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We’re not sure exactly what the FBI’s standard issue kit consists of, but we imagine it has more than a few bits of secret tech. These screen grabs from this week’s Fringe, however, would have us believe that the rogue agents like to pick up their tabs with what looks like Google Wallet. We can clearly see a Sprint-branded Galaxy Nexus being used to for a not-so-undercover financial transaction. At least it looks like the agents might have had an upgrade since we last saw them around these parts.
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The Real Estate Agents have come to rescue Cape Town music from pop mediocrity and bland, radio commercialism. From the good people that brought you such South African delights as Markus Wormstorm and Sibot; sSHADOWORKSs and African Dope Records proudly present the most real music in the leftfield; organic electronic glitch scratch; free music for free minds – The Real Estate Agents! The mergence of the two Cape Town mix maestros on The Real Estate Agents project has got to be one of the most exciting things to happen in the past decade for electronic music this side left of the mainstream. These two sonic scientists with a fetish for low-fi audio-visual property have both made deeply distinct impressions on the leftfield music scenes both on Cape Town home soil, all across South Africa and even abroad, where their disdain for conventional DJ or production laws has led them to be much hailed and critically acclaimed by the electronic music cognoscenti as more than able contenders in the scratch patch, with a sound that has been compared to a Prefuse 73- Mr. Ozio gang bang! Live, the dynamic duo own their audience, stepping it up a notch as they re-invent the art of performance with some creative DJing, scratching, sampling, tricky turntablisms and live beat manipulation, Sibot’s un-stable turntable adding weighty counter-balance to Markus’s 808-sequenced funky glitch grooves. Using an array of samplers, laptop computers, feedback units and of course, a stack of vinyl …
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Stocking stuffer alert! I never thought I’d be recommending underwear to combat an overreaching government, but this is just one of life’s little surprises. These briefs (and boxers and such) have a fig leaf in the front that supposedly blocks the radiation from those horrible machines… which means it’s probably just woven with some kind of wire-infused thread, or has some tin foil in it.
Sure, you could make your own by just pinning some foil to your pants, but foil-pants don’t make good gifts; this does. Maybe. Also, it’s not clear whether you’ll get secondary or tertiary screening for wearing these things. It’ll only be so long before someone makes a leaf-shaped bomb, I guess.
You can also get a 3-pack of boxer-briefs in patriotic red, white, and blue. Dissent is sexy!
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Principles of Robot Motion: Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)
Robot motion planning has become a major focus of robotics. Research findings can be applied not only to robotics but to planning routes on circuit boards, directing digital actors in computer graphics, robot-assisted surgery and medicine, and in novel areas such as drug design and protein folding. This text reflects the great advances that have taken place in the last ten years, including sensor-based planning, probabalistic planning, localization and mapping, and motion planning for dynamic and nonholonomic systems. Its presentation makes the mathematical underpinnings of robot motion accessible to students of computer science and engineering, relating low-level implementation details to high-level algorithmic concepts.
Mobile robots range from the teleoperated Sojourner on the Mars Pathfinder mission to cleaning robots in the Paris Metro. Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots offers students and other interested readers an overview of the technology of mobility–the mechanisms that allow a mobile robot to move through a real world environment to perform its tasks–including locomotion, sensing, localization, and motion planning. It discusses all facets of mobile robotics, including hardware design, wheel design, kinematics analysis, sensors and perception, localization, mapping, and robot control architectures. The design of any successful robot involves the integration of many different disciplines, among them kinematics, signal analysis, information theory, artificial intelligence, and probability theory. Reflecting this, the book presents the techniques and technology that enable mobility in a series of interacting modules. Each chapter covers a different aspect of mobility, as the book moves from low-level to high-level details. The first two chapters explore low-level locomotory ability, examining robots’ wheels and legs and the principles of kinematics. This is followed by an in-depth view of perception, including descriptions of many “off-the-shelf” sensors and an analysis of the interpretation of sensed data. The final two chapters consider the higher-level challenges of localization and cognition, discussing successful localization strategies, autonomous mapping, and navigation competence. Bringing together all aspects of mobile robotics into one volume, Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots can serve as a textbook for coursework or a working tool for beginners in the field.
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The Robotics Primer offers a broadly accessible introduction to robotics for students at pre-university and university levels, robot hobbyists, and anyone interested in this burgeoning field. The text takes the reader from the most basic concepts (including perception and movement) to the most novel and sophisticated applications and topics (humanoids, shape-shifting robots, space robotics), with an emphasis on what it takes to create autonomous intelligent robot behavior. The core concepts of robotics are carried through from fundamental definitions to more complex explanations, all presented in an engaging, conversational style that will appeal to readers of different backgrounds.
The Robotics Primer covers such topics as the definition of robotics, the history of robotics (“Where do Robots Come From?”), robot components, locomotion, manipulation, sensors, control, control architectures, representation, behavior (“Making Your Robot Behave”), navigation, group robotics, learning, and the future of robotics (and its ethical implications). To encourage further engagement, experimentation, and course and lesson design, The Robotics Primer is accompanied by a free robot programming exercise workbook.
The Robotics Primer is unique as a principled, pedagogical treatment of the topic that is accessible to a broad audience; the only prerequisites are curiosity and attention. It can be used effectively in an educational setting or more informally for self-instruction. The Robotics Primer is a springboard for readers of all backgroundsâ€”including students taking robotics as an elective outside the major, graduate students preparing to specialize in robotics, and K-12 teachers who bring robotics into their classrooms.
Probabilistic robotics is a new and growing area in robotics, concerned with perception and control in the face of uncertainty. Building on the field of mathematical statistics, probabilistic robotics endows robots with a new level of robustness in real-world situations.
This book introduces the reader to a wealth of techniques and algorithms in the field. All algorithms are based on a single overarching mathematical foundation. Each chapter provides example implementations in pseudo code, detailed mathematical derivations, discussions from a practitioner’s perspective, and extensive lists of exercises and class projects. The book’s Web site, http://www.probabilistic-robotics.org, has additional material.
The book is relevant for anyone involved in robotic software development and scientific research. It will also be of interest to applied statisticians and engineers dealing with real-world sensor data.