5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds
BY NABYL CHARANIA
- They will be making their way to customer homes “during daylight hours,” Monday to Friday.
- While the robots can drive themselves around, which is the whole point of the project to begin with, for the time being they’ll be accompanied by an “Amazon Scout Ambassador.”
- Robots aren’t yet actually interacting with people too much on a daily basis, especially out in the world, so a key part of rolling them out commercially is studying how people interact with them, and thinking about how those interactions might be altered or improved.
- The service, which is run by an MIT spinoff called Optimus Ride, consists of a half-dozen six-seater electric vehicles operating within a 300-acre walled-off industrial space called the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- Most companies are resigned to keeping safety drivers behind the wheel for the near future, realizing any rush to pull them out may expose passengers or pedestrians to safety risk — and the companies themselves to expensive lawsuits.
- Optimus Ride calls to mind similar services that are available from startups like Voyage in retirement communities in California and Florida, or Drive.ai in Frisco, Texas: mostly low-speed autonomous vehicles in tightly controlled, geofenced areas with an operations team in constant communication with the cars.
- This particular test is a big step towards making drone deliveries a reality in the country, something retailers like Amazon are planning to deploy to keep up with consumer demand for high-speed deliveries.
- Used a hybrid electric drone to inspect a four-mile section of the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
- Team had to load it with an on-board technology by Iris Automation called the Casia system…a sense-and-avoid technology that can detect other aircraft and make intelligent decisions on what kind of threat they pose to the drone.
- Software called InverseKnit that will allow anyone to design a pattern on a computer…or upload a picture of an existing knitted item…image can be sent to any existing 3D knitting machine to produce the final product.
- To make this software, the scientists created an enormous data set of knitting instructions and matched images to each of those patterns.
- Trained the neural network on the data to translate the images into knitting instructions using computer vision technology…able to give the system a photo of a glove and let the model generate a set of instructions for the knitting machine.
- Designed to help people get around town more efficiently, gliding along silently between the office and the train, or bus, or whatever other method you use to get from Point A to Point B.
- The E-Tron Scooter weighs 26 pounds, and it can fold up, taking up about as much space on the train as your average backpack.
- Audi is exploring all sorts of ways to make these available, including the notion of offering the E-Tron Scooter as an option for buyers of the E-Tron SUV.