What’s In Your Bio Wallet?


What’s In Your Bio Wallet?


http://www.sensorsmag.com/sensors/what-s-your-bio-wallet-12504

Not a new cyber vehicle for stir-fry cooking, the Wocket, as described by its maker NXT-ID, Inc., is a next-generation biometrically-secure wallet, a.k.a., bio wallet. Expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2014, the Wocket’s purpose is to replace traditional wallets and the number of cards we all carry around in them. An episode of Seinfeld comes to mind in which George Costanza carries around a wallet the thickness of a Carnegie Deli sandwich that causes him more physical distress than actually consuming said sandwich.

Essentially, the Wocket is a card with a programmable magnetic strip. Users can program up to 100 cards into it, i.e., credit, debit, ATM cards, as well as personal IDs, medical records, those multitude of supermarket membership and reward cards, etc. At this point, it does not appear to support public transportation cards like New York’s MetroCard. But that’s fodder for future forays.

According to the company, the card works independent of a smartphone or the Internet. In terms of security, this is a step forward, particularly since we hear of some new cyber threat every other day. Also, battery life does not seem to be an issue. A comprehensive Q&A discussion is available on the company’s website.

Commercially speaking, SoundView Research, estimates that NXT-ID can capture six-million users for its Wocket in the US alone. Selling price for The Wocket is $99.99 each. Of course, there is an optional insurance program and some miscellaneous extra services; all totaled, the Wocket is expected to suck in about $780 to $930 million US bucks.

There is also no shortage of expertise behind the product. NXT-ID has recruited Lawrence Flanagan and Ken Moy to ensure a successful 2014 launch of The Wocket.

Since January 2013, Lawrence Flanagan is President and Founder of New Tech Haven and was formerly the Executive Dean at the University of New Haven College of Business. As the global chief marketing officer at MasterCard, he managed a $1.5 billion budget, directed marketing strategies in more than 50 countries, and helped launch the company’s successful “Priceless” advertising campaign.

Formerly senior vice president and Group Head of US Emerging Payments at MasterCard Worldwide, Ken Moy led the execution of the company’s digital conversion strategy and managed all aspects of product development and a diverse set of existing products including online and offline payments, authentication solutions, spending controls and alerts services. He launched MasterPass, the firm’s digital wallet solution. Currently, Moy is Founder and President of Harvest Advisors LLC, a provider of strategy, business development and implementation advice to start-ups and technology solution providers in the developing commerce space.

Assuming all this info is accurate, it appears that NXT-ID is on its way to a successful and profitable new-product launch. The Wocket will most likely be accepted by the greater public at large because, hey, who wants to go around with a deli sandwich in their back pocket? We will also need to wait and see how secure the Wocket really is. Hopefully, we won’t hear of thieves stealing peoples’ cholesterol reports in the near future. ~MD

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

Visit the WOCKET website at: http://www.thewocket.com/

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Julie May: Credit cards becoming extinct


Julie May: Credit cards becoming extinct

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131222/BUSINESS/312220044/2264/BUSINESS04?gcheck=1

With new technology released every day, will credit cards become a thing of the past, just as road maps, alarm clocks and encyclopedias have?

Digital wallets such as Wocket and Coin, which will arrive in 2014, are hinting at “yes.”

Digital wallets provide users a way to pay for purchases by swiping a card that holds personal information, such as your credit and debit cards, loyalty cards and gift cards.

While some apps, such as Starbucks, serve as digital wallets, they are typically single-purposed. For example, the Starbucks app allows me to maintain a credit balance for purchases at Starbucks only. I go into the coffee shop, order a grande latte, show them the bar code on my phone and, voila, the amount of my purchase has been deducted from my balance. That was pretty neat 18 months ago. Now, not so much.

