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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 […]

Dory is aimed at bringing underwater drones to a wider audience

October 6th, 2019 at 2:57 pm » Comments Off

The Dory underwater drone is presently on KickstarterChasing Innovation  When consumer aerial camera-drones first hit the market, buyers were mostly limited to models costing $1,000 or more. These days, half-decent quadcopters can be had for under a hundred bucks. While not going quite that cheap, Chasing Innovation is now aiming to make underwater drones similarly […]

Skydio’s new auto-follow drone is basically a flying A.I. cinematographer

October 6th, 2019 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

Up-and-coming unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Skydio unveiled a new drone today. The Skydio 2, as it’s called, is essentially a new-and-improved version of the Skydio R1 — an autonomy-focused camera drone that was released in early 2018. The new version boasts a bundle of improvements, including better battery life, longer range, and dramatically improved […]

UPS just won FAA approval to fly as many delivery drones as it wants

October 5th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

But don’t expect your next package delivery via drone UPS announced that it has received government approval to operate a “drone airline.” Don’t expect your next package to arrive directly on your doorstep by a drone, though: UPS says it will first use this certification to build a drone delivery network for hospital campuses around […]

These tree-planting drones are firing ‘seed missiles’ into the ground. Less than a year later, they’re already 20 inches tall.

October 1st, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

 Technology is the single greatest contributor to climate change but it may also soon be used to offset the damage we’ve done to our planet since the Industrial Age began. In September 2018, a project in Myanmar used drones to fire “seed missiles” into remote areas of the country where trees were not growing. Less […]

Chinese passenger drone maker EHang is said to file for U.S. IPO

October 1st, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

  An EHang Inc. E-184 drone.  Technology startup is working on producing passenger drones. EHang may raise as much as $200 million in public offering. EHang, one of China’s largest drone makers, has made a confidential application for an initial public offering with Nasdaq Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter. EHang plans […]

A fire lookout on what’s lost in a transition to technology

September 25th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

  A single tree burns in southwest New Mexico after a lightning strike. For more than 100 years, the U.S. Forest Service has been posting men and women atop mountains and trees, and in other hard-to-reach places, to wait and watch for smoke. Can you see it? The fire in the photo above? A single […]

Bell’s new, self-flying cargo drone hauls a heavy load

September 16th, 2019 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

The all-electric APT 70 can tote up to 70 pounds, cruise at 75 mph, and cover 35 miles with a fully charged battery. Bell aims to begin beyond-visual-line-of sight tests for the APT 70 next year, on the road to starting commercial service in the early 2020s. They say things are bigger in Texas, and […]

Wildfire science: computer models, drones and laser scanning help fan the flames and prevent widespread devastation

September 9th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Experts believe that with drier, hotter weather becoming the norm, even more wildfires could rage in the future. That’s why scientists are using the latest technology to monitor intentionally ignited fires. At past midnight on a Thursday night in June, researchers in Utah are still sending excited emails, updating each other on the day’s action. […]

Electric powered farm vehicles set to revolutionise agriculture sector

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

 The use of battery power for agricultural vehicles and machinery promises to revolutionise the agricultural industry by lowering costs and improving production. From battery powered large tractors to autonomous small electric robots, battery and solar power are changing the face of agriculture. Agriculture is under pressure to produce more food using a declining availability of […]

Amazon just got FAA approval to fly drones for deliveries

July 29th, 2019 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

 Your Amazon prime packages are one step closer to being delivered by drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a certificate to Amazon Prime Air on Wednesday, allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for package deliveries, the federal agency said in a statement. On the same day, Amazon (AMZN) announced it will […]

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 […]

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