Video Friday: Russian Android, Swarm User Interface, and Robot Drone Man

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. I really don't know much about this beyond what's in the video, but we don't see a lot of Russian robots around here, so: It looks to be a project from the Russian equivalent of DARPA, designed to go into space by 2021. This video of Agile Justin feeling up different kinds of rods was a finalist for both "IROS Best Paper on Cognitive Robotics" and "IROS Best Student Paper": This is cool because until this point, building pneumatic robots required making molds and casting custom parts.


Facebook Live API Targets Drones and Other Digital Camera Makers

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had lots to talk about during the opening keynote for the social network's F8 developer conference, being held at Ft. Mason in San Francisco today. The Facebook Live API promises the most potential. The company has been pushing hard to expand the scope of its Live Video feeds -- or live video streamed from smartphones directly to the Facebook newsfeed. Facebook only recently expanded Live Video to all US users on Android and iOS devices (Facebook first tested the platform with celebrities). The Live API will increase the scale of compatible cameras to drones, and every other internet-connected camera.


Send the kids to drone camp this summer

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Mason Halton, 10, put together a drone during Drone Camp on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. INDIANAPOLIS -- Ten-year-old Jade Bacon probably knows more about drones than most people do. She knows what stabilizers and a gimbal do and can point them out. She can tell you to what altitude someone can legally fly a drone (500 feet, if you didn't know), and where you can't fly drones (stay away from prisons and airports). Most of her knowledge about drones came from attending a two-day drone camp in Fishers, Ind., that taught kids about drones, then let them fly.


Utah teen launches consumer drone that can fly over 70 mph

ZDNet

Teal founder and CEO George Matus Jr. believes we've only seen five percent of what drones can do. A new drone company called Teal came out of stealth mode on Wednesday, offering preorders of a consumer drone that can fly at racing speeds straight of the box. When he was 11 years old, the company's founder and CEO, George Matus Jr., started flying drones in a field behind his Utah home. At 12, he became a test pilot for a drone company, where he honed his technical skills. Soon, he started modifying drones, developing apps, and competing in races and hackathons.


What would REALLY happen if an asteroid struck the ocean: Simulation reveals impact would launch BILLIONS of tons of water into the atmosphere

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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