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Robotics

Drones Underwater, Drones on Wheels (Video) 15

Posted by Roblimo
from the drones-above-and-drones-below dept.
Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems seems to be primarily in the business of selling aerial 'copter drones ranging in price from sub-$100 up into $1000s. But there they were at the 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show), showing off a submarine drone and a wheeled drone. These products don't seem to be on the company's website or even on their Facebook page quite yet. Jon McBride, the person manning their CES booth, told Timothy these products would be around soon, as in February. But it looks like a bit of extra patience is in order, although you can contact Jon through the company's Facebook page (his suggestion) if you have an urgent need for an underwater or wheeled drone for your business or government agency -- or even just for fun.

Comment: Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 52

by Phreakiture (#49182947) Attached to: US Air Traffic Control System Is Riddled With Vulnerabilities

And you can guarantee that that fiber can't be tapped between the end points? Just because a network is isolated from the Internet doesn't mean it's completely secure.

It won't be necessary to tap the fiber. Some moron will plug their smartphone in to their computer to charge it and that will be the end of the airgap.

Comment: Re:thoughts (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49180875) Attached to: I owe Bill Dog continuation, Prius Hack ideas

Yes. Of course, I bought mine second hand- I let the first owner pay for their "clever programming".

I do note that many of my wished for hacks *did* eventually appear, in the 2012 model year, with a variety of body types.

And that we're now down to about $3000 for the plug in and additional battery capacity modification. Parts anyway, labor extra.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 410

I won't beleaguer the point, but you need to be slapped on the ass with a dictionary.

beleagueredbeleaguering\-g(-)ri\ transitive verb 1: besiege 2: trouble, harass beleaguered parents, an economically beleaguered city

Sorry, how were you going to beseige, trouble or harass the point about needing to be slapped on the ass with a dictionary? I'd like to see how that works.

Comment: Re:thoughts (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49176603) Attached to: I owe Bill Dog continuation, Prius Hack ideas

1) That might be part of my problem- I have had trouble to adjusting to the "light touch" needed for proper prius hypermiling video game playing. I have always been a bit of a leadfoot, and so I do have a problem with rabbit starts.

3) Yeah, that's probably the reasoning. I use it in 25 to 35 zones all the time though, and it really increases my mileage numbers, but that's related to my comment 1 above.....

7) that would take a heck of a jumper cable to deliver the 273 volts and who knows how many amps to spin M1.

And thanks to looking that up, I found this Emergency Response guide which does not say what to do if you run out of gas in a prius.

Here's a bit on what a hassle bricking a prius by running out of fuel + electricity is- nobody in America has done it yet, but I could easily see somebody accidentally leaving the car turned on when parking it (I've done it myself) in which I give it about a week before it's dead.

Music

A Versatile and Rugged MIDI Mini-Keyboard (Video) 54

Posted by Roblimo
from the Willy-and-the-poor-boys-playing-that-MIDI-can't-be-beat dept.
The K-Board won a "Best in Show" award at CES 2015. Plus, as Timothy said, "I always like pour and stomp demos." And it's totally cross-platform. If your computer, tablet or smartphone has a USB port and (almost) any kind of music software, it works. In theory, you could hook a K-Board to your Android or iOS device and use it to accompany yourself while you sing for spare change on a downtown corner. Or noodle around to get a handle on a theme you'll use in your next major symphony. Or...?

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