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Uber Technology Drives Into Portland

Uber technology and the company’s automobiles are making their way to Portland, OR. The company doesn’t have the best history with the city, but that won’t stop Portland from becoming the first U.S. market where Uber will push a set benchmarks for electrifying its fleet.

For the Portland version of Uber Electric, a program that the company rolled out to London last year, the ride-hailing company will team up with Drive Oregon, a partially state-funded nonprofit that seeks to get more electric vehicles on the road. With a combination of incentives and educational initiatives, Uber aims to make 10 percent of its Oregon fleet electric by 2019, statewide. Right now, the company says that 100 of the 6,000 active Portland Uber drivers use electric vehicles, so it has a lot of work to do.

To reach its 10 percent goal, Uber is pursuing a range of local collaborations. The company will work with Portland’s Black Parent Initiative to expand electric vehicle access to underserved communities, Cynergy E-Bikes to connect UberEATS couriers with electric bikes, and Arcimoto, an Oregon-based EV company. Uber is expected to use its auto-lease subsidiary Xchange Leasing to offer in-house deals to drivers wishing to get behind the wheel of an EV.

Uber stated about its mission in the city, “The City of Portland has also adopted some of the nation’s most aggressive measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Uber Electric will help Portland and the state of Oregon achieve these important clean energy goals.” Uber isn’t the only alternative transportation company going electric in Portland. Late last year, the city became the second market for BMW’s ReachNow, a Zipcar-like service with a focus on electric vehicles, and a previous initiative by Car2Go sprinkled electric smart cars onto its rainy streets all the way back in 2012.

In a world where a quarter of cars could drive themselves by 2030, Uber’s decision to take two years to recruit a few hundred EV drivers is more incremental than revolutionary. Still, it shows that the company is implementing both long and short-term strategies for rethinking transportation, even in the midst of one of the worst PR crises the tech industry has ever known.

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New Technology: Robot Pizza Delivery?

The pizza company joked about driverless delivery robot technology back in 2015. The food delivery robots are coming! Remember the “Domi-No-Driver” campaign? Domino’s has joined hands with Starship Technologies to begin using its “personal delivery devices” this summer in Hamburg, Germany. If all goes well there, Domino’s and Starship intend to bring robot pizza delivery to the Netherlands as well.

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Starship’s devices have the look of a self-driving food cart, rather than some science fiction humanoid. They travel on six wheels at an average speed of 4 miles per hour, and can carry just over 40 pounds. In Hamburg, the robots will deliver pizzas within a one-mile radius.

Starship is facing significant competition in the prospering market for “professional service robotics.” Competitors range from fellow startups like Marble to established players like Boston Dynamics. The International Federation for Robotics (IFR) forecasts that between 2016 and 2019, logistics businesses will have begun using at least 175,000 robots to provide their services. That compares to UPS’ global fleet of around 100,000 trucks today.

Launched by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis in 2014, Starship Technologies also recently inked food delivery partnerships with DoorDash and Postmates in the US. But Domino’s has yet to offer pizza delivery by robot here. Many retailers and restaurants are waiting to see how robot delivery tech shapes up, but also how the rules for using these devices are set in the US market. Virginia, and as of this week Idaho, allow delivery by robot today. Other states and federal US laws are still to be determined..

Domestically, Domino’s has offered other tech-enabled and entertaining ways to buy a pie, including by Tweeting a pizza emoji to @dominos, or requesting delivery from drivers of the Domino’s DXP “ultimate pizza delivery vehicle,” a modified Chevy Spark. In New Zealand, Domino’s has also begun delivery by drones in a partnership with Flirtey.

Indeed, tech has become an international marketing gimmick for Domino’s. But learning what works, and doesn’t, in the next wave of logistics tech could spell serious cost savings, and not just near-term buzz, for any major restaurant chain that delivers. After all, robots may need maintenance, but they don’t call in sick unexpectedly or hop between employers like the people they could displace.

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Drone Technology: Racing Drone That Reaches 70 Mph

Drone racing technology is becoming more and more popular with teams, television networks, and sponsors getting involved in on this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming, and even drone-racing simulators. Vendetta, team BlackSheep’s drone kit, is a first-person-view drone that might be one of the finest options.

This drone is unlike most consumer-grade drones for two reasons. The first reason; that it has a top speed of almost 70 mph. The second reason; it can be operated with a headset that basically gives you a bird’s-eye view of the world above, seen through the eyes of Vendetta’s forward and bottom-facing cameras. A first-person view controller exists for the Vendetta (costing almost $250), turning it into a FPV drone where you will see whatever the drone sees during your high-speed flight. This option is recommended for the full drone pilot experience.

Flying drones in NYC is illegal, but if you have watched any famous vlogger from the city use drones in their videos, they have most likely done it regardless. However, the Vendetta is no ordinary drone. Pilots in leagues fly up to 70 mph. It is suggested to practice in an open space at first. After repairing from previous test flights, most of the battery life was spent flying 50 feet up and then landing quickly just moments after. TBS praised the Vendetta for being exceedingly durable due to a carbon fiber body, however, the antennae and propellers are rather sensitive. They broke after a several hard landings.

For its professional races, Team BlackSheep creates custom flying profiles for its drone pilots, as well as a kit that includes tools, a backpack, battery charger, and spare blades. By default, however, TBS includes three flight modes: vertical, acrobatic, and horizontal. Surveying the area in vertical mode, several flips in acrobatic mode, and seeing a dog chase after the drone in horizontal mode was all the information needed to know that the Vendetta was a well-built machine.

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New Technology Feature For Ipad Pro Artists

The iPad Pro is a new technology tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its new technology software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

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Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

The iPad Pro is tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

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Introducing New Technology: Peeqo, The GIF Talking Robot

Abhishek Singh created the Peeqo technology after graduating from NYU’s ITP program. He learned a lot about the future of computing. During his time at the university he fell in love with hardware and programming work. This is a robot that replies only in animated video clips (GIFs).

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Singh said, “I’ve always been fascinated by robots and I built this as part of my thesis at ITP. One of the reasons I wanted to build this bot was because I feel a lot of the conversation on social robotics today centers around their inability to express emotion or to be relatable. I love GIFs as much as every other person and they’ve become a universal language of sorts on the internet and beyond, capable of depicting almost anything from emotion to information. Often a GIF just says it better.”

Peeqo has a narrow vocabulary but is a surprisingly great communicator. He does standard stuff like google searches, can turn off your lights, and load up Spotify. Almost every interaction is followed by a unique GIF. You can play music and even start his camera so he can record your unique voice as you realize GIFs are now a type of communication. Singh said, “Peeqo sits at the intersection of three things I really love: building things, animated movies, and GIFs. I definitely drew a lot of inspiration from Disney and Pixar during the design process to reach his final form.”

Singh is the founder of a 360-degree video startup called Svrround. He created the robot after integrating the hardware and engineering education he received at the university. He refers to Peeqo as the “love child of Amazon Echo and a Disney character.” It is obvious that as we wander further into the the future of robots, Peeqo will become all too familiar. While I can’t imagine Google responding with a Whiplash GIF it is easy to envision your desk robot telling you to get back to work when you’re slacking off.

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