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Nov 7, 2023

Detecting nuclear materials using light

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LIVERMORE, Calif. — Blueshift Optics, owned by former Sandia employee Joey Carlson, is working to shift the way radioactive materials are detected, using technology that he helped create at Sandia National Laboratories.

Radiation detection has long been a critical aspect of national security and efforts to make the world safer.

“Agencies are trying to cast this wide net to catch nuclear smuggling, and this is one aspect of that effort,” said Sandia materials scientist Patrick Feng. “You could use this technology at a border crossing, in a handheld detector as someone enters a facility or fly it on a drone to map an area.”

Nov 7, 2023

China develops drone that ‘group chats’ battle strategy like humans

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, security

The drones utilized large language models to engage with each other and their operator.

Marking a significant leap concerning drone technology, researchers in China have enabled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to engage in “group chats” to discuss and assign work to one another, much like human teams.

The research work accessed by South China Morning Post (SCMP) was done by a team led by Li Xuelong at the School of Artificial Intelligence, Optics and Electronics at Northwestern Polytechnical University in China. According to them, the technology might improve security patrols, disaster relief, and aerial logistics.

Nov 6, 2023

Chinese drones with ‘human brains’ tackle complex tasks through group chats

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

The post included a demonstration video from the researchers, showing how a team of five drones successfully located a set of keys in an outdoor park.

“The drones showcased key abilities, including humanlike dialogue interaction, proactive environmental awareness and autonomous entity control,” the WeChat report said. Autonomous entity control refers to the drone cluster’s ability to adjust flight status in real time based on environmental feedback.

The technology equips each drone with a “human brain”, allowing them to chat with each other using natural language. This ability was developed based on a Chinese open-source large language model called InternLM, according to the report.

Oct 28, 2023

2 minute game-changer: Drone boosts advanced emergency response service

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones

Everdrone’s advanced service promises to reduce the average response time to under 2 minutes.

Aiming to improve emergency response services, Swedish firm Everdrone has introduced a state-of-the-art drone that combines an advanced camera system as well as customizable medical kits.

Christened E2, the multi-purpose drone aims to revolutionize emergency dispatch by providing the ability to transmit live infrared and high-definition video along with emergency medical equipment supplies. Everdrone claims that E2 will help to lower average response times under two minutes.

Oct 28, 2023

World’s largest quadcopter drone made from foamboard takes flight

Posted by in categories: drones, materials

A team of engineers from The University of Manchester has created and flown the world’s largest drone, made from a lightweight and eco-friendly material.

The Giant Foamboard Quadcopter (GFQ) is unlike any other drone worldwide thanks to its innovative design. It is made from foamboard, a cardboard type with a foam core and a paper skin.

A team of engineers from The University of Manchester.

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Oct 27, 2023

AI-ready architecture doubles power with FeFETs

Posted by in categories: drones, information science, robotics/AI

Hussam Amrouch has developed an AI-ready architecture that is twice as powerful as comparable in-memory computing approaches. As reported in the journal Nature Communications (“First demonstration of in-memory computing crossbar using multi-level Cell FeFET”), the professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) applies a new computational paradigm using special circuits known as ferroelectric field effect transistors (FeFETs). Within a few years, this could prove useful for generative AI, deep learning algorithms and robotic applications.

  • The new architecture enables both data storage and calculations to be carried out on the same transistors, boosting efficiency and reducing heat.
  • The chip performs at 885 TOPS/W, significantly outperforming current CMOS chips which operate in the range of 10–20 TOPS/W, making it ideal for applications like real-time drone calculations, generative AI, and deep learning algorithms.
  • Oct 25, 2023

    Robots learn faster with AI boost from Eureka

    Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, robotics/AI, security

    Intelligent robots are reshaping our universe. In New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, AI-assisted robots are bringing a new level of security to doctors and patients by scanning every inch of the premises for harmful bacteria and viruses and disinfecting them with precise doses of germicidal ultraviolet light.

    In agriculture, robotic arms driven by drones scan varying types of fruits and vegetables and determine when they are perfectly ripe for picking.

    The Airspace Intelligence System AI Flyways takes over the challenging and often stressful tasks of flight dispatchers who must make last-minute flight pattern changes due to sudden extreme weather, depleted fuel supplies, mechanical problems or other emergencies. It optimizes solutions, is safer, saves time and is cost-efficient.

    Oct 24, 2023

    Watch NASA test its 8-rotor Titan moon drone Dragonfly

    Posted by in categories: drones, space

    NASA engineers tested a half-scale version of the Dragonfly rotorcraft that will eventually explore the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

    NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is a massive success story, far exceeding its original mission goals.

    Now, NASA is taking lessons from the first rotorcraft to fly on another planet and applying it to a larger machine exploring Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

    Oct 19, 2023

    Amazon promises quick turnaround pharmacy to doorstep prescriptions via drone

    Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, drones

    Amazon is getting into the business of prescription drug delivery via drone to doorsteps, promising to do it within an hour from when an order is placed.

    Oct 16, 2023

    New tech can guide drones without relying on cameras, GPS

    Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

    A battery-less RFID tag could do the job just as well as a GPS landing module. The researchers have further refined how the tag works.

    A collaboration between researchers at The University of Tokyo and telecommunications company NTT in Japan has led to the development of a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based guidance system for autonomous drones, a press release said.

    The use of drones for civil applications has been on the rise and is expected to increase further as countries become more liberal with airspace to be used by autonomous flying vehicles. Conventionally, drones have relied on imaging to determine their location, but as piloting control moves toward the machine from humans,… More.

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