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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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Luxembourg & China launch private mission to the Moon | The Daily Beast

Luxembourg & China launch private mission to the Moon | The Daily Beast | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Since it carries no significant research payload, the value of 4M is symbolic rather than scientific: it is the first privately-funded spacecraft to travel around the Moon. But it likely won’t be the last, and just as the first Sputnik was superseded by probes capable of doing research, other privately-funded ventures—perhaps built by universities—will return.”

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No-till study illuminates part of the problem space | Cultibotics blog

“While I have no reason to doubt the conclusions of the co-authors, as far as they go, I do have some concerns as to the scope of the comparisons they've made. However, not having read the full article, I can only pose questions and suggest considerations which may offset or even outweigh the modest yield reductions in moist climates, which they've noted.”

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RobotX competition | AUVSI Foundation

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The video linked here describes the vessel used by all teams in the competition, which has a raised platform connected to dual floats via an articulated suspension.  A second video describes the competition itself.

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CyPhy Works' new tethered mini-drone flies for 2 hours | IEEE Spectrum

CyPhy Works' new tethered mini-drone flies for 2 hours | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“It fits in your pocket and weights a mere 80 grams. It’ll fly continuously for two hours or more, sending back high quality HD video the entire time. What’s the catch? There isn’t one, except for the clever thing that grants all of CyPhy’s UAVs their special powers: a microfilament tether that unspools the drone and keeps it constantly connected to communications and power.”

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NRL takes delivery of SA-400 Jackal | Scion UAS

NRL takes delivery of SA-400 Jackal | Scion UAS | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Scion UAS completed a series of capability demonstrations of the SA-400 Jackal, an optionally piloted helicopter system. The demonstration successfully concluded the flight test program for the SA-400. … Personnel from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) were present to watch the flights. After the demonstration, NRL took delivery of the first SA-400 Jackal system at their facility in Washington DC.”

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Algorithm enables robots to discern between humans and rubble | Gizmag

Algorithm enables robots to discern between humans and rubble | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Researchers from Mexico's University of Guadalajara (UDG) have developed an algorithm that could come in handy in such situations by allowing robots to differentiate between people and debris.”

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When women stopped coding | NPR

When women stopped coding | NPR | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.”

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Tim Barfoot: Long-term visual route following | CMU RI Seminar

Tim Barfoot Associate Professor, University of Toronto October 17, 2014 Long-Term Visual Route Following for Mobile Robots Abstract In this talk I will descr...
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Fotokite: A quad on a tether | In The Making

“Dr. North headed to Zurich to meet Fotokite founder Sergei Lupashin to see a flying UAV with a tether. The one-of-a-kind leash not only provides a direct connection to the flying robot, but also serves as a visual accountability mechanism--so that those around know who the drone belongs to.”

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I particularly like this: "If you don't crash, you don't learn."

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iRobot unveils tablet-based universal control system | Gizmag

iRobot unveils tablet-based universal control system | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Having a 21st century robot doesn't help if the control is like something designed to handle a model plane circa 1965. So iRobot has come up with something that is not only up to date, but also more intuitive, so operators can worry more about the job at hand than the robot used to complete it.”

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3D-printed UAV now sports ducted fan motors | Gizmag

3D-printed UAV now sports ducted fan motors | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Back in April, we first heard about a 3D-printed UAV airframe that could be fabricated within 24 hours. Created by a Boeing-assisted team at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, it was a gliding prototype that would require the addition of a motor and an external propeller for powered flight. Its recently-announced successor, however, features integrated electric ducted fan motors.”

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Autonomous naval drones in testing | TestTube

The U.S. is testing heavily armed autonomous drones for combat... and they're working. These computer controlled weapon carriers operate solely on their own ...
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While there are operators who can override the autonomous setting, that autonomous capability seems to be an important aspect of the program, perhaps even its key selling point.

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James Gosling of Liquid Robotics at CMU | Cultibotics

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The main point of my post, which focuses on several of Goslings themes, is that what are, in a volume context, standard parts are unavailable in small numbers, except as part of circuit boards or finished products.

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Elon Musk interviewed at MIT AeroAstro Centennial event | Mashable

Elon Musk interviewed at MIT AeroAstro Centennial event | Mashable | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“In an hour-long interview for MIT, which held its Centennial Symposium last week, Musk opened himself up to the audience for questions. Most of the questions were about space travel, but one audience member asked Musk for his thoughts on artificial intelligence, and that's when things got a bit spooky.”

