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Germany’s Ottobock tests industrial exoskeletons as it seeks more growth opportunities - Dotemirates

Germany’s Ottobock tests industrial exoskeletons as it seeks more growth opportunities

German artificial limb manufacturer Ottobock plans to start selling a mechanical exoskeleton that makes manual labour for factory workers easier this week, joining a field already crowded with major industrial players and start-ups. The 99-year-old firm, which started out making prosthetics for World War One veterans, is seeking to tap new growth opportunities ahead of a possible stock market listing. The family-owned company has tested the Paexo, a wearable upper-body exoskeleton designed to ease the physical strain of repetitive overhead assembly work, on 30 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Bratislava. After 80 percent of workers said they would recommend...


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43% of Americans watch something on Netflix any given day, tying all of cable TV, according to a new study

43% of US adults will watch something on Netflix on any given day, according to a study by the analytics firm YouGov. This figure matched the percentage of American adults who will watch live TV through a cable provider on any given day, the firm said. Netflix also led all networks in one poll the firm conducted to see which network had the highest "buzz" among consumers.   Netflix's popularity is close to surpassing that of cable television, at least by one measurement. According to a new study by the analytics firm YouGov, nearly half of all Americans adults will watch...
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Amazon intros Alexa Guard for Echo devices aimed at consumers who want to protect their homes

Besides the many new Echo devices introduced today, Amazon announced many improvements to Alexa, which are meant to make life even more convenient, safe, and entertaining. Among the new features Amazon launched today, Alexa Guard stands out for its usefulness. Alexa Guard can help keep homes safe assuming you have one of Amazon's Echo devices. Obviously, this isn't a foolproof method of keeping your house safe, but it's much better than nothing. The new feature allows you to just say “Alexa, I'm leaving” to activate the Guard mode. Once this mode is enabled, Alexa will send you Smart Alerts about...
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Huawei's first foldable phone will also be its first 5G smartphone

Huawei and Samsung are in a competition to release the first foldable smartphone and Huawei’s Ken Hu just upped the ante – Huawei’s first foldable phone will also be its first 5G-capable phone. And it will arrive earlier than expected with a mid-2019 launch (at a previous event Huawei promised its first 5G phone for the second half of 2019). Sub-brand Honor also has a 5G phone in the works. Anyway, Hu highlighted the three major use cases for 5G: faster mobile broadband, lower latency and the Internet of Things. Samsung’s CEO confirmed that a foldable phone will launch before...

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Facebook is taking on Tinder with the official launch of its dating service — but it's only in Colombia for now

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, which launched a dating feature in Columbia on Thursday. Facebook has launched its new dating service, which was teased earlier this year and rolled out in beta to employees a few months later. For now, Facebook Dating is only available in Colombia, but the company is expected to bring it to other countries in the future. The service is built into Facebook's core mobile app, but is separate from most features in it. The service will compete against the likes of Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid. Facebook is officially in the dating game, but for now,...
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How VTEC Works

If you're a car enthusiast, you've probably heard the term "VTEC" before, but you might not know what it means. If you don't, here's an explainer.VTEC is a type of variable valve-timing system developed and used by Honda. It stands for Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control. Like most other variable-valve timing systems, VTEC varies oil pressure to shift between different cam profiles. At higher engine speeds, the cam profile allows greater valve lift, which allows more air into the cylinder. This helps generate more horsepower. Since its introduction in the late 1980s, VTEC has been used in many...
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Amazon plants fake packages in delivery trucks as part of an undercover ploy to 'trap' drivers stealing

Amazon plants fake packages on delivery trucks. Amazon plants empty packages with fake labels in the trucks of delivery drivers, sources told Business Insider. If drivers fail to return the packages to Amazon, then they are suspected of swiping the package, sources said. The drivers are managed by third-party courier companies that work out of Amazon facilities. "It's meant to be a trap... to check the integrity of the driver," a former Amazon logistics manager told Business Insider. This story follows an earlier investigation: Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may...