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This Drone Can Change Its Shape and Size

This Drone Can Change Its Shape and Size
Drones are a great search and rescue tool, but they would be even more impressive if they could change their size to fly through small holes. Well, the University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group is showing off a shape-shifting drone that can do just that.

Mind4 Autonomous Drone Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pilot

Mind4 Autonomous Drone Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pilot
There are a bunch of drones on the market today and most of them need a pilot to fly them around and record video. A new drone has landed on Kickstarter seeking funding that needs nobody controlling it.
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Parrot Bebop Drone has a Camera and Oculus Rift Support

Parrot Bebop Drone has a Camera and Oculus Rift Support
Parrot has been making automated flying drones for a while. The first of them was the AR.Drone. While at least one person has hacked their AR.Drone to be controlled using an Oculus Rift, Parrot has unveiled that it’s next drone – dubbed the Bebop – will offer optional Oculus Rift support.

Drones with Retina Scanners to Deliver Government Documents in Dubai

Drones with Retina Scanners to Deliver Government Documents in Dubai
Back in December when Amazon announced that it wanted to use drones to deliver packages to Prime users in only 30 minutes, many folks thought that sounded farfetched. Word has now surfaced from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the government wants to trial its own delivery service in Dubai using drones.

Air Force Launches Collaboratory: A Place to Collaborate and Solve Science Problems

Air Force Launches Collaboratory: A Place to Collaborate and Solve Science Problems
Despite tremendous technological advancements over the last several decades, there are still numerous challenges which face the world every day. The Air Force has just launched a new website to encourage collaborative problem solving, and to create solutions which could someday be used in the field to help save troop and civilian lives or improve operational efficiency.

HyTAQ Robot Goes from Air to Ground and Back in a Split-Second

HyTAQ Robot Goes from Air to Ground and Back in a Split-Second
It seems as if the robots are getting ready for an assault from both land and air these days. Just yesterday, we saw a creepy hexacopter that could also crawl, and now we have a drone that can both roll along on the ground and fly.

Death from Above: Quadcopter Modified to Carry Machine Gun

Death from Above: Quadcopter Modified to Carry Machine Gun
You probably already know the FPSRussia YouTube channel from their many videos of carnage showing a nice Russian-sounding guy using different weapons. His latest video may be the best yet. In this one, he isn’t even holding a weapon.

Back to the Future Flying DeLorean Quadrotor: Shut Up and Take My Money!

Back to the Future Flying DeLorean Quadrotor: Shut Up and Take My Money!
I just recently ordered myself one of those AR.Drone 2.0 quadrotors to play with, but now that I’ve seen this thing I’m totally jealous. What you’re looking at here isn’t a scene from a movie, it’s a totally custom-built flying quadrocopter built to look like Doc Brown’s DeLorean from Back to the Future.

Quadrotors Play the James Bond Theme Song

Quadrotors Play the James Bond Theme Song
It seems that quadrocopters can do just about anything. Like the other robots, they are busy taking our jobs. In this case, they are getting ready to put conductors and orchestras out of business. They’ve hijacked the James Bond theme and have Moneypenny and Q tied up in the back!

AR.Drone 2.0 Pre-Orders Start Today

AR.Drone 2.0 Pre-Orders Start Today
If you’re a fan of flying remote control toys, I bet you remember the original AR.Drone. Parrot has a new version of the AR.Drone that will launch soon called the AR.Drone 2.0. It looks very similar to the original with a few notable exceptions such as the addition of a 720p video camera, improved flying precision and increased altitude limits.

Nano-Quadrotor Swarm: Galaxian IRL

Nano-Quadrotor Swarm: Galaxian IRL
There’s just something inherently cool about flying quadrotors. But I have to say this is the first time I’ve seen this many of the crafts flying in unison. Using a veritable army of flying nano-quadrotors from KMel Robotics, Alex Kushleyev, Daniel Mellinger and Vijay Kumar of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab sent a team of tightly-coordinated to the skies in their lab.

Quadrotors Build a Building

Quadrotors Build a Building
Who’d have thought that flying robots could someday create buildings? But as crazy as it sounds, our quadrotor-loving friends over at the Swiss Federal Institute Institute of Technology already have proven it’s possible.

How Many Tiny Helicopters Does It Take to Lift a Human? 16, if the Human Goes Willingly

How Many Tiny Helicopters Does It Take to Lift a Human? 16, if the Human Goes Willingly
Robots are taking our jobs, sure, but look at that image. They are also taking our humans. This guy went willingly, but one day they will join together just like these little helicopters and carry us away while our limbs flail helplessly.

Kinect + Quadrotor = Awesome

Kinect + Quadrotor = Awesome
The guys at the ETH – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have the best jobs on the planet. Not only do they get to play with flying quadrocopters all the time, and have built a special arena just for doing so, they’ve now got them flying using gesture control.

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling, or Ping Pong Match?

Quadrocopter Ball Juggling, or Ping Pong Match?
Got a couple of fancy quadrocopters floating around? Why not teach them some cheap tricks – like how to juggle balls. The guys from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are up to their flying quadrocopter shenanigans again.

Merry Quadrocopter Christmas

Merry Quadrocopter Christmas
If I had a Quadrocopter remote-controlled flying aircraft floating around my place, I’m not sure this is the first thing I’d do with it. But it is the holidays, and I guess the joyful Christmas spirit is strong with the guys who programmed their Quadrocopter to play a little festive holiday tune.
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