CYBER DUMP 31 / PI ZERO PRISM, AI EXPERIMENT, DRONE SWARMS, CHEAPER VR
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Welcome to Cyber Dump number 31. As always, all source links mentioned are below.

- Youtube link
- Archive.org mirror
- Torrent
- Keybase mirror

DIY

Ohmnilabs posted a video on Youtube, showing you how to create a low-cost vacuum pickup tool for surface mount components and electronic circuit design. Pretty cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcxNrJXnznc

Ricardo Ferro also put out an interesting video showing off his Pi Zero Prism project, which is basically a DIY Google-Glass type head-mounted computer. He's also created a detailed hackaday project page if you're interested in learning more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si_suSZ5CIs
https://hackaday.io/project/18033-raspberry-pi-zero-prism

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Google launched the Quick, Draw AI experiment. It's a neural network which uses some of the same technologies as handwriting recognition software, but goes further, learning how we draw certain objects.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8v1GWzZYJ4
https://g.co/aiexperiments

DRONES

Disney's Imagineering department has been testing out their new drone swarm tech for upcoming light shows. There's something that fascinates me about swarms of drones, and I wonder if we'll be seeing more stuff like this in other areas of life soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Mttb2vwQ4

Lockheed Martin also showed off their firefighting, and search and rescue drones recently. The system they unveiled pairs a smaller drone for overwatch and visuals, with larger autonomous helicopters that can take the data and act on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqMeAaOIYI

The Field Robotics Laboratory in Japan also uploaded a video of flying and wheeled drones working together to achieve tasks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dhlu7JnZSc

BRAIN CONTROL

Santosh Mathan from Honeywell Aerospace has developed a brain controlled interface that can fully control the steering of a plane. Seems like a bit of a gimmic, but interesting to see BMI's being used outside of computer labs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQHc8la8Og0

VIRTUAL REALITY

A world war two veteran was given the chance to revist some places were he fought during the war with the help of virtual reality. I've got a feeling this kind of thing will be used more and more in old peoples homes in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PModuWq8hAI

There's also good news for those of us who don't want to shell out thousands on a VR rig. Facebook and Oculus say they have created a new technology called "asynchronous spacewarp" which apparently allows VR machines to work well a lower framerates, and without the usual nausea that comes along with that.

http://vrscout.com/news/oculus-rift-run-vr-lower-end-pcs/

VIDEOS

Anders Brownworth made a great Blockchain 101 video, explaining the concepts behind how bitcoin's blockchain works, and how blocks identify and link to each other.

The second video is a mini documentary about the doomsday seed vault located in a mountain in the arctic. It contains a physical database of all plant genes on earth in case of disaster. Not really tech-heavy, but interesting nonetheless.

Alright that's it for this week. I've been working on a few new videos, so look out for them soon. Thanks for watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_160oMzblY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B95Pem9XW7k

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BY NODE