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A New Tool to Build a Mobile Storefront

first_img Moving Product: Carolina Rustica’s Richard Sexton. Photo © David Lang Next Article By the Numbers A New Tool to Build a Mobile Storefront –shares 3 min read Carolina Rustica is no stranger to virtual commerce. The Concord, N.C.-based retailer specializing in handcrafted iron and wood furniture went online in 2000. Between 85 percent and 90 percent of current sales originate via the web, says founder and president Richard Sexton, with the average order exceeding $1,000.Now Carolina Rustica is moving its showroom to the smartphone — and though dining room tables and four-poster beds may seem at odds with the digital impulse purchases typically synonymous with mobile commerce, Sexton says that keeping up with the competition makes mobile a necessary evolution.”We’re going up against the big outfits, like [home décor powerhouse] CSN Stores–they’re not an 800-pound gorilla but a 2,000-pound gorilla, so it’s important to keep pace with what they’re doing,” he says. “You can’t exclude mobile commerce. People are doing everything on their smartphones, including shopping.” This mobile storefront solution ushers small-business owners into the growing world of ‘m-commerce.’ November 23, 2010 Add to Queue This story appears in the December 2010 issue of . Subscribe »center_img Magazine Contributor Technology Jason Ankeny $119 billion: ABI research projection for 2015 mobile commerce spending Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amazon.com can vouch for mobile commerce’s potential: In July, the company said its customers spent more than $1 billion using their phones during the previous year. But Amazon is Amazon. Hopping on the m-commerce bandwagon is exponentially more challenging for smaller retailers.”It’s very difficult to launch a mobile presence,” says mShopper founder and CEO David Gould, citing the lack of uniform mobile web standards and the broad array of devices. “You’ve got to rethink your entire page layout for mobile because of the tiny screens. The context is also a challenge–you’re trying to reach a user who’s on the go and whose needs are different.”Carolina Rustica launched its fledgling mobile website in partnership with Boulder, Colo.-based mShopper, which in September introduced Mobile Commerce Platform. With it, merchants of all sizes can build customized smartphone storefronts, or “mStores.” Included are design tools, built-in merchandising mechanisms and SEO resources, as well as an analytics dashboard to measure traffic and sales. Every order generated by a client’s mStore is input directly into the retailer’s existing shopping cart, ensuring that standard order and customer service processes still apply.Retailers simply upload their product data feed and design their mStore, guided by mShopper’s videos. Once it’s live, merchants also can leverage mShopper’s GetFirstDibs mobile marketing program, which transmits text-based discounts and promotions to customers on the retailer’s mobile mailing list.”We’re here to help generate buzz and awareness and to drive traffic to your homepage,” Gould says. “We only make money when merchants do.”mShopper charges retailers a monthly licensing fee ranging from $99 to $999, depending on website traffic. The firm collects a commission of at least 5 percent of the sale, or the store’s published standard affiliate rates.Along with Carolina Rustica, more than 10 other retailers signed on with mShopper during Mobile Commerce Platform’s first few weeks online. And mShopper expects to have 50 to 100 paying customers by the end of the year.”The obvious question is why you should create an mStore when customers can browse your website on a smartphone,” Sexton says. “The answer is that people need to start seeing your products right away. You can’t worry about download times or screen sizes. You can’t keep your website like it is and hope it all resolves on a phone.” Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » 8 percent: Portion of global e-commerce spend that figure representslast_img read more

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Scottish minimum alcohol pricing to come into effect next May

first_imgScottish minimum alcohol pricing to come into effect next MayPosted By: News Deskon: November 22, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, LegislationPrintEmailScotland will introduce minimum alcohol pricing of 50p per unit as of May next year, the Scottish government has announced.The date was revealed by Scottish health secretary Shona Robison, who said the government wants to introduce the minimum unit pricing (MUP) as soon as possible.Scotland will be the first country to introduce MUP on alcohol after the UK Supreme Court last week dismissed an appeal by the Scotch Whisky Association, following a five-year legal battle.The move is a response by the Scottish Parliament to tackle the nation’s high level of drinking by raising the price of cheap, super-strength alcohol.Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Robison said: “There were 1,265 alcohol-related deaths last year, up 10% on 2015, while just today we see statistics showing a 2% annual increase in alcohol-related hospital stays. These numbers are completely unacceptable. Behind every one of these statistics is a person, a family and a community.“With alcohol on sale today at just 18p a unit, we have to act to tackle the scourge of cheap, high-strength drink that causes so much damage.”Research has revealed that an MUP of 50p would cut alcohol-related deaths by 392 and hospital admissions by 8,254 over the first five years of the policy.It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs Scotland £3.6 billion a year. Its drinking problem is far worse than the rest of the UK. In 2016, 17% more alcohol was sold per adult in Scotland than in England and Wales.Chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association Paul Waterson was among the industry leaders to give their opinions following last week’s ruling. “Alcohol consumption in the UK has more than doubled over the last 40 years,” he said. “As consumption has increased, so has alcohol-related harm. The consequences of this abuse affects all of us, and costs society more than £2 billion a year.”Share with your network: Tags: legislationMinimum alcohol pricingScotlandlast_img read more

