Archive for March 22nd, 2007

Team Lux readies Volkswagen Passat TDI for DARPA Urban Challenge

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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“Although a fair amount of entrants into DARPA‘s Urban Challenge flank their vehicles with hordes of less-than-attractive sensors, we’ve been quick to forgive such atrociousness due to the complexities involved in cruising around sans a driver. Ibeo-led Team LUX, however, is looking to add a dash of style to this year’s (now lucrative) competition, as its Volkswagen Passat TDI wagon touts a clean exterior, three “laser scanners” for complete 360-degree perception, and amazingly, not much else. Apparently, the trio of uber-capable modules are all that’s needed to keep the car under control, and while we’d typically doubt such bold claims, the 11-member team has quite an impressive resume in the autonomous vehicle department. Still, the minimalist approach will probably face some stiff competition, and although we’re certainly not experts on design, we still think the Wolfpack’s Lotus packs a bit more sexy.
via (Engadget)

Micromouse Madness – This video is NOT sped up

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Apparantly this is an old video, but my lord, look at these bots go!!

Want to build your own? We sell this similar micromouse chassis below.

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Segway Centaur

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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via TechEBlog

The Segway Centaur is a concept that “combines proprietary dynamic stabilization technology with advanced propulsion and suspension systems, and an intuitive user interface to create a unique four-wheel device that is easily controllable on two or four wheels.�

Much more Segway info after the jump.

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(Video) Touchless Touchscreen

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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via TechEBlog

Here’s a first: a touchscreen display you don’t actually have to touch. Basically, users swipe their hand from a distance of up to 15cm away and the built-in sensors translate that movement into a command — like flipping pages, etc. Continue reading to watch a demo.

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