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A video taken with a drone shows the extent of the destruction at Ukraine’s Donetsk Airport.

by   -   January 19, 2015

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Robocar news continues after CES with announcements from the Detroit Auto Show (and a tiny amount from the TRB meeting.) Google doesn’t talk a lot about their car, so the address by Chris Urmson at the Detroit Auto Show generated a lot of press.

by   -   January 19, 2015
Fotokite tethered drone.
Fotokite tethered drone.

In November, Transport Canada issued Staff Instruction 623-001, which provides guidance on the review and processing of Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) applications. Among the issues addressed are whether an SFOC is required for indoor and tethered drone operations. Below is a summary of Transport Canada’s position…

by   -   January 15, 2015

You get to decide the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the AI Video Competition! Voting is simple, just give all your favourite videos a “thumbs up” on YouTube (thumbs appear when you play the video). The video with the most thumbs up will be awarded the People’s Choice Award. And make sure to spread the word, voting closes on January 27 at midnight (CST).

University of Maryland computer scientist Yiannis Aloimonos (center) is developing robotic systems able to visually recognize objects and generate new behavior based on those observations. Photo credit: John T. Consoli
University of Maryland computer scientist Yiannis Aloimonos (center) is developing robotic systems able to visually recognize objects and generate new behavior based on those observations.
Photo credit: John T. Consoli

Most of us have at some point watched a video in order to learn how to do something. Our research shows that a robot can learn human actions by watching videos of humans performing those actions – in this case, learning to cook by watching cooking shows on YouTube.

by   -   January 14, 2015
autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS)
autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS)

Several hours ago, ISS astronauts opened the cargo bay of the Dragon spacecraft that was recently berthed to the space station. It was both the 7th successful Dragon mission and the 5th successful ISS dock (under NASA’s CRS program) — a perfect record, which on its own is exceptional. Dragon missions are becoming so uneventful now that they are starting to look routine. SpaceX is advancing rapidly, however, and despite this weekend’s failed attempt to recover the first stage of the Falcon9 rocket on an unmanned barge mid-ocean, it remains the most impressive feature of the ongoing CRS-5 mission.

by   -   January 14, 2015

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The FAA granted two exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems in U.S. airspace for real estate and agricultural crop scouting. But all is not as rosy as it appears.

by   -   January 13, 2015

At JIMTOF 2014, Sugino Machine unveiled the JCC503 Robo, a CNC precision washer that positions parts with a numerically-controlled robotic arm and utilizes a high pressure washer to remove chips as small as 0.6 mm generated during machining processes.

Christoph Kohstall shows off the Nixi wearable drone at CES 2015.

by   -   January 12, 2015
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

Canada’s relatively favorable framework for commercial UAV operations is attracting interest among foreign operators who are frustrated with restrictions in their home jurisdictions. The following provides a breakdown of Canadian regulations affecting foreign commercial operators…

by   -   January 9, 2015

A BMW stops on its own when the driver tries, full throttle, to drive it into the obstacle.

by   -   January 8, 2015
The e-Dura is able to function while being bent (photo: © EPFL 2015)
The e-dura is able to function while being bent (photo: © EPFL 2015)

A team from EPFL and NCCR Robotics lead by Profs Stéphanie LacourGrégoire Courtine and Silvestro Micera published an article in Science today describing their e-dura implant that could revolutionise how we think about and treat paralysis. Until now, implants placed beneath the dura mater of the spinal cord have caused significant tissue damage when used over long periods. Research shows that the new e-dura implant is viable for months at a time in animal subjects. The team is now moving on to clinical trials in human subjects and is developing their prototype to take to market.

by   -   January 8, 2015

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In February 2014, a freelance videographer reporting on a fatal car accident in Hartford, Conn., was was told by police to land his small drone and leave the scene of the crash. The station he was working for, WFSB, then fired the reporter after being contacted several times by Hartford police.

by   -   January 8, 2015

Lots of people were making demonstrations of traffic jam assist at CES — simple self-driving at low speeds among other cars. All the demos were of a supervised traffic jam assist. This style of product (as well as supervised highway cruising) is the first thing that car companies are delivering (though they are also delivering various parking assist and valet parking systems).

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