Popular satirical cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known under the moniker 'The Oatmeal' was recently invited to ride in one of Google's new self-driving cars. Unlike the vast amount of commentary this vehicle has been subjected to (will it ever be a real world product? Why bother with Google when you can have a Mercedes? It's a friendly vehicle that doesn't want to hurt you!), The Oatmeal chose to publish his review in the form of '6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-driving Car', featuring some of his classic illustration style. Here is a brief summary of his thoughts: 1. Human beings are terrible drivers. "We drink. We doze. We text." 2. Google self-driving cars are timid. "Google can adjust the level of aggression in the software, and the self-driving prototypes currently tooling around Mountain View are throttled to act like nervous student drivers." 3. They're cute. "Psychological studies have been done whereby participants, when asked to harm an inanimate object, were less likely to hurt the object if it had a face.... By turning self-driving cars into an adorable Skynet Marshmallow Bumper Bots, Google hopes to spiritually disarm other drivers." 4. It's not done and it's not perfect. "When the road cleared and it was safe to turn right, the car didn’t budge. I thought this was a bug at first, but when I looked to my right there was a pedestrian standing very close to the curb, giving the awkward body language that he was planning on jaywalking. This was a very human interaction: the car was waiting for a further visual cue from the pedestrian to either stop or go, and the pedestrian waiting for a cue from the car." 5. I want this [...]
As the festive season approaches, some of our staff are preparing to take leave. However should you need to get in touch with us with us to place orders or find out more about our technology portfolio, our office hours are as follows: US Office: CLOSED - Thursday 25 December CLOSED - Friday 26 December CLOSED - Thursday 1 January Australian Office: CLOSED - Thursday 25 December - 2 January (a skeleton engineering staff will remain active in Melbourne) If you have any questions about any of our product lines, including our LED driver ICs and our audio amplifier modules, contact us and we'll respond to your query as soon as we can. We are planning to attend a few different trade shows and exhibitions over the coming months, so keep in touch to ensure you don't miss out on opportunities to see demonstrations of Indice technologies of interest to you. Alternatively, contact one of our offices, in the US, Australia or in Taiwan, to arrange to meet with us to find out how our technology can be best implemented into your product suite. From all of us here at Indice Semiconductor, thank you for your support throughout 2014 and we wish you and your family a happy festive season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2015. Happy Holidays from Indice Semiconductor!
Indice Semiconductor looks forward to attending the world's largest consumer electronics event, International CES 2015 held 6 - 9 January. Our CTO James Hamond and his team will be at the show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Centre (LVCC) and Sands Expo complex. Indice's audio amplifier and power supply technology drives the Rare Audio Amplifier, which will be on display at Booth 3423, LVCC, North Hall. The amplifier was once again selected as a CES Innovation Award honoree for its outstanding engineering, design and unique features. A previous release of the amplifier, also featuring Indice's audio amplifier and PSU modules, was selected in 2013. Mr Hamond will be able to provide show visitors with demos of Indice's Blade power amplifier, as well as other audio technology in the works. To make an appointment to meet with Mr Hamond and the rest of the Indice Semiconductor team to discuss our latest technological developments and how they can be integrated into your product, contact us today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Held annually in Las Vegas, the International CES showcases the most exciting next-generation innovations for the consumer market. Over 3,500 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. Last year there were more than 150,000 attendees from over 140 countries. The hours for the upcoming exhibition will be as follows: Tuesday, January 6: 10am - 6pm Wednesday, January 7: 9am - 6pm Thursday, January 8: 9am - 6pm Friday, January 9: 9am - 4pm
