Rapid Change and Uncertainty. Some Examples of What’s Happening Now (that weren’t dreamed of a short while ago).
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Some Examples of What’s Happening Now
(that weren’t dreamed of a short while ago)
The Paris edition of the New York Herald summed up Europe's opinion of the Wright brothers in an editorial on February 10, 1906: "The Wright have flown or they have not flown. They possess a machine or they do not possess one. They are in fact either fliers or liars. It is difficult to fly. It's easy to say, 'We have flown.'"
On November 12, 1906, Alberto Santos-Dumont flew 220 meters (726 feet), capturing the 1500 franc Aero-Club de France prize from the Aero-Club for the first 100-meter flight.
The launch, as seen from the International Space Station
One Life Time
Flight’s First Fatality
Orville Wright crashed his plane, killing his passenger, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge. Orville was badly hurt.
Orville Wright was showing off a new “aeroplane” at Fort Myer, Va., for about 2,000 people, including Army brass. He took up a 26-year-old lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps.
The pair apparently made three and a half successful circuits at an altitude of about 75 feet, before a propeller split and hit other parts of the plane, causing it to crash.
Still, the Army was impressed, so much so that the War Department eventually bought the Wrights’ invention.
Sept 17, 1908 – First Crash
One Life Time
April 22, 2008 – Last Flight
Cracker-size satellites launch April 2011toward populating the Earth's orbit with tiny ‘space-chips’www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/0429/Cracker-size-satellites-to-launch-with-Space-Shuttle-Endeavour
The model satellites used to test sysbrain
16Feb2011: New control system willallow satellites to 'think for themselves’
The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
Hubble telescope's top 10 greatest photos
Jul 30, 2008, Cliff Edwards, www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_32/b4095000909813.htm
Stephanie Diani for The New York Times
Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a prototype contact lens that incorporates an imprinted electronic circuit and lights. The prototype is a step toward creating a form of bionic vision, the researchers say.
The researchers say the flexible lens is biologically safe and was worn by rabbits for up to 20 minutes with no adverse effects. Along with a circuit, the prototype contains red LEDs for a display.
Despite the display being on the cornea of the eye, the image it shows would appear to be on an exterior object such as the windshield of a car, or might even seem to be in midair for people browsing the Internet or immersing themselves in a virtual world.
"Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating superimposed on the world outside," Parviz said in a statement when the research was made public last week. The images wouldn't obstruct a wearer's view, researchers added. "There is a large area outside of the transparent part of the eye that we can use for placing instrumentation," Parviz said.
BrainGateneural interface system reaches 1,000-day performance milestoneMarch 24, 2011http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/03/braingate
The system is currently in pilot clinical trials, and uses a silicon electrode array, about the size of a baby aspirin, to read neural signals directly within brain tissue.
2011: The BBC covers a team of scientists who are working on a new way to power medical implants: an internal biofuel cell. Called a biofuel cell, it uses glucose and oxygen at concentrations found in the body to generate electricity. They are the first group in the world to demonstrate their device working while implanted in a living animal. If all goes to plan, biofuel cells may be used to power a range of medical implants. In 2010, they tested their fuel cell in a rat for 40 days and reported that it worked flawlessly, producing a steady electrical current throughout, with no noticeable side effects on the rat's behavior or physiology.'
Electric eel anatomy: The first detail shows stacks of electrocytes, cells linked in series (to build up voltage) and parallel (to build up current). Second detail shows an individual cell with ion channels and pumps penetratimng the membrance, The Yale/NIST model represents the behavior of several such cells. Final detail shows an individual ion channel, one of the building blocks of the model. [Daniel Zukowski, Yale University]
The 10-robot Collaboration Pack provides valuable cross-platform opportunities for both researchers and students. From the speedy Research PatrolBot platform, able to carry up to 40kgs, to the human interaction capabilities of PeopleBot, the all-terrain power of P3-AT and the versatility of P3-DX, the Collaboration Pack provides an outstanding collection of robots for a strong robotics program.
Platforms have good I/O extensibility. The basic platforms may be upgraded with many accessories and options and include the power of SONARNL sonar localization and navigation with ARIA C++ libraries, ARNetworking and Demo programs out of the box.
10 cm tip-to-tip.
Speed 5 m/sec.
Flies 3 mins on
1 gram battery.
Micro Air Vehicle
0.4 gram camera and transmitter of the DelFly micro
High-Speed Robot HandDemonstrates Dexterity and Skillful ManipulationAugust 3, 2009 by Travis Deyle, http://www.hizook.com/blog/2009/08/03/high-speed-robot-hand-demonstrates-dexterity-and-skillful-manipulation
A few blogs are passing around videos of the Ishikawa Komuro Lab's high-speed robot hand performing impressive acts of dexterity and skillful manipulation. However, the video being passed around is slight on details. Meanwhile, their video presentation at ICRA 2009 (which took place in May in Kobe, Japan) has an informative narration and demonstrates additional capabilities. I have included this video below, which shows the manipulator dribbling a ping-pong ball, spinning a pen, throwing a ball, tying knots, grasping a grain of rice with tweezers, and tossing / re-grasping a cellphone!
Based on the video, the hand uses high-speed actuators with harmonic drive gears. The hand can close in 1/10th of a second! Personally, I find the tweezers grasping the grain of rice the most entertaining -- very anthropomorphic.
From AeroVironment, the company behind the largest, highest and longest flying unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Global Observer, now comes the “Nano Hummingbird”. Controlled precision hovering and fast-forward flight of a two-wing, flapping wing aircraft that carries its own energy source and relies only on its flapping wings for propulsion and control. Part of a DARPA Phase II contract.
The hand-made final concept demonstrator has a wingspan of 16 cm (6.5 in) and weighs just 19 g (2/3 oz), less than the weight of a AA battery. This has all the systems required for flight, including batteries, motors, communications systems and even a video camera.
www.gizmag.com/aerovironment-nano-hummingbird/17918/ with video at www.suasnews.com/2011/02/3815/aerovironment-develops-world%E2%80%99s-first-fully-operational-life-size-hummingbird-like-unmanned-aircraft-for-darpa/
Better video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rfx_FRKdS8&feature=related
Robot Controlled By Rat Brain Continues Progresshttp://singularityhub.com/2010/10/06/videos-of-robot-controlled-by-rat-brain-amazing-technology-still-moving-forward/
File1, File1.5, File 4
China Erects 15 Story Hotel in Less Than 6 Days!January 25th, 2011 by Aaron Saenz, http://singularityhub.com/2011/01/25/china-erects-15-story-hotel-in-less-than-6-days-video/
http://www.lyricsemiconductor.com/ and http://www.lyricsemiconductor.com/news.htm
"The US has not had to truly think about its air defense since the Cold War. But as America embraces the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, Newsweek says
A cargo hold in the sub's bow can hold up to 9 tons of cocaine, worth about $250 million
See video – Grumman F-35 Electro Optical Distributed Aperture System EO-DAS: www.youtube.com/user/F35JSFVideos#p/u/7/CwvnhFgzIKI