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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 […]



A billion aircraft: the future of drones

November 5th, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

If US futurist Thomas Frey is right, in only 12 years drones will be as ubiquitous as cars. Frey says there will be 1 billion drones in use around the world by 2030. What exotic new roles will these combinations of computing, robotics and aerodynamics play in society? Here are a few exciting new ways […]



Eye-tracking tech lets you control a drone by looking where you want it to move

October 13th, 2018 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

There are all manner of weird and wonderful control systems being invented to help drone pilots guide their unmanned aerial vehicles through the skies. One that sounds pretty intuitive, though, is laid out in a new piece of research from engineers at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. […]



Remote weapons come of age

September 11th, 2018 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

During a military-related event on Aug 4, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro came close to being assassinated by a pair of drones. While Maduro escaped unscathed, the attack managed to injure seven soldiers. Various media outlets noted that this was the first known drone assassination attempt on a president. This development was however long in the […]



Five technologies changing construction

September 7th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Technology is changing every industry, but what are the top technologies accelerating construction? The construction industry, in general, suffers from a traditional hesitancy to embrace nascent technologies, caused partly because projects take years to plan and complete. Recently, however, progressive construction honchos have begun to harness and realise the potency of tech – whether it’s […]



Assassin drones are here. Now what?

August 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

It was perhaps inevitable that would-be political assassins would turn to off-the-shelf drones. Security forces check a nearby building after an explosion was heard while Maduro attended a ceremony in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images A failed attack by explosives-laden drones on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro could be a harbinger of […]



The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight

August 9th, 2018 at 7:07 am » Comments Off

The high-powered microwave system would be mounted to an aircraft. The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. In a public solicitation last Friday, the agency announced its intention to purchase an airborne high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin, which is intended for use against drones. The weapon, which […]



A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

August 8th, 2018 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Science, TIME, and more, and is the bestselling author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. He […]



Amazon patents aerial fulfillment centers for improved drone delivery

July 27th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s drone-centric skyscrapers intended to replace traditional warehouses are old news. The tech giant just patented floating warehouses. Last June, we reported on Amazon’s patent application for fulfillment center towers: skyscrapers that would replace the traditional warehouse model in favor of modern, drone-friendly versions that could serve as both charging hubs and convenient pitstops for […]



How e-commerce is transforming rural China

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. In isolated regions, JD.com is expanding its reach, creating on-the-ground jobs and testing drone delivery. Will villagers be less tempted to leave for the big city? Xia Canjun was born in 1979, […]



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