U.S. Army Puts a Stop to Its Use of Chinese-Made DJI Drones

No longer Army material: DJI’s Inspired 1 drone.
Security concerns lead to ban of a popular brand of UAV.

Citing a worry over “cyber vulnerabilities,” the U.S. Army this week ordered that all drones built by China-based DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer be forthwith removed from Army service. The order comes following a classified study of the issue completed in May by the Army Research Laboratory, and the simultaneous release of a Navy memorandum titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

According to aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht, the FAA has recently created more than 500 security-related flight restrictions prohibiting unpiloted aircraft flights over military locations...

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Artificial Intelligent robotic controlled cleaning system for food manufacturers

The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.


Food and drink production is the largest manufacturing sector in Britain and the highest industrial user of water at approximately 430 million litres a day.

As current technologies cannot accurately determine exactly how dirty food and drink processing equipment is inside, cleaning can last up to five hours a day – to minimise food safety risks.

Cleaning accounts for 30 per cent of energy and water use and leads to excessive productivity down time and over-use of chemicals, at huge cost to manufa...

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The robot that BREEDS: ‘Mother’ machine builds and tests ‘children’ models to make each generation better than the last

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  • Roboticists built a ‘mother’ robot that independently builds ‘child’ models
  • It tests each ‘child’ to see which ones perform best at certain tasks
  • This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’
  • Results show that preferential traits are passed down from one generation to the next – similar to how natural selection works in animals
During five experiments, the 'mother' designed, built and tested generations of ten 'children'image

It may sound like the stuff of terrifying dystopian science fiction, but researchers have created robots that breed and evolve without any human interference.

The roboticists built a ‘mother’ machine that independently builds its own ‘children’ and tests which ones perform best at certain tasks.

This ‘mother’ then uses the results to inform the design of the next ‘child’, so that preferential traits are passed down from one gen...

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Bionic robotic ants could be tomorrow’s factory workers in pics & this video

Our new overlords? Bionic ants.

Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems.

The developers, German technology firm Festo, say it’s not just the unusual anatomy of real-world ants that inspired the bionic version – the collective intelligence of an ant colony was also something they wanted to replicate.

The bionic ants co-operate and coordinate their actions and movements to achieve a common aim – in the same way individual ants complete tasks for the whole colony. Festo says that in the future production systems will be based on intelligent individual components that adjust themselves to different production demands by communicating with each other.

The ants are able to complete complex tasks, like transporting large, heavy loads, that they wouldn’t be able...

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GoPro Manufacturing Camera-Equipped Drones

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According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, rugged camera maker GoPro is developing a new line of drones equipped with the companys high-definition cameras.

The drone will retail somewhere between $500 to $1000. While countless GoPro enthusiasts attach the lightweight devices to drones, this would be the first time GoPro will build their own drone with a built-in camera. It’s meant to compete with companies like SZ DJI Technology Co., who’ve developed their own camera drone. The Wall Street Journal speculates that the move could also cause some drone makers to cut GoPro compatibility as they face competition from the company.

Current regulations stipulate drones for amateur use only, though with advances in the technology, the Federal Aviation Administration is rehauling regulation...

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GoPro to make it’s own consumer drones:

Cutting out the middle man. GoPro is looking to roll out its own consumer drones image

Cutting out the middle man: GoPro is looking to roll out its own consumer drones.

This post was originally published on Mashable.

GoPros are already often used with drones to capture unique videos and perspectives. Naturally, GoPro is cutting the middle man and trying its hand at developing its own drones.

The company, known for its high-durability action cameras, is putting together a line of multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The price tag will be between $US500 and $US1000.

Due to drones’ current popularity, consumers have some pretty cheap options to play around with. DJI’s Phantom Drone, for example, retails at about $US579, and the even cheaper Parrot MiniDrones sell for as cheap as $US99...

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Japan invests in robotic workforce to regain it’s status as world’s leading manufacturer


Once the undisputed world leader in robotic technology, Japan’s supremacy in the field is being challenged by rival robot producing countries.

Now the government is pouring money into regaining that place to ensure the robot age starts in Japan.

Pepper is the world’s first emo robot and represents a huge leap in artificial intelligence. It can read facial expressions, voice tones and body language and then respond.

At Omotosando, an upmarket shopping district in Tokyo, Pepper works in a mobile phone store doing market research.

Pepper told one woman: “You’re very lovely – do people say that to you often? Now it’s your turn to compliment me! What do you think of my face?”

And then later joked with a male customer: “So you want to become Pepper? Well you’ve got shave off your...

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New-generation thin flexible screen made by robots in LG Korean factory

We are not allowed cameras, so I’m taking every detail in. The room is vast but almost full, with gigantic metal contraptions repeating themselves into the orderly distance.

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Two men in head-to-toe plastic perform some kind of complex cleaning ritual just below our observation window. They are the only humans to be seen, but the whole room is moving, robotic arms rising, turning and operating on massive sheets of copper and glass.

Soon, those sheets will be all over the world, cut up into the phones in our pockets, the laptops in our bags, the TVs in our lounge. It does not seem nearly loud enough.

curved screen prototype. With new OLED technology, one can 'print' a screen onto basically any shape image

A curved screen prototype. With new OLED technology, one can ‘print’ a screen onto basically any shape. Photo: Henry Cooke

I am at the largest screen factory in the world – LG Display’s Paju ...

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Israel is the world’s biggest exporter of military drones, used around the world for everything from surveillance to precision rocket attacks on speeding cars in remote locales. Israel’s drone program hasn’t stirred as much controversy as its American counterpart, but not because their targeted killings are any less fatal. VICE sent Simon Ostrovsky to a drone testing airfield in Israel to find out what their latest eye-in-the-sky can see

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