a1ik

3,675 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 1 Following | 298 Followers | @a1ik | Keep up with a1ik on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “a1ik”

Intel uses Bluetooth to keep flying drones from colliding

You might think of Bluetooth as that handy radio technology that connects your phone to your wireless earbuds. But Intel has co-opted it to try to keep drones from falling out of the sky.<p>The chipmaker has proposed a system called Open Drone ID with which the unmanned aircraft, whether piloted or …

Washington D.C.

Analysis backs claim drones were used to attack Venezuela’s president

Analysis of open source information carried out by the investigative website Bellingcat suggests drones that had been repurposed as flying bombs were indeed used in an attack on the president of Venezuela this weekend.<p>The Venezuelan government claimed three days ago that an attempt had been made to …

Drones

New technology created to hunt down drones

After an apparent assassination attempt of Venezuela's president, new systems to track and bring drones down are in the spotlight. CNN's Samuel Burke reports.

Emerging Technology

The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight

The high-powered microwave system would be mounted to an aircraft<p>The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. In a public solicitation last Friday, the agency announced its intention to purchase an airborne high-powered microwave system from Lockheed Martin, which is intended …

Drones

Mavic 2 leaked specs reveal two versions, one with a Hasselblad camera

When DJI launched the compact Mavic Air drone in January for $800, it seemed like there was no longer a compelling enough reason to splash money on …

Drones

DJI's next Mavic drone might have 360-degree obstacle awareness

Now that DJI has made its semi-pro drone technology more accessible through the Mavic Air, what's it going to do for operators who prefer the Mavic Pro line? Check off a few of their bigger wish list items, apparently. <i>DroneDJ</i> has obtained a photo of what looks like a sequel to the Mavic Pro, …

Drones

China is testing creepy drones that look and fly like real birds to monitor citizens

Considering that China already uses biometrics to identify Beijing metro commuters, facial recognition surveillance at large events and smart glasses to assist police in apprehending criminals, it's not as though the country needs to step up its game when it comes to surveillance technology.<p>As a …

Drones

This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

The flying taxi could soon be spotted in Dubai and Las Vegas.<p>Most drones are small, and carry nothing except cameras. But Ehang Corp, a major Chinese drone maker, has been busy testing its Ehang 184 flying taxis, a drone designed to transport people. It's now completed more 1,000 test flights with …

This net-blasting security drone can stay airborne forever. Here’s how.

The popularity of hobby drones has led to an uptick in flights in restricted areas such as airports, prisons, and even government facilities.<p>It’s a …

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking New Anti-Drone Legislation in National Security Effort

In a renewed effort to clamp down on potentially threatening drone use, the United States Department of Homeland Security today will be urging Congress to approve new anti-drone legislation. Specifically, the proposed legislation would give the U.S. federal government new powers "to disable or …

Watch 200 Intel drones light up the 2018 Code Conference sky

High-tech fireworks.<p>Intel’s Shooting Star mini drones lit up <b>Recode’s Code Conference</b> sky on Wednesday night. If you watched the Olympics this year, you’re familiar with these cool, tiny balls of light.<p>Over 200 Shooting Star drones were at <b>Code</b> this year. The drones, which weigh less than a pound …

Alphabet's X lab explores using AI to improve food production

Add Alphabet to the growing number of companies hoping that AI will solve food production problems. The Google parent brand's X lab has revealed that it's exploring ways machine learning could improve farming. While X hasn't focused on any specific solutions, lab leader Astro Teller told <i>MIT</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

What May Be U.S.’s First Drone-Linked Aircraft Crash Is Being Investigated

A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina this week may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related …

DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year, if that. That probably doesn’t leave you feeling too great about your purchase, but it also leaves an expensive piece of professional equipment lying …

World's first passenger drone makes debut in China

The world’s first passenger drone made by Chinese tech company EHang Inc. made its debut in the southern city of Guangzhou on Tuesday.<p>The electrically powered vehicle, also known as EHang 184, is operated by an automated flight system so passengers don’t have to bother with driving.<p>"None of the …

DJI will create no-fly zones around Olympic venues in South Korea

Days ago, South Korean authorities announced that they'd capture any drone that got too close to Olympics event facilities. If you have a DJI-made craft, you won't even be able to get close. The UAV maker is releasing a software patch that creates a no-fly zone around Olympic areas.<p>For the duration …

Drones

DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch

DJI is supposed to announce a new drone tomorrow but this appears to be it. Called the Mavic Air, the small drone looks to be a combo of foldable Mavic Pro and the affordable Spark. I’m interested.<p>According to DroneDJ, the small drone will have four foldable legs, a 4k camera, 3-way gimbal and a …

DJI and Ryze join forces to launch the $100 Tello drone

<i>This post was originally published on Dgit.com.</i><p>A company called Ryze has teamed up with DJI and announced an affordable drone called Tello. It can stay in the air for up to 13 minutes, has a 720p camera on board, and features collision detection that will make sure the flying device won’t crash …

Drones

Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

Boeing just revealed a prototype drone capable of carrying much more than a camera. The company tasked engineers with designing and building a cargo drone and the prototype they came up with is able to haul 500 lbs of goods.<p>The vehicle is huge and much larger than anything DJI sells. It weighs 747 …

New Jersey mulls law against operating drone while drunk

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Do you wonder about some of the people who fly drones in your neighborhood and annoy the living being out of you?<p>Do you feel these people might be not all there -- or least a little the worse for …

GoPro Kills the Karma and Exits the Drone Business

GoPro just announced that it’s exiting the drone business and cutting 20% of its workforce, confirming earlier reports of major layoffs in the …

Homeland Security claims DJI drones are spying for China

A memo from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE) has been making the rounds and it states some pretty bold claims about drone-maker DJI. The memo, which was apparently issued in August, says that the officials assess "with moderate confidence that …

What can fly, swim and dive? This tiny robotic insect.

Imagine going to the beach and catching sight of a bee buzzing past you, then watching as it dives into the water, swims below the surface and shoots back into the air a few seconds later.<p>The beach setting may just be a November dream — but the rest of that vision? Not so far from reality. …

CNN Uses Vantage Robotics' Snap Drone to Win FAA Fly-Over-People Waiver

The news network is now allowed to film over crowds using a lightweight video drone Image: Vantage RoboticsVantage Robotics' Snap drone weighs just …

NowThis Future

The company behind the AK-47 just made a hovercraft for war

Drone detects heartbeat and breathing rates

<b>Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed drones that can remotely measure heart and breathing rates.</b><p>Image-processing systems combined with specially created algorithms allow the drones to detect vital signs in several people at once, while they are moving.<p>The drones could be …

Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones

WASHINGTON — At the vast, windswept White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this year, nearly a dozen military contractors armed with laser guns, high-tech nets and other experimental systems met to tackle one of the Pentagon’s most vexing counterterrorism conundrums: how to destroy the …

Here’s a Map with Up-to-Date Drone Laws For Every Country

Obeying local law when flying your drone is paramount, but those laws vary from country to country – with some not allowing drones in at all. To help …

Egan Airships Announces PLIMP, a Plummet-proof Plane-Blimp Hybrid UAS

Egan Airships today presents PLIMP™, a plummet-proof™, plane-blimp hybrid UAS that can fly and hover while bringing advances in safety, visibility …