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Apple Swift Playgrounds Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories Uncategorized 

Apple Swift Playgrounds can now program your robots and drones

Apple doesn’t build robots or drones, but now you can use its software to program them. On Thursday, Apple announced that, starting June 5, its increasingly popular iPad-based programming app, Swift Playgrounds, can be used to program robots built with LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Version 1.5 of the app will also handle programming tasks for Sphero’s SPRK robot ball, Parrot’s Mambo, Airborne and Rolling Spider drones, as well as robots from UBTECH, Dash, and Skoog. All devices will connect to the iPad and Swift Playgrounds via a Bluetooth connection. It’s a…

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Doughnut Delivery Drones Provide Hope for the Future

First, there were cronuts. Now there are dronuts. No, they’re not delicious fried rings of cake from the Italian city of Dro. Last week, doughnut-toting drones (get it?) delivered confections to public servants across Denver. Boxes of LaMar’s Donuts were flown on Wednesday from nearby parking lots to the mayor at City Hall, as well as workers at local police and fire departments. “This is exciting stuff, and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, [but also] for autonomous vehicles, this is our future,”…

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AI-equipped drones taught themselves how to fly by crashing 11500 times

You know the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?” Well, it also counts for drones. At least, that is the takeaway message from a recent paper titled “Learning to Fly by Crashing,” published by roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University. They subjected hapless drones to 11,500 collisions in 20 different indoor environments, spread over 40 hours of flying time, to prove it. They did it for a good reason, too — and it is not because they have a whole lot of old quadcopters to get rid…

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Painting Drones Top Drone News Stories Uncategorized 

Carlo Ratti designs graffiti-painting drones to make multistorey artworks

Italian architect Carlo Ratti’s Paint By Drone system uses remotely controlled flying robots to cover buildings in giant paintings. Designed to turn scaffolding into giant canvases, the system uses a formation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to create artworks on blank surfaces. Each drone carries its own tank of paint, and uses CMYK colours to replicate the traditional printing process. The robots are managed remotely, with their positions individually tracked, and are able to recreate any artwork submitted to a mobile app. “We are keen to explore their artistic…

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The Navy's LOCUST Launches Drone Swarm Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Watch the Navy’s LOCUST launcher fire a swarm of drones …

Apr. 6, 2017, 10:29 AM 6,830 The Navy’s new LOCUST (Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology) launchers fire a swarm of drones that can jam enemy communications, and waste enemy resources by drawing fire. The launchers are capable of tube-launching 31 drones in just 40 seconds. READ MORE! >> Source: Watch the Navy’s LOCUST launcher fire a swarm of drones …

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Shooting Drones Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Shooting drones out of the sky

Legislation making its way through the Oklahoma state legislature aims to allow property owners to lawfully shoot down a drone trespassing over their property. But that could put the state on a collision course with the federal government. The bill, S.B. 660, would allow the destruction of a drone flying over someone’s private property. After passing the Judiciary Committee by an 11-0 vote on Feb. 21, the Senate floor version of the bill reads: “Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily damages or destroys a…

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Forget Flying Cars: Passenger Drones May Be Hovering Soon at a Location Near You

The dream of the flying car could come down to earth before it gets off the ground. Rising in its place: a network of self-flying drones big enough to ferry individual commuters around town. That’s the future envisioned by several start-ups that are developing so-called “passenger drones,” which could shrink commute times from hours to minutes. At first blush, human-carrying drones sound no more realistic than flying cars. Until recently inventors had never been able to marry automobiles and aircraft in a practical way. Yet a few companies have kept…

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Emirati student builds drones for the greater good

Emirati postgraduate student Talib Al Hinai is, quite literally, flying high. He will shortly present his drone research to members of British parliament, has just been named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Europe for this year and he still has another six years to retain his place on the prestigious list. Mr Al Hinai, 24, has been in the UK since 2010 when he joined University of Manchester to study mechatronic engineering. Then, just a week after finishing his first-class bachelor’s degree, he began a doctorate at London’s…

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Ford Drone Delivery Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Ford Explores Drone Delivery from Self-driving Vans

Ford unveiled a new concept at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today: an electric self-driving delivery van that can launch a fleet of drones to pick up and drop off packages in hard-to-reach places. The automaker said the idea fits into its self-styled “City of Tomorrow,” a high concept vision of the future involving autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing, and a bevy of other transportation buzz words. “Autolivery,” as the concept is called, is geared toward solving the last-mile challenge in delivery, specifically the last 15 meters between the delivery truck and…

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