Fast forward to 2014, when digital wallets will be in our pockets and purses. It was only a matter of time before plastic was going to be passe and apps would clutter our phones just as email does our inboxes. I’m not sure that is going away anytime in the next year, but I do know that payment using a digital wallet has the potential to make my life a little less cluttered. While not all of the details have been released, a peek under the tree is merited.


The Wocket

Enter The Wocket, a programmable card that stores up to 100 cards of any type — gas cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, etc. It also stores cash and bar codes and displays personal identification.

The Wocket, which will be available in the first quarter of 2014, can be used anywhere credit cards are accepted. It also uses near field communications (NFC) technology, which will allow it to pay for tolls on highways by simply waving it near the payment reader.

The card isn’t reliant on Internet or phone technology, so you don’t need an app or Bluetooth to use it. Instead, it uses voice recognition and biometrics, such as a thumbprint, to gain access to your credentials. Like a traditional credit card, Wocket uses a magnetic strip that is immediately erased until the next time you enter your biometric verification. The battery lasts two to four years, at which time you can replace the batteries without having to purchase a new Wocket.

Coin is a viable competitor to the Wocket but requires the use of an app. The Coin card can store up to eight credit or loyalty cards, while the Coin app — which will be available for iOS and Android platforms — can store an unlimited number of cards. You can switch out the cards on your Coin card via the app, but note that you can only pair one Coin card with your smartphone.

One of the greatest benefits of Coin is that, despite its size, it’s difficult to lose — and even more difficult for people to steal. Utilizing Bluetooth low-energy (LE) technology, Coin will send a message to your phone whenever the connection is lost. It will then disable your Coin card until you reconnect them. If you’re known for leaving things behind, Coin may be your new best friend.

The battery lasts up to two years, after which you will need to purchase a new Coin. Right now you can pre-order a Coin card for just $50. If you wait until the 2014 summer release, it’ll cost you $100. When you order early, your payment will help Coin fund its development and manufacturing until release. For that element of risk, they company is cutting you a deal. You can use your soon-to-be-extinct credit card to pay for your Coin.

So folks, with the introduction of digital wallets like Wocket and Coin, it doesn’t matter how deep the pocket — you can expect its weight to shrink in 2014.

About NXT- ID Inc. – Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

About The Wocket™

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval.

Visit the WOCKET website: http://thewocket.com/

Julie May is CEO of bytes of knowledge, which she founded in 1995 and has built into one of Nashville’s leading technology companies, providing digital media development and comprehensive IT services.

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The Wocket Hopes To Replace Your Wallet


The Wocket Hopes To Replace Your Wallet

http://www.gadgetreview.com/2013/12/the-wocket-hopes-to-replace-your-wallet.html

The age of electronic wallets is officially here. First there was the Coin, now the Wocket by NXT-ID wants to replace all your credit cards. Scheduled to launch early 2014, The Wocket works anywhere a credit card is taken and can be used with your biometric or touch screen authentication acne select which card you want to use, which will then substitute that card in your wallet. Your security is never compromised since it uses no personal information on its magnetic strop so the risk of fraud is reduced. It can hold about 100 cards, coupons, gift cards, etc. It can even hold medical records, IDs, rewards/loyalty cards and many more. Card info is erased after every transaction, too. The card reader plugs in directly to the Wocket and it fathers replaceable CR batteries in the Wocket with unlimited battery life via the in-wallet charging of the dynamic card. More info on how to pre-order yours on their site!

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Markets Poised for Healthy 2014 as Biometrics Makes Strides in Technology Sector – Company Strengthens Board with Industry’s Top Leaders


NXTD News December 18, 2013

Markets Poised for Healthy 2014 as Biometrics Makes Strides in Technology Sector – Company Strengthens Board with Industry’s Top Leaders

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/markets-poised-for-healthy-2014-as-biometrics-makes-strides-in-technology-sector-company-strengthens-board-with-industrys-top-leaders-2013-12-18

Tech leaders close out 2013 with beneficial internal moves and acquisitions: NXT-ID, Inc. (otcqb:NXTD), Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) , Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) , Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

