drones

  • FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them. That went against everything the FAA had ever claimed with regard to commercial drones. So in an unsurprising move, the FAA today appealed… Read More

  • Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in… Read More

  • Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    One question we had concerning Facebook’s interest in buying drone aircraft maker Titan Aerospace is why would Titan, a young company founded in just 2012, want to sell? Facebook’s interest in the business, after all, makes sense: It wants to use the drones to help spread Internet access to developing nations, via the Internet.org initiative, which is focused on connecting the… Read More

  • Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

    Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

    Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without… Read More

  • Rolls-Royce’s Drone Shipbots Will Rule Tomorrow’s Oceans, Shipping Containers

    Rolls-Royce’s Drone Shipbots Will Rule Tomorrow’s Oceans, Shipping Containers

    If you’re rooting for the drone team, then chalk up another win: Rolls-Royce is working on unmanned cargo ships that would roam the Earth’s oceans packed with crates of goods, controlled by captains safe on shore using virtual reality facilities to pilot their fleets. In other words, tomorrow’s salty tales of ghost ships with no one left on board could be all too verifiable… Read More

  • The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    The Next Revolutions: Drones Vs. Phones

    It’s been a hell of a week worldwide. Caracas, Venezuela: “What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.” Kiev, Ukraine: “Dozens dead as protesters regain territory from police.” Bangkok, Thailand: “Four people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a gun battle erupted between police… Read More

  • The Techno-Militarization Of America

    The Techno-Militarization Of America

    Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay! Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their power and authority to unprecedented levels. There is nothing at all exceptional… Read More

  • For More Than War: Airware Demos Its Drone Platform By Protecting Rhinos From Poachers

    For More Than War: Airware Demos Its Drone Platform By Protecting Rhinos From Poachers

    Airware wants to prove drones have plenty of uses beyond killing people. Today the unmanned aerial vehicle hardware/software/firmware startup revealed it’s built and deployed special drones to thwart animal poachers in Kenya, Africa. The demo could build interest for the launch Airware’s commercial drone platform later this year. Read More

  • FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

    The FAA today announced that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics (AMA), the largest organization for model aircraft enthusiasts in the U.S., to create safety guidelines for model aircraft and drones. Many model aircraft hobbyists already belong to the AMA or at least know about its guidelines (don’t fly higher than 400 feet, don’t fly within three miles of an… Read More

  • Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

    Amazon scored one of the greatest tech PR coups in recent history when it got CBS to put its quadcopter-powered delivery service on air the day before Cyber Monday. Sadly, CBS pretty much ignored that this was a pretty unrealistic proposal for the time being, not in the least because commercial drone flights will remain illegal in the U.S. for the next few years. If journalists aren’t… Read More

  • The Pocket Drone | Hardware Battlefield

    Pocket Drones Gets $50,000 In Pledges Overnight

    Hardware Battlefield entrant Pocket Drones blew past their initial goal of $30,000 last night after launching on our stage at CES 2014. The company, run by long-time friends and moderators of the Drone User’s Group, Tim Reuter, TJ Johnson, and Chance Roth, built their drones as an alternative to expensive, bulky toy drones. Read More

  • The Pocket Drone | Hardware Battlefield

    AirDroids Wants To Democratize The Skies With Its Pint-Sized Pocket Drone

    The buzz around drones is undeniable these days — as it turns out, even Martha Stewart uses one to survey her farm — but there still hasn’t been a runaway drone hit that has captured that imaginations of the masses. That’s exactly what a hardware startup called AirDroids is trying to accomplish with the Pocket Drone, a (relatively) inexpensive flying machine… Read More

  • 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