drones

  • New DJI Drone Firmware Will Prevent White House Joy Rides, Border Drug Runs

    New DJI Drone Firmware Will Prevent White House Joy Rides, Border Drug Runs

    Popular consumer drone-maker DJI is using firmware to fight some potential abuses of its hobbyist hardware, with an update that will prevent its Phantom 2-series drones from being able to fly onto the White House lawn, or carry drugs across country borders. This one’s after an unauthorized drone made its way to an ignominious end on the White House lawn earlier this week, and after a… Read More

  • CES Drone Rodeo

    Quadcopter Cowboys Duel At The Drone Rodeo

    I found unmanned aerial adventurers out in the Nevada desert. With the old west explored, at least horizontally, the new frontier is in the sky. And just like the gold rush, there’s a new crop of pioneers hoping to make a stake and maybe get rich in the burgeoning drone business. Of course, flying drones is still widely illegal. But these men and women are fighting those laws, and… Read More

  • Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    “In five years, the notion of a drone crashing will be a weird, foreign thing” says Adam Bry, co-founder of drone auto-pilot startup Skydio and founding member of Google’s Project Wing drone delivery project. Skydio connects a drone’s cameras to its flight computer so it can avoid obstacles and maneuver on its own without GPS. Today Skydio announced it’s raised… Read More

  • FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have only come from a drone. Under the FAA’s strict definition, however, those weren’t… Read More

  • EHANG, Maker Of Ghost Drone, Raises $10M Series A Led By GGV Capital

    EHANG, Maker Of Ghost Drone, Raises $10M Series A Led By GGV Capital

    Though the market is still in its early stages, drone startups are becoming increasingly popular among venture capital firms. One of the latest companies to benefit is EHANG, maker of Ghost Drone, which users can control by tilting their smartphones. The company announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A led by GGV Capital, with participation from entrepreneurs Xiaoping Xu… Read More

  • Careful With That Drone Now

    Careful With That Drone Now

    So you got a drone for Christmas (or an unmanned flying vehicle, as the FAA likes to call it, or a quadcopter, if you prefer). That’s awesome. But don’t just head into your backyard and try to fly it without any preparation (unless it’s one of those Parrot MiniDrones, of course). As we reported earlier this week, the FAA would like you to follow a couple of common sense… Read More

  • What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    I’m pretty sure there will be more drones sold this Christmas season than ever before. Having more drones in the air, though, also means there is a higher chance for things to go wrong. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

    Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 19, 2014. Our end-of-year show, produced as RogenGate broke and the President held a press conference. It may have occurred to some employees at Sony that they would be better off with some form of corporate SnapChat. It may have occurred to the President that there’s… Read More

  • 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