Meet Kurata, a rideable user operated robot from the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Kuratas allows a user to operate from a seat and controls the body or externally from a remote control. Kuratas can not walk, but does have 4 wheels that allow it to be driven around. The thirty joint exoskeleton uses a 3g touch screen phone for its primary remote controlled capabilities. Additional functionalities such as weapons, shields, tires and even cup holders are available; though each of these upgrades comes with a hefty price tag. With Kurata currently having a starting price tag of $1.4 million, not including any of the available upgrades, you probably won't be seeing one in your local neighborhood anytime soon.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dubai has begun using UAV's to deliver documents from one government branch to another. By using the UAV the delivery times have been decreased from 1-3 hours, to as quickly as 2 minutes. It hasn't been easy, and Dubai has faced some difficulties, like concerns with the UAV not being waterproof and the need to cross a creek, to the daily temperature that can reach over 104 degrees. Even with the difficulties and concerns, the UAV delivery has still managed to successfully take flight. Dubai has hopes to be able to use this technology to deliver important documents to customers in the future.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has hired F.I.D.O. a remote controlled dog to help keep geese away at local parks. F.I.D.O, standing for fowl intercept and dispersal officer, can to be used on on, water, snow, ice, grass or cement. The city officials hope that by using F.I.D.O. the geese will keep their distance from people and keep the parks cleaner.
Monday, April 14, 2014
The creative minds at Vax Studios have made a Fast & Furious parody video, using only RC cars! In the video the Vaterra Camaro RS is paired against the Vaterra Nissan GTR; add in some police chases, unbelievable crashes and you have the RC version of the Fast & Furious. Enjoy!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Advanced Tactics Inc. has completed their first successful flight with the world's largest multirotor aerial vehicle, the Black Knight Transformer. The technology in the Black Knight Transformer combines the functions typically found in a helicopter, the ability to take off and land anywhere; with the functions of an off-road vehicle.
The six rotor vehicle is designed to hover at an altitude of 10,000 feet, but for safety purposes the test flight was performed at an altitude of 10 feet. The test flight used autopilot to evaluate the vehicles stability, leaving the ground based pilot only responsible for the power level.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists successfully flew a remote controlled airplane that used fuel derived from seawater. The seawater was ran through a E-CEM (electrolytic cation exchange module) Carbon Capture skid, that removes carbon dioxide from the water while simultaneously producing hydrogen during the process. Using this system the CO2 and hydrogen gases are then converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuel.
Last September the seawater fuel was used in a gas powered RC P-51 Mustang. It is the first time that the fuel has been used in a conventional combustion engine. With the first flight a success, the researchers are now working on a commercial scale system.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Oculus VR recently paired one of their oculus rift headsets with the video feed from an AR drone to create a new flying experience. By pairing the oculus rift headset and AR drone, the pilot is able to use head tracking motion control. Check out the recent video of them testing the unit.
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