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Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. They’ve also been proposed for nuclear reactor inspection and used to detect signs of damage on wind turbines, in a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Real-Time Dense Stereo Embedded in […]

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Parrot’s Anafi Thermal is a $1,900 drone for rescuers, architects, and the energy industry

Last summer, Paris-based Parrot took the wraps off Anafi, a fold-up, 4K-capable drone that weighs less than a pound and costs just $700. It’s targeted strictly at consumers, but today the company unveiled a new variant — Anafi Thermal — that’s equipped with a high-fidelity thermal sensor and custom software, which the company says make […]

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Matternet taps UPS to deliver medical samples via drone

Medical samples delivered via drone? That’s San Francisco-based Matternet‘s gameplay for North Carolina. The drone platform provider today announced that it’s collaborating with UPS to launch an aerial delivery service from WakeMed’s flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh, with flights beginning today and taking place “daily” in the months to come. The Federal Aviation Administration […]

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Autonomous system uses quadcopters to help wheeled robots climb steep cliffs

Sheer cliff faces present a traversal challenge for most wheeled robots on the market, but researchers at the University of Tokyo say they’ve developed a two-robot framework that works pretty reliably in their testing. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“UAV/UGV Autonomous Cooperation: UAV assists UGV to climb a cliff by […]

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Walmart will set up VR-enhanced DreamWorks gift shops in parking lots

Walmart’s cavernous stores apparently aren’t large enough to hold the Hidden World in DreamWorks’ latest How to Train Your Dragon film. Instead, the retailer announced today that it will use its parking lots to host free five-minute VR dragon riding experiences — and the expected significant lines of people — in an effort to spur […]

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Lego Hidden Side uses ‘haunted’ toys to advance AR on Android and iOS

Though Apple and Google both improved their augmented reality tools for developers last year, AR didn’t have a particularly strong 2018, as consumers largely shrugged off new AR apps and hardware. But the Lego Group announced an intriguing new initiative today: a collection of eight “haunted” building sets that can be enjoyed by themselves, or paired […]

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Drone company DJI loses $150 million to corruption

(Reuters) — China’s DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday. The company said it was investigating the cases, which came to light during routine quality control […]

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Google Assistant can now set Nickelodeon character alarms and reply to broadcast messages

Google Assistant is now able to set alarms with characters from Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so you can say “Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8:00 PM.”  Lego City, Lego Life, and Lego Friends alarms are also available and Spin Master Hatichmal alarms will be introduced by the […]

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Microsoft launches SDK to control DJI drones with Windows 10 apps

Microsoft today introduced the Windows SDK in public preview for developers to make Windows 10 applications that can control DJI drones. Hardware like robotic components, sensors, or actuators that may be included on a drone can also be integrated using the SDK. Also announced today: AirMap, a service that helps users stay in compliance with […]

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DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise is a modular drone for commercial use

In August, China-based DJI, which made $2.7 billion in 2017 and accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, announced two new additions to its portfolio: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. But both were strictly consumer affairs. Today at DJI AirWorks in Dallas, Texas, the company expanded its lineup with the Mavic […]

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Parrot updates Anafi drone with new HDR and panorama shooting modes

Four short months ago, French company Parrot took the wraps off Anafi, a fold-up, 4K-capable drone that starts at just $700. Parrot has diligently updated the little guy — most recently in August with improved streaming video quality and new photos features. Today, the company announced yet another firmware upgrade alongside a new SKU — […]

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Apple Watch can now control Skydio’s $2,000 autonomous R1 drone

Three years ago, a startup named Skydio emerged from stealth mode to reveal its AI platform for autonomous drones — sophisticated software that could let a drone user “be a cinematographer, not a pilot.” It took until earlier this year for Skydio to actually release R1, its first drone with the feature, at an eye-watering price of […]

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Blizzard is selling a Lego Bastion model right now

With the power of Lego and Blizzard combined, some hot new Overwatch merchandise is upon us. Blizzard is now selling the Lego Omnic Bastion set, which has 182 pieces. Lego Omnic Bastion is $25, and you can order it now through Blizzard’s online store. If you are attending the upcoming BlizzCon fan gathering, you’ll also […]

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Transformers godfather Simon Furman: Rolling out on his first video game

Simon Furman has been involved with Transformers since the brand turned from a Japanese toy into a Western phenomenon in the 1980s. He started on the fan-favorite British run of Marvel’s original Transformers comics, joining the U.S. books later in their run. He wrote stories for later Dreamwave and the acclaimed rebirth of the comics […]

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Impossible Aerospace raises $9.4 million, launches drone that flies 2 hours on a single charge

Impossible Aerospace, a stealth startup that says it’s setting out to “upend” the aviation status quo with long-range electric aircraft, announced it has raised $9.4 million in a series A round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Eclipse Ventures and Airbus Ventures. Alongside the fresh funding tranche, Impossible Aerospace is today officially launching […]

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Drone Racing League launches $2 million autonomous drone competition

The Drone Racing League (DRL) will host a series of races and competitions where autonomous drones will try to beat a professional drone pilot. Teams of university students and other drone enthusiasts will be invited to compete for more than $2 million. The Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit will produce four AI vs. AI […]

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Epson lets you pilot drones with its Moverio augmented reality glasses

Epson has found a new use for its Moverio augmented reality glasses: flying drones with its new Epson Drone Soar augmented reality app. Epson is releasing the app today to make it easier for drone pilots to navigate the skies while keeping the drone in full view. That’s because you see through the glass to […]

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DJI debuts Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones starting at $1,249

Today at an event in New York City, Shenzhen, China-based company DJI, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, announced two new additions to its product lineup: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. DJI calls them its “most technologically advanced drones” yet. They’re the direct successors to the […]

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Sony‘s robotic dog Aibo returns to the U.S. for $2,899

In order to gain further market share in the household robotics space, Sony is teaching an old dog new tricks. The company announced at a press event in New York City today that it’s bringing Aibo, it’s consumer robotic dog, back to the U.S. for a limited order — what the company is calling a […]

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