NXT-ID, Inc. (otcqb:NXTD) Headline News: NXT-ID Appoints Two Former MasterCard Executives to Its Newly Formed Advisory Board And Shows First Images of the Biometrically Secure Wallet, The Wocket(TM). NXT-ID, a biometrics company focused on the growing m-commerce market, announces the appointment of two key advisory board members, Mr. Lawrence Flanagan and Mr. Ken Moy. The appointments from the card payment industry align with the company’s roll-out and 2014 launch of The Wocket(TM), a next generation biometrically secure wallet. “We are honored and excited to have two luminaries of the card payment world on our advisory board,” said Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID, Inc. “Their experience is invaluable to our future prospects and growth for The Wocket(TM). We look forward to growing our advisory board over the next few months with equally talented and experienced individuals.”

To read the full press release and get more information & specific details regarding Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Moy,

please click here: http://www.finance.yahoo.com/news/nxt-id-appoints-two-former-130155944.html

NXT-ID, Inc. also released the first images of The Wocket(TM) on its corporate website and product website late last week. About The Wocket(TM) – The Wocket(TM) is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://www.thewocket.com/

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) has announced the recipients of the 2013 Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship — Kai Ren, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Christian Rossow, a postdoctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany.

Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) and LSI Corporation (NASDAQ:LSI) recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire LSI for $11.15 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $6.6 billion.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUAN) has announced that Jetstar has launched a new virtual assistant called “Ask Jess” which is based on Nuance Nina Web, an intelligent virtual assistant that delivers a human-like, conversational customer service experience. Customers simply type to Jess, and Jess provides the answers.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently acquired patent number 8,610, 726B2 for its new technology of a built-in project for a computer. Jack Purcher states this invention could create a new category of computers, as it erases the need for a display inside the actual device itself.

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About The Wocket™:

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://thewocket.com/

About NXT- ID Inc. — Mobile Security for a Mobile World:

NXT-ID, Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition. http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://www.3d-id.net/

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NXT-ID Appoints Two Former MasterCard Executives to Its Newly Formed Advisory Board


NXT-ID Shows First Images of the Biometrically Secure Wallet, The Wocket(TM)


 
SHELTON, CT–(Marketwired – Dec 17, 2013) – NXT-ID, Inc. (OTCQB: NXTD), a biometrics company focused on the growing m-commerce market, announces the appointment of two key advisory board members, Mr. Lawrence Flanagan and Mr. Ken Moy. The appointments from the card payment industry align with the company’s roll-out and 2014 launch of The Wocket™, a next generation biometrically secure wallet.

“We are honored and excited to have two luminaries of the card payment world on our advisory board,” said Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID, Inc. “Their experience is invaluable to our future prospects and growth for The Wocket™. We look forward to growing our advisory board over the next few months with equally talented and experienced individuals.”

Mr. Lawrence Flanagan is President and Founder of New Tech Haven since January 2013 and was formerly the Executive Dean at the University of New Haven College of Business. Flanagan is regarded as one of the most accomplished global marketing leaders in the country. Prior to his career in academia, he spent nearly three decades in corporate America as an executive at MasterCard Worldwide, the Procter & Gamble Company and L’Oreal USA.

As the global chief marketing officer at MasterCard, he managed a $1.5 billion budget, directed marketing strategies in more than 50 countries and helped launch the company’s hugely successful “Priceless” advertising campaign. He also established strategic partnerships with Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour and Champions League soccer in Europe and was part of the executive team that spearheaded MasterCard’s highly successful initial public offering in 2006. He earned six Gold Effie awards from the American Marketing Association, the most prestigious honor among marketing professionals, and was recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Sports” in 2004 by SportBusiness International. In 2008, the NY AdClub named Flanagan “Person of the Year”. In 2013, the University of New Haven awarded a Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa to Flanagan.

