Thomas J Coyle III's Blog – January 2016 Archive (13)

FAROS drone climbs the walls to find fires

FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway

FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway (Credit: KAIST)

From Gizmag

   JANUARY 20, 2016

Fires in high-rises can be particularly deadly. This is partially because of the buildings' "chimney" effect, along with the fact…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 21, 2016 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

"Internet of Drones" could be next generation of air traffic control

Amazon's new Prime Air Delivery drone

Amazon's new Prime Air Delivery drone (Credit: Amazon)

From Gizmag

   JANUARY 19, 2016

You've heard of the …

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 20, 2016 at 12:07pm — 10 Comments

Route-planning software guides autonomous drones through cluttered spaces

The technique was demonstrated within a

The technique was demonstrated within a "simulated forest"

From Gizmag

    JANUARY 19, 2016

Drone technology sure is promising plenty, but before the public can really warm to the idea of…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 20, 2016 at 10:24am — 6 Comments

Germans land UAV drone on roof of moving car

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

From Engineering and Technology Magazine

January 18, 2016

German engineers have managed to autonomously land a drone on a car travelling at 75km/h.

The car was fitted with a large roof rack for this purpose with an elastic net to allow the 20kg UAV with a…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 19, 2016 at 10:23am — 5 Comments

California Prepares New Drone Laws

From UAS VISION

Two California lawmakers have introduced two separate bills this week that would further regulate drones in America’s most populous state. If passed, one of the new state laws would require “tiny physical or electronic license plates” and inexpensive insurance, among other requirements.…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Bird-repelling drone imitates a real-life predator to clear property of unwelcome pests

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the the drone has been designed to ...

With a body crafted from carbon fiber, Bird-X says the drone has been designed to mimic the appearance of a real-life predator bird

From Gizmag

By   JANUARY 17, 2016

Scarecrows and other visually…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 18, 2016 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Let’s Bring Rosie Home: 5 Challenges We Need to Solve for Home Robots

/img/RosieAlamyENPA92-1452542705197-1452704447500.jpg From IEEE SPECTRUM

By Shahin Farshchi

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE.

Science fiction authors love the robot sidekick. R2-D2, Commander Data, and KITT—just to name a few—defined “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” and “Knight Rider,” respectively, just as much as their human actors. While…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

ROBOTIC SUITCASE FOLLOWS YOU AROUND

From Hackaday

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I have something that follows me around all the time: my dog Jasper. His cargo-carrying capability is limited, though, and he requires occasional treats. Not so this robotic suitcase. All it needs, the designers claim, is an occasional charge and a Bluetooth device to…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 16, 2016 at 10:17am — 7 Comments

New book: "Mastering ROS for Robotics Programming"

From ROS.org

By Tully Foote on January 13, 2016

From Lentin Joseph

Here is a new book for mastering your skills in Robot Operating System(R.O.). The book title is "…
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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 14, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Fuel cell could let drones fly for hours without recharging

A quadcopter drone, equipped with a prototype of the range extender

A quadcopter drone, equipped with a prototype of the range extender (Credit: Intelligent Energy)

From Gizmag

By   JANUARY 11, 2016

Last May, we heard about how Horizon Energy Systems was developing a…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 14, 2016 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Quanergy Announces $250 Solid-State LIDAR for Cars, Robots, and More

From IEEE Spectrum

By Evan Ackerman

Yesterday at CES, Quanergy, an automotive startup based in Sunnyvale, Calif., held a press conference to announce the S3, a solid-state LIDAR system designed primarily to bring versatile, comprehensive, and affordable sensing to autonomous cars. The S3 is small, has no moving parts, and in production volume will be US $250 or less. According to…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 7, 2016 at 11:44am — 9 Comments

Kentucky Drone Shooter Case May Let FAA Dictate Legal UAV Flight Heights

From inverse.com

By Adam Toobin

If 2015 was the year of the drone, 2016 is turning out to be the year of drone regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered that all drones be…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 7, 2016 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

DIY Drones at 74,000 members!

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. This time it's a big 74,000!!!!

There were approximately 1.3 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 43,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 34…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on January 4, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

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