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Overhead transmission line inspection robots

Japanese start-up HiBot, a maker of various types of robots for commercial use such as industrial pipeline cleaning, also developed a high transmission line inspection robot name Expliner. Last week ...
01 February 2014, by

Snap 2014: Aerial drones and 3D mapping software for civil engineering surveying

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...
06 January 2014, by

Mapping in the Cloud

UPDATE: New video of a collaborative, cloud-based mapping experiment. Mapping is essential for mobile robots and a cornerstone of many more robotics applications that require a robot to interact with...
23 December 2013, by and

Lay of the land: Unmanned systems coming to commercial agriculture

Yamaha is testing spraying vineyards in Napa Valley through a COA with the FAA. Photo courtesy Yamaha Corp. With the global market for unmanned systems in agriculture on the rise, companies that ma...
25 October 2013, by

Matching technology to value creation: Drones in agriculture

‘Drones in agriculture’ has been a topic hot lately, but is it a real business? As a former Army UAV platoon leader and a current founder of an aerial data collection start-up, I believe so, bu...
24 October 2013, by

DARC talks about the elephants in the room – freight planes and fighters

It was fitting that Missy Cummings had the last word at the DARC drones and aerial robotics conference in NY. As an ex-TopGun navy pilot who saw drones taking over her job, she was the one to talk abo...
23 October 2013, by


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Ten lessons for farm drones

3D Robotics's Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Cherbini prepares to launch a plane at Small Vines Wines in Sebastopol, Ca Sept. 13, 2013. The plane can help day-to-day operations on a farm...
22 October 2013, by

Start-up profile: Knightscope

What happens when you mix big data analytics, a policeman, homeland security, some funding from an insurance company and robotics? You get Knightscope, a Santa Clara, California start-up developin...
19 October 2013, by

Robotic cornucopia: Robohub focuses on the state-of-the-art and the future of agricultural robotics

With an ever-increasing need to feed the world's hungry, the agricultural sector has long been an important boon to the field of robotics: the sector's widespread acceptance and use of automation tec...
18 October 2013, by

Maps & apps

Image: senseFly ... Two events, from different parts of the world, on the same day and subject: geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) and the use of “layering”...
08 October 2013, by

Students hope their ship inspection robot will significantly reduce dry-dock time for maritime transport industry, improve safety for inspectors

Students take a research tour with Damen ship repairs in Rotterdam. A team of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK have developed a prototype for a robotic ship inspection unit that is capable of cond...
30 September 2013, by , and

Drones for Schools

To understand what the Drones for Schools program is, and how it came about, it helps to know a few things about my background. I didn't originally set out to be a STEM educator. I had some science ed...
24 September 2013, by

National Geographic uses AGVs and drones for photo story about lions

... Once again National Geographic photographers have used innovative techniques to capture amazing images. Remember the polar bear cam in 2011 that got crushed by the curious bear as he examined and ...
12 August 2013, by

SpaceX awarded launch reservation contract with MDA Robotics for Canadian satellite program

The Falcon 9 rocket in the hangar at SpaceX's launch site at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: SpaceX. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced today that, in 2018, it will...
30 July 2013, by

Two small drones approved by FAA for civilian use in the US

Insitu's Scan Eagle x200. Two small drones, Insitu's Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment's PUMA, have become the first federally certified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for civilian use in the US. O...
27 July 2013, by

Active military robots around the world

This is a brief presentation of some of the most widely used robots (or remotely controlled, semi-autonomous systems) from militaries around the world. There are numerous other projects that are curre...
15 March 2013, by







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