Flanagan, who is a former national co-chair of the CMO Collective, is active with Save the Children and previously served on the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors. He is on the advisory boards of Visitdays.com and Fraud.net.

The second appointment, Mr. Ken Moy, was formerly senior vice president and Group Head of US Emerging Payments at MasterCard Worldwide.

Moy led the execution of the company’s digital conversion strategy and managed all aspects of product development and a diverse set of existing products including online and offline payments, authentication solutions, spending controls and alerts services. He launched MasterPass, the firm’s digital wallet solution and important pillar to overall strategy, achieving over 25,000 online merchants, and wallet distribution with over 20 financial institutions.

Moy has extensive experience in large-scale rollouts, partnerships, corporate development, strategic planning, business administration and product management, in the technology, commerce and financial services space. He led an exclusive agreement with Google, Citibank and First Data to launch Google Wallet, the first commercially available mobile payment solutions. He also led an exclusive agreement with Intel for access to embedded technology in Intel PCs to deliver enhanced security and user experience for electronic ecommerce.

Prior to his nearly 14 year career at MasterCard, Mr. Moy enjoyed a successful 10 year career at Citibank where he held a range of leadership roles in the firm’s payment cards and wholesale banking businesses.

He was a Smart Card Alliance Board Member from 2004-2010 and is a frequent industry speaker and commentator.

Presently, Moy is Founder and President of Harvest Advisors LLC, a provider of strategy, business development and implementation advice to start-ups and technology solution providers in the developing commerce space.

NXT-ID, Inc. released the first images of The Wocket™ on its corporate website and product website late last week.

About The Wocket™

The Wocket™ is a next generation designed to replace all the cards in your wallet without draining your cell phone’s battery; no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://thewocket.com/

About NXT- ID Inc. — Mobile Security for a Mobile World

NXT-ID, Inc.’s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio™ solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers’ mobile platforms. NXT-ID’s wholly owned subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC, is engaged in biometric identification has 22 licensed patents in the field of 3D facial recognition. http://www.nxt-id.com/, http://3d-id.net/

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UMeWorld Announces Recent Business Developments


UMeWorld Announces Recent Business Developments

UMeWorld trades on the OTCQB as UMEWF $.30

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/umeworld-announces-recent-business-developments-123900477.html

UMeWorld Limited (UMEWF) an emerging digital media company based in China, today announces its recent business developments as of December 16, 2013 and the outlook for the 1st quarter of 2014.

Press Releases Issued During the Period:

Dec 3, 2013 – UMeWorld to Monetize its UMeLook Video Platform.
Nov 26, 2013 – UMeWorld Releases UMFun™ Final Version, Praised by China State Media.
Nov 8, 2013 – UMeWorld’s Video Platform Surpasses 7.2 Million Unique Visitors.
Oct 14, 2013 – UMeWorld Launches Revamped Brand Channels on UMeLook.com.
Oct 1, 2013 – UMeWorld Launches UMFun™.
Sep 18, 2013 – UMeWorld Provides Corporate Update.

Recent Corporate Development During the Period:

UMeWorld presents at SeeThruEquity Microcap Investor Conference in New York City.
UMeWorld initiates two online Investor Relation programs.
UMeWorld completes internal corporate development review and held discussions with two investment banks for Investment Banking and Advisory services.
UMeWorld identifies an acquisition target and engages in negotiations.

Upcoming Development in the 1st Quarter of 2014:

UMeLook to introduce Basic and Gold paid membership program to its Brand Channel.
UMeLook to release an App optimized for Android tablets and Smartphones.
UMFun to open an online store, where registered users will be able to use their U Coins (a virtual currency earned in UMeFun.com) to purchase gifts or services.
UMFun to introduce an off-line Affiliate Program in which registered users will be rewarded by U Coins and Tools for introducing other users to UMFun.

