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Honda’s Disaster Relief Robot May Be a Lifesaver of the future

When future disaster strikes, the helpful hand swooping your way may be more machine than man. Honda R&D researchers detailed their latest disaster relief prototype robot, the E2-DR, in a paper entitled, “Development of Experimental Legged Robot for Inspection and Disaster Response in Plants.”

The robot stands a little over 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs just over 187 pounds. Adding to its weight is a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery with 90-minute operational stamina. E2-DR displays 33 degrees of freedom, and can rotate its body 180 degrees. Honda swapped out conventional communication cables for optical fiber alternatives, in an effort to keep size to a minimum.

Honda specifically designed E2-DR with a 25-cm (9.8-in) “thickness,” so it can fit through 30-cm (11.8-in) gaps...

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When it comes to quadcopters, ProDrone hopes that the Byrd will be the word

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Yep, it’s another prosumer quadcopter – ProDrone’s Byrd. So, what’s so special about this one? Well, among other things, it combines folding propeller arms with swappable camera gimbals and a 29-minute flight time.

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The Byrd is designed to fold down to a rectangular package, for easier transport and storage. Once the propellers and arms are unfolded and the thing is fired up, its 14.2V/7,000-mAh lithium battery can reportedly keep the Byrd in the air for just short of half an hour – by comparison, the DJI Phantom manages about 25 minutes.

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Depending on what users want to do with the drone, its 3-axis gimbal can be replaced with one better suited to their choice of camera, or with another type of payload device. The quadcopter can lift up to 4.5 lb (2 kg).

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There are actually three mod...

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VertiKUL drone “delivers” on both hovering and forward flight seen in this video

When something is sent to you by airmail, it travels in a fast and relatively fuel-efficient fixed-wing aircraft, not a fuel-guzzling helicopter. Nonetheless, when we hear about the possibility of drones being used to deliver items within cities, multirotor-style aircraft are almost always what’s proposed – while they’re good at maneuvering in urban spaces, they’re essentially just little unmanned helicopters. With that in mind, a group of three engineering students from Belgium’s KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) have created a prototype delivery drone known as VertiKUL, which combines the best features of both types of aircraft.

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Master’s students Cyriel Notteboom, Menno Hochstenbach and Maarten Verbandt designed and built VertiKUL as an assignment for their master’s thesis.

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Meet the planes that find their own way home in this video

Thanks to a cool combination of on-board computing and geospatial satellite location systems, planes can now “see” their way down onto an airport runway, and calculate smoothest and most efficient landing pattern.

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Using a technology called required navigation performance (RNP) flight navigation systems are now able to plot a route through a 3 dimensional space, avoiding geographical features like mountains, as well as residential or security no-fly-zones.

RNP was first used to navigate through the treacherous Gastineau Channel in Alaska, in 1996, and quickly spread to other mountainous areas where traditional radio signal landing systems were ineffective.

According to Doug Kelley, Program Director for Flight Efficiency Services at GE Aviation, RNP enables the aircraft to design fligh...

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ROBOTIC DRONES FLY & EXCHANGE INFO IN UNISON AS ONE IN THIS VIDEO

 CO-ORDINATED FLIGHT BY INDIVIDUAL ROBOTIC DRONES

Developed by researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, the Distributed Flight Array is a flying platform made up of multiple autonomous single-propeller vehicles that can drive, dock with their peers, and fly in a coordinated fashion. The individual vehicles have fixed propellers that can lift them into the air, but the resulting flight is erratic. When at least four are joined together, the simple modules evolve into a sophisticated multi-propeller system. The task of keeping the array in level flight is distributed across the network of vehicles...
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GOOGLE GLASS HACKED INTO TO CONTROL DRONE

BUBLITZ CRACKED GOOGLE GLASS CODE TO CONTROL QUADCOPTER DRONE

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Outfitted with Google Glass, Blaine Bublitz controls a drone softly floating in the air before him with just a slight tilt of the head.

Bublitz, from the coding company IcedDev, used a JavaScript code to turn Google Glass into a basic control system for a quadcopter drone, thus allowing him to control the device by moving his head.

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In July, Bublitz attended International Nodebots Day, a hacking event in various cities throughout the United States where attendants use a JavaScript program called node.js. Bublitz wanted to experiment with different input devices to control robots, all while using JavaScript to create a program he could tweak for different controllers and vehicles.

Bublitz started with a control program that w...

