drones

  • Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

    Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

    Airware used to sell drone operating systems. Now it’s swiveling to sell the whole flying kit and caboodle: drone hardware, the software to control them, and the cloud where their data goes. It discovered that big enterprise companies didn’t know how to piece together drone systems themselves, so they were slow to adapting to the tech that could save them money and keep employees… Read More

  • Rakuten will test drone delivery on golf course after investing in Japanese drone firm

    Rakuten will test drone delivery on golf course after investing in Japanese drone firm

    Japan’s Rakuten is joining e-commerce giants Amazon and Alibaba with a foray into drones. The Tokyo-based company, Japan’s largest e-commerce firm, revealed this week that it has invested in a done maker and it revealed plans to begin field trials in a unlucky place… the golf course. Read More

  • Airmada poised to show their automated drone concept at Y Combinator Demo Day

    Airmada poised to show their automated drone concept at Y Combinator Demo Day

    During an afternoon call with me, Airmada CEO Dan Danay, outlined his autonomous drone product offering that he and co-founder Boris Lipchin are preparing for Y Combinator Demo Day next week. They duo plan to disrupt the commercial drone market with everything from automated maritime deliveries to automated aerial photography and ship inspection. Read More

  • 10 ideas that won’t be on the next president’s tech agenda but should be Crunch Network

    10 ideas that won’t be on the next president’s tech agenda but should be

    Campaign season should be more than just stump speeches; it’s a chance for us to evaluate how our future leader will handle the many tech opportunities and challenges ahead. In the absence of a clear vision from any of the candidates, we’ve laid out a tech agenda that could help us prepare for the dramatic technological advancements we’ll see during this next… Read More

  • TechCrunch went skiing with a drone

    Add this one to the bucket list. A startup called Cape Productions will use a drone to capture videos of you skiing. Stationed at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, the team provides aerial footage of you racing down the slopes, including different angles from your GoPro. Because of its impeccable safety record, Cape is currently the only FAA-approved company that’s allowed to fly… Read More

  • The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 bazooka captures drones with a giant net

    The SkyWall 100 is one of the latest device promising to protect the world from the impending drone takeover. It’s essentially a smart bazooka that fires a canister filled with a net at drones 100 meters away. Boom headshot. An operator targets the drone and fires a canister that contains a large net that gets tangled in the drone’s rotors. A parachute then delivers the drone back… Read More

  • Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    Aerial imagery service TerrAvion adds data services

    There has been a lot of hype around using drones in precision agriculture, but for the time being, using regular planes outfitted with specialized cameras is still a more cost-effective way to cover wide swaths of land. YC-backed TerrAvion made an early bet on using planes for aerial imaging for precision agriculture; after a few growing seasons, it’s now expanding its service by also… Read More

  • Africa’s commercial drones take off Crunch Network

    Africa’s commercial drones take off

    Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income. South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms firms, and African pop stars. Read More

  • Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now Crunch Network

    Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now

    As innovation goes, the idea of a trained bird of prey taking out a menacing quadcopter is hard to beat, as a Dutch law enforcement video recently showed. Peruse YouTube; there are hours of footage of birds of prey doing what may be the most elegant solution yet to what is becoming a vexing problem. Besides, what could be more American than a bald eagle taking out a wayward drone at a Super Bowl? Read More

  • Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone

    Watch This Trained Eagle Take Down A Flying Drone

    As more and more civilians start flying drones, there will probably be an exponential rise in situations where authorities need to quickly take down a poorly-navigated drone hovering above a stadium or government building. But, since drone companies have yet to provide any sort of backdoor to manually takeover the device’s controls, authorities are on their own in figuring out… Read More

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