Remember the floating training remote
in Star Wars? Some people have done DIY versions of the remote
that can levitate
on your desktop. However, leave it to NASA to create the real thing and call it SPHERES: Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites
: robotic bowling balls (OK, 18-sided polyhedron satellites
) with autonomous propulsion, power, avionics, software, communications, and metrology subsystems, that fly freely
in the ISS
. First tested in 2006, they have been upgraded
with Android smartphones
, which makes them (for now) the less terrifying item in Google's growing robotic arsenal
posted by elgilito
on Aug 3, 2014 -
For eight hours a day to Oct. 13, Facebook and Twitter users can log on to the Melbourne Remote Control Tourist
website and "control" two
volunteer explorers with helmet-mounted streaming video cameras. Users can check out the explorers' Instagram feeds, track their locations using Google Maps or FourSquare and ask them (via a tweet or Facebook) to visit certain places, check things out or even sing a song. via adage [more inside]
posted by doogyrev
on Oct 9, 2013 -
"We finally flew our first thermal camera flight yesterday afternoon. About 10 seconds after launch my co pilot looked at the screen and said something like, 'We now have our very own predator drone'"
A rice farmer in Louisiana had a real problem, feral pigs were coming out of the woods at night, into the rice fields, tearing up his crops and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The only solution is to bring in hunters to shoot the pigs.
Hunting feral pigs
in waist high rice plants, in the dead of night, is very difficult. You have to be within 10 feet of them to shoot them and it can take hours to stalk them down. So the farmer calls his brother, an Electronic Warfare engineer who flies RC airplanes as a hobby
$5000 worth of electronics, including a $4500 infrared camera
, are installed on a $80 model airplane, and the Dehogaflier is born!
posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 18, 2011 -
A Tragedy of Errors.
On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan and American eyes in the sky were watching. "The Americans were using some of the most sophisticated tools
in the history of war, technological marvels of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech wizardry would fail
in its most elemental purpose: to tell the difference between friend and foe." FOIA
of US cockpit and radio conversations and an interactive feature
provide a more in-depth understanding of what happened.
posted by zarq
on Apr 10, 2011 -
functions as a living and working environment, solar powered, and able to support 3 people for up to 40 days. Avowedly utopian in its objectives
, the insulation/isolation strategy aims to achieve total independence from social conditions in order to create a reflective space. [more inside]
posted by circular
on Jun 14, 2010 -
Honk if you've missed a payment
A disgruntled former car dealership employee was arrested in Austin for bricking 100+ cars using a dealer-installed debt collection black box. Made by Pay Technologies
, the system allows the dealer to disable a car’s ignition system, or trigger the horn to begin honking, as a reminder that a payment is due.
posted by letitrain
on Mar 18, 2010 -
Looking to found your own Independent Republic of Metastan? Land is hard to come by,
and barring sudden volcanic activity
they're not making any more of it. The Law of the Sea (1982)
says that the ocean can't be claimed, and Outer Space Treaty of 1967 puts the moon off-limits.
But your fledgling nation still has a couple of choices of unclaimed land parcels:
between Egypt and Sudan,
and Marie Byrd Land (lower left)
in Antarctica. [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Nov 13, 2009 -
meticulously catalogs radio controlled and flywheel powered cars made by East German (DDR) toy makers such as Presu, Elmes, MSW, Anker, Piko, Gevo, Plasticart and Sommermeyer.
posted by riffola
on Jan 7, 2008 -
Drive Me Insane!
Want to send a man to the asylum? Paul Mathis's site allows you to control his lights, lava lamp, remote control car, and allows you to follow him around his Texan home camera by camera and microphone. I turned his lights on and off about ten times, so I've already had my fun. ;-)
posted by wackybrit
on Sep 22, 2002 -
A Novel idea.
"Remote Sensing...provide service on remote sensing and its application to the satellite imagery map, as a core service system of remote sensing in Korea." This is just .01% viewing area of most countries' spying capabilities.
posted by wantwit
on Oct 26, 2001 -