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September 19, 2007

LOTD for September 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 3:29 pm

Think-A-Move has created robots that allow robots to be controlled through vocal commands, keeping hands free:
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2007/October/RobotCont.htm

The same technology could be used for vocally-controlled wheelchairs:
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/tongue-kung-fu/wheelchairs-could-be-tongue+controlled-+-just-like-my-favourite-button-274152.php

Lots of news about the air Strike by Israel to destroy an alleged nuclear facility in Syria (being set up by North Koreans):
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123666

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article2461421.ece

http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/17/2034301.htm?section=world

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5huUBnG1swmDpqMV6Kk7vOIuZ0dzA

Israel used the F-15E (they bought 21 of them for just over $2 bil) for the raid, specially modified (by Elisra) for Israeli needs:
http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/f-15i/F-15I.html

Very interesting story about the analysis being done on IEDs:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/post.html#more

US Air Force unveils its micro UAV:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2006/08/15/208395/us-air-force-batmav-micro-uav-details-unveiled.html

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2007/09/05/2912198.htm

US Army bought 3000 small robots (for $280 mil) from Robotic FX to clear caves and search for explosives in the warzone, iRobot claims Robotic FX stole its stuff:
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=3040081&C=america

Bad news that the counter-IED jammers have been so successful that now Iraqi IEDs have gone so low-tech (copper wires) that they are not detectable anymore:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/iraq-diary-jamm.html#more

Officers don’t have to tour the battlefield anymore…they can take “virtual tours”:
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3a94cc2e1f-da56-4628-b4c7-abdc1d916aa2

The FCS UAV family includes the Organic Air Vehicle (OAV), it can become a sentry for troops:
http://www.defense-update.com/features/du-2-04/mav-oav.htm

DARPA and the Air Force signed a MOU on a project to build a hypersonic vehicle that takes off and lands like an aircraft (HTV-3X, called the Blackswift). $1 bil for 2 prototypes is pretty pricy…no wonder why the Air Force resisted signing on. The Blackswift is supposed to do a barrel roll at Mach 6 for no real technical reason…Tony Tether decided he wanted it to be able to do so:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/blackswift-is-b.html#more

Video of why soldiers stay way behind when robots try to disarm IEDs:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/video-fix-ied-1.html#more

Israel-based InRob Tech plans to use its advanced military wireless and remote control systems for civilian applications. Their first product is a new hot water heating control unit (can be programmed to provide specific quantities of hot water at specified times of the day):
http://www.inrobtech.com/news_details.asp?id=47

Digging robot based on the European mole is being built by researchers to try to seek out survivors at disaster sites:
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn12657-mechanical-mole-could-seek-out-disaster-survivors–.html

Apple’s new Video Nanos broke existing hacks and locked out Linux users…for a few days until these hackers cracked Apple’s code:
http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/09/new-ipods-lock-.html

British perspective on the announcement that O2 will have the iPhone in the UK…O2 must have been really desparate because they apparently agreed to give Apple *40%* of the call revenue from the iPhone! 40%!!! No wonder Vodafone passed on the iPhone!
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=41893&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

WiFi-enabled BlackBerry also has GPS capabilities:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/new-blackberry-8820-t-hits-hot-spot-wi-fi?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

IBM announced a system-on-a-chip breakthrough for multi-band cell phones, reducing cost, heat, power, signal loss, and dropped calls if it works:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/realitycheck/archives/2007/09/ibm_announces_s.html?source=NLC-REALITY&cgd=2007-09-19

12 governors sent an open letter to Congress requesting that the H-1B cap and the green card cap be raised:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/realitycheck/archives/2007/09/12_governors_ca.html?source=NLC-REALITY&cgd=2007-09-19

Microsoft is pushing Silverlight to compete with Adobe’s Flash:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/realitycheck/archives/2007/09/microsoft_guns.html?source=NLC-REALITY&cgd=2007-09-19

Big problem raising capital for satellite companies…apparently, the satellite sector’s investment money has been invested in subprime loans, which are tanking now:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=41889&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

Google is rumored to be looking to make a 3G Gphone–if they do 3G at launch they will use Qualcomm chips, if they do EDGE at launch TI will be used:
http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/story/google-now-mulling-3g-for-gphone/2007-09-19?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Google introduces Gadget Ads…draggable between websites:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003642647

GodTube is the fastest growing internet site in the US:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=41892&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

Longest phone call lasted over 40 hours!
http://www.phoneyworld.com/newspage.aspx?n=2990

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