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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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New police drones could be equipped with non-lethal weapons

New police drones could be equipped with non-lethal weapons

Drones have been used increasingly in law enforcement scenarios to pursue suspects, thanks to their cheap cost, easy deployment and different camera configurations, including night vision and infrared. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is about to spend $300,000 on a ShadowHawk drone which will help them to pursue suspects, aid in SWAT operations, and looking for missing people, but the American Civil Liberties Union says there’s cause for concern over the potential for weapons to be added.

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PlayBook OS 2.0 finally released

PlayBook OS 2.0 finally released

RIM has released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 for its 7-inch tablet, finally adding much-needed features like a native email app and social networking integration, as well as turning your BlackBerry phone into a remote control. The free upgrade is available today, bringing with it select Android app compatibility; RIM says the BlackBerry App World is also being updated with "a range" of Android apps that will work with the PlayBook.

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BMW remote iOS app arrives in the US

BMW remote iOS app arrives in the US

The My BMW Remote app has already been available to the company's European customers and now the iOS version has been launched for US customers. This means that you can now remotely control certain features of your BMW directly from your iPhone. But if you're an Android user, you'll have to wait a bit as that's being worked on still.

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