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We’re going to mistake the drones of the future for annoying flying insects

July 17th, 2019 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

  Harvard’s robotic flying bee has been in development for well over a decade now. And despite its incredibly simple design, over the past few years, its creators have improved Robobee’s capabilities, adding abilities such as the ability to hover and even steer itself down a pre-determined flight path. It’s too tiny to carry its […]



Maryland test confirms drones can safely deliver human organs

May 5th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

  Drone with organ delivery box. Researchers from the University of Maryland attach a cooler containing a kidney to a DJI M600 Pro drone in preparation for a test flight. When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is […]



Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

April 25th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. They’ve also been proposed for nuclear reactor inspection and used to detect signs of damage on wind turbines. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Real-Time Dense Stereo Embedded in […]



ADIFO: The hyper-agile, omnidirectional, supersonic flying saucer

April 3rd, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

ADIFO could resurrect the idea of flying saucers, promising extreme speed, efficiency and aerial agility At low speed, it operates like a quadcopter, at high speed, it’s a jet-propelled, highly efficient supersonic aircraft whose entire body acts as a low-drag wing. Those are the claims of the Romanian creators of this flying saucer that’s designed […]



Be prepared to bug out over this insect-inspired winged drone

March 23rd, 2019 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

A French inventor took to Kickstarter last week to raise funds for an insect-inspired winged drone called MetaFly. It generated quite a bit of buzz. At the time this article was published, more than 1,850 people had pledged more than $187,500 to bring the drone to market. Unlike traditional commercial drones, which use propellers to […]



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