Facebook AI’s new algorithms, Navisens announces new technology, and Rackspace going private—SD Times news digest: Aug. 26, 2016

Humans can easily identify objects down to the very last pixel, and Facebook AI Research (FAIR) wants to push its machine vision capabilities and get machines to understand images and objects at the pixel level too. To do so, FAIR has introduced new algorithms and frameworks this week. Recently, FAIR has been designing new techniques … continue reading

Why developers are sitting pretty for IoT

If a flurry of startup activity is any indication, the Internet of Things is upon us. And yes, there are real-world big-money IoT projects out there gaining traction—though they may be outnumbered by hobbyist Arduino mods and IFTTT-connected light switches. However, if you haven’t gotten on board yet, you haven’t missed much. Platform manufacturers are … continue reading

Researchers develop a wireless localizer

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) believe they can make drones safer, homes smarter and WiFi password-free with their newly developed system. The researchers have developed Chronos, a WiFi localizer system that users a single WiFi access point to pinpoint users within tens of centimeters. According to the researchers, current localization … continue reading

Researchers get WiFi to go beyond Internet access

Today, WiFi signals are almost everywhere, and researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) want to utilize those signals to do more than provide Internet access. The researchers have discovered a way to use WiFi to count the number of people in a given area, even when they’re not carrying a WiFi-enabled device. … continue reading

Code Watch: Learning to be a multi-rotor hobbyist

The first thing you learn when you get into quadcopters and multi-rotors is that battery life is a huge deal. No, wait: The first thing you learn is that when talking to fellow hobbyists, instead of “drone,” you should say “quadcopter” or “multi-rotor” or “UAV” (unmanned aerial vehicle). The second thing you learn is that … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: The wisdom of Bob Metcalfe

Washington, D.C. — “It’s not time to regulate and control and tax the Internet.” Those are words of wisdom about Net Neutrality from Dr. Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, held here at the MEF GEN14, the annual conference from the Metro Ethernet Forum. Bob Metcalfe is a legend, not only for his role in inventing … continue reading

Robots use ‘X-ray vision’ to see through walls

Robots can walk, talk, fly and even tell jokes, and now they are adding another special ability to that ever-increasing list: X-ray vision. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have developed a way for robots to see through solid walls using radio frequency signals. “This is an exciting time to be doing … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Support low- and intermittent-bandwidth mobility

We drove slightly more than 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers), my wife and I, during a weeklong holiday. We explored different states in the western United States: Arizona (where we live), Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountains are incredible. Most of our vacation was at altitudes above 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). Many of the … continue reading

MIT Research’s WiTrack has its eye on you (and just you)

New 3D motion-tracking system provides highly accurate tracking through walls … continue reading

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