What caught your eye this week? (Tech finance, Robot walls, EW BrightSparks)

What caught your eye this week? (Tech finance, Robot walls, EW BrightSparks)David Manners, components editor

What caught my eye this week was a report that finance for tech in Europe is down, but better than it is in China and the US.

Steve Bush, technology editor

EHTZ robot excavator builds dry stone wall thumbnailI cannot imagine the aggravation that researchers from ETH Zurich must have had trying to create an algorithm that stacks random-shaped rocks to make a predetermined-shaped dry stone wall, but they managed it, and then they trained a customised multi-tonne digger to hunt for such rocks and build huge arbitrary walls.

Alun Williams, web editor

What caught my eye this week was seeing the EW BrightSparks of 2023 on the stage at the Elektra Awards last night. Winners, one and all!

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  • The Orkney islands are looking to drones to streamline mail deliveries, reports The Register.
  • The winners of the 2023 WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition, held in conjunction with FANUC UK, have been announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester. “Representing the best of the UK’s rising robotics talent, Hannah Currie and Peter O’Neill from Northern Regional College in Northern Ireland beat over 50 talented young apprentices and students to take gold at the national finals, which were held over three days in November at FANUC’s UK headquarters in Coventry.”
  • The Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult has been awarded £4m from Innovate UK to help deliver a resilient and energy efficient future telecoms network for the UK. “The funding will help expand CSA Catapult’s activities across the future telecoms landscape and develop new compound semiconductor technologies to improve the speed, energy efficiency and security of our communications networks.” The UK funding coincides with launch of CSA’s Future Telecoms Hub in Bristol.
  • Braincube, which has an Industrial Internet of Things (‘IIoT’) platform with specialist industrial applications, has raised €83m, with the investment led by Scottish Equity Partners.
  • The Californian company Millennium Space is to build a missile-sensor layer in medium Earth orbit (MEO), reports Space News. The company will produce six missile warning and tracking satellites for the U.S. Space Force, it says.

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