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Dubais Camelicious launches camel milkbased baby formula

first_imgDubai’s Camelicious launches camel milk-based baby formulaPosted By: News Deskon: February 22, 2018In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailDubai company Camelicious has unveiled a camel milk-based baby formula that is said to have “ten times the amount of iron found in other types of milk”.Launching at Gulfood 2018, the product is suitable for infants between the ages of one and three, and aimed at those who may have an intolerance to cow’s milk.Camelicious said that camel milk contains high levels of vitamin C as well as a group of essential amino acids.Mutasher Awadh Al Badry, Camelicious deputy general manager, said: “We had dedicated ourselves to develop a special formula to be the world’s first instant baby milk processed from camel milk in cooperation with international pioneers in baby milk industry. This innovative product is exclusive for babies aged from one to three years. It would back up their physical growth, as it contains ten times of iron fount in other types of milk.“This large quantity of iron helps to strengthen the blood, helps to protect children from anemia, and provides their bodies with vital minerals they need for daily life including magnesium, potassium, copper, sodium and manganese.”Camelicious general manager Saeed Juma Bin Subaih said: “We are also committed to cement our corporate reputation and solidify [a] leading position in the food industry, especially in the camel milk products.”He added: “Camel milk represents an integral part of the Arabic and Islamic culture in general and the UAE culture and heritage in particular. This milk is genuinely complements the UAE values and traditions that are handed down from one generation to another.”Share with your network: Tags: CameliciousDubaiinfant formulalast_img read more

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Nestlé launches new snack brand in the UK called YES

first_imgNestlé launches new snack brand in the UK called YES!Posted By: Martin Whiteon: September 27, 2018In: IndustriesPrintEmailNestlé has launched a new snack bar brand in the UK and Ireland called YES!, which will sell a new range of fruit, vegetable and nut bars.Five different snack bar varieties will be available initially, such as: Delicious Beetroot & Apple; Lively Lemon, Quinoa & Chilli; Tempting Sea Salt, Dark Choc & Almond; Sumptuous Cranberry & Dark Choc; and Delightful Coffee, Dark Choc & CherryEach YES! nut bar contains 5g of sugar, while the fruit and vegetable bars have no added sugar and contribute one of your five a day, and the entire range is gluten-free.Louisa Parrillo, senior brand manager for YES! said: “YES! sets out with the bold ambition to prove to consumers that wholesome products within this snacking category can be utterly delicious too.“I love YES!, everybody here loves YES!, and we cannot wait to share these exceptional bars with the UK and Ireland.”All five varieties will be available nationwide from retailers in the UK and Ireland in single and multi-pack formats from this month onwards.Share with your network: Tags: Nestlésnack barsUKYES!last_img read more

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Ocado to open 20 US distribution centres to support Kroger

first_imgOcado to open 20 US distribution centres to support KrogerPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 30, 2018In: Distribution, Food, Industries, RetailPrintEmailUK-based delivery service Ocado has confirmed that it will open 20 distribution centres in the US over the next three years, as part of its service agreement with US retailer Kroger.Ocado and Kroger agreed the services partnership in May 2018, and the deal will give Kroger access to Ocado’s Smart Platform technology, allowing Kroger to enhance its home delivery, online ordering and automated fulfilment activities in the face of increasing competition from Amazon and Walmart in the home delivery space.The deal represents Ocado’s entry into the US market, and Kroger is expected to order the first three high-tech ‘Customer Fulfilment Centres’ (CFCs) by the end of 2018.Kroger will issue further details on the location of the first three CFCs within the next few weeks, and Ocado estimates that CFCs will become operational approximately two years after an order is placed, meaning the first sites would become operational around 2020.Ocado will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of Mechanical Handling Equipment at the plants, in order to provide a sufficient level of processing capacity.Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions said: “We are delighted to have signed this services agreement with Kroger which sets out the key parameters for our working relationship going forward.“The Kroger and Ocado teams have been working hard for some time to prepare for the opening of the first CFCs in the United States.“We are very excited at the prospect of helping Kroger bring new services and value to its customers and transform the food retail market in the US”.Alex Tosolini, Kroger’s senior vice-president of business development added: “This is a significant step toward both solidifying our partnership with Ocado and redefining the Kroger customer experience.“The alliance will bring to the US Ocado’s unparalleled innovation and technologies. This is exciting news and will help accelerate our vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift.”Share with your network: Tags: distributionKrogerOcadoUSlast_img read more

