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Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot

Video Friday: Valkyrie on Rough Terrain, Harvard Arthropods, and Flying Wheeled Robot

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: IHMC via YouTube Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RoboBoat 2017 – June(…)

In the U.S., Flying Drones Out of Sight Is Still Out of Mind

In the U.S., Flying Drones Out of Sight Is Still Out of Mind

But the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing PrecisionHawk to test a system for managing small drones beyond visual line of sight For years, companies like Amazon have promised that they’ll eventually be delivering packages using drones . One problem, at least in the United States: The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Small UAS Rule doesn’t allow drones(…)

When Drone Delivery Makes Sense: When You’re Flying Life-Saving Blood to Hospitals

When Drone Delivery Makes Sense: When You’re Flying Life-Saving Blood to Hospitals

In Rwanda, the drone delivery startup Zipline is now bringing blood across mountains Photo: Zipline Amazon just made news when its Prime Air delivery drone did its first public demo, landing on a lawn in California to drop off a few bottles of sunscreen for attendees of an Amazon conference on automation. But the cofounder(…)

Flying Saucer Quantum Dots: The Secret to Better, Brighter Lasers

Flying Saucer Quantum Dots: The Secret to Better, Brighter Lasers

Elliptical shape makes the lasing process easier Photo: Kevin Soobrian/U of T Engineering Ted Sargent and his team at the University of Toronto have done many things with quantum dots: boost solar cell efficiency, invent infrared imagers, optoelectronics you can apply with a paint brush. Now Sargent and his team have added a new spice(…)

What’s Edgier Than a Flying Robocar?

What’s Edgier Than a Flying Robocar?

Half a flying robocar Photo: ItaldesignThe original 1982 ItalDesign Capsula concept The only thing edgier than a flying robocar is half a flying robocar. That’s the concept that Italdesign and Airbus are to unveil this week at the Geneva Auto Show. Yes, yes, you’re thinking that now you’ve seen everything. Except that you haven’t seen it(…)