by on December 20, 2018
Engineering dictates that the easiest and most obvious layout for drone propellers is in a square format with four propellers. Nature, however, sticks to the basic layout of two wings across all its flying creatures. From birds to insects to the occasional reptile and mammal, nature’s always bestowed a bilaterally symmetric, dual wing setup… so Carota’s drone puts faith in that setup that’s developed over millions of years of evolution. Carota’s Hornet drone sports two propellers on either side ...
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by on December 17, 2018
Disruptive technology trends determine the way the new year will be shaped. They will accelerate and transform many industries at a rapid pace throughout the year. They will shape the world and the future and will be present on the horizon of business owners and investors alike. The intelligent digital mesh is going to include interconnected humans, robots, devices, content, and services all driven by digital transformation. Disruptive technology trends are going to propel the future where t...
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by on December 12, 2018
An experimental folding drone, able to retract its arms during flight and make itself small enough to fit through narrow gaps and holes, could have great potential for search and rescue operations it is claimed. Developed by a team from the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich and the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) the drone takes its inspiration from the way in which birds are able to fold their wings in mid-air, and ...
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by on December 8, 2018
https://youtu.be/DhIOXrtsZEE Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical capabilities of a worldwide corporation. At Geoscan ltd, we decided to create our own droneshow on a budget using our already developed platform called Pionee...
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by on November 30, 2018
From autonomous robots to wealth management: here are four promising startups at the end of 2018. ICO projects with no real use are just not attractive to investors anymore. According to ICODATA $150 million were raised through the month of October 2018 in token sales. That’s a substantial decline from the $1.5 billion raised in January the same year. “The blockchain space is getting to the point where there’s a ceiling in sight,” – claims Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. According to ...
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by on November 27, 2018
UK-based Horizon Technologies released the first images of its Xtender technology Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) module mounted on a s UAV testing is being conducted in order to address customer requirements for small UAV-based Sat phone SIGINT (Thuraya, ISatPhone Pro and Iridium networks). The small UAV (pictured above) is carrying the Xtender module and has essentially the same SIGINT capability as expensive manned aircraft carrying the company's FlyingFish system operational worldwide, a Horiz...
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by on November 19, 2018
When discussing traits and features in VTOL sUAS platforms, some of the most common characteristics are stability, operational ease, and endurance. These are traits that drone manufacturers should strive to enhance because a large amount of drone users are novice and these features help make drone operations easier (Cai, Dias, & Seneviratne, 2014). Stability is an important feature for Quadcopters. This characteristic helps distinguish the good quality VTOL platforms from the toys. The ...
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by on November 19, 2018
Addressing short flight durations is one of the final frontiers in drone technology is yet another innovative use case of drone technology-HES Energy Systems which has announced the commercial launch of HYCOPTER, an industrial-grade multi-rotor drone designed for large-scale industrial maintenance inspections. With a long-standing reputation for producing the world’s lightest and most compact fuel cell systems, which can be as much as 5 times lighter than lithium batteries HES has been pushin...
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by on November 14, 2018
Most of the time drone pilots steer using video game-style controllers, or just virtual thumbpads and buttons on a phone screen. But helicopters and planes are steered by joystick-like controllers, so why aren't drones? Fluidity Technologies is working on just such a controller, with the FT Aviator now on Kickstarter. The FT Aviator is the brain child of Scott Parazynski, a former NASA astronaut who has apparently designed the new controller to be both more like the advanced tools he's used t...
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by on November 8, 2018
Diamonds may hold the secret to keeping drones in flight indefinitely. Scientists at LakeDiamond, a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), have developed a safe laser beam system that uses small lab-grown diamonds to power small drones instead of relying entirely on a rechargeable battery. Despite the growing sophistication and versatility of drones, they continue to suffer from one major weakness: their battery life. This is particularly true for prope...
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by on November 5, 2018
The students also displayed SOS devices that can alert officials and relatives about the last available GPS co-ordinates when a person is in danger. A drone that can be used during times of disasters, a cost-effective device to clean manholes and a robot that detects possible flaws in rail-road tracks are among the 50 exhibits at the Centre For Innovation (CFI)’s Open House organised by Indian Institute of Technology-Madras’ on Sunday. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fitted with cameras, is...
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by on November 2, 2018
A Legislative Assembly committee will investigate issues arising from the drone delivery trial in Bonython, as well as drones’ potential impacts on greenhouse emissions and privacy concerns. Liberal Member for Brindabella and Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall’s motion for the Assembly to refer drone delivery services to the ACT Assembly’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee was passed on the voices on Thursday (1 November), with amendments from Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury. Mr...
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