While Professor Stephen Hawking has voiced his concerns about artificial intelligence could "could spell end of the human race","weak AI", which is employed for problem solving and doesn't exhibit cognitive abilities, has some very interesting applications in the wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. A number of medical IoT developments are employing AI with some success. Lumiata for example is able to generate a clinical model of a patient using data from 160 million points including textbooks, journal articles, and public data sets, as well as the patient-specific data. Google X Nanoparticles can be released into the bloodstream to detect and diagnose diseases, cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes. The medical diagnosis platform Entopsis uses its Nanoscale Unbiased TExtured Capture (NUTeC) process to capture molecules and applies machine learning algorithms to analyze them. The Vitality GlowCap not only blinks and sounds when it's time to take medication, but actively tries to change patient behavior to improve medication adherence. Aside from being used for medical purposes, AI within wearables can also assist in other areas, such as farming. ENORASIS combines weather and sensor data, crop yield and energy costs, to help farmers make irrigation decisions to increase yields and guard against losses. SCRI-MINDS also combines data from environmental modelling and sensors to provide irrigation advice, specifically for nurseries and greenhouses. Machine learning algorithms help determine what crops to plant in future farming cycles. Read the full story at Wired here. Unlike the strong AI referenced in science fiction, today's artificial intelligence has applications in a diverse range of areas - and who knows what future innovations will benefit from machine learning algorithms.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Professor Stephen Hawking told about developments in artificial intelligence which enabled substantial improvements to his new communication system. "It was the next word predictions I wanted most changed," Prof Hawking said. "It can offer a list of predictions based on an analysis of the English language and my previous usage." The theoretical physicist, who has the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), uses a system developed by Intel, which learns how Prof Hawking thinks, offering suggestions for words to use next. When asked why he didn't change his voice to a more natural, British voice, he said, "it has become my trademark". Prof Hawking believes "the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful." However machine learning is not without its dangers, he warns. "I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," said Prof Hawking. "Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." Read the full story, including some more positive outlooks on our future with AI, at the BBC.
Rare Audio today announced that it has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Element 4.1 Car Audio Amplifier. Powered by an Indice designed audio amplifier module and power supply unit, the Element 4.1 features Bluetooth streaming and telephony, as well as Apple/Android phone and tablet applications. “Particular attention has been paid to the user experience with an enhanced GUI, as well as Apple and Android configuration apps,” says Julian Merritt, Director of Rare Audio. “Bluetooth audio enables users to stream music from their Bluetooth device, to make and receive phone calls, and enables remote software downloads ensuring users get the latest feature and performance upgrades automatically. Bluetooth opens the door for users to play their favorite music streams from Pandora and Spotify when their device is connected to the internet.” Benefiting from the Indice amplifier module's ultra low harmonic and intermod distortion and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio, this product has achieved truly class-leading power density and sound quality. Indice's electrolytic capacitor-free amplifier module ensured the Element 4.1 has a slimline, modern look, while improving the reliability and lifespan of the unit. In-keeping with Indice's high standards of audio quality, 350WRMS @ 1% THD into 4 Ω, 700WRMS into 2Ω mean the Element 4.1 amplifier has incredible high fidelity sound, with half a horse power per speaker. An SNR of >108dB ensures no audible hiss, even when the car engine is turned off. Because of its efficiency, low noise level and its regenerative power supply unit, the Element 4.1 is particularly well suited to electric or hybrid vehicles. “Thanks to the design of the amplifier stages, the Element 4.1 amplifier has overcome inherent existing D class amplifier issues such as radio interference and carrier frequency problems without the need [...]
By Taylor Soper for GeekWire Indice Semiconductor, a company that builds energy-saving chips, has raised $6 million in a round led by Pixelworks co-founder Allen Alley. Along with the fresh cash, the six-year-old company will also be moving its headquarters from Australia to Tualatin, Ore. Indice has shipped nearly one million chips since 2008 to customers that use its technology for an array of appliances like LED lighting and electric vehicles. The new funding will be used to accelerate sales and manufacturing.
