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A Systematic Approach to Learning Robot Programming with ROS
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A Systematic Approach to Learning Robot Programming with ROS from CRC PressCRC Press has published A Systematic Approach to Learning Robot Programming with ROS. This book provides a comprehensive, introduction to the essential components of ROS through detailed explanations of simple code examples along with the corresponding theory of operation. The book explores the organization of ROS, how to understand ROS packages, how to use ROS tools, how to incorporate existing ROS packages into new applications, and how to develop new packages for robotics and automation. It also facilitates continuing education by preparing the reader to better understand the existing on-line documentation.

The book is organized into six parts. It begins with an introduction to ROS foundations, including writing ROS nodes and ROS tools. Messages, Classes, and Servers are also covered. The second part of the book features...

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Paramount Transformers Augmented Reality App
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Paramount Launches its First AR Experience Featuring Content from Transformers: The Last KnightParamount Home Media Distribution today unveiled a free augmented reality experience for iOS app users, coinciding with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight on 4K Ultra HD. Created by Viacom’s VR team Viacom NEXT using Apple ARKit technology, the app incorporates content from the latest film in the blockbuster series, Transformers: The Last Knight.

The app overlays 3D graphics onto a user’s surrounding physical space, designed as the virtual junkyard of protagonist Cade Yeager as seen in Transformers: The Last Knight. Players control the actions of BUMBLEBEE, directing his movement while hitting, blowing up and interacting with various objects, which can be added to expand the interactive environment...

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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN debuts on Digital with Movies Anywhere, and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 23 from FoxStep Into the Imaginative World of A. A. Milne and The Real Christopher Robin when GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Arrives on Digital with Movies Anywhere, and Blu-ray™ and DVD January 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

At the end of the First World War, beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) creates the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh—which brings him immediate acclaim. But the books’ international success comes at a cost to the author, his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this beautifully filmed, poignant story about fame and family that also stars Kelly Macdonald.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD Features Include:...

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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 9 from Sony PicturesAcademy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Best Actor, Schindler's List, 1993) heads an all-star cast as the Watergate whistleblower in the gripping drama MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Concussion), the film tells the story of “Deep Throat,” the G-Man who leaked information to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal and bring down the President. MARK FELT also stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, Unfaithful, 2002), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Josh Lucas (J. Edgar), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Brian D'Arcy James (Spotlight), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Bruce Greenwood (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”), Kate Walsh (“13 Reasons Why”), Noah Wyle (ER”) and Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”)...

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NOVEMBER CRIMINALS on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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NOVEMBER CRIMINALS now on Digital and in Theaters Dec. 8 and on Blu-ray / DVD Jan. 9 from Sony PicturesChloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Hugo, The 5th Wave) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Baby Driver, Divergent) star in the coming of age crime drama, Stage 6 Films’ NOVEMBER CRIMINALS. Arriving in theatres December 8 from Vertical Entertainment and available now on digital, the pair plays college bound friends, Phoebe (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Addison (Ansel Elgort), who find themselves falling for one another.

After the mysterious murder of their friend and classmate Kevin Broadus (Jared Kemp), they defy the authorities and put themselves at risk to uncover the truth from the lies and rumors. Inspired by Sam Munson’s 2010 novel, NOVEMBER CRIMINALS is the latest film from Independent Spirit Award® winning filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (Hitchcock, Anvil: The Story of the Anvil) and also stars Academy Award® nominees Catherine Keener (Best Supporting Actress, Being John Malkovich, 1999 and Capote, 2005) and David Strathairn (Best Actor, Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005)...

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Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers
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Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd from Focal PressFocal Press has published Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd. Whether you’re a producer, screenwriter, filmmaker, or other creative, you probably have a project that needs constant exposure, or a product to promote. But how do you rise above the noise?

In Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, Richard Botto explains how to put crowdsourcing to use for your creative project, using social media, networking, branding, crowdfunding, and an understanding of your audience to build effective crowdsourcing campaigns, sourcing everything from film equipment to shooting locations. Botto covers all aspects of crowdsourcing: how to create the message of your brand, project, or initiative; how to mold, shape, and adjust it based on mass response; how to...

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MARSHALL on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
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MARSHALL arrives on Digital Dec. 26 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Jan. 9 from Universalhe fate of the defendant lies within the truth in the gripping and illuminating story Marshall, coming to Digital on December 26, 2017 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 9, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A thrilling whodunit, Marshall stars Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Josh Gad (Murder on the Orient Express), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) and two-time Primetime Emmy award-winner Sterling K. Brown ("This Is Us") delivering what critics call "Oscar-worthy performances in one of the most important films of the year" (Rachel Smith, FOX). Fifty years after Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African American Supreme Court Justice in 1967, this riveting and timely film invites audiences to discover an untold chapter of an inspirational figure who shaped modern American history and serves as a moving reminder of contemporary race relations...

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The Deuce: Season One on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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The Deuce: The Complete First Season debuts on Digital Nov. 27 and Blu-ray, DVD Feb. 13 from HBOCatch up on the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “a spectacularly appealing enterprise,” when The Deuce is available for Digital Download on November 27, 2017 and on Blu-RayTM and DVD February 13, 2018. Set during the early 1970s in New York City's Times Square, The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives viewers an up-close look at the gritty world of sex and crime, as the porn industry begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence, and billion-dollar profitability.

