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NPR: Eyes in the Sky: Foam UAS Keep Watch on Rain Forest Trees

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Environmental Protection, News |

NPR: Eyes in the Sky: Foam UAS Keep Watch on Rain Forest Trees A couple of toy planes are out to catch illegal loggers and miners in the Amazon. It’s an awesome responsibility. Every year, illegal logging and mining in the Peruvian Amazon destroy tens of thousands of acres of rain forest. The deforestation in remote parts of the jungle is difficult to detect while it’s going on. But now there’s a new way to keep an eye out: with a pair of drones. Carlos Castaneda, the coordinator of the Amazon Basin Conservation...

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Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Unmanned Unplugged, Unmanned Unplugged |

Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas Jesse Casana has extensive experience using UAS for research and exploration purposes, domestically and abroad. He recently worked with John Kanter of the University of Florida on archaeology projects using unmanned aircraft. Increasing Human Potential recently had the opportunity to talk to Jesse and learn more about his most recent projects and research. Earlier this year, you and your team used UAS to conduct an archaeological survey in the New Mexican desert. While there, you found remnants of an...

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WDBJ 7: UAS Takes Bedford Fire Department to New Heights in Search and Rescue

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, News |

WDBJ 7: UAS Takes Bedford Fire Department to New Heights in Search and Rescue From now on when the Bedford Fire Department gets called to help with a rescue, the first piece of equipment they send may arrive by air. The department has purchased its very first drone.  The tool gives firefighters an aerial view and allows them to quickly respond in locations that may be hard to access in a large truck. “This can go places where we can not go,” explained Bedford Fire Department First Lieutenant, Matt Scott.  “It’s...

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City Lab :A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

City Lab :A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit Technology has the potential to improve accessibility by offering directions and guidance, but some remain skeptical. A blind person is traveling on the subway. The train they’re riding on pulls into a stop, the doors open and the person exits. Waiting there on the platform, to help guide them through the station, is a robot. “Making a robot do that, there are some challenges, but it’s not as challenging as it used to be,” said Aaron Steinfeld after...

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Factcoexist.com: Could UAS Circumvent Syria’s Efforts To Block Humanitarian Aid?

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News |

Factcoexist.com: Could UAS Circumvent Syria’s Efforts To Block Humanitarian Aid? In the Middle East, drones usually mean death and destruction. But the Syrian Airlift Project, led by one U.S. Air Force pilot, is looking to use them to save lives. If Amazon wants to deliver your books and laundry detergent refills by drone, then why can’t we use drones to deliver things that matter, like food and medicine? In the ongoing civil war in Syria, the Syrian government has used food deprivation as a weapon of war, and has prevented aid...

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NDTV Gadgets: IIT Kharagpur Students Developing Underwater Robots

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Advancing Agriculture, Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

NDTV Gadgets: IIT Kharagpur Students Developing Underwater Robots Students at IIT Kharagpur are working on an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), which is more intelligent than drones and can perform assigned tasks underwater like searching for debris of a flight crashed in the sea. At the Centre for Robotics, students have already developed ‘Kraken 3.0′, a prototype AUV which can go as deep as 10 metres in a pool of water. “We pre-program it so that it can do specifically assigned tasks like underwater surveying,...

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Upstart Business Journal :Silicon Valley Startups Get Creative with UAS Technology

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, News, Spotlight on Programs |

Upstart Business Journal :Silicon Valley Startups Get Creative with UAS Technology A nine-minute flight from San Francisco to Palo Alto — instead of the usual grueling hour-long commute — could be a reality in shipping if Joby Aviation has its way. Although the majority of drones planned for use today are for aerial photography purposes (75 percent, according to a Skypixel poll), some Bay Area companies are thinking outside of the box and working on projects with shipping and other elements that go beyond recreational or film...

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PopSci.com: Autonomous Robots To Help Remove Car Bomb Threats

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Disaster Response, Enhancing Public Safety, News |

PopSci.com: Autonomous Robots To Help Remove Car Bomb Threats  OR POSSIBLY PARK YOUR CAR IN A REALLY TIGHT SPACE Hopefully, you don’t have to fret about risks like car bombs in your everyday life, but it’s good to know that somebody is worrying about it—and coming up with technology to help deal with those sorts of threats when they do arise. The European Union-funded Autonomous Vehicle Emergency Recovery Tool (AVERT) project is a system intended to remove suspicious vehicles where there is concern over potential threats like...

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TakePart.com: UAS For Good: Jamaica Launches Patrol To Stop Illegal Fishing

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Enhancing Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Jobs + Economy, Spotlight on Programs |

TakePart.com: UAS For Good: Jamaica Launches Patrol to Stop Illegal Fishing Eyes in the sky may curb foreign poachers from raiding the Caribbean nation’s overfished coral reefs. The endangered coral reefs around Jamaica are getting some new protection from eyes in the sky: unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones that will monitor the island’s marine territories for illegal fishing. After completing two test flights around the Pedro Cays last week, two drones are ready to take flight, say government officials, to alert marine law enforcement...

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Arstechnica: Tech Vs. Terror: UAS And The Data Fight A New Battle Against Poachers

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Environmental Protection, Spotlight on Programs |

Arstechnica: Tech Vs. Terror: UAS And Data Fight A New Battle Against Poachers When night falls, danger unfolds at the uMkhuze Game Reserve. And while some of the world’s most deadly predators—ranging in size from hyenas to lions—coexist next to African elephants, giraffes, and more within this massive, 140 square mile natural area, they aren’t the only creatures out hunting at night. This particular section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa plays host to one of the country’s most profitable, albeit...

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