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Discovering Drones at AUVSI Xponential 2021

Aug. 18, 2021
Editor Bill Wong attends AUVSI’s Xponential 2021, reporting on the latest in drone technology and spotlighting standout vehicles.

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Attending this year’s AUVSI Xponential show in Atlanta, Ga., has been an experience. It’s the first in-person event I’ve attended this year, and given the current state of affairs with COVID-19, it was interesting traveling to the conference. It is a hybrid show, so you can still attend the virtual conference. In the meantime, if you’re not stopping by Atlanta, you can check out the videos and articles from the conference.

Attendee traffic is definitely lighter than a few years ago, but that was to be expected. The lack of overseas attendees is noticeable and expected, too. The spacing is a bit more open given the number of vendors. Still, the show is significant in the number and variety of companies showing off their wares. On the plus side for me, shooting videos and doing interviews is a lot easier since I don’t have to fight the crowds.

There’s no lack of technology or new products. Our coverage only touches on some of what’s on display at the show. The wide variety ranges from heavy-duty VTOL drones developed by Aergility to maritime marvels like Deep Trekker’s portable remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

The technology at the show continues to trend toward commercial and military solutions—toys and consumer solutions migrating in the direction of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We shall see how things fare in January 2022 for those drones.

I’ll be adding more of what I saw at the show as soon as I can, so check out the Top Stories of the Week issue for AUVSI Xponential 2021.

About the Author

William G. Wong | Senior Content Director

I am Editor of Electronic Design focusing on embedded, software, and systems. As Senior Content Director, I also manage Microwaves & RF and I work with a great team of editors to provide engineers, programmers, developers and technical managers with interesting and useful articles and videos on a regular basis. Check out our free newsletters to see the latest content.>

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I earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University. I still do a bit of programming using everything from C and C++ to Rust and Ada/SPARK. I do a bit of PHP programming for Drupal websites. I have posted a few Drupal modules.  

I still get a hand on software and electronic hardware. Some of this can be found on our Kit Close-Up video series. You can also see me on many of our TechXchange Talk videos. I am interested in a range of projects from robotics to artificial intelligence. 

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