Monthly Archives December 2013

WHAT DO DRONES HAVE FOR US IN THE FUTURE IS SHOWN IN THIS VIDEO

You didn’t think we’d just use domestic drones for delivering packages and monitoring suspected animal abuse, did you? Of course not — we wouldn’t be furiously debating the legality and ethics of “octocopters” air-mailing copies of Harry Potter. No, the dark undertone of domestic drone usage is their application as omniscient law-enforcement devices, Big Brother-style. And as the video, “Our Drone Future“, makes abundantly clear, it’s a frightening prospect.

The video by San Francisco-based designer and musician Alex Cornell predicts a terrifying dystopia where semi-autonomous drones — of no specified design — monitor the citizenry 24/7, fly patrols, predict “malicious intent”, and presumably make arrests and engage criminals, all of which has a very science-fiction, Minority R...

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VIDEO ON HOW JELLYFISH PROPULSION IS THE WAY TO GO FOR FUTURE DRONES

Jellyfish-power prepares for drones

Dec. 4 – Drone developers are increasingly attempting to mimic the flight mechanics of birds an insects for the next generation of miniature, autonomous aircraft, but one researcher in New York, has found inspiration in the sea. Leif Ristroph of New York University is developing a robot that replicates the pulsating motion of the jellyfish as an alternative drive system for future drones. Sharon Reich reports.

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UNMANNED SUBMARINE DRONES TO MOVE LIKE STINGRAYS

FUTURE SUBMARINES TO BE UNMANNED AND TO SWIM LIKE STINGRAYS

Richard Bottom, left, and Iman Borazjani hope their research on how stingrays swim will lead to the design of new underwater vehicles image www.spy-drones.com

Richard Bottom, left, and Iman Borazjani hope their research on how stingrays swim will lead to the design of new underwater vehicles. Photo: Douglas Levre

This post was originally published on Mashable.

The next step in nature-inspired engineering could come in the form of small, stingray-like unmanned submarines.

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Buffalo have studied how the sea creatures swim and believe their movements could be built into future underwater vehicles to make them more efficient.

The research may be especially applicable to small, driverless submarines that could perform water clean-up or rescue missions, Iman Borazjani, an engineering professor at the University of Buffalo, said.

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THAILAND USES DRONES TO VIEW BANGKOK RIOTS FROM THE AIR

Thailand’s media are using small, unmanned drones to capture Bangkok’s running battles

Here is just a small sample of the view of what it sees in this video below

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SOMALIA TERRORIST LEADERS KILLED IN TARGETED DRONE ATTACK ON THEIR VEHICLE

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AMAZON SAYS IT WILL DELIVER PACKAGES IN 30 MINUTES USING UNMANNED MINIATURE DRONES

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.”

Bezos said the drones, unmanned vehicles that fly through the air, could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds (2.3 kg). That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, he said.

The drones, which would pick up items from Amazon’s distribution centers and fly them to customer’s homes, probably won’t be put into use for four or five years, Bezos said.

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