Four short links: 30 June 2017

Jumping Robot, Exactly Once, Pocket Negotiator, and Science-Based Games

By Nat Torkington
June 30, 2017
Four short links.
  1. Salto, the Jumping Robot (IEEE Spectrum) — two little thrusters are able to control Salto-1P’s yaw and roll: When they’re thrusting in different directions, the robot yaws, and when they both thrust in the same direction, the robot rolls. Combined with the tail, that means Salto-1P (which only ways 98 grams) can stabilize and control itself in three dimensions, even in mid-air, which is what allows it to chain together so many jumps.
  2. Delivering Billions of Messages Exactly Once — using Kafka and RocksDB to build a “two-phase architecture” to give the commit and rollback needed.
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  4. Pocket Negotiator — TU Delft’s software will collaborate with you in your upcoming negotiation to make it a pleasent experience ending in a good deal. The Pocket Negotiator can be used for preparation (training session), to support during actual negotiations and for mediating support.
  5. Science-Based Games Lista collaborative notepad with educational/science games—i.e., games that are: capturing parts of real scientific phenomena (including social science, medicine, etc.), and actually playable (you can play them for fun, not ones “for classroom only”).
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