Raphael Pirker (above) remains the only individual fined by the FAA for using a small drone. An NTSB judge later ruled that the FAA didn’t go through the proper procedures to legally regulate small unmanned aircraft such as Pirker’s.
Watch the live stream from the second sUSB-Expo in San Francisco. Speakers include Henri Seydoux of Parrot Drone, Wolfgang Juchmann of Velodyne LiDAR, Rory Paul of Volt Aerial Robotics, Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics and many more. See the full schedule below of this two-day event.
Americans are optimistic about flying robots providing a public benefit in the long-term, but currently are against wide commercial and personal use, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
Helen Greiner who co-founded iRobot 14 years ago spoke yesterday at the DEMO conference. Helen is now the co-founder and CEO of CyPhy Works, a startup developing “Unmanned Ariel Systems” or drones for industrial applications. In her brief DEMO Labs talk (see video below), Helen takes us through the next five years of drones — from hobbyist toys to industrial surveillance.
It’s been three years since a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed large parts of the eastern coast of Japan and incapacitated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Life for many of the displaced families, however, has far from returned to normal; around 150,000 residents of the prefecture are still living as evacuees in temporary accommodations, and many villages are still too contaminated for people to return. What is the current state of the cleanup and reconstruction effort? Drone Adventures teamed up with Taichi Furuhashi, researcher at the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo, to try to answer this question.
When we imagine the future of warfare, we often envision a battlefield where humanoid robots and other machines fight alongside or in the place of human soldiers. From the droids of Star Wars to The Terminator’s cyborg soldiers, robots play a prominent role in our collective vision of future combat.
Development of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, is one of the fastest-growing and, yet, controversial sectors of aerospace, yet it is forecast that it could be worth as much as $62 billion a year to the global aerospace industry by 2020, creating hundred of thousands of jobs. The civilian drone market alone is possibly worth more than $400 billion according to a UK research project backed by the government and top aerospace companies.
An Irish surveyor tested results (and had those results peer reviewed through the local university) of surveys done by drone and software vs. doing it by hand (which took days longer). The surveyor is now prepared to stand by drone and software results in a court of law.
2013 was a year filled with talk of drones.
I’m not saying this just because I’m biased by the recent news reporting on how large companies (Amazon, DHL, and UPS to be exact) are exploring the use of drones as a new delivery mechanism. If this is news to you, don’t worry. The robotics community came across this only a couple of weeks ago.