NASA JPL senior engineer Dr. Eric Baumgartner will talk about his experience as lead Systems, Test, and Operations Engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover instrument deployment device—a 5 degree-of-freedom robot arm. During the Mars mission, Baumgartner served as Rover Opportunity’s planner. He built sequences that directed the rover and its arm from Earth. He’s now Project Element Manager for robotic sampling on the next Mars Rover mission in 2009. Baumgartner will discuss estimation algorithms for autonomous vehicles and vision-based techniques for precision robot manipulation.
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The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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