One of the most annoying aspects most of the drones on the market is the battery life. Just as you get into the fun, you need to either recharge or swap out the battery. The PARC (Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications) drone can stay up indefinitely, which solves that problem.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The only thing we can be certain of is networks will only become more complex. One of the big challenges is more and more data is being created, stored, analysed and used on the edges of the network. And tat means lots of separate systems. Cisco expects the Intercloud to do for the cloud what the Internet did for networks.
Cisco has an investment arm that offers funding to startups and other companies. They don't take a controlling interest, rarely investing more than 10% of the start-up's value, typically between $US3 million and $US5 million. They have an active portfolio of around $US2 billion. How can you get a piece of that pie?
We've all seen the utopian product demos where lights, TVs and thermostats automatically activate and adjust to optimal settings as someone enters their home. But those demos usually require everything to come from one vendor. openHAB might provide the middleware solution for the Internet of Things in the home.