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UAV Helicopter "Hummingbird Warrior"

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 7, 2008

Helicopters are familiar sights in the sky, and recent years have seen a variety of unmanned helicopter options introduced into the market. Boeing’s entry lays a breathtaking challenge before the field: what could the military do with a helicopter-like, autonomously-flown UAV with a range of 2,500 nautical miles and endurance of 16-24 hours, carrying a payload of 300-1,000 pounds, and doing it all more quietly than conventional helicopters? For that matter, imagine what disaster relief officials could do with something that had all the positive search characteristics of a helicopter, but much longer endurance.

Enter the A160 Hummingbird Warrior

Paint these fellas a bluish color and they’d be almost invisible…and hiding places few and far between for the bad guys.

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Android – An Open Handset Alliance Project

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 15, 2007

The much whispered about Google Phone is here, except it isn’t a phone…it’s an open-source code for use on phones that will be built by other people, sort of what Microsoft is for computers. This could revolutionize the cell phone industry beyond recognition by allowing many minds to create whatever they will.

Since I live without TV, I have no idea what kind of buzz this is generating in the Legacy Media, and only heard about it this morning when I got around to reading Al Fin, who has a good overview.

The overview led me to the following video:

which led me to the android developers you tube page and website and the Open Handset Alliance.

And a wiki. Yay!

We live in very exciting times!

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