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Robonaut Prepping for Bipedal Locomotion!

Robonaut Prepping for Bipedal Locomotion! | Robohub | Scoop.it
Hundreds of robot & technology outlets (including this one) were scooped by a world-traveling random French guy who dropped by NASA Johnson earlier this month.
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Video: Navy Unmanned Gunboat Swarm | Ares

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) disclosed last month that successful initial trials of USVs incorporating developmental sensors and software took place for two weeks in August on the James River in Virginia.
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The Massive Economic Benefits Of Self-Driving Cars | Forbes

The Massive Economic Benefits Of Self-Driving Cars | Forbes | Robohub | Scoop.it
I don't want to turn this blog into all self-driving cars, all the time. But there is one question I've heard about self-driving cars multiple times in the last few weeks that I really want to answer. This is, why would self-driving cars even be a big deal? Let me [...]
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WALK-MAN - Whole-Body Control for Robots in the Real World | http://walk-man.eu/

WALK-MAN - Whole-Body Control for Robots in the Real World | http://walk-man.eu/ | Robohub | Scoop.it
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS to the twin events:
Full-day Workshop at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014)
Special Issue on the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR) - June 2015
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For those who were not there, and those who were there and would like to recall what they saw, the slides of ten of the presentations given at the IROS 14 Workshop on Whole-Body Control for Robots in the Real World are now available online 

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Self-driving cars will be first personal robots | BusinessTech

Self-driving cars will be first personal robots | BusinessTech | Robohub | Scoop.it
Gartner says that the self-Driving Vehicle Will Be the First Pervasive, Personal Robots
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Former Android Boss Andy Rubin is Leaving Google | the Next Web

Former Android Boss Andy Rubin is Leaving Google | the Next Web | Robohub | Scoop.it
Today, Google executive Andy Rubin told his team that he was leaving the company according to the Wall Street Journal. Rubin joined Google when the company bought Android in 2005.... Keep reading →
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Flying defibrillator that can reach speeds of 60mph revealed | Daily Mail

Flying defibrillator that can reach speeds of 60mph revealed | Daily Mail | Robohub | Scoop.it
A Dutch student has revealed a prototype 'ambulance drone', a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes.
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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs | PCworld

Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs | PCworld | Robohub | Scoop.it
Lift Labs makes a mechanical spoon for people with neurodegenerative diseases.
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The secrets Google wanted to keep about its self-driving cars | Quartz

The secrets Google wanted to keep about its self-driving cars | Quartz | Robohub | Scoop.it
Google’s experimental self-driving cars have traveled more than 700,000 miles on California’s roads with nothing more serious than a fender bender, and that one while a human was driving. But if the company had gotten its way, you might not know about the episode. According to documents obtained under freedom-of-information legislation and seen by Quartz, Google lobbied Californian...
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British drivers shun autonomous cars in new survey | CAR magazine UK

British drivers shun autonomous cars in new survey | CAR magazine UK | Robohub | Scoop.it

"A nation raised on crashing PCs means that 60% of Brits worried that autonomous cars would not be reliable."

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'Gobble Hawk' Wins NASA High-Altitude UAV Competition | Automaton IEEE Spectrum

'Gobble Hawk' Wins NASA High-Altitude UAV Competition | Automaton IEEE Spectrum | Robohub | Scoop.it
Look out, Global Hawk: Gobble Hawk is gunning for you
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Cartwheeling Spider Robots on Sand Dunes - Automaton IEEE Spectrum

Cartwheeling Spider Robots on Sand Dunes - Automaton IEEE Spectrum | Robohub | Scoop.it
Robots inspired by cartwheeling spiders traverse sand dunes in Morocco
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Skybox Imaging - Skybox Imaging + Google

Skybox Imaging - Skybox Imaging + Google | Robohub | Scoop.it
Skybox Imaging empowers global businesses to make better decisions with timely, high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics.
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link from Google: http://investor.google.com/releases/2014/0609.html

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Google Acquires Solar-Powered Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | the next web

Google Acquires Solar-Powered Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | the next web | Robohub | Scoop.it
Google today announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, the creator of high-altitude drones that could bring Internet access to remote locations.
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Safety fears over ‘barking mad’ Amazon plan to test parcel-delivering drones in Cambridge | Cambridge News

Safety fears over ‘barking mad’ Amazon plan to test parcel-delivering drones in Cambridge | Cambridge News | Robohub | Scoop.it
Amazon's plans to deliver parcels by drone and run flight tests in Cambridge have been called "barking mad". Safety fears have been raised about having unmanned aircraft flying above the...
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Canada changing the commercial drone game | metro

Canada changing the commercial drone game | metro | Robohub | Scoop.it
Canada is flying high above other countries with their newest commercial drone-use policies. On Wednesday Transport Canada announced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commercial or for hobby use under 2 kg will soon no longer require a Special Flight Operations Certificate…
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Up in the Air | Alcalde

Up in the Air | Alcalde | Robohub | Scoop.it
The drone revolution isn't coming—it's already here. Can UT expertise help us navigate the future? The stadium was buzzing. It was a balmy day in late August and more than 93,000 fans were finally getting to see the topic of endless hype for themselves. Thousands of articles had been written, teeth had been gnashed, hands…
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Google’s New Droid Commander Will Keep the Robots Rolling, Experts Say | WSJ

Google’s New Droid Commander Will Keep the Robots Rolling, Experts Say | WSJ | Robohub | Scoop.it
Meet Google's new droid commander.
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Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review

Google's Secretive DeepMind Start-up Unveils A "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review | Robohub | Scoop.it
DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
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Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle | reuters

Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle | reuters | Robohub | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe.The
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Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program "project wing" | the Atlantic

Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program "project wing" | the Atlantic | Robohub | Scoop.it
After two years of development, the Silicon Valley company reveals to The Atlantic that it has substantial research effort into building flying robots than can deliver products across a city in a minute or two.
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How Hackable Is Your Car? Consult This Handy Chart | Autopia | WIRED

How Hackable Is Your Car? Consult This Handy Chart | Autopia | WIRED | Robohub | Scoop.it

Last year, when hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed they could hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with nothing but laptops connected to the cars, they raised two questions: Could hackers perform the same tricks wirelessly, or even over the Internet? And even more pressing: Is your specific car vulnerable, too?…

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Read the full survey here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/236073361/Survey-of-Remote-Attack-Surfaces

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FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons' | The Guardian

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons' | The Guardian | Robohub | Scoop.it
Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal 'multitasking'. By Mark Harris
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North Korea Drones On | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

North Korea Drones On | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea | Robohub | Scoop.it
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. examines the development of North Korea's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) development over time, pointing to what could now be force that could pose serious security problems for South Korea, as well as the US and Japan.
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Interesting overview of DPRK's efforts on developing UAVs

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Robots With Origami Wheels | Automaton - IEEE Spectrum

Robots With Origami Wheels | Automaton -  IEEE Spectrum | Robohub | Scoop.it
Wheels that fold and unfold enable complex functionality from simple structures
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NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad | Robohub | Scoop.it
NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.
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NASA signed a 20-year agreement with SpaceX for the lease of LC39A. SpaceX will use the facilities for its commercial and US goverment contracted operation (re-supply of the ISS with the automated and unmanned for now Dragon capsule among others).

NASA will advance on the development of its new launch system SLS from the similar LC39B (a few miles away, visible in the photo).

 

The press release: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/nasa-signs-agreement-with-spacex-for-use-of-historic-launch-pad

 

[photo: NASA]

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