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ÅR Packaging acquires Croatian folding carton maker Istragrafika

first_imgÅR Packaging acquires Croatian folding carton maker IstragrafikaPosted By: Contributoron: January 02, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, PackagingPrintEmailPackaging supplier ÅR Packaging has acquired all the outstanding shares of folding carton products manufacturer Istragrafika.Croatia-headquartered Istragrafika employs 160 people and supplies packaging for the food, tobacco and consumer goods segments.The firm was established in 1956 and previously owned by TDR, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco. ÅR Packaging said the firm was integrated into its business as of 1 January 2019.ÅR Packaging CEO and president Harald Schulz said: “ÅR Packaging has a strategic plan built on three pillars: further growth in Europe in selected business segments, global expansion with selected packaging solutions and further improved operational excellence and cost-efficiency.“This approach has proven very successful and with the acquisition of Istragrafika we strengthen our presence and position further in selected segments.”Sweden-headquartered ÅR Packaging has 2,200 employees across 17 factories in nine countries. It was formed in 2011 following the merger of A&R Carton and Flextrus.The company manufactures a range of flexible packaging, plastic trays, cups and carton board packaging.  In 2017, it announced the closure of two carton plants in Russia and Finland, affecting 150 jobs.Share with your network: Tags: ÅR PackagingCroatialast_img read more

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US says it has proof Assads regime carried out Douma gas attack

