iTWire - iTWire - Latest News iTWire - Technology news, trends, reviews, jobs Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:51:32 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Australia's best ICT innovators celebrated at iAwards Australia's best ICT innovators celebrated at iAwards

Australia’s national iAward winners have been announced, celebrating our best and most innovative ICT professionals including CIO of the year and startup of the year.

The Melbourne event, hosted with energy and enthisiasm by ABC TV’s James O’Loghlin, showcased the best ICT talent Australia has to offer in a wide variety of categories from sustainability to undergraduate tertiary.

O’Loglin said the iAwards were “more important” than the Logie Awards, and boasted “less botox.” Winners from the State iAwards presented their pitch to the judges for each of the 7 Domains and 25 Categories on 27 and 28 August, with judges making their decision today and presented before a gala dinner event.

 The iAwards, in their 20th year, were co-hosted by the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Information Industry Association and the Pearcey Foundation, with funding help from the Victorian State Government, Hills and more.

Flinders University’s Professor Richard Constantine took out CIO of the year. Constantine led an “outstanding” transformation of the ICT practice at Flinders University. Eighteen months ago, ICT at Flinders was decentralised, technology-focused and ad hoc. Today it is a centralised, services-based organisation, demonstrating operational excellence, and completely focused on enabling the University business goals.

ICT Woman of the Year went to Fi Slaven, General Manager of William Buck Victoria. Slaven was awarded for “leading through motivation, transparency and a commitment to people being first. She genuinely enjoys making a difference in the recruitment, retainment and promotion of women within the IT industry.”

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ICT Professional of the Year meanwhile was awarded to Johanna Westbrook, an “internationally-renown and leading Australian Health Information Communication Technology (ICT) professional who has initiated and led large-scale research programs that have contributed world-leading evidence about the role that ICT plays in enhancing patient safety and the quality of patient care.”

Other key awards included start up of the year, awarded to PeakResponse, a holistic solution that detects, forecasts and controls multiple electricity peaks across the grid. For network utilities, the system monitors grid usage and during times of peak demand, facilitates automatic load shedding from large energy users enrolled in the program. PeakResponse said it can also provide real-time information alerts that allows customers to reduce energy consumption to avoid incurring high market prices.

PeakResponse also won the Victorian Government Inspiration Award.

The Consumer award went to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, for its “world class” The world-class CommBank app, launched in December 2013 available across Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8.

“Over the past two decades the iAwards has grown to become Australia’s premier celebration of innovation and excellence in ICT, recognising and rewarding the individuals, companies and organisations at the cutting edge of our industry,” Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria’s many innovative and creative companies have driven the growth of the State’s $34 billion ICT sector which is home to more than 8000 technology companies “Our ICT sector is underpinned by a first-rate technology ecosystem of universities, research centres, strong local development companies, as well as interstate and international investors. We have globally recognised strengths in cloud computing, interactive media, and high-end research and development and in the development of strategies and programs to boost broadband-services for citizens and business.

“The 2014 iAwards are an important opportunity to celebrate the sector’s achievements and highlight its immense contribution to our national and state prosperity.”

The event also featured some young winners; the Hills Young Innovator of the Year award, open to applicants under the age of 25, recognised the most outstanding innovations in three categories - Mobile, Cloud and Data.

The Mobile winner was Elliot Smith for Pepster, a home-based breathing exercise app and device for cystic fibrosis patients. Pepster gets kids to do respiratory therapy by linking breathing exercises to actions/moves in a computer game, and is currently in a clinical trial with 30 patients at Mater Hospital where it's receiving great feedback. Smith is llooking to complete a prototype for market between the next 6 and 12 months.

The Cloud category was taken out by Alex Sharp for Orion VM, which “provides a faster and cheaper cloud architecture” and has already signed up 450+ customers – across business, government. The Data category was taken out by Chris Eigeland for GoCatalyze -a Data platform that enables organisations to track and understand internal interactions, for example employees using email, social media, or VOIP.

Check out a full list of winners below and for more information about the iAwards check out the official website.

