European researchers last week launched a global Internet for robots called Rapyuta—an online database of information designed “to help them cope” with the confusing world of humans,according to BBC News. Rapyuta is the work of the European RoboEarth Project, which describes its mission as the development of “a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other about their behavior and their environment.” More
Nokia’s new phone, the Lumia 920 ($TBA),features a stunning 8.7 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery (10 hours of 3G talktime), built-in wireless charging & 32GB of built-in storage.
To go from hypersonic space capsule to naked, wheels-down rover, the vehicle, due to its unprecedented bulk, had to undergo multiple reconfigurations—each a potential mission killer. And yet, the landing “was fantastic,” said mechanical-systems engineer Tommaso Rivellini, who helped design the Mars landing procedure.
“Everything worked perfectly. From what we can tell right now, it looks like a textbook landing,” said Rivellini, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, where news of the landing was met with cheers, tears, and high fives.
There have been many reports about the possibility of NASA’s Curiosity rover contaminating Mars with microbes from Earth once it lands on the Red Planet in August. The wheels, the landing procedure and the drill bits have all come under scrutiny. But what are the concerns and what safeguards are there to prevent contamination from this or other missions? [click to continue…]
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After years of searching, we’ve finally found the monitoring camera we’ve been waiting for. Dropcam ($149) is an amazingly simple Wi-Fi video cam that lets you keep tabs on your home, business, or family from literally anywhere. Its dead-simple setup took us no more than two minutes for each camera — we were watching live footage in the time it would take us to even open another camera’s packaging. You can watch your camera(s) live in your web browser or in the Dropcam app for iPhone or Android. Dropcam, which uses your Wi-Fi network to stream the video, has just the right amount of features without weighing you down with learning a bunch of useless settings — 720p HD video recording, automatic night vision, and support for multiple cameras. One of the best features is the ability to yell at your kids or cats with the two-way audio. If you want to record your camera footage, the company offers secure cloud storage for your DVR’d video ($10 for 7 days of recordings; $30 for 30 days). You can even make your Dropcam viewable to the public, and follow other public Dropcams (Puppycam!).
Your iPad 2 just got a little more useful. Apparently aware that Photoshop Express wasn’t getting it done for a lot of us, Adobe’s upped the editing ante with Photoshop Touch ($10). Currently an iPad 2 exclusive, it brings desktop features like layers, selection tools, advanced adjustments, and filters to the tablet, along with plenty of other tricks like the Scribble Selection tool, integrated Google Image Search, and Facebook sharing. Yes, its max resolution of 1600 x 1600 is pretty pathetic given the size of images we deal with these days, but for images that you’re planning on sharing via the web or email, it’s more than enough.
Real-life supercars are damned expensive, so it only makes sense that their radio-controlled counterparts would be equally so. Coming in at around as much money as you’d expect to pay for a beat up pickup, the Traxxas X0-1 RC Car ($1,150) is ready-to-race straight out of the box. Known as the world’s fastest RC automobile, it’s capable of 100 mph speeds and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds. The X0-1 features an aerodynamic body, a big block brushless motor, an integrated speed, RPM, temperature, and voltage telemetry system that works with an iPhone or iPod touch mounted in the controller’s docking base to give you unheard of control over your mini-ride, and heavy-duty AWD drivetrain so you don’t burn the thing up in the first weekend
This has to to be one of the illest everyday whips we have seen in a while. Black paint job, black grille surround, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate light-bar, 20-inch glossy black aluminum wheels, and a black interior boasting heated seats, a 9-speaker sound system, rear-view camera and park assist system, keyless entry and start, and over 50 safety and security features.