Question by agua_2000_fr: How to find a job selling robots and automation systems in the UK or the US? I currently live in Bristol, UK, and am interested in getting into the robotics industry. I have management, sales, marketing and general business experience, although I am not sure what is the quickest way to find a job in that industry. Any ideas? Anyone knows the leading companies in these fields right now? Any company that has a high demand, cutting edge product right now? Thanks
Answer by kate s.does not! compute!
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3D systems has filed a lawsuit against both Formlabs and Kickstarter for patent infringement. Formlabs is the manufacturer of a low-cost 3D printer called the Form 1. Thanks to the stereolithography printing technique, the Form 1 can achieve professional grade 3D printing in a small hobbyist printer. It quickly became a Kickstarter success. Yet, in 1997 3D Systems patented stereolithography applications and now wants reparation from Formlabs, and Kickstarter who promoted the printer.
The Kickstarter fundraising campaign topped $ 1.4 million in pre-orders in just under a week, making it one of the notable successes of the platform. Formlabs ultimately raised $ 2,945,885. Kickstarter is financially involved as it takes a 5 percent cut on each campaign, according to the BBC.
Instead of using traditional melting techniques, Formlabs has opted for the “gold standard” in 3D printing — stereolithography, a high-precision positioning system designed to solidify plastics. It allows you to use thin structures in your original 3D model and achieve a level of detail never seen in home 3D printing, especially for $ 2,299.
Similarly priced competitors, such as MakerBots, use a more traditional melting technique that doesn’t lead to the same rendering. On the other end of the spectrum, high-end competitors cost anywhere between $ 10,000 and $ 1 million. The Form 1 was the printer aiming at bridging the gap between those two categories.
But 3D Systems carefully patented stereolithography when it comes to 3D printing. According to the company, its patent portfolio is well-known in the industry, and feigning ignorance won’t be enough to defend the Form 1.
When we initially covered Formlabs’ Kickstarter success, the company claimed that it managed to keep costs low because a few patents had expired. Co-founder Maxim Lobovsky didn’t state which patent exactly, but 3D Systems believes that Formlabs infringed claims 1 and 34 of U.S. Patent No. 5,597,520.
Aside from direct patent infringement, 3D Systems claims that the crowd-funding campaign has caused “immediate and irreparable injury and damage to 3D Systems” by promoting the new printer.
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Question by sherlockholmesjr: Would a “spec” for a robotic system come from a composite of virtual robotics systems ? Why not USE that? composite to help set to work the robotics system ? Why not connect real equipment to a composite of the virtual systems ?
Answer by Think TankIn simple terms the on off switches that make motors move, will enable the movement of the robot, so a robots degrees of freedom are more about mechanics than virtual programming. But I don’t know what the composite of the virtual system is.
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Cars wired with ethernet may conjure thoughts of roving internet hotspots, but that’s not what Hyundai and Broadcom have in mind in this case. Traditionally, infotainment consoles, safety systems and the like are built on multiple in-car networks, but the duo will rig vehicles with modified ethernet cables to unify some of the disparate systems on a single network. Dubbed BroadR-Reach, the tech uses a single pair of unshielded wires to offer 100Mbps connection speeds and could scale up to 1Gbps. Though Hyundai and other automakers joined with Broadcom’s standards group for the technology last year, the firm is now the second car manufacturer to pledge that its autos will get the tech. As of now, there’s still no word on which models will be lined with ethernet or when they’ll roll off assembly lines.
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When Google took the wraps off Now we all got a pretty excited about the potential of the preemptive virtual assistant. Kimera Systems wants to build a similar system, but one that will make Mountain View’s tool look about as advanced as a Commodore 64. The founder of the company, Mounir Shita, envisions a network of connected devices that use so-called smart software agents to track your friends, suggest food at a restaurant and even find someone to paint your house. That explanation is a bit simplistic, but it gets to the heart of what the Artificial General Intelligence network is theoretically capable of. In this world (as you’ll see in the video after the break) you don’t check Yelp or text your friend to ask if they’re running late. Instead, your phone would recognize that you’d walked into a particular restaurant, analyze the menu and suggest a meal based on your tastes. Meanwhile, your friend has just reached the bus stop, but it’s running a little behind. Her phone knows she’s supposed to meet you so it sends an alert to let you know of the delay. With some spare time on your hands, your phone would suggest making a new social connection or walking to a nearby store to pick up that book sitting in your wishlist. It’s creepy, ambitious and perhaps a bit unsettling that we’d be letting our phones run our lives. Kimera is trying to raise money to build a plug-in for Android and an SDK to start testing its vision. You check out the promotional video after the break and, if you’re so inclined, pledge some cash to the cause at the source.
It’s about that time. No longer just the source of hacking experiments for hobbyists, the Kinect is becoming a platform for real venture-backed companies.
3Gear Systems is a new startup among this wave of companies. The company is building a platform that uses the Kinect or other 3D cameras to detect hand movements and gestures for use with CAD software or in the medical industry.
“We can track the full expressiveness of your hands, your fingers and wrists and use it for applications,” said Robert Wang, who recently finished a PhD at MIT exploring computer vision and human computer interaction.
They have a set up, which costs about $ 330 to put together with parts off Amazon. It includes an aluminum frame that sits on top of your desk, plus two Kinect cameras for stereoscopic vision (you know, like how having two eyes is better for perceiving depth-of-field than one). Kinects aren’t necessary — other 3D cameras will do. But they’re popular and not that expensive.
With this set-up and 3Gear’s software platform, you can detect a person’s hand movements and either show them on screen or use them to manipulate 3D animations. 3Gear’s APIs take the raw 3D visual data from the Kinects and turns it into usable data about the movement of your hands. They’re available in C++ and Java, and C# and Python are coming.
Wang showed me a demo (which you can actually see below) where he put together some type of gun contraption on a computer screen with his hands. There are also medical applications where you can play with a human heart, turning it and going back and forth through it.
So 3Gear’s approach is to build a software platform instead of building one-off apps. They’re launching the company in the hope that other developers will play with 3Gear’s SDK and come up with interesting use cases. The SDK is in beta until the end of next month, and they plan to keep it free for hobbyists and researchers. If a larger company uses it (say one that makes more than $ 100,000 a year), they’ll have to work out a licensing fee on a case-by-case basis.
3Gear is backed by Manu Kumar’s K9 Ventures, Eric Chen at Uj Ventures, former Facebook engineering director and Dropbox VP of engineering Aditya Agarwal and Angellist’s Naval Ravikant.
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Because there’s jackshit on the internet today but a guy who bit a snake, here’s a graphic depicting all our solar system’s planets to scale (come on — would it have killed you to still include Pluto?). As tipster Chris pointed out, all the terrestrial planets could fit comfortably inside Uranus. Inmyanus? The rest of them too. :/
Thanks to Chris, who heard there are people out there that can fit entire galaxies up there.
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Question by : How can I run android apps for new operating systems on old os’? How can I run android apps for new operating systems on old os’ I need this app but it is only for 2.0 devices and mine is a 1.0 device.
Answer by ScσττRΛSC³Well you would have to upgrade it somehow or no app. Simple as that. No other way.
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