University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.
The researchers, from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) or Adelaide Drone Hub, say that drones are a useful tool for field research and their use is growing in popularity. But this new technology could also have undesirable and unforeseen impacts on wildlife, and there is currently little understanding of the risks.
With the rise of consumer drones, everyone from the US military to Border Patrol are stocking up on anti-drone guns. And the Navy Times has a new video of the most sci-fi looking drone gun: Battelle’s DroneDefender. While they’re not available yet commercially, they’re definitely the future of shooting down your neighbour’s pesky drone.
To say I’m a fan of smart homes is an understatement. Being a renter I’m limited somewhat as to what I can have in my apartment, but that hasn’t stopped me from integrating as many smart devices into my environment as humanly possible.
One thing I’ve discovered a long the way — not only have I saved a lot of effort (regular light switches are for plebs, you guys), but I’ve saved time, money and kilowatts on my energy bill. Here’s my top recommendations for doing the same at your place.
If not left docked at a marina or cottage, a trailer is a necessary accessory for hauling a jet ski out to the lake. But what if you could instead squeeze into the trunk of your car? That’s the dream this inflatable Sea-Doo realises — if only it weren’t sized for children.
The Edifier S1000DB is the brand’s latest 2.0 lifestyle studio speaker system. It certainly looks the part with wooden side panels and black matte finish, but Edifier claims it also ticks all the boxes when it comes to premium sound quality.
Photo credit: Getty Images Fitbits are marketed as devices that can help track things such as your heart rate to better improve your lifestyle, but a new study shows that maybe they’re not as accurate as some would lead you to believe.
When the Minimoog Model D launched in 1970 (models A through C were prototypes), it transformed a big, bulky, and expensive noise machine into stage-friendly instrument. It was the grandfather of modern synths that now fill out our favourite jams. Now, Moog is resurrecting the legend.
There’s a reason the microwave in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II. But since then, the technologies involved have been vastly improved (see mobile phone towers) and a company called Wayv in the UK is finally using them to shrink the microwaves.
Video: In the US, glowing orange cheese balls come by the giant barrel. Don’t roll your eyes and wonder why anyone would buy such a thing. Because this is why you’d buy it: to build yourself a cheese ball-blasting machine gun that will revolutionise snacking as we know it.
Good chai is transcendent. Strong black tea is sweetened by rich boiled milk and given a pleasant bite from a handful of spices. In South Asia it’s a way of life. Every person has their method of preparation — a ritual after years of boiling and reboiling the ingredients until they coalesce into the drink.
When it released the Rift DK1 in 2012, the Oculus team was seen as the little startup darling that could finally make virtual reality an actual reality — and it was going to do it with a community-based effort. When it was snatched up by Facebook, founder Palmer Luckey made it clear “a million times” that Oculus wasn’t going to build a VR walled garden. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Oculus’s openness has its limits.
NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) describes itself as “a center for the recently possible”. Put another way, it’s where artsy people go to build some cool stuff with tech. So we went to the program’s autumn exhibition, to see what madness they dreamed up.
Birds, bats and insects can’t fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones. A new system that taps into the power of static electricity — the same principle that allows a balloon to stick to a wall — now allows robotic insects to land and stick to surfaces, greatly extending their operational life.
Yesterday was Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and every year it throws into sharp relief the fact that a lot of Australians living with disability don’t have the same access to technology — the technology powered by touchscreens and mice and keyboards — that the rest of us do. 1 in 5 Australians live with disability of some kind, and to mark the occasion Apple has made a wide variety of specialised accessibility accessories available through its online store in Australia for the first time.
Apple has just unveiled a new store in San Francisco’s Union Square, and it’s the template for a new style that will likely eventually be replicated all over the globe, including the most “significant” Australian stores in Sydney and Melbourne. As well as an in-store garden grove for Genius appointments and a 6K-resolution video wall, there’s also a plaza that will be open to the public 24 hours a day with free Wi-Fi and music performances.