Project Name


Professor Richard Constantine

CIO of the Year

Guardian Control Centre


Commonwealth Bank of Australia


The Virtual Dementia Experience at the Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre


The Novatti Payments System (NPS)


QPS Lite information Technology Exchange - QLiTE


The intelligent Cardiovascular Information System (iCVIS)


Trina Myers

ICT Educator of the Year

Johanna Westbrook

ICT Professional of the Year

Fi Slaven

ICT Woman of the Year

The OFS Software Suite


Cloud services platform CORONA (COrporate ROaming Network Access)

New Product

FireWatch Pro and MyFireWatch - Delivering Fire Information to Regional Communities



Research & Development

Rio Tinto Wireless 4G LTE Network in the Pilbara, Western Australia



Secondary Student

Peak Response

Start Up

Veefil Electric Vehicle Fast Charger



Postgraduate Tertiary


Undergraduate Tertiary



John de Margheriti

2014 CSIRO Benson Entrepreneur of the Year

Peak Response By GreenSync

Victorian Government Inspiration Award

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Kodak Alaris is turning its focus to Australia Kodak Alaris is turning its focus to Australia

After concentrating on the US and western European markets, imaging vendor Kodak Alaris is looking to expand its Australian presence.

Kodak Alaris was formed this time last year when the UK Kodak Pension Fund acquired the document imaging and personalised imaging businesses of Eastman Kodak.

While the company is active in some of the areas we generally associate with the Kodak brand (including photo kiosks and dry labs, souvenir photo systems for amusement parks etc, and consumer films and single-use cameras), its general manager of software and solutions for document imaging Rod Hughes is in Australia to talk about his side of the business.

After an initial period where the company was focussed on the US and western Europe, it is now turning its attention to Australia, he told iTWire. (Kodak Alaris is also active in other parts of the region, having established an operation in China last month.)

{loadposition stephen08}ANZ business manager and channel manager Francis Yanga (pictured above) told iTWire that the company' document imaging business has two main aspects: input management, and customer experience management.

The interesting part is the way Kodak Alaris's software is able to combine information from multiple silos, automate routine decisions, and assist people to perform tasks that require human judgement.

Mr Yanga gave the example of customers that run into problems using newly purchased products. Typically, they will start by visiting the vendor's web site in search of a solution, and if that fails they will request help via a web form or email.

If they don't get a prompt response, they'll probably call the customer care line - and usually that means explaining the problem from scratch again. Then if the front-line agent can't help, the call will be transferred to a specialist, who typically does not have access to the history and so the customer has to go through the story again.

Page 2: Applying artificial intelligence.

Kodak Alaris's software uses natural language recognition and artificial intelligence "with the brains of a 20 year old" to bridge the multiple silos of information and to decide how to handle an interaction.

Mr Hughes said the company's "artificial intelligence engine is the core of what makes us different." Developed over 17 years, it has "an unparalleled ability to read text at university freshman level."

This allows it to automate the mundane tasks that people don't want to do, and to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time.

At a basic level, it can perform tasks such as feeding a scanned or digital invoice into an ERP system.

{loadposition stephen08}A more complex example is the way an online insurer in Europe uses the software to process requests for quotations. Where it previously took employees two hours to look up all the necessary information, Kodak Alaris's software automates the bulk of the process leaving agents to check the result and then send it to the customer, so quotations can now be provided in two minutes.

"It removed all of the frustration," said Mr Hughes, and while staff numbers did fall, the remaining employees were happier, customer relations improved, and the company grew more quickly.

Mr Yanga emphasised the way the system learns from experience, monitoring all transactions and decisions, and feeding them back into subsequent decision processes. Any previously unencountered situations are referred to an appropriate person, and their decision becomes part of the system's 'case law'.

Operating as a 'virtual assistant' the Info Insight software aggregates and presents the information needed to perform a particular task (eg, customer information, product manuals), and by automating the simpler cases makes it easier for the organisation to cope with periods of peak demand.

After meeting customers and potential clients at the NG Customer Experience Summit in Canberra this week, Mr Hughes concluded that the Australian market for Kodak Alaris is very similar to that in other parts of the world: organisations know they need to prioritise the customer experience, but need help turning the concept into reality.

