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In case you haven't noticed, the popularity of drones has simply exploded over the past few years. That's to be expected, as their pricing continues to fall making them more accessible to the regular Joe (or Jill). That growth, however, comes with one big downside: an increased nuisance to the public and law enforcement. Yes, we're entering a time when people will want to do battle with drones, although in Drone Shield's case, no physical damage needs to be done. Drone Shield looks like a firearm, but it doesn't shoot bullets. Instead, it can send such an intense signal towards a drone that it... Read more...
Just when GoPro was looking to make it big in the camera drone market with its Karma, the world’s largest drone maker, DJI, has counterpunched with the impressive new Mavic Pro. Coming in at roughly half the size of the flagship Phantom, the 1.65-pound Mavic Pro is DJI’s smallest 4K-capable camera drone yet. The device manages to fit into the palm of your hand and could easily tuck into a backpack or even a small purse. The Magic Pro is able to achieve this space-saving trickery by folding its front arms rearward (and tucking its rotors), while the rear arms fold forward creating an incredibly... Read more...
Children are the future. Drones are the future. Apparently, kid-controlled drones are also the future, which is why Flybrix has released a programmable LEGO drone for young adventurers. There are currently two available kits: the basic ($189) and deluxe ($249). The basic kit works with an app, while the deluxe kit includes a handheld controller. The handheld controller can also be purchased separately for $80. Both kits include 56 pre-used LEGO pieces from LEGO wholesalers. This keeps the LEGO from the landfills and also lowers the overall price of the kits. The packages also include a pre-programmed... Read more...
We hope you do not mind if we drone on about drones. AT&T and Qualcomm announced that they will soon test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, operating via commercial 4G LTE networks.Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of loT Solutions at AT&T, noted, “With a focus on both regulatory and commercial needs, LTE connectivity has the potential to deliver optimal flight plans, transmit flight clearances, track drone location and adjust flight routes in near real-time.” The fact of the matter is that radio links and Wi-Fi are simply not powerful or reliable enough to guarantee a safe... Read more...
There are drones, and there are drones that can capture video. And then there are drones like the Teal that can fly at over 70 MPH and capture 4K footage. Whoa. When someone purchases any sort of drone, they'll have a specific use case in mind. Some drones are good for racing, while others are good at capturing amazing photography from the air. There are even drones that can follow you around. What makes Teal a bit different is that it's able to not just go fast, but capture high-res video at the same time. The Teal drone isn't a be-all-end-all drone right out of the box; it's flexible, able to... Read more...
It goes without saying that Intel's RealSense technology is very impressive, as it's able to accurately scan its environment and pass along loads of data to a computer for analysis or image recreation. A popular scenario with RealSense has been with the flight of drones; with the technology, these little flyers can navigate their surroundings without crashing into obstacles - an important feature for companies like Airbus. The major reason we haven't seen RealSense deployed all over for various things is that it's simply expensive technology, at least right now. But for companies like Airbus, which... Read more...
The use of aerial drones has exploded in recent years thanks to lower pricing (making them devices more affordable for the general public), ease of use (thanks to more automation for flight controls), and the ability to pop off magnificent aerial footage (which has done wonders in the film industry). Predictably, drones have also found use in surveying operations, and even search and rescue missions. AT&T, however, has another use in mind for drones — expanding service coverage following a natural disaster. AT&T calls these devices Flying COWs or “Cell on Wings”. The COWs could be deployed,... Read more...
Soon the expression “I wish I could have been a fly on the wall” will be more than just an idiom. A team of Harvard scientists is building a bee-inspired micro aerial vehicle (MAV) robot. The robot is intended for “basically any situation where you want to have low cost and distributed sensing [that] would be too difficult or too dangerous for a human."Why is the MAV modeled after an insect? For most drones, hovering consumes as much energy as flying. As long as the drone is in the air, it eats up its small battery. Scientists discovered that they could save a considerable amount of energy if the... Read more...
Xiaomi is such a tease. MIUI forum moderator “Nanana” intimated that a Mi Drone is “flying to town on May 25th”. "I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky."The hint stated, “The surprise doesn't just end here. Something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon. A Bamboo-copter? In China, it's the earliest flying toys consisted of feathers at the end of a stick, which was rapidly spun between the hands and released into flight. Shall we discover the world with Mi- ?” Patent sketches for the Mi Drone were released in 2015, but were quickly dropped because they closely resembled the... Read more...
Who woulda thunk it? Drones are quickly rising in popularity and are used by everyone from kids to small businesses to multi-billion-dollar movie studios. One of those companies putting drones to good use is Intel, which previously gave us a taste of its Drone 100 program at CES 2016. The original Drone 100 showcase took place near Hamburg, Germany, but this time around, Intel got clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow a single “pilot” to control multiple drones at once. With this power granted, Intel has brought Drone 100 to U.S. soil (Palm Springs), and the results... Read more...
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...
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