Drones let researchers monitor changes in volcanoes, plan virtual field trip

Penn State geosciences researchers are investigating an active volcano that could pose a hazard to millions of people in Nicaragua. Masaya volcano is located in an active volcanic and seismic zone and is nearby Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. The researchers are using many methods, including drones, to study how the volcano and surrounding earth are changing … Continue reading “Drones let researchers monitor changes in volcanoes, plan virtual field trip”

Russian Company That Makes AK-47 Rifle Is Building A Hoverbike, To Reveal A Demo Version Soon

A Russian defense manufacturer named after the inventor of the AK-47 showed off its “flying car” to company officials and the Internet. The “car,” which has sixteen sets of rotors, could have military applications down the road including scouting, communications, and other tasks. The company develops and manufactures a wide variety of military small arms, … Continue reading “Russian Company That Makes AK-47 Rifle Is Building A Hoverbike, To Reveal A Demo Version Soon”

Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control

Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers, enable warehouse managers to log inventory much more efficiently than they could by reading box numbers and recording them manually. But the scale of modern retail operations makes even … Continue reading “Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control”

MIT’s Hybrid Drones carry heavier payloads for greater distance

New hybrid gas-to-electric drones from MIT spinout Top Flight Technologies offer an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts. The drones may pave the way for package delivery and human flight. As co-founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of Top Flight Technologies, Phan is now one of the first entrepreneurs to … Continue reading “MIT’s Hybrid Drones carry heavier payloads for greater distance”

MIT’s Flying Car – A Drone that can both Fly and Drive

Many birds and insects have the ability to both walk and take flight If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibilities: Imagine machines that could fly into construction areas or disaster zones that aren’t near roads and then squeeze through tight spaces on the ground to transport objects or … Continue reading “MIT’s Flying Car – A Drone that can both Fly and Drive”