Army researchers develop novel technique to locate robots and soldiers in GPS-challenged environments

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a novel algorithm that enables localization of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. According to ARL researchers Gunjan Verma and Dr. Fikadu Dagefu, the Army needs to be able to localize agents operating in physically complex, unknown and infrastructure-poor environments. “This capability is…

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Europe’s TREASURE Will Be the King of All GPSs

Today, most of us carry the world in our pockets. Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS)—what most people typically just call GPS—aren’t simply about sending geo-located tweets from our favorite restaurants. Countless industries rely on high-precision navigation, from agriculture to construction. The brave new world of self-driving cars and Amazon booty delivered by drone is largely […] […]

This Poké Ball Wiggles When Pokémon Are Nearby

pokemon1This Poké Ball is made to wiggle when there are Pokémon nearby, so you can save your phone for when you need it.

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Adding GPS to Your Electronic Product (and How to Scale Up)

If you’re planning on making a product with GPS capabilities here’s what you’ll need to know about available GPS modules and their relative cost. Read more on MAKE The post Adding GPS to Your Electronic Product (and How to Scale Up) appeared first… […]

Announcing ROS package for SwiftNav Piksi RTK-GPS device

From Paul Bouchier via ros-users@I’m pleased to announce the release of ROS documentation and source code for the swiftnav_piksi package. This package is a ROS release of a driver for Swift Navigation’s Piksi RTK GPS receiver module. A pair of Piksi modules… […]

This “Camera Restricta” Stops You from Taking Lame Photos

A prototype iPhone accessory prevents you from taking predictable, touristy photos by locking down the shutter when it detects that you’re standing in a commonly photographed area. Read more on MAKE The post This “Camera Restricta” Stops … […]

Smart Bike Tweeted its Cross-Country Journey

Precious is the name of the sensor laden anthropomorphized bicycle modified by New York makers Zolty, Mattias Gunneras, and Michael Lipton of Breakfast. The project started when its rider, Janeen, had decided to ride across the US on the TransAmerica T… […]

New Project: How to Build a Self-Balancing Autonomous Arduino Bot

Ready to level-up your robot skills? ArduRoller is a self-balancing, inverted pendulum robot that’s also capable of autonomous navigation indoors or out. I created it as an entry for the annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition: The goal was to… […]

The 4 Steps That Transform Physics Theories Into Groundbreaking New Technologies

Ever wondered how the technology we use every day came into existence? Sure, an engineer designed it, a manufacturer produced it, and some savvy marketing helped sell you the product,… read more […]

Tomorrow’s Technology Depends on Today’s Physics

Did you know that you already love physics? Consider the technology around you. Your computer’s microchips were built from transistors using quantum physics. GPS navigation? Sensitive to nanosecond calculations derived… read more […]