- Robot taught to think for itself
Katie Scott at Wired Science has an article about work from the Tokyo Institute of Technology that demonstrates an advance in robotic reasoning when tackling previously uncompleted tasks. It isn’t clear from the the text or an associated video how much training on the underlying components has been done to enable the higher reasoning being highlighted. I suspect the remarks about industrial robots means the ultimate application will be to lower the cost of programming and increase the flexibility of such robots in controlled environments by utilizing self-organizing neural networks.
- Home hacking hardware platform, Arduino, launches lab for community experiments
Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb has details of the new labs offering. The makers of Arduino have already wrought a considerable change for the better in the maker space by lowering the cost and ease of use for capable microcontrollers. The new community focused effort is very consistent with that thinking providing a place and fostering an explicit ethos of sharing knowledge and techniques among hackers tinkering with the handy bit of kit.
- New faster and larger desktop 3D printer
John Kalish at MAKE: has a wealth on details on the creators of Ultimaker and their creation, what seems like a worthy successor to the venerable RepRap and innovative MakerBot. There are a lot of nice finishing touches even if one reviewer thinks the software is still a bit rough around the edges. That seems like a reasonable compromise to bring the sub-$2K printer to market since software can be upgraded after the fact more easily than physical design elements can be changed.
- Infographic displaying mobile internet costs around the world, The Atlantic
- FCC releases broadband measurement report, Ars Technica
- Developments in facial recognition, Schneier on Security