By Dean Takahashi for VentureBeat Indice Semiconductor has raised $6 million to fund global rollout of its energy-saving chips. The company makes mixed signal power control chips and conversion integrated circuits. They are used in a wide range of applications, including light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, high-quality audio, and electric vehicles. Indice is also relocating its headquarters from Melbourne, Australia, to Tualatin, Ore. Allen Alley, former chief executive of Pixelworks and managing partner of The Alley Group, led the round and has joined as executive chairman. Aaron Brown, chief executive of Indice, said that the greatest source of clean energy is to use less of it. He said that we waste too much energy through inefficient conversion and transmission of electricity. Indice will use the money to expand its sales and operations. Indice has created a technology dubbed Continuous SigmaTM, a new encoding method that the company says will revolutionize performance and efficiency for audio amplifiers, Internet-of-things devices, and electric vehicles. “Indice has a proven track record,” said Alley in a statement. “Since founding in 2008, we have shipped nearly one million chips and we are just beginning to scratch the surface of the company’s technological applications.” “Our unique, patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM encoding method enables higher performance and lower power consumption than traditional technology,” Indice CTO James Hamond said in a statement. “To demonstrate our capability, we are excited to announce we have entered the $1 million Google Little Box Challenge to shrink a 2 kilowatt solar panel inverter from the size of a toaster oven to size of a large coffee cup.” Read more.
By Catherine Shu for TechCrunch Indice Semiconductor has raised a $6 million Series A to focus on marketing its chips, which use an algorithm that the company says can help appliances save energy. The round was led by Allen Alley, the co-founder and former CEO of Pixelworks and included participation from Australian venture capital firm rampersand. The capital will be used to increase Indice’s sales team in the U.S. and Asia Pacific region in order to target original equipment manufacturers and product designers. So far, Indice has marketed chips with its Continuous SigmaTM algorithm to the lighting industry, but is planning to expand to amplifiers, electric vehicles, and the Internet of Things. Indice Semiconductor, which was founded in Melbourne, Australia, also announced that it is relocating its headquarters to Tualatin, Oregon, and has hired Alley as its executive chairman. Indice Semiconductor hopes to stand apart from its peers (including Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and Cirrus Logic) with its patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM algorithm. So far, Indice has sold 1 million chips using Continuous SigmaTM. Continuous Sigma improves performance in digital-to-analog (DAC/ADC) applications, which means that it can be used in hardware in verticals ranging from connected devices and electric vehicles to lighting and amplifiers. “Continuous SigmaTM is a simpler encoding method than the commonly used Successive Approximation Registar (SAR) found in many wearable devices, and has a higher performance than the Delta Sigma encoding method (around since the 1970s), which is found in audio applications, power supplies, and motor control,” a spokesman for the company told TechCrunch. “For the end user this could mean anything from more effective noise cancelling headphones than what we currently see on the market to smarter, more efficient wearable devices.
By Kye White for Startup Smart Melbourne-founded Indice Semiconductor has closed a $US6 million ($A6.9 million) Series A funding round that will help accelerate the distribution of its power-saving technology. Its Continuous SigmaTM encoding method has the potential to reduce power consumption while increasing performance in everything from wearables, to headphones, computers and smartphones, co-founder James Hamond explains. “Digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital encoding methods are found in just about all modern electronic devices, from wearables, audio equipment, space probes, phones and so on,” he says. “Indice’s patent-pending Continuous SigmaTM encoding method has the potential to reduce the device’s power consumption while increasing performance. For the end user this could mean headphones with more effective noise cancelling and crisper audio than ever before. “Our advanced algorithms are game changers in other areas as well, including enabling the world’s smallest solar inverter – which is why we’ve entered Google’s Little Box Challenge. “Eventually Indice hopes this will lead to more powerful and efficient electric motor control and car chargers, helping boost performance and consumer uptake of electronic vehicles.” The Series A round was led by Allen Alley, founder of semiconductor company Pixelworks, who will join the startup, and Australian venture capital firm Rampersand. Hamond says a number of private individuals who make up the “old silicon guard” also invested. He declined to name those investors. Founded in Melbourne in 2008, Indice Semiconductor has since relocated to Oregon in the United States. It’s sold one million of its chips to date, and plans to use the investment to scale up, targeting the Asian market. Read more here.