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World's Smallest Drone Autopilot System Goes Open Source

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The Lisa/S chip is 4 square centimeters -- about the same size as a Euro coin. But packed into this 1.9 gram chip is everything you need to autopilot an aerial drone.

 

It’s the world’s smallest drone autopilot system — over 30 grams lighter than its predecessor — according to the chip’s designers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. And best of all, both the hardware and the software is open source, meaning anyone can copy and use it — for free.

 

“The main reason we chose open source is that we want to make it available for society,” says the project’s leader, Bart Remes. He envisions open source drone technology enabling a wider range of civilian drone applications, from agriculture to search and rescue.


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Turn quotes into shareable pictures with Recite

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If, like me, you believe in the power of pictures, you will certainly love using Recite. The website allows you to turn quotes into shareable images in two clicks. To start using Recite, visit http...
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This is really interesting - congrats for the scoop

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How to Perfect Video Marketing for the E-Merchant - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

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How to Perfect Video Marketing for the E-Merchant
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Without TVPage, you get sidetracked by YouTube "suggested" videos and navigate away from the online store completely.
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Alpha testing and evolution of our mobile site - The Guardian

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Today we've released a new version of our mobile site. For our readers, on the surface the updates are fairly modest.
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In Australia, a drone will deliver – books? Yes, really

In Australia, a drone will deliver – books? Yes, really | Social, Local and Mobile Converge | Scoop.it
The drone will be used to rush textbooks to students in delivery times as short as two to three minutes.

 

Here’s how it works: Students would order books from rental company Zookal via a smartphone app and one of six unmanned Flirtey drones would immediately deliver the books to students’ doors. Students would be able to track the drones’ progress in real time on a Google map.

The venture is still pending approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority and its backers hope to launch the service in March 2014. 

 

Flirtey plans to use laser range finders and sonar technology to help guide drones and avoid collisions with buildings, birds, and pedestrians – common problems in past drone experiments. 

 

According to The Age, a special delivery mechanism “allows for textbooks to be safely lowered to the customer without the drone having to leave its hovering height of about three metres. If gentle force is applied to the drone's lowering cord, the parcel is released.”

From what we can surmise, this venture has more than just novelty going for it. The drones, which can carry up to 4 and a 1/2 lbs, can reduce waiting times to as little as two to three minutes, according to Zookal, and reduce delivery costs dramatically. Same day postal delivery in Australia can cost as much as $29.95, while Flirtey deliveries will cost $2.99.


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ddrrnt's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:18 PM

What will drones deliver next?

Nolan foote's curator insight, November 14, 2013 1:12 PM

drones taking books place to place  for kids. These drones have made a great preformence. And the drones are able to be at the school delivered in 2 to 3 minutes which is amazing because you can order a book and it can be in your homroom in minutes and the book can be heavy too. These drones are not just for war you cam get your book to you in minutes

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Mobile Payments Startup Flint Raises $6M Series B Led By Digicel ...

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Mobile payments startup Flint has been keeping a low profile for much of this year, but it's looking that quiet period is finally over. The company just..
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Engadget Mobile Podcast 193 - 10.17.13

Engadget Mobile Podcast 193 - 10.17.13 | Social, Local and Mobile Converge | Scoop.it
Want to go beyond the review for even more details about HTC's One Max? You've come to the right place, as Brad Molen and Richard Lai dive into all the.
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