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I'm excited to announce the addition of Susannah Sabine to the Drones for Good research consultancy team.

I'm excited to announce the addition of Susannah Sabine to the Drones for Good research consultancy team. As a research analyst for the Australia National Data Service (ANDS) with a master's in social research, Susannah brings a unique viewpoint and skill-set to the area of unmanned aerial systems for humanitarian purposes. Myself and Alexander Hayes look forward to working with her to solve pressing issues and conduct innovative research.

One of the oldest engineering periodicals in the world, the Technograph, has written a profile on drone journalism...

One of the oldest engineering periodicals in the world, the Technograph, has written a profile on drone journalism (using unmanned aerial vehicles to augment evidence-based reporting). Article focuses on the major themes affecting the nascent field, including the availability and accessibility of UAVs, and ethical and legal issues. http://www.readtechnograph.com/articles/view/drone_journalism_brings_reporting_into_the_future

The FAA estimated 30k UAS in American airspace by 2020.

The FAA estimated 30k UAS in American airspace by 2020. Parrot already has sold 300k AR.Drones. Soon, those drones might be able to fly autonomously, via GPS. This is going to provide a new range of possibilities for drone hackers. Who will be the first in this community to hack one for a humanitarian purpose? http://www.mentalmunition.com/2013/02/worlds-most-popular-consumer-drone.html

Hello!

Hello! So glad to discover this community. I'm a geeky professional helicopter pilot in Oregon working with the local fire department to employ a quadcopter on their HAZMAT response team. Looking forward to meeting the folks who would gather under this moniker... and thank you to the moderators. Cheers!  btw - this is where I first heard of the community!   http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/we-need-to-talk-about-drones--now/2013/02/05/3cfff1f0-6f1f-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story_1.html

Hi all

Hi all Looks like 4 of us so far in the group :> 2013 is well under way and Alex is off OS on matters surrounding veillances of all kinds and we thought it would be an apt moment to record another TalkingVTE episode. Date is not quite locked in so let me know what suits. Some time next week when Alex is away. I have created a wiki notes page so feel free free to add topics of interest.  Feed back from the last session is that we need some more structure and direction to abate long winded digressions, so if we can have some discernable topics to address that would be great. http://sridgway.wikispaces.com/talkingvte37 http://sridgway.wikispaces.com/talkingvte37

Join us at Australia eSeries on February 27 for an in depth look at Augmented Reality.

Join us at Australia eSeries on February 27 for an in depth look at Augmented Reality. Experience the wonder through the eye of Christopher Winter. What if your students could stand in any room and by looking through their phones camera, be presented with an entirely new virtual world? What if instead of 30 students crowding around one physical object, they could each have an almost tangible replica on their desks to study, even when at home? Augmented Reality is not a new technology and was in fact in danger of fading out before it really had chance to make an impact. The fact was that holding a piece of paper up to a webcam in order to see a 3D object on a desktop computer is neither engaging nor fun. It was less than intuitive and quite cumbersome. Fast forward to the present day and thanks to the mobile revolution Augmented Reality is not just an option, but an integral part of effective mobile delivery. Engaging students in the real world rather than a dingy computer lab really

"HLQ is not the world's first unmanned cargo carrier.

"HLQ is not the world's first unmanned cargo carrier. There's the K-Max, a full-scale unmanned helicopter, and Matternet's infrastructure paradigm, which aspires to launch do-gooder drones in rural areas. But the latter focus on small payloads like medicines or lab samples, and max out at 4 pounds. And the K-Max costs millions of dollars. HLQ can lift heavy cargo and would cost a fraction of that." http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2013-02/meet-quadcopter-humanitarian-drone

Recently updated - Walter Volkman of Micro Aerial Projects LLC sent me an email and DOUBLED THE PRIZE MONEY.

Recently updated - Walter Volkman of Micro Aerial Projects LLC sent me an email and DOUBLED THE PRIZE MONEY. Therefore a total of $120 is up for grabs if you make your drone useful during Winter Storm #Nemo by completing the #NemoDroneChallenge! http://www.mentalmunition.com/2013/02/ill-give-you-60-if-you-make-your-drone.html

Great to see the word getting around for DFG...

Great to see the word getting around for DFG -  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/we-need-to-talk-about-drones--now/2013/02/05/3cfff1f0-6f1f-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story_1.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/we-need-to-talk-about-drones--now/2013/02/05/3cfff1f0-6f1f-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story_1.html

Thanks for the add!

Thanks for the add! I am a grad student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and have recently co-founded a small company that is doing some contract work on UAVs. This looks like a great community to be a part of.