• Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in… Read More

  • Parrot Shows Off New MiniDrone And Leaping Sumo Rolling Bot

    Parrot Shows Off New MiniDrone And Leaping Sumo Rolling Bot

    French Bluetooth company turned drone-maker Parrot has some new hardware for CES 2014, including two brand new smartphone-controlled bots. One is the rolling, jumping Sumo and the other is the MiniDrone, a super small version of its popular AR Drone that flies, rolls and hugs the ceiling and the walls. The MiniDrone is remarkably small, coming in at about a tenth of the size of the full… Read More

  • DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision Makes Aerial Photography Easy

    DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision Makes Aerial Photography Easy

    The advent of affordable quadcopters has made aerial photography accessible for almost anybody. Getting really good results still often takes a bit more than just attaching a GoPro to a quadcopter. A few months ago, I looked at the DJI Phantom and that was already a lot of fun to fly, though the images you could get from an unmodified Phantom can be quite shaky. Read More

  • UPS Also Said To Be Testing Drone Delivery, Constant Robot Background Hum Increasingly Inevitable

    UPS Also Said To Be Testing Drone Delivery, Constant Robot Background Hum Increasingly Inevitable

    UPS is also looking into getting flying robots to deliver packages, according to The Verge, along with Internet ecommerce giant Amazon. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dominated the news cycle yesterday with the revelation that Amazon was working on drone delivery with 30-min ship times, albeit for a few years out in a best case scenario, but UPS has now confirmed that it, too, is interested in… Read More

  • TechCrunch Gadget Wrapup Show From CES, January 12th

    TechCrunch Gadgets Finale: Hands On With The Terrifying Parrot AR Drone 2

    In our last TechCrunch Gadgets Webcast on the CES 2012 show floor, we interviewed Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot. We had the opportunity to watch the drone in action – it was wildly terrifying having this thing floating above our heads while we talked – and we recapped the show including some of our Best of Show picks and, important, interviews with actual event-goers who loved to… Read More

  • Do A Barrel Roll: AR.Drone Challenges You To Become A Great Drone Pilot

    Like Grig approaching Alex Rogan in a trailer park, AR.Drone wants you to become the greatest drone pilot in history. The contest involves a number of interesting challenges including The Spin, above, and a few more that will be announced over the next few weeks. Simply record yourself performing the challenges (well) and you could win one of these valuable prizes. Read More

  • Turn The AR.Drone Into An Autonomous Hunter/Killer

    A app called Drone Master, now pending review in the iTunes store, adds autonomous tracking to the AR.Drone that we all love so much. In this demo, the drone can find its specially-colored shells and hover over them, waiting for the command to unleash hell on the tabletop. Check out more of Drone Master’s features after the jump. We’ll post an update once the app is available. Read More

  • AR.Drone Torn Down

    The AR.Drone is one of the funnest things to do while drunk. We played with this thing on Thanksgiving evening and hit one of the propellers on the sidewalk. A little jiggling and it was ready to fly again. That’s what’s so great about the Drone – it’s amazing and it’s easy to fix, as iFixit just discovered. Best of all, Parrot offers repair videos and parts so… Read More

  • Parrot AR.Drone Finally For Sale Now For $300

    How much does it cost to feel like a villian from a Bond film? Try $300. The Parrot AR.Drone, complete with dual cameras and four fans, now costs $300 and is available from Amazon, Brookstone, and Parrot’s own website. Read More

  • The Quadcopter, or build your own Drone

    We told you about the AR.Drone that we saw at CES, but here’s a homebrew alternative that you can build today. Sure, it’s not iPhone/iPod controlled, but it does most everything else: fly, hover, look cool, terrorize the neighborhood. Read More

  • NEC develops unmanned, self-flying drone for civilian use

    NEC has announced the development of an unmanned drone [JP] that can fly by itself to a specific location and send back positional information and video images. The company says it’s the first drone made for civilian applications that can transmit both kinds of data at the same time. Read More