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Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring “sense and avoid” technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks.<p>Even for human pilots, identifying obstacles and deciding precisely how to maneuver a fast-flying aircraft around them poses a serious …

Drones

Sentera Brings Precision Scouting Capabilities to DJI Phantom 4 Drone - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Sentera, LLC, a software, sensor, and drone company, announces availability of the Sentera NDVI Single sensor for the DJI Phantom™ 4 drone. The …

Drones

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework.”<p>The Small UAV Coalition, which launched with participation from DJI, 3DR, Amazon Prime Air and others …

Drones

Upgrades and replacement parts are just a few clicks away with this customizable 3D printed drone

Ever crashed a drone and found yourself wishing you could just print a replacement part for it? Well, thanks to a Barcelona-based startup called …

Air Traffic

This Drone Can Swim Underwater

Consumer-level drones have grown so much in popularity over the last few years that one could argue the idea has become a little ho-hum. But a team …

E.coli

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Amazon has a new drone delivery video. Here are 8 details worth noting.

Almost exactly two years after first announcing its plans to deliver packages with a drone, Amazon revealed a new prototype of one of its delivery drones. Here are some interesting revelations:<p><b>1. Amazon built a “hybrid” drone</b><p>Amazon’s prototype is an octocopter — meaning it has eight propellers and …

Top Gear

A drone that can fly, float and dive underwater

In the future, there will be no escape from robotic observation. Proof (if proof were needed) comes in the form of Loon Copter, a drone developed by Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory that can not only fly, but also land on and even navigate <i>under</i> the water's surface. The Loon …

Drones

Qualcomm teases its chip for drones with autonomous navigation

We've known about Qualcomm's drone ambitions for a few months now, but it looks like the company is ready to demo the goods. Ahead of CES next week, the chipmaker teased features of its Snapdragon Flight drone platform. If you'll recall, Qualcomm is aiming to do for drones what its done for phones. …

3D Printed Arrow Racing Drone Unveiled (video)

A new 3D printed racing drone has been created called Arrow Drone that has been specifically designed to be user-friendly and offer an entry-level …

Drones

The next generation of drones is actually living up to the hype

Each January, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas allows companies to showcase for industry insiders, manufacturers, suppliers, and the press what they believe the future will look like. There are see-through computer displays, bendable TV screens, fridges with computers in them, cars that …

Drones

It's a 3-D printer, but not as we know it

3-D printing techniques have quickly become some of the most widely used tools to rapidly design and build new components. A team of engineers has …

3D

Are these futuristic high-altitude balloons the brave new world of solar energy?

One way to improve the efficiency of solar panels is to place them where clouds can’t interrupt their energy production. Even in the sunniest parts of the world, clouds can still cause fluctuations in energy output. So what better place to put solar panels than <i>above</i> the clouds?<p>The idea is not …

Clean Energy

China has a bold plan for renewable energy

After all, the promise on June 3, 2014, by He Jiankun, the chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, came only a day after the United States announced a similar plan. He said at the time that the reductions would begin in 2016 and result primarily from lower reliance on coal-fired …

Renewable Energy

The new world of packaging design: green, communicative, tailored

A new book, Material Innovation: Packaging Design, written by a material science consultant and a design consultant, explores the ways that packaging …

Energiewende-Induced Innovation: First Solar Leads $50M Investment In Younicos

If any single company is capable of capturing the current state of energy innovation in Germany, it is probably Younicos.<p>Based in Berlin, Younicos is commercializing an energy storage-as-a-service controls system that provides a suite of services for enhancing the stability and efficiency of the …

Energy Storage

Here's the First Airport to Run on 100% Solar Power

Cochin International in southern India is the world’s first airport to be run solely on power from the sun. It became totally energy self-sufficient …

Articles about tiny trailer home harvests solar power and rainwater save energy on Dwell.com - Dwell

Are you looking for some efficient ways to save energy at home? First and foremost, check your energy bill.<p>Inspired by the calming sea, an Oregon–based builder crafts a beach-inspired tiny home trailer and sells it within a month of...<p>Apparently the average home has 40 devices plugged in drawing …

Clean Energy

Small is beautiful: the community solar projects taking on big energy

A brewery, a bowling club and a library join forces with a new type of energy supplier to save money and become more sustainable<p>What do Sydney’s Young Henrys brewery, Shoalhaven Heads’ Bowling and Recreation Club, and Bendigo library have in common? They’re all hosts to some of Australia’s first …

Renewable Energy

Managing a 100-percent renewable grid, without batteries | Ars Technica

When externalities are accounted for, it's relatively cheap.<p>Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson likes to take current thinking about renewable energy …

Clean Energy

Green Building Demand Doubles Every Three Years

<b>Published on</b> November 25th, 2015 | <i>by Important Media Cross-Post</i><p>6<p>November 25th, 2015 by <b>Important Media Cross-Post</b><p>Originally published on <i>Green Building</i> …

Green Living

Stanford study says world could be fully powered by renewables by 2050

It can often feel like a future where we get all of our energy needs from renewable sources is far, far away, but the reality is that the technology …

The 12 days that will decide Earth's future: A guide to COP21

The 12 days that will decide Earth's future<p>A guide to the COP21 climate talks<p>The 12 days that will decide Earth's future<p>A guide to the COP21 climate …

Storing solar, wind, and water energy underground could replace burning fuel

Using wind, water, and solar electricity for everything, instead of burning fuel, with resulting improved energy efficiency, means you need much less …

Fossil Fuels

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ISPs

10 Nifty New Things That Could Make Our Homes Smarter and Greener

Washington, D.C.<p>Looking to spruce up your home? New options, showcased at this year’s Greenbuild trade show, could make it safer, prettier and more efficient.<p>A slew of new products, including bacteria-eating paint and Apple Watch-controlled lighting, could transform how our homes work in the future.<p>…

This solar company will power Middle East oil

A Silicon Valley company recently broke ground on one of the largest solar projects in history.<p>No, it's not using solar panels to power mansions in Palo Alto. It's using clean energy to pump oil ... in the Middle East, no less, the epicenter of the world's oil resources.<p>GlassPoint Solar is building …

Oil

Innovative energy storage project to be unveiled by Ryerson, eCamion

Ryerson University in Toronto and a high-tech startup company called eCamion Inc. will unveil a pilot project Wednesday that allows energy to be stored in a unit that sits on hydro poles.<p>An eCamion storage unit combined with a smart controller developed by Ryerson researchers and students will …

Elon Musk Powers Up: Inside Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory

Elon Musk is venturing headfirst into the battery business. Here’s why it might be his boldest bet yet.<p>Elon Musk walks briskly onto the stage as hard rock blasts in the background. The guitar riff, which sounds like entrance music suitable for a professional wrestler or a minor-league cleanup …

Tesla