The OCU Pros Report Vol. 14                                                                           May 2011


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!

War and Depth: Why your Robot Needs 3D         

Learn about 3D technology and how it improves the operation of unmanned systems.

Full Article Here


Onboard pilot optional with Northrop’s Firebird 

An impressive aerial ISR platform designed for both civilian and DoD markets.

Full Article Here


iRobot’s New Throwable Baby Surveillance Bot  

The article includes an action-packed video, picture gallery, and an interesting debate in the comments section.

Full Article Here

Hummingbird UAV Video                                        An amazing video of an extraordinary lifelike micro-UAV. You’ll never look at birds the same way again.

Full Article Here


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