Amazon Echo UK release date: New speaker to make your house talk to you on sale now ahead of launch

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


Expectation-Based Vision for Self-Localization on a Legged Robot

AAAI Conferences

This paper presents and empirically compares solutions to the problem of vision and self-localization on a legged robot. Specifically, given a series of visual images produced by a camera on-board the robot, how can the robot effectively use those images to determine its location over time? Legged robots, while generally more robust than wheeled robots to locomotion in various terrains (Wettergreen & Thorpe 1996), pose an additional challenge for vision, as the jagged motion caused by walking leads to unusually sharp motion in the camera image. This paper considers two main approaches to this vision and localization problem, which we refer to as the object detection approach and the expectationbased approach. In both cases, we assume that the robot has complete, a priori knowledge of the three-dimensional layout of its environment.


Expectation-Based Vision for Precise Self-Localization on a Mobile Robot

AAAI Conferences

This paper presents and empirically compares two solutions to the problem of vision and self-localization on a mobile robot. In the commonly used particle filtering approach, the robot identifies regions in each image that correspond to landmarks in the environment. These landmarks are then used to update a probability distribution over the robot's possible poses. In the expectation-based approach, an expected view of the world is first constructed based on a prior camera pose estimate. This view is compared to the actual camera image to determine a corrected pose. This paper compares the accuracies of the two approaches on a test-bed domain, finding that the expectation-based approach yields a significantly higher overall localization accuracy than a state-of-the-art implementation of the particle filtering approach. This paper's contributions are an exposition of two competing approaches to vision and localization on a mobile robot, an empirical comparison of the two methods, and a discussion of the relative advantages of each method.


Amazon releases Echo speaker across the UK and Germany, letting people talk to their house

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


Christmas shopping can be as stressful as running a marathon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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