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Drone swarms use nets to catch other drones in flight

March 16th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are working to develop a system that addresses current and future national security threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems Robotics engineers from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are developing drones that can capture hostile drones in flight. Funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, […]



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 […]



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 […]



iRobot unveils Terra, a Roomba lawn mower

February 6th, 2019 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  iRobot is best known for making vacuum cleaner robots: the infamous Roomba lineup. But the company also makes mopping robots (Braava lineup), pool cleaning robots (Mirra lineup), a bot to help clean gutters, and even programmable robots (Create lineup). So, what’s next for your home? A lawn mower robot. Queue the “get off my […]



Presenting the Best of CES 2019 winners!

January 12th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

Several hours of discussions and debate later, Engadget’s editors have decided who among our finalists should win our Best of CES awards. Below is our list of winners for each category, as well as Best of the Best and People’s Choice. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!



Dangle no more: Window-washing drone for towers could replace human cleaners

November 28th, 2018 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

I’m Drones are edging evermore into the workplace, transforming the way jobs are done and enabling companies to save time, improve safety, and cut costs all at the same time. Take this enormous window-washing drone. Built by Latvia-based Aerones, the machine aims to replace those human-operated cradles you’ve seen dangling on the side of huge […]



Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight

November 9th, 2018 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Micro-drones are nifty little things: small, fast, and agile. But they’re not the strongest machines around, and are barely capable of exerting more force than a small mouse head-butting your ankle. Until now. Scientists from Stanford University and EPFL in Switzerland have created a micro-drone with a built-in winch that’s capable of lifting up to […]



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