Thomas J Coyle III's Blog – February 2014 Archive (5)

Drone Cargo Ships Will Make the Real World Work Like the Internet

By Marcus Wohlsen

Rolls Royce is moving toward a world where a single tap on a smartphone could set a massive cargo ship in motion half a world away.

As reported by…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 28, 2014 at 6:17pm — 9 Comments

3-D printing 'ink' is way too expensive

The filament required for 3-D printing have always been costly, but that should start to change soon.

3-D printer prices are steadily dropping in an attempt to woo hobbyists, but there's still a costly barrier to mainstream adoption: 3-D printer "ink."

Plastic filament, the standard material used by 3-D printers…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 20, 2014 at 6:31am — 10 Comments

The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World

An Orange Pixel flickers on the horizon, sandwiched between the inky azure of the mid-Pacific and the robin’s-egg pale of the Hawaiian sky. Richard Jenkins is the first to see it—a sailing robot, which has been blowing our way for a month. We’re in a small motorboat 7 miles out at sea, just north of Oahu’s windward shore. Dylan Owens gets the next good glimpse. “I see the wing,” he exclaims, “and the tail!”

Jenkins and…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 18, 2014 at 8:24pm — 4 Comments

How termite-inspired robots could build for us

Scientists designed these robots to react their immediate environment.

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN


Small robots can behave like termites to build structures.

The idea might be applied to send robots to space.

These robots have wheel-legs called "whegs".

Project was launched at Harvard University engineering school.

Full article here: Termite-inspired…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 13, 2014 at 7:43pm — 3 Comments

DIY Drones at 49,000 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 49,000!!!!

There were approximately 2 million page views in the last month! (we now get around 67,000 page views a day on average). It took us just 22 days to add these latest 1,000 members--we're averaging one new…


Added by Thomas J Coyle III on February 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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