Engineering Update Episode 49: The UK's newest UAV
Welcome to the Engineering Update. In this week's episode:
The UKs newest UAV
UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450. Based on the Elbit Hermes 450 UAV, the Watchkeeper WK450 is an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) unmanned aerial vehicle.
See: Photos of the Day: The WatchKeeper WK450 UAV
Robots playing ping pong
The robot apocalypse is nigh at hand — artificial beings have learned to play ping pong! OK, so it probably won't enslave humanity or beat Forrest Gump, but the UHTTR-1 robotic arm plays one mean game of table tennis.
Toyota's personal mobility vehicle
Toyota recently released the details of a fully enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled fully electric, personal mobility vehicle that the company will officially debut in Geneva. The i-ROAD electric personal mobility vehicle is a two-seater in a pod-like enclosed environment (claustrophobics need not apply). It can drive over 50 km on a single charge.