The R10, the initial product from UAir. The company hopes to eventually create a drone capable of autonomously tracking people, making the aircraft ideal for adventure sports enthusiasts.
Imagine carving your way down a particularly challenging slope, your skis kicking up clouds of snow, trees flying by, your death-defying stunts captured perfectly on camera. And you’re all by yourself.
How would you pull off such a feat?
Short of those with a film crew on hand, or at least a buddy with a GoPro camera tracking your every move, it’s hard to imagine it being possible at all, let alone while you’re alone.
But you may not have to imagine it for long.
Next week, a startup called Universal Air will finish shipping out its entry level R10 quadrotors, a drone whose advertised combination of low price, reliability, and durability inspired more than 400 people to fund the company’s Kickstarter campaign to the tune of almost 15 times its financial goal. UAir, as it’s known, had hoped to raise $15,000 and ship 30 R10′s, according to co-founder Max Bruner, but ended up bringing in $220,000 and facing one of the problems many super-successful Kickstarter projects experience: the inability to quickly satisfy demand.
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The GamePop console looks more than a bit like a Boxee cube.
If you’re BlueStacks, the startup that figured out how to bring Android apps to Windows and Macs with its eponymous app player, the next logical step is to upend the mobile gaming market with a console and subscription service called GamePop, the company announced Thursday.
As CNET reported at CES 2013, GamePop is BlueStacks’ Android-powered console that lets you not only play Android games on your TV, but also lets you use your phone or tablet as the controller.
GamePop preorders are available immediately at GamePop.tv, with consoles shipping this winter.
“We feel that everyone already has a controller in their pocket,” said John Gargiulo, BlueStacks’ marketing and business development vice president. To that end, GamePop will work with either Android or iOS phones and tablets as controllers, even though the GamePop console runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will work with standard controllers.
To use your Android or iOS device as a controller, you’ll have to download an app, and then connect your phone or tablet to the console over Bluetooth.
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Many parents apparently still aren’t getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving.
Among 618 parents surveyed for a study out today from the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost 90 percent of them admitted to chatting on the phone, texting, fiddling with the GPS, or doing other things while driving with their children in the car.
The parents who participated in the poll were asked specifically how often they engaged in distracting activities while driving with their child over the last month. Those activities included talking or texting on a cell phone, surfing the Internet, finding directions on a GPS or map, and changing a CD or DVD, as well as eating or grooming, and taking care of their child.
Most of the parents said they engaged in four out of the ten activities. Chatting on the phone was the most common distraction, while texting was the least common. Parents who admitted to distracted driving were also more likely to have reported being in a car accident.
“Lots of attention has been given to distracted teen drivers,” Michelle Macy, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “However, our results indicate parents are frequently distracted while driving their 1- to 12-year-old children, an… [Read more]
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Researchers at Harvard University have conducted the first controlled flight of a robotic insect.
(Credit: Kevin Ma and Pakpong Chirarattananon)
After more than a decade of work, Harvard University researchers have finally gotten the so-called “RoboBee” to take flight.
According to the scientists, the robot — which is half the size of a paperclip and weighs less than a tenth of gram — was able to hover for a few moments and then flew on a “preset route through the air.”
“This is what I have been trying to do for literally the last 12 years,” Robert J. Wood, principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-supported RoboBee project, said in a statement. “It’s really only because of this lab’s recent breakthroughs in manufacturing, materials, and design that we have even been able to try this. And it just worked, spectacularly well.”
The tiny machine, which was developed for the purpose of studying insect flight, was actually inspired by the biology of a fly, and included a submillimeter-scale body and two wafer-thin wings. The wings seem to flap invisibly and beat at a rate of 120 times per second.
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