Intelligence and monitoring

Digital Trends - by Mike Flacy - 12/11/2014

Small enough to carry around in a backpack, the Zano mini-drone utilizes virtual tethering with a smartphone to automatically follow a user in order to take pictures or shoot high definition video. Specifically, the user can set a hold position and the Zano will automatically maintain that distance from the user’s smartphone as well as avoid obstacles while in follow mode. The creators of the device, Torquing Group, have also included a manual control mode in the mobile app interface. Simply tilting the phone in a specific direction will cause the Zano to travel in the same direction.

USA Today - by Elizabeth Weise - 12/02/2014

An army of 15,000 robots is ready to roll as Amazon's fulfillment centers prepare for the holiday sales onslaught.

To pick, pack and ship those items, the company is launching a full-scale deployment of a robotic fulfillment system it purchased in 2012 and tested in 2013. In a twist on the typical pick-and-pack warehouse operation, instead of having the pickers go to the items, the items come to them.

Minion Villa - by rohnak - 11/22/2014

Imagine a 1.5 V battery that does not need charging (traditionally) ever, that lasts forever, that we can put in our remote and leave it there for years and years without ever worrying about their existence.

That’s what we have in , a project in which a type of battery that is charged with the movement shown, it would be sufficient stirring it for about 3 seconds to make it like new.

The Telegraph - by Sumant Bhatia - 11/20/2014

Airbus already holds the record for the longest unmanned flight. The new model will be even better, giving Google and Facebook a run for their money.

BBC News - by BBC News - 11/15/2014

Train fans have experienced the speed of super-fast maglev trains, during test runs for members of the public in central Japan.

One hundred passengers whizzed along a 42.8km (27 mile) route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching speeds of up to 500km/h (311mph).

Apollon Research Magazine - by Yngve Vogt - 11/12/2014

When the robots of the future are set to extract minerals from other planets, they need to be both self-learning and self-repairing. Researchers at Oslo University have already succeeded in producing self-instructing robots on 3D printers.

Renewable Energy World - by Katharine J. Tobal - 11/14/2014

The world’s first solar bike lane is soon to be available for use in the Netherlands! The bike path that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer is a 70-meter stretch of solar-powered roadway set to open for the public this week.

The Atlantic - by Allen McDuffee - 11/08/2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University say they've capitalized on the resilient nature of cockroaches by turning them into cyborgs that will assist in rescue and relief efforts by fitting in tiny spaces at disaster zones that current robots can't, and picking up sound with tiny microphones.

GSM Arena - 11/02/2014

At the Display Innovation 2014 trade show in Yokohoma City, Japan, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) introduced an 8.7" Super AMOLED display, which can fold in three. It sports 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution resulting in a pixel density of 254ppi.

Medical Physics - by Mickaël Tanter - 10/20/2014

By its quantitative and real-time capabilities, Intracardiac shear-wave elastography is a promising intraoperative imaging technique for the evaluation of thermal ablation during Radio frequency catheter ablation.