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Apple to use drones to take on Google’s maps and services

  • 02/12/2016 at 06:23 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple EmployeesApple has long since been flagging behind Google on certain services, a big one being their maps. But now they hope to change that, using drones in order to improve their maps and services faster, and with more updated information.

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The FAA has proposed new rules for unmanned drones as capabilities of aircraft increase

  • 17/02/2015 at 23:02 by It's a Gadget Staff
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DJI Phantom 2 VisionThe Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a new set of regulations for controlling the use of drones, which would allow for some (but not all) commercial use. It includes rules for licensing pilots of those drones.

Back in January, Tijuana police were surprised by a drone crash just South of the U.S. border. It contained six pounds of crystal meth, which was too heavy for the small drone to carry for any significant length of time. It led to a seizure of nearly $50,000 worth of the drug, and alerted authorities to a new potential form of transport that could become commonplace.

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Google tests delivery drones after two year secret project

  • 29/08/2014 at 23:31 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Project Wing Delivery DronesAfter two years of secret development, Google has begun testing their patented drones as part of the Google X’s top secret “Project Wing”.

You may remember during their last Google I/O conference that a protester started shouting:  “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds machines that kill people!” He also ranted about “killer robots”.

There was no real context to that statement. Maybe a reference to the company’s interest in robotics? Perhaps a metaphor for the potential “killing power” of technology, ala the Android mascot? Or it could be a reference to Project Wings, a top secret (but still speculated about) effort of the mysterious Google X branch.

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Latest in robotics are flying drones inspired by nature

  • 23/05/2014 at 17:34 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Flying drones inspired by natureVolume 9 of scientific journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics has been released, with the latest in experimental robots. These included flying drones that take their cue from birds, including those that can come together in a flock formation.

The research was conducted by fourteen different teams that each presented their findings, and the prototypes for the new robots. They were based on bats, bird, insects and flying snakes to create a more fluid and intuitive form of motion you would normally find in nature. One even simulated the flight pattern of a moth in the vortex of a tornado.

What is the point of the research? It is hoped that by developing robots that can fly within these conditions, they will be able to create drones that cope with the differing airflow and conditions of urban or populated environments.

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Google to Amazon: We see your drones, and raise you robots!

  • 04/12/2013 at 16:22 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleAmazon aren’t the only one looking to take advantage of modern technology as now Google state that they are entering the robot game with real robots.

At the beginning of this week, we reported that Amazon had introduced flying “drones” as a publicity stunt for their Cyber Monday sales, which Jeff Bezos said he would like to use as a genuine delivery service in the future.

Being that their most popular product has both the name and image of Android, it isn’t that surprising that Google would have it in their mind to create robots. What is more unexpected is how far they have already gone in developing them.

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Servers hosted by Drones could be the future for The Pirate Bay

  • 22/03/2012 at 07:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
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ThePirateBay DroneThe entertainment industry’s fight against piracy has made The Pirate Bay a poster child for the entire online community. The Pirate Bay, commonly abbreviated at TPB, was always a popular site for file sharing, but now stands for online freedom and the fight against the hated entertainment industry/United States Government.

Since The Pirate Bay faces real and imminent danger and can be taken offline potentially any day, TPB and its loyal members have begun creating measures to continue providing file sharing services. One member actually created a script that copied all of the links and mirrors for the files and compressed them so that they could be stored on a simple USB! This would then preserve all of the files so that TPB would live on however this wasn’t enough and TPB has gone even further and developed drones!

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