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AR4-MK3 6DOF axis open source robot arm kit

AR4-MK3 6DOF axis open source robot arm kit

If you would like to learn more about robotics the Annin Robotics AR4 robot is a compact, desktop-sized industrial robot featuring six degrees of freedom (6DOF), which allows it to move and interact with a high degree of flexibility. This robot is notable for its open-source design, making it accessible at no cost to enthusiasts and professionals alike. As a low-cost solution, the AR4 can be constructed from aluminum components, offering durability and stability. 6 Degrees of Freedom (DOF) Robot Arm Alternatively, for those interested in customization or perhaps a more hands-on approach, all of the parts required to assemble the AR4 can be 3D printed. This versatility makes the AR4 an excellent project for anyone interested in robotics, from students to hobbyists to researchers, allowing them to explore advanced robotics technology without a significant financial investment. The AR4-MK3 6-axis robot arm kit has undergone significant upgrades, enhancing its precision and versatility for hobbyists, educators, and professionals alike. This self-assembly kit, now featuring improved gear motors and expanded motion range, is designed for desktop use …

MarketForce winds down its B2B e-commerce arm

MarketForce winds down its B2B e-commerce arm

Kenyan B2B e-commerce company MarketForce is winding down its B2B e-commerce business that served informal merchants (mom-and-pop stores) after a turbulent two-year period that saw it scale down operations severely. The shutdown of the B2B e-commerce arm dubbed RejaReja comes months after MarketForce withdrew the service from all its markets, including Nigeria and Kenya, save for Uganda. RejaReja was intended to enable informal retailers to order fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) from distributors and manufacturers, solving several challenges encountered by informal retailers such as stockout and financing. The marketplace, launched in 2020, hoped to tap the informal retail sector in the continent, which accounts for about 80% of household trade in sub-Saharan Africa. At its peak, it employed more than 800 people and served 270,000 informal merchants. MarketForce had raised $42.5 million, including $40 million debt-equity in a Series A round in 2022 at over $100 million valuation, to fuel the business. However, a mix of challenges — including aggressive expansion, a capital-intensive business model, razor-thin profit margins and a funding crunch after an investor reneged …

Cara Delevingne ‘fixes’ spelling mistake in arm tattoo 

Cara Delevingne ‘fixes’ spelling mistake in arm tattoo 

Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Stay ahead of the trend in fashion and beyond with our free weekly Lifestyle Edit newsletter Cara Delevingne has appeared to fix a spelling mistake in one of her tattoos. The model and actor, 31, arrived at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (14 April), wearing a strappy, backless gown, which revealed her newly updated tattoo on her arm. Last year, fans noticed a spelling mistake when Delevingne debuted her ink. The error concerned the Italian word dormiveglia, which is the state of being half-asleep or semi-conscious. In photos shared by her tattoo artist Matteo Nangeroni, “dormiveglia” had been written on her arm in a handwriting font, with a definition underneath: “the place that stretches between sleeping and walking”. On social media, fans were quick to point out that “walking” should have been “waking”. It now appears that Delevingne has corrected that typo, by adding a thicker line to an existing tattoo above, which has …

Google Chrome browser for Snapdragon ARM based Windows PCs

Google Chrome browser for Snapdragon ARM based Windows PCs

Google has released an optimized version of its Chrome browser specifically designed for ARM-based Windows PCs, particularly those powered by Snapdragon processors. This release represents a significant milestone in web browsing for users of these devices, delivering enhanced speed, responsiveness, and overall performance. At the core of this update is the utilization of the Snapdragon processors’ unique capabilities, which are well-known for their impressive energy efficiency and processing power. By leveraging these strengths, the optimized Chrome browser ensures faster page loading times and a more seamless and fluid user interface. This improvement is particularly beneficial for users who frequently multitask with multiple tabs or rely on resource-intensive web applications, as the browser can now handle these demands more efficiently. ARM Chrome Browser Looking ahead, the upcoming Snapdragon X Elite platform, slated for release in mid-2024, is poised to elevate Chrome’s performance on Arm-compatible PCs to even greater heights. This cutting-edge platform is expected to deliver unparalleled speed and efficiency, promising a browsing experience that is faster, smoother, and more responsive than ever before. As technology …

