Rise of the Drones
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Rise of the Drones
Investigating the future of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Drones - The Birth of a New Transportation Mode

The buzz around drones has intensified in recent months. The FAA Reauthorization bill that was signed into law last year directs the FAA to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015. Meanwhile, PBS aired a NOVA episode last month on drones titled “Rise of the Drones", and this week TIME Magazine published a cover story with the same title. I encourage you to read and watch all of these sources to get the full picture of what’s happening with this technology.

 

Rise of the Drones: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/rise-of-the-drones.html ; (the segment beginning at 38:55 is particularly interesting)

 

TIME cover story: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2135132,00.html

 

So, how might drones transform supply chain and logistics processes? In a blog posting earlier this week, Kevin O’Meara (former logistics executive at Whirlpool, now with Breakthrough Fuel) wrote that drones “could revolutionize air freight delivery in the package space,” particularly in servicing small, less-densely populated areas. The most visionary idea I’ve seen, however, comes from Matternet, which aims to “do for physical transportation what the Internet did for the flow of information.”

 

Kevin O’Meara's blog post: http://10xlogistics.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/a-drone-delivers-your-package.html?spref=tw

 

Matternet: http://matternet.us/

 

 

Adrian Gonzalez

06 Feb 2013

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Also watch Marc Andreesen on the possibility of a peer-to-peer drone delivery network: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiQyDhXiU4s&feature=youtu.be&t=9m38s

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New miniature autopilot! Easypilot 3.0 | sUAS News

New miniature autopilot! Easypilot 3.0 | sUAS News | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

After a long period of development we are now proud to announce that our brand new NATO STANAG 4586 compliant autopilot, EasyPilot 3.0, is available for sale. Together with our field proven Ground Control Station software, SkyView GCS, it makes a perfect platform to get your unmanned vehicles flying, or improving performance of your current ones.


31 October 2012
By Gary Mortimer

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Open Source R10 Quadcopter Zooms Past Kickstarter Goal

Open Source R10 Quadcopter Zooms Past Kickstarter Goal | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

For years, quadcopters have been a largely unobtainable toy for techies, but the R10 by Universal Air promises to deliver a hackable UAV for under $400.


While there are existing quadcopters at this price point, such as the Parrot AR.Drone, these craft are only slightly more than toys. The R10 on the other hand, is a vastly more capable system. Whether you just want to fly it around for fun, or have some kind of payload you want to fly on it (such as a camera), the R10 can handle it. (...)


Thanks to the R10s high payload capacity and the direct control offered via the Thalamus, it would be possible to do things like carry a small embedded computer (such as the Raspberry Pi) which has direct control over the aircraft. This could open up a whole new era of low cost unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), where students and experimenters can get a completely computer controlled aircraft up and flying for less than $500.


R10 on Kickstarter


by Tom Nardi 20Oct12

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HyTAQ hybrid quadrotor robot travels by air and land, leaves us no place to hide

HyTAQ hybrid quadrotor robot travels by air and land, leaves us no place to hide | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Few robots can travel gracefully through more than one medium; more often than not, they're either strictly airborne or tied to the ground. The Illinois Institute of Technology's HyTAQ quadrotor doesn't abide by these arbitrary limits. The hybrid machine, designed by Arash Kalantari and Matthew Spenko, uses the same actuators to drive both its flight as well as a surrounding cage for rolling along on the ground, quickly switching between the two methods.


It's clearly adaptable, but using the one system also provides large power advantages over a traditional quadrotor, Spenko tells us. While HyTAQ's battery lasts only for 5 minutes and 1,969 feet of pure flight, that jumps to 27 minutes and 7,874 feet when the robot can use a smooth floor instead -- and of course, it can hop over ground obstacles altogether instead of making a detour.


The range of the robot and its pilot are the main limiting factors, but the patent process is already underway with hopes of winning commercial deals. We're both excited and worried as a result; as wonderfully flexible as HyTAQ is, widescale adoption could lead to especially relentless robots during the inevitable takeover.


See video demonstration here.


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Spy Hawk RC Plane: Radio Controlled Gliders & Fun Video Camera Planes

Spy Hawk RC Plane: Radio Controlled Gliders & Fun Video Camera Planes | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

The Spy Hawk is a 3 channel mini glider that comes with a built in FPV (first person view) video system that sends a high quality, 5 megapixel live feed back to the 3.5” LCD screen on the transmitter. It features a state of the art stabilisation system that makes it super easy to fly, with a little practice. Simply fly the plane up to the required height, switch on the ‘autopilot’ and the built in gyro will kick-in keeping the plane level (even if a gust of wind tries to knock you off course, the various flaps with automatically adjust to compensate)! See, we told you it was awesome. With the plane actively giving you a helping hand you get to concentrate on the fun side of flying.


via RED5 Gadget Shop

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