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Nokia demos wireless small cells installed by drones. Nokia said it has found a way to solve small cell backhaul and power challenges for operators by using drones. The technology comes out of the Bell Labs unit Nokia acquired when it bought Alcatel-Lucent. The solution will use drones to deposit solar-powered units called F-Cells on rooftops, and these will connect wirelessly to 64-antenna massive multiple-input multiple-output systems. Each antenna system will support eight F-Cells. In a recent test in Silicon Valley, an F-Cell was installed by a drone and then the unit self-powered, self-configured, and automatically connected to the network.

No fiber or power cables were used. “F-Cell is a key breakthrough in massively scalable and massively deployable technology that will allow networks to deliver seemingly infinite capacity, imperceptible latency and connectivity to trillions of things,” said Marcus Weldon, president of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia CTO. Wireless, solar-powered small cells would solve some of these problems. Wirelessly powered drone enables indefinite flight time | E&T Magazine. A drone capable of being powered by wireless induction, allowing it to stay airborne indefinitely, has been demonstrated by Imperial College London scientists. The device uses inductive coupling, a concept initially demonstrated by inventor Nikola Tesla over 100 years ago. Two copper coils are tuned into one another enabling the wireless exchange of power at a certain frequency. Although experiments have been conducted using this technology for decades, this is the first time it has been demonstrated wirelessly powering flying devices.

A retail quadcopter drone, measuring approximately 12 centimetres, was used to prove that the method works. Its electronics were altered to make it compatible with the wireless charger and its battery was removed. They made a copper foil ring, which is a receiving antenna that encircles the drone’s casing. The drone’s electronics are tuned or calibrated at the frequency of the magnetic field.

Drone receives wireless power, on the fly. Given that the battery life of most multicopter drones typically doesn't exceed 30 minutes of flight time per charge, there are many tasks that they simply can't perform. Feeding them power through a hard-wired tether is one option, although that only works for applications where they're hovering in place. Scientists at Imperial College London, however, are developing an alternative – they're wirelessly transferring power to a drone as it's flying.

For their study, the scientists started with an off-the-shelf mini quadcopter. They proceeded to remove its battery, add a copper coil to its body, and alter its electronics. The researchers also built a separate transmitting platform that uses a circuit board, power source and copper coil of its own to produce a magnetic field. Known as inductive coupling, the technique has been around since the time of Nicola Tesla. 7 drone-based business ideas for 2017 | VentureBeat | Business | by David Mercer. Drones have arrived. We’ve seen a plethora of ideas springing up around drones and their potential uses for business – aerial surveying and reporting, real estate assessment, wedding photos, sports action photos, to name a few.

And with plenty of new software and hardware coming out all the time, the opportunities for drone-oriented startups are virtually limitless. But what really interests me are the “crossover” opportunities between drones and other technologies that will give rise to truly new innovation that will change the way we live and work. Here’s a list of some of those crossover opportunities that seem ripe at the moment. Hopefully you’ll find them interesting. 1. Drones can monitor relatively large swathes of agricultural land relatively cheaply. Companies like senseFly offer drone-based crop monitoring and analysis using a range of sophisticated sensors to help farmers identify areas where their crops are doing well and where they’re not. 2. Enter the traffic drone. 3. 4. Wireless broadband initiatives take to the skies, Supplements, Phnom Penh Post.

In separate initiatives to extend broadband internet coverage to every corner of the planet, two of the world’s biggest tech companies are developing ambitious plans to use fleets of balloons and drones to deliver wireless internet to those still off the grid. Internet giants Alphabet and Facebook are investing in rival efforts to develop high-altitude aerial platforms capable of beaming the internet down to users on the ground, using balloons and drones to deliver wireless connectivity to the developing world. The tech firms aim to connect the 56 percent of the global population, roughly 4 billion people, who are not yet connected to the internet.

