Emerging-Technologies

  • Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

    Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

    Boeing’s HorizonX venture arm has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company that focuses on building autonomous aircraft systems for things including site inspection, defence and potentially automated cargo delivery and personal transportation systems – i.e., flying taxis. Near Earth Autonomy is led by CEO and co-founder Sanjiv Singh, along with his… Read More

  • Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

    Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go

    A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out on the road that need them while in route, providing enough juice to get to a proper charging… Read More

  • The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

    The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

    Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in… Read More

  • FAA outlaws drone use around 10 US monuments and dams

    FAA outlaws drone use around 10 US monuments and dams

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules for drone use around key US landmarks including monuments and dams. Under the new restrictions, drones are not to fly within 400 feet of the designated landmarks. The FAA says these rules were implemented at the request of US security and law enforcement agencies. These locations are just the latest added to the growing list of the… Read More

  • Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

    Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT

    Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Read More

  • Red Cross to start testing drones in disaster relief efforts

    Red Cross to start testing drones in disaster relief efforts

    The American Red has teamed up with the UPS Foundation and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works to bring drones to sites of natural disasters. The goal is to use drones tethered to the ground to assess damages through constant aerial observations. This is where CyPhy Works comes in. The pilot program utilizes CyPhy Works’ Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) platform. In… Read More

  • The Lily drone is kind of back

    The Lily drone is kind of back

    Remember the Lily drone? It was the drone a person could launch by throwing it in the air and then it would follow the user gallivanting around Dolores Park. It was also the company that couldn’t live up to its crowdfunding campaign and ultimately shut down last January. It’s now available. Sort of. It’s called the Lily Next-Gen and looks much like the original with a blue… Read More

  • DJI launches bug bounty program for its software and drones

    DJI launches bug bounty program for its software and drones

    DJI wants security researchers to turn their attention to its software and drones and will pay for discovered bugs or exploits. Called The DJI Threat Identification Reward Program, the program aims to create a formal line of communication between researchers and hackers to the drone maker. The company will pay between $100 and $30,000 for qualifying bugs, “depending on the potential… Read More

  • A defense company put a machine gun on a drone

    A defense company put a machine gun on a drone

    Duke Robotics, a military contractor, has produced a video for their unique and uniquely dangerous new tool, TIKAD. This drone platform looks fairly basic – a custom multi-rotor drone with a chassis on the bottom to hold what looks like a stripped down machine gun, sniper rifle, or grenade launcher – but what it suggests about the future of warfare is pretty scary. A gimbal at… Read More

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