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Trends With Benefits

Apr 29, 2016

On this episode we discuss the Hover Selfie Drone, delivery drones on the golf course, Space-X going to Mars and the Chinese Intelligent Security Guard Robot.

While Selfie-sticks are probably not going away soon, there is a company called Zero Zero Robotics that is prepared to up the ante. The Hover Flying Camera is a drone that can follow you around and take pictures for you. The technology is actually pretty incredible, with the product being designed to almost look like a book. However, when is the selfie-obsession going to go too far? We discuss the great advances in the technology, versus the actual users and what they do with it. The Dutch plan of using Eagles to combat them, may be looking better all the time....

Amazon has been planning on making deliveries with drones for quite a while. However, according to the PGA, the Camel Golf Resort is already implementing the process. Golfers will now be able to order golf items and snacks to be delivered by drones, while out on the course. This sounds like a great idea, but how many bets will be placed on trying to hit one out of the sky with a golf ball?

Space-X has consistently been in the headlines this year, but their latest announcement may be the boldest one yet . Elon Musk has plans to send a spacecraft called the Red Dragon, to Mars by 2018. This would beat NASA's plan by 2 years! It's all part of his goal to eventually take humans there and colonize the planet. There are a lot of complications that need to be worked out before that, but it's fantastic that Space Travel is once again exciting the general public.

China's National Defense University (a real thing) is putting itself at the forefront of service robots, with it's AnBot. The autonomous security robot, is tasked with both “protecting and servicing humans” and at 5 feet tall and 170 pounds, provides a formidable presence. Oh, did we mention that it also has the ability to TAZE people? As Edward Snowden tweeted regarding the AnBot, “Surely this will end well.”

Additional ridiculous topics on today's show include Coke vs. Mr. Pibb, how Falconry should make a comeback and what we would name our own city on Mars. Let us know what you would name yours, in the comments below.


Today's episode features Dan Gaul, Rick Stella, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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