You’re looking at history. Sure, these three bros may’ve filmed their Ice Bucket Challenge with a drone, but Austin Hill, seen above, took it one step further: He had a flying robot complete the challenge for him.Say what you will about the ALS awareness campaign, now a bonafide cultural sensation and, increasingly, the stuff of think pieces and social feed debates. But that’s some decent lift there on Hill’s hexacopter. Really, it was only a matter of time before someone harnessed the power of a drone to dump perfectly fresh water on their head

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This homemade glove and gesture controlled rover was created by [electro18]. It can send temperature, battery level, and object distance to the LCD panel on the wrist. Instead of a typical joystick, this wireless system taps into an embedded accelerometer to maneuver the robot like magic.
The main chassis platform is made of clear acrylic and has additional acrylic strips fixed to the edges for additional strength. A LM35 temperature sensor is wired to the front that monitors the environments that the rover explores

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If youre a Canadian soldier, prepare to take your iPhone skills to war, because the Canadian Forces just released more details on how it will integrate combat soldiers with wearables and smartphone technology—all hooked up to secure, peer-to-peer networks.Defense Research and Development Canada, a wing of National Defence, recently published a news release on the future of Tactical wearables and the self-organizing network in the Canadian Forces.Fearing the cyber attacks of hostile actors in so-called networked battlefields, the CF has commissioned research into integrating impenetrable networks at the soldier level of communication, for greater operational efficiency.It is clear that perfect cyber security does not exist and that centralized communications hubs can be vulnerable to attacks, said the release.Canadian soldier testing new gear

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With the federal government making it extremely difficult for any drone delivery services to get off the ground (with its approval, anyway), Amazon is apparently looking into launching its drone delivery service in India, according to local media there.Given the Federal Aviation Administration’s stance on delivery drones (and the helpful chart you’ll see below), starting the program in India first makes a bit of sense, but let’s be clear—this is one report from local media that uses unnamed sources. Take it with a bucket of salt for the moment. Still, The Economic Times reports that Amazon is planning to launch drone delivery in Mumbai and Bangalore as early as October. The drones will be able to carry roughly five pounds and will deliver products within three hours (at times as quickly as an hour and a half), according to the report

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This week, a Vancouver man called the police about a drone flying near his 36th-story window, marking the latest incident in a string of such reports in recent months, police say.
On Sunday evening, Conner Galway tweeted:

There was just a neon drone, only a couple of feet away from my patio, camera pointed right at me. The future is creepy.
—Conner Galway (@Conner_G) August 18, 2014

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