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Use The Force (and an Apple Watch) to fly this drone

A team of researchers in Taiwan have managed to turn an Apple Watch into a sensor that can be used to control a drone using only hand gestures, reports Reuters.<p>PVD+, a team of technologists and engineers worked with National Chung Hsing University to develop a programming language they called Dong, …

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DJI just launched new software to stop its drones from flying in restricted airspace

On Thursday, drone manufacturer DJI launched a beta version of its new "geofencing" system, something the company says will keep its drones from flying into restricted airspace. The new feature is called Geospatial Environment Online (GEO), and it will let users know about areas where drone flight …

How drones can detect crop problems early to keep farmers on track

From Sri Lanka to Uganda, UAVs with near-infrared sensors are monitoring plants for pests and disease, with implications for agricultural policy worldwide<p>The traditional image of a farmer standing in a field, squinting anxiously at the sky for signs of rain, may be about to get a 21st-century …

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First-person drone-racing is the coolest hobby you didn't know existed

(FILES) This February 1, 2014 file photo shows a small remote-controlled drone as it hovers in the sky during a meet-up of the DC Area Drone User Group in Middletown, Maryland.<p>Now, before you press play on the below video, be warned: you may want to grab a garbage bin first. People who partake in …

Four questions business owners should ask about drones

More than a toy for high-tech hobbyists, drone technology has the ability to revolutionize the way companies do business. And we are already seeing …

The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today.<p>If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (and that’s pretty much every drone that isn’t a toy like the Parrot MiniDrone), you have until …

Home insurer Allstate's drone project takes flight

The company, which has been working with EagleView Technologies to test these drones, said that "drone flights are seen as possible improvements to claims efficiency for Allstate, especially after a catastrophe".<p>The insurer said that when physical access to a neighborhood is restricted by local …

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Six Mistakes Executives Make When Choosing a Drone Solution

Commercial drones are helping businesses improve operational efficiency, make better decisions, and keep workers safe. With rapid and repeatable …

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DJI’s Latest Drone Saves Crops From Pests

DJI made its name building high-end consumer drones, but its latest model shows where the future may lie for the Shenzhen-based company and its competitors.<p>An eight-rotor drone, the Agras MG-1 is supposed to provide a safer alternative to current methods for spraying crops, including small planes, …

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 …

Even Super-Small Drones Would Have to Register Under Federal Proposal

Author: Klint Finley. Klint Finley Business<p>Date of Publication: 11.23.15.<p>Time of Publication: 5:41 pm. 5:41 pm<p>The Wild West days may soon be over for …

How Drones Are Already Being Used to Help Save People

A lifeguard-controlled drone scours for sharks at Seal Beach in Southern California. In Germany, a drone brings a defibrillator to a man on a golf course having a heart attack. And during the floods in Texas this year, drones served up flotation devices to stranded people.<p>While the Federal Aviation …

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If you don't have approval from the FAA, your drone video is a 'black eye' on the industry

I saw your article on drone photography in Philadelphia. Are you and <b>Philly By Air</b> aware that these pictures are taken in very restricted Class B …

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Chicago drone flight restrictions advance

Chicago aldermen on Thursday tried to get their arms around the fast-evolving, increasingly popular practice of flying unmanned drones over the city, advancing a set of rules meant to protect low-flying jets, fans at outdoor events, schoolchildren and others from the remote-controlled craft.<p>The …

Futuristic Tesla Drone Features A New Twin Blade Design

Introducing the Tesla Drone, a unique reinterpretation of drone ingenuity. Its design aesthetic was focused towards two things: redefining longevity …

Drone hits the Seattle Great Wheel

Loading...<p><b>SEATTLE</b> - A drone careened off the Seattle Great Wheel into a plastic table on the patio of neighboring Fisherman’s Restaurant.<p>Security …

Drones Are as Good—or Bad—as the People Who Control Them

Thousands of “drones,” small unmanned aircraft that are popular with hobbyists, are used everyday to provide new perspectives on our world. The best …

Hands-on with the Parrot Airborne Night Minidrone

Parrot unveiled a new line of Minidrone toys that can hover, jump, or cruise on water. I tried out the new Parrot Airborne Night Minidrone, which lets you take to the skies at night.<p>As you can see from the pictures, it looks pretty cool flying at night, with light-emitting diode (LED) lights that …

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Qualcomm Wants to Do for Drones What It Did for Smartphones

The wireless chip company is betting on cheaper drones that are easier to build.<p>One of the reasons smartphones have become as popular as they have around the world is because they became relatively easy to build, thanks in no small part to chip companies.<p>Qualcomm, the $26 billion (2014 sales) …

Is it OK to shoot down a drone over your backyard?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last month, a Kentucky man shot down a drone that was hovering near his backyard.<p>WDRB News reported that the camera drone's owners soon showed up at the home of the shooter, William H. Merideth: "Four guys came over to confront me about it, and I happened to be armed, so that changed their …

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Facebook Builds Drone to Bring Internet to the World

Facebook <b>released this video showcasing its Wi-Fi enabling drones. These unmanned aerial vehicles are part of the company’s plan to bring the Internet</b> …

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FAA records detail hundreds of close calls between airplanes and drones

On Sunday, a swarm of small rogue drones disrupted air traffic across the country on a scale previously unseen in U.S. skies.<p>At 8:51 a.m., a white drone startled the pilot of a JetBlue flight, appearing off the aircraft’s left wing moments before the jet landed at Los Angeles International Airport. …

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Agricultural drones change the way we farm

Agricultural drones may change the way we farm<p>Major innovations in farming are at hand, thanks to a rapidly evolving industry.<p>By John …

Sense and Avoid System for Recreational UAVs

Panoptes Systems has introduced a sense and avoid capability for recreational unmanned air vehicles that offers protection over the intellectual …

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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, …

Congress Set To Increase Drone Research

Congress is poised to boost research towards integration of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, into the nation’s air traffic system. That …

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The American Farm Bureau Federation, Informa Economics and Measure, a drone as a service company, have released a study that identifies and quantifies the benefits of drone technology in precision agriculture.

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Boeing just patented a system for recharging drones in mid-air

Aircraft and defense systems manufacturer Boeing was granted a patent this week for a system to recharge drones in mid-air. Our friends at PatentYogi explain how it works in the video above.<p>The patent, awarded to inventors James Childress and John Viniotis, describes the use of drones equipped with …

First-ever U.S. package delivery by drone to happen in Virginia - Washington Business Journal

By Jacob Demmitt <br>– Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal<p>Jun 24, 2015, 10:13am EDT<b><br>Updated</b> Jun 24, 2015, 11:00am EDT<p>It looks like a drone will be …