]]> (Stephen Withers) Strategy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:20:05 +1000
Google testing drones with Queensland farmers Google testing drones with Queensland farmers

Tech giant Google isn't letting Amazon have all the fun with drones, announcing its research laboratory has been testing drones in Queensland designed to bypass traffic and other earthly trappings and speed up parcel deliveries.

Project Wing, as Google has dubbed it, has been testing an aerial parcel delivery service using pilotless aircraft at properties in Killarney, south-west of Brisbane. Google released a video this morning of a Killarney farmer receiving a packet of dog treats carried by one of the self-flying vehicles.

The drones were dispatched from Brisbane and hovered 80 metres above the ground when they arrived at the properties, and parcels were then gently lowered on the end of a string down to the ground and released.

The project is from Google's experimental arm Google X - also responsible for Google Glass, WiFi balloons and Project Tango, the mobile phone that maps its surroundings in 3D.

Online shopping company Amazon is also experimenting with drones to carry products to customers of its online store, and says its goal is to get packages into customers' hands within 30 minutes. Meanwhile Google's aim, the BBC is reporting, is to develop a way of delivering aid to isolated areas during times of disaster relief.

Google has called the programme Project Wing, but warned it was unlikely to be put into action for deliveries in the near future. It's been in development for around two years.

Nicholas Roy, Project Wing founder, said: "It's years from a product, but it is the first prototype that we want to stand behind."

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"Throughout history there have been a series of innovations that have each taken a huge chunk out of the friction of moving things around," says Captain of Moonshots at Google X, Astro Teller (yep, his real name).

"Project Wing aspires to take another big chunk of the remaining friction out of moving things around in the world."

For more information on Project Wing check out the introductory video below.

]]> (David Swan) Development Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:33:22 +1000
Xiaomi destroying Samsung in China Xiaomi destroying Samsung in China

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is continuing to dominate the Chinese smartphone market, holding the top spot for the fourth consecutive month, and its international success is "just a matter of time" according to analysts.

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months to July 2014 show Xiaomi, which specialises in high-spec phones at low prices, held 31.6% share of the urban Chinese market, followed by Samsung and Huawei.

Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said “We have seen huge shifts in power in the Chinese smartphone market over the past year. Xiaomi has been the standout performer and Huawei has also seen excellent growth, while Coolpad has increased its share more modestly from 5.2% to 6.1% over the year. Considering the success of rapidly growing local brands in the Chinese market, it will be only a question of time before they seek further expansion internationally in a similar way to Huawei, and more recently Xiaomi”.

The same success however is not shared by all local brands such as ZTE, Lenovo and Oppo, all of which have seen their shares come under real pressure recently.

In December 2013 Xioami anticipated it would sell 40 million smartphones in 2014, a number it is set to achieve. 

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Sunnebo said Android has been instrumental to the success of Chinese brands, and also for smaller local European brands such as Wiko, which have helped grow Android’s market leading share in Europe to 75.1%. Apple still retains second place with a 14.5% share of the market, while Windows takes third, accounting for 8.5%.

In Australia Android is accelerating its lead, albeit somewhat slowly, commanding 66.5% market share compared with 63.4% a year earlier. iOS market share has gained 0.1% from 26.9% to 27.0%, while Windows has dropped a full percentage point from 6.7 to 5.7%. 'Other', which includes Blackberry, dropped from 3.0% to 0.8%.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear just how important Samsung’s existing customers are to driving new sales," Sunnebo said.

"Some 52% of customers who bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 in Great Britain had previously owned a Samsung model, while 20% were previous Apple owners, and 18% moved from HTC. Apple is very good at giving existing customers a reason to remain loyal to the brand and to upgrade to new models when released. Samsung is becoming increasingly adept at employing the same tactic.”

Apple, which is still struggling for momentum in China, is set to unveil its next generation iPhone 9 September.

]]> (David Swan) Mobility Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:09:53 +1000
Film companies want US-style system to penalise downloaders

The copyright industry's response to the government's proposal to curb the unauthorised downloading of online content remains the same as it was years and years ago: it wants everyone else to take responsibility, and wants to reap the rewards.

