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Cheaper, Lighter, Quieter: The Electrification of Flight Is at Hand

Cheaper, Lighter, Quieter: The Electrification of Flight Is at Hand Our small electric plane, which uses light and powerful batteries and motors, is less costly than its gasoline-engine rivals Photo: Bye Aerospace Photo: Bye Aerospace When you first sit in the cockpit of an electric-powered airplane, you see nothing outRead more… […]

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Industry Urges United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons in New Open Letter

Industry Urges United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons in New Open Letter Representatives from 116 companies around the world, including Elon Musk, renew a call for the UN to ban lethal autonomous weapon systems Illustration: iStockphoto Today (or, yesterday, but today Australia time, where it’s probably already tomorrow), 116 founders of […]

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Reliable Perching Makes Fixed-Wing UAVs Much More Useful

Reliable Perching Makes Fixed-Wing UAVs Much More Useful Inspired by birds, S-MAD uses a controlled approach and microspine toes to land on vertical surfaces and take off again UAV designs are a perpetual compromise between the ability to fly long distances efficiently with payloads (fixed-wing) and the ability toRead more… Source: http://drone-rss.com/

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Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports

Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports The autonomous vehicles sense positions, select routes, and stop for obstacles Photo: Panasonic Autonomous vehicles can add a new member to their ranks—the self-driving wheelchair. This summer, two robotic wheelchairs made headlines: one at a Singaporean hospital and another at aRead more… Source: http://drone-rss.com/

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How Much Would You Pay to Drive a Jumping Robot on the Moon?

How Much Would You Pay to Drive a Jumping Robot on the Moon? The European Space Agency is looking for lunar business proposals, and little gaming robots might be on the way to the Moon Photo: ESA The Moon isn’t nearly as exciting as it used to be. Once we convinced ourselves […]

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Sapcorda Plans Centimeter-scale GPS for Europe

Sapcorda Plans Centimeter-scale GPS for Europe Meanwhile, a last minute launch-cancellation not withstanding, Japan’s plan to introduce centimeter-level satellite positioning services next year remains on track Photo: John Boyd Germany’s Bosch and Geo++, u-blox of Switzerland, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of Sapcorda ServicesRead more… Source: http://drone-rss.com/

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Martian-Inspired Tripod Walking Robot Generates Its Own Gaits

Martian-Inspired Tripod Walking Robot Generates Its Own Gaits Why don’t animals have three legs? This robot is trying to figure it out Photo: Osaka University Osaka University researchers hope their robot will provide some answers about how animals have evolved to move the way they do, and perhapsRead more… Source: http://drone-rss.com/

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Video Friday: More Boston Dynamics, Giant Fighting Robots, and ANYmal Quadruped

Video Friday: More Boston Dynamics, Giant Fighting Robots, and ANYmal Quadruped Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: ANYbotics ANYmal quadruped robot from ANYbotics. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics eventsRead more… […]

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Why Co-Parenting With Telepresence Robots Could Be a Fantastic Idea

Why Co-Parenting With Telepresence Robots Could Be a Fantastic Idea In the near future, robots will help remote parents feel closer to their children Photo: Suitable Technologies The Beam remote presence system, from Suitable Technologies, allows you to “beam in” and visit family members from anywhere. Social roboticist Heather KnightRead more… […]

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Robot Mechanic Could Prevent Satellites from Becoming Space Junk

Robot Mechanic Could Prevent Satellites from Becoming Space Junk DARPA plans to send a robotic service technician to repair broken satellites in geosynchronous orbit Let’s say you are the program manager of a very large, complex system. Perhaps it’s an aircraft, or a building, or a communications network. YourRead more… Source: […]

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