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Pamelia Lally 2016-05-18
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The idea for this tennis robot was born after years of table tennis matches against each other and when they began studying in different parts built one brother a prototype robot to practice in secret.

A dozen prototypes later, has now launched Trainerbot on Kickstarter.

The project is seeking 80,000 dollars and if you want one you have to donate at least $ 329 excluding shipping.

With Trainerbot can, via an associated mobile app, create your own workouts so you can get better at the different tennis teams.

You can set each on the table the ball will land, how fast it will go and whether there should be any spin on the ball.

Bonus Cut below where people from Ars Technica and The Verge takes a closer look at this device.

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Jason Vest 2016-06-03
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Walmart developing its own drones for checking warehouse inventories

Retail giant Walmart is developing its own drone, but this is not to foray into the commercial drone market dominated by Chinese manufacturer DJI.

Prior to Walmart, Amazon has already begun the development of small drones for help in delivery services.

In November 2015, Amazon unveiled its future delivery system – Prime Air – designed to safely deliver packages of up to five pounds to customers within 30 minutes or even less.

It said it has developed more than a dozen prototypes and is testing these unmanned vehicles in multiple international locations.

Shekar Natarajan, Walmart's vice president of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences, demonstrated the use of drones in their 1.2 million-square-feet Bentonville, Arkansas distribution centre, recently.

Natarajan said, "We are still in early phases of testing and understanding how drones can be better used in different types of business functions."

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Marc Leonard 2019-06-12
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(Reuters) — Uber on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.

Uber said the new production XC90 will be assembled by Volvo Cars in Sweden and have human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals, but added it has factory-installed steering and braking systems designed for computer rather than human control.

2 U.S. automaker also opened a research center in Tel Aviv, joining a growing number of major automakers and suppliers setting up shop in the Israeli tech hub.

General Motors in January 2018 sought permission from U.S. regulators to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars without steering wheels or other human controls before the end of 2019, but is still struggling to win regulatory approval.

They are setting up alliances and outside investors to combat spiraling development costs.

The new vehicles — known by the internal code number 519G and under development for several years – are safer, more reliable and will “soon” replace the older vehicles in Uber’s fleet, said Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group.

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Michael Rase 2016-10-13
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Nevit/Wikipedia Amazon is inviting school children to design delivery drones as

part of a new competition that aims to "inspire the next

generation of innovative, creative, and scientific thinkers."

Drone Competition is specifically for students in

Cambridgeshire aged 6 to 11, which happens to be where Amazon is

doing much of the development for its own delivery drone.

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Brian Plymel 2017-05-10

p TReGo looks like the perfect solution if you ever need to transport heavy loads by bike.

Now here’s a neat idea for cyclists who sometimes want to carry loads that are too heavy for a backpack.

It’s called the TReGo, and it transforms just about any adult bicycle into a very handy cargo trike.

TReGo is the brainchild of Israel-based Ofir Yadan.

The industrial designer and keen cyclist spent the last four years working through a dozen prototypes before finally launching it on Kickstarter this week.

The trolley, which includes an aluminum rack to hold your load, attaches quickly to the front of your bike via the unique “Fast Connector” — no tools needed.

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Joseph White 2016-11-25
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But even if you have a charging cable with you, what do you do if there isn t a power outlet nearby?

The good folks behind new Kickstarter campaign HandEnergy have a solution.

They ve developed what looks a bit like a Poké Ball, but is in fact a spherical pocket electricity generator that lets users charge anything from their smartphone and tablet to their camera and flashlight using nothing more than the power of their own bodies.

You may be familiar with the wrist-training device called the Powerball, which is a powerful handheld gyroscope, co-founder Alex Novik told Digital Trends.

We came up with the idea of putting a battery, metal coil and magnets inside a similar device for generating electricity.

We spent a year developing it, trying to find the best materials we could.

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John Salmi 2017-05-01
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In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Greg Mark, founder of Markforged.

