DXC Labs has created an experimental voice-activated (Amazon Alexa) and cloud-controlled (AWS IoT) drone that uses three-word identifiers from what3words to provide precise location directions to within three square meters, anywhere in the world. This means the drone operator (such as a first responder or maintenance worker) can easily give a voice command such as “go to location: public warns artist” that will send the drone to a specific place on earth — in this case the historic shipwreck of the HMVS Cerberus, south of Melbourne, Australia. Watch the video below.
Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.