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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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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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Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World - Mashable

Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World - Mashable | Robohub | Scoop.it
Facebook launched Connectivity Lab, scientists team that is designing new ways to bring Internet to the world, including drones, lasers, and satellites.
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Onboard quadrocopter failsafe: flight after actuator failure

This video presents the latest iteration of  IDSC's Flying Machine Arena failsafe algorithm (previous post here). In this video there's a pilot flying the q…
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek0FrCaogcs

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google introduces project tango, a smartphone that creates 3D environments - designboom

google introduces project tango, a smartphone that creates 3D environments - designboom | Robohub | Scoop.it
project tango features a 5 inch display containing customized hardware and software designed to create a map of a users' environment.
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Who Is SCHAFT, the Robot Company Bought by Google and Winner of the DRC by IEEE Spectrum

Here's everything we know about this secretive robotics startup
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Dassault and BAE Systems welcome Anglo-French UCAV pact - 1/31/2014 - Flight Global

Dassault and BAE Systems welcome Anglo-French UCAV pact - 1/31/2014 - Flight Global | Robohub | Scoop.it

BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have welcomed the launch by the UK and France of a joint two-year £120 million ($198 million) feasibility study into a future unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

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Read the official press release from BAE Systems here: http://www.baesystems.com/article/BAES_165001/flying-high

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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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Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | TechCrunch

Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | TechCrunch | Robohub | Scoop.it
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who..
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Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft | Robohub | Scoop.it

There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about unmanned aircraft system (UAS) regulations. Here are some common myths and the corresponding facts.

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KUKA Robot vs. Timo Boll: The Duel

KUKA Robot vs. Timo Boll: The Duel | Robohub | Scoop.it
KUKA Robotics is celebrating the Grand Opening of its new factory in Shanghai China with an action-packed event. Table tennis legend and World Champion Timo Boll will face off against a KUKA Agilus bot. Learn more about the opening, KUKA's operations in China, & register for the newsletter here.
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First flight trials of Taranis aircraft - News stories - GOV.UK

First flight trials of Taranis aircraft - News stories - GOV.UK | Robohub | Scoop.it
MOD and BAE Systems have revealed that the Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle surpassed all expectations during its first flight trials.
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(This is the official press release from UK's goverment website)

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