Those who believe in the singularity have been waiting for the time when machines might challenge mankind, but a very real group of humans has decided to deliver a pre-emptive strike against what they call "killer robots," and they make a convincing case.
Dronestagram, the new project showing aerial photos of recent drone strikes, complete with the details of the villages and the death tolls is the debated website of the day. Is this an altruistic way of providing eye-opening information or is it one step towards Hunger Games style voyeurism?
Aberporth is a Welsh city whose name doesn't come up terribly often in the tech press. That might change as a small civilian-owned airport transforms itself into a center for UAV (read: Drone) innovation.
The use for unmanned drones increases every day. This time it's to keep an eye on the beaches of Queensland, Australia to look out for swimmers in trouble — and, of course, any sharks lurking too close.
Here's a story all but guaranteed to make you feel safe: a group of college students managed to hijack a domestic drone. But don't worry, they had a whole bunch of equipment from a store that most civilians have never heard of: Radio Shack.
Engineers and students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Southern California are building drones, launching systems, and the necessary software to create a force of up to fifty unmanned aircraft capable of dogfighting. That would add a new layer to drone warfare, where drones capably engage one another.
What's a young geek to do when he has two expensive gadgets? Naturally, pop on Pink Floyd and get to combining the two. In a little over a month, Thomas Sohmers has done just that — connect the awesome Parrot AR.Drone to a pair of Epson Moverio BT-100 transparent video glasses to create one neat trick.
As if flying drones weren't already scary looking enough, now we have a new hovering eye in the sky with a name as imposing as its science-fictiony looks.
Parrot is a company that focuses primarily on in-car electronics, but you wouldn't know it from the more eye-catching technology in its portfolio. A quadrocopter hobby drone? Some seriously smart headphones? (We can't wait for more on those Ziks, by the way.) With AR.Drone 2.0, which we got a taste of at CES 2012, Parrot has taken a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of its first generation flier, and has come back with something that feels like a vast improvement over its predecessor. Read on to find out why I'd feel comfortable handing the controls of this drone over to my own grandmother.
The Navy's new X-47B drone is getting an upgrade that'll greatly increase the distance it can fly from its aircraft carrier home base: the ability to refuel in the air.