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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

Drones Could Be Key to Finding Lost Hikers

Between 2011 and 2014, more than 2,000 search and rescue missions were launched each year as the National Parks Service sought to rescue lost hikers. While many were saved, hundreds died, some due to not being found in time.

Technology may be the answer to that. Finding a lost individual in thousands of miles of tree-covered terrain can be a challenge, especially for the limitations that come with helicopter and ground searches. But through the use of drones, MIT researchers believe lost hikers can easily be spotted so that rescuers can help them. The drones don’t even require GPS ­– they navigate relying on onboard computation and wireless communication.

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Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00

Using Drones to Paint Sci-Fi Landscapes

Airplanes have been used to write messages across the sky.

So why not use drones to augment photographs?

Reuben Wu's photography does, employing drones with mounted LEDs to "draw" brushstrokes of light across an image, filling it with creations that seem from another universe.

The musician and visual artist first came up with the notion of using drones in his photography a few years back, beginning with a series of images known as Lux Noctis (translated as "Light the Night"). According to New Atlas, the initial image in the series focused on elemental aspects of decorating the picture with light; as Wu honed his skills, the images took on greater sophistication.

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:00

Glasses Let You Fly a Drone with Your Eyes

The days of controlling a drone using a remote controller are numbered. Scientists have been working on a variety of ways to fly drones, but the latest could be the most interesting of all. Using eye-tracking glasses, pilots may soon be able to control drone movements by merely moving their eyes.

The Tobii Pro Glasses 2 have been targeted toward other applications, including learning more about how humans look at specific objects for testing purposes. But a team of engineers from New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory saw its potential when it comes to drones. The team has found a way to use the eye-tracking technology to maneuver the popular tech toys.

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