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A new startup is looking to take on market leaders in the aerial drone market, including heavy hitter DJI. Zero Zero Robotics, which was started by a former Twitter engineer, has $25 million in funding and an innovative product – the Hover Camera -- which looks to take the consumer drone market by storm. The Hover Camera could possibly be one of the safest aerial drones developed to date, as it is carried aloft by four propellers that are enclosed within a carbon fiber cage. The carbon fiber cage not only reduced weight and lessens the possibility of a blade hitting an obstacle while flying about,... Read more...
British authorities continue to investigate an incident in which the pilot of an Airbus A320 for British Airways said something struck the front of the aircraft as it landed at London's Heathrow Airport last Sunday. The pilot said he thought it was a drone, though now there's speculation that it might have actually been "a plastic bag or something." Transport minister Robert Goodwill downplayed the notion that drones might pose a safety threat to aircraft or that stricter regulations are needed. Goodwill feels that the current rules in place are strong enough, adding that it would be a lot easier... Read more...
It seems as though no government agency is immune from hackers these days, with the latest victim being NASA. AnonSec has claimed responsibility for infiltrating NASA’s secure internal network to gain access to a treasure trove of data (including the personal information of a few thousand NASA employees). AnonSec published the information in a paper, which it labels OpNasaDrones. The hacker group brags that NASA has found itself on the receiving end of network breaches on a number of occasions, and that is basically stumbled upon the data without much effort. “This hack into NASA wasn’t initially... Read more...
It seems as though world has become enamored with drones. Over the past few years, drones have adopted more advanced capabilities while, become so easy to fly that a newb can take the controls to look like a pro, and there is a low barrier to entry with regards to pricing. As such, many governments and law enforcement agencies around the world are looking for ways to tackle the influx of drones. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated a drone registration program to keep tabs on who’s flying drones that weigh between 0.55 and 50 pounds. During the first 30... Read more...
Smartwatches in general have been met with much skepticism ever since they started crossing most peoples’ radars in 2014. The biggest criticism leveled against smartwatches is that they duplicate much of the functionality found on smartphones (which themselves are already quite convenient), in turn making them $250+ gadgets that we don’t really need in the first place. While some of that may be true, Taiwanese researchers from PVD+ are at least using a smartwatch to pull of some pretty amazing tricks. In this case, the research team has written a software algorithm that turns an Apple Watch into... Read more...
A couple of months ago, chip monolith Qualcomm unveiled that it was developing a platform to help us take our drones to the next level. Aptly-named Snapdragon Flight, this is an all-in-one platform that lets drone creators produce some of the most advanced models we've ever seen, and we're not simply talking about being able to take great video here. At its core, Snapdragon Flight is designed to offer beefy computation on board because drones that use it are meant to be as full-featured as possible. Qualcomm touts the support of 4K video capture with an optical flow camera as well as stereo cameras.... Read more...
When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the significant spying efforts conducted by the NSA two summers ago, it was hard to grasp at first what ramifications would result from the documents release. Since then, the world has been hit by one leak after the other, and ultimately, we've seen that it's not surprising to see the US government do whatever it has to do in order to monitor the people it wants to, regardless of whether or not you feel this type of mass surveillance constitutional. Now, nearly six years after Chelsea Manning released a staggering collection of sensitive classified and unclassified... Read more...
So, you're worried that your drone might get shot down in mid-air, and would very much like to avoid that. Well, there's some good news: the Federal Aviation Administration has come to the rescue in an almost unlikely way. With its "B4UFLY" app, which is in very limited beta testing, you'll be able to quickly glance at your smartphone and see if you're given a virtual a-OK to fly your drone in the area. That might sound simple, but this app is actually very surprising in what it can do, or will do in the future. For starters, you're able to "plan" a drone flight for a future date, and if it conflicts... Read more...
Boeing has just unveiled a new weapon that's sure to strike fear in drone owners everywhere. It's small, able to fit in a box the size of four briefcases, and it shoots frickin' lasers. Plus, it looks cool, too. What more do we need? Over the past few years, it's become clear that many people don't understand proper etiquette when it comes to flying their drones. We've even seen folks fly their drones over wildfires, throwing all common sense out the window (or perhaps it was burnt up with those wildfires). While there's no reported incidents of a person dying by the hand of a [commercial] drone,... Read more...
Here at Hot Hardware, we come across a lot of interesting aerial drones. We recently reviewed the Parrot Bebop Drone and brought you news on DJI’s Phantom Standard 3 drone, which features a gimbal-mounted camera that can shoot 2.7K HD video. The drone market is flooded with entries from numerous, highly capable companies, but what happens when a storied company known for its consumer electronics devices steps into the drone fray? Well, you get the Aerosense, a drone company that was formed by Japanese robotics firm ZMP and Sony. Aerosense’s latest product, however, isn’t your run-of-the-mill quad-copter... Read more...
Many of us have gazed in awe at some of the gorgeous, high-definition videos captured with ultra-expensive drones, and wished we could produce the same kind of imagery on our own. But for most of us, budgets would not allow it.  With that in mind, Parrot sought to integrate a quality, full HD video camera into a lightweight drone, built with safety and accessibility as top priorities. The company also wanted to produce a drone that offered an engaging piloting experience with substantial range and an expertly designed, custom controller kit. The end result is the Bebop Drone and Skycontroller... Read more...
If there's a way to abuse the coolest technology, you can bet that somehow, somewhere, a silly human will figure out how. It's true of idiots pointing high powered (and blinding) lasers at helicopters and airplanes, and it's also true of people interfering with firefighting efforts with drones. The latter happened recently, forcing firefighters to temporarily abandon plans to drop water on the flames via low flying aircraft. Drones proved a nuisance to firefighting efforts in three major wildfires this summer, which collectively burned around 36,000 acres.Image Source: Flickr (Richard Unten) Identities... Read more...
I’m not sure how to react to the rapid ascent of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones.” On the one hand, you have people using drones to film extreme sports, take breathtaking video footage in nature, and even get an overhead view of the construction of Apple’s new spaceship campus. But on the other hand, you have the idiots that were at the controls of not one, but five drones during a recent wildfire in southern California. The rubbernecking drones delayed the response of firefighting by nearly a half hour, when every minute counts in lessoning the spread of a fire. Now we have would could... Read more...
Drones are the hottest thing going right now, and it's for what I'd like to think is a great reason: regular folk can strap a camera onto one and capture some unbelievable footage. From capturing a unique perspective of a fireworks display to getting nosey and scouting a place out, drones make it easy to produce great content. But (of course there's a but!), being in control of a drone requires responsibility, and unfortunately, we're quickly learning that a lot of people don't acknowledge that. A great, but concerning example was made just this weekend. Flickr: Don McCullough In southern California,... Read more...
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