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K5 security robot resembles a non-weaponized Dalek

K5 security robot resembles a non-weaponized Dalek

Technology start-up Knightscope last week debuted a prototype security robot that looks a lot like a Dalek (of Doctor Who infamy.) The K5 Autonomous Data Machine stands five feet high, rolls around on wheels, can sense a variety of potential security threats through an array of sensors, and can instantly notify the police in the event of an emergency. It was shown at the Plug and Play Winter Expo this week, gaining a top-three mention from a panel of 101 Silicon Valley judges.

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RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

Forget Amazon delivery drones; the US Air Force's latest unmanned stealth craft has reportedly already taken to the skies, potentially capable of mounting clandestine electronic warfare in enemy territory. The drone, believed to be the RQ-180 and made as part of a potentially $2bn project by Northrop Grumman, is already running test flights ahead of full operations by 2015, it's reported, and be focused on missions in airspace where the US Air Force's existing, less stealthy unmanned craft cannot go.

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SkyJack, based on Raspberry Pi, is a drone that hijacks other drones

SkyJack, based on Raspberry Pi, is a drone that hijacks other drones

The world is ever changing, and in the next half a decade or so, we could find ourselves living in a science fiction-esque world where our goods are delivered by drones -- except when hijacked by other drones. Such seems to be the idea behind the SkyJack, a drone constructed from a Parrot AR.Drone 2 and a Raspberry Pi board, among other things, that can function autonomously and create sky-bound zombies.

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Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Bill Gates thinks four or five years is an "optimistic, or perhaps overoptimistic" timeline for the deployment of Amazon's delivery drones. But in the same breath, Gates praised the project for its potential to impact other areas of society, such as "getting health supplies out to people in tough places." Gates is widely known for his support of global health initiatives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic institutions.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has been on the scene essentially dominating the press for its unique segment - smartphone-controlled drones - for some time, but until now only in a couple of color combinations. Here in the Fall of 2013, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 suits up for hunting season. Three different color combinations are set to be available soon in an "Elite Edition" of the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 from the folks at Parrot include Sand, Snow, and Jungle.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It's not often that you hear about a device - what's essentially a high-powered toy - breaking records flying across international waters. That's what's happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey - that's more than a kilometer - with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new "High Density Battery", so as you can guess, that's exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed several additions to the AR.Drone 2.0 ecosystem, not least of these being a new High Density Battery. While the current iteration of the Parrot AR.Drone's in-box battery does offer quite a bit of flight time, there's always room for more action - and longer-lasting action, at that: a non-stop 18 minute flight is in store with this slightly more orange-looking Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

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FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

While it may not come as much of a surprise to some people, the FBI has confirmed and admitted that they perform surveillance with drones on US soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that they use drones for surveillance in the US, but "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom."

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