Converge Industries Developing Artificial Intelligence Drones to Assist Commercial Operators New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Converge Industries Developing Artificial Intelligence Drones to Assist Commercial Operators

On January 25th San Francisco based Converge Industries Co., a commercial drone software provider, announced it has raised $750,000 in seed funding. Initially the company had received funding from large investors such as Samsung NEXT, Techstars Ventures, Kima Ventures, and other angel investors. This announcement is important due to the fact that Converge is focusing its R&D efforts in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for drones. Any software or hardware that could accelerate the ability of UAVs to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is one we’re definitely…

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LCCC Drone Courses and Plans Even More Training Drones In The News New Drone Technology 

LCCC Drone Courses and Plans Even More Training

Drones are becoming popular in a number of industries from real estate to photography, and so the demand for those licensed to operate a commercial drone is increasing. To meet demand, Lehigh Carbon Community College introduced its first classes on commercial drone certification last year. After a successful initial run, the community college will be hosting a second series of drone classes on campus this semester. Richard Wilt, dean of the School of Communication Arts, Computers and Technology at LCCC, which is offering the classes, said the classes are being…

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See the New Drone Lithium-Metal Battery Take Flight  New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

See the New Drone Lithium-Metal Battery Take Flight 

A Massachusetts-based startup says it’s doing something that no other company has been able: sell lithium-metal batteries commercially. And they’re appearing first in drones. SolidEnergy Systems, a spin-out from MIT, has developed a battery that it says has double the energy density of current lithium-ion batteries. That means that a battery from SolidEnergy Systems could be half the size of a standard lithium-ion battery and hold the same amount of energy, or it could be the same size as a lithium-ion battery and hold twice as much energy. For drone…

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Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below

In countries where commercial drone delivery is permitted beyond line-of-sight (hint: not the US), autonomous drones still have a big blind spot: Urban areas. Due to interference from tall buildings, navigating city streets is all but impossible with GPS alone. Researchers at the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR Robotics) set out to tackle that problem. Their solution? Design an algorithm that allows drones to autonomously navigate by mimicking the very traffic that delivery drones were invented to avoid. The algorithm, called DroNet, uses…

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Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You

A group of security researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science have developed techniques that can determine if someone is using a drone to illicitly film someone. The research was detailed in an academic paper released in early January. Concerns of privacy invasions by way of drones—especially those with attached cameras—have skyrocketed in recent months. The methods detailed by these researchers could help individuals and businesses protect their privacy, and give them legal proof of a spying attempt. The methods can be used to…

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New Drone Technology Could Turn Us All into Flying Pros Drone Products and Reviews New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

New Drone Technology Could Turn Us All into Flying Pros

Flying a drone is fun, but, and let’s be real, it’s a whole lot less fun when you keep crashing it into things. Those days could soon be behind us, however, if Leti has its way. The research institute wing of CEA is set to debut its latest anti-crash tech at CES this year, and had a few units on hand Sunday evening for curious would-be flyboys and flygirls to check out. Built onto a mass-market drone body, the prototypes may not look like much at first glance. But it’s…

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Ballard Launches Next-generation Fuel-cell System for Drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Ballard launches next-generation fuel-cell system for drones

Ballard Power Systems announced that the company has developed a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the 1.3-kW system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform. Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation of fuel cell technology – a complete hydrogen power system for an unmanned fixed-wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms –…

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The Air Force Studied Falcons to Develop a Bio-Mimicking Drone Defense

Nature is full of keenly adapted predators, and one of the best animal hunters out there is the falcon. These skilled predators have been able to adapt to nearly every habitat on Earth, and have long been used by humans to hunt game from the sky. Now, the United States military thinks there’s even more to learn from these raptors. The US Air Force recently funded a study by Oxford University zoologists that aimed to understand how peregrine falcons hunt for prey, and to model their predatory behavior into bio-mimicking…

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China creates artificial rain with drones for first time

China has successfully created artificial rain using drones for the first time. Performed by Shaanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technology Company, the operation aims to perform cloud seeding to trigger precipitation under complex weather conditions. This operation highlights the potential for drone technology to be used in future rain enhancement operations, according to thepaper.cn. It is reported that the drone has an effective flight time of 125 to 250 minutes with a maximum payload of 50 kilograms. The unmanned aerial vehicle can be monitored and controlled in real-time from operators on the…

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The Potential Future in the drone industry is pointing to AI Drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

The Potential Future of AI Drones

For many, drones are simply a novel gadget, a fun toy to fly around the neighborhood, snapping aerial images or even spying on neighbors. Rapidly growing in popularity, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) already have been purposed in a variety of scenarios, far beyond their use as robotic toys. In just a few years, drones have enhanced and redefined a variety of industries. They are used to quickly deliver goods, broadly study the environment and scan remote military bases. Drones have been employed in security monitoring, safety inspections, border surveillance…

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