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Maine company makes history building nation’s first firefighting robot

maine company makes history building nation’s first firefighting robot

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Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro designs and builds robot that helps fight massive fire in downtown Los Angeles

WATERBORO, Maine — At Howe & Howe Technologies they build things. 

They build extreme vehicles for Hollywood movies—fast and powerful ones for the U.S. military, and helpful ones for first responders and people with disabilities.

Powerful technology that is making a difference and making history.

“It was all over the news last week, national news, LA fire department uses robot for the first time in fire. Guess where that was? Right here in Maine,” Geoff Howe, CEO of Howe & Howe Technologies, said.

Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro is where brothers Mike and Geoff Howe have built robotic vehicles for decades. Twelve years ago, they designed one that could help fight fires.

“Let’s take this unmanned technology and let’s give firefighters a tool that can help save lives,” Michael said.

Howe and Howe’s two remote-controlled firefighting robots, RS1 and RS3, can unleash a lot of power. 

“The RS3 can deliver 2500 gallons a minute of water so that’s [equivalent] to about 8 firefighters,” Howe & Howe’s product manager of small robotics Paul Ford said. 

“There’s also cameras mounted on the nozzle itself [which] move. …

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Oregon-based robotics startup acquires millions in investment – Vanguard

oregon-based robotics startup acquires millions in investment – vanguard

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Agility Robotics acquired $20 million from investors in their latest investment round co-led by California investment collective DCVC and venture fund Playground Global, according to their latest press release. This new investment pool will allow the Albany, Oregon-based robotics startup to increase production numbers of their highly-celebrated bipedal robots designed to work alongside humans in logistics, retailer and manufacturing environments.

Agility was founded in 2015 on the backs of 11 years of robotic development at Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory by Carnegie Mellon graduates Dr. Jonathan Hurst and Dr. Damion Shelton. One of their earliest models was the ATRIAS robot, a bipedal robot that made headlines in 2015 for being the first bipedal robot to accurately reproduce human gait. ATRIAS was able to withstand physical force, such as kicks and impacts, without falling over. 

Their next model was the Cassie robot, also developed in the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory. Cassie was a massive leap forward in bipedal locomotion in comparison to ATRIAS. It was around this time Agility was formed from the team that worked on Cassie at OSU, existing as a subsidiary of the university, which still owns a part of the company to this day. Agility sold and distributed Cassie models …

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‘The grief is immeasurable’: Robert Redford mourns son James, requests privacy

‘the grief is immeasurable’: robert redford mourns son james, requests privacy

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The documentary filmmaker, environmentalist and health advocate had suffered from liver disease for more than 30 years, the Associated Press reported. Diagnosed in childhood with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare autoimmune disease, he had received two liver transplants in 1993, according to People.

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Will Global Privacy Control Protocol Succeed Where Do Not Track Failed?

will global privacy control protocol succeed where do not track failed?

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Do Not Track was an effort years ago to get web publishers and online sellers to implement a voluntary protocol that let visitors opt out of personal data sharing, and notified them when they did so. All web browsers support it, but the publishers and online sellers themselves opted out of the program. Now some of the same groups have created the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a protocol that focuses more narrowly on letting website visitors opt out of the sale of their personal data to third parties for commerce purposes.
The coalition includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Firefox creator Mozilla, as well as major publishers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Where it may succeed this time is in the context of the passage of consumer data privacy acts GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California in recent years. Rob Shavell, CEO of Abine, who was involved in Do Not Track and is also a participating in Global Privacy Control, discusses the prospects, what’s ahead and why merchants should get on board.

