"This is pretty cool. There was some similar work a while back by robotics researchers using electric field sensing fish as the model. Basically, the researchers built arrays of electric field sensors to do the same thing (ie.…"
"My guess: Selling into government bureaucracies is difficult and expensive. So is offering quality support. Perhaps they also burden some of the risks associated with flying. Perhaps they went through the FCC…"
"If you're making any circuits out of copper tape, do yourself a HUGE favor: make sure to get conductive adhesive copper tape (I can't tell if the SparkFun product has conductive adhesive or not). I spent 4 hours…"
"As many folks in the comments confirm, they're likely using an OptiTrack system. These have become fairly popular in academia as a low-cost vicon alternative -- 1/5th to 1/10th the cost with respectable resolution and update rates. In…"
"Travis here -- one of the Hizook post authors, and a researcher in this field.
The key thing about wirelessly-powered sensors being queried by a UAV is that (1) the UAV can get to inaccessible locations that are normally tough to reach and…"
"Travis here (Hizook author).
@Chris, thanks for the kind words. I'm glad to see that you still follow Hizook. ;-) While the robotics VC landscape is lacking, I'm really encouraged by bootstrapped outfits, like…"
I have a PhD from the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech, where I worked on long-range (UHF) RFID for mobile manipulation. I'm currently a postdoc at Duke University, where I'm building "cyborg dragonflies" (shhh... more on this later!). I also happen to run a website dedicated to academic and professional roboticists: www.Hizook.com