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This flying ‘dragon’ drone can change shape in midair

July 11th, 2018 at 9:22 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s JSK Lab have developed a “dragon drone,” made up of several small drones and capable of transforming on the fly, as reported by IEEE. Not only can the drone change into different shapes, like a square or curved line, it can also autonomously decide what shape it needs to […]



Dropcopter’s drones boost crop pollination by up to 60% in bad bee years

July 9th, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

The Dropcopter drone is designed to pollen-bomb rows of crops following a pre-programmed route A large percentage of the world’s food production relies on bee pollination, but what do we do when the bees can’t be relied on? US startup Dropcopter has just demonstrated that it can deliver a 25 to 60 percent boost in […]



Eye in the sky: Drones are being taught to spot violence in crowds

July 5th, 2018 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

Researchers are developing a real-time drone survelliance system to identify violence in crowds before it occurs. Imagine your every move being watched and analysed by drones designed to predict – and stop – violent behaviour. It sounds like a scene from Black Mirror, but researchers are trialling a drone surveillance system that does just that […]



China is using robotic bird drones with cameras to monitor its citizens

June 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm » Comments Off

When you gaze into the sky, what do you see? If you happen to live in China, the answer might be surveillance drones disguised as birds, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post. The new report alleges that Chinese military and government agencies have been using undercover drones to spy on […]



A single police drone has seriously impacted crime in a Mexican city

June 15th, 2018 at 9:29 am » Comments Off

Drones are finding a place in so many industries lately that it’s not much of a surprise that police departments have also been testing the technology for crime-fighting operations. The city of Ensenada in Mexico, for example, has recently achieved positive results using just a single quadcopter, Wired reported this week. The flying machine has […]



The next frontier of police surveillance is drones

June 13th, 2018 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

A major drone company and a major police-camera company are teaming up, and the possibilities are frightening. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. A company that makes stun guns and body cameras is teaming up with a company that makes […]



This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

June 3rd, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

The Robots Roaming the High Seas Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them. Every spring, thousands of great white sharks begin a mysterious migration. From up and down America’s West Coast, they head straight for a Colorado-size patch of […]



Flying robot insect ditches wires, embraces freedom

May 21st, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick (via Mark Stone/University of Washington) Humanoid robots can’t take over the world alone: Insect-esque androids are a great distraction, their tiny mechanical bodies crawling or flying to divert attention from the cyborg uprising. Or, I suppose, they could be better used for time-consuming tasks too challenging for larger […]



Chinese police foil drone-flying phone smugglers at Hong Kong border

April 1st, 2018 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Dozens of high-tech phone smugglers have been apprehended by Chinese police, who twigged to the scheme to send refurbished iPhones into the country from Hong Kong via drone — but not the way you might think. China’s Legal Daily reported the news (and Reuters noted shortly after) following a police press conference; it’s apparently the […]



Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?

March 22nd, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at […]



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