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Jasiek 2008-04-23 18:13

IRB 340 FlexPicker
The fastest assembly tape robot in the world, sorting buns and sausages....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuDvVa7mkw

This Robo-Tortoise thing is cool too :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOhNdiATIg

I hate the fact that they don't make full size stuff like this... only keep it "toy size"
DAMN IT WE NEED MORE GIANT ROBOTS! :mad:

Darkflame 2008-04-23 18:59

wow...that thing is insanely good at packing sausages.

(and thats a sentence I never thought Id say).

Jasiek 2008-04-29 22:36

The crusher.

A tank-size autonomous army robot.

Darkflame 2008-05-01 13:52

Funniest Example of AR I have ever seen;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd0rCu3teb8
(must see! Its brillent)

ChaosFish 2008-05-01 14:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darkflame (Post 349294)
Funniest Example of AR I have ever seen;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd0rCu3teb8
(must see! Its brillent)

Wow so awesome! :D

Jasiek 2008-05-02 00:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChaosFish (Post 349299)
Wow so awesome! :D

No! Tank robot acting like humans is awesome! :mad:

ChaosFish 2008-05-02 00:13

Yep, would be cool to have robots walking around in your personalized AR world. But till that happens this portal thing is cool enough! Now if only there was a way to make this playable...

Jasiek 2008-05-02 00:32

Oh I don't care for AR robots, that's not really something impressive to create a CGI robot. REAL and working robots with advanced AI crashing REAL stuff are awesome.

Darkflame 2008-05-02 01:04

AR can make robots look nicer though.

Jasiek 2008-05-05 02:53

If someone remembers the festo Air-Manta Ray

Here's something even more mesmorising, the Festo Air-Jelly fish!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_citFkSNtk

The era of lighter then air vehicles is just beginning :D!

http://airshipworld.blogspot.com/200...rough-air.html

Darkflame 2008-05-06 14:50

Pretty darn cool stuff.

Jasiek 2008-05-14 20:58

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/

hmmmmmmm

Kobold 2008-05-14 21:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 350499)

I'm sceptical about that, not only because it's by Microsoft.

ChaosFish 2008-05-14 21:26

I just installed it.
I know everything that has "Microsoft" on it is meant to be hated, but this one is actually pretty awesome. It's not only for astronomy fans, that actually also operate as a Google Earth clone.

Looks better than Google Earth (smoother, nicer interface), cooler effects (if you zoom out enough, you see the Earth cloud layer)...

Microsoft sucks, but some of their products are good.

Edit: Wow! Mars, Moon, Jupiter, more... all look so real and awesome.

Lupin 2008-05-14 21:52

Interesting, especially as I'm currently working in a company that makes a similar software. I wonder if my boss knows about this.
I don't see why this is in the Hi-tech thread though, this is not revolutionary... Especially when you know the means and money microsoft has, they could have used better images and made a better engine.

Jasiek 2008-05-14 22:00

Well, there isn't really a thread for "current tech", and frankly this one is enough I guess.

Homeless 2008-05-15 12:32

Hi-tech does not necessarily have to be something revolutionary in the sense that the technology is new and ground-breaking. :> Hi-tech and revolutionary can mean quite a lot of things, I'd say.

Darkflame 2008-05-15 14:14

Hi-tech is just a relative term based on are current average technology.
Id say "Hi-tech" does have to only be possible thanks to lots of other technologys however.

In many ways a new, successfull "Low-tech" invention can be just as clever precisely because it could have been done ages ago, yet its only now someone thought of it.

For instance;
I recently come accross a genius way to carry Pizzas from a take-away shop.
Instead of a back, it was a strip of plastic with holes cut so the pizza stayed upright and it was comfortable to hold.
Technology was no more advanced then a plastic bag...exact same material.
But by cutting it differently a smart "low tech" solution was formed.


So Id say the term high-tech does restrict things to be "advanced" in the sense of technological complexcity.
But we shouldnt let that restrict the content of this thread.
Cool stuff with existing tech applys just as much.


As for that microsoft thing, its neat, but I still prefer my trusty Celestia ;)

Darkflame 2008-05-26 00:49

MARS PHOENIX LANDING SOON! (20 minutes)

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

Darkflame 2008-05-26 11:07

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Landing was completely successfull.

First images of the icy ground nearby;

ChaosFish 2008-05-26 11:33

They really think they can find biological life there?

Darkflame 2008-05-26 14:43

Best place to look, as its near confirmed water.

