Intelligence and monitoring

Los Angeles Times - by Sean Greene - 04/20/2018

Here's one way to tackle the dreaded task of assembling your Ikea furniture: Get a robot to do it for you.

With some off-the-shelf robotics hardware and a substantial amount of programming, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore built a machine capable of assembling the Swedish megastore's Stefan chair in just over 20 minutes.

The Times - by Will Pavia - 04/23/2018

When a community group began trying to clean the notoriously filthy Chicago River the task seemed both unpleasant and never-ending.

Volunteers would venture out in kayaks to pick out the floating rubbish but more arrived on the current, accumulating in floating “gardens” installed to filter the brown water.

They needed an aquatic dustman that would always be there, said Nicholas Wesley, co-founder of Urban Rivers, so they developed a robot rubbish collector and turned the business of picking up bottles and plastic bags into a computer game that could be played all over the world.

engadget - by Mariella Moon - 04/08/2018

The lack of water and workers means winemakers could rely on machines.

We all know by now that robots are the future of farming, and things are no different for winemakers in The Golden State. Faced with the shortage of water and workers, they asked researchers from the University of California to create an irrigation system that needs minimal human input. What the team came up with is a system called Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery (RAPID) that uses a machine to monitor and adjust water emitters attached to irrigation lines.

Fast Company - by Mark Sullivan - 04/09/2018

The most important thing about the company’s big renewable push might be that it’s bringing everyone–from suppliers to local utilities–along for the ride.

The Loop - by Lisa Felepchuk - 04/09/2018

Researchers at MIT have created a piece of wearable tech that can read your thoughts like it’s reading a children’s book. The device, AlterEgo, is a headset that attaches to the face and jaw and picks up neuromuscular signals that go off when words are internally verbalized.

Popular Mechanics - by Jay Bennett - 04/03/2018

Lockheed, whose Skunk Works division did initial work on the jet, wins the $247.5 million contract to build a quieter plane that could lead to a new era of supersonic flight.

NBC News - by Tom Metcalfe - 04/04/2018

With quiet electric motors and the ability to take off and land vertically from rooftops and parking lots, self-flying “air taxis” like the Airbus Vahana and the Kitty Hawk Cora are being hailed as the next big thing for getting around town and to and from airports.

But short hops on air taxis will be just part of a new air travel ecosystem. In coming years a new generation of electric and hybrid-electric airplanes — including “electroliners” capable of carrying 100 or more passengers — will take to the skies. - by Hanneke Weitering - 04/02/2018

SpaceX launched a used Dragon cargo spacecraft on a return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) today (April 2). The pre-flown cargo vessel lifted off at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a Falcon 9 rocket that has also been to space before.

ZME Science - by Tibi Puiu - 03/26/2018

Engineers at Tufts University have devised a tiny sensor that is mounted on a user’s tooth to wirelessly relay information on glucose, salt, and alcohol intake. The technology is similar to Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object.

inOut - 02/21/2018

Parkki is proposing an innovative solution that will unlock the power of parking data in order to address the issues faced by smart cities. Whether for car park operators (cities, shopping centres, airports, etc.) or motorists, Parkki is set to improve the entire parking experience.