US Air Force experimenting with facial recognition on drones
Can find and kill you
New Scientist magazine has found a contract between the US Air Force and a defence firm that shows the government uses reconnaissance and surveillance drones equipped with facial recognition to aid in special operations missions.
Protect your house with a drone
In case the Russians invade
Security outfit Ring has been showing CES the wonders of having your house protected by a flying drone.
Army comes up with a drone killing microwave
Can also pop corn and reheat coffee and pizzas
The Pentagon notified Congress of its purchase of a microwave weapon system designed to knock down swarms of enemy drones with pulses of energy.
Boffins create low-powered drones which don’t need humans
Can hunt humanity for longer
A team of boffins which apparently has never seen Terminator has come up with the smallest completely autonomous nano-drone that can control itself without the need for human guidance.
Google employees quit over drone “evil”
Project Mavan was evil too far
Google’s decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot programme known as Project Maven has angered its staff who have quit rather than work on it.
Drone maker threatens its own users
Hand over private data or we will brick your toys
The maker of expensive drones, DJI is threatening to brick users gadgets if they don’t hand over their personal data. on its website.
Drones showing up weaknesses in missile defence plans
It is too expensive to shoot them down
The US Patriot missile batteries might be getting more accurate, but cheaply made drones are fast becoming the battle field kings
Intel drones on
Intel Falcon 8+ System is its first commercial drone
Chipzilla has been flat out developing software for the consumer drones and now is set to release a few drones of its own.
Royal Navy puts robots through their paces
The British Royal Navy is staging what it is calling its first "robot wars" exercises testing drone boats off the coasts of Scotland and west Wales.
ARM buys imaging and embedded computer vision outfit
Apical worth $350 million
British chip maker ARM has acquired Apical which is an imaging and embedded computer Vision Company in a $350 million cash deal.