drones

  • A sneak peek at Propel’s battling Star Wars drones

    A sneak peek at Propel’s battling Star Wars drones

    Last year’s breakout Star Wars toy was, without question, Sphero’s BB-8. It was the perfect synergy of technology and intellectual property, which brilliantly captured The Force Awakens’ breakout star droid. In the lead up to Rogue One, there isn’t a single toy running away with the title, but Propel’s drones are a pretty strong contender. Unveiled via a teaser… Read More

  • Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

    Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

    A new venture fund called Starburst Ventures has raised a $200 million debut fund to invest in early stage aerospace startups over the next three years. The fund is an extension of the Starburst Accelerator, which was founded in 2012 to help aviation and aerospace tech startups raise seed funding, and score their first big deal with a corporate customer, typically representing $1 million or… Read More

  • The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

    The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

    Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation… Read More

  • DroneBase raises from Union Square to pay any pilot for aerial footage

    DroneBase raises from Union Square to pay any pilot for aerial footage

    That drone in your closet could earn you some money thanks to DroneBase, a startup that delivers aerial data and footage to business clients. DroneBase’s new Pilot Program lets drone owners find gigs nearby where they can fly 10-minute missions, upload the assets and get paid if a DroneBase client wants to buy the info. By connecting idle pilots with needy businesses, DroneBase can… Read More

  • How drones will reshape the enterprise Crunch Network

    How drones will reshape the enterprise

    Most people associate drones with troops and mad scientists tinkering around in their backyards. Thanks to technological breakthroughs — including longer and safer flights — and new federal guidelines enacted this year, drone use is expanding beyond military and consumer markets and is seeping into the enterprise. Read More

  • DJI says it’s learned its lessons from the Mavic Pro delay

    DJI says it’s learned its lessons from the Mavic Pro delay

    Timing is everything. And for DJI, the timing for the Mavic Pro, the stars seemed to align perfectly. A couple of weeks after GoPro’s big unveil, the company had a folding drone of its own that was smaller and more feature packed that the Karma. And, in spite of being late to the announcement part, DJI announced that it would be first to market with its device – a decided bonus of… Read More

  • This crazy $30,000 drone gives your 360° video wings

    This crazy $30,000 drone gives your 360° video wings

    One problem with 360° videos is that you usually see a tripod or a hand holding the camera. One exception is the throwable Panono camera, but obviously you’re limited to how long you can keep a ball hovering. Varavon has another alternative, with a three-axis-stabilized gimbal drone that can film a full 360° sphere without being visible in the picture itself. Read More

  • Sunflower Labs raises $2.1 million to build a flying home security system

    Sunflower Labs raises $2.1 million to build a flying home security system

    Broadband at home, motion sensors and high definition video cameras led to a renaissance in home security systems over the past decade. But big problems remain in residential security, says Alex Pachikov, CEO and cofounder of Sunflower Labs with CTO Chris Eheim. Stationary cameras don’t detect would-be intruders until they are close or actively trying to enter the home, he… Read More

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