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Shotgun-Firing Drone By Russia Is Developed To Take Down Enemy Drones

In recent days, a video emerged online regarding scary concept—a drone mounted in its airframe with a shotgun. But it does not seem like it is developed to hunt users. The video is a representation of a Russian device that has developed to take on tiny aircraft, such as other drones.

The drone appears to have started development earlier in 2016 (through Foxtrot Alpha) at the Moscow Aviation Institute from a bunch of candidates. While there have been examples of individuals mounting chainsaws and firearms to drones, there are some disadvantages—the recoil from a gunshot makes it unrealistic for actually turning into an effectual weapons platform.

As per the media, the students seem to have resolved that issue by designing a stabilizing method to enhance its accurateness. Almaz-Antey (the Russian arms manufacturer) has since been approved of a copyright for the design, and most probably developed the prototype.

The drone itself is equipped with a Russian-created Vepr-12 shotgun. In addition to this, an operator with the help of a visor from the ground can manage the drone. The aircraft vertically takes off and can fly for almost 40 Minutes, and as per media, is developed as a mean to attack tiny drones from above.

On a related note, the US Air Force has tested successfully a jet-powered, enhanced drone dubbed as the XQ58-A Valkyrie. This drone can someday help human-controlled fighter jets on missions. The idea is a bit like something we have witnessed in video games. A drone can fight together with a human pilot or can take enemy fire for the human-controlled jets.

The drone was designed as an association between the Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems and Air Force Research Laboratory as a comparatively affordable platform that can fill an electronic strike, warfare, and surveillance role on the battlefield.

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Valve Disclosed Its Personal VR Headset Dubbed As Valve Index

This week, Valve shockingly launched a teaser website sporting a brand-new VR headset, dubbed as the Valve Index. The device seems to be a headset of its own making and not one in association with HTC (its longtime VR partner). The teaser site provides no data other than that the device’s supposed launch date is May 2019.

Having said that, there is actually a lot of things we can view in that picture, and a lot we can come up earlier leaks of Valve. We can observe the Valve Index has almost 4 wide-angle prominent cameras, solidly recommending that, similar to the Oculus Quest and other 2nd-gen VR devices, it will have all-rounder tracking to let users to navigate around a room without being concerned about positioning external tracking cameras or base stations.

It has got an adjustment slider, most probably for interpupillary distance (IPD) so it can contain users whose eyes are set further apart or closer together than normal. It is a fairly ordinary functionality, but something the new Oculus Rift S remarkably falls short of. (Oculus claims that you can configure your IPD in the Rift S’ software settings.) Further than this data, we still have no clue about peripherals, specs, or whether this is going to be a standalone device, similar to that of Quest.

Speaking of VR, earlier Sony celebrated an objective for PSVR: 4.2 Million headsets traded. It sure seems like a lot, but if you put it in evaluation to other extremely publicized console accessories, such as the Kinect motion camera or the Sega CD, it is a far less inspiring milestone, as claimed by media reports.

There are two essential figures to see at for the PSVR: how many devices it has traded, and what amount of entire console users have purchased it, otherwise dubbed as the attach rate.