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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711 STORE USA RENO NEVADA EMPLOYS A DRONE FOR FOOD & DRINKS DELIVERY

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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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Highlighting Teal – the world’s fastest production drone with brains as well as brawn

Teal drone: streams vision back to a phone, tablet or VR headset in 720p (Credit: Teal Drones)

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A Utah-based company is launching what it claims is the world’s fastest production drone. Capable of 85 mph under favorable circumstances, the Teal is a powerful, lightweight quadcopter that streams vision at 720p and has a powerful onboard computer to run advanced applications that could eventually include machine learning algorithms.

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Teal is a quirky design that doesn’t neatly fit the camera drone or racing drone categories, although it can probably fulfill both those briefs at a pinch.

Its camera can film in 4K at 24fps, but it doesn’t hang below the drone on a gimbal, instead relying on electronic stabilization similar to what some of the Parrot drones use...

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Video shows Lehmann launching future-proof, modular drones for professionals

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Lehmann Aviation’s new L-A series offers models tailored for mapping and agricultural applications (Credit: Lehmann Aviation)

Drone technology has changed rapidly over the past decade and France’s Lehmann Aviation is looking to help professional drone users future-proof their UAVs with what the company claims is the world’s first modular design in its latest line of drones.

In the past, Lehmann has offered higher-end UAVs designed with photography and mapping applications in mind, even for users with little flying experience. But the company’s new L-A series ups the ante with a line of drones designed for an array of field assignments, ranging from mapping to mining, construction and precision agriculture.

The new line of drones includes the base model LA500 and models outfitted spe...

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Mine-hunting drone has the makings of the world being a safer place

Massoud Hassani inspects one of the Mine Kafon Drone prototypes (Credit: Mine Kafon)

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Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something that works faster. To that end, he is now developing the Mine Kafon Drone.

Currently in working prototype form, the drone takes the form of a custom-made multicopter that can be equipped with different tools. It’s designed to seek and destroy mines in a three-step process.

First, equipped with a camera, it flies over the minefield in a grid pattern to create a 3D map of the ar...

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Look out London: Amazon drone delivery trials to kick off in the UK

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Amazon approached the UK government last year to enquire about trialing its drone delivery technology.

Amazon has found itself a new ally in its plans to get the Prime Air delivery service off the ground, today announcing a partnership with the UK government to commence trials using its autonomous drones. The agreement will enable Amazon to test out the technologies behind its drone delivery service, an audacious plan that it first announced in December of 2013.

It has been slow-going since Amazon’s initial big reveal of its drone intentions, with regulators in the US giving the e-commerce giant little room to move when it comes to conducting real-world trials, let alone actually implementing the service on any scale.

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced

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Super quick follow-me camera drone uses artificial intelligence to be a better cameraman -Watch videos

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The Staaker drone’s artificial intelligence is designed to give this automatic aerial cameraman an edge over the competition (Credit: Staaker)

Ever since that notorious Lily drone video went massively viral back in 2015, scores of companies have been scrambling to build super-portable, automatic, follow-me camera drones.

The latest to cross our desk is the Staaker, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that could set it apart from the crowd.

Like many of these things, it’s controlled not by a traditional R/C unit, but through a GPS tracker that can be strapped onto your wrist, or wherever else is appropriate. Controls appear minimal – while you can fly it via the buttons on the tracker, it’s designed to operate mainly in one of several follow modes.

These include a simple follow,...

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Mind control of humans now can manipulate & direct swarms of robots

Researchers at Arizona State University have created a brain-to-machine interface that humans can use to mentally control several robots at once.

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There have been some amazing breakthroughs that enable humans to control a single machine with their thoughts. The next step is figuring out how to operate an entire fleet of robots with mind control.

A team of researchers at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have developed a system for managing swarms of robots with brain power.

ASU’s new system can be used to direct a group of small, inexpensive robots to complete a task. If one robot breaks down, it’s not a big loss, and the rest can continue with their mission...

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VIDEO SHOWS HOW ROBOT TO GROW VEGETABLES FOR YOU IN YOUR BACK YARD

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Ingestible Origami Robot Removes Button Battery Stuck to Wall of Simulated Stomach

In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

The new work, which the researchers are presenting this week at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, builds on a long sequence of papers on origami robots from the research group of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

“It’s really exciting to see our small origami robots doing something with potential ...

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