Although I am amazed with UAVs and their versatility, I must admit that having a flying camera zoom by – and zoom in on me – can be intimidating. Not because the drone has a camera, but because I don’t always know who is behind that camera. If the drone operator were immediately identifiable, however, I would have no problem. That is exactly the issue Fotokite tries to solve.
On June 30th of this year, Ryerson University in Toronto held an event titled UAVs: Pros vs Cons Symposium. Some of the presentations have since been incorporated into a YouTube playlist by Nikola Danaylov.
Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster response. For some applications, it is beneficial if a team of coordinated UAVs rather than a single UAV is employed. Multiple UAVs can cover a given area faster or take photos from different perspectives at the same time. This emerging technology is still at an early stage and, consequently, profound research and development efforts are needed.
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending VLAB: Drones – The Commercial Era Takes Off at Stanford GSB. The event was truly fantastic and the panel was amazing. The moderator was Chris Anderson, former editor at Wired and CEO of 3D robotics. I’m really struck by how much he has become the face of the commercial drone industry.
Robohub is running a week-long series of focused stories about robotics for defense, security and surveillance purposes. In an attempt to add to the conversation, here is a list of some of the companies that produce these types of robotic devices. This list is comprised of publicly-traded stocks in various stock exchanges in America, Canada and Europe. There are many more privately-held companies not included in this posting because of time constraints.
Updated March 17, 2013 | This month we’ve asked our experts to weigh in on the future of robotics in warfare, and the broadness of this topic has prompted some of our panelists to push back and request that the question be rephrased in narrower terms. Certainly there are many sides to this question, and we plan to tease them out in future RBIs. However, we think it’s important to begin with broad strokes, and so we leave it to our panelists to weigh in, each from their own perspective.
How will robots shape the future of war? I don’t know. I think that the more important question, however, is: what role should robots have in warfare? In my answer I have tried (as much as is humanly possible) to put myself in the role of an alien dispassionately analyzing the situation …
Daniel H. Wilson on “How will robots shape the future of warfare?”
Robots have already changed the face of modern warfare, particularly through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called “drones.” Currently, armed drone aircraft are in widespread use transnationally and have proven highly effective.
Robot machines have been shaping the future of war since the first siege engines appeared in ancient times (I like to think the Trojan Horse was motorized). Now with technology extending our military reach and impact …
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Not knowing much about drones to begin with, the MotherboardTV team started out by talking with P.W. Singer, author of “Wired for War”. From there, they flew to Amman, Jordan, to attend a military trade show, where they met Chris Barter, Scout Program Manager at Datron. Accepting his invitation to vists the Datron campus in San Diego, they got an opportunity to fly the Scout for themselves. (The Scout is produced by Canadian firm Aeryon Labs and marketed by Datron.)
While in Southern California, they also stopped by 3D Robotics for a chat with Chris Anderson and a couple of their engineers, filling out the picture with the DIY perspective.
All in all, it’s very well done. You may find yourself subscribing to MotherboardTV’s YouTube channel.
Chris Anderson, of DIYDrones, notes in his blog that he has, upon invitation from the editors, submitted an article for the February 11th issue of Time Magazine, which will focus on drones, civilian as well as military. The feature article for this issue, by Lev Grossman, is already online, as is Chris Anderson’s piece, which he has also posted on his blog.
The U.S. military UAV market is projected to grow at an 12% CAGR reaching $18.7 billion in 2018 according to a new report of Market Research Media Ltd. The report finds that the U.S. military UAV market will generate $86.5 Billion revenues over the period 2013 – 2018.
In December 2012, Swedish CybAero AB, a company developing and manufacturing autonomous unmanned helicopters, signed a strategic partnership agreement with the world’s leading UAV company, AeroVironment Inc.
In January 2013 Swedish CybAero signed a framework agreement contract with manufacturer PartnerTech AB, covering production and assembly of products and systems for CybAero AB.
Recently profiled in The Economist, in an article titled “The dronefather”, Abe Karem, founder of Leading Systems, which eventually became the division of General Atomics which builds the Predator, and its successor the Reaper, and also founder of Frontier Systems, a company that developed unmanned helicopters with variable-speed rotors, which he sold to Boeing, now leads Karem Aircraft, which is working on a tilt-rotor transport aircraft, using the “optimum speed” technology developed by Frontier Systems.
Mr. Karem will be among those featured in a PBS Nova production, Rise of the Drones, to be aired Wednesday, January 23rd, beginning at 9:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time (UTC-5).
Those crazy guys at Mad Lab Industries have put together a multimodal contraption that flies like a hexrotor (because it is one) and walks like a hexapod (because it is also that). In their own words…