Tag: drone

Samsung debuts a drone-based AI system to remotely adjust 5G towers

As their name suggests, cellular towers are built well above ground level to help wireless signals reach as far as possible — locations that have traditionally required professional tower climbers for both network installations and adjustments. Today, Samsung is debuting a drone-based AI solution for tower antenna adjustments that will replace multi-hour, sometimes dangerous tower climbs with a 15-minute […]

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Researchers train drones to perform flips, rolls, and loops with AI

In a new paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers at Intel, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich describe an AI system that enables autonomous drones to perform acrobatics like barrel rolls, loops, and flips with only onboard sensing and computation. By training entirely in simulation and leveraging demonstrations from a controller module, […]

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DJI debuts new enterprise drone and cameras

Just over a week after unveiling the Mavic Air 2, DJI today announced two new additions to its product portfolio: The Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK), an enterprise-focused drone platform, and the Zenmuse H20 series, a pair of hybrid multi-sensor cameras. Both were designed for aerial inspections and data collection missions like those some companies […]

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How Draganfly brought a ‘pandemic drone’ to the U.S.

Like the rest of the world, Canadian drone maker Draganfly has been anxiously watching the spread of the novel coronavirus. And when COVID-19 cases started springing up across Washington nursing homes in mid-February, the team began brainstorming. By March, Draganfly had licensed the machine vision and AI tech needed to offer social distancing and health […]

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Matternet CEO: Drones would be helpful right now if we could deploy them at scale

You’d think that a company that delivers medical samples, by drone, would thrive in today’s COVID-19 environment. But even when you’re well equipped with relevant technology, like San Francisco-based Matternet, the world has become so topsy-turvy that you might face just as many troubles as any other business. Because Matternet supplies services to the health […]

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Microsoft researchers train AI in simulation to control a real-world drone

In a preprint paper, Microsoft researchers describe a machine learning system that reasons out the correct actions to take directly from camera images. It’s trained via simulation and learns to independently navigate environments and conditions in the real world, including unseen situations, which makes it a fit for robots deployed in search and rescue missions. […]

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Researchers use drone-mounted microphones to suss out the shapes of rooms

Can a drone determine the shape of a room using microphones alone? That’s what Purdue University researchers set out to discover in a study that will be published next week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry. In it, they propose a drone-mounted microphone array that measures sound emitted by a loudspeaker to inform […]

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