To be more precise, they are looking for signs of biological activity at some point, not nesscerly present day.
The probe is designed to very slowly dig down, analysing each layer as it goes.

On earth, ice near the polar regions is very good at containing a historical record of the planets atmosphere.(and thus the degree of biological activity over the biosphere)
I'm guessing they are betting on mars being the same.

Zerath^ 2008-05-26 15:01

What if they would bring some rocks home that contained a extremely dangerous virus that would kill mankind :)

Echomote 2008-05-26 15:02

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Originally Posted by Zerath^ (Post 351669)
What if they would bring some rocks home that contained a extremely dangerous virus that would kill mankind :)

Then they'd have found a lifeform!

Bot13 2008-05-26 15:33

You sir, are an optimist.

RGaspar 2008-05-26 16:18

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Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 348497)
DAMN IT WE NEED MORE GIANT ROBOTS! :mad:

Like this??

ChaosFish 2008-05-26 16:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zerath^ (Post 351669)
What if they would bring some rocks home that contained a extremely dangerous virus that would kill mankind :)

Not a bad point.

Jasiek 2008-05-26 16:46

I sincerely doubt that virus would even be compatibile with earth life, different aminoacids an all(if it even have those). It would most likely not even notice we're there, like windows based viruses in a unix based system. Thanks for the pics Darkflame, I couldn't sit yesterday after the landing to wait for the first photos to come in :( Shame :(.

Darkflame 2008-05-26 16:50

Well, to start with it isnt bringing anything back....thats a later probe.

Secondly, plenty of material from mars has hit the earth already from a historical viewpoint (ie, millions and millions of years).
So anything would have had to be a recent evolution, or very old. So nothing could possible have evolved to be suitable against our planets lifeforms.

Thirdly, any samples brought back would be incredibly well contained to stop us containminating it.
Theres already concerns that anything we find on mars might have been brought there by the same probe that detected it :p

Jasiek 2008-05-26 16:59

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Originally Posted by Darkflame (Post 351691)
Secondly, plenty of material from mars has hit the earth already from a historical viewpoint (ie, millions and millions of years).
So anything would have had to be a recent evolution, or very old. So nothing could possible have evolved to be suitable against our planets lifeforms.

Or perhaps we're the Martians...


Someone might ask how would life survive a joy ride on apiece of steaming rock, imagine they found bacteria on the moon, brought there by the apollo misions, after the bacteria found themselves in an earthly environment they started reproducing like mad again.

There are bacteria that feed on radioactivity, to that point that they can bloom in a jar, wich has gotten brown from the radiation.

ChaosFish 2008-05-26 17:38

If Mars exchanged materials with Earth in the past, it might be very likely that there's biological lifeforms on mars.

Jasiek 2008-05-26 18:36

If mars and earth exchanged life more often, they might even have their periods at the same time. If mars however is a man, then maybe the moon....

:eek:
* Jasiek just uncovered a weird truth about the solar system

Darkflame 2008-05-26 19:25

Well, the moon did come from the earth :p
--
The life-seeding idea is rational and well support, if still not likely in an absolute sense.
(after all, whatever the chance of life starting on earth, its going to be more then the chance of life appearing elsewhere AND hitchhiking too us)

That said, theres plenty of bacteria that are durable enough to stand the extreme conditions required.
Luckly for us durable dosnt nesscerly mean aggressive :p

ChaosFish 2008-05-26 21:54

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Originally Posted by Darkflame (Post 351711)
(after all, whatever the chance of life starting on earth, its going to be more then the chance of life appearing elsewhere AND hitchhiking too us)

Why?

ChaosFish 2008-05-26 21:55

By the way, talking about stellar love...
http://pbfcomics.com/archive_b/PBF041-Sun_Love.gif

Jasiek 2008-05-27 00:26

It's mobile telephones everyone!

Darkflame 2008-05-27 13:59

Reminds me of the Only Fools And Horse's eppisode with the mobile phone. :D
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Originally Posted by ChaosFish (Post 351724)
Why?

Because probabilitys multiply.

So, lets say the chance of something developing on a planet is 1/100.
Then the chance of something jorneying and surving that jorney is, say, 1/10
then the end result would be (1/100) x (1/10) = 1/1000.
So that would be 1/1000 rather then 1/100.

The only time it would be more likely for mars to seed the earth would be if coniditions on mars to develop life were much better then earths in the past.
Certainly not impossible, but we dont have any evidence for that as yet.

