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How the USGS Used a Drone to Save Someone from Kīlauea’s Lava

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How the USGS Used a Drone to Save Someone from Kīlauea’s Lava By Erik Klemetti | May 30, 2018 3:18 pm The lava fountain from Fissure 8 seen on May 28, 2018. USGS/HVO. Few things are changing volcano monitoring and hazard planning more than drones. A decade ago, it either took expensive and dangerous helicopter flights or approaching eruptions on foot to get close enough to make observations. Today, we can watch volcanic eruptions and their results up close using relatively cheap drones that can fly into craters and over lava flows to see what’s happening. This provides vital data for volcanologists watching...

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Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible

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Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible Wayne Lonstein CommunityVoiceForbes Technology CouncilCommunityVoicei POST WRITTEN BY Wayne Lonstein CEO, VFT Solutions, Inc. Content Futurist with unrivaled experience in Content Protection, Cybersecurity, Technology & Strategy Shutterstock As we hurtle into 2018, it is important to consider the foreseeable uses of new technologies by those seeking to leverage them as tools of mass-casualty terror attacks. Technology companies must consider how well-intended technologies and products may be capable of being hacked, manipulated or even directly employed as a tool of terror. Please know that anything discussed in this article is widely available on the internet...

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How to Decide On Which Racing Drone to Buy

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How to Decide On Which Racing Drone to Buy
About a few years ago from now, if one thought about buying a racing drone, it would be cited as a crazy decision, but over the past few years, the progress that this technology has made is something that has created a buzz. Whether it is for the development of commercial applications or for their amazing technology and popularity, these racing drones have gained a lot of footage. Here's a list of things you should consider before you decide upon which racing drone you should buy: Understand what you want it for.

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Drones Defy Commands During Light Show, Still Break Record By Lauren Sigfusson | May 3, 2018 2:13 pm

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Drone360   Drones Defy Commands During Light Show, Still Break Record By Lauren Sigfusson | May 3, 2018 2:13 pm Some of the drones just didn’t feel like dancing in formation. (Beijing News/YouTube) Drones have flown over blowholes and detected heartbeats from the sky. They’re also good entertainers. Ehang, Chinese drone manufacturer known for its autonomous flying taxi, flew 1,374 drones over the Xi’an City Wall. The company reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the “most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.” The drones danced into 16 formations, including the Xi’an City Wall, the Silk Road and the number 1374. But the performance wasn’t perfect. While the drones were airborne,...

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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

Drones that mimic insect behavior negotiate gaps with just a monocular camera By Evan Ackerman Insects are quite good at not running into things, and just as good at running into things and surviving, but targeted, accurate precision flight is much more difficult for them. As cute as insects like bees are, there just isn’t enough space in their fuzzy little noggins for fancy sensing and computing systems. Despite their small size, though, bees are able to perform precise flight maneuvers, and it’s a good thing, too, since often their homes are on the other side of holes not much bigger...

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