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Month: April 2016

Robotics | IoT

Weekend Watch: Building Comically Giant Swords with Michaelcthulhu

Mike Craughwell (aka Michaelcthulhu) makes awesome giant swords for a living. If you’ve ever wanted a ridiculous large sword, he’s your man.
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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 30)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free Cade Metz | WIRED “In the rarefied world of AI research, the brightest minds aren’t driven by—or at least not only by—the next product cycle or profit margin. They want to make AI better, and making AI better doesn’t happen when you keep your latest findings to yourself.” ROBOTICS: When a Robot Kills, Is It Murder or Product Liability? Ryan Calo | Slate “There is a fundamental similarity between the question of whether a robot can be responsible and the question of whether a robot should enjoy rights…We wouldn’t say… read more

Mirko Bordignon (Fraunhofer IPA) and Shaun Edwards (SwRI): Bringing ROS to the Factory Floor

From OSRF The ROS Industrial Consortium was established four years ago as a partnership between Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Willow Garage, and Fraunhofer IPA. The idea was to provide a ROS-based open-source framework for robotics applications, designed…

‘Machine learning’ may contribute to new advances in plastic surgery

With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning — a subfield of artificial intelligence — to improve medical care and patient outcomes.

Next ROS Summer School by FH Aachen

From Patrick WiesenAs mentioned in February News we are offering the next ROS Summer School from 15th till 26th of August 2016 at the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen (FH Aachen), Germany.This year a special UAV ROS weekend (27/28th August) will complement the ROS…

How to Bend a Vintage Casio Keyboard

An ’80s synthesizer is reborn as an avant-garde instrument

Top Tips from 17 Amazing Makers

We asked some of our favorite contributors to share tips on everything from shop tools to being a maker pro.
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Video Friday: iCub Does Yoga, Wooden Walking Robot, and Wind Tunnel for Drones

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

Review: A Beautiful Planet Takes Full Advantage of IMAX’s Switch to Digital

Replacing bulky film cameras allowed astronauts to become filmmakers

What Would Happen If Elon Musk Ran Apple?

Apple’s dismal earnings announcement shows why it badly needs to rethink its innovation model and leadership. Its last breakthrough innovation was the iPhone — which was released in 2007. Since then, Apple has simply been tweaking its componentry, adding faster processors and more advanced sensors, and playing with its size — making it bigger in the iPad and smaller in the Apple Watch. Chief executive Tim Cook is probably one of the most competent operations executives in the industry but is clearly not a technology visionary. Apple needs another Steve Jobs to reinvent itself otherwise it will join the ranks… read more