Robot dog can navigate unknown terrain with the help of a flying drone

Robot dog can navigate unknown terrain with the help of a flying drone


Every now and again, we share videos of advances in robotics with you. Sometimes it’s inspiring – like these flying drones that can assemble a rope bridge that a human can walk across – and sometimes it’s just downright creepy, like watching people kick Darpa’s evil-looking ‘Big Dog’. The video above is somewhere between those two points, and shows a four-legged dog-like robot from Autonomous Systems Lab navigating a route through rough terrain by communicating with a drone flying ahead. While it’s just a lab conditions demo for now, it’s pretty incredible that the aerial drone can be used to map out…

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The UK has convicted a drone pilot for the first time

The UK has convicted a drone pilot for the first time


A resident of Nottingham has been convicted of illegally flying drones over football stadia and congested areas in London and other parts of the UK, marking the first prosecution of its kind in the country. London’s Metropolitan Police Service said that 42-year-old Nigel Wilson pleaded guilty to seven offences that went against the Air Navigation Order 2009 [PDF], and was fined £1,800 ($2,770) plus £600 ($923) in costs. He has also been banned from purchasing, owning and flying drones for the next two years. Wilson flew his drone over Anfield stadium last September to film a soccer match featuring Liverpool…

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