hype has subsided, the question arises as to which use cases for blockchain are conceivable for our society. Below we present a possible use case.

Real estate is always an interesting investment, especially if you don’t want to be exposed to the risk and volatility of the stock exchanges. Many properties can currently only be obtained with loans and high collateral. In addition, the high administrative effort and costs incurred by the authorities ensure that small investors in particular cannot get through to buying a property. If you buy a property together with other investors, you also have costs for the company that owns the property.

Lower government costs

Real estate investments for everyone

The blockchain helps with two important core aspects. On the one hand, this splits an asset such as a property into many small parts that you can invest in without an immediate middleman. The second aspect is the liquid market, which the blockchain makes visible. Going to a real estate agent is the current way to get real estate, or to sell real estate. A decentralized network, which digitally manages all shares in real estate, can use digital portals and smart contracts to help make a not always liquid market visible and, by simplifying the buying and selling modalities, more liquid. The gatekeeper function of real estate agents is no longer required, as market participants are made visible to all investors and owners of real estate.

 

Book Recommendation

In her book Token Economy, Shermin Voshmgir describes in great detail what the blockchain actually is, how tokens will be designed in the future and what use cases exist for these tokens. It highlights both the development of tokens on the blockchain to date and the future economy that can arise around these tokens.

Blockchain Use Case – Stocks

After the blockchain hype has subsided, the question arises as to which use cases for blockchain are conceivable for our society. Below we present a possible use case.

Contrary to popular belief, blockchain is not just a decentralized means of payment. The blockchain is more of a decentralized management tool. As a decentralized network, the blockchain is also able to manage assets without a central middleman. These assets are divided into many small units. These units are called tokens. These assets are managed with the help of smart contracts. A smart contract offers mechanisms that monitor previously defined events and trigger certain events when they are fulfilled. These events can be payments or even a change of ownership of a token.

Current State

Shares are currently traded on exchanges. Trading in stocks is already highly automated and is mapped almost exclusively via computer systems. If a company wants to go public, it has to meet many requirements. This usually means that only larger companies dare to go public and smaller companies (such as startups) avoid the stock exchange. Startups usually rely on VCs (venture capital) to manage their financing.

Stocks on Blockchain

With shares on the blockchain, a decentralized P2P network, startups can also offer their shares publicly without any problems and thus collect money for shares. Why does something work? The administrative effort that a company has on the stock exchange can be encoded in smart contracts, so that apart from computing power, there is no further expensive manual administrative effort. This clears the way for the democratization of the stock market. Individual citizens are thus able to participate in financing rounds of startups – individually or, which makes more sense in view of the risk – in a syndicate or as a participation in a fund. This fund then invests, for example, in young companies from certain areas.

 

Book Recommendation

In her book Token Economy, Shermin Voshmgir describes in great detail what the blockchain actually is, how tokens will be designed in the future and what use cases exist for these tokens. It highlights both the development of tokens on the blockchain to date and the future economy that can arise around these tokens.

 

 

 

 

#decompiled20 – DecompileD – Die Entwicklerkonferenz in Dresden

Am 27. März findet zum 2. Mal die Entwicklerkonferenz DecompileD in Dresden statt. Im OSTRA-DOME werden dann Hunderte Developer und Software Engineers, aber auch Startup-GründerInnen, StudentInnen, Product Owner sowie EntscheidungsträgerInnen der IKT-Branche erwartet. Zahlreiche namhafte Unternehmen, wie Google, Amazon Web Services, Flix Bus, Vodafone, Cloud & Heat, Wandelbots u.v.m., sind mit eigenen SpeakerInnen und ExpertInnen vor Ort. Selbst aus Norwegen und Israel reisen SprecherInnen an. In insgesamt 26 Beiträgen in zwei Tracks beleuchten Spezialisten ihres Fachs im Rahmen der sächsischen Anwenderkonferenz unterschiedliche Aspekte in den Bereichen Mobile, Cloud Engineering sowie Machine Learning.

Die Softwaresparte wächst. Und das nicht nur in Sachsen. Kaum ein Bereich – ob in Industrie, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Forschung oder öffentlicher Hand – kommt heute noch ohne jene Zeilen Code aus, die Maschinen effizient, Roboter handlungsfähig, Autos multimedial, das Internet interaktiv oder das eigene Handy smart machen. Developer und Software Engineers, einst eher abfällig als Nerds umschrieben, sind inzwischen heiß begehrt – teils echte Stars, auch außerhalb ihrer Szene. Gegenwart und Zukunft brauchen smarten Code. Den Herausforderungen von morgen wird schon heute digital begegnet.

Ein Indiz: Allein in Sachsen verdoppelte sich die Mitarbeiterzahl des Bereiches Software in den vergangenen zehn Jahren in etwa von 12.000 in 2008 auf 28.000 in 2018. Tendenz: Weiterhin stark steigend.

