We have got some dire news: The simply miniature Roombas as they may appear, but 15 so called Khepera bots capable of spelling out GRITS (for Georgia Robotics Intelligent Systems) to demonstrate grad student Edward MacDonalds Masters thesis for the department. The diminutive robots are not told where to go in letters, they determine their spots through control algorithm, positioning themselves relative to their fellow rolling machines, if one is removed from the equation, they will quickly reform the letter without it. Dont forget to watch the video
The latest project from fighting robot builder / MIT Engineering student Charles Guan, brought the world this one last summer. What the DIY vehicle lacks in the ominous ever-forward creep of its predecessor, it makes up in actual vehicular ride ability, marking the return of Guans HFF propeller. The whole thing is topped off by a power source taped on in a manner that would surely put Homeland Security on a high alert. Dont forget out check out the video of Fanscooter in action.
The Researchers from Tufts University have built a robot that is able to mimic the way a caterpillar balls itself up to bounce away from predators. As you see the videos we had given, while the robot is quite bigger than the actual bug, is does indeed to do a good caterpillar intimation. The researchers says that the ballistic rolling behaviour could be used to improve on some of the many existing robots that are modelled on worms or snakes which could let them fling themselves into disaster area, and then wiggle around to aid in search and rescue operations. Dont forget to check the videos
When Google unveiled its WebM open source media format and declared it to be the one codec to rule all others, there were those who decried its usefulness and felt that H.264 should inherit the earth. WebMs power converted some of those, and rally to more to the VP8 / Vorbis cause, 17 companies have now formed the WebM community Cross License (CCL) initiative by inter-mingling their WebM-related IP resources. The passion for streamlining web standards and a willingness to spread the word about WebM couldnt hurt.
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Club has birthed vibration, a Robotic Vibraphone. Vibratrons Ardunio Mega controls 30 solenoid gates that drop steel balls onto the vibration keys, producing a note; an Archimedes screw recycles the bearings, turning them once more into sweet, sweet music. We should also note the vibration doesnt put decent salt-of-the-earth vibraphonists out of work. Dont forget to check the video.
According to Wrap, Googles YouTube has finally locked up all the studio deals to get itself fully into the online movie rental game. It indicates that YouTube could launch this as soon as this week with movies from majors including Sony, Warner and Universal, as well smaller entities like Lionsgate, Kino Lorber and other independents.
Today April 22nd, is the day we celebrate our planet and its resources that should be preserved, and it is Earth Day. Many popular websites are raising awareness about this day; this year Google is celebrating animated, interactive Doodle on its home page and Yahoo also sports an animated logo.
The Texas-based Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) has sent its SARbot to Rikuzentakata. This can shoot video as it swims under houses and other crippled structures, but it also sports a limb grasping mechanism, designed to retrieve drowning victims and assist in other search and rescue operations. Dont forget to check the video footage.
In this article we will see how to completely rename an Oracle database and the four different methods to do it.
Google may have stashed the locations of every Wi-Fi access points and convenience store goodie the world over, the things that even 360 degree cameras, massive algorithms and self-driving cars cant do; the things like mapping out your neighbourhood haunts, thats why Google needs you. This week, Google unleashed the Google Map Maker on the US, which is basically a parallel version of Google maps that anyone can add to, it got additional details like precise structures, secret passages, whatever you care to name. Google plans review all crowd sourced edits, however it wont be free for all. For more details see the video
HECTOR or Hexapod cognitive autonomously operating robot, was designed to help that how exactly the animals manage to move so gracefully. It is developed by Germanys Bielefeld University folks. HECTOR sports 6 legs, with 18-joints in total, that protrude from an exoskeleton made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Its legs are given a life-like range of motion provided by a special set of elastic joint drives and a series of biologically inspired algorithms, and its exoskeleton can carry a load of 30kgs the robot itself weighs a mere 12kgs. HECTORs is built to learn from its experiences. Dont forget to check the video after reading.
MSI has rolled out two new laptops now, its new 15-inch CX640 and CR640 models, which each boast what MSI calls a clutter free design and budget friendly prices. As for specifications, both packed with core i3-2310M Processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, and USB 3.0 ports. While the silver CX640 upgrades things from basic integrated Intel HD3000 graphics on the black CR640 model get NVIDIAs GeForce GT520M with Optimus technology. The price for CR640 and CX640 are $630 and $680 respectively. For more read the Press Release.