autonomous flight

autonomous flight

Watch This Drone Follow Around Chris Anderson Like a 'Pet Robot Bird'

www.theatlantic.com
Drones may not be delivering tacos through your window or following around your kids just yet. But this is one of the building blocks of that future, for good or for ill. On a recent day, not so far from where I'm typing, Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired,...
Watch This Drone Follow Around Chris Anderson Like a 'Pet Robot Bird'

Robotic planes, tractors loom behind autonomous cars

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MIT professor Mary "Missy" Cummings sees autonomous flight coming to cargo planes instead of commercial flights and robotic tractors within three years. [Read more]...
Robotic planes, tractors loom behind autonomous cars
First flight for Phantom Eye, Boeing’s liquid-hydrogen powered spy plane

Formation Flying Swarmbots

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Some amazing formation flying experiments have been performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the University of Pennsylvania’s the GRASP Lab. The Quadcopter vehicles were developed by KMel Robotics. The quadrotors are X-shaped with a central control unit at their center. Based on commands, 16 quadcopters change direction, land,...
Formation Flying Swarmbots

MeCam Could Be The Perfect High-Tech Accessory For Narcissists

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When does social media become pathological narcissism? Maybe when you broadcast your whole day via a tiny voice-controlled personal-surveillance drone that hovers in the air and follows you around. A small electronics maker, Always Innovating, says it's created a palm-sized quadrocopter complete with a video camera, microphone and antenna designed...
MeCam Could Be The Perfect High-Tech Accessory For Narcissists

Google X Acquires Makani Power And Its Airborne Wind Turbines

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After previously investing into the company, Google has now acquired Makani Power, a green energy startup that is currently building airborne wind turbines. The acquisition was first reported in Brad Stone’s Businessweek story about Google X and judging from Stone’s story, the team will join Google X. Google invested $10...
Google X Acquires Makani Power And Its Airborne Wind Turbines

Laser-toting MAV can find its way in tight spaces, might eventually hunt you down (video)

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A perpetual weakness of MAVs (micro air vehicles) is their frequent need for hand-holding in anything other than a wide-open or very controlled space. If they're not using GPS or motion sensors to find their locations, they can't turn on a dime the way a human pilot would. Adam...
Laser-toting MAV can find its way in tight spaces, might eventually hunt you down (video)

You May Soon Be Able To Buy Your Own Drone For Only $50

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Unmanned aerial vehicles have seen extensive use in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the military isn't the only organization playing the drone game.  As IEEE Spectrum reports, you may be seeing your own personal drone on shelves soon, and the small price tag will make it accessible to everyone. A company...
You May Soon Be Able To Buy Your Own Drone For Only $50

A bird in the hand thanks to a robot that can perch

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Land-bound robots? Been there, done that. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are taking things up a notch with a bird-style bot capable of autonomous flight. By replicating the features that enable birds to make a soft landing -- including the flapping wings that help them change...
A bird in the hand thanks to a robot that can perch
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