Drones have been used as instruments of disruption throughout the corners of the world including in Hong Kong and China.
Should your weird neighbor be allowed to mount a handgun on a drone and fly that drone around, firing the gun from midair via remote control? No, probably not. But there’s not much that you can do to stop him from launching his Glock-drone into the sky. The FAA does not specifically prohibit private citizens from owning and operating weaponized drones, and most states have not yet passed laws that would ban them. This is sort of scary, sure, but what can I say? It’s 2016 in America.
Over the last decade, drones have advanced from multimillion-dollar military machines to being small and affordable enough to be used recreationally and commercially. Now they are revolutionizing a wide range of industries and saving time, money, and potentially lives in the process.
When you see footage from the Drone Racing League’s (DRL) first race, you may think it’s a special-effects sequence from a sci-fi movie. Little glowing spaceships zip around in tight formations, weaving through neon gates, slithering through tight tunnels, and occasionally smashing into walls at high speeds. But the videos aren’t computer-generated. The flying robots are real, and the footage is intended to be the public’s first glimpse at a new professional sports league.
These days, 3D printing is never far from the public eye. Its vast and imaginative array of applications is constantly growing, from life-saving medical implants to life-ending firearms. Now, architects and structural engineers have started experimenting with the technology in an effort to, quite literally, change the world we live in.
Five converging global trends may present geography with unprecedented world attention: geo-awareness, geo-enablement, geotechnologies, citizen science and storytelling. Each of these is transforming the audience for geography and the way geography is taught and perceived.
A team of Swiss researchers have taught drones how to recognise and follow forest trails all by themselves. This research unlocks application of drones for search and rescue of people lost in wilderness areas. The research will be presented in May at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Stockholm.
DARPA, the Pentagon’s cutting-edge science division, is developing a neural network to enhance “deep learning” on the battlefield.
The reverberation of CES continues throughout the drone world with the Consumer Electronics Show solidifying its importance in the consumer market. What CES offers consumer drone companies above all others is its prowess to attract qualified partners, dealers and customers. Even if you work on the commercial side, you still should be attending CES if for nothing more than to know what’s happening on the other side of pendulum. One of the new drone exhibitors at this year’s CES was Autel Robotics. I had never heard of Autel, so naturally I had a few questions starting with, who is Autel Robotics?
For hundreds of years in the skies over Asia, people have used eagles to hunt down prey with deadly results.That tradition has been in decline for decades, but now the bird’s keen eyesight, powerful talons and lethal hunting instincts are being used to take out a new kind of 21st-century vermin: drones.