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Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep

By | Artificial Intelligence, Australia, Automation, csiro, drones, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC

Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously.

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Inspired by spiders and wasps, these tiny drones pull 40x their own weight

By | drones, Gadgets, Robotics, Science, stanford, Stanford University, UAVs

If we want drones to do our dirty work for us, they’re going to need to get pretty good at hauling stuff around. But due to the pesky yet unavoidable restraints of physics, it’s hard for them to muster the forces necessary to do so while airborne — so these drones brace themselves against the ground to get the requisite torque.

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This autonomous spray-painting drone is a 21st-century tagger’s dream

By | disney research, drones, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, TC

Whenever I see an overpass or billboard that’s been tagged, I worry about the tagger and the danger they exposed themselves to in order to get that cherry spot. Perhaps this spray paint-toting drone developed by ETH Zurich and Disney Research will take some of the danger out of the hobby. It could also be used for murals and stuff, I guess.

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Autonomous drones could herd birds away from airports

By | Artificial Intelligence, drones, Gadgets, machine learning, TC

Bird strikes on aircraft may be rare, but not so rare that airports shouldn’t take precautions against them. But keeping birds away is a difficult proposition: how do you control the behavior of flocks of dozens or hundreds of birds? Perhaps with a drone that autonomously picks the best path to do so, like this one developed by CalTech researchers.

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Venezuela claims drones loaded with explosives used in failed attack on president

By | drones, Gadgets, Hardware, Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela

Is the dystopian future of shoestrong budget weaponized drone attacks here already? The BBC and AP are reporting claims by the Venezuela government of an assassination attempt on its president using a couple of drones carrying explosives. President Nicolás Maduro was giving a speech at a military event in Caracas which was being screened live on television […]

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PSA: Drone flight restrictions are in force in the UK from today

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, regulations, Robotics, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

Consumers using drones in the UK have new safety restrictions they must obey from today, with a change to the law prohibiting drones from being flown above 400ft or within 1km of an airport boundary. Anyone caught flouting the new restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an […]

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UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Robotics, UK government, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come into effect on July 30. The government says the new rules are intended to enhance safety, including the safety […]

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