The 43-page draft of the industry's response to an online copyright infringement draft circulated by the Attorney-General George Brandis and the Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull was leaked by the online news website Crikey on Thursday. The ministers had sought submissions in response to their draft.

The response is from the usual suspects who are fronts for American movie giants - the Australian Screen Association (ASA), the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA), the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), the National Association of Cinema Operators (NACO) and the Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA).

The government itself had indicated that it supported laws which would invalidate the 2012 High Court ruling in the case brought against ISP iiNet, which held that the service providers are not responsible for copyright violations that take place on their services.

{loadposition sam08}The copyright industry backs this wholeheartedly and would like legislation in place to make the ISP solely responsible for policing, reporting and preventing infringements. "Copyright owners would pay their own costs of identifying the infringements and notifying these to the ISP, while ISPs would bear the costs of matching the IP addresses in the infringement notices to subscribers, issuing the notices and taking any necessary technical mitigation measures," the draft says.

The industry essentially wants the American system to be put in place in Australia - one where the ISP issues notices, slows down connections, and plays the role of enforcer.

The copyright industry notes that it cannnot sue individuals as this is not a practical solution. Other people have to do the dirty work.

The draft raises the fact that under international treaties - the Digital Agenda Act, the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the US-Australia free trade agreement - Australia has obligations to act to curb the downloading of content. Though not mentioned, there are a large number of clauses in the Trans Pacific Partnershp Agreement, which is being negotiated, that make similar demands.

ISPs would be expected to reduce bandwidth for those who download content that is deemed to be unauthorised, block websites which host such content, limit the web acivity of offending subscribers and force them to do an educational tutorial on copyright.

The retention of web data for two years, again proposed by the government, will help the cause of the copyright industry. It will not help anyone else as pointed out previously.

Rather gratuitously, the copyright industry draft says that it does not propose the cutting off of offenders. But it does not go into detail as to what use an internet connection running at dial-up speeds would be in this day and age.

]]> (Sam Varghese) Open Sauce Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:36:25 +1000
Russian hackers attack anti-US supporters Russian hackers attack anti-US supporters

A Russian self-proclaimed hacker community is stealing user data by pretending the software was designed to attack Western governments and the US, according to researchers.

Reports out today are suggesting that due largely to the ongoing Ukrainian conflict hackers have crafted specially targetted spam messages to deliver a trojan that "supports the Russian cause" and dislikes measures taken against the country.

Users who click the malicious links are unwillingly joining the botnet and spreading the malware further.

The news comes from researchers from security software Bitdefender, who said the Trojan drops three clean files used for traffic monitoring (npf_sys, packet_dll, wpcap_dll) and is capable of mining sensitive browser data, internet traffic and other personal information.

After clicking the links, victims download an executable file known as Kelihos. The Trojan communicates with the command and control center by exchanging encrypted messages via HTTP to retrieve further instructions.

Bitdefender said depending on the type of payload, Kelihos can do any of the following:

· Communicate with other infected computers

· Steal bitcoin wallets

· Send spam emails

· Steal FTP and email credentials, but also login details saved by the browsers

· Download and execute other malicious files on the affected system

· Monitor traffic for FTP, POP3 and SMTP protocols

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“We, a group of hackers from the Russian Federation, are worried about the unreasonable sanctions that Western states imposed against our country,” malicious messages read.

“We have coded our answer and below you will find the link to our program. Run the application on your computer, and it will secretly begin to attack government agencies of the states that have adopted those sanctions.”

The Bitdefender Labs analysed one of the recent malicious spam waves and noticed that all the .eml files lead to setup.exe links, with five unique IPs. Three belonged to Ukraine, while the other two were retrieved in Poland and the Republic of Moldavia.

“Some might be servers specialised in malware distribution or other infected computers that became part of the Kelihos botnet,” Bitdefender Virus Analyst Doina Cosovan said.

“It is somehow ironic that most of the infected IPs are from Ukraine. This either means that computers in the country were also infected, or that Ukraine itself is where the distribution servers are located.”

