Robots to Use Internet as a Shared “Robo Brain”
We all rely heavily on the Internet. It tells us the weather, how to get to work and even does our math. But we aren’t the only ones who will benefit from this growing, intelligent brain. Robots are expected to leverage the power of the web as a resource to help them become more effective in the near-future world.
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Developed by researchers at Cornell University, the new system called “Robo Brain” will take data from public Internet sites for use by robots in future interactions. Photographs, YouTube videos and how-to documents are used by the system to store this information in robots, from household robots to self-driving cars, for when it needs it.
The team at Cornell are using crowdsourcing methods to fill in any gaps by showing what the robots know already and asking users to add new information or to correct existing data. 
The researchers presented the project at the 2014 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference in Berkeley in July. Here a video of the presentation: 

Robots to Use Internet as a Shared “Robo Brain”

We all rely heavily on the Internet. It tells us the weather, how to get to work and even does our math. But we aren’t the only ones who will benefit from this growing, intelligent brain. Robots are expected to leverage the power of the web as a resource to help them become more effective in the near-future world.

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Vislab PROUD Self Driving Car Test 2013

Vislab Proud 2013 Demo 

For the first time in history, during the PROUD-Car Test 2013 event (happened on July 12, 2013 in Parma) a vehicle moved autonomously and in total safety on a mixed traffic route (rural, freeway, and urban) open to public traffic, with nobody on the driver seat." See more 

Proud to be part of this Team ! 

 

Visit to MIT Media Lab - The Birthplace of the Future

I am in Boston this weekend and had the fantastic opportunity of visiting the MIT Media Lab. From huggable robots to transformative self driving cars and even advancements in music and Opera - I was completely inspired and blown away. Here are just a few pics.

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet
The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
via: smartercities

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet

The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.

via: smartercities

'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

Royal College of Art graduate student Nir Seigel recently unveiled plans for a 3D printed concept car that actually assembles itself! Seigel’s Genesis vehicle explores next generation manufacturing techniques for the auto industry, and it was awarded the Pilkington Design Award for best design interpretation.

Read more: 'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself! | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

via: upcominghorizon:

 

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020
Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020
 Full Story: VentureBeat
via: emergentfutures

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020

 Full Story: VentureBeat

via: emergentfutures

i-H2GO: Smartphone Enabled Hydrogen Fuel Cell RC Car [HD 3D]

Following in the footsteps of Horizon’s Time Magazine Best Invention, and a Toy Innovation Award in Nuremberg, the largest annual toy fair in the world - the iH2GO is the ultimate in fuel cell miniaturization.

It brings together the world of mobility and interactivity with solar hydrogen fuel cell model cars, taking us a step further into the future, with really exciting technology.

 via: mblng

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
via: joshbyard

New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

via: joshbyard

The Car of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Great infographic by Insurancequotes.com on technological advancements in vehicles from now to 2040 (when 75% of cars on the road are expected to be autonomous).

Starting next year, e-scooters will have iPhone as the console

iPhone integration in car consoles is of course nothing new, with Siri Eyes Free becoming an increasingly standard feature in new cars. But next year’s electric scooters appear to be taking the idea one step further: if you go to the showrooms to look at an electric scooter next year, you may well find that your iPhone doesn’t just connect to the console, it is the console.

Smart, the Daimler brand that makes the ultra-compact Smart Car, announced that its 5.4-horsepower Smart Scooter(pictured above and below) would use an iPhone as its instrument panel, serving as combined speedo, range indicator and GPS. The scooter will sit alongside its existing electric-drive Smart Car and eBike.

Read More: http://goo.gl/y0f1P

via: proteusmagazine

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Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside
There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?
Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.
via: smartercities

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside

There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?

Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.

via: smartercities

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020
Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”
Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”

Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Move Over, Hoverboards: This Bike Lets You Fly
A new mode of personal transportation has beat hoverboards to the market: the flying bicycle.
Czech companies Duratec, Technodat and Evektor have created a prototype of a flying electric bicycle. Unlike E.T.’s run-of-the-mill two-wheeler, however, this one looks more like a snow bike.
 via: smartercities

Move Over, Hoverboards: This Bike Lets You Fly

A new mode of personal transportation has beat hoverboards to the market: the flying bicycle.

Czech companies Duratec, Technodat and Evektor have created a prototype of a flying electric bicycle. Unlike E.T.’s run-of-the-mill two-wheeler, however, this one looks more like a snow bike.

 via: smartercities

Self Driving Cars Standard in Masdar City

Masdar City uses a driverless “personal rapid transport” system delivering residents from point A to point B with no effort on the “driver’s” part.

BuzzFeed did a feature recently on Masdar City calling it the City of the Future. Among self driving cars, the city was built to be entirely off the grid and its residents are dedicated to advancing science and technology (ummm next vacation spot = yes please!). 

Its the first zero-carbon city and its in the middle of the desert. Check out more information and pictures here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/the-city-of-the-future-is-here

12 Technologies That Are Improving at Insane Speeds

Business Insider published this graphic as part of an article they did summarizing the McKinsey report which featured disruptive technologies that are impacting the global economy.