Drones: What are they and how do they work?

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Cave di Carrara con Droni Horus Dynamics — Horus Dynamics

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Cave di Carrara con Droni Horus Dynamics Grazie ai Droni Horus Dynamics, in particolare al Drone Zero è stata possibile l’ esplorazione delle cave di marmo di Carrara Tutti i modelli generati oltre ad essere esplorabili sono completamente misurabili anche tramite i principali software CAD come AutoCAD ed ArcGIS , è quindi possibile stabilire con estrema…

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Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture — Professional Drones News

from MIT tecnology review Drones aren’t new technology by any means. Now, however, thanks to robust investments and a somewhat more relaxed regulatory environment, it appears their time has arrived—especially in agriculture. by Michal Mazur, PwC July 20, 2016 provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—better known as drones—have been used commercially since the early […]

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20 Startups To Watch In 2016

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from Forbes

DEC 22, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Startup life is not about the spotlight. It’s about disruption. It’s about innovation. At 1000 Angels, it’s our job to surface some of the most exciting early-stage investment opportunities.

Among some of the startups we predict will make a mark, we have identified 20 companies in particular to watch in 2016. The selection criteria was based on the business lifecycle, founding team, traction, and investors backing them.


Founded in 2015 and based in the Bay Area, Inverse is a technology-driven media company covering the latest news, TV, movies, music, digital culture, science, and innovation for a millennial male audience. With over 20 employees, some of its investors includes Greycroft Partners, Crosslink Capital, or Rothenberg Ventures.


Mobcrush was founded in 2014 and is a mobile live game streaming platform and community. Their vision is to inspire the world’s many personalities…

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A tiny startup has made big strides in creating self-navigating drones

Veterans of Google X and MIT have created some remarkable computer vision systems

Some of the biggest news out of CES this year was the huge progress companies have made on technology that can help drones be aware of their surroundings, allowing them to sense objects and avoid collisions. Those breakthroughs were powered by well-established drone companies like Ascending Technologies and semiconductor giants like Intel. Earlier this week, in a small park along the San Francisco Bay, I got to see another take on “sense and avoid.” It came from a small startup, Skydio, and it was as impressive as anything I saw from the titans of tech.

Skydio was created by three friends who met at MIT. Adam Bry and Abe Bachrach were in the robust robotics program, researching ways to build aircraft that could fly themselves without GPS, culminating in a fixed wing drone with a laser range finder that autonomously navigated its way around a parking lot. After that, Adam and Abe were part of the founding team for Google X’s Project Wing, designing and building the delivery drone that flew over Australia.

After a year and a half, the pair left Google X and along with Matt Donahoe, who they met at MIT’s Media Lab, set out to create a system to power self-navigating drones using only the commodity chips and and sensors you would find in your average smartphone. Today Skydio, which has been working in stealth for around a year, announced a $3 million round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel.

Right now most drones stabilize themselves using GPS and some can even use that signal to navigate a course or follow you around. But they are helpless if they lose GPS and also can’t see trees on a ski slope and know to avoid them when they following you to film. Powerful sense and avoid would make drones safer by giving them the ability to correct for bad pilots. It would also make autonomous flight more robust, allowing drones to avoid obstacles. Without it, the fantasy of a delivery drone landing on your lawn would remain just that.


At CES we saw the beginnings of this, using powerful, expensive sensors custom built by Intel. Skydio is betting that they can achieve robust sense and avoid using only ordinary cameras, instead of the lasers, sonar, and depth of field cameras we saw at CES. “The goal is to take something that normally costs $5,000 and sell it for $50,” says Bry, the CEO. “We think vision is going to win the day. It’s an incredibly rich data source, it’s just algorithmically challenging. But computers are getting faster and these algos are coming into place.”