drones

  • FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    FAA Selects 6 Sites For Civilian Drone Testing

    There are already quite a few drones in use in U.S. airspace, but given that commercial drone usage remains off-limits, most of them are either operated by government agencies or for research purposes. Today, however, the FAA has taken another step in its congressionally mandated process of integrating drones into the U.S. air traffic system.¬†The FAA today announced six test sites in six… Read More

  • Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Amazon made waves with its Amazon Air drone delivery concept, and a video of a recent test flight really brought that concept to life. Now robotics startup and iPhone-enabled toy maker Sphero has a concept of its own to reveal, complete with a shot-for-shot remake of the original video by the online e-commerce giant – they call it Amazon Ground. Read More

  • Amazon Drones: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

    Amazon Drones: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

    As a drone hipster — I wrote an entire novel about a drone apocalypse a full five years ago — I watched the techosphere’s reactions to Amazon’s announcement that it was experimenting with drone delivery with a mixture of amusement and despair. Almost everybody is thinking so small. Jeff Bezos must feel like Butch Cassidy: “I got vision, and the rest of the world… Read More

  • Matternet Makes Delivery Drones Happen

    How Matternet Wants To Bring Drone Delivery To The People Who Need It Most

    Last week, the media world was abuzz with the news that e-commerce giant Amazon was experimenting with a new program dubbed “Amazon Prime Air,” which would use small automated “drone” aircraft to make customer deliveries. But while Jeff Bezos’ primetime television announcement of Amazon’s drone ambitions certainly attracted a lot of attention, it’s… Read More

  • Rubin’s Robots: Google Gears Up To Revolutionize Manufacturing And Logistics

    Rubin’s Robots: Google Gears Up To Revolutionize Manufacturing And Logistics

    Andy Rubin left the helm of the Android team back in March, replaced by then-Chrome VP Sundar Pichai, and it’s been a bit of a mystery what he’s been up to since. Now, the New York Times reveals that he’s moved to a much more experimental department at the Internet giant, spearheading the company’s efforts to revolutionize the use of robots in real-world applications. Read More

  • I, Drone

    I, Drone

    Let’s ignore, for a moment, all of the obvious problems with a drone-based Amazon Prime delivery system. Let’s ignore the fact that you can get free stuff if you’re a good shot with a rifle and let’s ignore the fact that a 10 mile range isn’t much when it comes to underserved rural areas and is a jungle of potential snags and snares in urban, populated areas. Read More

  • Australian Startups Zookal And Flirtey To Begin Delivering Textbook Orders By Drone

    Australian Startups Zookal And Flirtey To Begin Delivering Textbook Orders By Drone

    As countries around the world gradually lift regulations on the use of commercial drones, a new startup called Flirtey hopes to turn Australia into a worldwide industry leader for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in e-commerce deliveries. Flirtey plans to launch commercial drone delivery of textbooks purchased from Zookal for domestic customers in 2014 before expanding to the U.S. Read More

  • 3D Robotics Raises $30 Million To Legitimize Aerial Drones For Business

    3D Robotics Raises $30 Million To Legitimize Aerial Drones For Business

    The very mention of the word “drone” often conjures up images of autonomous machines cruising over battlefields, but that’s far from the future 3D Robotics has in store for its own aerial machines. And thanks a recent infusion of capital, that future may be closer than you think. 3D Robotics announced earlier today that it locked up a $30 million Series B round, with a list… Read More

  • 300Feet Demo at Hackathon SF 2013

    300ft Drone-Powered Hack Foresees A Future Stuffed With Eye-In-The-Sky All-Seeing Apps

    Hackathon hacks can lead to fully fledged apps and companies. Other times they are intended to be nothing more than a great hack. 300ft is certainly that: a neat hack, built overnight at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF hackathon, which pulls in “close to live” aerial imaging from UAVs (aka drones) so the user can check how busy a prospective outdoor leisure location is before heading out. Read More

  • Hex Airbot Shatters Crowdfunding Goal For Its Cheap, 3D Printed Drones

    Hex Airbot Shatters Crowdfunding Goal For Its Cheap, 3D Printed Drones

    Hex’s tiny Airbot drone first turned heads earlier this year at China-based hardware accelerator Haxlr8r’s second demo day, and now the team behind it is finally pushing to bring the inexpensive flier to market by way of a recent-launched Kickstarter campaign. Read More