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US Army reveals video of laser weapon shooting down drones

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Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kW Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN). Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars.


Google X's online course teaches you to build flying cars

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'Our students will develop the software skills and conceptual understanding necessary to build a flight system for an autonomous flight vehicle that can reliably complete complex missions in urban environments,' the firm said. 'Our students will develop the software skills and conceptual understanding necessary to build a flight system for an autonomous flight vehicle that can reliably complete complex missions in urban environments,' the firm wrote. Thrun, who used to work at Google before leaving to set up his flying-vehicle firm, Kitty Hawk, said he envisions a world where he can fly the 34-mile (55 km) journey from Palo Alto to San Francisco in just ten minutes. Thrun, who used to work at Google before leaving to set up his flying-vehicle firm, Kitty Hawk, said he envisions a world where he can fly the 34-mile (55 km) journey from Palo Alto to San Francisco in just ten minutes.


Study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impact

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The study is important because many of the most promising applications for these aircraft - including package delivery, public safety and traffic management - entail flights over people and raise the chance, however unlikely, of an impact between a drone and a human. So researchers with Virginia Tech's injury biomechanics group took advantage of their FAA-approved drone test site to obtain more data on the subject, releasing the first peer-reviewed study to offer numerical data on injury risk associated with drone collisions. Studying human-drone impact's is important because many of the most promising applications for these aircraft - including package delivery, public safety and traffic management - entail flights over people and raise the chance, however unlikely, an impact'In some instances it was low, and in some instances it was high, and there are lessons we can take away from that to reduce injury risk in a deliberate way through product design.' Researchers with Virginia Tech's injury biomechanics group took advantage of their FAA-approved drone test site to obtain data, releasing the first peer-reviewed study to offer numerical data on injury risk associated with drone collisions Injury risk was also reduced when the aircraft deformed upon impact or when pieces broke off, because those deformations absorb some of the energy of the crash and offer another route for risk mitigation.


Sensitive robots can tell your gender from a handshake

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First results show a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands (stock image) First results show that a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands. The ENSTA research team have developed robots that can detect emotions and change their behaviour accordingly. The ENSTA robots detect emotions and change their behaviour accordingly. First results show a robot is capable of inferring someone's gender and personality in 75 per cent of cases simply by shaking hands.


Google X's Sebastian Thrun: Flying car ready in February

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In April, Kitty Hawk revealed a prototype of its flying vehicle – an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski. According to Sebastian Thrun, a working version of Kitty Hawk's flying car will be ready by February 2018 And according to Thrun, a working version of the product will be ready by February 2018. Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future. And Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future.


Lifeboats in Norfolk trialling DRONES in search and rescue

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This gives the lifeboat crew a better view of the water, and helps them find a person more quickly - potentially the difference between life and death. The drones use Direct Line's Fleetlights prototype technology, developed in 2016 in a bid to solve a lack of street lighting. The drones use Direct Line's Fleetlights prototype technology, developed in 2016 in a bid to solve a lack of street lighting. CAA regulations cap the maximum legal range of a drone at 500m, but drone expert, Peter King, said he hoped to put forward a'safety case' for permission for the lifeboat drones to go further'Perhaps if we had been equipped with the drone technology, these searches would have had a positive outcome.


Google's Pixel 2 revealed ahead of unveiling next month

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Rumours have been swirling for months about Google's next Pixel smartphones and the tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube earlier this month, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The rumours follow leaked images earlier in August, which claim to show Google's Pixel 2 handset. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


Alexa controlled drone can fly around home for security

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The drone also works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to respond to voice-prompted commands, or can fly autonomously and detect anomalies and provide security alerts by recording a livestream of one's home. The camera-equipped drone drone, called Aire, has a jet propulsion system is hidden inside its body by a fabric exterior, making it quiet and safe for home use. The drone has a jet propulsion system is hidden inside its body by a fabric exterior, making it quiet and safe for home use. The drone works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to respond to voice-prompted commands, or can fly autonomously and detect anomalies and provide security alerts by providing a livestream of one's home Along with its cameras, the drone uses sonar and onboard sensors and complex algorithms to determine it's position, similar to the technology used in AR and VR headsets and what self-driving cars use to determine location.


Google to take on Amazon with $49 mini smart speaker

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The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


Amazon tablet lets you access Alexa with just your voice

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Amazon has unveiled a new tablet, the Amazon fire HD 10, where users can summon virtual assistant Alexa with just their voice for the first time. The technology giant introduced Alexa to its other tablets and its Fire TV streaming devices earlier this year, the assistant having previously only been available through the Amazon Echo smart home speaker. The new Fire HD 10, the next-generation of Amazon's largest tablet, features a 10.1" widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over two million pixels. It features dual-band Wi-Fi, which means you can stream videos with double speed 802.11ac The hands-free version of the assistant has been included in the new Fire HD 10, Amazon's latest tablet, which will go on sale on October 11 for £150 ($150) The new Fire HD 10 also features a 10.1" widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over two million pixels with over two million pixels It also has front and rear-facing cameras for video chat with friends and family and real-world shots, as well as unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken.