Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: drones


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 […]



Drones in Agriculture: How UAVs make farming more efficient

February 17th, 2018 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

Farmers are increasingly turning to drones as their newest, most efficient tool in agriculture. Let’s take a look at the facts and figures.



Illegal drone use over New York City is steeply rising

February 17th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Within a single year, illegal drone sightings in New York City have increased by 68 percent. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to establish the state’s first drone-testing corridor, this is probably not what he had in mind. New York City has seen an increase in illegal drone use of 68 percent from the […]



The newest weapon for the U.S. Marine Corps is a fleet of quadcopter drones.

February 13th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Each squad in the Marine Corps will soon have a new member — a quadcopter drone that will be used in everything from training to surveillance to battlefield assaults. The Marines purchased more than 800 drones at the end of 2017 and now they’re rolling out quickly to every squad in the service, according to […]



162 Future Jobs square