Grund genug für LOVOO, einem der namhaften Softwareanbieter des Freistaates Sachsen, 2018 erstmals ein eigenes Standortevent für die Branche zu schaffen. 270 TeilnehmerInnen machten die DecompileD in ihrem Premierenjahr aus dem Stand zum Erfolg. Damals noch im Parkhotel Dresden sah sich die Entwicklerkonferenz als die Plattform um Fragen wie:

  • Wie migriert man eine Plattform zur AppEngine von Google?
  • Welche Herausforderungen gibt es bei der Virtualisierung in die Cloud?
  • Welchen Einfluss hat Big Data und darauf basierende Analysen auf den Unternehmensalltag?
  • Welche Rolle wird Machine Learning auf dem Smartphone künftig spielen?

zu beantworten. Die DecompileD 2020 widmet sich nun den neuestens Trends. Ob AI-based Algorhythms, Cognitive Business, Robotics, Kotlin Multiplatform, Azure, API Management, Kubernetes, Flutter, Mobile Development oder BigData Migration – das Programm der DecompileD 2020 lässt kaum Entwicklerwünsche offen.

In diesem Jahr sind SpeakerInnen wie z.B.:

  • Nils Heuer, Global Solutions Architect Volkswagen Group | Amazon Web Services
  • Martin Splitt, Developer Advocate | Google
  • Vladimir Jovanovic, Senior Android Engineer | Flixbus
  • Lilli Landmann, Design Operator | Startnext GmbH
  • Julian Eberius, Senior Architect – Big Data | Vodafone Group Plc
  • Mey Beisaron, Backend Developer | AppsFlyer Inc.
  • Christoph Biering, Head of AI & Co-Founder | Wandelbots GmbH
  • Sven Malvik, Team Lead Cloud Platform | Vipps AS
  • Toni Das, Machine Learning Engineer | AI4BD Deutschland GmbH

dabei. Das Programm der DecompileD 2020 ist bereits online. Die Anmeldung läuft auf vollen Touren. Nutzen auch Sie die Möglichkeit, sich am 27. März im OSTRA-DOME Dresden, sich hochkarätig zu vernetzen. Sichern Sie sich noch heute Ihr persönliches Veranstaltungsticket.

DecompileD Conference auf einen Blick

  • Datum: Freitag, 27. März 2020
  • Ort: OSTRA-DOME & Studios, Zur Messe 9 A, 01067 Dresden
  • Themen / Tags: Mobile, Cloud, Machine Learning / Fachkonferenz, Tech, Event, Dresden
  • Detaillierte Informationen und Tickets: https://www.decompiled.de

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Pressemitteilung vom Silicon Saxony.

Foto: DecompileD 2018

Travis Bott – Künstliche Intelligenz meets Hip Hop

Travis Scott (ein HipHop-Künstler) hat zusammen mit seiner Agentur einen Song von einem Deep Learning Netz generieren lassen. Dabei wurde das Netz mit Texten und Videos von Travis Scott trainiert. Die generierten Lyrics hören sich zwar nach Travis Scott an, besitzen aber an einigen Stellen keinen Zusammenhang und sind Unsinn. Der Songtitel lautet: “Jack Park Canny Dope Man“.

Trotzdem fand das Netz einen Weg, den Stil von Travis Scott identisch zu kopieren. Am Ende des Tages bleibt TravisBott ein cooler PR-Coup der Agentur space150. Aber der PR-Coup bringt die Diskussion wieder auf, wie gut KI heutzutage schon menschliche Kunst adaptieren beziehungsweise imitieren kann.

Unter Music Processing Data Sets haben wir Datensets für euch vorbereitet, falls auch ihr einen Travis Bott bauen wollt.

 

 

Mit LotsOfBots Warehouse Roboter vergleichen

Lange war die Lage in der Logistik-Robotik (insbesondere AGVs) unübersichtlich und sehr fragmentiert. Mit Lots Of Bots kann man nun erstmals alle auf dem Markt erhältlichen Logistik-Roboter vergleichen. Dabei sind insbesondere Roboter für die Kommissionierung, Picking, Reinigung bzw. dem Transport von Kisten, Paletten und Wagen gemeint.

Der Vergleich der Roboter bezieht sich dabei auf vorhandene Zertifizierungen, Sensoren und generelle Ausrüstung der Roboter.

Die auf Lots Of Bots gelisteten AGVs (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) gelten als Revolution in der Logistik. Frühere Transportsysteme fuhren auf Schienen oder aufgeklebten Strecken (mit Markern). Durch AGVs wird es erstmals möglich, Warehouses flexibel und autonomer Arbeiten zu lassen.

Auch ihr wollt schnell und zuverlässig eine Übersicht über den Markt der AGVs bekommen, dann kommt ihr hier zum Robot Finder von Lots Of Bots.