drone

  • Google And Amazon Talk About Managing Drone Traffic At CES

    Google And Amazon Talk About Managing Drone Traffic At CES

    Figuring out how to manage drone traffic over the United States to allow for drone delivery services and other drone-based service is going to be critical if Amazon and Google ever want to deliver packages to the backyards of their customers. Earlier this week, Amazon’s VP of Global Public Policy Paul Misener and Dave Vos, Google’s lead of Project Wing, as well as… Read More

  • Lily, A Camera Drone That Automatically Follows You, Pulls In A Mountainous $34 Million In Pre-orders

    Self-driving drone Lily has had quite the success in sales and it’s not even on the market yet. The startup pulled in a whopping $34 million in pre-orders by the end of 2015, with 60,000 units already sold. While that’s not as massive as Apple Watch pre-sales (1.2 million sold in the first day), it’s still a pretty good indicator Lily is onto something. The little flying bot… Read More

  • The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

    The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

    As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today. If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (and that’s pretty much every drone that isn’t a toy like the Parrot MiniDrone), you have until February 19, 2016 to register it. If you buy a new drone after today, you don’t… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, tech companies geared up for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere with a bunch of fun Easter eggs like this phonesaber from Google, WhatsApp was ordered to shut down in Brazil, and we got more information about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. These are our best stories of the week. Read More

  • Kickstarter Hires Journalist To Probe Collapse Of Zano Drone Project

    Kickstarter Hires Journalist To Probe Collapse Of Zano Drone Project

    Here’s an intriguing move: crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has commissioned a freelance journalist to investigate — and ultimately (it hopes) explain — the collapse of a high profile drone project which was also the most funded European project to date. Read More

  • Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, the CEOs of Sky Futures, Verifly and Airware took the stage with TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois in an attempt to explain how drones can be used other than for taking selfies. But, before that can happen, common sense regulation is needed, the panel argued. Chris Blackford of SkyFutures stated that his company, which provides drone solutions… Read More

  • Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

    Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

    Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos. Amazon releases a vid with a new Prime Air drone design… Read More

  • Dispatch Joins The Ground Delivery Club

    Dispatch Joins The Ground Delivery Club

    Delivery companies have finally realized the importance of rolling before learning to fly. While autonomous quadcopter and other airborne drones have been in vogue over the past few years, autonomous ground-based vehicles are slowly eking out their space in the delivery market. Dispatch, founded by a team of MIT and University of Pennsylvania computer vision researchers, is one of several… Read More

  • GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    GoPro Publishes Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Drone After Reporting Disappointing Earnings

    GoPro is working on a drone that’s scheduled for release in early 2016. The company just posted a sneak peak of footage captured from the new drone. Spoiler: It’s silky smooth. This footage was released an hour after GoPro announced a disappointing third quarter financial statement, which caused the stock price to crash 18% in after-hours trading. Analysts are skeptical about… Read More

  • Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    Parrot Enables Autonomous Flight For The Bebop Drone

    The Parrot Bebop can now fly by itself. After purchasing Flight Mode, Bebop owners can tap out waypoints and sit back while the drone flys autonomously. The ability is enabled by purchasing the in-app upgrade called Flight Plan. It costs $20. It takes just a few presses on the mobile app to set the trajectory and flight height. It’s a drag and drop affair. Users can even tell the drone… Read More

  • Drones + X

    Drones + X

    Small drones are advancing quickly. They used to be little else but sophisticated remote-controlled toys and people love to complain when we call them ‘drones’ because that implies that they are at least semi-autonomous (and maybe able to bomb a terrorist (and a few innocent bystanders)). But what’s happening now is that the technology is catching up with the term. Drones… Read More

  • Watch This Guy Fly In A 54-Propeller Super Drone

    Watch This Guy Fly In A 54-Propeller Super Drone

    Flying drones are all the rage right now. The latest DJI Phantom is smoking hot. But sitting in your very own one and flying it? That’s uncharted territory…until now. Check out this dude in the UK hovering above the earth in a contraption with “54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with Hobbyking stabilization.” It’s hard to tell just… Read More

  • What 2014 Tech Products Made The Mom Cut?

    What 2014 Tech Products Made The Mom Cut?

    Anthropology is the study of humans, and little fascinates me more than watching humans interact with technology. We express such a broad range of emotions when we use our gadgets and devices, from delight at a beautiful user experience to deep anger at error screens and lost data. It’s like those videos of monkeys using tools to open up nuts, except far closer to home. For the five of… Read More

  • GoPro Could Go Robo With Consumer Drones Launching Next Year

    GoPro Could Go Robo With Consumer Drones Launching Next Year

    GoPro is working on a lineup of consumer drones to supplement its action camera lineup, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new product category would offer aerial drones like the Parrot Bebop and DJI Phantom and Inspire 1. The drones would reportedly retail in the $500 to $1,000 range, and come with GoPro action camera tech onboard, which is a natural fit given that outfitting drones… Read More

  • DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone

    DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone

    DJI is the leader in drones and the company just introduced a radical new model. The Inspire 1 builds upon the success of the Phantom and integrates some of the magic found in the firm’s professional-level drones, including the ability to stream 1080p video up to a mile away. At $3,300, the Inspire 1 isn’t cheap, but it packs an unparalleled suite of technology in its arsenal. Read More

  • 5 Drones That Could Make You The Coolest Kid In Town

    Drones are fun. Drones are cool. And, for now, drones are legal. Here are a few great commercial/entry-level drones that can take to the air right now and a few that might make it into stores – and the air – later this year. Read More

  • MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

    The intrepid researchers at MIT never fail to impress, and a new system they’ve designed that uses fleets of drones to automatically light a shoot for photographers is no exception. The prototype of the system will be on display at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging happening in August, and uses a single lightweight UAV to… Read More

  • FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    FAA Bans The Use Of Drones To Deliver Packages

    The FAA made it plain this week that Amazon, or anyone else for that matter, won’t be able to deliver packages using a drone in the near future. In a document soliciting feedback regarding drone policy — a “Notice of Interpretation with Request for Comment ” — the FAA calls “delivering packages to people for a fee” a non-hobby or recreation-based… Read More

  • Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Phenox Makes A Drone More Of A Companion By Dropping The Controller

    Drones are great, but for the most part, they can get old pretty quickly. A new Kickstarter project wants to throw some additional variety into the mix with a programmable, “intelligent” drone that acts as a platform for apps, too. The Tokyo-based project features hardware you’ll likely find familiar – it’s a quad-copter model, but in a smaller package that… Read More

  • Here’s What Happens When You Strap An Oculus-Controlled Video Camera To A Drone And Take It For A Spin

    Here’s What Happens When You Strap An Oculus-Controlled Video Camera To A Drone And Take It For A Spin

    So what would happen if you took a drone, attached twin video cameras to it, and had each of those cameras feed directly into one half of an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset? Now take it a step further: Have the drone-mounted twin video cameras track the head movements of the wearer of the Oculus headset. This would give you a drone that you could fly, and also use as a personal set of… Read More