Rise of the Drones
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Rise of the Drones
Investigating the future of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Cyclodrone – Friendly drones that could save your life

Cyclodrone – Friendly drones that could save your life | Rise of the Drones | 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 29, 2014 4:56 AM

technolgy will save life too!!!

Mark P's curator insight, March 25, 2014 12:12 AM

I envisioned this in 2010! 

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Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder - Forbes

Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder - Forbes | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Runners, you no longer have to convince your reluctant partner to put on sneaks and hit the streets with you, thanks to my new favorite drone: the Joggobot, a companion robot for runners. Using a built-in camera, the autonomous drone hones in on sensors in a custom shirt and exhorts you to keep up with it.


Kashmir Hill, Forbes Staff

6/07/2012


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Smart Aid - Defibrillator drone?

Fast Company reports:


A USA Today investigation a few years ago found that, of the 250,000 fatal cardiac arrests that occur outside of U.S. hospitals every year, up to 76,000 cases were treatable. That is, the patients would have survived if the ambulance had got there in time. A quick zap with a defibrillator was all that was needed, but many cities could not promise a response within six minutes--the standard survival window.


The normal reaction to this might be: invest in a better ambulance fleet, more call centers, and so on. But Stefen Riegebauer, a graduate student from Austria, has a different, more futuristic, idea: to build a first aid drone network that gets people and equipment to the scene more quickly.


Riegebauer has built a non-working prototype, his visualizations are pretty funky, and he says the drone technology already exists. A team at MIT recently unveiled an autonomous UVV capable of flying at 22 mph in tight spaces; Riegebauer says it would be ideal.


posted by Chris Anderson at DIYdrones 27Oct12


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Drones Reimagined: Startup Plans Medical Supply Drone Network | inQuid

Drones Reimagined: Startup Plans Medical Supply Drone Network | inQuid | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Matternet has a vision of creating a network of autonomous flying drones that can deliver medical and other vital supplies to regions that either do not have access to such things, or find getting them tough. The drone network would serve areas with no serviceable road access, or places that have been devastated by natural disasters or war.

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Attack of the drones to fight tree rot in Scotland | sUAS News

Attack of the drones to fight tree rot in Scotland | sUAS News | Rise of the Drones | 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.”


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Tyler Courtnage's comment, March 5, 2014 1:56 PM
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.