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Cyclodrone – Friendly drones that could save your life

Cyclodrone – Friendly drones that could save your life | AI_interfaces_cogsci | Scoop.it

Sometime in the near future, you might take a bike ride with a couple of drones–one flying in front, one in back–to protect you from nearby cars. As you ride around tight corners, the “Cyclodrone” will shine a beacon of light to warn drivers that you’re there, hosting a tiny camera to record any accidents.

 

The design is one of several concepts from a team at frog design that wanted to rework the current evil image of the drone. “Drones are taking a beating in the press, being characterized as spies and assassins,” says Cormac Eubanks, who developed the Cyclodrone. “At frog, we are more fascinated by the design potential at the leading edge of technology. We believe now is the time to explore how drones could be a force for good.”


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David Johnson's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:56 PM

technolgy will save life too!!!

Mark P's curator insight, March 24, 2014 8:12 PM

I envisioned this in 2010! 

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drones to help woodland managers spot fatal fungal infections in trees

drones to help woodland managers spot fatal fungal infections in trees | AI_interfaces_cogsci | Scoop.it

DRONES more commonly ­associated with the war on ­terror are to patrol the skies over Scotland in a bid to eradicate diseases that threaten to wipe out swathes of forest.

 

The unmanned planes are smaller than conventional drones and armed with high resolution cameras to capture images that will help woodland managers spot telltale signs of fatal fungal infections in trees. (...)

 

“Only the wide application and routine use of this technology directly by forest managers will enable the technology to deliver its potential benefits, cost effectively,” said Ian Thomas, a chartered forester who helped compile the study. “This means every forestry manager having the technology in the boot of their car, and knowing how to use it.”

 

Read more at the scotsman.com

 


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Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 8:56 AM
7. Drones, a technology usually used to fight the war on terror, are now being used by foresters. The Drones capture pictures of the woods, which the foresters then study to see if anything is unhealthy with the forest. Recently in Scotland, foresters have detected a deadly fungus on trees that could've wiped out a whole forest. They were able to contain it since it was detected early because of the drones.