Wireless charging method could power moving cars

A new wireless charging technique could keep robots, drones, and, one day, potentially moving cars juiced up, researchers say.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots infrastructure electric-vehicles cars drones science-and-technology

Tiny gyroscope is 10,000X more accurate than your phone’s

A new gyroscope, so small it can fit on the tip of your finger, could help drones and driverless cars stay on track without a GPS signal.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: gps drones glass science-and-technology navigation vibration gyroscopes

‘Dodgeball’ drone flies fast and avoids incoming stuff

Drones aren't great at avoiding obstacles—especially when they move quickly. New technology takes a step toward solving the problem.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich • futurity
March 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots cameras drones algorithms featured science-and-technology

Sharp-edged wings cut turbulence for little drones

A bird- and bug-inspired wing design could keep wind and other obstacles from batting around small fixed-wing drones and boost their battery efficiency.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wings drones biomimicry science-and-technology

It’s tough to grow a Christmas tree. Can drones help?

Tests will soon begin to evaluate how drones can overcome software and landscape challenges to monitor growing Christmas trees.

NC State • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: agriculture trees holidays drones science-and-technology

Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Nov. 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: wings drones science-and-technology mosquitoes flight mating

Watch a roofing drone fire its nail gun

A drone called an octocopter is learning to do roofing work, including firing an electric nail gun.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: robots jobs drones featured science-and-technology

Watch: Robot maps underground mine with Wi-Fi ‘breadcrumb trail’

Scientists are going head to head in a competition to make a robot that can map and navigate dark underground environments.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: robots internet drones science-and-technology rescue

Spiders inspire nerve-like sensors for drones

With better sensors and inspiration from nature, drones and self-driving cars could detect and avoid objects more easily.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: robots sensors drones spiders biomimicry science-and-technology nerves

In flocks of birds, couples stick together

Flocks of birds aren't one cohesive unit. Instead, mated pairs of birds within the flock are most loyal to each other.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: birds robots drones science-and-technology social-lives flight mating

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