Audi replaces headlights with drones and seats with hammocks in AI:Trail car

Audi has revealed its AI:Trail concept car – an all-wheel drive with drones for headlights and other features to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the outdoors. The concept vehicle, displayed at last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, showcases what Audi sees as the future of off-road driving. The partly autonomous, fully electric car’s most unusual feature is […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

Flamethrower drone can shoot a seven-metre long stream of fire

[embedded content] A flamethrower drone attachment that can shoot a seven-metre long stream of fire for 100 seconds is being sold online in the US by Throwflame. Called the TF-19, the attachment allows “recreational and commercial users to remotely ignite targets from up to several miles away”. The accessory has a one-gallon fuel capacity and […]

Studio Drift’s drone performance lifts off at Kennedy Space Center

Studio Drift has recreated its flying sculpture Franchise Freedom at Kennedy Space Center, programming 300 drones to perform a routine marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch. The Amsterdam-based studio headed by artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta adapted the performative artwork to work in time with a performance by British rock […]

Carlo Ratti uses drones to create “world’s first crowdsourced graffiti”

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati used a swarm of drones to graffiti this artwork in Turin that is based on visual content submitted by hundreds of contributors. The large-scale painting measuring 14 by 12 metres was developed as part of UFO Urban Flying Opera, a participatory technology and art project funded by Turin-based arts and […]

Watch our talk with Liam Young exploring how drones will change cities live from London

Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak to speculative architect Liam Young about drones, the topic of Dezeen’s short film Elevation, in a talk at the Building Centre in London tonight. Watch live here from 6:30pm UK time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page […]

Drone-equipped hospitals could be resilient to disasters

Architecture and engineering firm Leo A Daly has proposed building “drone-powered” hospitals in hurricane-prone areas, which could continue operating even when roads are closed or destroyed. The firm’s Miami design office, led by architect Eduardo Egea, designed the concept hospital based on their observations of how healthcare was disrupted in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. […]

Amazon to deliver purchases by drone “within months”

Amazon‘s all-electric Prime Air drone is expected to start autonomously delivering packages to customers within months, in a bid to get orders to buyers faster than the one-day delivery service. The news was announced yesterday at Amazon’s inaugural re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, where the online retailer unveiled the latest design of its Prime Air […]

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