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Most U.S. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds | Danger Room | Wired.com

Most U.S. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds | Danger Room | Wired.com | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Four years after discovering that militants were tapping into drone video feeds, the U.S. military still hasn't secured the transmissions of more than half of its fleet of Predator and Reaper drones, Danger Room has learned.
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[IROS 2012] Robotic Airplane, Boat, and Submarine Team Up to Monitor Coral Reefs - IEEE Spectrum

[IROS 2012] Robotic Airplane, Boat, and Submarine Team Up to Monitor Coral Reefs - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Three different robots work together to help researchers remotely explore the ocean...
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New UAV from senseFly - eBee

New UAV from senseFly - eBee | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

The eBee is lightweight enough to be launched by hand. It is fully autonomous during its entire flight. When it comes to landing, the eBee can either land in a circular clearing or, when space is limited, use its advanced ground sensing technology to make a fully autonomous straight-line landing.

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Robot pack horse unveiled in US

Robot pack horse unveiled in US | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A robot pack horse has been unveiled at a Las Vegas show for drones, which are of growing interest to non-military businesses.
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Design and Development: Brave New Robotic World of UAVs | Robotics Trends

Design and Development: Brave New Robotic World of UAVs | Robotics Trends | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

‘Unmanned aircraft have so much potential,’ she began. ‘And yet we cannot leverage that potential without having a regulatory framework in place.’ [Leslie Cary, ICAO]

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Pilotless robot plane smart enough to navigate through bad weather

Pilotless robot plane smart enough to navigate through bad weather | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been doing their bit to help save lives in the military for some time already – where pilotless vehicles ply routes in the air over battlefields in order to scout the enemies’ area as well [...]...
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Flying robot continues flying even after crash

Flying robot continues flying even after crash | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The classical story of Icarus flying too close to the sun, having his wax wings melt after that before plunging to his death is a grim reminder that things do go wrong sometimes, and it would be good to have [...]...
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Forget the Helicopter, Drones Make Aerial Videos Attainable

Forget the Helicopter, Drones Make Aerial Videos Attainable | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The average episode of Top Gear runs around $1 million to produce. But those high-style, high-flying ? and incredibly expensive ?

Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
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Underwater robotics contest held in Prince William

Underwater robotics contest held in Prince William | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Students from across the country gather in Manassas Park for an underwater robotics challenge.
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If I Fly a UAV Over My Neighbor's House, Is It Trespassing?

If I Fly a UAV Over My Neighbor's House, Is It Trespassing? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Even a toy drone with an HD camera scrambles our sense of property and privacy rights.
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CanberraUAV Outback Challenge 2012 debrief - DIY Drones

CanberraUAV Outback Challenge 2012 debrief - DIY Drones | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

A great write up of the recent UAV Outback Challenge 2012 from winning team, CanberraUAV. The team managed to successfully find a 'lost' person autonomously.

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Drone finds dummy 'bushwalker' in world-first

Drone finds dummy 'bushwalker' in world-first | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

An unmanned aerial drone was able to find a dummy of a missing bushwalker with no human intervention in what CSIRO believes is a world-first for a non-military drone.

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Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone for $49 with RC! - DIY Drones

Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone for $49 with RC! - DIY Drones | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
I love my Walkera Ladybird nanocopter, which costs $129 and is incredibly fun to fly. But now you can get a clone for just $49, complete with RC unit.
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Poverty to Prosperity

Poverty to Prosperity | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Imagine a world were we can drastically increase access to medicine, drastically reduce poverty and create access into new markets. We are at the dawn of a new roadless economy.
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Matternet » Google Solve for X

Matternet » Google Solve for X | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

We take it for granted today that you can put data out on the Internet and it will sort of magically move to anywhere else on the planet. What if there were a Matternet that could do the same thing with physical objects? Sounds like FedEx, perhaps, but what if this worked even where there were no roads? Andreas explains how this could be done.

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How a team of students HIJACKED a drone in midair - all for a $1,000 bet with U.S. government

How a team of students HIJACKED a drone in midair - all for a $1,000 bet with U.S. government | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin managed to take control of a small drone by mimicking a signal sent to its GPS and giving it new commands, thus proving that anyone can hijack unmanned aircraft.
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GISuser.com GIS Location Technology - Bluesky Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

GISuser.com GIS Location Technology - Bluesky Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
GISuser provides developer news, articles, jobs, updates concerning GIS, LBS, GPS, map mashups, and geospatial technologies, Bluesky Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...
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Robot helicopters swoop in to help from the air | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 12.05.2012

Robot helicopters swoop in to help from the air | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 12.05.2012 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Unmanned mini-helicopters are increasingly being deployed in science, industry, during catastrophes and even for filming. They can help the police as a surveillance tool or save fawns from combine harvesters.
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