Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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Don’t be so quick to discount COBOL, especially if you are looking for a job, or think that you might be. There are lots of COBOL applications running all over the world, and more and more COBOL experts are retiring every day.

Did I just call The .NET Frameworks a “platform”? Did I mean development platform, or did I mean operating system? Well, the answer to these questions are “Yes I did”, and “Both”.

So let me begin to describe The .NET Frameworks. At the core of The .NET Frameworks is a component called the Common Language Runtime or CLR which is a lot like an operating system that runs within the context of another operating system (such as Windows ME or Windows 2000). This is not a new idea. It shares traits in common with the Java Virtual Machine, as well as the environments of many interpreted languages such as BASIC and LISP which have been around for decades. The purpose of a middleware platform like the CLR is simply that a common OS like Windows is often too close to the hardware of a machine to retain the flexibility or agility required by software targeted for business on the Internet. Software running on the CLR (referred to as Managed Code) is exceptionally agile!

Happy Birthday NASA!

#OTD 1958 the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was preparing for a change. On Oct 1 it would become NASA.
— NASA History Office (@NASAhistory)
September 30, 2014

Happy Birthday NASA!

Wind energy in Europe.


Wind Power Capacity in the European Union

MITs Cheetah finally runs untethered.

"A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they’ve got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they’re forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.” (via Gizmodo)

Zoobotics produces a modular robotics kit worth watching.


Zoobotics is developing modular animal-like robots made from paper, wood or plastics that can be assembled with a few tools

A startup from Hamburg (Germany) is experimenting with tetra- and hexapods, made from cardboard and paper. All technical functions are controlled by an Arduino Uno. Estimated base price incl all parts and reusable components atm around 300 €. They’re aiming for a crowdfunding release at the end of 2014. Count me in.

Description of Zuri 01:

ZURI is a programmable robot made from paper and grey cardboard. This motion machine, conceived of as a kit, can be assembled with a few tools (cutter, ruler, cutting mat, bone folder, glue and screwdriver). In addition to a distance sensor, the Paper Robot has servo motors, servo controllers and a Bluetooth module for wireless control via PC or smartphone.

ZURI is a modular robotic system. It is based on two leg variants (2DOF / 3DOF) and two different body modules (1M / 2M). The combination of leg and body modules allows for a lot of robot variations. This results in different degrees of difficulty regarding programming and coordination of the running gaits.

The ZURI-PAPERBOT-SYSTEM combines disciplines such as modeling, the use of electronics and programming. It is perfect for use in the classroom.

[Zoobotics] [long feature in german on golem] [all pictures by zoobotics]