1. Atopet Automations releases the first prototype Nigerian Robot As Traffic-Controller


This 12Vdc powered, traffic-directing robot gets the attention of anyone around. Conceivably, astronaut’s images of space explorerdesigns might come to mind, attracting drivers’ perceptions thereby preventing from loss of focus and deterring drivers from pushing proper limits of the traffic stream. The robot has a dual control scheme in order to direct traffic as well as pedestrians. A similar robot currently in operation at Kinshasa, the capital city of Congo, has replaced two live police officers with developer engineer Isaie There are two giant solar robots in order to direct traffic and pedestrians. Visit http://cleantechnica.com/2014/02/05/congos-solar-powered-robot-traffic-controller/.

More details coming soon at www.atopetautomations.com


2. Phoenix AUV Completes Initial Search for Missing Malaysian Flight 370


Phoenix International Holdings finished side-scan sonar search operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 using the company’s Artemis AUV, a variant of the Bluefin-21, after starting its mission mid-April. 

The Phoenix project team sent the vehicle to 5,005 meters of seawater, which is the deepest depth achieved by a Bluefin-21 AUV. Artemis spent over 370 hours in water and searched approximately 870 square kilometers (250 square miles) of the bottom while gathering side-scan sonar data.

The Artemis is part of a multinational effort from 26 countries to search for the missing aircraft and is supporting the U.S. Navy under its multiyear Undersea Operations contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving.



3. Robot tests on nuclear sites as UK ramps up research

Robots could soon be roaming over decommissioned nuclear sites and abandoned coal mines in the UK to test their ability to work autonomously.

The UK could lead the world in robots


4. The Driverless Car Tipping Point Is Coming Soon


A row of Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, on May 14, 2014.

Here's a recent prediction from Cisco's technology trend watchers: In 5 to 7 years, it'll cost us more to drive our cars than to let them drive us.

At a moment when Google dominates the conversation in key auto tech sectors — capturingattention in May as it demonstrated its cars' latest driverless acumen, in terms of mapping, sensing and responding — two reasonable questions emerge: How would driverless cars cost us less to use, and how close are we to commercially available models on our roads?


5. Mobile Phone Mavericks

IEEE Fellows helped ring in the age of cellphones

By KATHY PRETZ 7 July 2014


This article is part of our series highlighting IEEE Fellows in celebration of the Fellow program’s 50th-anniversary year.

Four IEEE Fellows helped make possible the pocket-sized communications devices that many people now find they can’t live without and to do so built the first-generation cellphone network.