drones

  • Hands-On With The 3DRobotics Iris+ Drone

    Hands-On With The 3DRobotics Iris+ Drone

    The 3DRobotics Iris+ is the one that got away. Literally. I’ve flown my fair share of drones lately — everywhere from over empty football fields and beaches to small rivers. They all came back unharmed. But not the Iris+. It’s the first drone I tested that simply flew away from me. To be fair, chances are I got something wrong when that happened. I had taken the drone to… Read More

  • Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Forget Mistletoe Drones, These Inventory Drones Are Where It’s At

    Let Amazon have its scuttling crab-like robots that can move entire shelves – a German company is working on an inventory management system that will fly around warehouses and confirm whether items are in stock. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics has created a sort of mobile antenna that can move through a warehouse and ping RFID tags (or read barcodes) on… Read More

  • TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    TGI Friday’s Mistletoe Drone Injures Photographer In Brooklyn

    The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that marketing departments and drone operators need some time apart. You see, TGI… Read More

  • Rules For Drones

    Rules For Drones

    People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More

  • These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For

    These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For

    As we approach the holiday season, San Francisco startup Doorman has been getting a lot of attention from the press — after all, by delivering packages when you’re actually home, rather than when it’s convenient for the delivery service, Doorman should reduce the risk that your gifts will get stolen while they’re sitting on your doorstep. I was actually quoted in an… Read More

  • Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself

    Zano Is A Sky Selfie Micro-Drone That Flies Itself

    Holy autonomous micro-drones batman! Wondering how you’re going to line up your next dronie? Aka a selfie taken from up high by a passing UAV so you don’t get a photo of yourself remote controlling a drone… Well, never fear: a U.K.-based firm is building a micro-drone that flies itself so you can stand around looking nonchalant/pull off some sick… Read More

  • Don’t Expect Urban Drone Delivery Soon

    Don’t Expect Urban Drone Delivery Soon

    Amazon and Google might be chest-thumping about their respective drone delivery programs but the technology is still years out from being feasible in dense urban environments. Dr Mirko Kovac, director of Imperial College London’s current aerial robotics lab, suggests it could be as far out as a decade. Read More

  • Airware’s Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures

    Airware’s Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures

    Dull, dirty, and dangerous. Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric’s Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines. So today GE Ventures made one of its first major strategic investments in robotics through a new partnership with drone hardware, software, and cloud services platform startup Airware. GE will provide… Read More

  • Amazon Is Expanding Its R&D In Cambridge, U.K., With A Focus On Prime Air Drones And Speech Tech

    Amazon Is Expanding Its R&D In Cambridge, U.K., With A Focus On Prime Air Drones And Speech Tech

    Amazon is expanding its R&D operations in Cambridge, U.K., with a plan to staff out a large research lab — expanding on the foothold it acquired when it bought Cambridge-based speech tech startup Evi Technologies two years ago, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

  • Bionic Bird Is An App-Controlled Drone That Flies Like A Flappy Bird

    Bionic Bird Is An App-Controlled Drone That Flies Like A Flappy Bird

    Is it a bird? It is a plane? No it’s a bird-shaped drone called Bionic Bird. This new mechanical bird, due to land this December, will be app controlled, using a Bluetooth 4.0 link to support 100 meters of remote controlled flight from your smartphone or tablet. Read More

  • China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

    China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

    China has developed an anti-drone laser technology that can apparently shoot down a low flying drone within a two kilometer radius. Read More

  • This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used by anyone and it allows doctors to monitor the situation after the shocks are administered. The… Read More

  • MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    MIT Is Building Anti-Smuggling, Ship-Skimming Robots, So Watch Out Han Solo

    The MIT robotics labs provide an endless source of variously amusing, terrifying, and wonderful developments, and today’s is a robot prototype that can scurry across the surface of a ship’s hull, using ultrasound tech to scan for false panels and other secret compartments used by seafaring smugglers. In our version of the future, this means inspections for contraband on… Read More

  • Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Yesterday we heard about the Apple Watch and I wrote an article suggesting the Watch will drive wearables in the enterprise. But just to show how fast the technology news cycle moves, today at TechCrunch Disrupt Aaron Levie, CEO at Box participating on a panel about drones, made a business case for the use of drones in an enterprise context, making Watches yesterday’s news… Read More

  • Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

    Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

    If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch. Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that they could carry marionette-version Disney characters, with patent drawings showing something similar to… Read More

  • Parrot Jumping Sumo And Rolling Spider Review: Mini Bots Best For Drone Newcomers

    Parrot Jumping Sumo And Rolling Spider Review: Mini Bots Best For Drone Newcomers

    Parrot is trying to expand the reach of its consumer drone products with two new gadgets now available to buy, the Jumping Sumo and the Rolling Spider. The names are slightly silly, just like the products themselves, which give you a taste of the full drone experience at a fraction of the price, and which are probably best for kids new to the world of smartphone-controlled robots and people… Read More

  • President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

    As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating… Read More

  • Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More

  • Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

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