Mark recently made news with his new metal printing technology that heats metallic objects in a microwave, reducing the time it takes to make metal parts by hours.

He believes that 3D printing is the future, but not in the low-quality, stringy, and plasticky way we expect.

Mark said that rapid prototyping has gotten easier and better.

Once you had to build a mold to make one prototype.

Now, with metal printing technology, you can make one to one-thousand prototypes.

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Frances Hill 2016-07-21
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View photosFILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., introduces the Model X car at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.

So, instead of coming under heavy government scrutiny before being sold to the public, Tesla can mass-produce cars that automatically adjust speed with the flow of traffic, keep their lane and slam the brakes in an emergency.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File More

LOS ANGELES AP — A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.

Tesla tells its customers to stay alert while driving, only use the technology on divided highways, keep their hands on the wheel and be prepared to take over should the technology fail.

It's only if there are problems once the technology is on the road that regulators swoop in.

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Gerardo Diaz 2016-11-23
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An email chain shows that Amazon has been

testing drones in the UK for longer than initially thought.

Correspondence between Amazon and the Civil Aviation Authority

CAA , which regulates drone flying in the UK, shows that Amazon

has been testing drones in UK airspace since summer 2015.

Amazon has a secret drone test site in Cambridge, near one

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John Robidoux 2019-03-27

FarmWise wants robots to do the dirty part of farming: weeding.

With that thought, the San Francisco-based startup enlisted the help of Michigan-based manufacturing and automotive company Roush to build prototypes of the self-driving robots.

Financial details of the collaboration were not released.

The idea is these autonomous weeders will replace herbicides and save the grower on labor.

By using high-precision weeding, the robotic farm hands can increase the yield of the crops by working day and night to remove unwanted plants and weeds.

With Roush, FarmWise will build a dozen prototypes win 2019 with the intention of scaling to additional units in 2020.

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Pamelia Lally 2016-05-18
img

The idea for this tennis robot was born after years of table tennis matches against each other and when they began studying in different parts built one brother a prototype robot to practice in secret.

A dozen prototypes later, has now launched Trainerbot on Kickstarter.

The project is seeking 80,000 dollars and if you want one you have to donate at least $ 329 excluding shipping.

With Trainerbot can, via an associated mobile app, create your own workouts so you can get better at the different tennis teams.

You can set each on the table the ball will land, how fast it will go and whether there should be any spin on the ball.

Bonus Cut below where people from Ars Technica and The Verge takes a closer look at this device.

Marc Leonard 2019-06-12
img

(Reuters) — Uber on Wednesday will unveil its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions.

Uber said the new production XC90 will be assembled by Volvo Cars in Sweden and have human controls like steering wheels and brake pedals, but added it has factory-installed steering and braking systems designed for computer rather than human control.

2 U.S. automaker also opened a research center in Tel Aviv, joining a growing number of major automakers and suppliers setting up shop in the Israeli tech hub.

General Motors in January 2018 sought permission from U.S. regulators to deploy a ride-sharing fleet of driverless cars without steering wheels or other human controls before the end of 2019, but is still struggling to win regulatory approval.

They are setting up alliances and outside investors to combat spiraling development costs.

The new vehicles — known by the internal code number 519G and under development for several years – are safer, more reliable and will “soon” replace the older vehicles in Uber’s fleet, said Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group.

Brian Plymel 2017-05-10

p TReGo looks like the perfect solution if you ever need to transport heavy loads by bike.

Now here’s a neat idea for cyclists who sometimes want to carry loads that are too heavy for a backpack.

It’s called the TReGo, and it transforms just about any adult bicycle into a very handy cargo trike.

TReGo is the brainchild of Israel-based Ofir Yadan.

The industrial designer and keen cyclist spent the last four years working through a dozen prototypes before finally launching it on Kickstarter this week.

