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US Army Soldiers Are Using Tablets to Operate Drones Now

By Radu Iorga

The US Army is ready to receive an upgrade, using a series of Macbook-sized tablets to control drones. They already have AI gear, high res sensors, faster computer processing and the “tablets” that can control multiple drones at a time. There’s also multi drone interoperability.

The tablet we mentioned is developed by the Army and it’s actually the size of a compact laptop. It enables soldiers to control multiple drones on a single system and it’s about to change drone strategy. Sometimes the offensive efforts are coordinated from vehicles or the field, so that’s why a tablet is necessary.

Using the handheld, soldiers can manage flight path, operations and sensor payloads even. All of the gear works via an infrastructural backbone, a new generation one. The Army has been developing this together with MAG Aerospace, which did the engineering for the new controller. The controller is expected to reach formal production next year.

The tablet can operate small drones, like the Micro Air Vehicle, 4 pound Raven and 13 pound Puma. We’ve seen tablets in commercial airplane cockpits, in the operating room and now controlling vital army assets. And that’s in spite of the tablet segment being in a drop point now (even though there are recovery signs). Honestly I expected some VR interaction for army gear, but that’s not here yet.

I’d love to see the specs of those tablets though.

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Chinese Tablet Makers Are Now Expanding Their Products by Launching Drones, Smartphones and Wearable Devices

By Claudiu Sima

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Lately, the tablet market isn’t going so well, and because of this matter, several Chinese producers decided to expand their product line by launching smartphones, wearable devices, vehicle navigation system and even drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).

According to the U.S.-based company, International Data Corp, the tablet shipments droped with 7% to 447 million units in the 2nd quarter of 2015, compared to the same period of last year. From what it seems, this downward trend will continue in the future. This happens as tablets have a usage duration of two to three years, longer that of smartphones, so this drives to a slower pace of replacement.

In order to keep earning, tablets manufacturers are now developing other devices such as wearables, car navigation systems and drones. The shipment of drones hit 160.000 units in the first 5 months of the year, amounting $121 million.

We get to know, that at the 2015 Global Sources Electronics Show held in Hong Kong, over 10 former tablet manufacturers showed off their new drones.

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FBI and ATF spent $2.1 million on 23 drones that don’t work

By Cyrus Farivar

A new report prepared by the United States Department of Justice’s internal watchdog has revealed that two major federal law enforcement agencies have spent millions of dollars on 23 drones that for some reason, are not operational.

The report, which was published on Wednesday by the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General, also concludes that the FBI is the “only DOJ component that operationally deploys its own UAS,” using the government acronym for Unmanned Aerial System, or drone.

The DOJ OIG report comes less than three months after the Department of Homeland Security OIG concluded that after eight years, the drone program run by Customs and Border Protection was ineffective.

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