Monthly Archives October 2015

Drone delivery is no pain in the Glass: DHL explores new tech to speed parcels’ arrival

The world’s largest parcel company is testing out some interesting new tech to help deliver its parcels.


Last fall, Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics company, became the first in Europe to use a commercial drone to deliver packages, and now it may have notched up another breakthrough – finding a good use for the much-maligned Google Glass.

Google ended commercial sales of its smart glasses at the end of January, after the product failed to capture the imagination of consumers and drew privacy concerns. However, within the enterprise, there’s still a potential use for augmented reality. DHL, for one, is looking at ways to use the smart glasses to speed order fulfillment.

DHL recently partnered with one of its clients, electronics company Ricoh, on a pilot project to provide ...

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Game of drones: How airborne delivery tests are starting to take off

With Amazon given the green light to test drone deliveries, and DHL in Germany and Swiss Post also running trials, Finland is the latest country to conduct a pilotless airborne mail delivery pilot.


In a Finnish drone trial, a robotic helicopter delivers parcels to an island close to Helsinki.

Drones could soon be delivering our mail – or at least our parcels. Finland’s national postal company, Posti, has successfully tested the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – in other words, a drone – for delivering online purchases.

In the recent four-day experiment in the Finnish capital Helsinki, parcels weighing under 3kg (6.6lb) were flown by a robotic helicopter between the mainland and the island of Suomenlinna, a Unesco World Heritage site 4km (2.5 miles) from the city centre.

All other...

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This “Psychic Robot” Can Read Your Mind

Researchers have created an algorithm that understands what movement you meant to make, even if you’re interrupted
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a “psychic robot.” The robot is based on an algorithm that can understand the intention behind a movement—you intended to turn the steering wheel, you intended to take a step, you intended to push the red button—even when that movement is interrupted.

While this may sound like the next step in cyborg world domination, it has actually been developed primarily to help brain injured patients move better.

This kind of prediction is possible, explains Justin Horowitz, a graduate research assistant in bioengineering, because the human nervous system works so slowly.

“Humans have to plan ahead, because t...

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Israeli engineer designs grounded drone delivery service video presentation


Published on Oct 14, 2015

Israeli engineer designs grounded drone delivery service

The Transwheel delivery drone will never get off the ground.

And that’s just how Israeli inventor Kobi Shikar designed it.


“I worked on a concept that is a robotic autonomous wheel that is directed by GPS and has photography systems and facial recognition with the purpose of transporting packages, ranging from postal parcels to larger packages.”

The motorised delivery unicycle will hold packages on its ‘head’ with two robotic arms.

It will then hand them over to its recipients by identifying them from social media...

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US Army Flies UAV In National Airspace for First Time

The RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System lands after making its historic flight Sept. 30 at the Custer Hill Shadow Facility on Fort Riley, Kan. This was the first time in the Army an unmanned aerial system was flown in FAA-approved airspace. (US Army photo)

The 1st Infantry Division made history Sept. 30 by flying an unmanned aerial system for the first time in the Army in Federal Aviation Administration-controlled airspace.

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Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., launched an RQ-7B Shadow UAS from Fort Riley along an approved air corridor and navigated it back utilizing national airspace.

“We’re breaking new ground,” said Capt. Aaron Griffith, commander, Company D, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div...

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2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone – Australia

This quick clip shows a beautiful, green area of Australia—in addition to the beautiful wildlife. Watch an eagle soar in and strike the video-equipped drone, sending it crashing to the ground below. This guy must have thought the high-tech flying machine was his next meal. Wasted effort on his part, but we’re grateful for the fun footage.


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Kangaroo Punches Drone Out of Sky

This kangaroo is not having it today. When kangaroos feel threatened, they’re not afraid to throw a few punches to protect themselves or their young. Watch as this momma kanga goes into full mother-rage protective mode and knocks the pesky drone right out of the sky


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Strap a GoPro to a drone and you can capture some incredible footage. UAV technology has revolutionized the way we capture video, but when you get in someone’s business, it can go south quickly.

With that said, there are some places your drone should probably stay out of, like hovering over your neighbor’s home, or buzzing over a rattlesnake pit.

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More snake stuff here>>

Take YouTube user Michael Delaney. What starts out as a Steve Irwin-esque video quickly turns into a drone vs. snake battle. The drone almost didn’t make it out alive, and needed some human intervention via a hockey stick to be saved. (To be fair, it was like 20 rattlesnakes to 1 UAV, so maybe the drone would stand a chance in a one-on-one fight.)

Seems like a good reminder not to fly your drone ...

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You Don’t Need to Shoot Down a Drone to Destroy It any longer

Drones can be fun to fly, but they’re also a headache for security. Drones are flying spies, poking their nose in sensitive areas, and there are rising concerns they could be used as flying improvised explosive devices (IEDs.)

Small, nimble, and fast, drones are hard to shoot down. Even then, shooting at a drone with a weapon presents a problem—missed shots can endanger the public.

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Enter the Blighter Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS). The Blighter works by severing the invisible tether of radio frequency commands that connects the drone with its operator. Cut the tether and the drone can no longer receive commands. The drone will fall out of the sky or fly on until it crashes.

Blighter consists of three pieces of equipment. The first, an air security radar, scans for incoming drones...

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Watch Drones Drop Thousands of Moths on Crops in this Video

Swarms of sterile moths could be coming to a cotton farm near you

Drones can swarm a military enemy, tour historical sites and even collect whale snot. Now, they are helping out cotton farms in a pilot program that is a new spin on crop dusting. Instead of chemicals, these drones drop hundreds of thousands of irradiated moths, Mary Beth Griggs reports for Popular Science.

Though seemingly bizarre, the USDA has strong motivation for the project: A plague of pink bollworms. Long considered an invasive species, these worms are a cotton field’s worst enemy. They lay eggs on cotton bolls, and their babies eat both cotton seeds and fibers, ruining crops and destroying their long-term viability. Even worse, the pink bollworms are largely resistant to many toxins.

The National Cotto...

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