This Tiny Pocket Drone Flies For Two Hours With a Thin Wire Tether

Living in a mostly wireless world is a fantastic experience: were it not for constant connectivity issues, competing wireless protocols, limited ranges, and terrible battery life. That last issue is of particular concern for tiny reconnaissance drones like this hexcopter from Cyphy that work best when remaining aloft for hours. So its creators decided to skip squeezing a tiny battery onboard, and instead keep it tethered with a long invisible wire.Read more.

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Our Robot Artists Are Malfunctioning

Few forces are shaping our society and politics as powerfully as robotics—were living in an age of self-driving cars, drone warriors, and automated assembly bots—so why haven’t we seen a rise of robotic art that encapsulates and critiques these trends?While reactionary fear of technology we dont understand is far from productive, Ive recently observed art projects thoughtlessly embracing new robotic technologies as tools rather than considering them as a conceptual medium, fraught with controversy and ripe for discussion. This is not new. The history of political art is rich but comparatively small; when consumer culture was booming, Warhol threw it back in our faces by the canfull of Campbell’s soup. When Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei saw the oppressive nature of censorship in China, he responded by defiantly flipping off major political landmarks and documenting corruption.Ever since the 60s, artists have been adopting a wider array of mediums and venues for their work, putting them increasingly in dialogue with a larger public

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Building A Magnetic Levitating Quadcopter

Three days ago on October 21, 2014 it was announced to the world the Back to the Future hoverboard was real. It’s a Kickstarter, of course, and it’s trending towards a $5 Million dollar payday for the creator.  Surprisingly for a project with this much marketing genius, it’s a real, existing device and there’s even a patent. From the patent, we’re able to glean a few details of how this hoverboard/magnetic levitation device works, and in our post on the initial coverage, we said we’d be giving away some goodies to the first person who can clone this magnetic levitation device and put it up on

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This Is the Drone Capital of the World

The General Atomics billboard catches my eye as I’m cruising down US Route 2. “Welcome,” it says, “to Global Hawk country.”Suddenly, the last two days made a lot more sense: The small city of Grand Forks, North Dakota is undeniably the drone capital of the world.It’s not just the fact that the Grand Forks Air Force Base has more Global Hawk pilots and actual Global Hawk drones (which are unarmed, and the most commonly flown the military has) than any other military base the United States has.Grand Forks, with a population of roughly 55,000, has seemingly impossibly been a hotbed of drone activity for the last few years

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Pocket Flyer micro-drone weighs only 80g and stays aloft for two hours

People are trying to figure out ways to use drones for everything from delivering beer to collecting whale mucus. No matter the application, power and size are a concern. If you want a […]

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Drones set to save the lives of killer whales

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have deployed a hexacopter to capture images of killer whales, gathering important scientific data and some stunning footage.

Endangered killer whales off the coast of British Columbia are threatened by fluctuations in the local salmon population. But by the time a whale starves enough to look different from the side, it’s likely too late to have any chance of survival. This is where a drone’s-eye view can help.
From above, width-to-length measurements can provide many more levels of detail on their likely diet than a binary probability of survival

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China Scrambled 1,226 Troops to Stop a Single Drone

When an unauthorized flight passed near Beijing airport yesterday, China scrambled 1,226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters to stop it. Turns out, it was a single mapping drone.Read more..

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All the Reasons Your Toy Drone Is a Threat to British Security

A UK report on drones out today takes a long hard look at all the ways drones could be used for security—and how they could be used to threaten it. From terrorists and smugglers to burglars and poachers, it presents a future where drones are every bad guys surprisingly versatile weapon of choice.The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK was published by the Birmingham Policy Commission and chaired by Sir David Omand, a former director of GCHQ. The document outlines all manner of issues facing drone usage by and within the UK, which has recently come under the spotlight in ongoing discussions over regulation.This week, the UK announced it would deploy drones over Syria to gather intelligence on IS terrorists, and military use of drones for counter-terrorism is covered in-depth in this new report as a potential opportunity for the technology

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Drones Create Real-Time Maps of How Diseases Spread

As tools for good and not evil, civilian drones are often most useful in environments that are otherwise hard to navigate. Weve seen UAVs pitched for used humanitarian and environmental initiatives to help map and monitor remote areas. Now researchers are going one step further, and using that data to map the spread of disease.A team led by Kimberly Fornace at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine published a paper in the journal Trends in Parasitology that explores how drones could be used in epidemiology. Their findings are based on a case study that used drones to map risk factors for malaria in Malaysia and the Philippines

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Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting

From drone wars to cosmic theories, long-term bets take the long view and place odds on the shape of the future.

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