Robotics

AI to Sort 2 Tons of Lego Pieces

http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/how-i-built-an-ai-to-sort-2-tons-of-lego-pieces This is an interesting story that combines AI and LEGO. Even second-hand Lego isn’t cheap. Bulk unsorted Lego sells for roughly €10 per kilogram (about US $11/kg), boxed sets go for €40/kg, and collections of rare parts and Lego Technic pieces much more. Consequently, there exists a cottage industry of people who buy new sets and

Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/19/researchers-train-drones-to-use-wi-fi-to-look-through-walls/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook This is quite interesting -or frightening – WiFi radar application. A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls. One drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another picks up the signal.

Friday Fun: The Choitek Megamark Robot Does it All!

https://blog.hackster.io/the-choitek-megamark-robot-does-it-all-33b3a8bb6cfe Many robots are tasked to do one, or several related operations, and do them well. The Choitex Megamark, however, from Carnegie Mellon computer science student John Choi, can perform a variety of actions, though currently it doesn’t appear to do them very well at all.

Getting started with open source robotics | Opensource.com

https://opensource.com/life/16/4/open-source-robotics-projects?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY Robots are playing an increasing role in our world, and while we perhaps haven’t reached the utopian future with robotic housekeepers imagined for us in the Jetsons, robotics are making advances in many fields. Now, with the advances of self driving cars, drones, and other transport technologies, the line between what is a robot

Friday Fun: Self-Adjusting Dartboard

No aim? No worries! That’s because YouTuber Mark Rober has a solution: self-adjusting dartboard that automatically reposition itself so you hit the bullseye nearly every time. The setup uses six infrared cameras to track the dart’s motion, then calculates a final position using an NVIDIA TX1 development kit.