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Drones hit new heights at CES 2016

With so many drone expos popping up throughout the year, I don't know that CES will ever become the place where all the big manufacturers come to make any major announcements. Case in point, the biggest announcement for the category actually came from Intel at its press conference where it …

Drones

10 Of The Coolest Gadgets We Saw At CES 2016

We met tons of brand new tech startups at CES this year and saw gadgets ranging from health-focused wearables, drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR headsets. We even got views of the Las Vegas strip from 1,000 feet off the ground in the UberCHOPPER. These were the hottest hardware startups and most …

Gear & Gadgets

Even Paper Airplanes See a (Pricey) High-Tech Future at CES

The humble paper airplane has just been given a digital upgrade.<p>Israeli firm PowerUp Toys showed off a paper plane equipped with some of the latest drone technology at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>"We are actually introducing first person view flight to paper airplanes. So you …

Google and Lenovo announce first Project Tango smartphone

Tonight, Google and Lenovo teamed up to announce the first consumer Project Tango device, a smartphone.<p>GPS is remarkably well adept at helping us travel across town or across the country, but what it’s truly lacking is any sense of scale in the way it deals with shorter trips.<p>For example, at the …

Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm wasn’t kidding around when it said it wanted to break its Snapdragon chips out of phones and into drones, and now we know what that looks …

Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies

Intel has made yet another hardware acquisition to build up its business of integrating its processors and RealSense imaging technology into the next wave of connected devices beyond PCs. Today the company announced it has purchased Ascending Technologies, a Germany-based startup that makes small …

Meet the world's smallest camera-equipped drone

The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand -- it's roughly 1.5 inches square -- yet it's able to livestream and record video in 420p. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone, and it's so tiny that users don't have to register it with the Federal …

How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

John Sung Kim Contributor<p>John Sung Kim is the founder of Five9 and DoctorBase (acquired by Kareo).<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What’s Really Killing Digital Health Startups<p>I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just …

Google’s Cloud Vision API brings deeper understanding to apps, robots and drones

Google is at the forefront of machine learning, and has already brought some of its AI-powered technology to apps like Gmail and Search. It’s also keen to get its tools in to the hands of developers and recently made Tensorflow machine open source. As part of that focus on giving developers the …

Singapore students design personal flying machine

Ever wanted your own personal flying machine?<p>Well, a team of engineering students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) appear to be one step closer to making that a reality after they successfully tested a craft that is capable of vertical take-off and landing with one person on …

Australia's using drones to protect its coasts from sharks

While shark attacks are rare in Australia, every year a handful of people lose their lives while swimming off the country's coastlines. New South Wales (NSW) government officials know there is no easy way to reduce risks, but have committed to spending AU$16 million ($11.6 million) on a new "shark …

New South Wales

This week we’ll know whether Amazon can start making drone deliveries

If Amazon is going to deliver your DVDs, diapers, Oreos and tablets by drone in the near future, the US government is going to need to see it first.<p>Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires commercial drone operators to keep their drones within the line of sight of the pilot, …

America’s Whitest City Explodes With A Fusion Of Inclusion

Mike Green Contributor<p>Mike Green is a co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, a national consultancy pioneering the field of inclusive competitiveness.<p>It’s tough to see at first glance that diversity matters in Portland, Oregon. After all, Portlandia is widely known as the “whitest city in America.” But …

If You Want Tech Freedom, Congress Needs To Change A Law

Freedom is critical to the economic engine of Silicon Valley, but laws are not often written to preserve it.<p>A federal decision in October let consumers unlock cell phones, tinker with their tablets and hack into some aspects of their connected vehicles’ software — as long as they don’t break other …

Net Neutrality

Game of Drones: remote controlled, hovering robot minions are cheaper than ever

Drones! They’re not just for extrajudicial killings any more. On the contrary, the latest flock of these floating, flying hoverbots has recently hit …

Awesome Live Streaming Paper Airplane Drone, PowerUp FPV Launches From $159 (video)

Shai Goitein has partnered with Parrot to create an awesome first person view paper aeroplane drone that is capable of live streaming footage from …

Drones Go To College: Northwest Universities Add Programs in Unmanned Aerial Systems

If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your time has come. Many institutions of higher learning around the …

The future of drones is apps

Phones used to just call people. Then we put cameras and the internet in them, and a man in a mock turtleneck created one that revolutionized the way we communicate. You might be surprised to hear it, but we’re near a similar inflection point with drones. Right now, they’re seen either as scary, …

FAA

'Light field' camera maker Lytro announces professional VR video rig

Camera maker Lytro drew our attention three years ago with what it called "light field" photography. Instead of focusing at a specific depth, its camera would capture everything in range of its finder, so you could do things like pick a focus <i>after</i> taking the picture. It was a fascinating …

Aeryon Named UAV Partner for Microsoft Video Platform for Police Agencies

Aeryon Labs is partnering with Microsoft on its new Microsoft Advanced Patrol Platform (MAPP) vehicle. Microsoft has chosen Aeryon’s SkyRanger UAV to …

San Francisco bans drones during Fleet Week with a $10,000 fine

Fly your drone at San Francisco's Fleet Week festivities, face a fine of up to $10,000.<p>In other words, don't fly a drone at the Fleet Week.<p>The San …

San Francisco

Google Patents Holograms For Glass, Which Could Involve Magic Leap

Today Google published a patent application for using holograms in a head mounted display like Google Glass. It would effectively let Google create augmented reality experiences that superimpose computer-generated imagery (CGI) atop the real world. Filed in March 2014, the patent shows Google’s …

Scientists Have Built a One-Way Tunnel for Sound

It can go in both ways, but it only comes out one.<p>Researchers at Nanjing University in China have created a one-way sound tunnel using special linings. The tunnel, which is four inches wide, takes in sound from both sides, but only lets it escape from one.<p>It's all thanks to special 3D-printed …

Engineering

Want a drone for Christmas? So do a million others.

Forget the latest Apple releases: The most in-demand gadgets this holiday season might just be drones.<p>About a million drones may be sold as Christmas …

Drones

Building a drone to fight fires

Engineering whizzes at Olin College and MIT are working to craft a drone that would aid—as opposed to hinder—fire fighting.<p>Professors from the two …

RED’s new sub-$6k Raven camera can be had drone-ready

Red is the maker of some very high-end cameras that have bene used to shoot some of the most popular movies in Hollywood, one example is The Hobbit. …

Forbes Welcome

A glimpse into how eco-drones are changing environmental research for the better

Drones are being used widely for environmental research and wildlife preservation. To shed the negative connotation, they are more commonly referred …