drones

  • The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    Having spent a good deal of time flying UAVs like DJI’s Inspire 1 and Phantom 4, I like to consider myself experienced with drones. So when I came across Horizon Hobby’s Vortex 250 Pro racing drone, I didn’t think twice that it was labeled for “the experienced pilot”. I thought I’d take off, hover around my house, maybe snap some photos or videos. Boy was… Read More

  • Dedrone raises $10 million to detect aerial intruders

    Dedrone raises $10 million to detect aerial intruders

    As civilian drones become more affordable, sophisticated and common around the world, a company called Dedrone Inc. has raised $10 million in venture funding for systems that monitor the skies and tell people when drones have entered their airspace. Menlo Ventures led the Series A investment in Dedrone bringing the company’s total capital raised to date to $12.9 million. According… Read More

  • The drone race is on Crunch Network

    The drone race is on

    We’ve seen an increase in drone investments on a huge scale, many new entrants into the field, and more mainstream companies getting into the marketplace. So, no, drones are not a fad, they’re here for good and here are a few examples of why this trend is here to stay. Read More

  • SeaDrone simplifies underwater exploration and inspection

    SeaDrone simplifies underwater exploration and inspection

    It’s the year, or perhaps the decade, of the drone, and the popular craft are only getting cheaper, better and easier to control — but why should drones be limited to the air? The SeaDrone, demonstrated onstage at Disrupt NY today, brings the benefits and simplicity of multi-rotor airborne drones to underwater applications. Read More

  • Parrot’s CEO is building a new kind of T-shirt

    Parrot’s CEO is building a new kind of T-shirt

    You never know what you’re going to get when you sit down with Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux. The executive is every bit as unpredictable as the company he runs — and just like Parrot’s products, he always puts on a good show. Seydoux’s panel at Disrupt NY today was largely focused on the company’s drone business. But it took some interesting zigs and zags along the… Read More

  • EHang reveals plans to deploy its passenger drones for emergency organ deliveries

    EHang reveals plans to deploy its passenger drones for emergency organ deliveries

    There were plenty of questions surrounding the actual real world functionality of EHang’s impressive human-sized drone when it made its debut on the CES floor back in January. Was the Chinese manufacturer actually planning to bring the thing to market, or was the giant quadcopter more of a (admittedly quite effective) promotional tool to help attract attention to the rest of its more… Read More

  • WTF
    Firefighting drone serves as a reminder to be careful with crowdfunding campaigns

    Firefighting drone serves as a reminder to be careful with crowdfunding campaigns

    And then there’s this: an Indiegogo campaign for the world’s first firefighting drone. As a lover of both drones and crowdfunding campaigns, I nearly wet myself with excitement. But alas. The campaign, it turned out, is a great exercise in how a little bit of basic due diligence should advise you to step away from the “support” button and run for the hills. Read More

  • Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course

    Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course

    Last month we reported that Rakuten is testing drone deliveries at a golf course in Japan, and now the company has released more information and video footage of how the system will work. Read More

  • Regulating drone airspace using ‘smart markets’ Crunch Network

    Regulating drone airspace using ‘smart markets’

    Commercially operated autonomous drones may be on the horizon, especially since Google and Amazon have announced plans to start drone-based parcel delivery in 2017. A policy problem is likely to follow: allocation of scarce airspace and preferred flight paths — an issue complicated by the need to ensure that each drone’s flight is safe and that each flight-path segment stays… Read More

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