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  • In pictures: National Instruments Autonomous Robotics winners

    University of NSW team Lab 202 was awarded first place in the fourth annual National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) final in Sydney. During the grand finale, team robots had to wirelessly communicate within their environment, collect seeds, navigate to a farming area littered with obstacles, deposit the seeds in planting areas and move back to the home zone.

  • A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

    For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work.

  • IT vendor partnership helps drive Aussie solar car team

    When you’re racing a solar powered experiment on wheels across the Australian outback, the last thing you need is IT equipment failure.

  • Freescale introduces multi-standard, programmable wireless charging chips

    Freescale Semiconductor today introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging chip and reference designs for consumer and automotive applications.

  • Australian universities take on New Zealand in robotics competition

    The Bledisloe Cup of robotics competitions will take place in Sydney during September with four New Zealand universities taking on 14 Australian universities in the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) final.

  • Seafaring robot shrugs off monster Typhoon Rammasun

    It was a storm that would terrify the bravest of mariners, but a California robot swam through it without blinking.

  • UNSW gets robots ready for Robo soccer World Cup

    The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is hoping to do better than the Socceroos at their version of the FIFA World Cup, the RoboCup Championships.

  • Wanted: Trailblazers putting 'disruptive technologies to work'

    New Zealand companies invited to enter SuperNova awards by Silicon Valley's Constellation Research

  • Honey bees with sensors swarm over Hobart

    CSIRO researchers are sticking RFID sensors to honey bees in an effort to improve bee pollination and productivity on farms.

  • Cisco, EFF call on Congress to target patent-troll demand letters

    The U.S. Congress should take action to slow a skyrocketing number of "deceptive" patent infringement demand letters sent from patent licensing firms to small businesses, witnesses told a Senate committee.

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    Drones to deliver parcels in Australia starting in March

    The drones are coming... and they’re carrying textbooks.

  • SXSW show floor: Beam videoconferencing device takes a spin

    Tech enthusiasts at South by Southwest Interactive exploring the exhibit hall's gizmos and apps on Sunday were greeted a little differently at one booth -- the figure approaching them was not a person but a television-sized monitor mounted to a sleek base on wheels.

  • How wireless charging can drive near-field communications growth

    At CES 2013, the Wireless Power Consortium displayed dozens of devices that were designed to the Qi wireless charging standard, suggesting that 2013 may be the year wireless charging becomes a feature consumers expect to come standard in new smartphones.

  • Intel rolls 'Yolo' smartphone into untapped foreign markets

    Intel, in partnership with integrated communications provider Safaricom, announced a new entry-level smartphone designed for developing markets this week, dubbing the device the "Yolo."

  • Global ocean system hits 1 million observations

    Oceanographers announced today that a global observing system – based on drifting sensors that travel from the ocean’s surface to mid-depths – reached the milestone of 1 million ocean observations.

  • Robotic ocean vehicle completes historic journey

    It survived a shark attack, battled gale force storms and surfed the East Australian Current during its journey across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to the East Coast of Australia, all in the name of science.

  • New Android app turns ad revenue into famine relief

    An innovative new type of mobile advertising is being used to funnel money to support hunger relief efforts. Dubbed GetCharitable, the new Android app replaces the background image on a phone with a periodically updated ad, revenue from which is then directed to an international anti-famine group -- offering users a way to help combat famine for free.

  • CSIRO, Google partner for Earth watch

    Australian scientists and non-profits will use Google Earth to save the Earth under several environment-focused partnerships with Google announced this week. Google yesterday announced it is bring its Google Earth Outreach program to Australia and New Zealand.

  • Galaxy census one of the first ASKAP projects

    The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope which officially opened on Friday in WA is already in demand with a galaxy census and black hole research among the projects planned for the next five years.

  • NBN to play major role in ASKAP

    The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope which opened today at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in WA will be utilising an NBN connection to transfer data at 40 gigabits per second--the equivalent of streaming 2,000 Blu-Ray movies simultaneously down a single pipe.