In 2013, we posted 282 articles on robotics. A lot of amazing stuff happened this year, and we did our best to cover absolutely all of it. But one of the downsides of posting as many articles as we do is that we're constantly forced to keep moving on to the latest thing, and it's too easy to forget what happened last month, last week, or even yesterday. With that in mind, we thought it would be nice to close out the year with a look back at some of our (entirely subjective) favorite stories and videos from 2013. BigDog and WildCat Thanks to a pile of military money and boundless creativity and technical expertise, Boston Dynamics consistently creates the most amazingly advanced robots that you're likely to see anywhere. They also have a frustrating habit of posting spectacular videos out of nowhere, like these two, showing a scary modification to BigDog and the world's fastest legged robot. ATLAS DARPA needed a strong and capable robot for its … [Read more...] about Video Friday: The Year in Robots
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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your laser-focused Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RO-MAN 2016 – August 26-31, 2016 – New York, N.Y., USA ECAI 2016 – August 29-2, 2016 – The Hague, Holland NASA SRRC Level 2 – September 2-5, 2016 – Worcester, Mass., USA ISyCoR 2016 – September 7-9, 2016 – Ostrava, Czech Republic European Rover Challenge – September 10-13, 2016 – Podkarpackie, Poland Gigaom Change – September 21-23, 2016 – Austin, Texas, USA RoboBusiness – September 28-29, 2016 – San Jose, Calif., USA ISER 2016 – October 3-6, 2016 – Tokyo, Japan Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos. … [Read more...] about Video Friday: Drone With Lidar, Robot Tai Chi, and Strange Android
It’s been a fairly quiet week in regard to IT glitches of any major significance. That said, there were still a sufficient number of snarls, snafus and errors to interfere with work as well as generally upset, annoy and outrage a lot of people. We start off this week's review with an issue affecting NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars rover mission. NASA Curiosity Goes into Safe Mode Due to Memory Issue Responding to a problem it detected Wednesday morning with the data coming from the Mars rover Curiosity, NASA announced on Thursday that it had “switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active.” NASA said that it will shift the rover from its current “safe mode” operation to full operational status over the next few days as well as troubleshoot what is causing the “glitch in flash memory linked to the other, now-inactive, computer.” The NASA press release stated that on … [Read more...] about IT Hiccups of the Week: NASA Rover Curiosity Placed Into Safe Mode
There are almost 70 million Xbox 360s in the wild. More than 26 million of the people using them have Xbox Live Gold accounts, and the majority of their time is spent watching television, not playing video games. Netflix, HBO Go, MLB.tv, ESPN—These are the Xbox 360 goods that dominate time on the box, not Halo and Call of Duty.Comcast is one of Microsoft’s most consistent partners in transforming the Xbox into an all-purpose living room entertainment hub. Its latest contribution: The NBC News app. Not unlike the ESPN Xbox 360 channel/app—Microsoft really needs to not use the app name here as people still think of television in terms of channels—the NBC News app serves up streaming shows, breaking news, and short features. It’ll be broken into categories like Politics, Lifestyle, MSNBC, and regular old news. There will purportedly be original content made for the service, but Microsoft didn’t provide details.Current events are becoming popular content … [Read more...] about NBC News app for Xbox Live illuminates Xbox’s future in television
A day after announcing it now has 20 million users, Flipboard is introducing curated video channels to its news reader.The hugely popular app, which presents news content in an attractive magazine-style format, is rolling out six new TV sections, powered by popular YouTube channels.Topics include news, science, music, fashion and cooking, among others. The existing video sections, provided by an array of sources, will of course continue to be available to users.“Whether you enjoy inspirational talks, science experiments or live music, these curated video sections are guaranteed to entertain and inform, wherever your interests lie,” Flipboard said in a post on its blog.At the time of writing, the channels weren’t showing in its ‘contents’ section and could only be accessed via links on its blog post about the new feature (through ‘Inside Flipboard’). If the new section is being added via an app update, it hasn’t shown up for iOS users yet. … [Read more...] about Flipboard rolling out six curated video channels to boost content
Yes, headsets like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR have their own takes on augmented reality, but Microsoft is going beyond virtual worlds with the announcement of Windows Holographic and Windows HoloLens.It’s a holographic world, after allWindows Holographic is, at its core, Microsoft’s take on augmented reality, but it utilizes holograms. Powering it all is Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that the company describes as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” The HoloLens headset is equipped with see-through, holographic lenses. It projects holograms that are powered by an unspecified CPU and GPU, alongside a dedicated holographic processor. The HoloLens headset incorporates spatial sound, which allows you to “hear” holograms around you, as well as a wide array of sensors.Best of all, the headset works independent of other devices, so there’s no need to tether it to a phone or PC.The video presentation … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s HoloLens headset drops digital creations into real life
Informatics to the ancients, who gazed at it with the naked eye. Later we got closer views through telescopes, but the planet still remained a mystery, ripe for speculation.A century ago, the American astronomer Percival Lowell mistakenly interpreted Martian surface features as canals that intelligent beings had built to distribute water across a dry world. This was just one example in a long history of imagining life on Mars, from H G Wells portraying Martians as bloodthirsty invaders of Earth, to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kim Stanley Robinson and others wondering how we could visit Mars and meet the Martians.The red planet, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Jim Bell (Cornell University), Justin Maki (JPL), and Mike Wolff (Space Sciences Institute) and NASA, CC BY Read more: Aliens Among Us: Andy Weir’s The Martian Transports Him to Another WorldThe latest entry in this long tradition is the sci-fi flick The Martian, to be released on October 2. Directed by Ridley Scott and … [Read more...] about How Close are We to Actually Becoming Martians?