A new control system from German group Arduino could provide robot mowers with a "brain" and make them easier to operate, according to these articles. Installing the brain would provide robotic mowers with ultrasonic sensors, gyroscopes, a compass and a Bluetooth system. Customers could direct the mower using a smartphone.
Drync, a mobile smartphone application, offers users a searchable database of 1.7 million wines -- 30,000 of which are available for purchase -- to educate drinkers about their bottle of wine, track user preferences and even order bottles online. The app also includes a feature that allows users to learn about a bottle of wine by taking a photo of its label.
There are several indicators that the economy is still sluggish, such as factory output in the U.S. central Atlantic region decreasing to a two-year low this month, and new home sales hitting a five-month low in July. The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said Tuesday that its August index of factory activity dropped to "minus 10" from July's "minus 1."
Revenues at Accenture have doubled since 2002, and the IT department has played a part in that success both as a profit center and business driver, says Bob Kress, executive director of the company's business operations. In this interview, Kress explains what he has done to make IT's contribution to Accenture more visible.