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The first robot dog for the industry is Spanish and will arrive in 2023

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A startup from Barcelona has put an invention on the table to revolutionize the industrial sector in Spain in terms of security; the Keyper autonomous robot dog. The company keybotic launches this new project that is expected to be on the market by mid-2023 and that it will work for companies such as BASF or Carburos Metálicos.

The robot-dog Keyper seeks to make autonomous robotics more accessible, until now without a presence in the Spanish national industry. With a business model ‘Robot as a Service’, Keybotic proposes the rental of these ‘unusual dogs’ instead of the traditional machines. Keyper will have a software development exclusively for industrial sectors.

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In this way, the incorporation of the robotic dog Keyper will not require human intervention, because by himself he will carry out security rounds and keep the most dangerous environments of the industries in perfect condition. Thus, it will be able to move between gravel, unevenness, pipes and stairs, detecting gas leaks, vapors and excessively hot areas.

In addition, you will be able to read meters and send alerts in real time, with control images at all times, allowing that coordinates with other Keyper dog-robots so that emergency tasks could be executed in a more agile and efficient way.

The robot-dog It has two anchors in which image analysis systems with Artificial Intelligence (AI), sensors, thermal cameras and other high-performance tools can be installed. That is to say, it is not simply an attractive robot, but useful by itself, without the need to be teleoperated.

Keybotic co-founder, irene gomezinsists on the idea that Keyper has to be ‘click to start’, that is to say, that by pressing a button it starts to work and offer a service to the client. Its use is so simple that he even assures: “If the company’s maintenance technician knows how to use Instagram, he knows how to use our robot.”

Keyper’s potential is immense, and it will even be able to improve and incorporate new elements based on customer needs, since the robot-dog is undoubtedly a platform yet to be explored.

Until this Barcelona-based company raised the problem, no one had put a solution on the table before. There are industrial sectors, especially the chemical one, that require the incorporation of dog-robots that automatically carry out those maintenance and safety functionsbased on repetitive movements, which could be more dangerous for human integrity.

keybotic was born in 2020 with an initial budget of one million euros, contributed by its founders and private investors. But how were its origins?

Irene Gomez and her partner, Hilario TomeThey were still studying at the university, but they always remained linked to the Robotics Association. In the life of Irene herself, Tomé, a great expert on humanoid robots, had a great influence.

But without a doubt, the element that changed the life of Keybotic and that put the company on the technological map was the creation of the American contest DARPA Robotics Challengeorganized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States in 2018. They realized that robots had always been teleoperated and now they wanted to present their innovative idea in the most important robotics competition in the world together with the NASA Robotics Challenge.

Its success in both prestigious contests make Keybotic a benchmark company in the democratization of robotics applied to industry. Now it is proposed to continue solving problems in sectors such as mining and as support to Security Corps and Forces before collapses, fires or gas leaks. And it is that with autonomous robots the lives of people will be safeguarded, since they will be able to make efficient decisions for themselves.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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