10 special drones that are sure to turn heads with pics & info here


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Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s remembers a time before branded Lego kits. If you wanted Star Wars ships you had to design them yourself. There weren’t any Indiana Jones or Batman kits, and forget about Lord Of The Rings sets.

Flybrix is a drone kit that takes Lego creations one step further: you can attach drone motors to your designs and fly them! The basic Flybrix kit comes with eight motors and all the specialized Lego-compatible bricks you need to get started. Drones can be flown with a smartphone app or a remote.

These buildable drones aren’t out yet, but according to the website they should ship by Christmas. Lego Logic works.


2…Splash Drone

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Drones can be fun for a while, but sometimes you want one that has a more serious use. Enter the Splash Drone...

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China will or will not Adhere to Its Own Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes?

Maybe this is on the cards: Chinese drones roaming Africa’s skies, looking out for Beijing’s interests.

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A team of militia members fly drones during a test in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2015. China is escalating research into military drones as its arms industry looks to increase export volumes, hoping to gain traction with cheaper technology and a willingness to sell to countries Western states are reluctant to. Picture taken April 21, 2015

In a previous article, “Is China Establishing a Norm Prohibiting Lethal Drone Strikes in Asia?” we discussed how China has been reluctant to engage in the practice of targeted killings via the use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) or better known as (armed) drones...

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Sydney University Australia opens up horticultural learning centre in robotics

The University of Sydney’s first horticultural robotics learning and development hub has opened in Sydney.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, will today open Australia’s first horticultural robotics learning centre and development hub at the University of Sydney.

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Located within the University’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the Horticulture Innovation Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (HICRIS) will become a hub for horticulture robotics in Australia.

“A future generation of students will be trained right here and will take their place as leaders in the horticulture industry, and researchers here will oversee the creation of world-leadi...

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Artificial Intelligent robotic controlled cleaning system for food manufacturers

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.

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Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day.


As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day – to minimise food safety risks.

Cleaning accounts for 30 per cent of energy and water use and leads to excessive productivity down time and over-use of chemicals, at huge cost to manufa...

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Pilotless drones used in parcel sorting centre

Prime Competence and Unmanned Life have announced that they have started the pilot deployment of the world’s first autonomous drone-based sorting centre for a major European post.

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Drones are once again at the top of the news in e-commerce, but this time not for postal delivery. Prime Competence will provide overall program management, process auditing, technology assessments combined with Unmanned Life’s multi-patent pending innovative solution of a fully autonomous drone fleet, managed through a SaaS platform over the cloud.

This initiative will introduce a combination of drones and autonomous ground vehicles to be used indoors for postal sorting...

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Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Technical Jobs & the future of jobs

Why it’s time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Radical changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people

There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here’s a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race.

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For decades movies have warned of intelligent machines taking our lives while ignoring a more plausible near-future threat: that they will take our jobs.

A growing number of economists and artificial intelligence researchers are recommending that societies prepare for a world where large numbers of jobs are automated.

If they’re right, t...

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Meet your robot colleague: The advance of collaborative robotics

In tomorrow’s workplace, machines and people work side by side to get the job done.

Nice colleague. Cheerful beautiful delighted woman sitting at the table and using  laptop while the robot standing with papers nearby

Nice colleague. Cheerful beautiful delighted woman sitting at the table and using laptop while the robot standing with papers nearby

Workplaces where humans labor side by side with robots and other automation systems will become more common in the years ahead, and one of the trends fueling these types of environments is the advancement of collaborative robotics.

With collaborative robot applications, humans and robots can occupy the same workspace at the same time while the system is in automatic mode, said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the umbrella association for Robotic Industries Association, Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association...

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The first fully soft autonomous robot is an octopus & how it works video

Harvard researchers 3D printed an autonomous robot that demonstrates the advantages of soft robots. Just like an octopus, the robot is strong and dexterous enough to grasp objects.

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Close your eyes, and picture a robot. It’s probably hard and angular, with jerky movements that have inspired dancers for decades. But robots can also be flexible, squishy, and graceful. Researchers at Harvard have created the first autonomous robot that is completely soft. Its design is inspired by the octopus — a creature that is known for its strength and dexterity.

The octopus’s qualities are ideal for modern robotics, which require more flexibility than the hulky machines that have dominated industrial settings for more than half a century...

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POLISH SCIENTISTS & this video say This Tiny, Soft Worm-like Robot Was Inspired by A Caterpillar

The adorable robot moves when exposed to light.

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Caterpillar micro-robot sitting on a finger tip.

A new robot created by physicists at the University of Warsaw is significantly more impressive than it looks. The tiny translucent strip of elastic polymer is only a little over a centimeter long, but its capable of moving forward, climbing a slope, squeezing through small cracks, and carrying ten times its weight.

Though other soft robots of this type have been built before, building them at the scale of nature has been difficult. Because of the molecular pattern of its material, known as Liquid Crystalline Elastomers or LCEs, the caterpillar-inspired bot moves when it is exposed to green light and lasers...

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Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking charging stations

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Using the docking station, Amazon’s drones could come down to recharge ahead of the next leg of their journey.

Lamp posts are a popular resting place for tired birds, but our feathered friends may soon find themselves with a little competition for these convenient perches. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a drone docking system that would see its flying delivery robots come down to recharge on structures like street lamps and power poles before continuing onto their final destination.

Amazon filed the patent back in November 2014, describing a multipurpose system of docking stations that can be networked with a central control point and a fleet of drones. This came almost a year after the e-commerce giant first revealed its plans to deliver items in 30 minutes by autonomous dron...

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US Army embraces tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet

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A tether provides the drone with the power needed for long endurance flights.

Drones have become an immensely powerful (and controversial) tool in and over the battlefield, but with limited flight times they can only watch over enemies for so long. Lately, the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.

We first heard of CyPhy Works and its Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the drone in question, in 2012. The design has evolved to now include six rotors instead of the original four, but its capabilities remain largely the same.

The system starts with a gr...

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A chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee, Slurpees and candy were packed into a purpose-built container and carried autonomously by a Flirtey drone.

A fully fledged drone service dropping items off across the US is a ways off yet, but the concept has now edged a little closer to reality with 7-Eleven carrying out the nation’s first drone delivery to a customer’s home. The retailer teamed up with drone startup Flirtey to complete the shipment, whose flying robot was loaded up with Slurpees and other snacks to give convenience store a new kind of meaning.

The deliveries began at a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada, a state where Flirtey has set up shop with an office at the University of Nevada, looking to grow its technology at one of just six federally approved drone testing sites in the ...

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