Self Driving Robots Threaten Delivery Industry

Julie O’Keefe, a 67-year-old woman living in San Francisco, recently got a delivery from a tiny robot. It pulled up to her house in San Francisco and inside were the pastries she had ordered from a local bakery. This robot is part of a recent test by a company known as Starship Technologies. They have developed a line of autonomous robots that can deliver orders to customers on demand. The company is located in both London and Estonia but has satellite offices around the world. Their purpose is to have robots fulfill the final part of home deliveries.

Starship Technologies has been testing in Europe for a while now. The encountered millions of pedestrians along their journey and the robots handled their job with precision. They are now penetrating the U.S. market. The robotic couriers will get their goods from a logistics hub near the home they are delivering to and then deliver it within a 2 mile radius. Through a partnership with Mercedes Benz, the company is even loading robots into a Sprinter van that will help the robots get to their destination faster. This plan could save customers in select areas a lot of money and allow them to get their goods for under $3.

Starship Technologies was founded back in 2014 by the founders of Skype. Their names are Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla. Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft for billions of dollars and so they two men have a lot of funds for investing in companies. The two men love robots and they also worked on developing a robot that could collect rock samples from the moon. They used this same technology to create their autonomous delivery robots. The bots can use camera, GPS, proprietary map technology, and special software to navigate the world around them. It is planned to have the robots aid senior citizens who have severe mobility issues in the near future too.

Brad Templeton is an advisor working for Starship Technologies. In a recent interview, he commented that there are many boomers who are retiring and they have needs this robot could help to fulfill. It will also be economical for them. You can read more about the autonomous robots here in an article from Business Insider.

Chinese Telescope Searches The Universe For Life

There is a new player in the search for Alien life. China completed the world’s largest telescope not long ago and it has been a source of great excitement. The telescope is a massive 500 meters in diameter and its total area is the size of 30 American Football fields. It will possess more power than ever before to detect life from distant planets.

According to Douglas Vakoch, the president of METI International, the Chinese telescope will be able to see further in space than all other devices invented. It will also get the job done faster. METI is a nonprofit that is devoted to looking for alien intelligence. The Chinese telescope is located in southwest China in the mountains. It will officially begin its operations on September 25th. Amongst astronomers, the time when a telescope becomes active for the firs time is called “first light. This first picture of the universe taken by the telescope is thought to be special.

The telescope is named FAST for Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. Its field of vision is nearly twice as large as ARECIBO which was built in Puerto Rico 53 years ago. Its true that Russia has a system of telescopes named RATAN that are 600 meters in diameter but they are not a single device. It took a very long time to find the right place to build FAST. The total cost of the project was $185 million and construction began in 2011. It is composed of more than 4000 triangular panels all networked together. The structure can never be moved but its panels can be adjusted.

The surface can be manipulated to point at certain spots in the sky. There is a network of ropes made from steel that use hydraulic push and pull to change the configuration of the telescope. The telescope is located in the province of Guizhou in China and it is just one of more than 400 locations that scientists looked at when considering where to build it. It took 10 years of surveying to find just the right spot. The valley where it is built has the perfect egg shape to protect the telescope from radio interference and the walls of the surrounding mountain help. You can read more about the FAST telescope here at Business Insider.

Advancement In Communications Technology

Phones have advanced far beyond what we believed they would. For one thing, phones were only used for talking in the beginning. However, technology and software have brought phones to the point where one could play games, watch television and watch movies on. The picture quality is amazing and the sound quality is much greater as well. With phones, people can surf the internet and do some shopping. This and other activities make cellphones very important devices for people. Now it is common for people to have cellphones on them at all times when before, telephones were reserved for the home.

Among the things people could use smartphones for is making money. There are a lot of business transactions that could be done over the mobile phone. With the use of smartphone technology, people could do a lot more things with their technology. While a lot of people use smartphones for entertainment, many people could also use smartphones for education and even business purposes. To top it off, this is just the beginning of mobile technological advancements. People are finding ways to make their lives mobile. Therefore, they will be able to work where they want and how they want with mobile phone technology.

Among the advancements that make smartphones so popular are cameras. Not only do many mobile phones have working camcorders, a lot of them have the capability of recording high quality and video and taking a high quality images. Some of these images rival that of professional photography. To top it off, there are post production apps that people with devices such as the iPhone camera can use in order to enhance their photography.

Among the recent developments for image recording technology is Pictar. Pictar offers many more buttons to the iPhone camera which include three control wheels and a shutter button. These buttons will allow you to zoom in on the picture and take on quite a few different functions. Communications technology has definitely come a long way for people.