The FAA Has Given Drone Service Company, Measure, Permission To Operate The Largest Commercial Drone Fleet In The US business / consumer / drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just given Measure, a drone services company based in Washington, D.C., the go ahead to operate over 300 different types of drones in order to perform aerial data collection. Measure provides drone services for applications ranging from farming to search and rescue. They specialize in customizing a consumer’s drone needs to a specific drone manufacturer and service type. If...

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Sphero Has Made A Real ‘Star Wars’ BB-8 Toy And You Can Buy It consumer / robots related / video

Not that long ago in a galaxy not that far away, Sphero developed BB-8. BB-8 is the beloved droid that stars in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The droid made its first debut in the movie trailer that was released a while back, and it instantly garnered attention, craze, and an overnight fanbase. Sphero is the Colorado-based company where robotic balls is their business, so...

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Snap Is A Portable 4K Video Drone That Won’t Chop Your Fingers Off consumer / drones / startups

It’s about every week now that we’re covering some new startup and some new drone. While some of these drones are mere copycats of each other, we do occasionally come across a drone that brings something new to the table. This is Snap. It’s a foldable, portable, and safe-to-use drone that offers stunning 4K video recording. While other consumer drones that are available on today’s...

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Review: Sphero SPRK Edition Is A High-Tech Robotic Ball That Makes Learning STEM Education Fun consumer / reviews / STEM

Sphero’s been in the game for a while now. They launched back in 2010 and provided a small number of early adopters with a small market product called Sphero. Today, the company employs over 70 creative types and is working on solving a major problem that’s found in today’s classroom. SPRK is an educational curriculum that Sphero launched a few years back. It provides teachers with...

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Here’s The Sphero BB-8 We’ve All Been Waiting For consumer / robots related

Update #2: Sphero has pulled the Sphero BB-8 product page from their site. Update: A thread on Reddit has revealed more images confirming that the Sphero BB-8 will have a height of around 4.5 inches, have wireless inductive charging, and have a range of about 100 feet. Details from the thread also suggest that the Sphero BB-8 will be a BestBuy exclusive (not too sure on this one judging...

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Japan-Based FANUC And Preferred Networks Team Up To Develop Smarter Industrial Robots artificial intelligence / business

FANUC has announced that they will be acquiring 6% of Preferred Networks for ¥900 million ($7.3 million) to develop industrial machines that utilize “deep learning” to improve performance. When robots are incorporated in manufacturing processes, it can take a lot of time and effort on the part of human operators to troubleshoot issues and repair machines after a failure occurs. Most robots are hard coded to...

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Intel Is Investing $60 Million In China’s Yuneec Drone Company business / consumer / drones

Chinese drone companies like the well-known DJI and the recently-funded EHANG have already taken flight, but additional competition between these companies is brewing. Yuneec, a Chinese company that manufactures consumer and professional-grade drones, has partnered up with and received an over $60 million investment from Intel to launch drones that “will truly change the world.” So they say. Intel has expressed their interest in drones in the past by investing in...

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Chinese Drone Company, EHANG, Gets $42M In Series B Funding and New Business Executives business / consumer / drones

EHANG, a leading civil drone company from China, announced yesterday that it has received $42 million in Series B funding. The company is now valued at 100 times more than when it first started only last year. GP Capital contributed the most along with GGV Capital, ZhenFund, Lebox Capital, OFC, and PreAngel. Last December, EHANG broke the record for overseas crowdfunding for Chinese technologies after their...

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Review: Controlling Robots And Drones With The Myo Armband consumer / drones / reviews

Meet Myo. Myo is a gesture control armband that transforms body movement into a digital controller. It’s developed by the Ontario-based Thalmic Labs and can be used to control digital software like presentations, music players, and even Minecraft. But Myo doesn’t stop there; it can even control physical hardware such as the Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider and Sphero robotic ball. Myo comes in a small and aesthetically-pleasing box. Inside...

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This App Allows You To Control Sphero With Your Voice consumer / STEM / video

Kevin Chan, a game developer and robotics enthusiast, has developed the Sphero Companion App. With just your voice, you can hold a conversation with Sphero as well control its movements. Here’s a look at the app working with the Sphero SPRK Edition. With the large number of educational robots entering the market, Chan feels that one way to get kids interested in robotics is by making...

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