Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


SRI Durus humanoid walking robot is ultra-efficient

SRI Durus humanoid walking robot is ultra-efficient

DARPA has been sponsoring all sorts of robotics challenges, including the Robotics Challenge course where the robots are supposed to do things that a human would normally do in an emergency. That isn’t the only challenge that DARPA has put down for robot designers. At the same time the DARAP Robotics Challenge course is being transverse by robots, another challenge is underway.

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Nissan and partners to give second life to EV batteries

Nissan and partners to give second life to EV batteries

Nissan has been making its all-electric Leaf car for a long time and one of the big concerns when it comes to aging EVs is what to do with the battery packs after the vehicle is no longer fit for the road. Nissan and 4R Energy have partnered with Green Charge Networks to give old battery packs from EVs a second life in commercial energy storage. Nissan has conducted several research projects to find ways to use the battery packs outside of the vehicle.

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Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

There are a lot of reasons why you might not want people to have access to your search traffic. Maybe you are looking at a disease or medical condition you have, or perhaps you just don’t want people to know how often you search for cat videos online. Whatever the reason, Bing has announced that it is moving to encrypt all search traffic by default making what you search for much more secure than it was in the past.

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Samsung “The Safety Truck” has screens on the back

Samsung “The Safety Truck” has screens on the back

Samsung does a lot of hauling items in Argentina and operates a large fleet of big rigs within the country. Argentina has a high incidence of traffic fatalities, according to Samsung a person dies in a traffic accident every hour within the country. Of those traffic accident fatalities, 80% of them happen on roads and the majority of those on road accidents are from people trying to pass.

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Range Rover 4×4 gets remote steering for off-road and tight parking spaces

Range Rover 4×4 gets remote steering for off-road and tight parking spaces

The vast majority of people who purchase a Range Rover will never take the capable 4x4 vehicle off-road. Range Rovers are designed to make their way over just about any off-road terrain and on the off chance they do end up off-road, sometimes you need a spotter so you don’t end up stuck or damaging the vehicle. Range Rover has unveiled some cool remote control technology that will allow the driver to control the vehicle from their smartphone.

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Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Virgin America announces Android powered Red in-flight partnership with Panasonic

Long flights on airlines can get boring, but in the last few years, flights of all distances have become more bearable thanks to in-flight WiFi and other niceties in the air. Virgin America has a cool in-flight entertainment system called Red that it has offered since 2007. Along the way, the system has been updated with new features and capability. While some airlines only offer their high-end in-flight infotainment systems on a few aircraft, the Virgin Red system is available fleet-wide.

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