Apache-Drone Combo to have More Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the U.S. Military

The Textron Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has recently hit an operational milestone, becoming the first of the U.S. Army’s mid-range (or Group III) drones to fly one million hours. The aircraft have been clocking in some serious hours in Iraq, working in tandem with Apache attack helicopters in the fight against ISIS.

So far, the teams have been doing “very well.”

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“We are starting our after-action reviews with them, from an Apache standpoint and a Shadow standpoint,” said. Lt. Col. Tory Burgess. “The information that we’re getting back is that the Shadows performed very well.”

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Compared to the $5 million Predator or the (larger) $13 million Reaper, the 467 pound, 500 watt Shadow, introduced in 1999, is smaller and less expensive...

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The rise and rise of the robotic sensor

By 2020, there will be 50 billion sensors observing activity on earth and driving the Industrial Internet. A sensor can be a microphone, a gyroscope, a camera, an electrical transducer, a little bit of fiche-like film, even a knitted fabric (yes, really!). And on top of the fact that they’re generating unbelievable reams of data, sensors are simply improving our lives. Here are seven cool sensor set-ups collecting real-time data to lend a powerful helping hand to the environment, winemakers, the sick, populations in peril—and even your tennis game.

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1…Unmanned, up there and upping the agriculture ante

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Meet the Dazzling Flying Futuristic Drone Machines


When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.



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Drone for this Week: This Unmanned Aircraft Flies With Only One Moving Part


The Monospinner, developed at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), boasts being the “mechanically simplest controllable flying machine in existence,” integrating only one moving part: the rotating propeller.

That’s it.

It has no other parts—no flats, hinges, or control surfaces. No valves or other actuators.

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While the Monospinner can’t hover like a multicopter, its asymmetrical design, providing a constant angular speed and propeller force, enables it to remain in one position. Feedback control keeps the aircraft near its equilibrium.

The drone was developed by researchers Weixuan Zhang, Mark W. Mueller, and Raffaello D’Andrea.

But while it boasts frugality, the drone can’t reall...

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Future Robotic DroneTechnologies Secrets That Will Blow Your Mind (Full New Documentary)



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Rise of the robots sparks an investment bonanza

Global influx of auto machines set to open one of the brightest new tech markets

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The future is almost here: from machines that can work alongside us to those built with human characteristics that can act as personal assistants or even companions, robots are starting to walk out of the lab and into our lives

An army of robots is on the move.

In warehouses, hospitals and retail stores, and on city streets, industrial parks and the footpaths of college campuses, the first representatives of this new invading force are starting to become apparent.

“The robots are among us,” says Steve Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley investor and a director at Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies, which have relied heavily on robotics...

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Loon Copter drone flies as well as floats and dives underwater in this Video

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The Loon Copter tips forward to “fly” underwater (Credit: Oakland University).

Along with the usual flying drones, there are also models that can move along the surface of the water like boats, that can explore underwater like submarines, or that can even both fly and float. As is the case with its feathered namesake, however, Oakland University’s Loon Copter can fly, land on the water to see what’s under the surface, and then dive down to check out what it sees.

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The Loon flies in the same fashion as any other quadcopter, and initially floats when it comes to rest on the water. It can then simply sit in one spot, or it can use its props to push itself along the surface. The real fun starts when it pumps water into its buoyancy chamber, though, causing it to sink.

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Police in Holland train eagles to snatch unwanted drones out of the sky


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Dutch police are training eagles to snatch rogue drones from the sky during emergencies, in the latest effort to combat unsafe drone use.

In a partnership with “raptor training company” Guard From Above, the Dutch National Police began the trial as an alternative to using nets to bring unwanted drones down.

“There are situations where drones cannot fly … almost always related to safety,” said Mark Wiebes, innovation manager of the National Unit of the police.

“There is a case where an air ambulance would land but could not because someone out there flew a drone.

“You can also imagine that people want to take beautiful pictures of an event an...

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Killer robots closer to reality than we think,United Nations is told

Australia a target for drones?

Is the Australian Defence Force the next big customer for unmanned aerial vehicles? Vision General Atomics’ promotional video.

Australia has warned the world that artificially intelligent killer robots “may be closer than many of us had imagined” and nations need to work harder to tackle the future threat they may pose.

At a United Nations meeting on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” in Geneva, Switzerland, the Australian delegation on Monday night called on the world to come up with agreed rules about how to handle the rapid pace in technology in military artificial intelligence.

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Imaging drones to spot signs of explosive chemicals leaking from landmines in this video

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University of Bristol researcher Dr Tom Scott with a landmine-hunting drone.

Care estimates there are some 110 million landmines buried around the world, with more than 70 people killed or injured each day by these deadly devices. Locating and disabling landmines is not only a meticulous and time-intensive task, but an incredibly dangerous one as well. Working to help keep humans out of harm’s way, British scientists are developing drones with advanced imaging technology to more effectively map and speed up the clearing of affected areas.

Flying a drone over a football stadium would normally incite all kinds of outrage from protective managers determined to safeguard their secret tactics...

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Hedging your bets against sex robots? AI ‘could result in half of world being unemployed’

Scientist Moshe Vardi informs colleagues that change could come within a matter of just 30 years, with few professions immune to effect of advanced artificial intelligence

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Artificial intelligence could put more than half the planet’s population out of a job, a computer scientist says. Photograph: Science Picture Co./Corbis

Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated.

Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We a...

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