Day: November 17, 2020

Cooper raises $2M to build a professional network centered on introductions – TechCrunch

In a period of social distancing, making new professional connections feels harder than ever. So Amsterdam-based Cooper is building a network that’s all about making and receiving introductions.

“Everything that happens in the network is based on on the foundation of introductions,” CEO Robert Gaal told me. “You should never get an unwanted message, and there’s no such thing as a connection request, because it’s not necessary if you have an introduction.”

The startup is launching internationally today and announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding.

Gaal (who co-founded the company with CTO Emiel van Liere) described Cooper as “a private professional network that’s not about how many connections do I have, it’s about bringing the people that you already trust into a circle.”

That’s in contrast with existing professional networking sites, which are most useful as “directories” of online résumés, and usually emphasize the quantity of

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Top 5 things to know about lidar

Though not commonly known, lidar is used for a variety of things including autonomous vehicles, mobile devices, and augmented reality. Tom Merritt lists five things to know about lidar.

Lidar has been used for decades for things like atmospheric research. More recently, people hear about it in advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous cars. It’s even showing up in mobile devices for augmented reality. But what is it? Here are five things to know about lidar.

SEE: Augmented reality for business: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

  1. It’s a combination of the words light and radar. It’s been turned into acronyms like “light detection and ranging,” but the upshot is it sends out light. A detector measures the light’s return after reflecting off objects and it uses the time it takes to do so to calculate depth and distance.
  2. The light is lasers. The lasers in lidar systems can
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Robot dogs start security patrols at US military base

Personnel will have the ability to “drive” the “computerized canines” using virtual reality headsets, according to the US Air Force.

Image: USAirForce/Airman1stClassTiffanyPrice

For the last year, the 325th Security Forces Squadron and Tyndall Air Force Base have worked with Ghost Robotics on a project to “enhance security and safety for the base population,” according to a US Air Force press release. To accomplish this, Tyndall will incorporate a series of “semi-autonomous robot dogs” into patrol regiments, becoming “one of the first” Air Force bases to implement such technologies.

On Tuesday, a demonstration at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida illustrated the capabilities of a series of semi-autonomous robots that will be used for base operations. Maj. Jordan Criss, 325th Security Forces Squadron commander, attended the demonstration.

“We are very excited,” Criss said in the release. “We are the first unit within the Department of Defense to use this

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