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"The US National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding its Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The 1360+ square miles of territory is home to millions of tons of low grade nuclear waste, as well as Cold War Era nuclear weapons, and cutting edge nuclear testing research. Guarding those precious nuclear materials is the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robot, which is essentially a camera on a mini-Hummer. The MDARS can roam and scout the desert on its own, alerting a remote operator when it encounters something that shouldn't be there."
Source: http://singularityhub.com/2010/10/08/robots-guarding-us-nuclear-stockpile-video/"The US National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has... more
In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles. Now, less than a decade later, we have 7000 robots overseas in the air alone. The U.S. dominates the robot war room, for now. Here, military analyst P.W. Singer lays out a plan for how the U.S. can stay ahead, and avoid building the Pontiac Aztek of war, an over-hyped but underperforming dud.In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq with just a handful of unmanned vehicles. Now, less... more
Thinking Outside the Boxes: Robotic Pallet-Stacking Challenge Aims to Create an Automation Benchmark for Industry: Scientific AmericanAutomation can help, but the complexity of the task makes it difficult to compare the efficiencies of various robotic palletizing approaches. So a consortium of concerned parties is throwing the automated pallet-building challenge to university teams, who can explore the problem in a safe, low-cost virtual world. The Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition, co-sponsored by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the Georgia Institute of Technology and the electrical engineering association IEEE, aims to create standards for robotic stacking and packing approaches by which automated palletizers can be assessed.
Competing teams will design automated protocols for use on a simulated, computer-generated shop floor, which uses a video game engine as its backbone. The simulated environment comes complete with robot arms for lifting packages off a conveyor belt and placing them on pallets. With up to three robot arms, each working on up to three pallets at once, teams will have to fill an order of different-size boxes as quickly as possible.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=robot-box-stacking&sc=CAT_TECH_20100203Automation can help, but the complexity of the task makes it difficult to compare the... more
AIDA is actually watching you while you drive, paying attention to your expressions and even measuring your galvanic skin response through the steering wheel. Based on your driving habits, AIDA will suggest how you can be safer or more efficient. The robot is designed to use expressions to intuitively convey information, something that MIT has a lot of experience with. You know who AIDA reminds me of, though?
As if you don’t have enough distractions while driving, the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to create AIDA, a robot that lives in your dashboard, is way smarter than you, and has no compunctions about letting you know it:
http://www.botjunkie.com/2009/10/30/aida-is-your-dashboard-back-seat-driving-robot/AIDA is actually watching you while you drive, paying attention to your expressions... more
ScreenCast Tutorial on how to install, setup, and use Wine-Doors utility that is available in Linux Mint 8 to run almost all MS Windows Applications and Games.ScreenCast Tutorial on how to install, setup, and use Wine-Doors utility that is... more
Screencast Tutorial Review video about how-to install, setup and use PlayOnLinux which helps Linux run Windows Applications and Games using Wine and some scripts.Screencast Tutorial Review video about how-to install, setup and use PlayOnLinux which... more
It goes by the name "Sartre," but it has nothing to do with existentialism and just a little bit to do with exits. The Safe Road Trains for the Environment program is a three-year European study centering on the creation of 'platoons' of drivers behind a lead vehicle on the highway. It involves wiring cars to speak to each other, and to a lead vehicle – the platoon commander – behind which up to eight cars could follow in automated bliss.
One of the keys to the study is finding a way to make travel more efficient and lower gas usage without spending the treasury on putting sensors in roads, or creating an entirely new standard of equipment. Also, using a lead vehicle that could take control of the vehicles behind – cars, trucks or buses – makes Sartre much more flexible since it can travel on any highway.
So say you need to get to the Alhambra in a hurry. You see a Sartre platoon on the highway ahead, and if there's room, you signal your wish to join. The lead vehicle takes control of your car, and it is pulled into the formation, leaving you free to do whatever you want to do. When you want to get out, you signal your intention, a gap is made and you get control of your car again. The study will be conducted on test tracks in Spain, Sweden and the UK, with additional trials on public road in Spain. Gentlemen, mount up...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8349923.stmIt goes by the name "Sartre," but it has nothing to do with existentialism... more
Digital files affect almost every facet of our life these days. We download MP3 files, subscribe to podcasts, shoot thousands upon thousands of digital photos, watch streaming TV and movies over the Internet and email documents back and forth.Digital files affect almost every facet of our life these days. We download MP3... more
Is holding a palm-sized device up whilst looking at an LCD screen then pressing a button too much hassle for you? You want to take pictures but your arms won't let you?
Don't worry, the good people at Sony have come up with a docking station for their Cyber-shot cameras that TAKES pictures for you!
The Party-shot (yes, it really is what they've called it..) will, when placed on a table or whatnot, rotate and tilt and, if by magic, control the zoom, snap and flash on Sony's DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 models.
Cnet has the scoop and images - but sadly lacking a video of the beastie in action.Is holding a palm-sized device up whilst looking at an LCD screen then pressing a... more
"Ecobee's new Smart Thermostat, which will give you a taste of home automation and help you save a few bucks in the process. Like some other similar thermostats, this one relies on WiFi to connect to your home network, which should ease installation considerably, and it even includes some optional ZigBee expansion slots in case you do want to integrate it into a more complete home automation setup.
At $385 though, the device isn't exactly cheap, but the company says it'll pay for itself in energy cost savings within the first 12 to 18 months. You'll be able to put that claim to the test yourself when the device starts shipping early next year."
"Ecobee's new Smart Thermostat, which will give you a taste of home... more
Now it isn't entirely necessary to send humans up to the Space Station to resupply it. That is, unless we're resupplying it with humans.Now it isn't entirely necessary to send humans up to the Space Station to... more
Colorization of photos using optimization is what they call it.
Colorization is a computer-assisted process of adding color to a monochrome image or movie. The process typically involves segmenting images into regions and tracking these regions across image sequences. Neither of these tasks can be performed reliably in practice; consequently, colorization requires considerable user intervention and remains a tedious, time-consuming, and expensive task.
In this paper we present a simple colorization method that requires neither precise image segmentation, nor accurate region tracking. Our method is based on a simple premise: neighboring pixels in space-time that have similar intensities should have similar colors. We formalize this premise using a quadratic cost function and obtain an optimization problem that can be solved efficiently using standard techniques. In our approach an artist only needs to annotate the image with a few color scribbles, and the indicated colors are automatically propagated in both space and time to produce a fully colorized image or sequence. We demonstrate that high quality colorizations of stills and movie clips may be obtained from a relatively modest amount of user input.
Thank Make. http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/11/colorization_of_photos_us.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890Colorization of photos using optimization is what they call it. Colorization is a... more