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MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab visualizes a future of personal air transport (video)

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Even more fun from MIT’s AI laboratory. Graduate student Peng Yu gladly displayed a few flying demos on our go to, controlling an Ar. Drone with a number of techniques, including keyboard, tablet (touch), voice and motion, each naturally presenting their own positives and negatives, in terms of convenience of use and specificity. The latter was definitely the most interesting of the lot, performed by means of a Kinect hack that allowed Yu to direct the flying robotic over a small style town in the middle of the laboratory.

Voice, at the same time, played a vital function in a pc demonstration that keeps in line with a vision from Boeing of a future (some 20 or 30 years out, according to its quotes) where residents use individual planes capable of holding two to four people to, state, commute to work. Talking into the system, the individual basically negotiates with the aircraft, offering a location, hoped for air travel duration and any pitstops to be made along the way. The system in the demonstration readjusted for storms and let Yu know exactly how quickly it thought it would be able to make the run.

Demos of all of the above can be discovered after the break.

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Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard update adds public transport, Apple Maps and iPhone 5 support

Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard update adds Apple Maps integration and iPhone 5 support

Navigon’s gearing up for tomorrow’s huge day by updating its, erm, Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard apps. The rejuvenated software application adds support for the iPhone 5‘s brand-new 4-inch display along with cooking in public transport listings to Cupertino’s currently underwhelming mapping offering. It’s also obtaining the promised “last mile” function to record the location of your auto when completing your journey on foot, sparing you the shame of getting lost in the multi-storey great deal when you return. The company’s providing a $ 10 rebate on its applications if you pick ‘em up before October 3rd, while the in-app purchase of Urban Guidance has been lowered from $ 5 to $ 3 for the exact same duration.

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Nokia Transport comes out of beta, version 2.1 now rolling out

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Last month Nokia released a public beta for version 2.1 of its Transport app, and now the commercial release is finally available. The app makes it easier for Lumia Windows Phone users to use public transportation, letting you search for bus and train routes, along with arrival and departure times. You can also use the app to find the closest transportation option to your current location and there’s an option to pin favorite destinations to the start screen, among other features.

Nokia says that the routes and departure times will be available in more than 100 cities, while over 450 cities will receive estimated route options without timetables. There are plans to increase those numbers in the future. The free app runs on the Lumia 610,…

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Details surface on next versions of Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport apps

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It’s been just a month and a half since Nokia dropped updates to the Drive navigation and Transport public transit apps it created for Lumia Windows Phones, but the company is apparently hard at work on the next versions. WP7forum claims to have new details on the apps and screenshots to back them up. Nokia Drive 3.0 is reported to be able to “learn” your preferred routes as you drive, provide live tiles with live traffic information, manually adjust routes, and change the color scheme based on the time of day. Transport 2.0, meanwhile, is said to support 87 countries, add local search, search history, and performance optimizations. No word on when either update will arrive, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more.

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Nokia Drive, Transport features revealed, not yet heading to a Lumia near you

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Did you think the addition of offline maps was the end of the update road for Nokia Drive? That’s simply not so. After previewing the planned 3.0 refresh for us at Mobile World Congress, it appears Espoo’s drawing closer to a finalized version of the Windows Phone app, bringing with it the ability to learn driving habits, display real-time movement and traffic on the homescreen live tile, as well as allowing users to manually adjust routes. The Finnish company’s Transport app will also be seeing a bump up to version 2.0, letting users see nearby transit options based on their location, transfers and scheduling for 87 countries, amongst other features. There’s no word on precisely when Lumia owners can expect to see this one-two navigation punch hit their handsets, but we’re guessing sooner rather than later.

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Nokia Public Transport for Symbian shows you the way, can’t guarantee a seat

Nokia’s free turn-by turn navigation is great when you’re lost, but what if you need to negotiate an unfamiliar train or bus system? Perhaps Espoo’s new Public Transport app with its journey planning information for nearly 80 cities and urban areas (including London, Helsinki, Austin and Toronto) will see you right. What’s more, you can even save your favorite destinations to the app’s home screen to save a bit more tapping and typing. The app’s only available for those freshly updated Symbian Belle phones right now, but it’s free, and there’s a Lumia-friendly version in the works. Sound like this might take the headache out of your daily commute? Then tap the source link below for more info.

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London Transport Museum apologizes for DSLR ban confusion

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Last month the London Transport Museum drew criticism over its decision to ban DSLRs from tours of the disused Aldwych Station. At the time, it was reported that the museum felt that DSLRs qualified as professional equipment, and were in contravention of the terms of the tour. However, The British Journal of Photography has been told by a representative of the museum that in truth, two other factors were bigger issues. First, since the station has 160 steps with no lift, it felt that having tourists carrying cameras, tripods, and other photographic gear presented a danger, and second that users of more advanced cameras were delaying the tour as they stopped to take pictures.

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Gadgets Week In Review: Transport

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Here are some of the past week’s stories on TechCrunch Gadgets:

Lost In Legoland: A Gazillion Bricks And A Mini Star Wars Geekfest
Terrahawk’s M.U.S.T. Is A Mobile Guard Tower In A Shady-Looking Van
Pico Dolly: A Diminutive Dolly System For Smaller Cameras
Colorio E-820: Epson’s New Photo Printer Is Portable, Comes With Display And Remote Control
New Zelda And Golden Wiimote To Arrive November 20th



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Tank-Tracked Skateboard is ‘Not Dorky’

From the childhood moment when a cop told us kids to take our skateboards and “play on the grass”, I have wondered just what kind of skateboard could ever actually do that. There have been big-wheeled answers over the years, but none so gloriously ridiculous as Bryson Lovett’s Vertrax Skateboard concept.

At its heart, the Vertrax is a two-wheeled platform on which it looks almost impossible to balance. It’s like trying to stand on on single in-line skate, only with both feet. From there, things go downhill fast (presumably literally). A tank-style track loops around the wheels. This is meant to make traveling over rough terrain a little easier, but would do little more than get jammed with twigs and grass within seconds.

There are other oddities, too: Why put a tiny wheel-on-a-stick between board and track to stop the mechanism from jamming when a big rollerblade-wheel would be better and tougher? Still, we like the product-pitch for this powered skateboard. Lovett bills it as “not awkward or dorky-looking [like a] Segway.” So true.

Vertrax Skateboard [Coroflot via Oh Gizmo!]

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Quadrocopters Work Together to Lift Loads, Destroy Mankind

Imagine a giant, deadly robot hummingbird. Now imagine it not with wings, but with four buzzing rotor-blades that work in concert to keep it as steady as a real hummingbird while sipping nectar from flowers. Now, finally, imagine that instead of sipping flowers, the robot beast teams up with other robots to cause the death of the human race (or just to lift some wood).

The video shows a team of these terrifying beasts working together to pick up objects. The quadrocopters are equipped with grabbing hands to lift, carry and drop loads. Because their movements are controlled by computers and sensors, they are capable of incredibly accurate movements and now, in a network, they can haul objects together.

Quadrocopters are basic beasts and therefore cheaper and easier to make than single-rotor machines. Because they can tip themselves up to provide forward propulsion, the rotors themselves don’t need to do anything but spin, keeping them simple.

But forget about the lifting: it’s nothing more than a fancy coin-op grabber-hook fairground trick. The real menace is that these things now move in coordinated swarms, and will soon, no doubt, be able to hunt and destroy weak, fleshy humans just like an eagle toys with a mouse before swooping down mercilessly. Be afraid.

Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors [TheDmel/YouTube via Engadget]

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