An interesting take on Hackerspace outreach is spooking the local community into calling the FAA and even the Air Force. It wasn’t exactly the plan at Quelab, but after an experimental solar tetroon got away from [Gonner Menning], one of the space’s members, that’s exactly what happened. This is the first we remember hearing of solar tetroons. A tetroon is actually a fairly common weather balloon design using four triangle-shaped pieces. The solar part is pretty neat, it’s a balloon that uses the sun to heat air inside…

In 2014, 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, which end up in Asia as supposed cures for a variety of ailments. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year for their tusks to be turned into trinkets. The world loses three rhinos a day and an elephant every 15 minutes. Simply stated, this is an unsustainable situation. Our team at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies has created a new multifaceted approach to combat poaching in Africa and Asia View…

The silver lining of the Blizzard of 2015 was that we got to shoot drone video of Boston.         View original article at USA Today

This is the Orrb. The futuristic pod is just large enough for one human to sit and stare at a screen in total isolation for the sake of “wellness and learning.” It’s like one of those nap pods you might find at Google, only more private and, somehow, more alien-looking. You know you want one.Read more View original article at Gizmodo

GoPro’s action videos are usually loaded with extreme sports and adrenaline, but its cameras are capable of capturing a softer, quieter moments too, like this of a 91-year-old grandma. Except, she flies a drone. The post Not just child’s play, 91-year-old grandma flies GoPro-equipped drone appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Want to get an ambulance through urban environments faster? Give it propellers and space for one passenger. For Body Week, Co.Design asked a select group of design firms: What one thing in the health care industry desperately needs to be redesigned, and how would you redesign it? Here, argodesign imagines the flying ambulances of the future.—EdsRead Full Story View original article at FastCompany

There are only a handful of hours left in the work week before you can start prepping for face-stuffing and football-watching on Super Bowl Sunday. This year’s big game will feature 44,928 LED lights (which will hopefully stay on), two teams, one Katy Perry, and not a single drone . It’s all bound to be entertaining.Read more. View original article at Gizmodo

The FAA sent us a bit more detail about why it’s banning drones at Sunday’s Super Bowl. As you may have predicted, the ban stems from legislation passed after 9/11. Read more.. View original article at Gizmodo

Fax machines are actually kind of amazing when you think about it.No, really, bear with me for a second and think about what a fax machine does: You take a physical, hard copy document and send it through telephone wires to another place on the planet and then the recipient gets their own physical, hard copy version of that document. And then you get a printout that lets you know they got it, like a retro version of the delivered notification on iMessage. And the earliest version was…

Sunday’s Super Bowl has been designated a ‘no drone zone’ by the Federal Aviation Administration, which obviously fears some bright spark may be considering firing up their recently bought quadcopter for a recreational stadium flyover. The post FAA makes Sunday’s Super Bowl a ‘no drone zone’ appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends