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Fixed Wing Drone by Parrot

The Parrot “Disco” is a fixed wing drone with a fish-eye lens camera, a range of nearly 2 kilometers, and flying time of over 45 minutes. It costs $1,300, flies at up to 80 kph (50 mph), and has automated take off and landing modes. There is a joystick operated control panel that integrates with […]

Autonomous Ships

Ships that can operate themselves are in our future. Solving navigation and normal operations problems are not difficult with modern technology. Adapting “fly-by-wire” methodology from aviation to ocean going ships will allow all the ships systems to be controlled from a computer interface instead of manual controls. In fact, many modern ships are already in […]

1948 – Moravec – bio

Hans Moravec was born in Austria in 1948 and has contributed influential work in robotics and artificial intelligence. He has also done work in the fields of transhumanism and space tethers (space elevator). In 1998, in “Mind Children”, he wrote, “it is comparatively easy to make computers exhibit adult level performance on intelligence tests or […]

Malleable Morphing Materials

Claytronics is a conceptual cross-section between nanotechnology and programmable robotics. Add in 3D printing and we’re talking about using digital processing to create programmable materials that can change form. Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter – [youtube.com] What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form […]

30 Min Deliveries From Amazon Prime Air

This Amazon Prime Air commercial shows some of the potential of robotic drone deliveries. If they make this work, other companies will follow and expand use cases to many different business sectors. Further, Amazon might be able to sell their delivery infrastructure to smaller companies allowing them to offer the same delivery service. Amazon Prime […]

“Hover Camera” Floats and Follows Using AI

Power it on, flip it open, and it hovers in the air, then will follow you anywhere and take 13 megapixel pictures and record 4K video. It uses a location and mapping algorithm to combine data from a down-facing camera, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope to determine where it is. Then it uses facial and […]

Drones That Don’t Fly

When we think of drones, we often concentrate on flying drones. But drones can also roll, float, swim, crawl, and eventually will walk. When we use the term, “UAV” it means Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, implying flying. But Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and Unmanned Water Vehicles (UWV) can also be useful. The key component in drones […]

Using a Drone to Catch a Drone

A team at Michigan Technological University has demonstrated a “proof of concept” design for a drone capable of shooting out a net that can entangle and capture another drone, disabling its ability to fly. In a law enforcement environment, just destroying a done that has penetrated restricted flying space may not be desirable. This concept […]

A Fully Automated Home

Our homes are becoming more automated all the time. It began about a hundred years ago, when electricity and modern plumbing came inside our homes for the first time. The first use of electricity inside our home was often just a single light bulb hanging from a cord in the middle of the room. And […]

Face to Face Turing Test

The Turing Test measures the ability of software to mimic human conversation. Originally conceived by Alan Turing as a test for intelligence in machines, it has become possible to imitate conversation convincingly enough to pass for human, even though the software does not qualify as truly intelligent. In the field of robotics, a new version […]