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1/18/2013

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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.
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.

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mrdon
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Re: BiStatix revisited
mrdon   1/20/2013 5:40:53 PM
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Charles, Transient Electronics dissolvable tattoos add new meaning to wearable electronics. I wonder if the electronics are susceptible to MRI radiation causing them to explode. Myth Busters did an experiment to investigate if this incident is plausible.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiE3in71YEo

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Personal UAVs
mrdon   1/20/2013 2:20:50 PM
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Personal UAVs have definitely become mainstream with hobbyists as well as the military. With user friendly microcontroller platforms like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, anyone can participate in this cool aerial technology. I agree with this product being one of the top technologies of 2013. Chris Anderson has quit the Editorial Director job of Wired Magazine to devote his attention fulltime to DIY Drones. Here's a link to DIY Drones. http://diydrones.com/

 

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BiStatix revisited
Charles Murray   1/18/2013 4:51:09 PM
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Chips that can be worn like tatoos? Sounds like a variation of Motorola's old BiStatix idea with chips on paper using conductive carbon ink. Whatever happened to that idea? 

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