drones

  • 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

  • Pocket Drones Gets $50,000 In Pledges Overnight

    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

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

    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

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

    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

  • Indian Startup Uses Drones To Drop Aid In Flood-Ravaged Areas

    Indian Startup Uses Drones To Drop Aid In Flood-Ravaged Areas

    Drones don’t have the best reputation on the subcontinent and in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, sandwiched between war-torn regions of Pakistan, Kashmir, and Nepal, villagers no doubt harbour suspicions of the remote-controlled flying beasts. However, local startup Social Drones is using its home-grown arsenal of bi, quad, and octo copters for good, surveying the effects of a… Read More

  • Defense Experts Warn Of Cheap Enemy Drones On The Battlefield

    Defense Experts Warn Of Cheap Enemy Drones On The Battlefield

    While many current drone programs are extremely complex – and costly – cheap drones used for spying, mapping, and even attacks could turn the tables on world militaries by giving terrorists and less well-funded groups access to UAV technology. Read More

  • DARPA Builds A 1.8-Gigapixel Camera That Can Spot Six-Inch Targets From 20,000 Feet

    DARPA has released more details on the ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel camera that will be attached to unmanned drones to spot targets as small as six inches at an altitude of 20,000 feet. The camera – which is one of the highest resolution systems in the world – can view ten square miles of terrain at a time and zoom in on targets with surprising clarity. Read More

  • Enter The Dronenet

    Enter The Dronenet

    Here’s my favorite Big Idea of the year so far, via John Robb, who’s always worth your attention: The Dronenet, a “short distance drone delivery service built on an open protocol.” He fleshes it out in a series of posts, but basically, it would be a network of drones that would carry things the same way the Internet carries data: in packets, over a series of multiple… Read More

  • Single-Click Double-Tap Murder

    Single-Click Double-Tap Murder

    Gun control is on many minds this week, but let’s not talk about guns. Let’s talk about drones. (With a reported 300 million guns in private hands in America already, it’s probably too late for gun control anyhow.) Drones are to nation-states what assault rifles are to psychotic mass murderers. Worse yet, the way things are going, it’s only a matter of time until… Read More