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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Tom Ligon » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:48 pm

TDPerk wrote:" It is worth a mention that the US military entered WWII with some sectors of its tech in really backwards condition "

And some was superlative. The "any gun within range" artillery directing system was a terrible shock to the Germans, as was later the radar fuzed air-burst ammunition.


Dad's specialty was calculating Time on Target. Then they gave his unit two dozen Pozit fuses and that was a sad day for some Germans in Duren. I've written that episode up a couple of times here. But those came late ... Dec 1944 was when they were first used with field artillery. More of them were used for antiaircraft fire, where they apparently increased effectiveness about 5 x over conventional fuses.

The Army did upgrade their howitzers shortly before the war. The new models were excellent, but more importantly, they ditched the horses and pulled them with motor vehicles. My dad's unit, the 967th FA, was one of only a couple of units that pulled their 155's with tracked vehicles.

They approached the war pathetically under-manned and under-equipped, but got production and recruitment rolling fast. The National Guard was pulled in to the regular military in the year preceding Pearl Harbor ... that's what precipitated dad getting promoted 2 ranks and shipped off to Fort Sill to Battery Officer Course.

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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Diogenes » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:18 pm

Honda's Disaster Zone Robot Is a Rescue Hero In Development


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The E2 has five eyes. Two are Hokuyo laser rangefinders. There's also a monocular camera with a synchronized LED flash, a SR4000 time of flight camera, and a stereo camera combined with an infrared light projector. E2 is dustproof, splashproof, can operate between 14 and 104 °F. It cleans itself as it works, keeping dirt from getting its gears, and has what Honda is calling a "segregated cooling structure" that will work fans through the E2's torso.



http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/ca ... bot-e2-dr/
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Tom Ligon » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 pm

I had to look up "Time of Flight camera". What a stunning concept ... every pixel does rangefinding!

Early self-driving cars had a couple of LIDAR units stuck on high corners. $30k a pop, and just gave a 2D picture.

Skynet indeed! Every Terminator needs a pair of these.

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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby ladajo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:48 pm

On a side note, I was at Udvar-Hazy this weekend and had a nice visit with their collection of German & US guided weapons.

They have an HS 298, 239, 117 and Fritz X on display.

Hs 298

Hs 293

Hs 117

Fritz X

In addition to others, they also have the US Bat Radar guided weapon;

Bat Missile
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Diogenes » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:29 pm

Tom Ligon wrote:I had to look up "Time of Flight camera". What a stunning concept ... every pixel does rangefinding!

Early self-driving cars had a couple of LIDAR units stuck on high corners. $30k a pop, and just gave a 2D picture.

Skynet indeed! Every Terminator needs a pair of these.



What I don't like about time of flight cameras is that you expose your position when one is used.


Not a problem for civilian use, but a serious problem if you are making terminators.
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Tom Ligon » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Diogenes wrote:Not a problem for civilian use, but a serious problem if you are making terminators.


But a serious advantage if you're hunting terminators.

With Cylons, listen for the clanking, then shoot at the red light.

I suspect these are being considered for smart cars. Our new RAV4 has radar and a camera in the front, backup camera, and you can get it with rear and side scan radar, too. The radar could be replaced with LIDAR or TOF cameras. But it will be interesting to see if these play well together when you have hundreds of them all pinging at once, either radar (24 GHz or 77 GHz) or infrared. I'm not sure the RAV4 would be welcome if we drove it down to Green Bank ... the 24 GHz band is being replaced because it messes with radio astronomy. Get enough of either of these technologies pointed at each other at a major intersection or across an interstate median and interference is bound to happen.

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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Betruger » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:49 pm

ladajo wrote:On a side note, I was at Udvar-Hazy this weekend and had a nice visit with their collection of German & US guided weapons.

They have an HS 298, 239, 117 and Fritz X on display.

Hs 298

Hs 293

Hs 117

Fritz X

In addition to others, they also have the US Bat Radar guided weapon;

Bat Missile

Cool. Some of the pieces in Phoenix (Mesa or Chandler, I forget) went up to Seattle (?) a few years ago. The first time I went they had closed off displays I'd come for. Next time around they'd shipped out. I was so bummed out. :D That Dora was something else.

One of the daydreams I've had since is to see aging cured so I can spend a good 50 years doing nothing but building old school warbirds for stick & rudder addicts. Late Doras and C model 152's would be near the top of the todo list. Strip all armor and guns out and fix all the crappy slave labor compromises. :twisted:
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