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Pretty cool, but similar video filters have been around a long time--this is an incremental advance, not a leap.
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Spot is shipping to customers now!

Also, Atlas can do parkour!

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<snip> Also, Atlas can do parkour!
The Russian judge only gave him 5.8!


I'm not as informed as the rest of youse guys: is the "balancing" (waving the arms, bending the knees, etc.) programmed, or is it "natural" (happens because of whatever gyroscope is mounted in his chest(?)?
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A little of both, I think. My guess would be that the gyroscope indicates in what way the chassis is unbalanced and the AI then manipulates the chassis to get the gyroscope to "zero". An AI would then remember and try to improve the balancing sequence until it was generally optimal so that that subroutine could be accessed whenever the gyroscope indicated the chassis was unbalanced.

At least, that's how I'd approach the problem.

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Cirque de Soleil is thinking about incorporation Spot into their shows!
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We can now print out boats. Yes: boats. 25 foot long, 5000 pound sea-worthy boats.

But they aren't done:
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The 3D printer, which can gobble up 500 pounds of plastic polymer pellets per hour, is already proving useful as demonstrated by the patrol boat.

But the university hopes to make it better.

A $20 million research collaboration with the Oak Ridge lab will focus on using bio-based thermoplastics reinforced by cellulose-based materials to create a 3D printable material that’s strong, durable and recyclable, Dagher said. If it works according to plan, the printer will be able to quickly produce items like molds for boats or concrete casks that could be recycled afterward, he said.

The composites center also received $500,000 from the Maine Technology Institute to help Maine boat builders explore how large-scale 3D printing can provide the industry with a competitive advantage.

The printer itself cost $2.5 million with additional funding going toward installation, commissioning, and material testing, with most of the funding provided by the U.S. Army.
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In addition to the boat, the university used the printer to create a mold for a bridge girder and a communication shelter for the Army.

As for the boat, it was the first thing printed by the university, and it was created in one solid piece during a nonstop printing over 72 hours. It cost about $40,000 to produce.
Imagine the military bringing a couple of printers and a bunch of pellets and simply making boats, housing, furniture, etc. all to order when it's needed.

Ships could be smaller, because they wouldn't have to transport as much empty space. Materials could be re-used when something broke or was otherwise no longer needed. Fewer repair personnel needed. And think how fast it would be to occupy someplace if you had a factory or two that could make almost anything almost instantly.
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Drone delivery service has begun! (1:17 video)

AP story here.
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Susie Sensmeier received a purple winter vest she ordered from Dicks Sporting Goods delivered by a drone to her front yard. The 81-year-old said she never thought she’d see something like it.


“I didn’t think I would live that long or it wouldn’t come in my lifetime, I’m thrilled,” she said.
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Well, the revolution has begun.
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I don't have an Alexa, but I guess it's only a matter of time before my other devices are infected, huh?

I have baseball bats.
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Double post; it's taken over my computer; run for your lives!!
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VW has made a gonk droid.
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Adam Savage gets a hold of spot.
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If they don't program this song into it, there's no justice in this world.

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WOW! Just WOW!

From following this thread, I expected Spot (when he fell off the rocks the first time) to holler, "What the F*&#, Kevin Adam!"
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3D Printing Is Changing the World is a 12:31 video; I highly recommend watching it.

Here's some of the featured things so y'all know what you'll be seeing:

Printing human skin, including ears.
Printing metal for small objects.
AIs designing and printing metal objects that look like they have organic origins.
New and freaky materials to work with, like things that react to moisture or sunlight.
Printing metal for extremely large objects (like a rocket fuel tank)
Printing and then recycling the material… in space!

In a nutshell, 3D printing is already changing the way we develop and manufacture things, and it's about to explode into normalcy.

ETA: Bonus! Adam Savage has set up his Spot as a Rickshaw puller!

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That is just too cool! You know who needs to be in that rickshaw? Abby Sciuto! In full Goth regalia!
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Who is Abby Sciuto? I've never heard the name.

ETA: Googled the name. Not sure why a fictional character needs to be in Goth costume and in the rickshaw, but hey, w/e.

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