Their experimental flying networks will light up broadband “black-spots”, remote areas underserved by fibre networks and ground-based towers. Facebook’s solar-power-run Aquila technology. FACEBOOK Winds will keep the balloons in perpetual motion. Rather than fighting it, Alphabet plans to go with the flow. The internet space race is on. Solar Powered Clothing You Can Plug Your Phone Into.

If allowing your smartphone to run out of power during the day doesn’t make you feel silly enough, consider this: Every hour it’s idle in your pocket or bag, the sun is bathing the earth in enough energy to run the world economy for a year. The obvious fix here is to turn every square inch of your body into a power plant—solar could be the ultimate accessory, more important than purses, satchels, or, well, sunglasses.

But first, there’s the science part. Wearable technology has been largely constrained to the sartorial periphery—smartwatches, camera-sunglasses, and fitness trackers. Much of the fabric tech in the apparel industry is devoted to things needed for activewear and workout gear: moisture-wicking, stretchiness, breathability. Smart garments have popped up here and there, mostly dealing with athletics and personal care. Ralph Lauren, Hexoskin, and Athos all make shirts that record biometric data, such as heart and breathing rates. That’s pretty much it. Facebook Seeks Partner Countries for Drone Trials.

Facebook Inc. is in talks with several countries for trial broadcasts of internet content from highflying drones, underscoring the social media company’s push to provide bandwidth to poorly connected parts of the globe. Several companies aim to provide bandwidth to far-flung places that can’t easily be connected by terrestrial links. Alphabet Inc.’s Google this year ran the first tests of its “Project Loon” that seeks to connect users via high-altitude balloons. OneWeb Ltd. is working on a large constellation of satellites to deliver fast global internet service from space. But many of the projects face big obstacles. Drone and balloon projects require approvals from national governments to operate in their airspace.

Other regulators have to approve the use of radio spectrum to broadcast signals to the ground. Martin Gomez, Facebook’s director of aeronautical platforms, said a number of countries may be involved in trials. Mr. Mr. Facebook hasn’t said when Aquila will fly again. Mr. Airnamics, What a big drone you have!! | DJI Phantom Drone Forum. 5 Heavy Lifting Drones - That Are Available on Amazon [2016] Have you been looking for a drone capable of lifting heavy cameras and other objects? So have we. Fortunately technology has developed to a point which drones no longer are fragile machines incapable of lifting heavier objects. If you think your heavy photographing camera can’t be carried by a drone in air, I’m happy to tell you that you are wrong. There is a drone out there capable of lifting your camera, allowing you to take the best of the very best aerial footage. Many professionals and even amateurs are already using them. Drones are not limited to GoPros (Best drones for GoPro) and other action cameras.

Your Canon, your Nikon, or any other high-end photography and videography camera can be used to take the best photos and record the best videos without any hassle. How much weight can a drone carry? Average drone can carry less than 1kg. *P.S. Table of best Heavy lifting drones : DJI Matrice 100 DJI Matrice 100 Check price on Amazon Freefly Systems ALTA 8 Freefly Systems ALTA 8. Tommy Hilfiger launches solar power jackets to charge your phone - CNET.

It's happened to the best of us: you're out and about, just doing you thing, when your phone/tablet/iPod/handheld gaming system runs clean out of power. And sure, there are a bunch of products on the market to help you out in these situations -- but most of them are an extra device that you have to remember to charge, then carry around with you. Tommy Hilfiger wants to make your portable charger wearable. With the assistance of solar manufacturer Pvilion, the clothing label has launched a pair of jackets -- one for men, one for women -- that has an array of solar panels to collect solar power for charging your gadgets if you find yourself in a power bind. The jackets, which feature a tartan design (although the ladies' jacket looks a bit like the TARDIS from the back, if you squint), are fitted with water resistant, flexible solar panels that snap on and off easily. When fully charged, the battery contains enough power to completely charge a 1,500 mAh device up to four times.

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