first_imgFirst published on Fri 13 Apr 2018 14.22 EDT UK calls Russia’s Syria chemical attack claim ‘ludicrous’ – as it happened US says it has proof Assad’s regime carried out Douma gas attack Patrick Wintour and Ewen MacAskill in London, Julian Borger in Washington andAngelique Chrisafis in Paris Syria A video released by the Syrian civil defence force White Helmets shows medical workers treating children after the attack on DoumaPhotograph: AP Share on Twitter Foreign policy Share via Email Share on Twitter The US has said it has proof that the Syrian regime carried out a chemical weapon attack on the outskirts of Damascus on Saturday, rejecting a Russian claim that it had been staged by British intelligence.Both the White House and state department announced on Friday that the US had “a high level of confidence” about the regime’s culpability for the use of poisonous gas in Douma.The declaration marked a shift from a statement by the defence secretary, James Mattis, on Thursday, that the US was still looking at the evidence. But the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the security council that the Trump administration had still not decided on a military response.The UK denounced as “a blatant lie” Russian claims that the country’s intelligence services were responsible for staging “the fake chemical weapons attack” in Douma, as a pretext for launching a wider military assault on the Syrian regime forces. Read more Syria Russia, in conjunction with the forces of the Syrian president, Bashar-al Assad, is in charge of the Douma area. At another highly charged session of the UN security council on Friday, Russia’s Vassily Nebenzia repeated the claim that the attack was staged. Hayley, his US counterpart, said she was “in awe” that Nebenzia could make such claims “with a straight face”.Pressed outside the UN chamber on when the US would decide whether to launch a military strike, Haley said: “You don’t rush decisions like this.” She added that if there was haste, “you make a mistake”.On Thursday Trump called Theresa May, the UK prime minister, and the two agreed “it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged”. But the US delay in taking action appears to be caused by divisions between the White House and Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, on the viable targets that could be struck in an effort to wipe out Syria’s alleged chemical weapons stores and factories.The hesitation in Washington gave Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, a chance to consult with Vladimir Putin to see whether they can construct a compromise that will avoid a military attack but still satisfy western demands that Russia stops protecting Assad’s breaches of the chemical weapons conventions. Macron, who on Thursday said he had proof of use of chemical weapons by Syrian regime – also called for dialogue with Russia.But the glimmer of hope for diplomacy came alongside continued planning for a military assault. Britain’s military chiefs have been working on a range of scenarios over the last few days. The focuss of an attack would be on Syria’s alleged chemical weapons research and storage facilities.Other targets under consideration by the Ministry of Defence, working in coordination with the US and France, include Syrian command and control centres as well as airbases, planes and helicopters. An attack on Assad’s presidential palace in the hills above Damascus has been ruled out as a step too far. May will be challenged by MPs to spell out her military plans on Monday, if no weekend assault has been launched. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Russia Reuse this content Read more Middle East and North Africa Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to London, told reporters the UK-funded Syrian civil defence forces, the White Helmets, were responsible for staging fake chemical attacks by the Syrian army in an attempt to mislead the world. Igor Konashenkov, a Russian defence ministry spokesman, went further saying: “We have … evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation.”He said Russia had proof that London put pressure on the White Helmets to stage the attack. The White Helmets is a humanitarian organisation made up of 3,400 volunteers who rescue civilians from the rubble after airstrikes. Karen Pierce, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, described the claims as “grotesque, bizarre and a blatant lie”. She added: “I want to state categorically … that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon.”A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “Russia has wielded its UN security council veto six times since February 2017 to shield the Assad regime from scrutiny for its use of chemical weapons. These accusations from Moscow are just the latest in a number of ludicrous allegations from Russia, who have also said that no attack ever happened. The allegations plunged the two countries’ intelligence agencies into yet more conflict, and came as the first members of a UN weapons inspectors fact-finding mission arrived in Damascus to see whether evidence remained to prove a chemical weapons attack had occurred, as photographs, blood samples and accounts from witnesses have shown. The inspectors are expected to be given access to Douma on Saturday.António Guterres, the UN secretary general, insisted the inspectors from the OPCW must be given full and unfettered access to witnesses and buildings. Topics How it happened: a week of tensions leads to military strikes in Syria Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Support The Guardian The planners are anxious to avoid destroying Russian equipment or killing Russian personnel based in Syria, potentially provoking a reaction from Moscow. They insist missiles and intelligence are better than in the 1991 Iraq war in which the Amiriyah bomb shelter was hit killing more than 400 civilians, or the Nato bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999.A spokesperson for the French defence ministry, chiming with MoD partners, said Macron had specified there would be no targeting of Russians in Syria and the focus would be on Syria’s alleged chemical weapons capabilities.A prime target is the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, west of Damascus, which the US has claimed has been involved in the preparation of chemical weapons.Targets could include airbases where the chemical weapons are alleged to have been stored, as well as aircraft which have allegedly been used attacks. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, an expert who led the UK and Nato chemical weapons response teams, said it was highly unlikely that an attack on Syrian chemical facilities risked spreading the poison. “The best way to destroy chemical weapons is to blow them up,” he said. Share via Email Fri 13 Apr 2018 16.15 EDT Shares352352 news White House and state department say with ‘very high confidence’ that government forces were responsibleSyria latest – live updates Share on LinkedIn Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you US foreign policy United Nations Chemical weapons This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Share on Pinterest Moscow had previously said there was no traces of any chemical attack in Douma. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to visit the scene on Saturday. However, France, UK and the US have said their own evidence already points to Damascus. Western diplomats would not rule out military action while the OPCW is on the ground, but said their capitals would try to avoid a situation in which inspectors could be vulnerable to harm or being taken hostage.Asked about the Russian accusation against the UK, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders said: “Our intelligence tells us otherwise … We have a very high confidence that Syria was responsible”.The state department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said: “We can say that the Syrian government was behind this attack… We know there are only certain countries, like Syria, that have delivery mechanisms and have those types of weapons.”Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said he had obtained documentary evidence showing that “special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this staged event”. The UK Foreign Office said the claims were preposterous. 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Donald Trump and Kim Jongun meet for second time video

first_imgKim Jong-un Donald Trump Nuclear weapons US foreign policy 1:11 Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meet for second time – video,Play Video Asia Pacific The leaders of the US and North Korea meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the start of the second nuclear summit. The pair, who looked pleased to see each other as they shook hands, were to hold a brief discussion on Wednesday before full meetings on Thursday Share via Email Share on Twittercenter_img Last modified on Wed 27 Feb 2019 08.13 EST North Korea Topics Share on Facebook Wed 27 Feb 2019 07.16 EST Donald Trump Shares1515 US politicslast_img

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Ubers selfdriving car unit valued at 73bn as it gears up for

