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Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

Remember the cyborg dragonfly developed by researchers at Draper and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t the first. But really, are we even surprised? Cybernetic is like the next (inevitable) evolution of robotics. Anyways, researchers over at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, together with University of California Berkeley, has joined forces to developed a cyborg beetle whose flight can be controlled remotely by humans. I know how it sounds like. It sounds rather creepy (because of spying and stuff), but despite so, cyborg technology could be the answer to the future of search and rescue operations. Continue reading Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

AT&T Flying COW Brings Cell Services To Disaster-hit Areas In Puerto Rico

When disaster strikes, communication is as important as basics like water and power. The importance of communication cannot be overstated and understanding this, U.S. telecommunication giant AT&T has a drone helicopter, aptly called Flying COW (Cell on Wings), that will serve to provide temporarily cell services, including data, voice and text. The unmanned heli is an experimental technology currently deployed in Puerto Rico after the Caribbean Sea island state was swept by Category 5 Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster to hit the Dominica. Continue reading AT&T Flying COW Brings Cell Services To Disaster-hit Areas In Puerto Rico

Parrot’s Newest Drones Are Here To Help Firefighters And Farmers

For an organization who knows drone like DJI did, it is a bit of surprise that Parrot did not dive into the commercial sector until of late when it positioned its consumer drones as 3D modelling and mapping. Anyways, it is a logical business progression which the French company is following up with two new drones, Bebop-Pro Thermo and Bluegrass, aimed at firefighters and farmers, respectively. The firefighting drone is, as the product name hinted, is based on the company’s Bebop drone. It does not fight fire per se (obviously…), but with a 14MP camera and FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera, Bebop-Pro Thermo can serve as eyes in the sky during critical rescue missions. Continue reading Parrot’s Newest Drones Are Here To Help Firefighters And Farmers

China Offers ‘Affordable’ Counterterrorism Solution With Unmanned Attack Helicopter

It looks like China is a rapidly growing market that not only offers the world affordable alternatives to a myriad of consumers product, but it is now actively vying for a piece of the military hardware pie too. The unmanned attack helicopter, the AV500W, you see here from state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) is one such military hardware aimed at the global market. The AV500W was recently unveiled at the fourth China Helicopter Expo at Tianjin where over 400 helicopter manufacturers and vendors from 22 nations and regions participated. Continue reading China Offers ‘Affordable’ Counterterrorism Solution With Unmanned Attack Helicopter

This Cyborg Dragonfly Is The Microbot From Deception Point In Real Life

In Dan Brown’s Deception Point (Pocket Books, ISBN-13 978-1416524809), the author wrote about a breakthrough in biomimicry; a dragonfly-like microbot no longer than a centimeter that is primarily used for reconnaissance (or more unglamorously, spying) and recharges by nearby magnetic field. It is not hard to imagine how farfetched it sounded back in 2001, but given the technology we possessed today, farfetched it is not. In fact, it looks like Dan Brown’s words have come true. Eerily and freakishly, there’s a working microbot today that is not only a realization of Dan Brown’s fictional microbot, but it pretty much pushes the boundary biomimicry. Continue reading This Cyborg Dragonfly Is The Microbot From Deception Point In Real Life

Airobotics Raises $32.5 Million To Meet Growing Demands In Mining And Homeland Security Industries

Remember Airobotics? The futuristic automated industrial drone system designed to patrol your commercial perimeter autonomously? Well, these are guys are not only really, really serious about what they are doing, but they want to do even more. The Israel-based company has announced the completion of a whopping $32.5 million Round C funding, led by BlueRun Ventures China, along with Microsoft Ventures, OurCrowd.com and an unnamed strategic investor. With the new found financial injection, Airobotics will be able to extend its unique service to more industries, such as in mining and homeland security which could benefit from autonomous intelligent drones. Continue reading Airobotics Raises $32.5 Million To Meet Growing Demands In Mining And Homeland Security Industries

Is Herrera Bladeless Drone Concept The Next Evolution In Drone Tech?

Consumer-grade drones are a dime a doze. It seems like everyone knows how to build one and sell it to you for a handsome amount. Most drones available today differentiate themselves with sophisticated software and sensors, but really, that is all there is to it. The drivetrain that makes them take flight is pretty much the same, comprising of, you know, brushless motors and rotors. While companies are cashing on this common technology, design engineer Edgar Herrera decided to challenge the status quo. And what he has proposed is, imho, a slap on capitalist businesses who seek little to no innovations and taking the easy way out to milk the market. Continue reading Is Herrera Bladeless Drone Concept The Next Evolution In Drone Tech?

Airdog Takes The Next-Gen Handsfree Camera Drone To Kickstarter

AirDog, the pioneer of digital leash drone, is back with a second auto-follow camera drone called Airdog ADII. This backpack-able drone (granted, you will need a full-size backpack for it) features an advanced intelligent tracking technology that adapts to the terrain that it is flying over. So, there’s no worry that your cycling adventure may take under some trees because, ADII will know to go over them and keep up with you when you emerge from the woods. Unlike most auto-follow drones which are controller first, auto-follow second, ADII is built from the ground up to be a handsfree drone. In other words, ADII involves zero manned operation. Continue reading Airdog Takes The Next-Gen Handsfree Camera Drone To Kickstarter

Drone Racing League Built The Fastest Racing Drone, Made World Record

It is official. The world’s fastest drone is the RacerX, built by Drone Racing League (DRL). RacerX set the Guinness World Records for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter as it swooped back and forth across a measurement course of 328 feet (100 meters), clocking in a mind-bending average top speed of 163.5 miles per hour (263 km/h!). This record-making quadcopter was the handiwork Ryan Gury, DRL’s Director of Product, who was backed by DRL’s very own team of expert drone engineers. Continue reading Drone Racing League Built The Fastest Racing Drone, Made World Record

Rally Car Catching Some Air Nearly Took Out A Drone In Its Path

Drone has become a norm and so are the incidents of drone being taken out of the sky accidentally or intentionally. In a recent incident, a low-flying drone attempt to capture a spectacular footage of an oncoming rally car, a Toyota WRC piloted by Esapekka Lappi, catching some air, but unfortunately it got in the way of the launching car and resulted in a collision. Fortunately, like any good, accomplished rally car driver, the Finnish driver presses on and landed beautifully before speeding off leaving a cloud of dust as spectators cheered on. We are not quite sure if the excitement and applauses were for the beautifully executed Micky’s Jump, or a celebratory cheer for another injured drone (unlikely), or for the team’s ability to advert a potential deadly disaster. Continue reading Rally Car Catching Some Air Nearly Took Out A Drone In Its Path