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Stanford University’s Volkswagen Passat Junior is outfitted with LIDAR and other sensors for self-navigation. (via Stanford) Believe it or not, autonomous vehicles were being experimented with in the 1920’s, underwent promising advancements in the 50’s and actually became a reality in the 80’s with Carnegie Mellon University’s Navlab (1984) and Mercedes-Benz’s EUREKA Prometheus Project (1987). Fast-forward a couple of decades and it’s clear to see that ...
Eve (via University of Cambridge)   When many think about artificial intelligence, images of military drones and faceless soldiers often come to mind. The University of Manchester, however, is seeking to change that with its robot Eve, an AI robot that recently discovered a compound that can be used to fight malaria.   Eve isn’t the first of her kind. In fact, she came after Adam (need we explain?). Adam was an AI robot created by the Universities of Cambridge and Aberystwyth ...
Amazon.com moved one step closer to realizing its dream of using drones to deliver orders to its customers across the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration issued Amazon with an experimental airworthiness certificate last week which allows it to experiment with new drone designs for research and development and crew training.   As EETimes' Junko Yoshida explains, this may be more of a symbolic victory for Amazon than a step which takes it appreciably further down the road of c ...
Last week a small group of about two dozen protestors supposedly representing an organization called “Stop the Robots” marched in front of the entrance to the annual South by Southwest tech festival taking place at the Austin Convention Center. The group came complete with picket signs proclaiming "humans are the future,"  they chanted "I say robot, you say no-bot," and they were wearing blue t-shirts with the inscriptions, "Stop the robots." and "Humans make mistakes.” ...
This TurtleBot creation brings coffee right to you (via Turtlebot) Ever have dreams of competing in Robot Wars? Longing for a Roomba style robot to deliver your coffee? TurtleBot has a program that be right up your alley. TurtleBot is an open-source development kit for rolling robot applications and thanks to their new initiative anyone can learn robotics programming free of charge. The program features thirty online tutorial sessions that aim to teach almost anyone how to use the Robot Ope ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) we’ve all been hearing about usually involves people wearing health monitoring bracelets or intelligent additions to the human ecosystem, such as smart lighting controls for the home and smart car systems in which sensors alert the driver when a vehicle wanders outside of its traffic lane. Less well known, but a very big new opportunity for the Internet of Things focuses on industrial infrastructure. Smart machines (or as General Electric has described the ...
UK’s Lutz Pod (via Lutz) When we hear about 150 car pile-ups, it begs the question, “when will self-driving cars be here?” While the UK’s Lutz pod is making history as the first driverless pod to be used in a public area, critics of the driverless car believe it will be a long while before we see these vehicles on the road.   The UK’s Lutz pod is a beacon of hope in driverless automobile technology. It’s making history for being the first driverless ...
Links to Previous Posts Prelude The Motion of the Quadcopter Reverse Engineering the Brain! Reference Systems reverse engineered A bit of math 1. Euler Angles: 2. Orientation vector 3. Orientation Matrix 3. Quaternions or Versors The AHRS what? It's time! The Freedom to do Conclusion Links to Previous Posts [Building a quadcopter] [Part 1] [Building a Quadcopter] [Part 2]   Prelude  I started to build a quadcopter from scratch a ...
Leonard Nimoy at the Phoenix Comicon back in 2011, he revealed that he had COPD in 2014 and succumbed to the illness on February 27, 2015. At this point, we all have heard the tragic news that famed actor, poet, photographer and singer/songwriter Leonard Nimoy had passed away on February 27, last month. Most of us knew him as Spock, Kirk’s first officer (science officer) from the Star Trek TV and movies series, which had become incredibly popular only after the original show became syn ...
The expected instant photo printing gadget for iPhone and Android is taking Kickstarter by storm (via kickstarter & Prynt) A few short months ago we featured a French, start-up company that had nothing more than a prototype and a dream. Now, their dream is becoming an epic reality. They finally featured their campaign on Kickstarter needing a pledge of $50,000. Within only a few hours, they had raised over $125,000 for their campaign. Now, within days, they have almost $600,000 raised! ...
Eve, in action (via University of Cambridge) When many think about artificial intelligence, images of military drones and faceless soldiers often come to mind. The University of Manchester, however, is seeking to change that with its robot Eve, an AI robot that recently discovered a compound that can be used to fight malaria.   Eve isn’t the first of her kind. In fact, she came after Adam (need we explain?). Adam was an AI robot created by the Universities of Cambridge and Aber ...

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