Cognitive Mini Radar developed for autonomous vehicles and robots

The Cognitive Mini Radar. Source: Cognitive Pilot Cognitive Pilot this week announced its Cognitive Mini Radar, which is designed for use in autonomous vehicles. The Moscow-based company suggested that its sensor could also be helpful for drones and robots being developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cognitive Pilot is an autonomous vehicle joint venture of state-owned PJSC Sberbank and Cognitive Technologies. The company has also created an open data set of images for autonomous agricultural equipment and is considering an initial public offering for… 

Video Friday: This Omnidirectional Drone Flies Using 12 Tiltable Propellers

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): HRI 2020 – April 06, 2020 – [Online Conference] ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – [Online Conference] ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [Online or Postponed] ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Online Conference] CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia Let… 

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Hall Effect for Sensing and Materials Characterization

Since the discovery of the Hall effect in 1879 by Edwin Hall, it has been widely applied in measurements, particularly in materials characterization and sensing. Today it is being used to characterize new materials, enabling the discovery of new phenomena, such as the quantum Hall effect, spin Hall effect and, more recently, topological insulators [1]. The Hall effect also serves as a platform for many device applications, such as current sensing in the automotive industry, metrology, non-destructive inspection and testing, and security screening applications. Read… 

Zipline Wants to Bring Medical Drone Delivery to U.S. to Fight COVID-19

A year ago, we visited Rwanda to see how Zipline’s autonomous, fixed-wing delivery drones were providing blood to hospitals and clinics across the country. We were impressed with both Zipline’s system design (involving dramatic catapult launches, parachute drops, and mid-air drone catching), as well as their model of operations, which minimizes waste while making critical supplies available in minutes almost anywhere in the country. Since then, Zipline has expanded into Ghana, and has plans to start flying in India as well, but the COVID-19 pandemic… 

How Do Coronavirus Tests Work?

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has finally moved from relying entirely on a single, flawed diagnostic test to having what may soon be an onslaught of testing options available from private entities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the last three weeks has authorized the emergency use of more than 20 diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Those add to the hundreds of tests that researchers are developing globally. The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva, Switzerland keeps a running global list of COVID-19 tests that,… 

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Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Privacy-Conscious Europe to Collect Phone Data

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, even privacy-conscious European governments have asked telecom companies for residents’ phone location data in hopes of understanding whether national social distancing measures such as stay-at-home orders and business closures are having any effect on the spread of COVID-19. Some of the hardest-hit countries, including Italy and Spain, are now open to proposals for mobile apps that can make contact tracing more efficient and alert people who have come into contact with someone infected by the novel coronavirus.

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Cobots vs. Covid Initiative Overview

This article is part of a 7-part series supporting our Cobots vs. Covid initiative:If you are a manufacturer ramping up production of mission-critical goods, Robotiq wants to help you deploy a cobot application in two weeks. Watch our 23-min video explaining the program. Ready to take action? Contact us now! Summary of the Robotiq Cobots vs. Covid Initiative What is the Cobots vs. Covid Initiative? Robotiq is putting all of its resources behind supporting manufacturers of critical goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing… 

8 noteworthy lifting and mast robots and applications

From heavy lifting arms to collaborative robots, manufacturing and other industries now have a variety of options, depending on their needs. The post 8 noteworthy lifting and mast robots and applications appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

How to Practice Activist Engineering

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. Engineering work has far-reaching implications, both designed and unintended. For example, continued engineering investments in weapons of mass destruction may not be creating a more peaceful world, and deepfake technology is changing our perceptions of truth itself. It’s crucial for engineers to have the ability to understand and act on the implications of their work. Some reflective engineers, inspiringly, are speaking up,… 

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Q&A: Sourcegraph’s Universal Code Search Tool

In software development, code search is a way to better navigate and understand code. But it’s an often overlooked technique, with development tools and coding environments offering clunky and limited search functionalities. Tech startup Sourcegraph aims to change that with its universal code search tool by the same name that makes searching code as seamless as doing a Google search on the web. To achieve that efficiency, Sourcegraph models code and its dependencies as a graph, and performs queries on the graph in real time.

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