Each January, the editors at our sister publication, EE Times, go through the list of electronics technologies that are overhyped as well as underexposed, to come up with what they believe will be hot areas during the next 12 months.
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Personal UAVs are the next big toy and physical app. At the University of Warwick, a prototype UAV flew inside structurally unsound, hazardous, or radioactive buildings to identify hazards. Flying in these environments requires superior situational awareness, with the operator relying on onboard cameras operating in low-light conditions. Collisions are always a risk.
The Warwick researchers have come up with a UAV that requires only destination coordinates. The prototype uses an Xsens MTi sensor. Xsens combined its sensor-fusion algorithms and wireless protocols with STMicroelectronics’ iNEMO-M1, 9-axis MEMS to demonstrate a wireless 3-D body motion tracking system based on consumer-grade MEMS combo sensors.
Once you have taken a look through the photo gallery, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Do you agree, or are our editors way off-base?
I agree there were several left off of the list but I'm sure each technology thinks it's the "next big thing". We live in fascinating times as far as technology goes. I would love to get in a time machine and flash forward 50 years. (I will say a well designed time machine) I'll bet we would not recognize the technology thought to be commonplace. I know there are truly fascinating things happening in the biomedical engineering fields that will not only save lives but extend lives. Exciting times.
Nancy Golden, To get involve with UAV development is a matter of ordering a quadcopter kit and building it. UAV applications are endless as well as the research in non-operator flight controls and teleoperations with smartphones is just the tip of the iceberg in this scientific arena. A group of Capstone Students here at the Madison, AL ITT Tech campus are building a quadcopter from scratch using an Arduino as the brains for their UAV. Pretty impressive stuff they've built. Also, here's a link to Parallax Elev-8 Quadcopter kit for an additional reference.http://www.parallax.com/StoreSearchResults/tabid/768/txtSearch/Quadcopter/List/0/SortField/4/ProductID/799/Default.aspx
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