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 […]

Future Cyber-Farms to Utilise Drones, Robots and Sensors

Future Cyber-Farms to Utilise Drones, Robots and Sensors

Aug 26, 2017 @ 16:07 | Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape. ‘We observe the behaviour of bees. We gain knowledge of how the bees solve problems and with this we obtain rules of interaction that can be adapted to tell us how […]

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 […]

From Flying Warehouses to Robot Toilets – Five Technologies that Could Shape the Future

From Flying Warehouses to Robot Toilets – Five Technologies that Could Shape the Future

Jul 27, 2017 @ 09:52 | Flying warehouses, robot receptionists, smart toilets… do such innovations sound like science fiction or part of a possible reality? Technology has been evolving at such a rapid pace that, in the near future, our world may well resemble that portrayed in futuristic movies, such as Blade Runner, with intelligent […]