Tag: drone

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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Quadcopter can inspect damaged nuclear reactors without putting workers at risk

In the aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck offshore the coast of Japan’s Honshu Island in 2011, primary power and cooling systems at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were knocked offline. Three of the reactors melted within the first three days, mainly as a result of flooding from the […]

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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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AI guides single-camera drone through hallways it’s never seen before

Deep reinforcement learning — an algorithmic training technique that drives agents to achieve goals through the use of rewards — has shown great promise in the vision-based navigation domain. Researchers at the University of Colorado recently demonstrated a system that helps robots figure out the direction of hiking trails from camera footage, and scientists at […]

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AirSelfie debuts 3 new pocket-sized drones with built-in cameras

Pocket-sized drones are the new selfie stick — if selfie sticks had tiny propellers and obstacle avoidance systems, that is. AirSelfie Holdings, a team of developers and engineers hailing from Shanghai and Italy, introduced three new aerial cameras at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show: the Air 100, Air Zen, and Air Duo. The trio’s launch […]

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SK Telecom uses 5G for first 2019 TV broadcast, plans live phone and drone videos

Though its December 2018 launch of 5G services was focused on enterprises rather than consumers, top South Korean wireless carrier SK Telecom used New Year’s Day as an opportunity to demonstrate how 5G will influence both markets in 2019. Starting at midnight on January 1, the carrier offered a live 11-minute broadcast of the country’s […]

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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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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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