The trolley, which includes an aluminum rack to hold your load, attaches quickly to the front of your bike via the unique “Fast Connector” — no tools needed.

John Salmi 2017-05-01
img

In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Greg Mark, founder of Markforged.

Mark recently made news with his new metal printing technology that heats metallic objects in a microwave, reducing the time it takes to make metal parts by hours.

He believes that 3D printing is the future, but not in the low-quality, stringy, and plasticky way we expect.

Mark said that rapid prototyping has gotten easier and better.

Once you had to build a mold to make one prototype.

Now, with metal printing technology, you can make one to one-thousand prototypes.

Gerardo Diaz 2016-11-23
img

An email chain shows that Amazon has been

testing drones in the UK for longer than initially thought.

Correspondence between Amazon and the Civil Aviation Authority

CAA , which regulates drone flying in the UK, shows that Amazon

has been testing drones in UK airspace since summer 2015.

Amazon has a secret drone test site in Cambridge, near one

Jason Vest 2016-06-03
img

Walmart developing its own drones for checking warehouse inventories

Retail giant Walmart is developing its own drone, but this is not to foray into the commercial drone market dominated by Chinese manufacturer DJI.

Prior to Walmart, Amazon has already begun the development of small drones for help in delivery services.

In November 2015, Amazon unveiled its future delivery system – Prime Air – designed to safely deliver packages of up to five pounds to customers within 30 minutes or even less.

It said it has developed more than a dozen prototypes and is testing these unmanned vehicles in multiple international locations.

Shekar Natarajan, Walmart's vice president of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences, demonstrated the use of drones in their 1.2 million-square-feet Bentonville, Arkansas distribution centre, recently.

Natarajan said, "We are still in early phases of testing and understanding how drones can be better used in different types of business functions."

Michael Rase 2016-10-13
img

Nevit/Wikipedia Amazon is inviting school children to design delivery drones as

part of a new competition that aims to "inspire the next

generation of innovative, creative, and scientific thinkers."

Drone Competition is specifically for students in

Cambridgeshire aged 6 to 11, which happens to be where Amazon is

doing much of the development for its own delivery drone.

Joseph White 2016-11-25
img

But even if you have a charging cable with you, what do you do if there isn t a power outlet nearby?

The good folks behind new Kickstarter campaign HandEnergy have a solution.

They ve developed what looks a bit like a Poké Ball, but is in fact a spherical pocket electricity generator that lets users charge anything from their smartphone and tablet to their camera and flashlight using nothing more than the power of their own bodies.

You may be familiar with the wrist-training device called the Powerball, which is a powerful handheld gyroscope, co-founder Alex Novik told Digital Trends.

We came up with the idea of putting a battery, metal coil and magnets inside a similar device for generating electricity.

We spent a year developing it, trying to find the best materials we could.

Frances Hill 2016-07-21
img

View photosFILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., introduces the Model X car at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.

So, instead of coming under heavy government scrutiny before being sold to the public, Tesla can mass-produce cars that automatically adjust speed with the flow of traffic, keep their lane and slam the brakes in an emergency.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File More

LOS ANGELES AP — A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.

Tesla tells its customers to stay alert while driving, only use the technology on divided highways, keep their hands on the wheel and be prepared to take over should the technology fail.

It's only if there are problems once the technology is on the road that regulators swoop in.

John Robidoux 2019-03-27

FarmWise wants robots to do the dirty part of farming: weeding.

With that thought, the San Francisco-based startup enlisted the help of Michigan-based manufacturing and automotive company Roush to build prototypes of the self-driving robots.

Financial details of the collaboration were not released.

The idea is these autonomous weeders will replace herbicides and save the grower on labor.

By using high-precision weeding, the robotic farm hands can increase the yield of the crops by working day and night to remove unwanted plants and weeds.

With Roush, FarmWise will build a dozen prototypes win 2019 with the intention of scaling to additional units in 2020.