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Your Roomba wants to sell your home’s map

Earlier this week iRobot CEO Colin Angle shared with Reuters that the data collected by iRobot devices (such as Roomba) over the years may eventually be shared with third parties. Even though iRobot’s robotic vacuum cleaners are not as smart as R2-D2, some of the high-end models, such as the $900 Roomba 980 robotic vacuum cleaner, are known to contain sophis
Publish At:2017-07-28 14:20 | Read:3146 | Comments:0 | Tags:Family Safety Technology IoT robotics smarthome

British navy sends robots to sea in military exercise

The Royal Navy is testing just how much robot craft can do by themselves in military exercises off the British coast.Operation Unmanned Warrior 16 is a chance for allied nations and the defense industry to show off their latest maritime autonomous systems, as part of a broader military exercise called Joint Warrior."Fire and forget" torpedoes capable of
Publish At:2016-10-14 16:40 | Read:3353 | Comments:0 | Tags:Robotics Government IT Security

'Mayhem' takes first in DARPA's all-computer hacking challenge

In the first head-to-head hacking competition of autonomous computers, a system developed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner.Mayhem, a high-performance computer running an autonomous system, beat six other competing machines in the finals of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge in Las Vegas on Thursday.Mayhem was develop
Publish At:2016-08-05 14:55 | Read:4693 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Government IT Internet of Things Robotics Hacking

Drones have potential for industrial sabotage

Industrial facilities should be on guard against drones. Even off-the-shelf versions of the unmanned aircraft could be used to disrupt sensitive systems.On Wednesday, Jeff Melrose, a presenter at Black Hat 2016, showed how consumer drones could do more than just conduct aerial spying. The flying machines can also carry a transmitter to hack into
Publish At:2016-08-04 02:25 | Read:3571 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Vertical Industries Robotics

Dallas PD turned robot into IED to get sniper

When Dallas police officers were under fire during a deadly sniper attack last week, it was a nearly 4-foot-tall robot that took out the suspected assailant.It's believed to be the first time that police have used a robot to kill someone, taking the technology from a passive role, such as capturing images or video of a crime scene, to an active a
Publish At:2016-07-12 05:35 | Read:2773 | Comments:0 | Tags:Robotics Security

This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions -- from radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones  --  but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution that's much more elegant.Guard From Above says it is training birds of prey to attack drones, taking advantage of th
Publish At:2016-02-02 00:15 | Read:2165 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Consumer Technology Robotics

This Japanese security drone will chase intruders

Security guards in Japan have a new tool to deter intruders: a drone that will chase down and follow people without human intervention.Made by Secom, Japan's biggest security company, the drone goes on sale Friday to organizations that need to protect large parcels of land. It will launch whenever suspicious cars or people are detected on the property by
Publish At:2015-12-11 06:25 | Read:3253 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Robotics

US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

A U.S. government agency will start its third attempt to develop voluntary privacy standards for an emerging area of technology, this time with a series of meetings on drone privacy scheduled to begin Aug. 3.The U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration has already hosted similar discussions on mobile app privacy and facial recognition p
Publish At:2015-07-14 07:45 | Read:3066 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government Regulation Federal Regulations Business Security

Robot apocalypse unlikely, but researchers need to understand AI risks

Recent concerns from tech luminaries about a robot apocalypse may be overblown, but artificial intelligence researchers need to start thinking about security measures as they build ever more intelligent machines, according to a group of AI experts.The fields of AI and robotics can bring huge potential benefits to the human race, but many AI researchers don’t
Publish At:2015-06-30 17:35 | Read:3246 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Security Robotics Science

Secom security drone follows, photographs intruders

If you think drones are more than slightly creepy, wait until you meet one that will autonomously follow you and record video.Japanese security company Secom is launching a drone that will automatically launch when an intruder is detected and follow him or her while sending video to human supervisors.The sleek silver quadcopter was shown off this week at the
Publish At:2015-05-22 18:20 | Read:3881 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Security Robotics Science

Japan's Alsok to launch warning system for unwelcome drones

Burglar alarms could soon incorporate drone-detection technology if a new service from a Japanese security company is anything to judge by.Tokyo-based Sohgo Security Services, also known as Alsok, plans to introduce a system that can detect incoming drones by listening for the signature hum of their rotors.The service could be aimed at government entities, c
Publish At:2015-05-14 07:35 | Read:3839 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Security Robotics Science

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