Helicopter

Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

Hexacopter Senses Motion and Breathing Through Concrete Walls

This week TiaLinx has unveiled its Phoenix 40-A unmanned hexacopter (helicopter with six blades) which can sense breathing and motion in buildings on the ground. This is the newest addition to the line of life-sensing bots that includes the Cougar20-H, a rolling ground-based robot that can detect breathing through a concrete wall. The US Army has provided development funding for this project.

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$45.8Million Awarded to Lockheed Martin by US Navy for Unmanned K-MAX Helicopter

$45.8Million Awarded to Lockheed Martin by US Navy for Unmanned K-MAX Helicopter

You love war, right? Everyone does. You know who does the most? Robots. Robots love to go to war because even if their body is destroyed, their mind can be transferred back to the mainframe. It's a fact. Building on that idea (or not) is Lockheed Martin, now creating a helicopter that'll run entirely unmanned. The contract they're working on is called K-MAX and this helicopter's been given a $45.8 million dollar go-ahead by the US Navy.

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Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Adds Two Aircraft Wings to the Design

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Adds Two Aircraft Wings to the Design

Helicopter manufacturers all over the world are trying to find ways to make the aircraft faster, and yet keep the ability to hover in tact. With designs and concepts out in the world, only a few companies have been able to get working prototypes up into the air. In the United States, United Technologies' unit Sikorsky is hard at work on their own prototype, called the X2, so it's no surprise that the largest civil helicopter manufacturer in the world, Eurocopter, is tossing their hat into the future-copter market. They officially unveiled their X3 prototype on Monday.

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Air Hogs Hawk Eye R/C chopper takes your webcam airborne

Air Hogs Hawk Eye R/C chopper takes your webcam airborne

We've been looking to the Parrot AR.Drone to sate our desires for airborne webcam goodness, but Air Hogs might be able to do that for a whole lot less money.  The new Air Hogs Hawk Eye remote-control helicopter lacks the AR.Drone's iPhone/iPod touch integration and fancy quad-rotor hovering abilities, but at around $65 when it arrives later this month it's certainly cheaper.

Video demo after the cut

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Parrot AR.Drone Available for Preorder Now, Ships September 3rd for $299

Parrot AR.Drone Available for Preorder Now, Ships September 3rd for $299

Parrot's AR.Drone is one of the greatest pieces of gadgetry and tech we've played with in awhile, and that goes beyond our love for flying objects that we can control. The quadricopter, which we managed to get some hands-on time with back at the end of June, is keeping right on track with its time frame, and it's available for preorder right now.

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Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Parrot AR.Drone hands-on [Video]

Now with a solid release date and price, Parrot's AR.Drone is looking all the more exciting. A four-rotor indoor and outdoor flying machine, complete with dual-cameras and an iOS control app, the AR.Drone certainly ticks most of the geek checkboxes. We stopped by the London launch to try our hand at piloting the quadricopter, and to see whether - unlike some other recent R/C helicopters - it really is as idiot-proof as Parrot claim. Check out our video demos and more after the cut.

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Parrot AR.Drone official: $299 from September

Parrot AR.Drone official: $299 from September

Parrot's AR.Drone was the surprise hit of CES 2010, and it seemed that even the French company themselves were overwhelmed by interest in the iPhone-controlled quadricopter.  Since then they've been stringing us along with the promise of a full launch at E3 2010, and that moment has finally come. The Parrot AR.Drone will hit the US in September 2010, priced at $299.

Video demos after the cut

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DIY Vicacopter is open source and autonomous

DIY Vicacopter is open source and autonomous

We have seen several interesting helicopter or quadcopter devices turn up recently. One of the coolest was the Parrot AR.Drone that we played with a bit at CES. If you are into making your own gizmos, a DIY project to make one has been posted at Make.

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