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LAPD adds drones to arsenal, says they'll be used sparingly

The<p>Los Angeles Police Departmenthas acquired some eyes in the sky.<p>On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two "unmanned aerial vehicles" as gifts from the Seattle Police Department.<p>The Draganflyer X6 aircraft, which resemble small helicopters, are each about 3 feet wide and …

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Paper Airplanes Turn Into Remote-Controlled Drones With These Tiny Devices

In less than a minute, this gadget turns a paper airplane into a drone that can be controlled with your smartphone.<p>The PowerUp 3.0 is a miniature propeller, rudder and engine that will carry your paper airplane a full 60 yards and back with its Bluetooth-controlled components.<p>The PowerUp 3.0 gives …

The undersea drones revealing the ocean's secrets

When Typhoon Rammasun swept through the South China Sea in July, a tiny ship was trapped in its path. The deadly storm whipped up waves over 10 meters high and winds approaching 200 miles per hour. Any regular boat would have been smashed to pieces, but this craft just a few feet long sailed …

Take off & land anywhere: Russia unveils hybrid amphibious drone vehicle - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

A drone hybridized with an amphibious hovercraft has been presented at the Innoprom-2014 technology exhibition in Russia’s Yekaterinburg. This unique …

Forget Drones. 'RoboBees' and 'RoBirds' Take Flight.

If you think drones are cool, our skies are about to get a lot more high-tech. Researchers are developing robotic birds and bees -- and they might take flight soon.<p>This isn’t what your parents had in mind when they talked about the birds and the bees.<p>One group of researchers from Northeastern …

Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple …

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The 7 Most Viral Drone Videos In The World

From scenic desert landscapes to hundreds of feet above the ocean, drones enable photographers to reach new heights to film both exotic and familiar locations from a new perspective.<p>We've collected the most "viral" drone videos, using YouTube to find the drone videos that have been shared and …

Star Wars-Like Drone Racing Might Be the Craziest Way to Use Your New Camera Copter

A group of drone pilots in France have found a very different use for their custom-built camera drones than your typical, beautiful or incredible …

What's the difference between a drone and a toy? The pilot

Drones seems to be everywhere now, even in the sports world. Check out the one that just invaded a soccer match between Serbia and Albania — and sparked a riot.<p>If you look at, it seems more like a toy. It has four rotors lit up by green and red lights, looking a lot like a great stocking stuffer. …

Joystiq Deals: Code Black Drone, PSN discounts

Today at Joystiq Deals, we're giving you control over your very own camera-equipped drone. The Limited Edition Code Black Drone is up for pre-order at $89 today, saving you more than $100 on its launch price. Fitted with an HD camera, the Black Hawk Drone features a six-axis flight control system, …

10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education [Slideshare]

<b>10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education</b> from <b>Vala Afshar</b><p>The commercial and private use of drones is soaring. The devices are capturing news video, assisting farmers, filming movies, delivering packages, surveying real estate, recording vacation travel logs, and providing disaster relief. Lux Research …

Drone flying Albanian nationalist banner causes riot during Serbia soccer match.

A brawl broke out during a European soccer game between Serbia and Albania on Tuesday—and it started with a drone. Just before halftime of the match …

Pilot claims drone almost hit passenger aircraft

A report from the UK's Airprox Board says that the co-pilot of an AT72 flying near London had a near-miss with a quadcopter at its right wing.<p>To those used to their skies being relatively blue and quiet, drones are something of a pox.<p>It seems, though, that pilots are especially concerned.<p>A report …

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Check out the ‘ambulance drone’ that could one day save your life

A student in the Netherlands has come up with the idea of fitting out a quadcopter with a defibrillator to create what is believed to be the world’s …

China Has Unveiled a New Laser System to Shoot Down Drones | VICE News

China's has unveiled a new laser system to shoot down small, low-flying drones. On Sunday, scientists at the China Academy of Engineering Physics announced they had perfected a laser that shot down drones flying up to 110 miles per hour at altitudes of as high as 1,600 feet as far as 1.2 miles …

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This Drone-on-a-Leash is Hoping to Become the Aerial Photographer’s Best Friend

Aerial photography drones are more ubiquitous than ever. But as wonderful as they are for documenting the world around us from a bird’s-eye view, …

GoPro-ready Ghost drone touts easy tilt control and auto-follow mode

As a recent <i>South Park</i> episode suggests, Parrot and DJI are the two most recognizable names in the consumer drone market right now, but they are about to face a new contender. Merely three months ago, we met Ehang who showed off its heavy-duty hexacopter at <i>TechCrunch Beijing</i>; and now, the Chinese …

The Anura Drone Folds Up To Fit In Your Pocket

Drones have begun their takeover on the tech scene in recent years. But even with all the options we have, there’s nothing that offers real …

DARPA wants to build an Avengers-like flying aircraft carrier, to make drones even more effective - ExtremeTech

By on November 11, 2014 at 9:41 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Drones are an increasingly …

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Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the …

How drones are expanding beyond just hobbyists and spies

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — If you thought drones were just for hobbyists or CIA spies, you thought wrong.<p>With more mid-tier drones hitting the market …

‘Reckless or malicious’ civilian drone use ‘harassing’ public – police

Unlicensed drones controlled by members of the public are being used to harass people, police chiefs have warned. They further warn the technology is being used in protected airspace.<p>Addressing the House of Lords, Chief Inspector Nick Aldworth said unmanned drones were “undoubtedly” being used in a</i> …

NASA Is Working on Creating Bioengineered Drones Made of Mushrooms and Bacteria

Bacteria can be genetically engineered to become onboard sensors.<p>Drones—especially autonomous ones—can sometimes creep people out because it seems like they have minds of their own. But a new, NASA-backed research project seeks to create something quite different: A living, breathing, biodegradable …

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An Animated History of the Drone | Mashable

Can 3-D Printed Drones Help Save Wildlife?

Scott “LB” Williams, Director General, Reserve Protection Agency<br>It’s a war zone at this point. The value of a rhino horn is worth more than 10 times the value of the rhino alive. Poachers are coming in. They’re well armed. Most of them are coming in in teams now and they come in with assault …

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Facebook Is Building Out Its Drone Team

Facebook's on the prowl for engineers to help build drones that will deliver wireless Internet coverage.<p>Facebook is aggressively working to expand a team to build drones and other aircraft, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.<p>The company posted three new drone-related job openings …

The FAA's upcoming commercial drone rules could be brutally restrictive

The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming drone rules might require all operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, which cites sources familiar with the rule-making process. The report says that licenses "likely to …

Woman 'humiliated' after drone snaps her sunbathing topless

An Australian grandma was left "humiliated" after a real estate agent's drone snapped her sunbathing topless in her own backyard — and the image was …

Best drone gifts: DJI Phantom, Parrot AR, Rolling Spider reviewed.

I’m dreaming of a drone Christmas. Tiny drones tucked into stockings. Bigger drones beneath the tree. A drone for Dad, another for Junior, a third …