Strange Technology Stories that Made the News in 2015

Published By : 30 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Each year, technology headlines are replete with explosive and hard-hitting stories. These stories definitely catch your eye and make you think. In 2015 too, there were several astonishing, odd, and simply strange technology stories. Here are some of the top stories in this category.

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland have trained a bunch of robots by giving them cooking videos on YouTube to watch. With the aim of getting them to react to different objects in their environment, the robots are being trained to process the various objects in the video, understand what those objects are and do, and then use that knowledge to similar objects in the real world. The robots correctly identified specific objects, grabbed them, and manipulated them in a way similar to those seen in the YouTube videos.

In March 2015, Johnson & Johnson partnered on a new project with Google that was aimed at advancing surgical robots. In simpler terms, Google is creating robots that can perform surgical operations or assist in surgery. The Life Sciences team at Google will collaborate with Ethicon medical device company on this project. 

Google is hoping to patent a technology that transforms toys into various gadget controllers connected with the internet to be used in the home. This anthropomorphic device can be in the form of a toy or a doll and may be configured to control different media devices, much like the Amazon Echo.

The Amazon Dash button lets you order a particular item with just the push of a button. These can be affixed in different places, such as next to the sink, or in the laundry room, and this can allow users to instantly order different items such as peanut butter, laundry detergent, and toilet paper via Amazon. 

A technical glitch in Paris in November 2015 brought Orly airport to a standstill, only because it was still running on Windows 3.1! Air traffic controllers were unable to give pilots critical information such as runway visual range.

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