Welcome to Cyber Dump number 30, you're weekly look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
This week marks the 8th anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto's first public post of the Bitcoin whitepaper. Besides the massive breakthrough the technology has presented, it's insane to think that it has gone from literally nothing, to having currently 250,000 transactions per day, and a market worth billions of dollars. Thank you Satoshi.
iFixit recently uploaded a new video teardown of the Playstation VR headset. One interesting point is that this headset uses purely visible light LEDs for tracking, and not Infra Red like most others on the market.
This week Fove also launched pre-orders for their eye-tracking VR headset, the Fove O. Orders are open from now until November 9th, and the price starts at $549.
The Robotic Systems Lab in Switzerland has been testing a curious quadruped robot that can manoeuvre by jumping around.
A couple of weeks ago, Uber carried out the first successful delivery using their new self-driving trucks. The truck travelled 120 miles in Colorado, delivering 50,000 cans of beer to a brewery.
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics also released a new video showing off the RIPPA, an autonomous farming robot that can automatically analyze crops, water them when needed, and pick them.
Youtube user Lydia Ray uploaded a video of a DIY smart mailbox project. It can be unlocked using RFID tokens or postal worker IDs, and it also automatically records and notifies the owner when people walk by it.
This week Tesla announced their new solar roofing product which aims to mimic conventional roof tiles, while still being able to generate electricity. No word on the details, but this look pretty damn cool.
Airspace Systems showed off the One Touch Interceptor, an anti-drone drone which automatically finds, and takes down other drones using its net gun.
PocketMaker launched an IndieGoGo campaign for their palm sized 3d printer this week. I'm not sure how useful such a little thing would be, but it could be cool. At the time of making this, there are still early bird pre-orders available for $79.
Two interesting robotics videos this week. The first is a mini documentary by Cambridge University which discusses whether we should build robots that feel pain. The second video by Motherboard follows a bunch of different people living with cutting edge prosthetics.
This week I made a video about creating a $100 mini ubuntu laptop out of a Nexus 7 tablet and some other bits. I also did a write up on the parts and steps you need to take to make your own.
November 5th marks the second birthday of NODE, and I just wanted to say thank you for watching the videos. Alright, that's it for this week.