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Loser: A Dog Named SPOT

When Microsoft stops imitating and starts innovating, watch out

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Bill Gates shows off prototype SPOT refrigerator magnets, keychains, wristwatch, and clock radio.
A Boy and His Dogs: Bill Gates shows off prototype SPOT refrigerator magnets, keychains, wristwatch, and clock radio.
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In his keynote speech at Comdex Fall 2002, Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, in a calculated yet endearingly self-deprecating moment, raised the smiley-faced specter of Bob before introducing what looks to be another monosyllabic loser from his deep-pocket minions in Redmond, Wash.: SPOT, or Smart Personal Objects Technology.

Slated for introduction last October but delayed until this month, SPOT 1.0 will be a US $129 to $299 digital wristwatch from watchmakers Fossil Inc., Richardson, Texas, and Suunto Oy, Vantaa, Finland. The Smart Watch gives you weather, stock quotes, sports scores, headline news, one-way instant messages, Outlook calendar reminders, and finally, the time and date.

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Deep Learning Gets a Boost From New Reconfigurable Processor

The ReAAP processor allows AI to be faster, more efficient

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This article is part of our exclusive IEEE Journal Watch series in partnership with IEEE Xplore.

Deep learning is a critical computing approach that is pushing the boundaries of technology – crunching immense amounts of data and uncovering subtle patterns that humans could never discern on their own. But for optimal performance, deep learning algorithms need to be supported with the right software compiler and hardware combinations. In particular, reconfigurable processors, which allow for flexible use of hardware resources for computing as needed, are key.

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He has introduced customized controls and builds wheelchairs for rough terrain

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For more than 25 years, Rory Cooper has been developing technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Cooper began his work after a spinal cord injury in 1980 left him paralyzed from the waist down. First he modified the back brace he was required to wear. He then turned to building a better wheelchair and came up with an electric-powered version that helped its user stand up. He eventually discovered biomedical engineering and was inspired to focus his career on developing assistive technology. His inventions have helped countless wheelchair users get around with more ease and comfort.

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