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Wednesday, 27 August, 2014


The future of robotics according to robotocists

At Automatica trade fair 2014 we asked the visitors of the ECHORD++ booth one simple question: “What do you think is the future of robotics?” We got the most interesting answers from roboticists from all over the world (in order of appearance): 

Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania
Uwe Haass, euRobotics
Pere Homs, nelmia Robotics Insight
Christian Schlegel, Hochschule Ulm
Mary Torrico, Universidad de Tarapacá
Peter Heiligensetzer, MRK-SYSTEME
Renaud Champion, Robolution Capital
Rich Walker, Shadow Robot Company
Reza Sahand, Rahal Technology 
Vladimir Čop, SPINEA
Suraj Nair, SMErobotics
Dickshon Gange, MAS Holdings
Holger Wirth, ISRA VISION
Roko Tschakarow, SCHUNK

ECHORD++ is funded under EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), Grant Agreement No. 601116.
For more information about the project please 

“Quail and Robot Convo” by Podington Bear
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“Noahs Stark” by krackatoa
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Tuesday, 26 August, 2014


Three clicks instead of ten. Two steps instead of five. White space. Intuitive icons. Drag and drop. As consumer UX underwent a renaissance over the last decade, enterprise software stagnated with a design sensibility from the dial-up era.

Curated by User Experience - UX - Mobile…

Yep, fully concur! Enterprise apps are targets for a massive change. Internal users and clients always compare to their consumer apps and a lot needs to be done to help them truly engage with enterprise apps!

Sunday, 24 August, 2014

Will Amazon achieve retail world domination?

Most people I know, myself included, love shopping online with Amazon - Books, eBooks, Movies, Clothing, Car accessories, and many other product categories.

Prices are reasonable and deliveries work without a hitch - including deliveries by Amazon partners.

Consequently I believe, Amazon have their customers’ satisfaction firmly in sight.

For quite some time now, traditional segments of the retail industry are unhappy with Amazon and voice loudly their concerns. These are established book businesses, printing businesses, established authors and others who have a lot to lose when Amazon asks them to lower their own prices (i.e. costs to Amazon and Its customers). The media are currently replete with actions by Hachette and others who claim that Amazon, under the leadership of its founder Mr Bezos, are pursuing world domination in retail and assume Amazon will increase prices to consumers once the world domination has been won.

As an economist I know this is nonsense. Following the teachings of Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), the world renowned Austrian / US economist, Amazon is about to destruct old industry practices / structures through creative (online) retail methods and the old industry is trying to fight back.

Who will win this “retail industry game”? I trust we all will as consumers, readers, young authors and creative online businesses.

• More on Amazon and Bezos from a prominent German mag’s viewpoint:

• TED on Jeff Bezos, the entrepreneur:

• Jeff Bezos’ story on Slate:

• About my favorite economist Joseph Schumpeter and his teachings on Entrepreneurship and “Creative Destruction”:

Saturday, 23 August, 2014

Weekend fun, enjoy!


Friday, 22 August, 2014

Is the current “Internet of Things” Hype (see above Gartner Hype Cycle) for real?

Thursday, 21 August, 2014
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014


"For a long time, I (Peter Hornsby) have been an advocate of creating standards, guidelines, and patterns as a way of achieving design consistency within a large organization. While these do offer significant benefits, they also introduce a number of problems into the design process."

Curated by Jerry Lieveld

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014
Monday, 18 August, 2014


Today in 1971, psychology professor Philip Zimbardo turned the basement of Jordan Hall into a prison and recruited 24 students to participate in one of the most notable—and notorious—research projects ever carried out on the Farm.

Full story in STANFORD.

Amazing experiment. Makes me think of the way well educated Germans behaved in the sinister times of the Holocaust.

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