Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges

As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time. Continue reading “Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges”

Drones give farmers eyes in the sky

Crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones in the upcoming growing season. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be tested on the university’s South Farms. The drones are uses to take aerial pictures of crops growing in research plots on the farms, doing some scans over the Uni’s herbicide studies to see if the drone photography can help to identify where crops are stressed by post-emergence herbicide applications. Continue reading “Drones give farmers eyes in the sky”