Posts Tagged ‘drone’
Now this looks like some action movie spy, James Bond, futuristic stuff! The Bionic Bird looks as much like a living bird that you would not give a second look. Watch this video of it flying above the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Seems easy to launch, easy to use. Check it out.
With Parrot Swing, you have the stability of a quadrocopter and the power of a plane!
Parrot Swing is the only mini-drone allowing you to pilot a supersonic plane with surprising ease. It’s also the only plane with autopilot and a vertical take-off and landing mode. With the Parrot Flypad controller, discover ultra-precise control to pilot like a pro. Transform the sky into an unbelievable race track!
Truth. But what’s even doper than the model/drone/toy is the possibilities for real-life. Imagine combining the great speed and efficiency of a plane with the ability to take off and land from small platforms, rather than long runways. Of course, the military would jump on this first. But imagine the search and rescue possibilities. Mobilizing quickly for tough terrain rescues, where planes cannot go but copters cannot be sent quick enough… disaster relief for that matter… Think about unmanned vehicles getting materials in and/or people out of places where the roads are impassible or non-existent.
Well, Nissan has this GT-R Drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. Watch it above, keeping up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track.
Zero to 100, real quick. Like in less than two seconds. Crazy!
Proxdynamics’ nano-UAV – a mini, mini, miniaturized Unmanned Air Vehicle – is on the way… at least for the U.S. military and law enforcement officials. Aptly named for its size and color scheme, the Black Hornet PD-100 PRS mini-drones should be in soldiers’ pockets in 2018. Far off reconnaissance, signaling and more; ready to fly and spy right out the box. Check out the clip above!
(Notice how it says, “Battle Tested,” in there? Already? In what battle?)
Robotics meet zoology at MIT: Scientists have nearly perfected designs for a robot cheetah.
Wait, wait! Doesn’t anybody over at MIT watch any sci-fi featuring enhanced robo-tech and/or animals? The Matrix, Planet Of The Apes…HELLO???!! So, cheetahs being high enough on the food chain to be sniffing our armpits, it’d be cool to make robo-cheetahs equipped with A.I. enabling them to run and jump without fatigue, right? No way, we’d have actual PREDATOR drones that could hunt and kill humans. Oh wait, we already do, huh?
Okay, so they’ll just come up with another name for the seek-and-eat cat-bots. Sigh. Talk about not knowing when to quit. Thanks for the sweet nightmares MIT… and VICE!
— VICE (@VICE) May 31, 2015
MORE: MIT’S CHEETAH ROBOT
95% funded on Kickstarter. This is happening!
AirDog is a personal quadcopter camcorder system designed to automatically follow and film users with a GoPro camera. The AirDog system includes the quadcopter, an AirLeash wireless device used by the quadcopter to track users, a device used to stabilize any attached GoPro camera, software and other enabling technologies (including an optional smartphone app to manually control the quadcopter). The designers’ vision is that the AirDog be used to better record extreme sports.
Why confine yourself to stationary videos, or ground-level perspective? The AirDog takes things to a whole new level!
Check out the video. Exciting visuals, with angles akin to what you would get on television broadcasts.
MORE: AIRDOG (KICKSTARTER)
Noel Sharkey, PhD is a noteworthy in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, engineering and robotics. Best known to the public as a robot expert, his current research passion is on the ethics of robot applications including care, policing, military, crime, sex, transport and medicine.
In his TED talk (above), Sharkey speaks on his lifelong love of robotics. And he brings up the ethics and realities modern society faces in deploying automated/remotely-controlled combat robots (e.g. drones) that allow us to kill from a distance; enabling so-called bloodless wars. But are “bloodless wars” really bloodless? Not for everybody; especially not for the folks who are ultimately killed by unmanned drones! What about when the “drone arms race” gets underway… and we have robot armies fighting each other? Anyone else see a HUGE risk for “collateral damage” and loss of innocent life (more so than already)?
What happens when we start using drones for civilian applications? Sharkey has predicted that – like drones programmed to make life/death decisions on the battlefield autonomously – in peacetime, drones could be carrying out tasks that include asking for ID… even tasering and arresting suspects, as well as crowd control, with no human say-so required. But do we really want that?
Actually saw this coming…sort of. We posted on drones doing everything from destroying dug-in dissidents to delivering pizzas here. And here it is: Drone pizza delivery by Dominos DomiCopter.
A spokesman for the Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza confirmed that a franchise in the United Kingdom posted video of the unmanned ‘DomiCopter’ actually delivering two pizzas in the company’s signature Heatwave bags. The digital media company T and Biscuits partnered with drone firm AeroSight to bring the concept to life. But don’t expect two piping hot pizzas to be delivered to your door via drone anytime soon. The service is illegal under U.S. law. Federal Aviation Administration rules ban unmanned aircraft like drones from being used for commercial purposes. A DomiCopter in the United Kingdom seems just as unlikely.