unmanned aerial vehicles

  • 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

  • Hands on with Hover’s self-flying camera drone, which launches today

    Hands on with Hover’s self-flying camera drone, which launches today

    A year or so ago a new type of drone hit the (preorder) market. It was the self-flying camera drone – a device that promised to combine camera and AI technology to create a drone that you could essentially throw in the air to follow you around and take photos and videos. Some of these drones include Snap, Lily, Staaker and Hover. Most of these companies have raised tens of millions… Read More

  • The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead Crunch Network

    The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead

    Audiences around the globe enjoyed all the action of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games thanks in large part to the drones hovering above the events (or below them), capturing every movement, from every angle. Athletes and spectators didn’t give a second thought to the presence of these drones — which shows how rapidly they’ve become commonplace. Indeed, drones can be found in… Read More

  • What’s next for the U.S. drone market?

    What’s next for the U.S. drone market?

    Following a major milestone for the domestic drone industry last week, industry insiders are expecting a big uptick in dollars invested in U.S. drone-tech companies — just maybe not an immediate one. As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration implemented Part 107, or Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems rules, bringing some… Read More

  • What cities need to know about drones Crunch Network

    What cities need to know about drones

    As drones increasingly fly through our cities in the coming years — delivering our latest order from Amazon or other on-demand retailers — the regulation of our airspace and the environment in which we co-exist with flying robots becomes more and more present and real. Read More

  • DJI wants to end shaky smartphone videos

    DJI wants to end shaky smartphone videos

    DJI hopes you’re tired of shaky and embarrassing smartphone videos. The Osmo Mobile is a handheld 3-axis stabilizer gimbal for smartphones. Just strap a phone to the top and a similar gimbal used in the company’s drones will keep the video silky smooth. The kit works similarly to the DJI Osmo except this new version lacks a built-in camera. It uses the capable camera in a… Read More

  • In a first, FAA allows PrecisionHawk to fly drones where pilots can’t see them

    In a first, FAA allows PrecisionHawk to fly drones where pilots can’t see them

    The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission to a drone tech startup called PrecisionHawk to fly its unmanned aerial vehicles beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in U.S. airspace. The exemption represents a first in the country, and comes on the same day that the FAA implemented its Part 107 rules governing the way that businesses can use small drones, up to 55 pounds, in… Read More

  • Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy Crunch Network

    Realizing the potential of drones, yet preserving our privacy

    Drones have the potential to revolutionize our lives in many ways. However, some people have concerns. In the case of drone technology, one we hear often is the possible invasion of privacy. After months of discussions, a collaborative process resulted in a consensus set of voluntary best practices that balance people’s rights to operate drones with all of our rights to privacy. Read More

  • Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery Crunch Network

    Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery

    On the heels of a recent White House initiative announced after its first “Workshop on Drones and The Future of Aviation,” San Francisco based robotics startup Zipline will test drone delivery of medical supplies to remote U.S. communities. Read More

  • Flock is building a risk assessment platform for drone flights

    Flock is building a risk assessment platform for drone flights

    Engineering problems can sometimes appear simple beside the amorphous challenges of regulating and managing cutting edge technology use within existing societal structures. But early stage startup Flock is viewing the knotted intersection of technology and regulation as just another business opportunity. Read More

  • New rules fuel the growth of the commercial drone industry Crunch Network

    New rules fuel the growth of the commercial drone industry

    There are new regulations that will lower the barriers to entry for the commercial operation of drones. The challenge for the Federal Aviation Administration has been to establish a framework of rules to regulate how small unmanned aircraft systems (small UAS, or drones) can be used safely in the U.S. air space without undermining the growth of innovative drone-based technology solutions. Read More

  • Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon today announced that it has partnered with the U.K. government to test some of the technologies that may one day enable its Prime Air drone delivery service. In a partnership with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon now has the permission to explore beyond-line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas (something the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Read More

  • Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you’re never going to make it in time. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? You land on a streetlight that’s been converted into a drone charger! Thank goodness Amazon patented those. Read More

  • Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones Crunch Network

    Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones

    Since the industrial revolution, economic advancement has been achieved by increasing efficiency and reducing human labor through greater mechanical autonomy driven by technological innovation. For many, commercial drones represent the next enabler of economic benefit using robotic platforms. Read More

  • Strike the right balance on drone policy Crunch Network

    Strike the right balance on drone policy

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot [program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead, it will take place 7,200 miles away — in Rwanda. Read More

  • Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future Crunch Network

    Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future

    Imagine yourself a passenger in a futuristic self-driving car. Instead of programming its navigation system, the car interacts with you in a near-human way to understand your desired destination. It has learned your preferences for music, temperature and lighting, all adjusted without the need to twist a knob. Two distinct paths of technological evolution are advancing technology to create… Read More

  • Drones: Putting China’s economy on autopilot Crunch Network

    Drones: Putting China’s economy on autopilot

    The global drone market has been rapidly expanding, attracting loyal consumers while integrating itself as an emerging pillar in the technological sector. One country that has seen an extremely rapid rise in drone growth in terms of usage and production is China. Already heavily invested in producing intermediate parts for other aerospace vehicles, the Chinese are starting to prove themselves… Read More

  • US agency issues privacy guidance for drone operators

    US agency issues privacy guidance for drone operators

    The NTIA has published voluntary best practice privacy guidelines for the use of commercial and non-commercial drones to gather personally identifiable data, agreed by a consensus of stakeholders. Read More

  • The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    Having spent a good deal of time flying UAVs like DJI’s Inspire 1 and Phantom 4, I like to consider myself experienced with drones. So when I came across Horizon Hobby’s Vortex 250 Pro racing drone, I didn’t think twice that it was labeled for “the experienced pilot”. I thought I’d take off, hover around my house, maybe snap some photos or videos. Boy was… Read More