Tag Archives: UAV

Drones to save Lives

“Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas”

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Israel’s Killer Robots

Israel is the world’s biggest exporter of military drones, used around the world for everything from surveillance to precision rocket attacks on speeding cars in remote locales. Israel’s drone program hasn’t stirred as much controversy as its American counterpart, but not because their targeted killings are any less fatal. VICE sent Simon Ostrovsky to a drone testing airfield in Israel to find out what their latest eye-in-the-sky can see. -From the YouTube video description

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The future of 3D Printing

“Imagine a world where we can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone’s life. Through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, we are bringing people closer to products and solving challenges in new ways. We are pushing the limits of this technology to produce parts quickly and affordably with geometry and design that has never been possible before”

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Chris Anderson on Drones

Chris Anderson, on of the founders and currently the CEO of 3DRobotics is speaking about the present and future of drones into the military and mainly commercial area. He focus on his business but the end story is that the drones will come and we should not be afraid them! Yes, my point of view as well!

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Amazing Quadcopters

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads

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It’s not a movie. It’s history

This is the first title that instantly pop out my mind when I’ve watched the news the other day. It is like the old movie “Stealth” (terrible plot but raised some right questions about the future of artificial intelligence). And yes, this will be part of history. It is the first carrier-based launch of the X-47B UCAS vehicle! In other words an autonomous unmanned combat aerial vehicle can take off and land on an aircraft carrier. But the most scary or exciting part of this story is that in the near future this thing will take decisions entirely by its own. No controller, no middle man. Nothing between the machine and its mission. Hopefully there will be a “kill switch” somewhere available…

But if you forget the questions for a moment then you can enjoy the power of engineering and technology. Seriously! Just look at the photos. It looks like the tip of the sword. Simple, powerful, intelligent, full of high tech bits and pieces…

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Oblivion’s Bubbleship

You’ve already heard about the new movie called Oblivion. There are two trailers out there and today we have a featurette about the Bubbleship. Normally those movie ships and vehicles are made entirely with PCs, stop motion softwares, blue/green rooms and sometimes with scaled models. But this is not the case here. They decided to build an entire ship from scratch just to shoot a few scenes! Sadly the video is not going into details of the build process, design, selection of materials etc. Still it looks nice and shiny. Plus, it is a noteworthy references of what they made and the happiness sourced from the creation process

And in case that you don’t know the movie, above is the first trailer. In theatres: April 19th, 2013

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Dassault nEUROn

Have you ever wonder what it is the development process of an aircraft or even better an unmanned aerial vehicle? This is video will solve you a few of the questions. It is from the French Dassault Aviation and demonstrates the development process of the nEUROn UCAV. A collaboration between six european countries (France, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Switcherland and Spain) in order to develop an experimental combat delta wing stealth plane. Too bad that the video is still in low quality

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Rise of the Drones! Are you Prepared?

Sometimes the evolution of technology and engineering brings to life concepts that firing huge debates between people with different perspectives of life and visions of the future. Among others, one of those debates has to do with UAVs or Drones. These unmanned flying robots that fit in different sizes and architectures started as sciences fiction figures and transformed to actual shapes. Currently they are well know as “cheap” surveillance platforms for military use and evolved, sadly, to lethal machines. But there are other uses too. From information gathering in critical areas (like nuclear disasters or earthquakes and floods) to tools for amazing shoots in movie scenes and a totally new category of hobby! Their capabilities of flying higher and for more time as well as the ability to perform complex tasks faster and precisely will be the future. But they will come to our cities and possibly our own backyards? Do we have to afraid them or possibly the next killer app for Drones will be not killing but helping us? So, are you prepared for the future?

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Samarai – A Maple Seed-inspired UAV

Have you ever imagine how a Maple seed could become the inspiration for a new UAV? How nature sources ideas for scientists and engineers out there in order for them to get inspired, design and push the boundaries of current tech even furtherer? Well, the people of Lockheed Martin did exactly that by designing a flying robot having in mind a Maple seed. Its name is Samarai, derived from the Latin word “samara,” which means a winged seed.

The Intelligent Robotics Lab of LM is behind this “invention” and despite that this is still a prototype (looking more like a broken model airplane and nothing more) the applications of a fully functional robot like that are endless. As Bill Borgia (head of this lab) said, “Think about dropping a thousand of these out of an aircraft” – “Think about the wide area over which one collect imagery. Instead of sending one or two expensive, highly valuable aircraft like we do today, you could send thousands of these inexpensive aircraft, and they are almost expendable”

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