Archive For April, 2010

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Radioactive Telepresence

How timely!  A couple of months ago the discussion started - "will unmanned vehicles make a transition into civilian use".  I've been taking the stance that since we're talking vehicles - not just aircraft but all forms of non-stationary robot, that it is inevitable.  Even with aircraft I believe it is inevitable, though it may take a little longer for…

Quit Bugging Me: Making Maps

A tool commonly used in embedded debugging is a linker map - a map of where all the symbols are in the runtime image.  These maps are useful as they turn raw addresses reported by some exception stubs (etc) into offsets into the data or text (program routines) in the computer's RAM.  They give you an idea of what may…

More Autonomy In The Science Sector

In a continuing thread of discussions on LinkedIn, we've been talking about robotic craft moving from military use into more common civilian use.  Though many have taken the discussion to be focused on flight, I've deliberately taken a much wider view, defining the word "vehicle" to mean "anything that moves".  By that definition, the Roomba Vacuum is an unmanned autonomous…

Autonomous Ocean-Powered vehicle

NASA Demonstrates Novel Ocean-Powered Underwater VehiclePASADENA, Calif. – NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy.The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle uses a novel thermal recharging engine powered by the natural temperature differences found at different ocean depths. Scalable…