Happy Friday! Friendly reminder that Dreamforce is approaching, and Samanage will have some upcoming announcements on product features and activities surrounding the event. If you’re planning on attending, you can register for the best party of the week here. Now for some notable events in technology this week:
Machines armed with smart technology are more likely to make you better at your job than they are to take your job, unless maybe you’re… an… orchestra conductor?
Tuesday night, Yumi (the humanoid robot… I know) led three of the eighteen pieces performed by the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The orchestra’s usual conductor, Andrea Columbini, marveled at the robot’s shoulder, arm, and wrist flexibility. The robot was able to memorize movements from just a few tutorial sessions with Columbini.
On a scale from 0-100, how much fuel is in your muscles?
That’s what the Denver-based MuscleSound is measuring for professional football players. According to Sports Illustrated, NFL teams are using MuscleSound technology to measure the amount of glycogen, or “energy,” that players have left in specific muscles after training camp, workouts, and in games. In fact, a handful of teams are relying on these measurements to determine injury risks, training schedules, diets, and sleep schedules for their players.
My biceps are down to a 12 after typing this post.
The Change Management Award Goes to…
Vamsi Talla, creator of a phone powered not by battery, but by sunlight and radio waves. Talla is a University of Washington graduate and CTO of Jeeva Wireless, who is already in the process of commercializing the product. It consumes about 10,000 times less power than a smartphone, but Talla hopes that it will be able to access applications and perform other basic smartphone functions.
Not to be forgotten in the technological excitement, the phone costs less than $1 to produce, which could make it available for parts of the developing world that are currently without access to smartphones.
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Have a great weekend. Watch out for those pesky robots crunching data all around you.