Parrot Rolling Spider MiniDrone

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Parrot’s Rolling Spider with the wheels attached.

A palm-sized quadrocopter which doubles as a remote control car, Parrot’s Rolling Spider might be your perfect geek toy.

The problem with remote control flying toys is that they tend to be either cheap and nasty or prohibitively expensive. At $139.99 Parrot’s Rolling Spider MiniDrone sits nicely in the middle, especially if you’ve been burned by cheap and nasty alternatives and don’t want to throw good money after bad. The catch is that you need an iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8.1 device in order to pilot the Spider.

The Spider’s body is slightly bigger than a box of matches and sits easily in the palm of your hand...

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DRONES AERIAL VIDEO VIEW OF NEW APPLES HEADQUARTERS

 AMATEUR VIDEO USING DRONE OF APPLES NEW SPACESHIP HEADQUARTERS  IN SILICON VALLEY

Amateur video footage taken by a drone and uploaded to YouTube reveals the enormous scale of Apple’s new “spaceship” headquarters now under construction in Silicon Valley, California.

The video shows a massive construction site, reinforced concrete foundations and what looks to be the gargantuan underground carpark that is designed to hide the eyesore of an outdoor parking lot.

The building, designed the British architectural firm Foster + Partners, is a four-storey, circular edifice built around a 60 hectare landscaped park. The complex will accommodate 12,000 employees.

The park at the core “would replicate the original California landscape, and parts of it would also recapture the orchards of [Silicon...

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Chinese reportedly working on super-fast submarine that would ‘fly’ in an ‘air bubble’

A ‘supercavitating’ submarine creates a bubble of air that encompasses the whole vehicle by ejecting gas through the nose with enough force that it forms water vapor. This greatly reduces drag and allows it to travel at high speeds not possible by standard submarines. Photo: The Washington Post

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In the annals of vehicular locomotion, the submarine is the equivalent of the Walkman. It dazzled the masses when it hit, flexing nuclear-tipped missiles that completed the “nuclear triad” of deterrence.

But other technologies soon surpassed it in terms of speed and agility. Now, years later, the submarine may be making a comeback — at least theoretically. Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in northeast China tell the South China Morning Post that they’re hard at work on a s...

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IS IT A HOVERBIKE OR A COPTER DRONE??

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Boeing unveils secret stealth test plane

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Boeing has unveiled the “Bird of Prey” technology demonstrator – a once highly classified project that pioneered numerous aircraft design, development and production technologies during the 1990′s. New stealth concepts, rapid prototyping techniques and cost-effective 3-D virtual reality design and assembly processes were among the technologies pioneered by the bat-like Bird of Prey that have since become industry standards, removing the need to keep the aircraft’s existence a secret.

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The subsonic, single-seat technology demonstrator, the aircraft completed 38 test flights as part of its flight-demonstration program. Its first flight took place in fall 1996. Bird of Prey has a wingspan of approximately 23 feet and a length of 47 feet, and weighs nearly 7,400 pounds...

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DRONE TECHNOLOGY INTO TOYS IS HAPPENING HERE IN THIS VIDEO

BRINGING DRONE TECH TO TOYS

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Robots that use Wi-Fi ‘X-RAY’ to see through walls shown in these pics & video

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Robots created by a team working at the University of California, Santa Barbara are able to look through solid walls using just Wi-Fi signals. With potential applications in search and rescue, surveillance, detection and archeology, these robots have the capability to identify the position and outline of unseen objects within a scanned structure, and then categorize their composition as metal, timber, or flesh.

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Working in pairs, the robots traverse the perimeter of an object or structure and alternately transmit and receive Wi-Fi radio signals between each other through the object being scanned...

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MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms. See pics & view video here.

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Featured in comic books since 1963, Dr. Octopus, or “Doc Ock” is an enemy of Spiderman with four extra robotic arms attached to his back that assist him in his nefarious plans. That vision of humans with extra limbs – minus the supervillain part – is taking shape at MIT with researchers adding “supernumerary robotic arms” to assist with tasks that ordinary two-armed humans would find difficult.

There are many tasks around the house or factory that you have probably said to yourself, “if I only an extra arm, this would be a lot easier.” Tasks like hanging a ceiling fan, installing an overhead light fixture, or even just holding open a box would be easier if there was an extra arm to help out. Now engineers are envisioning two robotic arms as helping hands.

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Over 1,000 robots swarm together in Harvard lab. Pics & Video here.

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Ants, schooling fish and flocking birds all have something in common – they can achieve things by working together that they could never do on their own. With that in mind, researchers are now looking into ways of allowing “swarms” of communicating robots to accomplish tasks that are difficult or even impossible for single robots. Harvard University recently performed an unprecedented demonstration of that behavior, in which a batch of over 1,000 tiny Kilobots arranged themselves into a variety of pre-assigned two-dimensional shapes.

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Each individual Kilobot is only about the diameter of a US quarter-dollar coin, and moves via three rigid legs that are vibrated by two motors, allowing it to move left, right or straight forward...

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Researchers have successfully paired a drone with a unmanned ground vehicle, enabling it to land autonomously on the ground vehicle

New control method enables drones to land autonomously on moving vehicles

While continual improvements are allowing larger UAVs to stay in the air for longer, the lifting capacity and endurance of smaller UAVs is largely constrained by the weight and size of their batteries. In a move that could greatly expand the reach and applications of small UAVs, a team of robotics researchers propose pairing a UAV with a ground vehicle that would provide a place of respite. However, such a vision requires autonomous coordinated docking between the two vehicles, which is exactly what the team has achieved.

Coupling a drone with an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) may prove useful in a number of scenarios...

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Russia Wants In on a Killer Robot Future so is going to play catch up with the west

Military officials have said that Moscow is developing its own drones — technology on which it lags significantly behind the U.S. — and an unmanned ground vehicle to guard its nuclear missile silos.
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The question of when Russia will deploy giant anthropomorphic battle robots on its borders was on top of the list of things people asked President Vladimir Putin about during his online news conference in 2006.

Putin politely skirted the question. But last March, his special envoy Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia does in fact want lethal robots, though not necessarily giant or even anthropomorphic, and is conducting research in the field.

But Russia also recognizes the implications of creating machines authorized to kill humans, judging by the country’s participation in the firs...

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Laboratory of Killer Robots ‘Already Functioning’ in Russia it is claimed

Technician walks in front of a robot as it makes an entrance during the "Robot Ball" scientific exhibition in Moscow

A technician walks in front of a robot as it makes an entrance during the “Robot Ball” scientific exhibition in Moscow.

Weeks after expressing an interest in designing lethal robots, the Russian government announced on Friday that a new military robotics laboratory had become operational.

Oleg Bochkarev, the deputy chairman of the Russian government’s Military-Industrial Commission, told Itar-Tass that the new robotics laboratory was “built and already functioning.” Bochkarev did not elaborate on the location or the operations of the new facility.

In 2013, deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the country’s military-industrial complex, had announced plans to build a military robotics laboratory...

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