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"Driver-Less" Future

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May 13, 2013
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The future will be "driver-less." This week's TECH24 looks at autonomous vehicles and the future of transportation. And in TEST24 we check out a very smart scale… Smart Body analyzer does weight and body fat readings, measures heart rate, and detects air quality!


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AP (May 22, 2013) — It's the ultimate in a paperless future - a scanner that reproduces digitally. Japan's technology giant, Fujitsu, has been showcasing their vision of the future in Tokyo.
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The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

FORA.tv (Oct. 4, 2013) — The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory California Academy of Sciences - African Hall Why go fast? Compared to moving slowly, the advantages seem obvious: find food first, forage more widely, and escape more rapidly! But, in the water, being speedier incurs huge energetic costs, with moving a little bit faster skyrocketing the amount of fuel you need. This trade-off between speed and energy propels the evolutionary race for fish, robots, or sailboats: you have to find ways to go faster with ever-greater efficiency. Over generations, the evolutionary race can produce biological and engineering surprises: distantly related fish and boat hulls that have similar streamlined shapes, materials and construction techniques that manage to both stiffen and lighten bodies and hulls, specialization of propulsive systems, and constraints on making turns and tight maneuvers. While the evolutionary processes employed by nature and engineers are similar, there are important differences in how fish or boats are built. For both kinds of designers, the laws of evolution and physics interact to create and constrain the drive for speed. Dr Long will discuss how robotics research lab studies fast fish! A book signing will follow the talk for Dr. Long's latest book titled Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.
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Flying Car Could Roll (Fly?) Out in 2015

Flying Car Could Roll (Fly?) Out in 2015

Newsy (Oct. 16, 2013) — A "Back to the Future"-style model is still about a decade away, but a light aircraft you can park in your garage and drive to the airport is close.
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One Year After Sandy, Mini-Drones Seen as Storm Warning Solution

One Year After Sandy, Mini-Drones Seen as Storm Warning Solution

Reuters (Oct. 17, 2013) — With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy fast approaching, scientists say they are moving closer to developing more effective early warning systems for future storms. Engineers at the University of Florida are building small autonomous companion vehicles that fly into and under hurricanes to provide real time data about their intensity and track.
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