drones

  • 10 ideas that won’t be on the next president’s tech agenda but should be Crunch Network

    10 ideas that won’t be on the next president’s tech agenda but should be

    Campaign season should be more than just stump speeches; it’s a chance for us to evaluate how our future leader will handle the many tech opportunities and challenges ahead. In the absence of a clear vision from any of the candidates, we’ve laid out a tech agenda that could help us prepare for the dramatic technological advancements we’ll see during this next… Read More

  • TechCrunch went skiing with a drone

    Add this one to the bucket list. A startup called Cape Productions will use a drone to capture videos of you skiing. Stationed at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, the team provides aerial footage of you racing down the slopes, including different angles from your GoPro. Because of its impeccable safety record, Cape is currently the only FAA-approved company that’s allowed to fly… Read More

  • The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 is one of the latest device promising to protect the world from the impending drone takeover. It’s essentially a smart bazooka that fires a canister filled with a net at drones 100 meters away. Boom headshot. An operator targets the drone and fires a canister that contains a large net that gets tangled in the drone’s rotors. A parachute then delivers the drone back… Read More

  • Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    There has been a lot of hype around using drones in precision agriculture, but for the time being, using regular planes outfitted with specialized cameras is still a more cost-effective way to cover wide swaths of land. YC-backed TerrAvion made an early bet on using planes for aerial imaging for precision agriculture; after a few growing seasons, it’s now expanding its service by also… Read More

  • Africa’s commercial drones take off Crunch Network

    Africa’s commercial drones take off

    Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income. South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms firms, and African pop stars. Read More

  • Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now Crunch Network

    Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now

    As innovation goes, the idea of a trained bird of prey taking out a menacing quadcopter is hard to beat, as a Dutch law enforcement video recently showed. Peruse YouTube; there are hours of footage of birds of prey doing what may be the most elegant solution yet to what is becoming a vexing problem. Besides, what could be more American than a bald eagle taking out a wayward drone at a Super Bowl? Read More

  • Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone

    Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone

    As more and more civilians start flying drones, there will probably be an exponential rise in situations where authorities need to quickly take down a poorly-navigated drone hovering above a stadium or government building. But, since drone companies have yet to provide any sort of backdoor to manually takeover the device’s controls, authorities are on their own in figuring out… Read More

  • A Tiny Selfie Drone You Don’t Need To Register With The FAA

    A Tiny Selfie Drone You Don’t Need To Register With The FAA

    The palm-sized ONAGOfly is an affordable GPS-enabled drone that automatically takes photos using smile and obstacle recognition technology. Normally the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires registration for unmanned aircraft systems. Nearly 300,000 drone owners have registered since the government introduced this rule in early January. However, this bite-sized flying camera is so… Read More

  • Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World Crunch Network

    Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World

    Many eyes may be gazing toward the sky in anxious anticipation of new drone delivery systems, but an increasing number of intelligent robot systems is already on the ground, in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, helping to manufacture and move products across the globe. These automated systems, which employ the world’s most innovative advancements in software, artificial… Read More

  • Will Robots Save The Future Of Work? Crunch Network

    Will Robots Save The Future Of Work?

    Is a robot coming for your job? It’s not a novel question, but if Gartner’s predictions are correct, the answer could be leaning more definitively toward yes. The analyst firm’s research suggests one in three jobs will be converted to software, robots and smart machines by 2025. What is new, however, is that the influx of robots in the workforce is no longer just a… 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

  • Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies

    Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies

    Intel has made yet another hardware acquisition to build up its business of integrating its processors and RealSense imaging technology into the next wave of connected devices beyond PCs. Today the company announced it has purchased Ascending Technologies, a Germany-based startup that makes small drones and the software used to fly them. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed… Read More

  • How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations Crunch Network

    How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations

    GoPro started working on drones a few months ago in order to stake a claim in this multibillion-dollar market. This is a natural for them, as they will be able to offer the best flying immersive camera on the market — completely autonomous, no pilot required. We explain here why they could be the next big player in the emerging drone market. Read More

  • Logistics Is Sexy

    Convincing people that the development of the logistics industry is a scintillating topic is difficult. I mean, just look at this stock photo. The artist had to layer together at least five (possibly seven) pictures to make a single image about logistics even somewhat interesting. But logistics don’t just go round the world—it also makes the world go round. 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

  • FairFleet Connects Drone Pilots With Construction Firms And Marketers

    The commercial drone market is starting to gain traction. There are some obvious markets for drone usage, including real estate marketing, media and inspections. FairFleet, a Munich, Germany-based startup that’s launching out of private beta at Disrupt London today, brings together drone pilots and businesses for exactly these kinds of use cases. Read More

  • The Next Delivery Battlefield Crunch Network

    The Next Delivery Battlefield

    With e-commerce booming and the holidays rapidly approaching, retail and tech giants alike are asking Santa for new ways to delight customers and increase sales. In the U.S., nearly half of all holiday shopping will be done online, according to the National Retail Federation. With this rising demand, consumers want fast, affordable and easy deliveries. That’s why key players in… 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

  • DJI’s Latest Drone Saves Crops From Pests

    DJI’s Latest Drone Saves Crops From Pests

    DJI made its name building high-end consumer drones, but its latest model shows where the future may lie for the Shenzhen-based company and its competitors. Read More