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Nokia’s New Chief Wanted More Employees Using iPhones [Blockquote]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new head honcho, has a tremendously tough task. He has to make Nokia not suck anymore. And with WP7, he’s got a great chance—but as Businessweek reports, his biggest obstacle is his employees’ old habits. More »


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BiliBot combines Kinect, iRobot Create and gripper arm for affordable ROS fun (video)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
BiliBot Developer Edition

The Personal Robotics Group at MIT may have already strapped a Kinect to a iRobot Create, but BiliBot did them one better by adding an arm to the mix — not to mention this cherry-red frame. Better yet, you can order your own BiliBot Developer Edition now for the affordable price of only $1,200. OK, maybe calling $1,200 “affordable” is a bit of a stretch, but in the world of programmable robotics that’s not half bad, especially when you consider this self-contained robotics platform comes with its own Ubuntu-booting Core i3 computer with 4GB of RAM. The preinstalled ROS software can be used to steer the bot using data gathered through the battery operated Kinect and also to control the arm, which is connected to geared motors instead of more traditional servos. Those motors allow the BiliBot to lift three pounds up to a height of 17 inches — perfect for beer delivery, provided you’re sitting. Watch it navigate a relatively obstacle-free room in the video after the break.

[Thanks, Travis]

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Power line inspecting robot isn’t afraid of getting juiced

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Inspecting power lines isn’t the safest job we can imagine having, so we’re pretty happy to see that robots — which don’t have the same… feelings we do about getting injured — can be hacked to do the job. Hydro-Quebec’s LineScout can get past most power line obstacles by partially detaching itself from the line and then grabbing a hold of it again once said obstacle has been cleared. It can also easily get from one section of the line to the next relatively quickly, and of course, the best part of this bot’s ability is that it can pull all this off while the lines are powered. Check out the video below to see the bot in action.

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Military Roomba Cleans Land Mines With Explosions [Weapons]

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Like its domestic ancestor, iRobot’s new military robot is also a cleaning machine. But instead of dust devils, this one cleans land mines and barbwire obstacles. It works using the Mk7 Anti-personell Obstacle Breaching System. Not subtle, but extremely effective. More »




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Now You Can See Through Buildings Like Batman Bin Suparman [Augmented Reality]

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Taking a hint from how the F-35 demon helmet maps multiple video feeds into a 3D space, a Carnegie Mellon University team has created an augmented reality car system to see through any massive obstacle. The objective: Avoid car collisions.

The system takes video from two cameras and mixes them into one, creating the illusion of being able to see through any object. A video processing system compares the feed from one of the cameras—installed in the car—to the other camera—installed on a street. By identifying common points between the two sources, the software can distort the street camera’s video feed to match the driver’s view. The matching perspective video gets projected onto the windshield, allowing the driver to see through walls in a natural, seamless way.

The Carnegie Mellon team, lead by Yaser Sheikh, thinks that the system could be easily implemented by tapping into the CCTV camera networks available in most major cities.

I’m glad to see that someone is thinking about making CCTV useful for everyone. On the other side, I wonder why people spend time creating these absurdly useful, accident-preventing augmented reality systems, instead of working in making a software like iNaked (NSFW) a reality. Get on the with the program, people. You need to get your preferences right. [New Scientist—Thanks Jimmy Flores]



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