EPFL startup Flybotix has developed a dual propeller drone which offers a flight time which is twice as long as that of a standard quadcopter. Samir Bouabdallah  has come up with an inventive propulsion system modeled after those used by helicopters, and has over 20 years of experience developing drone technology at EPFL and ETH Zurich.

The new drone features just two propellers as well as using an algorithm that offsets the two rotating forces and serves the same function as a helicopter’s transmission system for stabilisation. Enabling the dual propeller drone to be flown as easily as a quadcopter, using a conventional remote-control.

Dual propeller drone

Bouabdallah’s dual propeller drone Alsop has a unique transmission system and a foam outer enabling it to bounce up obstacles without breaking. One such application for the small drone is inspecting hard-to-reach parts of industrial facilities such as ducts, explain the development team and the first application that Flybotix will target is inspecting dangerous or hard-to-reach areas.

The new drone was showcased in China last month and receive plenty of positive feedback, which will hopefully help the team launch their new drones in the Chinese market.

“The main drawback of small drones is their limited flight time, which results from their heavy batteries and relatively inefficient propellers. So for longer missions, a small drone’s battery has to be regularly recharged or replaced. While engineers are working on new designs to address this problem, no real solution has been found – until now. Samir Bouabdallah, who has over 20 years of experience developing drone technology at EPFL and ETH Zurich, has come up with an inventive propulsion system modeled after those used by helicopters. His design, marketed through his startup Flybotix, uses just two propellers and an algorithm-based stabilization mechanism, giving his drones “the aerodynamic performance of a helicopter and the mechanical stability of a quadcopter.” Recently in China for the CES Asia conference and the Venture Leaders China program, Bouabdallah has decided to explore opportunities in this promising market.”

Source: EPFL

A new smart bicycle light system has been created for the “modern cyclist” in the form of LUCIA. The smart bike lighting system includes night detection and advanced triaxial technology to accurately trigger a stoplight when breaking. The rear bicycle taillight has been created by Tempo, a French design team based in Paris. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the LUCIA smart bicycle taillight which is already blasted past its required pledge goal thanks to over 400 backers with still 39 days remaining on its campaign.

Early bird pledges are available from €34 or roughly £31 and worldwide delivery is expected to take place during November 2019. Features of the LUCIA include :

– Aerodynamic fitting seat rail, by a custom designed mount.
– Equipped with an advanced triaxial accelerate sensor to accurately trigger a stop light when breaking.
– Integrated light sensor auto-adjusts brightness to your environment
– 180 degree field of view, with visibility up to 1km
– Smart On/Off movement detection, LUCIA turns itself off if no movement is detected & turns instantly on when you start pedaling..
– With an illuminance sensor to automatically turn on when a cyclist rides on dark roads.
– Waterproof: IPX4 to cycle under all weather conditions
– With a LightWeight of 39g
– USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery offers up to 24hr of run time in eco mode

For more information and a complete list of all available page options jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page by following the link below.

Source: Kickstarter

A pair of next-generation safety glasses has been created by Ossii Sound, equipped with bone conduction technology the safety glasses are the first of their kind and have been designed for industrial environments, home improvement or sporting. Launched via Kickstarter this month early bird pledges are now available from just $69 or roughly £57 and worldwide shipping is expected to take place during October 2019. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the Defender safety glasses created by Ossii Sound.

“Ossii Sound realized that bone conduction would be a helpful tool to those who works at industrial environments, home improvement or sporting environments which requires eye protection. With experience of our previous model – the Connector. We have further developed our technology in bone conduction to enhance the connectivity and quality of sound.”

“Eyewear that lets you connect with the world around, instead of distracting you from it. It’s a perfect combination of killer eyewear, and a truly wireless Bluetooth, open ear audio device. They are perfect fitting, fully adjustable, and safe! With built-in microphone, you can access to all voice command applications such as Siri, Google Voice. Or answer calls or read messages on the go!“

Source: Kickstarter