[Video Link]The video is from 2010, but the flying robot that stars in it makes the same kind of 3D map of a building's interior that the drones in Prometheus make.
Yana Sydnor of Natomas, California was asleep in her bedroom when she heard movement downstairs. She texted her friends who encouraged her to call the police. Syndor hid in the bathroom with her toddler while the police broke down her door ready to, er, roomba with the intruder. Shortly after, she heard laughter. From CBS… READ THE REST
Mechanical engineer Yuto Kuroki of Meiji University and colleagues hacked a 3D printer head system to be a 3-axis robotic manipulator. They've demonstrated its use assembling various items like the toy car below and, well, a baloney (?) and cucumber sandwich above. (The video appears to have been sped up but it's still quite impressive.)… READ THE REST
Stretch is Boston Dynamics' new mobile robot for unloading trucks, grabbing boxes, and putting together pallets for shipping. It's designed to work in existing warehouse situations without requiring the space to be drastically reconfigured. The best moment in the clip is when Stretch pulls the robot dog Spot from a box, sets it down, and… READ THE REST
The ostrich analogy is real. Nobody should be sticking their head in the sand to escape unpleasant truths. And one such unpleasant reality is that for all their functionality, headphones can be incredibly dangerous. An overwhelming 96 percent of Americans say it's dangerous to wear headphones or earbuds when driving. That number remains high for… READ THE REST
Students and staff at Stanford University, the University of California, the University of Colorado, and other institutions were warned to be on alert after a widespread security breach compromised personal data files during a nationwide cyberattack on the schools' computer systems. Meanwhile, someone is selling personal information on 21 million users of the mobile parking… READ THE REST
The difficulties of pandemic life have brought some unexpected consequences over the past year. With some transportation options closed and everyone mostly stuck in their houses, people got stir crazy for an alternative — and bicycle sales surged nationwide. Unfortunately, that wave of new bike riders brought an all too expected result: a corresponding surge in… READ THE REST