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10.29.14 Kidscreen
Amazon gets in the spirit with holiday toy list
In the innovation section, wearable technology such as the LeapFrog LeapBand and VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch were mentioned alongside some robotic toys like SpinMaster's Zoomer Dino and MiP, the friendly robot from New York-based WowWee.

10.29.14 Everything Robotic
The Robot Report's 2014 Holiday Gift List
Product: MiP Balancing RobotManufacturer: WowWeeFor: Kids 8 and older Availability: Amazon and WalmartComment: This is a fascinating robotic achievement. It is equipped with gesture sensing technology: any hand motion controls MiP. MiP is short for "Mobile Inverted Pendulum." It is controlled from its app on smartphones or tablets. It also has an immersive personality and responds to praise or mistreatment. All the while this 10 inch little robot is balancing on two wheels.

Robot invasion: Tech fuels the latest toys
Nominated for a "Last Gadget Standing" award at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), WowWee's MiP ($99.99) - which is short for "Mobile Inverted Pendulum" - is a 10-inch tall robot you can control with a free app (iOS and Android) or through hand gestures and voice commands. Or simply let it discover its surroundings in the autonomous mode.

10.29.14 Consumer Electronics
Toys"R"Us Reveal 'Top Terrific 20' Christmas Toys
The best sellers, published by ToysRUs, include everything from an £8 Minecraft figure to a £400 electric gokart. The two hottest dolls are expected to be Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from JAKKS Pacific, Inc. based on the blockbuster movie and interactive My Friend Cayla, an app-connected doll who can walk, talk, read stories, play games, answer thousands of questions, and even help with homework.

10.29.14 PC Magazine
WowWee MiP
MiP is a robot with emotions and it wants to play with you. At least, that's what WowWee is trying to convince you of with the toy's many audio responses and interactive games. MiP (short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum) actively interacts with you while rolling around on its two rubber wheels. This lovable robotic buddy will move around, spin-dance to music, and express its own emotions with shouts and groans. At $99.99, it's a reasonable price to pay for an autonomous robot

10.29.14 the Real Stanlee
AN INTERVIEW WITH WOWWEE interviews WowWee Chief Technical Officer Davin Sufer

10.29.14 U~T
UCSD toy appears on 'Big Bang Theory'
A tiny toy robot largely developed at UC San Diego made the big time -- for a few seconds, anyway. There was a scene in the October 20th episode of CBS' "Big Bang Theory" in which the robot known as MiP could be seen on a table as the cast gathered to talk and cajole. (Look for the small dark thingie). As cameos go, it was pretty brief. But it's likely that MiP was noticed by lots of people. The episode drew more than 16 million viewers.

10.29.14 U~T
UCSD explorer struggling in Amazon
UC San Diego engineer Marc Meyers and Emmy Award-winning Del Mar filmmaker Jeffrey Lehmann are traveling on the River of Doubt in Brazil, retracing the path that Theodore Roosevelt followed a century ago. Meyers and Lehmann are sending periodic dispatches to the U-T from the jungle. This dispatch was received on Oct. 27th, and was written by Lehmann.

10.29.14 U~T
Engineering propels UCSD to record enrollment
UC San Diego's enrollment has soared past 31,000 for the first time, a record driven mostly by student interest in job-rich fields such as engineering and computer science. The official enrollment for this year's fall quarter is 31,502 students, which is 1,192 higher than the previous peak -- and that was set just last year. One of the largest jumps came from the Jacobs School of Engineering, which grew by 418 students to a record 8,636.

10.29.14 U~T
'Tantrum-proof' baby dishes on way
Children won't stay still. But their food will. Well, maybe. A so-called "stay put" food plate is being introduced by San Diego inventor-entrepreneur Karen Weiss Kart, who just finished a successful round of fundraising on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website. Kart collaborated with UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering on Adi, a plate that babies won't be able to swat off the table. There's a suction cup on the bottom of the plate that keeps it in place.

10.27.14 San Diego Metro
ARCS Foundation Awards $232,500 In Fellowships for UC San Diego Grad Students
Dustin Richmond, a third year graduate student in computer science and engineering at UC San Diego, builds complex computer hardware systems with the power to process large data sets -- such as the data involved with DNA sequencing. In his first year, Richmond worked with technology company Cognex to design an ultra-high-speed image processing pipeline -- specifically for active 3D scanners -- that could decompress and process 20,000 images per second.

10.27.14 Top Gear
EV does 2,500 miles between charges
How far can an electric car go between recharges? Fifty miles? A hundred? Two hundred? How about nearly 2,500 miles? At least, that's the aim of a team from the universities of California and Carnegie, who next year plan to drive an electric VW Golf (like the one pictured) the entire width of the United States in under 60 hours - 2,470 miles from San Diego to South Carolina - without once plugging into the mains. What now?

10.27.14 IEEE Spectrum
Sweat Sensors Will Change How Wearables Track Your Health
Using sweat to diagnose disease is not new. For decades, doctors have screened for cystic fibrosis in newborns by testing their sweat. And in the 1970s several studies tried using sweat to monitor drug levels inside the body. But in the early days of sweat diagnostics, the process of collecting it, transporting it, and measuring it was vastly more complicated than an ordinary blood test, so the technology didn't catch on. That's about to change.

10.20.14 Auto News
Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours. The engineers plan to make the trek next year in a 2002 Volkswagen Golf they converted into an EV.

10.16.14 Live Science
Is Car Hacking the Next Big Security Threat?
It may seem convenient to have a hands-free phone built into your car, or to have a GPS system in your vehicle, but as automobiles incorporate more navigation and wireless communication technologies, could these super-connected cars become increasingly vulnerable to hackers?

10.16.14 Popular Mechanics
These Rubbery Robots Use Explosions to Jump
Scientists recently demonstrated that a soft robot could crawl like a starfish through fire, over snow, and even after being run over by a car, all without the constraints of a tether. To control the bot, scientists used air pumps that force bursts of air in and out of a series of pneumatic channels running through its limbs.

10.14.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
DARPA robotics focus needs switching from battlefield to supply
Defense contractors take note: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is predicting a budgeting switch from a focus on the "tooth," or battlefield robotics needs, to the "tail," further down the chain from the battlefield itself. "My prediction as to where defense budgeting in robotics is going to come in the future is we have to stop monopolizing the view, which is that it's all about the battlefield -- it's actually a lot about the tail, as well," Gill Pratt, program manager at DARPA.

10.14.14 the Robot Report
UCSD investing in robotics
At a one-day forum on the UCSD campus, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla did two unusual things: he spent most of the day at the Contextual Robotics Technologies Intl Forum, and he announced that UCSD would create five new faculty slots in robotics and plans to develop a world-class robotics cluster in the San Diego area.

10.13.14 The Guardian
The Magic of Coding
Whereas the United Kingdom has made computer programming classes in primary and elementary school mandatory, the United States still lags behind as many schools do not offer such classes. This is what inspired UCSD graduate students Stephen Foster, Lindsey Handley and Sarah Esper to create ThoughtSTEM, a start-up company that caters to teaching kids how to code. ThoughtSTEM has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their newest educational game, Codespells

10.13.14 Autoblog Green
Is the M-BEAM battery module swapping tech an EV game changer?
Electric-vehicle battery swapping? A tough sell. Battery module swapping? That may change things. UC San Diego researchers are working on a project where battery modules can be detached and swapped, allowing for EVs to get a full charge without having to spend hours hooked up to charging stations. The project is called Modular Battery Exchange and Active Management (M-BEAM) and involves 20- to 30-pound battery modules getting swapped and charged.

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