The World! Now in 3D!
Recent issues of OCU Pros have discussed how the user interface might be affected by increased autonomy and situational awareness (Part 1, Part 2).
One user interface change that we should consider is adding a third dimension. After all, if robots work in a 3D world, shouldn’t the interface that we use to control them also be 3D? OCU Pros discussed this with Dr. David Chenault, President of Polaris Sensor Technologies. Discover what this expert had to say in “War and depth: Why your battlefield robot needs 3D.”
In other OCU Pro news, Northrop Grumman unveils Firebird, an aerial “Optionally Piloted Vehicle.” The real option is for them to sell it to DoD as unmanned and to the domestic air market as manned. IEEE Spectrum gives us a first look at iRobot’s “Throwable Baby Surveillance Bot.” The comments section is surprisingly heated. My favorite was the clarification by the article’s author that: “… this is not, I repeat NOT, a robot designed for surveillance on throwable babies.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you simply must check out the amazing video of AeroVironment’s hummingbird UAV, posted on AMREL’s corporate blog.
Finally, in non-robot news, here is a link to military jokes (some of which are tasteless) about recent events in Pakistan.
See you next month!