first_imgSelf-driving cars … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. 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Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Uber Share via Email Fri 19 Apr 2019 11.48 EDT Shares3232 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Motoring @ByRobDavies This article is more than 2 months old Uber Topics Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news Uber’s self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3bn (£5.6bn), after receiving $1bn of investment by a consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.With weeks to go until the loss-making San Francisco firm’s stock market float, expected to value the company at up to $100bn, Uber said it had secured new financial backing for its plans to develop autonomous vehicles.Japanese carmakers Toyota and its compatriot Denso, a car parts supplier, will invest a combined $667m in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). The remainder will come from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund, whose largest investor is Saudi Arabia. Toyota and SoftBank are already major investors in Uber, with the latter owning 16%.In addition to the consortium’s $1bn investment, Toyota will provide up to a further $300m over three years to help fund ATG’s development of commercially available self-driving cars.A new independent ATG board will be formed using the investment from SoftBank, Toyota and Denso. Six directors will be appointed from Uber, one from SoftBank and one from Toyota. Eric Meyhofer, the head of ATG, will be the chief executive.Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said the funding would “help maintain Uber’s position at the forefront” of a transforming transportation industry.It will also allow Uber to share the cost of developing self-driving cars with investors, allaying concerns about the amount being spent on a project that has shown few signs of bearing fruit. ATG has spent more than $1bn since 2016, a substantial outlay given that Uber has yet to make a profit and is not forecast to do so in the short term. Share via Email newscenter_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian Uber is a loss-making firm but has received financial backing to develop autonomous cars.Photograph: Hollis Bennett/Uber Share on WhatsApp US firm received $1bn from consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia Appeasing Wall Street has become particularly important for the company, given that its stock market float is due to go ahead in early May.It is expected to launch an investment roadshow at the end of April, which will explain to investors why they should put their money into the company. This is a critical process before an attempt to raise $10bn, leading to an expected valuation of up to $100bn.One of the biggest concerns for potential investors is how Uber, which made a loss of $1.85bn last year and $2.2bn the previous year, intends to turn its rapid growth and globally recognised brand into regular profitability.Long-term investment in self-driving vehicles is one potential route into the black because it would allow Uber to cut out the cost of paying its drivers. But in a regulatory filing before the float, it said ATG, which is yet to bring in revenue, is fast eating up investment cash.Uber said developing self-driving cars was “expensive and time-consuming and may not be successful”. It is already lagging behind competitors such as Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, the company added.The autonomous vehicle industry has been slow to get off the ground, with Uber suffering particular difficulty after a fatal crash in March 2018. The accident, involving an Uber self-driving SUV, killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, and forced the company to close its biggest testing operation and halt autonomous driving in other cities.Uber has a small number of cars being tested in Pittsburgh but only during the day and in clear conditions, with two safety drivers present. They do not offer rides to passengers.ATG’s chief scientist, Raquel Urtasun, said earlier this month that it is not clear when self-driving cars will be deployed at a large scale and for at least the next decade there will be a mix of robot and human-controlled cars. Share on Twitter Stock markets Uber’s self-driving car unit valued at $7.3bn as it gears up for IPO IPOs Share on Twitter Last modified on Sun 21 Apr 2019 06.15 EDT Rob Davies Since you’re here… Read more This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sensing robots and smartphones help navigate the blind

first_imgRobots use gyroscopes and accelerometers to monitor their speed, location and to keep track of their position. Now, these technologies are being employed to help those who are blind navigate indoor and outdoor spaces.Helen Knight, a writer for “New Scientist,” wrote about one such system, being developed by Edwige Pissaloux and colleagues at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, that consists of a pair of glasses equipped with cameras and sensors like those used in robot exploration.Unveiled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this month, the system features a pair of 3D glasses that produce a map of the user’s environment and their position in it that is constantly updated, simplified and displayed on a handheld electronic Braille device.It could eventually make it so that people who are blind could go wherever they wanted unaided Pissaloux said.“Navigation for me means not only being able to move around by avoiding nearby obstacles, but also to understand how the space is socially organised,” Pissaloux said, “for example, where you are in relation to the pharmacy, library or intersection.”On either side of the glasses sits a camera that generates a 3D image of the scene. A processor analyses the image, picking out the edges of walls or objects for example, which it uses to generate an image. Gyroscopes and accelerometers keep track of the users location and speed. This information, combined with the image, is used to determine the user’s position in relation to other objects.The system generates about 10 maps per second which are translated to the Braille device in the form of a tactile map. The Braille pad consists of an 8-centimeter-square grid of 64 taxels – pins with a shape memory alloy spring in the middle. When the Braille pad is exposed to heat, the pins rise forming boundaries. Pissaloux said the Braille version of the map is updated fast enough for a visually-impaired wearer to pass through an area at walking speed.While this new technology is no doubt exciting, David Ross at the Atlanta Vision Loss Center in Decatur, Georgia said that it must be configured to meet a wide variety of needs.“”Sensing systems developed for mobile robots may have some application,” Ross said, “but must be adapted considerably to suit a wide variety of human needs and situations.”Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFrom Workplace to ShowcaseFebruary 25, 2015In “Autism”SMART SpecsNovember 29, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”ATU421 – Sunu with Dr. Fernando Albertorio PhDJune 21, 2019In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

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