Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive

Continental, a company which provides a range of automotive solutions such as tyres and advanced driver assistance systems, has been showing off its new autonomous minibus. 

The company calls the vehicle Cube, short for Continental Urban Mobility Experience, and describes it as a “robo-taxi”.

This particular trial of the driverless minibus took place in Frankfurt, Germany.  Continue reading Continental sends out autonomous minibus for a driverless drive

The Rubik’s Cube phenomenon: One for the all-time pop charts

lockTo date, more than 400 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold around the world. As such, the puzzle game is one of the biggest-selling products in history.

Not bad for a toy which its inventor, Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik, says he didn’t even plan to make.

He was working as a professor of architecture at the Budapest College of Applied Architecture at the time, in 1974, and built the cube with the intention of “searching to find a good task for my students”.  Continue reading The Rubik’s Cube phenomenon: One for the all-time pop charts

Infineon chip solves Rubik’s Cube in about one half of one second

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Lightning fast machine sorts out the squares in 637 thousandths of a second

The Rubik’s Cube is one of the world’s most famous puzzles, and one of the best-selling products in history. 

Tens of millions – possibly hundreds of millions – of people have tried to manipulate the cubic puzzle to manoeuvre the colours so they match on all six sides. And millions have succeeded.

But it would impossible for any human to do what a machine did earlier today at the electronica trade fair, where a machine called “Sub1 Reloaded” pulled off the feat with the help of microchips from Infineon in less than a second – 637 thousandths of a second to be exact.  Continue reading Infineon chip solves Rubik’s Cube in about one half of one second

‘World’s first’ independently operating warehouse robot happy in new job

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Start-up company Magazino has launched what it claims is the world’s first independently operating logistics robot

German logistics company Sigloch has been using what is considered the first robot that can operate independently in a warehouse.

The robot was developed by Munich-based start-up Magazino, in which Siemens owns a 49.9 percent share.

After a series of test runs, the robot called Toru Cube recently began to work continuously in a huge warehouse complex operated by Sigloch in Blaufelden, Germany.

Sigloch is a publishing logistics company that supplies books to a variety of firms, including online giant Amazon. Continue reading ‘World’s first’ independently operating warehouse robot happy in new job