To convince many users of their authenticity, the Russian hackers claim their program works silently, using no more than 10 to 50 megabytes of traffic per day, and takes almost no CPU time.

“After rebooting your computer, our program will terminate its activities, and if you want to - you can run it again,” spam e-mails also read. “If necessary, turn off your antivirus at that time.”

“Of course, turning off your security solution is not advisable. Instead, keep it installed and updated, just like your other software and operating system because malicious programs usually take advantage of vulnerabilities found in non-updated software,” said Cosovan.

Also known as Hlux, the Kelihos botnet was discovered four years ago and is mainly involved in the theft of bitcoins and spamming. The botnet has a peer-to-peer structure, where individual nodes can act as command-and-control servers for the entire botnet, increasing its longevity.

In January 2012 a new version of the botnet was discovered, and Microsoft pressed charges against a Russian citizen who was the alleged creator of the Kelihos Botnet’s sourcecode.

]]> (David Swan) Security Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:19:29 +1000
Aussie consumer watchdog taking on Valve in federal court Aussie consumer watchdog taking on Valve in federal court

Valve, the company behind the massively popular gaming platform Steam, is facing legal action in the Federal Court of Australia for allegedly not providing Aussie customers with refunds.

Australia's competition and consumer rights watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking Washington-based gaming monolith Valve to court for contravening Australian Consumer Law.

The ACCC is alleging Valve's refund policy breaches consumer law by not providing refunds of any kind.

The ACCC alleges that Valve made false or misleading representations to Australian customers of Steam that:
- consumers were not entitled to a refund for any games sold by Valve via Steam in any circumstances;
- Valve had excluded, restricted or modified statutory guarantees and/or warranties that goods would be of acceptable quality;
- Valve was not under any obligation to repair, replace or provide a refund for a game where the consumer had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer; and the statutory consumer guarantees did not apply to games sold by Valve.
“The Australian Consumer Law applies to any business providing goods or services within Australia,” explained ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. “Valve may be an American based company with no physical presence in Australia, but it is carrying on business in Australia by selling to Australian consumers, who are protected by the Australian Consumer Law.

“It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for gifts and during sales. Under the Australian Consumer Law, consumers can insist on a refund or replacement at their option if a product has a major fault," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The consumer guarantees provided under the Australian Consumer Law cannot be excluded, restricted or modified.”

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Valve's Doug Lombardi said the company would work with authorities. “We are making every effort to cooperate with the Australian officials on this matter,” Lombardi said, “while continuing to provide Steam services to our customers across the world, including Australian gamers.”

Valve doesn't have an Australian office.

The matter is set for a first directions hearing in the Federal Court, Sydney on 7 October 2014.

Steam often features huge sales with games up to 90% off, like the Summer sale held back in June this year.

]]> (David Swan) Entertainment Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:03:39 +1000
Apple sends out invites for "blockbuster" event Apple sends out invites for

Apple has finally let the cat out of the bag, inviting media to its Cupertino, California hometown for a "special event", where it's expected to unveil the next generation of iPhones and potentially an iWatch.

The tech giant was its usual secretive self in wording the invitations, saying "Wish we could say more." The invitation features a simple black-and-white background dominated by the company's familiar corporate logo.

The event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Macintosh computer was unveiled 30 years ago.

"The historical significance suggests that Apple has another blockbuster product ready to be released," said Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies.

As we reported yesterday the release date was leaked early by people familiar with the matter, with Re/Code reporting “Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9."

The report speculates the smartwatch it will be using the health and fitness platform in iOS 8 - HealthKit, s first unveiled at Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Juen -and it could also make use of HomeKit, allowing users to turn the lights on and off from their wrists.

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Back in May Apple SVP Eddy Cue told reporters Apple’s current products roadmap was the best he has ever seen since joining.

“We’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple,” Cue told Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the inaugural Code Conference.

]]> (David Swan) Mobility Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:28:06 +1000
HP on top in server race HP on top in server race

HP has overtaken IBM as server market leader. Its position is likely to be further consolidated by its announcement this morning (Australian time) of a major new server architecture.

