Drones and Smart Construction

Sometimes the perfect solution to time-honoured problems is hovering under our very noses. In the case of drones, this philosophy can be entirely literal. UAV technology is on the cutting edge of the consumer market - however, UAVs have greater potential locked within their status as a casual hobby. Commercial drones are growing in popularity, and their scope for allowing us an unbound perspective on the environments we cherish is widely recognised. Their potential as tools of the construction industry is only now coming to light as the full picture of this technology's influence has built up, piece by piece, under the dawn of the robotic age.

WORLD'S FASTEST 3D PRINTED RADIO CONTROLLED CAR MADE POSSIBLE BY ULTIMAKER

James Beswick Builds His Revolutionary RC Car Using Ultimaker2 Extended

Aeryon Labs is the UAV Partner for Microsoft's In-Car Video Platform for Police Agencies

Microsoft chooses Aeryon sUAS to demonstrate leading-edge aerial image and data capture within the Microsoft Advanced Patrol Platform (MAPP)

New Drone World Expo Keynotes Announced: Drones for Anti-Poaching and the DWE Town Hall Meeting

Open to All Attendees

Dedrone Adds Significant Enhancements to DroneTracker System

DroneTracker Improves Both Acoustical and Visual Detection, Providing Industry's Most Comprehensive Detection of All Types of Drones

Kickstarter - Glowforge 3D Laser Printer is the Biggest Crowdfunding Campaign in History

Glowforge reinvents homemade by printing leather satchels, cardboard lamps, and chocolate rockets

New Flight: Despite Hurdles, Drones Are Taking Off

The drone market will represent more than $4.8B in hardware and software sales by 2021.

THE ITALIAN TRADE AGENCY PRESENTING ADVANCEMENTS IN 3-D PRINTING AND ROBOTICS AT MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW's EMTECH CONFERENCE THIS NOVEMBER

MIT Technology Review's 2015 EmTech Conference (November 2-4) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Stratasys to present vision of additive manufacturing-ERP Integration for 'Factory of the future' at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

'Factory of the Future' at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference, October 25 - 29, San Francisco

Aeryon Labs Inc. Secures $60 Million in Growth Financing to Extend Its Lead in the Enterprise-Grade Drone Market

Summit Partners, a global growth equity firm investing in rapidly-growing companies, has invested $60 Million in Aeryon Labs

FotoNation Partners with Socionext to Provide Game-Changing Capabilities for the Surveillance, Robotics and Drone Markets

"FotoNation's passion, breakthroughs and proven track record of computer vision products were key ingredients in our decision to partner with them in these rapidly growing markets."

PrecisionHawk, Verizon, Harris and DigitalGlobe Jointly Demonstrate Technology for Safe Drone Operations

Industry leaders in cellular, aircraft surveillance, satellite imagery and drones bring together the best technology solutions to enhance safety as airspace congestion increases.

Leeds could become the first 'self-repairing city' with a fleet of robotic civil servants

By Chloe Olewitz for Digital Trends:  Most people don’t know a whole lot about the city of Leeds other than its distinct regional accent, but believe it or not, local Leeds University is actually known for being a pioneering research leader in the field of robotics. The university’s School of Civil Engineering has put together a key research team that is currently developing a fleet of civil service robots and drones that would effectively turn Leeds into a self-repairing city.

The robotics research project is funded with £4.2M ($6.5M) of national funds, focusing on autonomous machines that would fix infrastructure issues across the city of Leeds, and perhaps, eventually, beyond. Leeds’ robot fleet will focus on robotic fixes for citywide issues like burst or damaged utility pipes, broken or nonfunctional street lights, and road fractures that disturb drivers on their way to anywhere.

Three main branches of the project cover the functions of the Leeds robots: Perch and Repair; Perceive and Patch; and Fire and Forget. The Perch and Repair segment covers research into robotic drones that can land, or “perch” like birds atop tall structures like street lamps or building-mounted civil structures. The Perceive and Patch team leads research into drones that can survey popular roads or even particularly dangerous ones in order to identify and repair potholes where they exist, and in the future, even prevent them before they occur.  Cont'd...

NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Partner Again for Two Levels of Competition as the 2016 Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge Expands

For the fifth consecutive year teams from across the globe will test their autonomous robot retrieval skills at WPI.

ProDrone Launches Industry's Most Powerful and Portable Consumer Drone at PhotoPlus 2015

The ProDrone Byrd was built for everyone - folding up and easily fitting in any backpack to be taken everywhere

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