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The Drone Aviary | superflux
"The Drone Aviary - an R&D project from The Superflux Lab - is an investigation of the social, political and cultural potential of drone technology as it enters civil space. Through a series of ongoing installations, films and publications, the project aims to give a glimpse into a near-future city co-habit with ‘intelligent’ semi autonomous, networked, flying machines."

"The installation at the V&A contains a family of 5 drones and an accompanying film. Each drone is designed to be symbolic of the convergence of wider social and tech trends with specific tasks and functions that are gaining popularity amongst drone enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

1. Madison, The Flying Billboard: This is an advertising drone, a hovering display platform, which can swoop, scan and hunt consumer demographics. It uses sophisticated facial recognition to gain feedback on the effectiveness of its content and to tailor advertisements to the interests of those within its vicinity.

2. Newsbreaker, The Media Drone: Supported by algorithmic monitoring news, emergency services and social media in real-time, these nimble devices push the boundaries for what has become known as High Frequency Journalism, helping feed our growing hunger for the very latest breaking news stories as it happens. As it films and streams news in real-time, story writing algorithms parse imagery, audio, web and radio traffic into rapidly growing, and continually edited, column inches.

3. Nightwatchman, The Surveillance Drone: A highly mobile data acquisition device used by everyone from local councils to law enforcement agencies. By securely connecting to a centralised database The Nightwatchman is able to amass and utilise huge amounts of location and subject specific information assisting in everything from documenting civil offences to detecting potential terror threats.

4. RouteHawk, Traffic Management Assistant: This drone fulfills two primary functions: firstly with its high brightness LED display and powerful 8 motor design the RouteHawk can move quickly to problem situations and provide dynamic warnings to approaching drivers. Secondly its LIDAR speed detector and ANPR camera allow the RouteHawk to efficiently log and transmit traffic violations to relevant penalty enforcement departments, often allowing a unit to pay for itself within a month.

5. FlyCam Instadrone: A highly accessible, low cost, user-friendly platform with true 'smart' style functionality. Quickly superseding the Selfie stick as todays must have life-logging and social media tool, the FlyCam allows anyone with a smartphone to share unforgettable memories from the clouds to the cloud using the Instadrone app. Additionally, its patented context aware algorithm means advertisers can deliver messages to customer when and where it counts.

The Film:
In the film, the drones become protagonists, revealing fleeting glimpses of the city from their perspective, as they continuously collect data and perform tasks. It hints at a world where the ‘network’ begins to gain physical autonomy, moving through and making decisions about the world, influencing our lives in often opaque yet profound ways. A speculative map highlights where physical and digital infrastructures merge as our cities become the natural habitat for 'smart' technologies from drones and wearable computers through to driverless cars."

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superflux  drones  nearfuture  designfiction  surveillance  2015  film  uav  future  timmaughan  anabjain  jonarden  infrastructure  robotvision  robotreadableworld  airspace  vision  tracking  society  prototyping  facerecognition 
april 2015 by robertogreco
A New Yorker Interactive: The Drone Economy
"By 2015, if all goes according to plan, the Federal Aviation Administration will have regulations in place for the use of drones in domestic airspace, ushering in a new era in which Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (U.A.V.s) might be used for everything from law enforcement to weather monitoring. This interactive infographic shows the projected economic impact of the U.A.V. industry in all fifty states in 2015, according to a recent study commissioned by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (A.U.V.S.I.), a trade group. The map shows the drone industry’s over-all economic impact in each state, as well as the projected impacts related to each state’s agriculture and public-safety sectors, the two parts of the economy that drones might revolutionize the most. According to A.U.V.S.I., the agriculture-related economic impact will dwarf that of public-safety applications."

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drones  droneproject  us  california  uav  2013  economics 
may 2013 by robertogreco
The Summer of Drones
"The Summer of Drones is an epic series of up to 34 Nodecopter community events to take place in North America and Europe from June to September 2013.

Our goal is to highlight the non-military potential of UAVs, bring together people from different programming communities, and learn some interesting new stuff while having fun with flying robots.

Have a look at some videos from the first Nodecopter event that was held in Berlin on Oct 5th, 2012 to get an idea for what to expect:"
drones  summerofdrones  droneproject  2013  nodecopters  uav 
april 2013 by robertogreco
DIY Drones
"This is the home for everything about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site. (About us/Site rules)
This community created the Arduino-based ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). The APM 2.5 autopilot hardware runs a variety of powerful free UAV software systems, including:

• ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types.
• ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system."
diy  electronics  opensource  robotics  uav  drones  edg  srg  glvo  howto 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Under the Shadow of the Drone |
"The drone also, for me, stands in part for the network itself: an invisible, inherently connected technology allowing sight and action at a distance. Us and the digital, acting together, a medium and an exchange. But the non-human components of the network are not moral actors, and the same technology that permits civilian technological wonder, the wide-eyed futurism of the New Aesthetic and the unevenly-distributed joy of living now, also produces obscurantist “security” culture, ubiquitous surveillance, and robotic killing machines.

This is a result of the network’s inherent illegibility, its tendency towards seamlessness and invisibility, from code to “the cloud”. Those who cannot perceive the network cannot act effectively within it, and are powerless. The job, then, is to make such things visible."
uav  visibility  newaesthetic  networks  art  security  military  technology  surveillance  drones  2012  jamesbridle 
october 2012 by robertogreco
The Long Tail - Wired Blogs
"as sometimes happens, I got obsessed, while he moved on to other things. In the past two years, I've made cellphone UAVs, Basic Stamp UAVs, autonomous blimps, and a true gyros+acellerometers+GPS autopilot version of the Lego Mindstorms UAV that's now in the Lego Museum in Billund, Denmark. We set up an amateur UAV community at, and get thousands of people each day exploring this new dimension of aerial robotics. Now this project has gone pro. Our first commercial autopilot, the Arduino-compatible ArduPilot, has been released and our goal of taking an order or two of magnitude out of the cost of an autopilot has been achieved: it's $24.95!"
lego  arduino  chrisanderson  uav  autopilot  electronics  microcontrollers  howto  hardware  surveillance  diy  make  gadgets  drones 
february 2009 by robertogreco
SparkFun Electronics - ArduPilot - Arduino Compatible UAV Controller
"This is a basic navigation-only autopilot that requires a GPS module and separate stabilization unit such as a FMA Co-Pilot to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The hardware and software is all open source. The board comes with all the surface-mount parts already soldered, but requires the user to solder on connectors. Firmware is already loaded, but the autopilot software must be downloaded and loaded onto the board by the user. It can be programmed with the Arduino IDE. All details and instructions can be found at the project's home page."
arduino  surveillance  gps  uav  ardupilot  autopilot  diy  hardware  projects  edg 
february 2009 by robertogreco
things magazine: If we were in charge of administering black budgets and ultra-secret projects
"Imagine swarm of...paparazzibots, programmed to relentlessly home in on Paris Hilton's iPhone...Tomorrow's celebrities...permanently accompanied by unwelcome micro-cloud of buzzing devices...mimicking fly-strewn perimeter of Pigpen from Peanuts."
spying  surveillance  uav  mav  police  robots 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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