The military has to be able to setup self sufficient power systems for bases in hostile locations. Innovative power generating systems can reduce the need for fossil fuels which become staggeringly expensive when delivered to the front line. With luck, the lessons learned will be translated into civilian solutions for locations (such as Connecticut) that lose power on a regular basis.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.