A Google self-driving car. Amazon and UPS are looking into package delivery via automated flying drones. But, according to the New York Times, Google’s recent interest in robotics lays out an interesting hypothetical situation: imagine a self-driving car pulling up in your driveway, and a robot getting out to deliver your package instead of a living, [...]
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“Farmers may operate an unmanned aircraft over their own property for personal use.” Good news from the Academy of Model Aeronautics: The FAA has clarified its rules (which were assumed but not confirmed) that private use of drones over their own property is allowed now:
UPS researching delivery drones. Amazon made headlines when it announced it was working on small drones that could deliver customers packages in half an hour or less someday. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to harness the potential of small unmanned aircraft: the world’s largest parcel service, UPS, has been experimenting with [...]
Jeff Bezos expects the drones to be fully autonomous and in operation within four or five years. In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night with Charlie Rose, CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement that Amazon is experimenting with drones that will deliver packages within 30 minutes. (Video)
The Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. A man crashed a quadcopter on a busy street in New York City in September. Footage has accidentally been shot of the inside of someone’s apartment. Drones cause problems, but the technology is too exciting to write off. (Video)
Flying robotic jellyfish. Leif Ristroph, an applied mathematician at New York University, wanted to build the “simplest possible” flying machine. Ristroph glued together several tubes of carbon fiber to build this: a sphere with four wings attached to it that propels it as a jellyfish swims. (Video)
There are three major ways that drones could be saving lives in the wake of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan. The first mainstream use of quadcopter drones has been to develop ways to end lives, unfortunately. Because, in natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan, they could be invaluable for saving them.
Since monitoring emails and phone calls wasn’t enough, NSA now plans to watch you with super tiny drones
Black Hornet Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.
The U.S. Air Force goes to great lengths to train their fighter pilots. But even the best simulations lack the visceral experience of a real live fire dogfight. To give their pilots the most realist experience possible, the USAF is working with Boeing to convert some of its old F-16s into pilotless drones that can actually engage [...]
This is the largest campaign we’ve seen that has been focused on drone technology. Chines hackers based in Shanghai went after one foreign defense contractor after another, at least 20 in all, for nearly two years. Their target, according to an American cyber security company that monitored the attacks, was the technology behind the United [...]