Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Google Project Tango smartphones heading to space this week

Google Project Tango smartphones heading to space this week
 Google is no stranger to having some of its devices up in space, what with the Nexus S andOne each taking on different missions in years past. Up next: Project Tango. The search giant's smartphone, which packs 3D sensors that allow it to track and map just about anything around it, has been playing a role in NASA's Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellite program, otherwise known as SPHERES. As Reuters notes,these spherical satellites could one day "take over daily chores for astronauts or even handle risky duties outside of the vessel." Accordingly, on July 11th, NASA and Google are doing good on the promise to launch Project Tango smartphones into orbit, where they will be used as "the brains and eyes" of the bowling ball-sized, hovering robots at the International Space Station.

SPHERES PROJECT MANAGER, Chris Provencher, told Reuters they had been looking to add better processing power, cameras as well as a slew of sensors to the robots, and smartphones were the way to go. "This type of capability is exactly what we need for a robot that's going to do tasks anywhere inside the space station," he said about Tango possessingthe right attributes to meet the PROGRAM'S needs. "We wanted to add communication, a camera, increase the processing capability, accelerometers and other sensors. As we were scratching our heads thinking about what to do, we realized the answer was in our hands [smartphones]."

Chris Brown has accepted a plea deal

Chris Brown has accepted a plea deal in his Washington, D.C. assault case. The 25-year-old singer had been charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Parker Adams in the face outside his tour bus last October, an assault that occurred while he was on probation for attacking Rihanna. Brown pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He previously spent two days in a D.C. jail in this case. During his court appearance on Tuesday, Brown issued an apology. “I would like to say to the court that I’m sorry,” he said. Brown’s ATTORNEY, Danny Onorato, said that Brown had already been punished extensively for the assault including the 108 days he spent in an L.A. jail. “To say that he’s been punished severely in this matter is an understatement,” Onorato said. Brown’s career had been on hold for nearly a year and Onorato claims that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a new album and tour with Trey Songz. Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also convicted of misdemeanor assault in April in connection with the incident. He has not yet been sentenced. Brown was greeted by throngs of fans and media as he exited the courthouse with girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

Justin Bieber was arrested after an alleged fight in Canada

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was arrested after an alleged fight in Canada when his ATV collided with a mini-van. The 20-year-old singer was charged with assault and dangerous driving following the incident, which happened in Perth County, Ontario, where Bieber spent his childhood. “Investigation revealed that after colliding, the DRIVER of the ATV and an occupant of the mini-van engaged in a physical altercation,” OntarioProvincial Police spokesman Kees Wijnands told CNN. According to TMZ, Bieber was released and will have to appear in court later this month. He is currently on pr

Monday, September 1, 2014

Google Project Wing Drone Delivery Service: An Endless Waltz of Packages

Google Project Wing Drone Delivery Service: An Endless Waltz of Packages  google project wing drone delivery service 620x390

According to The Atlantic, Google has been working on Project Wing for two years now. Its current drone prototype is a small tail-sitter – an aircraft that takes off and lands on its tail, similar to rocket spacecraft. Unlike Amazon’s drone, which drops almost to the ground to deliver its payload, Project Wing’s drone uses a winch to lower its cargo. Google resorted to this method as a safety precaution, but it also presents its own set of problems, such as the winch being stuck or tangled. To counter these problems, Google added an “egg” at the end of the winch that “detects that it has reached the ground, releases the delivery, and signals that it should be cranked back up.” Read more: http://technabob.com/blog/2014/08/29/google-project-wing-drone-delivery-service/#ixzz3C5M4Bb4J Follow us: @technabob on Twitter | technabob on Facebook

MindRDR Brings Telekinesis to Google Glass

MindRDR Brings Telekinesis to Google Glass

sing just your mind to control the world around you isn’t just an idea from science-fiction anymore. MindRDR, the app out of London based interactive design studio This Place, works with Google Glass and an additional piece of head-mounted hardware, the Neurosky EEG, to bring mind control to the 21st century.

Drake Signs ILOVEMAKONNEN To OVO Sound

Drake Signs ILOVEMAKONNEN To OVO Soundmakonnen-drake-tuesday

It was only a mater of time. After taking over his fan-favorite "Club Going Up On A Tuesday," Drake bought Mak out during the Atlanta stop of the Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne Tour to perform the song (see below), as well as to announce that he's signed the 25-year-old artist to his Warner-based imprint OVO Sound.