DJI - Introducing the Phantom 2 Vision Plus

(Source: vimeo.com)

View Post  |  Tags: Vimeo dji-the-future-of-possible autopilot-system aerial-photography dji-innovations uav uas rslashc phantom2visionand motor-racing motox motocross unmannedaerialvehicle(aircraf djiuav quad drones

Comments (View)
tacanderson:

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

(Lucky for this guy he is wearing his Acme Nanoparticle Drone Gloves.)

tacanderson:

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

(Lucky for this guy he is wearing his Acme Nanoparticle Drone Gloves.)

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)
Sky Fighter: Meet the Man Who Wants to Drone-Proof Your Home

tacanderson:

Very interesting article but I also found it interesting that the article is about how someone is trying to stop drone surveillance, yet they use an affiliate link so people can click through and purchase a drone. Seems…odd.

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)
steamaker:

Drone

steamaker:

Drone

(via ibrokethe4thwall)

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)
warrenellis:

(via Av Week : National UAS Integration Evolving Differently | sUAS News)

Other reasons

warrenellis:

(via Av Week : National UAS Integration Evolving Differently | sUAS News)

Other reasons

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)

humanrightswatch:

Ban ‘Killer Robots’ Before It’s Too Late

“Losing Humanity is the first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a nongovernmental organization and is based on extensive research into the law, technology, and ethics of these proposed weapons. It is jointly published by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic.

Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Clinic called for an international treaty that would absolutely prohibit the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons. They also called on individual nations to pass laws and adopt policies as important measures to prevent development, production, and use of such weapons at the domestic level.

Fully autonomous weapons do not yet exist, and major powers, including the United States, have not made a decision to deploy them. But high-tech militaries are developing or have already deployed precursors that illustrate the push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield. The United States is a leader in this technological development. Several other countries – including China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom – have also been involved. Many experts predict that full autonomy for weapons could be achieved in 20 to 30 years, and some think even sooner.

Read more after the jump.

(via npr)

View Post  |  Tags: Drones robots AI

Comments (View)
warrenellis:

(via Aermatica get the first Italian Permit to Fly for UA in non-segregated airspace | sUAS News)

warrenellis:

(via Aermatica get the first Italian Permit to Fly for UA in non-segregated airspace | sUAS News)

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)

(via popmech) Lasers can recharge an in-flight UAV so the drone doesn’t have to land. Here’s how it works.

View Post  |  Tags: drones

Comments (View)
ericmortensen:

Convert any RC airplane into a fully-autonomous UAV!
Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  
Drones in the morning. Drones in the evening. Drones at suppertime.

ericmortensen:

Just add the APM 2 autopilot to any RC aircraft and it becomes a fully-programmable flying robot with a powerful ground station and Mission Planner.  

Drones in the morning. Drones in the evening. Drones at suppertime.

View Post  |  Tags: Drones

Comments (View)
joshbyard:

Micro-Drones Improving Intelligence, Autonomous Capabilities Point to Bigger Role in Military

…researchers led by Roland Brockers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have developed a MAV that uses a camera pointed at the ground to navigate and pick landing spots. It can even identify people and other objects. The system enables the drone to travel through terrain where human control and GPS are unavailable, such as a city street or inside a building.
A human operator needs to tell the drone only two things before it sets off: where it is and where its objective is. The craft figures out the rest for itself, using the camera and onboard software to build a 3D map of its surroundings. It can also avoid obstacles and detect surfaces above a predetermined height as possible landing zones. Once it selects a place to put down, it maps the site’s dimensions, moves overhead and lands.
In a laboratory experiment, a 50 centimetre by 50 centimetre quadrotor craft equipped with the navigation system was able to take off, travel through an obstacle-filled indoor space and land successfully on an elevated platform. Brockers’s team is now testing the system in larger, more complex environments.
…Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia says that autonomous navigation and landing capabilities are unprecedented in a drone of this size. “Typically the information required to locate a landing site and stabilise a vehicle over it is coming in at a 100 times a second,” he says. “No one else has been able to design a system so small with this kind of processing power.”

(via Micro-drones: The new face of cutting-edge warfare - tech - 23 July 2012 - New Scientist)

joshbyard:

Micro-Drones Improving Intelligence, Autonomous Capabilities Point to Bigger Role in Military

…researchers led by Roland Brockers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have developed a MAV that uses a camera pointed at the ground to navigate and pick landing spots. It can even identify people and other objects. The system enables the drone to travel through terrain where human control and GPS are unavailable, such as a city street or inside a building.

A human operator needs to tell the drone only two things before it sets off: where it is and where its objective is. The craft figures out the rest for itself, using the camera and onboard software to build a 3D map of its surroundings. It can also avoid obstacles and detect surfaces above a predetermined height as possible landing zones. Once it selects a place to put down, it maps the site’s dimensions, moves overhead and lands.

In a laboratory experiment, a 50 centimetre by 50 centimetre quadrotor craft equipped with the navigation system was able to take off, travel through an obstacle-filled indoor space and land successfully on an elevated platform. Brockers’s team is now testing the system in larger, more complex environments.

…Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia says that autonomous navigation and landing capabilities are unprecedented in a drone of this size. “Typically the information required to locate a landing site and stabilise a vehicle over it is coming in at a 100 times a second,” he says. “No one else has been able to design a system so small with this kind of processing power.”

(via Micro-drones: The new face of cutting-edge warfare - tech - 23 July 2012 - New Scientist)

(via futurescope)

View Post  |  Tags: mini drones drones fairies

Comments (View)