Welcome to Cyber Dump number 38, your look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
DJI released a couple of new videos this week showing of their drones being used in various ways. The first demonstrates a specialized agriculture drone which can autonomously water fields for farming.
The second, is a search and rescue drone deployed in the frozen landscape of Iceland. This M200 model has a thermal imaging camera, and bigger batteries, allowing for 30 mins of flight time, which is crucial when searching for lost individuals.
In other drone news, UPS recently began testing drone deliveries in Tampa Florida. The interesting thing here is how the drones work alongside the vans and delivery drivers. Testing is still ongoing before rollout.
Cobalt Robotics recently introduced their indoor security robots, which work in tandem with human security to monitor the office environment, by automatically tracking faces, responding to audio, recognizing open doors, requiring ID scans from employees and more.
This month Avegant introduced their Light Field mixed reality platform, which has some curious features. The light field technology simultaneously displays images at multiple focal points, meaning the users eyes focus on these digital images in a similar way we do in real life.
In other mixed reality news, Disney's Research Hub demonstrated how someone using a head mounted display could accurately and consistently catch a ball being thrown in meatspace.
Back to plain old virtual reality, Jonathan Ravasz has created an open source virtural keyboard called Punchkeyboard. The 3D keys combine with word prediction, to create what seems to be a fairly fast way to type in VR. All the code is avaialable on github.
First video this week is a keynote from CeBit, by Osaka University Professor and robotics legend, Hiroshi Ishiguro. Here he talks about androids, robotics, identity, and what our future may look like.
The next video is a short documentary on Jessa Jones, a person who's transforming our understanding on electronics repair, and developing techniques that allow DIYers to fix extremely intricate PCBs.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This week I released the video for the Zero Terminal, a new mini computer which couples a Pi Zero W with a iPhone slide keyboard case. Definitely check this one out if you enjoyed the handheld linux terminal. Alright that's it for this week. Let me know what you want to see more of on the channel. Thanks for watching.
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