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Sunflower’s Home Awareness System includes three components: an autonomous drone called the Bee, motion and vibration sensors disguised as garden lights that are to be deployed around one’s home, and a weatherproof charging station called the Hive. If alerted to suspicious activity via a smartphone app, the homeowner can deploy the Bee, which will autonomously check out the activity and live stream its observations. Afterwards, the Bee automatically returns to the Hive, which performs AI-backed data processing and analysis.

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CareerCast.com tracks the Top 10 Best Jobs in Engineering on an annual basis in its Job Rated Report, and describes the jobs and prevailing compensation levels. As noted there, "according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts, virtually all engineering careers have a positive projected growth outlook.” The top locations for both employment and income for some of the best engineering jobs are Texas, California, Oklahoma, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan areas, and Alaska. The three highest average incomes for the engineering profession are in Chicago, Dallas and Anchorage, Alaska.”

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In November 2019 a White House summit on Partnerships in Science and Technology announced near-term goals that include a partnership between NOAA and Ocean Infinity to conduct deepwater ocean mapping of the U.S. shoreline and U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. “This is an exciting step for Ocean Infinity as we combine our leading deepwater exploration technology with NOAA’s prominent authority in ocean science,” Sean Fowler, director of business development for Ocean Infinity, said in a prepared statement. Only 43% of the 3.4 million square nautical miles of coastal and deepwater U.S. territory is currently mapped to modern standards.

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The NAVY wants future robotic warships, or unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to not only abide by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), but also to have the capability to communicate their status in standard English. COLREGS lay down the rules for how 2 ships should navigate when drawing near each other, and computer software onboard USVs is said to currently manage this, but when 3 or more USVs converge, things get more complicated. When 3 or more manned ships converge, bridge crews typically sort out navigation verbally via VHF radio, so the question is how will USVs overcome the current “bottleneck” when one encounters a 3-ship interaction but with no ability to converse?

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AUVSI Miami News reported January 9, 2020 in an update from Finance.yahoo[dot]com, that Asia-based QYSEA exhibited new upgrades to its FIFISH maritime submersible robot at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Both FIFISH V6+ and FIFISH W6 models were shown. This remarkable omni-directional underwater drone is equipped with 4K UHD video recording and imaging sonar capability. With its 6 thrusters, it has both “active distance lock” to remain a fixed distance from an object it is observing, and can maneuver in 3 dimensions using head tracking control. FIFISH can also freeze its motion in a maneuver called “posture hold”.

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