Artificial Intelligence & Commercial Drones

Neural Brain in Drones

The artificial intelligence capabilities that were once considered as futuristic possibilities are becoming realities. The company, Neurala, wants to help make drones become more intelligent with its newly announced “Neurala Developers” Program. The program is designed to enable developers to integrate the Neural Brain into their applications.

  • Find & Recognize – Pedestrians, cars, bicycles, etc.
  • Drone inspections – Identify target areas for more accurate inspection (damage, corrosion, cracks, missing components, etc.
  • Learn & Recognize – Teach it objects, give it a category , etc
  • Find & Track – Select object, learns instantly, then tracks

The Neural Brain is a deep learning neural networks platform that aims to make solutions smarter by mimicking biological perception and navigation in software. Teal Drones is one of the first drone providers to bundle Neurala technology into their drones. George Matus is the founder and CEO of Teal Drones.



Passenger Drones to Launch in Dubai by July 2017:

The director general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that drones capable of carrying people could be available in the UAE by July 2017. Mattar Al Tayer, also the chairman of the RTA, revealed at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday that trials had already been completed with Chinese company Ehang using drones able to carry up to 100 Kg plus a small suitcase.



Amazon Patents Pocket-Sized Drones

While Amazon has already been working on its ideas for delivery drones, these pocket-size drones would be more like an Echo with wings, a digital assistant that could take to the skies to find parking spots, a kid lost among the grocery store aisles, or provide information on how long the line to buy tickets is.



Can You Start a Business with Just a Smartphone?

The answer to the question is “yes”. First, start with a “phone friendly” business model. Certain types of businesses lend themselves to being run on a mobile device. An example is if you want to develop mobile apps, there are tools available for you to do that on a mobile device.

Some other businesses that you could start with just a smartphone include the following:

  1. Social Media Marketing
  2. Consulting
  3. Event Planning
  4. Videography
  5. Podcasting
  6. Writing
  7. Personal Shopping
  8. Mobile carwash and wax


There are many others such as handymen, maid service, gutter cleaning and car detailing to name a few.



Summary of Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107)

The new Part 107  – according to the leaked summary – will eliminate many of the most cumbersome and expensive requirements currently imposed on commercial drone operators including the requirement for a so-called 333 exemption, a manned aircraft pilot’s license, a visual observer, the requirement to hold a certificate of authorization and the requirement to issue a notice to airmen before each flight.

Details on the FAA’s aeronautical test requirements can be found here and here.  For non-current manned aircraft pilots, the test will be available at hundreds of approved FAA test sites.  Here is a link to those test sites.

The World’s First $1 Million Drone Race:

The World Drone Prix in Dubai was the first $1,000,000 drone race, held in March 2016, with the winning team taking home $250,000. However, the racing scene is heating up along with the weather in Florida. Hundreds of pilots have been competing in Melbourne, Orlando and Miami for a chance to prove their skills and earn a spot in the MultiGP Regional Finals. The event was held the weekend of July 9th and 10th. The event took place at the Vista View RC in Davie, FL where the fastest pilots competed for $2500 in cash prizes. The 2016 Done Racing National Championship will be held during the September Labor Day weekend in Muncie, Indiana.

Drones for Underwater Research:

Sixteen unmanned submarines will explore the world’s oceans as part of a research project by Rutgers University. The drones will continually collect data about the oceans’ currents, temperature and salinity to improve the accuracy of current climate and weather forecasting. Levels of phytoplankton around the vehicles will also be monitored using sustainable optic sensors.

Robotics and Sensors in the Indian River Lagoon

Saving the Indian River Lagoon

In the Sunday’s Florida Today newspaper dated May 22, 2016, an article was written titled “Sludge:a Solid Lagoon Threat” that stated that sewage byproducts find its way from inland farms to struggling waterway. Regulators prefer to call these byproducts by the less threatening term “bio-solids”. Unmanned submersible robot technologies are slated to be used in saving the Indian River Lagoon. Work is being done at the Space Coast Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) to provide solutions to this problem. The Space Coast FabLab is located at 2475 Palm Bay Road NE, Suite 120 in Melbourne, Fl. Tours of the FabLab are available to the general public at no cost.