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Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly

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Beth Stackpole
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Disaster relief
Beth Stackpole   10/31/2012 8:26:03 AM
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Given what we've all witnessed these last few days with Hurricane Sandy, it really turns a spotlight on the utility of this kind of technology to aid in disaster relief efforts. Whether it's hurricanes or earthquakes or even mine disasters, anything to help rescuers cue in on potential victims faster and help save lives is a bonus.

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Scott Orlosky   10/31/2012 10:17:11 AM
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Beth,  how true.  I could imagine expanding and scaling this technology to other "labyrinthine" environments.  This could include mining operations, automated warehousing applications, cave mapping, outdoors search and resue operations, firefighting, maybe even archaelogical sites as well.  Pretty cool development.

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Elizabeth M   10/31/2012 11:03:28 AM
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I agree, Beth, I find this type of technology particularly interesting. Not only will it advance robotics development, allowing machines to sense their environment and become more intuitive, it will help people in these types of disaster-relief scenarios as well. It's always exciting to see technology that can actually make a difference in very real-world situations, particularly after something like Hurricane Sandy happens.

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jmiller   10/31/2012 10:10:20 PM
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neat to see something like this that maps what's going on.  Combining it with robotic technology is just the next technological step.  Pretty cool.  Great article.

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Mydesign   11/1/2012 7:01:56 AM
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Beth, you are right. Such remote camera devices are very useful in disaster areas, where human interventions are not possible. I think during the tsunami disaster in Japan, they had some a similar technology (robots with camera) for monitoring atomic reactors. Such technologies have a wide application in space too.

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adding visual sensors
naperlou   10/31/2012 11:16:35 AM
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Elizabeth, this is much like a project I saw many years ago at an IBM facility.  The researchers were highlighting a message queueing mechanism.  They used a Lego robotics kit, which had some basic sensors and actuators.  The idea was to send one robot into a maze first.  It would report on blockages and try different paths.  This data was fed back to a computer which built up a map with the information.  Other robots which followed would "subscribe" to the queue with the map information and would be able to navigate the maze without running into anything.

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jmiller   10/31/2012 10:12:52 PM
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back in college I interviewed for a job where a bunch of computer geniuses were working on programs and one of their fun little projects was a learning computer program that could learn it's way through a maze.  Kind of neat to see how something like this could combine with something like that to save lives.

Mydesign
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Eagle Bird camera
Mydesign   11/1/2012 6:56:38 AM
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Elizabeth, I think this is a modified version of eagle bird eye, where cameras are attaching to certain moving objects to track its motion. Images from came is transmitted through a small transmitter and receives the signal at the base station. Finally the signals are plotted over the map for path analysis.

Charles Murray
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Kinect
Charles Murray   11/1/2012 7:13:48 PM
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It's amazing to see how many applications Microsoft Kinect is finding. It's the classic example of the "solution looking for a problem."

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