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Mashable focuses on Musk's misgivings about AIs, but their article links to the full interview.

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Monkeybar project using aerial drones to get on top of malaria | Gizmag

Monkeybar project using aerial drones to get on top of malaria | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Over the last ten years, a new type of malaria has been on the rise in the forests of Southeast Asia, and experts are turning to new technologies to try and figure out why. By using drones to observe the environment from above, researchers are gaining a new perspective on how changes to the terrain may be impacting local wildlife and causing the spread of the disease.”

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Drones: How UAV's have taken over our airspace | Journeyman Pictures

“Drones are already a key feature in the military arsenal, but they could be entering the civilian domain sooner than we think. Fast-developing technology could very soon enable unmanned aircraft to carry out tasks traditionally performed by humans, such as piloting airliners, operating spacecraft, or even surveying our everyday movements.”

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Xenex updates protocols for germ-zapping robots in response to Ebola threat | Gizmag

Xenex updates protocols for germ-zapping robots in response to Ebola threat | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Texas-based Xenex has created protocols that conform to those of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its a line of robots that use UV lamps that to decontaminate hospital rooms and protective clothing exposed to the Ebola virus, so they can be safely removed.”

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Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud | Gizmag

Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A need to address a lack of housing for the globe's growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts, blending creative architecture with new, sustainable technologies. And it is increasingly looking like 3D printingcould have a role to play. Italian firm Wasp is the latest to explore the potential of additive manufacturing in this area, developing a super-sized 3D printer capable of producing low-cost housing made from mud.”

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Bionic Bird: A smartphone-controlled flapping-wing device | Indiegogo

Bionic Bird: A smartphone-controlled flapping-wing device | Indiegogo | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Bionic Bird is the fruit of more than 40 years of R&D. In the 1960s, the Van Ruymbeke family created the first successful mechanic bird. Edwin Van Ruymbeke, an aeronautic engineer, has dedicated his whole life to bionic birds. Today, he is ready to offer the bird of the future to the world.”

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Company website:

http://www.mybionicbird.com/?lang=en

Via Gizmag:

http://www.gizmag.com/bionic-bird/34362/

 

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Gladiator robots coming soon? | Business Insider

Gladiator robots coming soon? | Business Insider | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“This is MegaBot [artist's concept], the first of its kind. Its creators are three engineers on a mission to usher in the next generation of major sports leagues: Robot SmackDowns. Co-founders Andrew Stroup, Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein spoke to Business Insider exclusively about their vision for a serialized, possibly televised competition in which these colossal bots fight to the death.”

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Air traffic control system for drones | MIT Technology Review

Air traffic control system for drones | MIT Technology Review | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A startup called Airware is working with NASA on a project exploring how to manage the swarms of commercial drones expected to start appearing in U.S. skies. The four-year program will create a series of prototype air traffic management systems and could shape how widely commercial drones can be used.”

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Robots use UV to help prevent spread of infections in hospitals, may help contain ebola | DNews

Robots use UV to help prevent spread of infections in hospitals, may help contain ebola | DNews | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“An autonomous machine from San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection is currently doing battle against viruses and bacteria in 250 hospitals across the country, including the hospital in Dallas where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, was treated and eventually died.”

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Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs | Boing Boing

Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs | Boing Boing | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future.

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25 women in robotics you need to know about (2014) | Robohub

25 women in robotics you need to know about (2014) | Robohub | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“From Hypatia to Grace Hopper, there have been many amazing women who have carved themselves out a name in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics and technology, despite the lack of financial reward. However, these comparatively few women can easily be lost from the pages of history without an ongoing push to make sure that they are represented; women are still well under 20% of the tech workforce, and role models are important.”

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Raspberry Pi: Nearly 4 million sold | TechCrunch

Raspberry Pi: Nearly 4 million sold | TechCrunch | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Sales of low cost, open source microcomputer have now passed 3.8 million, according to the Pi Foundation. And while that pales in comparison to sales of consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, it’s a seriously impressive figure for a bare chunk of electronics, especially given the creators of Pi envisaged selling as few as 10,000 boards over its entire lifetime.”

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Maybe this will get the attention of chip vendors who are still ignoring the parts market for education and hobbyists.

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