This eight-episode series, which has a 93% Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, is “Vibrant…relentlessly interesting.” (The New York Times). The DVD and Blu-RayTM include exciting bonus content including exclusive audio commentaries from the cast and crew, including James Franco (Oscar® nominee for 127 Hours), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Oscar® nominee for Crazy Heart), and David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Show Me a Hero), cast interviews on this unique period in history, and more. The Blu-rayTM and DVD release also include a free Digital Download copy...

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Interstellar and Transformers Films on 4K Ultra HD
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Paramount announces Interstellar and Transformers films on 4K Ultra HD in DecemberParamount announces the 4K UHD releases of INTERSTELLAR, which will be released on December 19th, and the first four Transformers films- TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, which will be released on December 5th (TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is available now on 4K UHD). All releases come in a 3-disc 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital copy.

Filled with eye-popping action and stunning visuals, these films deliver the kind of entertainment experience that absolutely engulfs you. Watching them on 4K UHD quite literally transforms home viewing into something more immersive and more visceral than ever before.

TRANSFORMERS Synopsis: Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Paramount will be releasing all of the blockbuster Transformers films on 4K UHD. Filled with eye-popping action and stunning visuals, these films deliver...

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The Christopher Nolan Collection in 4K Ultra HD
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announces the Christopher Nolan Collection in 4K on December 19Seven acclaimed films from director Christopher Nolan will be available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on December 19, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception,” and “Dunkirk” will be available from Warner Bros., featuring the films on 4K Ultra HD. “The Prestige” and “Interstellar” will be available on 4K Ultra HD from Disney and Paramount respectively.

4K Ultra HD includes a range of features such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wider Color Spectrum. These performance advances allow viewers to more accurately experience the filmmaker’s original vision, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. *

“4K Ultra HD with HDR is an incredibly exciting new home video format that allows a much closer recreation of viewing the original film print,” said Christopher Nolan...

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Game AI Pro 3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals
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Game AI Pro 3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals from CRC PressCRC Press has published Game AI Pro 3: Collected Wisdom of Game AI Professionals.

This book presents state-of-the-art tips, tricks, and techniques drawn from developers of shipped commercial games as well as some of the best-known academics in the field.

Game AI Pro 3 acts as a toolbox of proven techniques coupled with the newest advances in game AI. These techniques can be applied to almost any game and include topics such as behavior trees, utility theory, path planning, character behavior, and tactical reasoning.

Features include:...

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Ed Wood's THE VIOLENT YEARS on Blu-ray
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American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird announce new 4k transfer of Ed Wood's THE VIOLENT YEARSAlamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Something Weird are excited to announce an November 21st release of THE VIOLENT YEARS on Blu-ray. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA purchased a 4K film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles from the Something Weird library. THE VIOLENT YEARS is the third release of dozens in this partnership, following THE ZODIAC KILLER and BAT PUSSY.

Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA), THE VIOLENT YEARS is the story of Paula Parkins (Jean Moorehead), a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder! From Wood's patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a "man attack," THE VIOLENT YEARS is...

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Holiday Offerings
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N.Sane Offerings this Holiday for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy from ActivisionCrash™ fans will have more to be thankful for this holiday season, as Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), shared today some of the hottest offerings of the season for Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy. On November 24, participating retailers nationwide are getting into the Crash craze with awesome deals, including GameStop and Walmart in the U.S. which will have special Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Black Friday bundles sure to make any gift giver or recipient happy. Additionally, there’s plenty of officially-licensed Crash loot now available to stock up on before the holiday rush.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy reached critical acclaim as the top-selling¹ remastered PlayStation® 4 collection to date in 2017. IGN called the game “N. Credible fun,” while Common Sense Media rated the game “5 out of 5 stars.” Game Informer said, “Vicarious Visions made it fun again, without altering its DNA – a feat that deserves recognition.” Biogamer Girl called it “an insanely addictive throwback...”

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L.A. Noire for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
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L.A. Noire Now Available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One from Rockstar GamesRockstar Games®, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), is proud to announce that new, enhanced versions of L.A. Noire are now available for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems and for Xbox One games and entertainment systems.

A dark and violent detective thriller set amongst the glitz, glamor and corruption of 1940’s Los Angeles, L.A. Noire is the story of decorated veteran and newly minted detective, Cole Phelps as he investigates an escalating series of cases inspired by real-world crimes. As Phelps, players search crime scenes for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals on a search for truth in a city where everyone has something to hide. L.A. Noire was an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival for its cinematic approach to gameplay and narrative...

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The Mountain Between Us on Blu-ray, 4K, DVD and VOD
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The Mountain Between Us arrives on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and VOD Dec. 26 from FoxTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US. Described as “pure entertainment” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the film arrives on Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and VOD December 26.

Based on the book by Charles Martin and starring Academy Award™/Golden Globes® winner Kate Winslet & Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba, this movie is a must-see survival drama during which “you’ll be on the edge of your seat” (Andrew Freund, DishNation). Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible...

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