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  There's no arguing that Stars War: The Force Awakens was the biggest event of 2015. It smashed box office records and introduced viewers to new, lovable characters including BB-8. Before the launch of the movie fans could own a tiny version of the droid made by Sphero. But wouldn't it be cool if you could have your own life-size BB-8 droid? Spin Master has you covered. The company, Spin Master, unveiled a life-sized BB-8 at this year's Toy Fair and it is cool.   This new BB-8 stan ...
Golf robot hitting a hole-in-one at the 16th hole in the PGA tour – Scottsdale, Arizona (via Vimeo/The Golf Agency)   The PGA tour is putting a little more excitement in their lives by welcoming a golf robot on tour which shocked and amazed golfers and spectators alike by scoring a hole-in-one on the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale Arizona.   The robot is named LDRIC after Tiger Wood’s real first name: Eldrick. It’s also a strange acron ...
Soft gripping robot. Artificial muscle research from soft robotics and elect-adhesion research have been combined into a new robot hand that can pick up any object without previous training. Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) see exciting applications for this technology in manufacturing, aerospace, and prosthetics. (via EPFL)   Robotics have taken a leap forward with the creation of a new soft robot that uses electro-adhesion to pick up any o ...
  Medical researchers from Melbourne recently revealed the world’s first bionic spinal cord. The stent-based electrode monitors brain waves and allows patients to control exoskeletons and bionic limbs using thoughts alone, acting as the spinal cord for those suffering from paralysis and spinal cord injuries. (Images from Nature)   What if a device the size of a safety pin could replace an injured spinal cord, giving those with paralysis a second lease on a more mobile life? Wel ...
At this year’s International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, CA, MIT researchers unveiled the newest AI development – bringing neural networks to mobile devices via a low-power, local smart chip. It could be commercialized in the near future, vastly enhancing deep learning technology for good. (via MIT)   Innovators raise the bar. At the International Solid State Circuits Conference 2016, MIT researchers unveiled a custom chip named Eyeriss that could make neu ...
Keyi Tech featured its modular, DIY Cellrobot prototype at CES 2016 last week, despite a failed Kickstarter campaign just last week. The company is still pushing for the robot to come to market, but unless prices drop or technology significantly increases quickly, it doesn’t seem likely.  (via Cellrobot)   This reminds me of the Pi Ball - Spherical Raspberry Pi case I made not long ago... Check it out at this link.   Cellrobot made a big splash when it debuted last year. ...
Don’t let his quizitive face fool you, Bear is capable of sniffing out the smallest of microSD cards even in burned down buildings. (all images via ElectronicDetectionk9)   These dogs are the elite of the elite - when it comes to rooting out electronic devices used to commit crimes no matter where they are hidden. They have been credited with helping to take down one of the America’s high profile, well-known criminals and others who are not as widely known. No, we’re not t ...
http://www.rtl-sdr.com/monitoring-drone-fpv-frequency-usage-with-a-usrp-software-defined-radio/ http://www.rtl-sdr.com/using-an-usrp-e310-for-digital-video-downlink-and-scanning-on-a-drone/   Over on YouTube balint256 (Balint), a researcher at Ettus (creators of the USRP line of software defined radios) has uploaded a video showing how he is using his USRP to help with frequency management at FPV time trial racing events. FPV a.k.a First Person View is a term used to describe the act ...

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