About UMeWorld:

UMeWorld’s mission is to facilitate the interaction between people — “You” and “Me,” through its UMeLook and UMFun platforms. UMeLook.com, an online video platform focused on bringing foreign video content to China, is deployed through a sophisticated CDN (Content Delivery Network) with broad coverage throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong & Taiwan. UMeLook.com plans to be a source of foreign video content for the Chinese viewer across any Internet-enabled device in China. UMFun.com is the only cloud based, patent pending adaptive learning educational platform in China. The Platform name UMFun™ in the Chinese language means ‘Full Mark’. It is a cost effective, engaging and fun to use assessment and tutoring platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student’s performance and personalizes the delivery of proprietary educational items according to the student’s learning needs.

 

About UMFun™

The UMFun™ (formerly SmartStar) is the only cloud based, patent-pending, adaptive learning,educational platform in China. The Platform name UMFun™ in the Chinese language means ‘Full Mark’. It is a cost effective, engaging and entertaining assessment and tutoring platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student’s performance and personalizes the delivery of proprietary educational items in accordance with the student’s learning needs.

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UMeWorld Announces Recent Business Developments

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/umeworld-announces-recent-business-developments-123900477.html

UMeWorld Limited (UMEWF) an emerging digital media company based in China, today announces its recent business developments as of December 16, 2013 and the outlook for the 1st quarter of 2014.

Press Releases Issued During the Period:

Dec 3, 2013 – UMeWorld to Monetize its UMeLook Video Platform.
Nov 26, 2013 – UMeWorld Releases UMFun™ Final Version, Praised by China State Media.
Nov 8, 2013 – UMeWorld’s Video Platform Surpasses 7.2 Million Unique Visitors.
Oct 14, 2013 – UMeWorld Launches Revamped Brand Channels on UMeLook.com.
Oct 1, 2013 – UMeWorld Launches UMFun™.
Sep 18, 2013 – UMeWorld Provides Corporate Update.

Recent Corporate Development During the Period:

UMeWorld presents at SeeThruEquity Microcap Investor Conference in New York City.
UMeWorld initiates two online Investor Relation programs.
UMeWorld completes internal corporate development review and held discussions with two investment banks for Investment Banking and Advisory services.
UMeWorld identifies an acquisition target and engages in negotiations.

Upcoming Development in the 1st Quarter of 2014:

UMeLook to introduce Basic and Gold paid membership program to its Brand Channel.
UMeLook to release an App optimized for Android tablets and Smartphones.
UMFun to open an online store, where registered users will be able to use their U Coins (a virtual currency earned in UMeFun.com) to purchase gifts or services.
UMFun to introduce an off-line Affiliate Program in which registered users will be rewarded by U Coins and Tools for introducing other users to UMFun.

About UMeWorld:

UMeWorld’s mission is to facilitate the interaction between people — “You” and “Me,” through its UMeLook and UMFun platforms. UMeLook.com, an online video platform focused on bringing foreign video content to China, is deployed through a sophisticated CDN (Content Delivery Network) with broad coverage throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong & Taiwan. UMeLook.com plans to be a source of foreign video content for the Chinese viewer across any Internet-enabled device in China. UMFun.com is the only cloud based, patent pending adaptive learning educational platform in China. The Platform name UMFun™ in the Chinese language means ‘Full Mark’. It is a cost effective, engaging and fun to use assessment and tutoring platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student’s performance and personalizes the delivery of proprietary educational items according to the student’s learning needs.

 

About UMFun™

The UMFun™ (formerly SmartStar) is the only cloud based, patent-pending, adaptive learning,educational platform in China. The Platform name UMFun™ in the Chinese language means ‘Full Mark’. It is a cost effective, engaging and entertaining assessment and tutoring platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student’s performance and personalizes the delivery of proprietary educational items in accordance with the student’s learning needs.

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Google buys a Mobile Military Robot Manufacturer


Google buys maker of agile, mobile robots

 

Boston Dynamics makes robots that can move like humans, four-legged animals, and one that shifts its shape to fit through tight spaces

 

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that builds robots that mimic the movements of humans and animals with stunning dexterity and speed.

