CeBIT 2008: Going green

  • CeBIT also hosted the World Cyber Games Samsung Euro Championship, which brought together 250 of Europe’s best players (from 30 nations).

  • A big consumer hit this year was Pleo – an autonomous robot that reacts to the sight, sound and touch of users thanks to two 32-bit microprocessors, 14 motors, over 100 gears, 31 sensors and infrared vision. That includes a bunch of creepy skin sensors, too, so it'll react when you pet it.

  • This innovation is aimed at big-business; German-based company Rittal built a fully-operational data centre to showcase a more environmentally friendly set-up with an efficient cooling system. What you see in the photo is a cooling system that directs cool air only to units that need it, instead of to the entire room.

  • Intel used the Hannover event to launch its new range of Atom processors. It's the lowest-power consuming and smallest chip ever released by Intel, and is aimed at the mobile computing market.

  • Larger robots were also on show, with the autonomous vehicle named Caroline driving around a test track. Designed by the Technical University at Braunschweig, Germany, Caroline is a 2006 Volkswagen Passat that runs on Linux.

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