DRONE

A Drone for Last-Centimeter Delivery

A Drone for Last-Centimeter Delivery

Sep 16, 2017 @ 15:53 | A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it […]

Drones Relay RFID Signals for Inventory Control

Drones Relay RFID Signals for Inventory Control

By Larry Hardesty | Aug 26, 2017 @ 15:48 | MIT News | MIT researchers have developed a system that could save retailers billions lost through faulty inventory records. Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers […]

Researchers Collects More Precise Weather, Climate Data with Help from Unmanned Aerial System

Researchers Collects More Precise Weather, Climate Data with Help from Unmanned Aerial System

Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:12 | Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate […]

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

ByJennifer Savran Kelly | Aug 9, 2017 @ 19:00 | An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage […]

Startup Soars with Flybrix LEGO Drone

Startup Soars with Flybrix LEGO Drone

By Kate Repantis | Aug 6, 2017 @ 08:35 | MIT Alumni Association | Co-founded by Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07, Flybrix LEGO drones offers people of all ages the ability to fly their ideas. Like many kids, Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07 grew up playing with LEGOs. But unlike many adults, is still playing with […]

Hybrid Drones Carry Heavier Payloads for Greater Distances

Hybrid Drones Carry Heavier Payloads for Greater Distances

By Rob Matheson | Aug 6, 2017 @ 08:26 | MIT News | Startup’s gas-electric engines may pave way for package delivery and human flight. New hybrid gas-to-electric drones from MIT spinout Top Flight Technologies offer an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts MIT alumnus Long Phan SM ’99, PhD ’12 is […]

Dragonfly Brains Predict the Path of Their Prey

Dragonfly Brains Predict the Path of Their Prey

Jul 26, 2017 @ 05:30 | New research from Australia and Sweden has shown how a dragonfly’s brain anticipates the movement of its prey, enabling it to hunt successfully. This knowledge could lead to innovations in fields such as robot vision. An article published today in the journal eLife by researchers at the University of […]

Efficient and Intelligent: Drones Get to Grips with Planning the Delivery of Goods

Efficient and Intelligent: Drones Get to Grips with Planning the Delivery of Goods

By Forschungskommunikation |  Jul 12, 2017 @ 13:23 | When goods are needed urgently, for instance, in rural areas poorly served by transport infrastructure, or in large, heavily congested cities, they could be delivered by drones.  In 2013, Amazon was one of the first to declare the intention to work towards the automated delivery of goods by small […]