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Autonomous drone helps unmanned helicopter fight fires (Tomorrow Daily 283)Jeff discusses an autonomous drone's help in assisting an unmanned helicopter put out a test fire and a sensitive photon camera that can detect objects around corners.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the Internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata, and today is one of our cool headlines episodes, where we hip you to all the cool tech news that's fit to print. And then on Thursday, Ashley and I unite we talk about our favorites and even have a guest come by and hang out with us. So don't miss those episodes either. But right now let's get to the headlines. [MUSIC] There's now a A camera out there that can see objects moving, even if they're hiding around a corner. Sorry hide-and-seek enthusiasts. A team from Heriot-Watt University in Edinborough the UK, has created a special camera which has the ability to detect individual photons. When the team shoots a laser at the floor next to a corner, a very small echo of that light, Bounces off the object hiding around the bend. Normally it wouldn't get picked up, but this camera is so sensitive it sees the echo. Rapid fire laser pulses reveal where the object's location is even as it moves, and in the future they think this type of tech could be used to rescue people from damaged buildings or even help cars detect objects before they turn corners. So cool. We've heard stories of drones getting in the way of firefighting, but these drones are made to help put out fires. This autonomous drone is from Lockheed Martin, and last month it took to the skies to test how it might help extinguish a fire alongside other aerial vehicles. Usually, testing like this requires flight restrictions to keep aircraft away. But this time, an unmanned helicopter and an unmanned drone used software to communicate with air traffic control. The drone ids the fire with infrared tech and commands the helicopter to drop water all over it. In the future, Aircraft wandering the sky looking for fires could be fully automated and may lead to fewer fires in remote locations, which we can definitely appreciate here in Southern California. That'll do it for Headlines Today. Now let's get to Phonetographer of the Day. [MUSIC] This icy photo was sent to us from Tuan, who writes hi Ashley and Jeff, I snapshotted this last week, the day before Thanksgiving, while in Yosemite with with my family and friends. It snowed that morning and even more after I took the snapshot with my iPhone 6 Plus. The kids where having a blast with snow fights and making frosty snowmen. And, I came across this wooden bridge and couldn't resist. It reminds me of one of those pictures you see in a calendar or postcard. Definitely you have me permission to use the picture on the show. Love the show and happy holidays. Oh, what a beautiful winter wonderland that picture is. I'm jealous. You're in southern California. It's 85 degrees right now. So it doesn't even feel like Christmas yet. Thanks for sending that it. If you wanna see your picture as our phonetographer of the day, you can send it to us tomorrow at CNET.com. Be sure to tell us what you took it on and give us permission to use the photo. That's gonna do it for this episode. You can reach out to us on social media in all of these wonderful ways right here. We hope to hear from you. Until then, be good humans. [NOISE]