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Primer-V2: The first robot that drives a bicycle

Posted: 15 Nov 2011 03:56 AM PST

We don't need to remind you that robots can do all sorts of amazing things, and after the robots that can sing and walk, we have the first robot that can drive a bicycle on its own.

Dr. Guero, also known as Masahiko Yamaguchi, created Primer-V2 robot, and unlike other robots that we saw, this one is capable of driving a bicycle on its own, almost like a human. Although this robot probably isn't the fastest bicycle driver, and it can only achieve speed of 10kmph, it's probably the only robot that is capable of doing that. In order to keep its balance, this robot is using data from a piezoelectric angular rate sensor and thanks to that data it corrects tilt with the handlebars. Although this robot uses automatic balance, when it comes to determining a direction, it has to be controlled remotely at all times.

Primer-V2 is one of a kind robot, and we hope that we'll see similar robots in the future.

[via CNET]

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New YouTube UI will bring better Google+ integration

Posted: 15 Nov 2011 02:40 AM PST

As you've probably noticed, Gmail has got a new user interface, and Google had already updated the Google Reader's user interface, so it's no wonder to see that another Google's service is getting a new UI, and after Gmail and Google Reader, it's YouTube's turn.

It seems that Google is testing the new YouTube user interface, and according to the reports, there are some significant changes. As for the changes, we know that YouTube will get a better Google+ integration, allowing you to see video content that your Circles have shared to Google+, and you'll be also able to get recommendations from your Circles. Besides better integration with Google+ there's a new left column dashboard sorts your Subscriptions, featured videos, and recommendations. In addition, homepage has changed and the content on your homepage will be displayed in a single column, while focusing on larger preview images for the videos. Other changes include improved fullscreen button, and enhanced recommendations that will be easier to navigate.

As you can see, there are several major improvements, but so far, we don't know when will we see a new YouTube user interface, but we hope that we will see new UI soon enough.

[via Ubergizmo]


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