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Clear Flight Solution offers robotic falcons to chase off real birds

Squadrons of robotic birds. Snip:

Birds are beautiful creatures. However, if you work in aviation, waste management or agriculture, you will be aware that birds can be a very tough problem to deal with. Birds are not only a nuisance, they can also be a serious threat to safety in aviation. The Robird is an environmentally-friendly solution for all your bird-related problems. Here you can learn more about our Robirds, their applications and the current status of development and testing.

Robirds are truly unique remotely controlled robotic birds of prey, with the realistic appearance and weight of their living counterparts. Robirds use flapping wing flight as a means of propulsion, with a flight performance comparable to real birds. Based on nature itself, the Robird models offer new and exciting possibilities in bird control. By triggering the instinct of birds, through the combination of silhouette and wing movement, chasing birds becomes fully controllable. We make sure that the man on the ground is in control of what happens in the air.

[via Wired] [Clear Flight Solutions]

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Fraunhofer IIS presents world’s first emotion detection app on Google Glass

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has adapted its SHORE™ real-time face detection and analysis software to work with Google Glass:

Fraunhofer IIS presents a real-time* face tracker on Google Glass that can read people’s emotions. At the same time it also estimates age and gender of persons in front of Glass’ camera. Privacy is important: everything happens inside Glass – no image leaves the device. Detection is anonymous – no facial recognition. The app is based on SHORE, Fraunhofer’s proprietary software library for real-time facial detection and analysis. Emotion analysis on wearable devices has endless applications. E.g. it can be used in aids for people suffering from ASD (autism spectrum disorders) or for visually impaired.

(* low frame rate shown in the video is due to a bottleneck in the technique used to mirror Glass’ display on a computer monitor.)

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The future of wearable technologies

Technology has been always crucial to the development of fashion, but as technology improves and advances, it is being more and more closely integrated into our clothing.

Wearable technologies currently exist in two spaces - as conceptual pieces by artisan designers, and as engineering driven wearable products that are taken to market. But, as Danielle Wilde explains, the future for wearable technologies lies in creating products with expressive aesthetic qualities that can be taken to market.

Danielle Wilde is a visiting research Fellow, Centre for Smart Materials and Performance Textiles at RMIT University.

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Google[x] tests Project Wing drone delivery service

Google’s research division has tested a delivery service using unmanned aerial vehicles in Queensland, Australia.

Google has released a video showing the self-flying vehicles successfully delivering items first-aid kit, snacks, dog treats and water to farmers in the Australian outback.

"Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods – including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today," said a statement from the company.

Project Wing has been in development for two years, but remained a secret until now. It is the brainchild of Google X – the tech company’s research branch also responsible for the driverless car.

"Throughout history there have been a series of innovations that have each taken a huge chunk out of the friction of moving things about," said Google’s "captain of moonshots" Astro Teller in the video.

"Project Wing aspires to take another big chunk of the remaining friction out of moving things around the world."

The white vehicle is shaped like a small plane and is powered by four rotors, with two on each wing.

It can fly horizontally when moving from one location to another and hover vertically around 40 to 60 metres when dropping off goods, while also taking off, landing and resting upright – alleviating the need for a runway.

The packages are attached to a connection point and lowered on a wire, which detaches when the parcel touched the ground and retracts back into the body of the vehicle.

In the first test in Australia, a package of chocolate bars was successfully transported one kilometre and dropped to the recipient. Subsequently, over 30 deliveries were successfully made during the week-long test period.

Google admits that the project is nowhere near ready for commercial distribution, but believes that the model has potential for further development.

"It’s years from a product, but it’s the first prototype we want to stand behind," said Teller in the video.

Further research and testing is required to ensure the technology is safe. Google said the next steps are to teach vehicles to navigate around each other, creating precise navigation for efficient delivery routes and reducing the noise from the machines.

Google is looking for partners to help develop the technology for widespread use and has requested anyone interested to complete an online form.

The company recently hired automated aviation expert Dave Vos to lead the team working on the product.

In December last year, retail giant Amazon presented a similar proposal for unmanned aerial delivery that could deliver packages just 30 minutes after ordering.

A Sydney company also launched a book delivery service earlier that year, which it claimed to be the world’s first.

The safety of drones and their use in public is still under scrutiny. An installation of the flying machines planned for this year’s London Design Festival was cancelled last month over fears for “safety of members of the public”.

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Queen: The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody (documentary)

Innovative in every which way possible. This song bemused pop royalty and is the epitome of how a vision and drive creates a whole new way of engagement through music. Legends are born and these 4 guys are greater than the sum of their parts.

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Credit Benchmark - Contributed Data for Credit Rating

http://www.creditbenchmark.org/

Credit Benchmark CEO Elly Hardwick discusses how her start-up company provides an alternative to the traditional credit ratings companies, the type of data the company provides and who’s using the information with Bloomberg’s Caroline Hyde, Manus Cranny, Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Great to see my great friend Elly disrupting an old industry (there must’ve been something in the Somerset water with so many innovative thinkers coming from there).

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