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Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance …

Drones

The real reason to get pumped about drone delivery

Hint: It has nothing to do with pizza.<p>Over the past couple years there's been a steady stream of stories about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aka drones, being used for deliveries. There was the Domino's Pizza delivery in New Zealand, the 77 7-Eleven drops to customers in Reno, Nevada, and Google …

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service Launches Drone Delivery Pilot Project

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has announced plans to launch a large scale pilot program exploring use of drones to deliver vital supplies to ships in …

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introducing BIKI, the first bionic + wireless underwater drone

the bionic design minimizes volume and weight, making it 30% more effective, and includes an infrared positioning sensor to avoid obstacles and adapt …

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MIT researchers develop a drone system that can do a camera operator’s job

The next step in virtual directing<p>Shooting professional quality video with a drone is not an easy task, and often requires multiple human operators. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) think they’ve found a way to take humans out of the operation …

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Super agile, ball-fetching drone could make your human friends obsolete

Why it matters to you<p>Drones equipped with smart planning algorithms have the potential to be even more useful.<p>Kids develop the skills to catch a ball …

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The Aurora presets are like Instagram filters for pro drone videographers

Why it matters to you<p>Enhancing color in aerial video is time consuming, but these new presets make quick work of the process.<p>PolarPro, the company …

Tutorials

A6D-100c

<b>Sensor Type</b><p>CMOS, 100 mega pixels (11600 × 8700 pixels, 4.6 × 4.6 μm)<p><b>Sensor Dimensions</b><p>CMOS, 100 mega pixels (11600 × 8700 pixels, 4.6 × 4.6 μm)<p><b>Image</b> …

Cameras

Hasselblad takes to the sky with its latest 100MP camera designed for drones

Why it matters to you<p>Realistically, it probably doesn't mean much considering the price tag will likely be as much as a new BMW.<p>Just a month after …

Cameras

Indiana police departments want drones. There’s just one big problem.

Indiana's two largest police departments both want drones; one for crowd surveillance at major gatherings Downtown, the other to monitor traffic at events such as the Indiana State Fair.<p>There's just one problem. Both uses appear to be against the law in Indiana.<p>As the cost of drones drops and …

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Georgia Tech Just Solved the Problem with "Drone Swarms"

Here’s a terrifying image: A “swarm” of drones dart through the open sky, thinking and moving as one group using a shared A.I. Imagine if the birds …

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Echodyne’s pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

Just because we live in an age of many sensors doesn’t mean we always have the right one for the job. One in particular we’ve been lacking is a radar system that can detect obstacles and aircraft hundreds of meters out, yet fit comfortably on a small drone. The laws of physics, it seemed, prevented …

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New world record set for longest drone delivery

A future where drones drop off your online orders is another step closer this week after a new record was set for the world's longest drone delivery. …

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Watch the Lighted Drone Display That Opened Dallas' Robot Conference

Robots are walking, crawling and flying into the future. And Dallas has opened the doors of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center to them for …

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The Best Drone for Beginners

Remote controlled drones used to be something just the military used, but a few years ago they were downsized and rolled out for consumers and just …

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Drones Helps Coffee Grower Evaluate Crop Health 85% Faster than Manned Aircraft

Aerial Mapping Company uses DroneDeploy and FarmSolutions to Stop Guinea Grass in its Tracks and Save Crop Yield<p>When it comes to agriculture, timing …

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Drone Uses AI and 11,500 Crashes to Learn How to Fly

“Learning to Fly by Crashing,” a paper from CMU roboticists Dhiraj Gandhi, Lerrel Pinto, and Abhinav Gupta, has such a nice abstract that I’ll just …

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Parrot Launches First Commercial Drone The Disco-Pro AG (video)

French drone manufacturer Parrot has this week unveiled a new range of commercial drones it has created specifically designed for small to …

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Coaxial Drones

[Glytch] has been building drones since before they were called drones. Instead of submitting his time machine into the Hackaday Prize, he’s throwing …

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Parrot makes first play for commercial drone market

The French dronemaker Parrot is following up on its plans to shift away from consumer drones with a new Pro line rebranding a couple of its existing UAVs for commercial use. The company has refreshed its fixed-wing Disco model for aerial surveillance of farms and agricultural setups, while it's …

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Parrot reimagines Bebop, Disco drones with thermal camera and 3D mapping options

Why it matters to you<p>Parrot's Disco and Bebop drones have added packages designed for 3D mapping, thermal imaging, and agricultural inspections, with …

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Sonic Boom Rattles Florida as Unmanned Aircraft Makes Landing

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — U.S. military officials say an unmanned aircraft orbiting Earth since May 2015 has landed in Florida.<p>The Air Force posted …

Aerospace

StreetDrone zooms in on universities

StreetDrone, a UK-based company believes autonomous vehicles should be easier for those in the education sector to acquire, complete with all the sensors and tech needed to provide a platform for research and study.<p>In an effort to accomplish this mission, they have created the StreetDrone ONE, an …

College & University

DroneDeploy Offers Real-Time Drone Mapping With Fieldscanner

Drones are a guilty pleasure for many tech fans who can be seen flying their latest gadget on a beach near you this summer. In a world where people feel the urge to go the extra mile to make their travel videos stand out on Facebook and Instagram, there is an argument that the aerial footage from …

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The drone industry takes two steps forward

On Thursday the FAA released an entirely new kind of map that will open up controlled airspace for drone pilots. To date, controlled airspace was a broad five-mile radius around an airport that restricted drone flight. The new three dimensional grids are less draconian. Instead of indiscriminate …

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This Drone Once Fought Wars. Now It’s Fighting Climate Change

This March, a truck pulled onto a runway in Oregon, towing a miniature plane for a test flight. At 650 pounds, the plane was too large to be a toy, …

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How drone swarms could help protect us from tornadoes

Eyes in the sky<p>Tornadoes tore through much of the Midwest and Southern U.S. this weekend. More than a dozen people were killed, and the trails of destruction stretch from Texas to Maryland.<p>Tornadoes aren't just dangerous because of their sheer power: they're also extremely difficult to predict. On …

Weather

Fancy a Grand Prix race in the open air? Get started by building your own DIY racing drone.

Interested in getting into the drone racing scene, but don’t know how to get started? Not to worry. These days you can build your own rig with …

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