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The TIKAD, By Duke Robotics, Changes The Face Of Drones

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., center, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, Credit: DoD While I try to avoid discussing the military and it's use of drones, I've discussed weaponized drones a number of times on this blog. Thanks to [...]

By |2017-10-04T12:49:23-08:00August 28th, 2017|Drone Design, Drones, Military, New Drones|Comments Off on The TIKAD, By Duke Robotics, Changes The Face Of Drones

Larger Drones and Their Use Cases

When you think of a UAV or consumer drone, generally speaking, you picture a relatively small aircraft. Drone sizing changes drastically when you add a tether or plan on flying in the upper-atmosphere. In both of those cases, you can expect the drones being used to be much larger. The big business is moving to [...]

By |2017-07-14T12:02:30-08:00July 14th, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on Larger Drones and Their Use Cases

Is It A Quad Bike or Is It a Flying Quad? VTOL Human Transportion

Neva Aerospace, a consortium of five companies, is set to debut their AirQuadOne personal transportation vehicle at the International Paris Airshow. Unlike other designs capable of transporting a human, the AirQuadOne is not just a scaled up multirotor. Instead, the AirQuadOne is actually two vehicles in one; it is a road capable electric 'quad bike', [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:25-08:00July 12th, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones, New Drones, Transportation|Comments Off on Is It A Quad Bike or Is It a Flying Quad? VTOL Human Transportion

Researchers at MIT Envision Drones That Fly … And Drive

In the air, drones are not only quick, they are also agile, but at the cost of battery life. On the ground, ground vehicles are slower and less agile then drones, but they trade those qualities for energy efficiency. Now, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are working on developing robots that combine the best qualities of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:26-08:00July 6th, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones, Transportation|Comments Off on Researchers at MIT Envision Drones That Fly … And Drive

The Parrot Bebop 2

While the latest DJI drones like the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Spark are getting all the media attention these day, depending upon your budget you may want to look elsewhere for your next drone purchase. I recently stumbled upon a review of the older and lower cost Parrot Bebop 2 (as low as $429). [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29-08:00June 27th, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones, FPV, New Drones|Comments Off on The Parrot Bebop 2

BIKI the World’s First Bionic Unmanned Underwater Drone

Drones have conquered the sky and now they aim to conquer the sea. I've covered a few underwater drones on this blog before (like OpenROV, Aquabotix and iBubble), but this is undeniably the cutest one to date. Why? The BIKI drone, from Robosea, was designed to look like a fish, and they did a pretty good [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:30-08:00June 23rd, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Startups, Drone Technology, Drone Videos, Drones|Comments Off on BIKI the World’s First Bionic Unmanned Underwater Drone

Watch the Solar Powered SUWAVE Drone Lake Hop

When I read about the Sherbrooke University Water-Air VEhicle (SUWAVE) I was impressed to say the least. This fixed wing drone cleverly combines solar charging with a unique hinged propeller to literally hop (from lake to lake) its way to its final destination. With a clever mechanism that allows it to efficiently take off and land [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:30-08:00June 23rd, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drone Videos, Drones, New Drones|Comments Off on Watch the Solar Powered SUWAVE Drone Lake Hop

The Rinspeed Σtos Is a Driverless Car/Quadcopter Combo

Rinspeed Σtos Interior I've talked about driverless, autonomous cars before. Specifically raising the question "are driverless cars drones?" Now the line has gotten even fuzzier thanks to the Rinspeed Σtos. The Rinspeed Σtos is a sports car, with both autonomous and piloted driving modes, that features it's own drone and drone landing pad. Just like the [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:07-08:00October 16th, 2015|Drone Design, Drones|Comments Off on The Rinspeed Σtos Is a Driverless Car/Quadcopter Combo

Search and Destroy Other Quadcopters with Rapere

The Rapere is a purpose built quadcopter with a very specific mission, to identify and attack other quadcopters. The idea is simple. Having worked in the UAS industry for years, we've collectively never come across any bogus use of drones. However it's inevitable that will happen, and for people such as celebrities, where there is profit to [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:09-08:00October 10th, 2015|Drone Design, Drone Startups, Drones, New Drones|Comments Off on Search and Destroy Other Quadcopters with Rapere

4 Legged Robot + Quadcopter = Best Friends

An interesting combination of hardware the team at the Autonomous Systems Lab in Switzerland have combined a four legged robot with a quadcopter. The quadcopter is tethered to the larger walking robot and can easily launch and land from a pedestal on it's "back." Power is provided through the tether which obviously has a huge impact on [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:11-08:00October 7th, 2015|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on 4 Legged Robot + Quadcopter = Best Friends