 

   Google bought robotics maker Boston Dynamics

Google has bought Boston Dynamics, maker of robots that mimic the movement of humans and animals

 

“We are looking forward to this next chapter in robotics and in what we can accomplish as part of the Google team,” Boston Dynamics co-founder Marc Raibert said via email.

 

Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the past six months, according to The New York Times, which first reported the news on Friday. Earlier this month, the Times reported that Google has named former Android chief Andy Rubin as the company’s lead for its robotics projects.

 

On its YouTube channel, Boston Dynamics has videos of its impressive robots, including WildCat, a four-legged robot designed to run fast in all terrains, Cheetah, which tops 28 miles-per-hour, and Petman, a human-like robot that balances himself as he walks, squats and does calisthenics, and simulates human physiology by controlling its temperature, humidity and sweating, according to the company.

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Other robots developed by Boston Dynamics include the insect-like Rise, which climbs vertical surfaces, and SquishBot, described as “a shape-changing chemical robot” that can move “through tight space.” The company also developed the DI-Guy software tools for simulating human reactions and movements in different scenarios and events.

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The company’s videos, which have been viewed millions of times, often prompt viewers to comment that the robots’ amazing agility and mobility also trigger in them memories of sci-fi horror stories and movies like the Terminator series, in which robots become evil and turn against humans.

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“Something about Google buying Boston Dynamics reminds me of Skynet,” commented a YouTube user on Saturday after viewing the WildCat video, in reference to the evil artificial intelligence computer system of the Terminator movies.

 

Boston Dynamics, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, was founded in 1992 by Raibert and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its customers include all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. government contractors and private-sector companies.

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New Falcon Rocket to be Launched at Cape Canaveral


MELBOURNE, Fla. — A historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad is poised to become a Falcon’s nest.

NASA said Friday it had selected SpaceX, the operator of Falcon 9 rockets, to take over launch pad 39A, a mothballed former Apollo and space shuttle pad that the agency no longer needs and can’t afford to maintain.

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SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., has contracts to launch cargo to the International Space Station and numerous commercial satellites, and is competing to launch NASA astronauts as well as high-value national security and science satellites.

NASA made the decision immediately after the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s rejection on Thursday of a bid protest filed by Blue Origin, which had put the selection process on hold.

“Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in support of U.S. space activities,” NASA said in a press release.

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Negotiations will begin with SpaceX to lease pad 39A for at least five years. If successful, launches could start within a few years, marking a major turning point in KSC’s effort to transform into a spaceport for both government and commercial operations.

The competition for the pad was often framed as a battle between billionaire entrepreneurs, with SpaceX led by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and Blue Origin started by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.

Blue Origin has yet to fly a vehicle in space and won’t have a rocket ready to use the pad until at least 2018, but had proposed operating 39A for multiple users, in contrast to SpaceX’s request for exclusive use.

SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance supported Blue Origin’s approach but did not commit to using the pad.

Members of Congress also weighed in, some opposing an exclusive lease and others — including the entire Florida delegation — saying NASA should be left alone to make the decision.

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On Friday, Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson said the company hopes NASA “will preserve options to make this national asset available for multiple commercial users.”

SpaceX said it would welcome other users with NASA-certified human launchers.

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NASA says pad 39B, which the agency is preparing for launches of crews on its own heavy-lift exploration rocket, also will be available to commercial users.

The space agency did not immediately explain why it chose SpaceX.

SpaceX has nearly 50 launches under contract and operates pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX expects to launch so often in the coming years that it also wants to develop a private launch complex. Texas is said to be the front-runner, but Florida has proposed an alternative at the north end of KSC and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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“It would be used to deal with missions if we’re too busy out of the Cape, basically,” Musk said last month in Cocoa Beach.

“But we do expect to be too busy.”