ChaosFish 2008-05-27 14:10

We don't actually *know* how the procedure that generated the first bio form happened, correct me if I'm wrong. And we sure don't know the chances. So it could be that the chances of life developing on a planet are so low, that it would be more likely to have happened elsewhere.

Darkflame 2008-05-27 16:03

We dont know for sure, allthough theres a few good theorys.
Hydrothermal vents still seem a good bet to me.


And we certainly dont know the odds. We have a sample range of just 1.
Its like rolling a 6, when you dont know how many sides the die has :p

But still, regardless of odds, all things being equal, it would be the same odds on mars as earth.
Replace the 1/100 with 1/10000000000000 and it would still be less chance to have formed on a world then it would be to have formed on a world and traveled.

So while the chances of live swapping between worlds might be quite high, its equaly and more likely to have started to earth and then spread out then visa-versa.

That is, unless conditions elsewhere were better then early earth. Which is something we dont know.

Of course, it could be argued it is more likely to have formed elsewhere purely because "everywhere else" has, in total, been around longer then the earth.
But that logic probably wouldnt apply to mars, but more on a gallactic scale....and with those mind-blowing distances life seeding between planets is a heck of a lot less likely.
(sure, lifeforms might survive a hundred years in space...but hundreds of thousands? and then actualy hit another planet?)

I see life-swapping within a solar system, but not between them basicaly.

(of course, a third possiblity is life evolving in space itself. Maybe some gas clouds having some sort of basic life evolving. That would increase the chance of spreading)

Darkflame 2008-05-27 16:09

http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2...st-image-ever/

http://www.badastronomy.com/pix/babl...enix_chute.jpg

O_O

That was taken as it was landing

ChaosFish 2008-05-27 17:09

I'm not sure I understand why that picture is so incredible. :? We already know it landed, and we already know we have satellites at Mars. So... what?

Homeless 2008-05-27 17:17

I believe it's got something to do with not being able to fathom or grasp what this all means until one is presented with evidence. Evidence enough to prove that something like this has really happened. Evidence that clearly shows the process undergoing a state of happening - at the very moment the photograph was taken.

Personally.. I, as ChaosFish, don't find that particular picture very fascinating.

Jasiek 2008-05-27 17:45

wow

Darkflame 2008-05-27 18:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChaosFish (Post 351787)
I'm not sure I understand why that picture is so incredible. :? We already know it landed, and we already know we have satellites at Mars. So... what?

Its a picture taken by one spacecraft that has been orbiting another planet for a few years. This craft is orbiting at a incredibly fast speed, and they managed to get it in the correct position to take a split-second snapshot of precisely the correct region while another spacecraft is just landing also perfectly on target.
In this case, they had a margin of error of just a few seconds.

Its hard to imagine from just the picture, but its kinda like playing golf and hitting a hole in one, while another golf ball flys directly over the first golf ball and takes a photo just as the first one is going into the hole.
That is, if golf balls could take photos.
I suck at analogys :p
But trust me,getting this picture is pretty amazing.

The photo itself tells us nothing new, thats true, its just cool that they could do it.
I'm guess it would have been a more important photo if Pheonix didnt land as planned, as it would have helped to tell them why.

Jasiek 2008-05-27 18:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChaosFish (Post 351787)
I'm not sure I understand why that picture is so incredible. :? We already know it landed, and we already know we have satellites at Mars. So... what?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bad Astronomy
Think on this, and think on it carefully: you are seeing a manmade object falling gracefully and with intent to the surface of an alien world, as seen by another manmade object already circling that world, both of them acting robotically, and both of them hundreds of million of kilometers away.

Never, ever forget: we did this. This is what we can do.

This is good, for starters.

ChaosFish 2008-05-27 18:22

Darkflame's explanation is better :p

Darkflame 2008-05-28 22:39

New image;
http://spaceflightnow.com/mars/phoen...hwestcolor.jpg

They are very slowly going to start moving the arm today/tommorow, and apperently hope to start digging during next week.

ChaosFish 2008-05-28 22:45

So cool! This reminds me of a scene from Photopia.

Jasiek 2008-05-30 00:20

Exoskeletons:

http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/tec...8_exoskeleton/

http://www.cyberdyne.jp/English/robotsuithal/index.html

ChaosFish 2008-05-30 07:03

I want an exoskeleton! Where can I buy one? And is there a color choice?


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