The Japanese space agency JAXA is scheduled to launch a very important mission tonight: The Hayabusa 2 space probe, set to visit the asteroid 1999 JU3. This is a very ambitious mission: It will land on the asteroid, collect samples, deploy three small rovers, and then send the samples back...
Canada is flying high above other countries with their newest commercial drone-use policies. On Wednesday Transport Canada announced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commercial or for hobby use under 2 kg will soon no longer require a Special Flight Operations Certificate…
The drone revolution isn't coming—it's already here. Can UT expertise help us navigate the future? The stadium was buzzing. It was a balmy day in late August and more than 93,000 fans were finally getting to see the topic of endless hype for themselves. Thousands of articles had been written, teeth had been gnashed, hands…
BERLIN (Reuters) - Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe.The
After two years of development, the Silicon Valley company reveals to The Atlantic that it has substantial research effort into building flying robots than can deliver products across a city in a minute or two.
Last year, when hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed they could hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with nothing but laptops connected to the cars, they raised two questions: Could hackers perform the same tricks wirelessly, or even over the Internet? And even more pressing: Is your specific car vulnerable, too?…
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. examines the development of North Korea's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) development over time, pointing to what could now be force that could pose serious security problems for South Korea, as well as the US and Japan.
Ioannis K. Erripis's insight:
Interesting overview of DPRK's efforts on developing UAVs
At Autodesk’s Real 2015 conference last month, 3DR provided a flight demo of a new versatile workhorse of drone we’re calling Spektre. (Some of you may have seen Chris Anderson’s tweet.) Spektre has been designed from the ground up as a powerful and adaptive platform that can meet the many and complex demands of industrial inspection. It’s like an aerial power drill that you can outfit with different bits for whatever your job and site require, whether railroads, bridges, mines, buildings, even
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) disclosed last month that successful initial trials of USVs incorporating developmental sensors and software took place for two weeks in August on the James River in Virginia.
I don't want to turn this blog into all self-driving cars, all the time. But there is one question I've heard about self-driving cars multiple times in the last few weeks that I really want to answer. This is, why would self-driving cars even be a big deal? Let me [...]
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS to the twin events: Full-day Workshop at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014) Special Issue on the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR) - June 2015
Ioannis K. Erripis's insight:
For those who were not there, and those who were there and would like to recall what they saw, the slides of ten of the presentations given at the IROS 14 Workshop on Whole-Body Control for Robots in the Real World are now available online
Google’s experimental self-driving cars have traveled more than 700,000 miles on California’s roads with nothing more serious than a fender bender, and that one while a human was driving. But if the company had gotten its way, you might not know about the episode. According to documents obtained under freedom-of-information legislation and seen by Quartz, Google lobbied Californian...
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