Welcome to Cyber Dump number 31. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
Ohmnilabs posted a video on Youtube, showing you how to create a low-cost vacuum pickup tool for surface mount components and electronic circuit design. Pretty cool.
Ricardo Ferro also put out an interesting video showing off his Pi Zero Prism project, which is basically a DIY Google-Glass type head-mounted computer. He's also created a detailed hackaday project page if you're interested in learning more.
Google launched the Quick, Draw AI experiment. It's a neural network which uses some of the same technologies as handwriting recognition software, but goes further, learning how we draw certain objects.
Disney's Imagineering department has been testing out their new drone swarm tech for upcoming light shows. There's something that fascinates me about swarms of drones, and I wonder if we'll be seeing more stuff like this in other areas of life soon.
Lockheed Martin also showed off their firefighting, and search and rescue drones recently. The system they unveiled pairs a smaller drone for overwatch and visuals, with larger autonomous helicopters that can take the data and act on it.
The Field Robotics Laboratory in Japan also uploaded a video of flying and wheeled drones working together to achieve tasks.
Santosh Mathan from Honeywell Aerospace has developed a brain controlled interface that can fully control the steering of a plane. Seems like a bit of a gimmic, but interesting to see BMI's being used outside of computer labs.
A world war two veteran was given the chance to revist some places were he fought during the war with the help of virtual reality. I've got a feeling this kind of thing will be used more and more in old peoples homes in the future.
There's also good news for those of us who don't want to shell out thousands on a VR rig. Facebook and Oculus say they have created a new technology called "asynchronous spacewarp" which apparently allows VR machines to work well a lower framerates, and without the usual nausea that comes along with that.
Anders Brownworth made a great Blockchain 101 video, explaining the concepts behind how bitcoin's blockchain works, and how blocks identify and link to each other.
The second video is a mini documentary about the doomsday seed vault located in a mountain in the arctic. It contains a physical database of all plant genes on earth in case of disaster. Not really tech-heavy, but interesting nonetheless.
Alright that's it for this week. I've been working on a few new videos, so look out for them soon. Thanks for watching.