It’s not quite war-ready, but a new Skynet-like initiative called RoboEarth could have you reaching for your guide to automaton Armageddon sooner than you think. The network, which is dubbed the “World Wide Web for robots,” was designed by a team of European scientists and engineers to allow robots to learn from the experience of their peers, thus enabling them to take on tasks that they weren’t necessarily programmed to perform. Using a database with intranet and internet functionality, the system collects and stores information about object recognition, navigation, and tasks and transmits the data to robots linked to the network. Basically, it teaches machines to learn without human intervention. If the introduction of this robo-web hasn’t got you thinking of end times, maybe this will do the trick: it’s already taught one robot, the TechUnited AMIGO, to deliver a box of creamy fruit juice to a bedridden scientist. You can check out video of the newly appointed automated waiter after the jump.
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Continue reading New York subway schedule turned into a beautiful, musical visualization (video)
New York subway schedule turned into a beautiful, musical visualization (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s not easy being an Android. Sure, you’re cute enough as a logo, but it’s still the phones that get most of the attention. Until this little guy took matters into his own hands, and into outer space.
The mascot was accompanied on his trip 100,000ft into the sky by a Nexus S, which collected various data with its GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. Here’s how the launch went down:
Through the course of the 2.5 hour voyage, Googlers figured out that the Nexus S could function up to an altitude of about 60,000ft and temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Take heed, climbers of cold mountains!
Most of all, the experience seems to have been a win for mascots everywhere. Float on, proud Android! You’re a credit to your little green kind. Google Mobile Blog
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If you’ve been to a museum in the past year and change, chances are you’ve been coerced into ponying up an extra five bones for some sort of handheld apparatus. Supposedly, these things accompany patrons and enhance the experience, but more often than not, you’re stuck with a grimy audio device that tells you little more than you brother Bob, who is undoubtedly tagging along behind and educating everyone in a 50 foot radius. Folks who choose to spend their time waltzing through the Museum of Industrial Culture in Nuremberg, however, have it better. The Fraunhofer IIS has developed a new technology for WLAN-based positioning, and unlike conventional GPS approaches, Awiloc actually works indoors. As the story goes, visitors to the museum can grab a handheld that follows their movement and then shows them what they’re facing (or aren’t facing, for that matter) in detail. Of course, they could also use the tracking data to see which exhibits were drawing the most attention if they were smart, but how exactly would the privacy advocate in you feel about that?
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