Monthly Archives January 2013

ROBOTIC FISH HUNTS DOWN RIVER POLLUTION SOURCES IN VIDEO

 RIVER POLLUTION ROBOT SEEKS OUT CAUSES & CULPRITS-CLICK ‘READ MORE’ TO SEE VIDEO

A new species of robot fish has been spotted in the Kalamazoo River in the state of Michigan, where more than a million gallons of oil spilled in July 2010. Developed primarily by Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU), the robot’s sensors detected crude oil at various sites along the river.

Grace (Gliding Robot ACE) differs significantly from this prototype we covered back in 2009, which was based on the yellow perch. It may look more like a torpedo than the catch of the day, sporting a sub-like hull and a pair of huge wings, but that’s intentional. The wings help it to conserve energy by gliding for long periods of time.
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“Swimming requires constant flapping of the tail,” ...

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WHEELOCK TAKES MAGNIFICENT SPACE PICS OF EARTH

NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock who is currently aboard the International Space Station shares pictures of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter.
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Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as Astro_Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe . Athens shines brightly along the Mediterranean Sea


” Mystery Island ” – located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar .  Interesting features on the island and the unusual shape should be enough to help you discover this beautiful place.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe ...

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CELTIC GOD OF THUNDER STEALTH TARANIS SPY DRONE DOING TESTS IN AUSTRALIA

BRITISH SUPER SPY DRONES COMING TO AUSTRALIA

An unmanned British stealth drone that can fly faster than the speed of sound and go undetected by radar will soon have its first test flight in Australia.

The £125 million ($190 million) Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, can attack targets across continents, automatically dodge missiles and other efforts to bring it down and independently identify targets. It can refuel in mid-air and carry weapons including laser guided bombs and missiles.
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Designed to avoid having to put human lives at risk on long and dangerous missions, the drone will be flown for the first time in a series of tests over the Australian outback early this year

The maker of the drone, BAE Systems, conducts much of its unmanned aircraft work and research in Au...

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ROBOT INSECT COCKROACHES FASTER THAN THE REAL THING

HOW FAST CAN A ROBOTIC COCKROACH RUN-FIND OUT & CLICK ON ‘READ MORE’ FOR VIDEO BELOW

The common household cockroach may make your skin crawl, but it turns out the household pest is the perfect model for miniature legged robots. That’s why Duncan Haldane and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, have been studying the six-legged pests to improve their millirobots. Their latest creation, the VelociRoACH, is made primarily out of cardboard and measures just 10 cm long, yet it can run 2.7 meters per second, making it the fastest robot of its size, capable of covering 26 times its body length in a single second.

The VelociRoACH is actually faster than a real roach (which can achieve 1.5 m/s) and second only to Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah, which holds the current record of 3...

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ROBOTICS IN 2012 THROUGH THE EYES OF JASON FALKNER OF GIZMAG

JUST SOME OF THE BEST ROBOTICS AROUND IN 2012 HERE

The U.S. military’s drones – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – were probably the most talked about robots of 2012. Every other week it seemed there was some story or other that grabbed headlines around the world, giving them a rather nasty reputation. However, robotics technology is about much more than just killing machines and here are ten noteworthy examples from the past year that prove it.
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Space and military robots

Robonaut 2 begins operations on the ISS

Built by NASA and General Motors, the Robonaut 2 (R2) finally began doing some work aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012, having arrived there in early 2011. The R2 is the first humanoid robot in space, but will be joined later this year by a Japanese commun...

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PARROTS LATEST A.R. SPY DRONE WITH 720P VIDEO CAMERA

Parrot’s updated A.R. Drone

adds a 720p video camera

In addition to the camera, the Drone also now has a new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 application which offers a new flight interface and flight options. These include:

FreeFlight: Provides access to the piloting application. The pilot can record flights, take HD videos or photos and save them in the piloting device. All the flight data (altitude, speed, duration and place) can be saved, checked by the pilot and shared with the community.

Guest Space: An overview of the AR.Drone 2.0, the best flight videos and practical information.

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Drone Update: Provides access to the AR.Drone 2.0’s free software updates.

AR.Drone Academy: Allows users to get geolocation data of the best flight zones, watch other pilots’ videos and access their shared flight da...

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PHANTOM QUADCOPTER DRONE BY DJI RELEASED

 GPS enabled quadcopter spy drone called the Phantom by DJI-

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Today, aerial platform manufacturer DJI announced its new consumer quadcopter, the PHANTOM. It has several features that set it apart from the popular AR Drone – which may or may not sell you on it.
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First of all, the PHANTOM comes with its own dedicated hand-held radio-frequency control unit, that has a range of 300 meters (984 feet). The AR Drone, by contrast, is controlled by an app on a separate iOS or Android mobile device. If you already own such a device, that means you only have to buy the US$300 AR Drone itself, making it a better value. If you do need to buy a new smartphone or tablet, however, the $679 all-in-one PHANTOM starts to look a little better.

The PHANTOM also features a G...

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