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THROWING A DRONE LIKE A TENNIS BALL & IT TAKES PICS FOR YOU, THEN YOU RETRIEVE IT WITH THE DATA

THROWING A DRONE LIKE A TENNIS BALL TAKES PICS FOR YOU & THEN RETRIEVE

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It’s already possible to take aerial shots using your smartphone, but doing so means throwing your expensive piece of kit into the air and hoping you’re a good catch. What’s really needed is a standalone device that can be launched skywards to capture panoramic views. Enter Squito, a prototype throwable camera ball capable of producing stabilized 360-degree images and video that could prove useful in several different fields.

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VIDEO-Click ‘READ MORE’> Squito is the work of Boston-based inventor Steve Hollinger, founder of S. H. Pierce & Co., a manufacturer and licensor of high-technology and consumer products founded in 1989.Hollinger has recently been awarded a second patent related to throwable camera technology...

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PARS RESCUE DRONES AT SEA DROP OFF GEAR TO VICTIM

LIFELINE PARS SEA DRONES DROP OFF SAFETY GEAR IN RESCUE

If current technology trends are any indication, it’s possible that human lifeguards could be replaced by robots in the future. So far, we’ve seen a remote-controlled rescue buoy and a salamander-like bot that travels on both water and land, among many others. Rather than having to cut through rough water to get to folks in trouble like many search and rescue robot designs, an Iranian research center proposes a quadcopter called Pars that launches from a floating platform and drops life preservers precisely where they’re needed.

RTS Lab began developing Pars to address the high number of drowning victims in the Caspian Sea along the Iranian coastline...

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BIONICOPTER DRAGONFLY DRONE BY GERMAN ENGINEERING

THE SUPERB ANTICS OF AN ARTIFICIAL DRAGONFLY DRONE VIDEO

The dragonfly is quite the show off when it comes to flying. It can hover in mid-air, maneuver in all directions, and glide without so much as a beat of its wings. After succeeding in capturing the essence of a herring gull with the SmartBird, the folks over at German pneumatic and electric automation company Festo challenged themselves with the creation of a robotic addition to the dragonfly family – the BionicOpter.



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Even the largest member of the Odonata clan (a damselfly named Megaloprepus caerulatus) is no match for Festo’s dragonfly-inspired BionicOpter. Its 63 cm (24.8-inch) wingspan almost puts it in the same league as the long extinct Meganeura, though thankfully minus the latter’s reported app...

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ROBOT INSECT COCKROACHES FASTER THAN THE REAL THING

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The common household cockroach may make your skin crawl, but it turns out the household pest is the perfect model for miniature legged robots. That’s why Duncan Haldane and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, have been studying the six-legged pests to improve their millirobots. Their latest creation, the VelociRoACH, is made primarily out of cardboard and measures just 10 cm long, yet it can run 2.7 meters per second, making it the fastest robot of its size, capable of covering 26 times its body length in a single second.

The VelociRoACH is actually faster than a real roach (which can achieve 1.5 m/s) and second only to Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah, which holds the current record of 3...

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PARALYZES WOMAN CONTROLS ROBOTICS WITH HER THOUGHTS

ROBOTICS CONTOLLED BY YOUR BRAIN THOUGHTS WITH PARALYZED WOMAN

A paralysed woman has been able to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.

Jan Scheuermann, 53, from Pittsburgh, was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder 13 years ago and is paralysed from the neck down.

These electrodes are remarkable devices in that they are very small. You can’t buy them in Radio Shack.

“It’s so cool,” said Scheuermann during a news conference. “I’m moving things. I have not moved things for about 10 years … It’s not a matter of thinking which direction any more, it’s just a matter of thinking, ‘I want to do that’.”

Jan Scheuermann ... demonstrating the use of a new mind-controlled prosthetic arm with intuitive control to help her eat a chocolate bar.Jan Scheuermann … demonstrating the use of a new mind...

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DRAGONFLY SPY DRONE COMES OF AGE AS USA AIRFORCE FUNDING SUPPORTS LATEST RELEASE

DRAGONFLY DRONE HAS MANY APPLICATIONS IN COMMERCE ALSO

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Designed with a focus on modular customization, the Dragonfly carries up to 20 onboard sensors to suit a variety of applications, from aerial photography, gaming, research and development, civilian security and military reconnaissance. The modular approach results in the availability of various flight control packages.

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The Alpha model, which can be secured with a US$99 pledge (provided the funding goal is met) but is estimated to retail at $250 or more, comes with a MARC-Basic flight computer, solenoidal actuators, and flight accessories including a remote controller, battery and charger.

The TechJect Dragonfly is the culmination of four years of research and development at Georgia Tech, assisted...

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