Japan invests in robotic workforce to regain it’s status as world’s leading manufacturer

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Once the undisputed world leader in robotic technology, Japan’s supremacy in the field is being challenged by rival robot producing countries.

Now the government is pouring money into regaining that place to ensure the robot age starts in Japan.

Pepper is the world’s first emo robot and represents a huge leap in artificial intelligence. It can read facial expressions, voice tones and body language and then respond.

At Omotosando, an upmarket shopping district in Tokyo, Pepper works in a mobile phone store doing market research.

Pepper told one woman: “You’re very lovely – do people say that to you often? Now it’s your turn to compliment me! What do you think of my face?”

And then later joked with a male customer: “So you want to become Pepper? Well you’ve got shave off your...

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BIO-DEGRADABLE DRONES ARE ON THE WAY VIDEO SHOWS

A biodegradable drone
A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are printed using silver nanoparticle ink. This means that the drone will actually fully decompose over a few months, though future versions could disappear in as few as 4 days.

Digital signage that delivers targeted ads
Photon Interactive — which bills itself as the largest global provider of Cloud-to-Consumer User Experiences — is teaming up with Panasonic to bring a version of this targeted advertising to life...

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Drone delivery nets could be the mailboxes of the future as shown in this video & pics

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With drone technology progressing so quickly, it may not be too long before they start dropping packages at our doorsteps. But proposals for how the vehicles can safely navigate fences, pets and small children haven’t been entirely convincing so far. A pair of Australians believe they have the answer, with a system that sees drones zero in to drop deliveries into a purpose-built net, guided by LEDs to ensure centimeter-perfect accuracy.

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The Skynet concept won’t attract the publicity of big name announcements like those of Amazon and Google, but it may help shape an equally important link in the chain...

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Engineers-to-be compete to be world champion drone builders

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Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition at Montreal’s Palais des Congres.

The international slate of teams – including squads from universities in China, France, India, Peru, Turkey and across the United States – brought their talent and training to bear on one of today’s hottest mechanical technologies: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or as they are better known, drones. Each team had designed and built a powerful, maneuverable, remotely-piloted drone to fly in this year’s competition.

Today, drones are one of the world’s hottest technologies...

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French police arrest three in nuclear facility drones probe

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Nuclear plants in south-western France where drones had been sighted. Photo: Reuters

Paris: Police arrested three people found in possession of remote-controlled drones near one of the nuclear plants involved in a series of mystery overflights by the unmanned aircraft, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday.

Two women and a man were apprehended near the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear plant in central France and two drones were confiscated, the source said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said last week that France had launched an investigation after drones were repeatedly sighted over seven of power utility EDF’s atomic plants, raising concerns over nuclear safety.

The drones in question were very small, but police have given no indication of their exact nature.

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DRONES TO MONITOR ACTIVITIES OF KILLER WHALES AS IN THIS VIDEO & PICS

USING DRONES TO MONITOR & CAPTURE IMAGES OF KILLER WHALES ACTIVITIES & MOVEMENTS

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Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium and the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have begun using drones to keep tabs on endangered killer whales off the west coast of the continent. The technology is giving the researchers a fresh perspective on the well-being of the animals, and provides yet another example of how UAVs are giving rise to new means of conservation.

Armed with a custom-built marine hexacopter, the researchers were able to monitor the status of the protected Northern Resident killer whales and the endangered Southern Resident species.

The drone tracked the whales from an altitude of 100 ft (30 m), a distance that puts it out of the whale’s earshot, and collected ...

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Underwater vehicle creator thinks outside the bubble with the ‘The Platypus’ as seen in this video & pics

 UNDERWATER VEHICLE PLATYPUS CONCEPT ON TRACK THINKING OUTSIDE THE ‘BUBBLE’

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Vehicles such as the EGO semi-submarine boat and Adventure-Doo are designed to bring the underwater action within reach of those without the time or inclination to put in the training required to get behind the controls of personal submarines like the offerings from U-boat Worx. But the Platypus underwater exploration vehicle from François-Alexandre Bertrand ditches the waterproof hull while giving users a taste of life beneath the waves. We first looked at the Platypus in concept form in 2011 and a prototype has now hit the water as it navigates the often-treacherous waters to commercial availability.

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“The submersible has existed for a long time, but with a big bubble,” Bertrand tells Gizmag...

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Version 3.0 of Aeromobil flying car unveiled, see pics & video here

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It may still sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the AeroMobil flying car is close to a final design. The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype was premiered today at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The roadster-cum-light-aircraft is being tested to refine final performance and features.

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The AeroMobil first took to the skies last year as version 2.5. According to the company, the new version was developed and built in the 10 months after the release of version 2.5 and is “very close to the final product.”

“I’m very happy with what we were able to achieve in such a short time with the team of only 12 people,” says AeroMobil co-founder and CTO Stefan Klein. “AeroMobil 3...

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Gravity powered aircraft flies with no fuel in pics & schematic diagram.

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January 21, 2004 The concept of sustained flight without the use of fuel seems far reaching even by today’s advanced aviation standards. Even more so when you consider that aircrafts should ideally be able to carry heavy loads of passengers and cargo. However one innovator’s astounding new designs could transform the air transport industry of the 21st Century if they turn out to be valid

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Former nuclear designer, Robert D. Hunt of Hunt Aviation Corp has come up with a new “gravity powered aircraft technology” that he claims can accomplish sustained fuel-less flight. Hunt has designed a new hybrid aircraft: a “gravity-powered aircraft” which is a fixed wing, ridged skin airplane made of lightweight and modern composite materials...

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Defikopter drone air-drops a defibrillator to EMTs on the ground.Video & pics here.

The Defikopter is a UAV that can be activated by a smartphone app to automatically take to the skies and drop a defibrillator to medical personnel on the ground

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We’ve seen flying drones designed to deliver food and even beer on command, but a new autonomous aircraft from a non-profit organization in Germany could provide medical equipment to remote areas in an emergency. The Defikopter is a UAV that can be activated by a smartphone app to automatically take to the skies and drop a defibrillator to medical personnel on the ground, shaving precious seconds from the time it takes to receive treatment for cardiac arrest.

The idea for the drone comes from Definetz, a non-profit group dedicated to preventing deaths due to heart failure...

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Only a heartbeat away: Ambulance Drone designed to cut cardiac arrest response times. Video & pics here.

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If there’s anything we can take from the barrage of delivery drones to emerge recently, its that the technology has the potential to transport objects with unprecedented efficiency. Graduate student Alec Momont from Holland’s Delft University of Technology is looking to tap into this ability to reduce emergency response times to cardiac arrest incidents. His Ambulance Drone prototype carries a defibrillator to the scene and promises to dramatically increase the rate of survival.

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Receiving treatment quickly can be the difference when it comes to heart attacks, with every passing minute lowering the chances of survival. Although public defibrillators are becoming more common, they aren’t everywhere and the public often doesn’t know how to use one or hesitates through lack of confidence...

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Rupert Murdoch takes to the skies with a remotely-piloted ‘quadcopter’ drone

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Taking to he skies … Rupert Murdoch has flown his own “quadcopter” drone at Laguna Beach, California. Photo: AP

In the wake of News Corp’s foundation-shaking phone hacking trial, the thought of Rupert Murdoch at the helm of his own spy drone is enough to make his critics break out in a sweat.

But the 83-year-old media titan has taken to the sky like a pro, publishing a picture of his maiden flight on his personal social media account.

“Trying out my new drone,” the Melbourne-born executive chairman of News Corp boasted.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) chats with Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp and Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. Photo: Reuters

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