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Seed drone Samarai swarms will dominate the skies [Video]

Seed drone Samarai swarms will dominate the skies [Video]

Lockheed Martin's terrifyingly simple Samarai maple seed drone has emerged for another demonstration, promising swarms of remote surveillance small enough to be launched by hand indoors. The drone - which has just two moving parts and uses complex image stabilization processing to produce a stable video stream despite its tumbling movements - has been shrunk down along the way, with Lockheed developing a smaller, 17cm version of the 30cm original. The goal is simple: bypass expensive and vulnerable spy planes and large drones with a cloud of near-disposable Samarai.

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Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

There were several rumors last week that Apple was planning to sell the Nest thermostat in online and retail stores. The online Apple store went down not too long ago, sparking excitement as to what we might see, and it turns out that the Nest is indeed the culprit. The unit has been notoriously difficult to track down in retail stores in the past, so hopefully the inclusion in Cupertino’s glass sanctuaries will make it somewhat easier.

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Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

More and more uses for drones and UAVs seem to be cropping up, but there are limitations. The Department of Defense in coordination with the University of North Dakota has developed a UAV that is capable of recognising specific objects on the ground and tracking them accordingly. Traditionally this was a hard exercise, requiring large computation powers, but the duo have come up with an imaging processing machine that’s light enough to be installed on the UAV itself.

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Satechi unveils new Bluetooth Multi-media Remote Control

Satechi unveils new Bluetooth Multi-media Remote Control

Satechi has unveiled a new Bluetooth remote control that not only works for the iPhone and iPad from Apple, but will work with any OS device supporting Bluetooth. The remote control sells for $39.99 and is a smaller handheld device. The device supports Bluetooth 3.0 class II profile and will also work with computers for controlling multimedia video from across the room.

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Nest updates smart thermostat with new features

Nest updates smart thermostat with new features

Nest, the company behind the smart thermostat of the same name, has issued an update that brings several new software features. The company has been listening to customer feedback, and designed the update around some of the requests. The new features are aimed at saving you money, in line with the product's mantra of energy efficiency and ease of use.

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Zapper taps iCloud for custom remote sync

Zapper taps iCloud for custom remote sync

VooMote has added iCloud support to its Zapper iOS remote control system, making synchronizing custom layouts for complex A/V kit straightforward across multiple devices. The upgrade to the Zapper system - which we reviewed back in February - means households with multiple iPhones, iPod touches and iPads can all be kept up to date with your latest macros and layouts, rather than having to recreate them on each unit.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s TacoCopter!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s TacoCopter!

Quadcopters are cool, no doubt about that. We've seen a number of these helicopters rocking four rotors often controlled by iPhones over the years. What we haven't seen are these quadcopter toys used for delivering omnoms like tacos. Sadly, the time for airborne taco delivery isn't nigh just yet. Last week TacoCopter was making the rounds.

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