Technology is value neutral. In one person’s hands, new technology might save a life, but in another’s hands, it might be used for dark purposes. Bird strikes on aircraft have the potential to create serious
Using solar cells and a light body, the UK’s QinetiQ has demonstrated high altitude unmanned drones. This week at Britain’s Farnborough Air Show, Airbus announced that it has received a British defence contract to supply
The Australian government has announced they will spend up to $7 billion dollars on six spy drones aimed at ensuring the country’s safety. The high-tech remotely controlled planes will not be operational for some time
Autonomous drones have a wide range of applications, however their development can waste a lot of money and resources. Machine learning involves crash-prone exercises which require continual repair and expensive replacement of drones. Researchers from
It seems like an odd paradox. Astronomers can see stars billions of lightyears away and yet conservationists cannot see animals right here on earth. Two friends and colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University recognised this
The debate between fixed wing and rotary drone systems has continued since drones made their first appearance, and the fight is heating up. Zipline, a drone company that currently conducts over 500 blood supply deliveries
Artificial intelligence, robotics, globalisation, the transformation of energy systems, the intense commercial competition in business of technology, and the rising realisation that the best inventions of the future will centre on human needs and the requirement to sustain life on this planet — these are the recurring themes, and there’s a great batch of new stories below that illustrate the future unfurling ahead.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular for applications in video production, surveillance and agricultural crop monitoring. The downsides to current technologies are that these drones are controlled by live humans and batteries only last 20 minutes.
The future of drones dropping off parcels at the home doorstep is not too far off. The e-commerce company AHA is now being serviced by the drone delivery firm Flytrex. Currently, the drones in Iceland
Perth-based company Orbital Corporation Ltd claims to have produced the first reciprocating internal combustion engine designed from scratch for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The company has just announced a US$90m contract with Boeing subsidiary Insitu