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UCT unveils R250 000 Innovation Lab

21 Nov 2017 Internet
By Kgaogelo Letsebe

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has unveiled a new innovation lab complete with virtual reality 3D goggles, a Drone, a 3D printer, the Amazon Echo smart speaker, an Emotiv headset, as well as credit card-sized computers in a bid spark further interest in technology education..
Uber envisions a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles – part helicopter, part Drone and part fixed-wing aircraft – running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical take-off and landing and rapid horizontal flight..
The global market in Drone-powered solutions for the power and utilities industries is estimated to be worth around $9.46 billion a year.
The US pilot programme aims to speed up the integration of drones into the national airspace system, and test Drone detection and tracking..
He highlighted some of the top digital trends in Africa: mobility, Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu operating system, the multi radio telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array and Drone delivery services..
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Dubai is serious about flying taxies

10 Oct 2017 Hardware
By Lauren Kate Rawlins

It operates through an autopilot option by programing specific routes in a GPS-based navigation system, and there will be a remote-controlled flight option using a ground-based pilot if the Drone suddenly needs to be rerouted. There is also a full aircraft emergency parachute as an extra precaution in case anything goes wrong.
Vodacom expects Drone deliveries to launch in SA by at least 2025, if not sooner. This is according to Nyimpini Mabunda, Vodacom chief officer for the consumer business unit, who says "technology wise we are ready".

Droning around

3 Oct 2017 TechForum
By Martin Pienaar

One of the ways that I like to spend my free time is flying my Drone, a Mavic Pro, says Martin Pienaar, COO of Mindworx. Drone technology is now reaching the mainstream thanks to improved battery technology, GPS improvements, and cameras and sensors getting cheaper and more efficient.

Why innovation is better in Africa

28 Sep 2017 Computing
By Jacqui E'Silva

ITWeb Events spoke to Stuff magazine's about his upcoming presentation at the event in October. .
Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world's first Drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city to lead the Arab world in innovation..
Milrem Robotics has also started developing an unmanned system that combines the THeMIS with aerial drones. Working with Estonian UAV manufacturer Eli, a Drone nest is being developed and with Threod Systems a tethered multirotor UAV integration project has begun.
The proposed initiative comes at a time when Drone usage is soaring..
Production issues with the Hero 5 camera and a delay in the launch of its Karma Drone dented sales, says the company..

Drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

30 Aug 2017 Reuters
By Thomson Reuters Foundation

Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest Drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria..
The battery-powered drones will provide a live-video feed to a Drone operator who then uses the shark-spotting software to identify sharks in real-time and with more accuracy than the human eye..

What will disrupt the fridge?

24 Aug 2017 Computing
By Lauren Kate Rawlins

"Now, I'm convinced the most likely thing which will end up disrupting fridges more than ever will be drones. Because even in San Francisco, if you build just two Drone stations, you can get anywhere in just 60 seconds.
School children from local Curro schools and South Korea collaborate via video-streaming to build a 3D printer and Drone..
The slow reaction by the robot industry was not surprising, said Joshua Ziering, founder of Drone manufacturer
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