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SwarmTouch: A tactile interaction strategy for human-swarm communication

October 11th, 2019 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

A user manipulating the formation of a swarm of drones using SwarmTouch. Credit: Tsykunov et al.  SwarmTouch: a tactile interaction strategy for human-swarm communication Researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia have recently introduced a new strategy to enhance interactions between humans and robotic swarms, called SwarmTouch. This strategy, presented […]



Walgreens will start making drone deliveries in October

September 26th, 2019 at 1:01 pm » Comments Off

The process of refilling your prescription at the local pharmacy just got a lot more futuristic. Wing — which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet — just announced a partnership with FedEx and Walgreens, a national grocery store chain, to start making drone deliveries in Virginia as soon as October. Wing claims the “first-of-its-kind […]



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 […]



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