Robotics

Drone swarms can now fly autonomously through thick forest

A swarm of 10 bright blue drones lifts off in a bamboo forest in China, then swerves its way between cluttered branches, bushes and over uneven ground as it autonomously navigates the best flight path through the woods.

Robotics

Tiny drone based on maple seed pod doubles flight time

A trio of researchers at City University of Hong Kong has developed a tiny drone based on the maple seed pod. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, Songnan Bai, Qingning He and Pakpong Chirarattananon, ...

Engineering

Drone-delivered defibrillators could save lives

As a kid, Justin Boutilier would sometimes get roped into helping his dad, a paramedic and firefighter, perform automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstrations in and around his hometown of Niagara Falls, Canada.

Consumer & Gadgets

Walmart plans $3.99 drone deliveries in six states by year-end

Walmart Inc. and partner DroneUp LLC plan to expand their drone-delivery hubs to 34 locations in six states by year-end, taking a big step toward scaling up aerial dropoffs for U.S. shoppers even though big regulatory hurdles ...

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