Nervous Europe explores using profits from Russian assets to arm Ukraine

Nervous Europe explores using profits from Russian assets to arm Ukraine

BRUSSELS — In the aftermath of Moscow’s full-scale invasion, allies froze more than $300 billion in assets, confidently vowing to “make Russia pay” to rebuild Ukraine. Two years in, Europe may have finally found a way to tap that money — but only a bit of it. And these days, it’s less about reconstruction and more about just keeping Ukraine in the fight. European Union leaders will discuss a proposal Thursday to use profits generated by immobilized assets to help Kyiv. At a time when U.S. funding is stalled and Ukraine is desperate, the proposal could offer about $3 billion a year over several years, mostly for weapons. While the plan, if approved, would certainly help Ukraine, even its backers struggled to present it as a major victory. Top E.U. diplomat Josep Borrell said $3 billion a year is “not extraordinary” but also “not negligible.” The saga of mobilizing those frozen assets to help Ukraine in some ways captures the mood in Europe, as bold pronouncements about stopping Putin and standing with Ukraine until victory …

Saga announces Saga Origins publishing arm for Web3 games

Saga announces Saga Origins publishing arm for Web3 games

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  Saga announced its Saga Origins game publishing arm will publish games for the Saga Layer-1 blockchain protocol. During GDC 2024, the company also announced that it will be launching its mainnet in April, enabling game makers on its platform to publish their games. San Francisco-based Saga is a Layer-1 protocol and developer ecosystem in Web3. With this announcement, Saga becomes the first and only web3 chain to establish a dedicated game publishing arm for developers to partner with to release their projects. Saga Origins is committed to offering a full service and collaborative approach to bring games to a global mass market. Whereas developers would traditionally secure grants only to build and launch their games, Saga Origins offers added beneficial support, including partnerships with influencers to generate awareness, sponsored user acquisition campaigns, community building, and promotional support. GB Event GamesBeat Summit Call for Speakers We’re thrilled to open our call for speakers …

Ben & Jerry’s owner Unilever to spin off ice cream arm

Ben & Jerry’s owner Unilever to spin off ice cream arm

LONDON: British consumer goods giant Unilever announced on Tuesday (Mar 19) that it will separate its ice cream unit, whose top-selling products include Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum, as a standalone business. The company also unveiled a major overhaul which it said would “impact” around 7,500 mainly office-based jobs worldwide and save 800 million euros (US$870 million) over the next three years. “The separation of Unilever and Ice Cream in combination with the productivity programme will ensure that Unilever’s financial and management resources are focused on its strongest, global or scalable brands,” Unilever said in a statement. “These will have the capability to drive category expansion and deliver accelerated, sustainable levels of growth and improved profitability.” The ice cream unit has five of the 10 biggest global brands, including Wall’s brand Cornetto and Carte D’Or, with turnover of 7.9 billion euros in 2023 – although underlying sales growth was disappointing. “A demerger of Ice Cream is the most likely separation route … Other options for separation will be considered to maximise returns for shareholders,” Unilever …

UK city ‘becoming cocaine gateway’ as dealers arm kids with crossbows | UK | News

UK city ‘becoming cocaine gateway’ as dealers arm kids with crossbows | UK | News

A port city is “becoming cocaine gateway into UK” as drug hauls are defended by kids with crossbows. Last month Britain’s answer to the FBI – the National Crime Agency (NCA) – made its biggest Class A drugs bust ever when £450million of cocaine was found in cartons of bananas in Southampton’s port. Last year cops brought down another drugs racket which imported drugs from Canada, Europe and America into the city which had recruited kids as young as 15 who were given guns, crossbows and knives to defend their haul. And the vast surge in illegal drug smuggling is ravaging residents’ way of life there – and they have now spoken up about the area’s plight, with one pensioner saying that drugs are “all over the place”. Brian Masters, 69, said the area is rammed with drug runners “waiting for calls to pick up and drop drugs off,” reports The Sun. He said:  “Drugs are all over the place. It’s a fact of life, you just have to live with it. It’s an everyday …

The Quest to Give AI Chatbots a Hand—and an Arm

The Quest to Give AI Chatbots a Hand—and an Arm

Peter Chen, CEO of the robot software company Covariant, sits in front of a chatbot interface resembling the one used to communicate with ChatGPT. “Show me the tote in front of you,” he types. In reply, a video feed appears, revealing a robot arm over a bin containing various items—a pair of socks, a tube of chips, and an apple among them. The chatbot can discuss the items it sees—but also manipulate them. When WIRED suggests Chen ask it to grab a piece of fruit, the arm reaches down, gently grasps the apple, and then moves it to another bin nearby. This hands-on chatbot is a step toward giving robots the kind of general and flexible capabilities exhibited by programs like ChatGPT. There is hope that AI could finally fix the long-standing difficulty of programming robots and having them do more than a narrow set of chores. “It’s not at all controversial at this point to say that foundation models are the future of robotics,” Chen says, using a term for large-scale, general-purpose machine-learning models …