According to market researcher IDC, HP now has 25.4% of the world’s server market, up from 25.0% a year ago. IBM has 23.6%, down from 27.0%. Third is Dell, which also declined from 18.2% to 16.6%.

IBM’s numbers have been adversely affected by its decision to sell its server division to Chinese company Lenovo, which acquired IBM’s PC division in ten years ago. HP is delighting in IBM’s problems, and has now increased its momentum with the announcement of its new generation ProLiant Gen9 server range.

HP, like most systems vendors, announces a major new product range only every three years ago. This new announcement, with an impressive range of features, gives HP technology supremacy, at least for now.

The announcement was accompanied by the usual details of how much faster and more powerful the new machines are. They will use Intel’s new Haswell chips, which have not themselves formally been announced (that will happen on 9 September).

They incorporate other hardware advances such as DDR4 memory and PCIe accelerators, but HP says their most unique feature is the level of software smarts that are built in. They use HP’s OneView converged management platform.

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“The rise of mobile, cloud, social and big data is driving the need for a new approach to the data centre and its processing engine—the server—to enable successful business outcomes,” said HP Asia Pacific’s Stephen Bovis.

“HP created the x86 server market 25 years ago, and we have led this market ever since with innovations that have dramatically transformed the data centre. Today, we’re setting the stage for the next quarter century with HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers and compute, which combines the best of traditional IT and cloud environments to enable a truly software-defined enterprise.”

Even allowing for the usual amount of vendor hype, there is no doubt these new machines will ensure HP maintains its market lead. The company has not done well in recent years, but is now turning around financially as it pursues its ‘new style of computing’ under CEO Meg Whitman.

HP’s reputation has suffered in some quarters as it has lost money and – to some minds – direction, but it has always been regarded as a company that makes good hardware.

This new server release will ensure that remains the case. More blurb from the announcement: “HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers span four architectures—blade, rack, tower and scale-out—to give organisations the ability to:

  • Triple compute capacity and increase efficiency across multiple workloads at a lower total cost of ownership with design optimization and automation.
  • Accelerate IT service delivery and increase infrastructure provisioning up to 66 times faster when combined with HP OneView converged management features that will be available later this year.
  • Improve workload performance of business-critical applications up to four times to drive business growth with unique HP storage, memory and networking innovations.

This is an announcement, not a release. Additional details on the new servers will be announced at the Intel Developers Forum to be held 9-11 September in San Francisco. Availability will follow soon afterwards.

]]> (Graeme Philipson) Hardware & Storage Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:12:08 +1000
Malloy Hoverbike: It's not your old-fashion bicycle (or helicopter) Malloy Hoverbike: It's not your old-fashion bicycle (or helicopter)
Malloy Aeronautics has developed a drone that is a combination of a helicopter and a bicycle. They call it a quadcopter, or a Hoverbike. See the video.
Although the prototype is an unmanned version, eventually the designers want to make is so humans can fly it. The manned version will be three times larger than the unmanned prototype.
Chris Malloy, the managing director of Malloy Aeronautics Ltd, is the designer of the Malloy Hoverbike.
Malloy says, “The reason we moved from the bi-copter design to the quadcopter design was because the technology has now moved to such a point that controlling a vehicle using independent thrust through the four motors of a quadcopter is much more efficient and cheaper now than it was when I first started this bi-copter design.”
{loadposition william08}According to Reuters, "UK-based Malloy Aeronautics is preparing to test a manned quadcopter capable of out-manouvering a helicopter and presenting a new paradigm for aerial vehicles."
And, "A 1/3-sized scale model is already gaining popularity with drone enthusiasts around the world, with the full-sized manned model expected to take flight in the near future."
Malloy adds, “The advantage that the hoverbike has over helicopters is that it can fly amongst trees safely. Rotor-strike is a major issue with helicopters, but this design eliminates rotor-strike by protecting the propeller blades from the ground as well as from airborne obstacles."
And, "The helicopter is inherently complex, but the hoverbike is simple. So, that makes it safer. And it’s built to be robust and be flown in environments that would present problems to a typical helicopter.”
]]> (William Atkins) Automotive Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:29:58 +1000