Monday, April 21, 2014

First Commercial Drone Test Site Now Open

The first, of at least six, commercial drone testing site has opened today in North Dakota. The North Dakota site will be spread between North Dakota State University and the Sullys Hill National Game preserve. The North Dakota Department of Commerce is the first team planned to fly at the location, with the team having a first flight set for May 5th. The North Dakota test sites goal is to be able to use a UAS to check soil and crop status.

The plan of these test sites is for anyone to be able to test drones at the sites, although it is still unclear on how much testing would be needed to earn a certificate to fly the drone from the FAA. The test sites should offer insight on how the FAA plans to regulate the usage in the future.

Friday, April 18, 2014

DRONExpert Brushless Gimbal

 The DRONExpert brushless gimbal allows Phantom 2 Vision users to upgrade to a 2 axis gimbal for super stable video capture.  The gimbal is lightweight (140 grams), easy to install, tilt functions, 7th channel feature included, and can still be controlled with the Vision app.

Everything you need is included in the box;connectors, gimbal/mount, 7th channel components and a manual. Installing the gimbal is very easy, no need to solder anything, the phantom shell will not even need to be opened unless you would like to use the 7th channel. The DRONExpert gimbal is a simple solution to adding a gimbal to your existing Phantom 2 Vision.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet Kuratas.. A Rideable Robot

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 Document Delivery

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

R.C. Dog Used For Geese Control

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

Fast & Furious: With RC Cars!

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

Largest Multirotor Makes Successful First Flight!

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.