Inexpensive time-of-flight sensor for sense and avoid

Inexpensive time-of-flight sensor for sense and avoid

We’ve been evaluating this on Pixhawk-based platforms, and it’s a performing well. Best used with other sensors, such as cameras, but a lot better than just sonar. The World Wide Web is the most famous technology to emerge from the needs of the international particle physics research center CERN , but it’s not the only one . In the latest example, a lightweight, inexpensive (and maker-friendly) range sensor has come […]

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Regulate Drones Now or Get Left Behind

Regulate Drones Now or Get Left Behind

DRONES ARE A big business and getting bigger, a reality that comes with both economic opportunities and risks. The UAV market is set to jump from $5.2 billion in 2013 to $11.6 billion in 2023. Opportunities for delivery services, cinematography, and even flying cell towers could introduce thousands of jobs and reinvigorate an ailing aerospace market. At the same time, drone sales to hobbyists have exploded. Registered drone operators in […]

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Affordable autonomy and laser mapping

Affordable autonomy and laser mapping

If you’re a car manufacturer, you likely have a sizable budget to openly experiment with sensor technology and vehicular autonomy. Companies such as Ford , Kia , and others have been busy designing and testing fleets on city streets and roadways. But a new startup is looking to create a consumer-affordable scanning LiDAR, ideal for makers, enthusiasts, and students. The Scanse Sweep is designed to provide 360 degree sensing capabilities […]

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Drones more precise than ground counts

Drones more precise than ground counts

Drones can provide a more precise picture of nesting seabird colonies than traditional methods used in wildlife conservation, according to a Australian study of polar and tropical birds. The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports , highlighted the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to survey birds and other animals, particularly in remote areas. Lead author PhD candidate Mr Jarrod Hodgson said: “This is a fast moving area of science […]

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