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Estonia and a number of other countries are ready to embrace delivery bots; other places not so much. Will these adorable bots be rolling down a street near you? (Photo via Starship Technologies)   It was only a few years ago, where the thought of having autonomous delivery drones made us panic about the robot take over. Now, more people are getting used to the idea, including government officials. Recently, state legislatures in Virginia and Idaho granted permission to Starship Technologi ...
DeepMind’s AlphaGo recently beat Go world champion Ke Jie becoming the first machine to take the title. Ke Jie considers his next move against the Go playing AI (Photo from DeepMind)   In the latest battle of man vs. machine, machine came out on top once again. Google’s AlphaGo, an AI program developed by DeepMind to play the game Go, beat Go world champion Ke Jie for the second time giving it the lead in the three-part series. Technically, this means AlphaGo is the world’ ...
I have MicroSom i2ex with fuses configured to boot from SATA. I have added support to u-boot (based on version: 2017.05-rc1) to boot from SATA for HummingBoard Pro board. Here is repository: u-boot-imx6   Compilation: hg clone https://kkubacki@bitbucket.org/kkubacki/u-boot-imx6//kkubacki@bitbucket.org/kkubacki/u-boot-imx6 export ARCH=arm export CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf- make mx6cuboxi_defconfig make As result we get two files: SPL and u-boot.img. SPL file should be place ...
kk99

HummingBoard Pro case

Posted by kk99 Apr 6, 2017
I bought case called: EM-RasPI B for my single board computer: HummingBoard Pro. Because this is made from aluminum I have added connector for external Wi-Fi antenna. Here are photos of HummingBoard Pro computer and modified case. ...
A new system that combines BCIs and FES helps paraplegic patients moves their limbs with their brain signals. Bill Kochevar moves his arm and eats independently for the first time in eight years. (via Cleveland FES Center)   What did you do this morning? Probably brushed your teeth, enjoyed a cup coffee, and ate a quick breakfast. Nothing special, just part of the norm, right? These are actually luxuries we don’t take into account. Many people, especially paraplegic patients, donR ...
NASA's PUFFER is a new robot being developed at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and is designed so that it can fold its wheels and explore terrain that was previously inaccessible to full-size rovers. The PUFFER robot was field tested in snow on a recent trip to Mt. Erebus in Antarctica. (Photo via Dylan Taylor)   NASA never fails to impress.   NASA recent technological innovation, known as the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER), could open an enti ...
Hello, Does anyone acknowledge the electric circuit below or recognize the protocol type which usually make use of the 48 pin connector ?   Any information about is welcomed !   Thanks in advance, ...
NASA recently published the third edition of its software catalog free to the public; LEGO announces a Women of NASA play set. The future of LEGO includes women of NASA (Photo via LEGO)   In recent years NASA has been shedding its image of a stuffy, restricted institution to becoming the cool space nerd on the block. To be more open to the public, albeit slightly, NASA recently published its 2017-2018 catalog which includes a portfolio of software products used for different technical appl ...
The new device is made of organic materials (mostly carbon and hydrogen), and is also more efficient and less expensive than its inorganic competitors. Two members of the team that helped create the artificial synapse device: Alberto Salleo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and graduate student Scott Keene. (via L.A. Cicero)   The human brain is often compared to computers through analogy, and it represents the world’s most elegant and powerful supercomputer ...
The old Stars and Stripes were created using 300 Intel Shooting Star drones, all of which were choreographed using a PC with pre-programmed algorithms. (images via Atkins)   You have to hand it to Lady Gaga, she can sure put on a show, and her Super Bowl halftime performance was no exception. During her first song God Bless America at Houston’s NRG Stadium, 300 Intel Shooting Star drones coalesced in the night sky and formed the US flag in red, white and blue. Granted, most of you ha ...
Cabe Atwell

Space cleanup crew

Posted by Cabe Atwell Feb 22, 2017
To clean up space debris and simultaneously advance exploration, a research branch of the US government is looking to re-purpose satellite parts in orbit for a mission to Mars. A computer generated image of the Sling-Sat, a satellite design which uses a grapple to capture space debris  (image via Jonathan Missel/Texas A&M)   Think your closet is a disaster zone? Imagine all that clutter whizzing through space at dizzying speeds. There are approximately 100 million pieces of debri ...
The small drone helps cross-pollinate plants by grabbing pollen with its tiny hairs covered in a sticky solution and rub if off on another flower. This small drone is not a permanent replacement for pollinating bees. (via National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)   I swear I saw this on an episode of “Black Mirror.”   Though many of us find bees to be a nuisance especially when they sting you, they’re actually an important part of our ecosys ...
Rethink Robotics has created Sawyer, a simple smart bot that’s easy to train; Tepco’s robot recently died when sent into Fukushima’s nuclear reactor. Sawyer looks more like a Pixar character than a warehouse robot (via Rethink Robotics)   Huge warehouses have a lot of supply and demand to keep up with. Think of an Amazon warehouse; a lot of work goes into making sure you get that late night purchase on time. But as of late, more warehouses are looking to bring in smart te ...
Prototype heart pump. (via Harvard) The inevitable future of bionic humans is one step closer with the engineering of a robotic heart “sleeve” by a team of American and European scientists. The sleeve is the newest model of ventricular assist devices (VADs), or devices that help hearts plagued by heart failure to beat properly. Heart failure is not a total cessation of the heart’s activity as its name would suggest, but the inability of the heart to pump enough blood. This can ...
Two recent developments in AI may pose a threat to human poke players and workers. How much can we trust AI? (Photo from Future of Life Institute)   Is AI out to take over the world? Maybe not just yet, but recent developments show it may be a bigger threat to humans than we thought. First, they want to take our entry level jobs, at least according to George Zarakadis, now they beat us in poker. For the first time, Libratus, an AI developed by Carnegie Mellon University, was crowned the vi ...

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