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NJ Gov. Murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

nj gov. murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is conditionally vetoing two bills expanding the usage of police body cameras in the state — citing cost and privacy concerns.
Murphy wrote Monday in a conditional veto statement that while police body cameras are a “wise public investment,” he couldn’t approve one of the bills, S-1163, which would require cops to wear body cams at all times with few exceptions, unless departments that can’t afford them could be exempt.
“Acquisition, deployment and use of this technology is not without cost, however, which has discouraged some police agencies from embracing this valuable law enforcement tool,” Murphy wrote, adding that more than 35,000 local, county and state officers would be compelled to wear the devices under the legislation.
A survey by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in September found that more than half of law enforcement agencies statewide currently do not use body cameras, Murphy said.
That means if passed as currently configured, the bill would require up to two-thirds of the state’s law enforcement community to be outfitted with the devices — a “laudable goal” that could cost up to $55.8 million, Murphy said.
“Unfortunately, the funding mechanism provided in this legislation is insufficient to …

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READY Academy all geared up to upskill any worker in robotics

ready academy all geared up to upskill any worker in robotics

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READY Academy all geared up to upskill any worker in robotics

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The benefits of using universal collaborative robots

the benefits of using universal collaborative robots

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The benefits of using universal collaborative robots

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Ivacy VPN & Startpage Collaborate to Strengthen Internet Users’ End-to-End Online Privacy Experience

ivacy vpn & startpage collaborate to strengthen internet users’ end-to-end online privacy experience

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ivacy VPN, a leading VPN service provider, and Startpage, the world’s first and most private search engine, today announced a partnership that adds Startpage as a private search option when Ivacy users make a virtual private network (VPN) connection through the Ivacy app, giving them a truly holistic private online experience.
Ivacy VPN and Startpage, both founded over a decade ago, share a focused and deep commitment to online freedom and privacy. By providing VPN users the ability to search privately with Startpage, the two companies offer an end-to-end private online experience to users who are already deeply privacy conscious as well as those seeking the right tools to browse the internet more freely and securely.
“Startpage offers results which people have become more accustomed to i.e., Google,” said Alan Martin, PR Manager, Ivacy. “This new partnership has the potential to lead to an increased privacy and security for internet users who choose not to share their browsing habits with anyone.”
Neither Ivacy nor Startpage track users’ IP addresses, log browsing data or sell user data to third parties, ensuring users remain protected and anonymous while surfing the internet and giving them total control over …

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Robotic kitchen startup YPC raises a $1.8M seed round

robotic kitchen startup ypc raises a $1.8m seed round

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Montreal-based YPC Technologies today announced that it has raised a $1.8 million seed round. Led by Hike Ventures and Real Ventures, the funding includes participation from Toyota AI Ventures and Uphill Capital, among others, designed to help the company pilot its kitchen robotics technology.
Toyota’s funding came as part of the company’s “Call of Innovation,” which finds it investing in early state AI, robotics and other cutting edge technologies. “At TRI, we’re always searching for ways to amplify human ability and help improve quality of life,” TRI’s Gil Pratt said in a statement. “Through the call for innovation, we got a first-hand look at how startups like YPC Technologies are addressing the needs of people in urban communities, and we’re encouraged and excited by their efforts.”

Robotics and automation generation has been a fairly hot category for VC investment, amid the on-going COVID-19 shut down. Food robotics, in particular, have been a focus. And it makes sense, certainly. After all, providing people with sustenance is about as essential as services get. The startup’s solution is built around a robotic arm that can prepare recipes with a variety of different ingredients — similar to other models we’ …

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Reese’s sending out robotic Halloween door that dispenses hands-free treats

reese’s sending out robotic halloween door that dispenses hands-free treats

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While some towns are all but nixing Halloween, Reese’s is hoping to bring safe trick-or-treating to neighborhood doorsteps.

The company is sending out a remote-controlled robotic door to roll through neighborhoods and dispense king-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

When it shows up, kids only have to say “trick or treat” to get their candy.

“This Halloween is unlike any other, so we’ve upped the ante on creativity as a result,” Allen Dark, Reese’s senior brand manager, said in a statement. “A robotic Reese’s dispensing door is just what the world needs right now!”

The door works using a remote control from 5,000 feet away. A built-in Bluetooth speaker activates once “trick or treat” is said, prompting a king-size Reese’s candy bar to appear in the mail slot.

And it’s tricked out to make its arrival known by the “smoke, lights and epic Halloween soundtrack,” the company said.

“What can we say? We like to make an entrance,” Reese’s said.

The Centers for Disease Control has warned against door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween, saying it poses a high risk of spreading the coronavirus.

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