drones

  • This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

    This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

    Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson? The whole saga started with a bird strike. Birds at airports can be a terrifying ordeal, so you’d be unsurprised to hear that airports pay a pretty penny to keep the area around an airport clear. Clear Flight Solutions’ Robird is a drone that flaps its wings and scares the bejesus out of other birds to keep aviation safe. Read More

  • DJI acquires majority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company

    DJI acquires majority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company

    Last year DJI took a minority stake in Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company. The companies also announced a partnership to work together on high-end camera drones that would combine DJI’s drone aerial technology with Hasselblad’s cameras. Now Luminous Landscape has reported, and multiple industry insiders have told TechCrunch, that DJI has acquired Hasselblad, not… Read More

  • GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro says it is re-launching the Karma drone this year

    GoPro recalled its first drone, the Karma, about 16 days after launch in November last year. Now GoPro says it will be re-launching the drone this year, though it doesn’t have a specific date to share yet. For GoPro, the launch can’t come soon enough. The company said it would cut 15 percent of its workforce in a restructuring in November last year, and its third-quarter… Read More

  • Alarm.com is building drones to monitor your home inside and out

    Alarm.com is building drones to monitor your home inside and out

    At CES on Tuesday, Alarm.com revealed that it is developing a smart home security drone alongside its other IoT devices and software. The idea is that if you hear something go bump in the night, you can just grab your smartphone and watch a live video stream of what’s happening because your drone has automatically gone to check things out. Lots of companies — like Y Combinator… Read More

  • Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

    Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

    We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through “airborne fulfillment centers.” Yes, that’s a warehouse in a zeppelin. The airborne fulfillment centers… Read More

  • A tale of two Amazon deliveries

    A tale of two Amazon deliveries

    A jovial middle-aged man pokes the order button on a touchscreen from the comfort of his armchair. Minutes later he’s ambling through the bucolic Cambridgeshire countryside at the bottom of his garden to pluck a parcel from the ground. It’s his Amazon delivery materializing like manna from heaven… Read More

  • Amazon starts Prime Air drone delivery trial in the UK — but only with two beta users

    Amazon starts Prime Air drone delivery trial in the UK — but only with two beta users

    Amazon today announced that it has started a small private drone delivery trial in the UK. It’s currently working with only two shoppers who can now order their goods by drone. Over time, Amazon plans to expand this trial to a few dozen — and later to hundreds — of shoppers who live within a few miles of its first Prime Air fulfillment center around Cambridge in the… Read More

  • Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Berkeley project tests tracking imperiled forests with 3D multispectral drone imaging

    Droughts, climate change and deforestation are putting forests at risk worldwide, so studying these ecosystems closely is more important than ever — but it’s a hell of a lot of work to climb every tree in the Sierra Nevada. Drones and advanced imaging, however, present an increasingly practical alternative to that, as a UC Berkeley project shows. Read More

  • What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump

    What the drone industry wants from the FAA and Trump

    The commercial drone industry in the U.S. hasn’t heard much from the President-elect about his plans for rulemaking that will impact their business and global competitiveness. Last month, Associated Press broke the story that Trump is interested in privatizing air traffic control, wresting that responsibility from the Federal Aviation Administration and handing it to a nonprofit… Read More