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Microsubs' size may be deceiving

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are already both smaller and less expensive than manned submarines. A British consortium has recently taken …

Science

The company behind these pocket-sized military surveillance drones just got bought for $134 million

The Black Hornet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>The leading maker of thermal imaging sensors, Flir, bought a Norwegian drone maker for $134 million, the company announced Wednesday.<p>Flir acquired Prox Dynamics, which makes the Black Hornet, a tiny nano-drone used by the military and …

Military

Lighthouse Locates Drone; Achieves Autonomous Battery Swap

The HTC Vive’s Lighthouse localization system is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen in a while. It uses a synchronization flash followed by a …

Lighthouses

Failure Photos

Albezia julibrissin (silk tree) trunk failure. There are 13 reports for this species in the database. Photo: unknown<p>Acer sacharrinum (silver maple) …

Biological Species

Rise of the drones: from policing the streets to painting your house

With automation and artificial intelligence the delivery of parcels is only the tip of the iceberg for the next generation of drones<p>Drones and the transport revolution: see what’s coming next - interactive<p>If technology companies have their way, the buzz of a drone will soon be as ubiquitous as the …

Gear & Gadgets

How Drones Are Changing Our View of the World

Seeing the world from above is a metamorphic experience. A leafless tree becomes a spider web, a circus transforms into a box of sweets, while a …

Photography

On A Dark Street, You Can Summon These Drones To Light Your Way Home

Fleetlights are streetlights that travel with you.<p>If you get off the train from work late at night and have to walk or bike down dark streets, a U.K. insurance company wants you to be able to call up a small fleet of drones to accompany you—acting as lights that fly with you to illuminate your path …

Airplanes

Pocket-sized drone slides right into a smartphone case

Just like the selfie stick before them, tiny drones are giving those concerned with self-portraiture more reach than ever before. The AirSelfie is …

Gear & Gadgets

User-friendly drone flies like a copter and like a plane

Fixed-wing drones are more energy-efficient than quadcopters, and can cover long distances more quickly. Quadcopters, however, require less space to …

Airplanes

French Air Force turns to eagles to fight terror drone threat

The French Air Force is training up a new type of special force in the fight against armed drones that could be used in a terrorist attack: eagles.<p>L'armée de l'air considers rogue drones “a credible threat for a terrorist mode of action on our national territory just as they do for external …

France

How about a drone to help you catch fish?

AguaDrone is fully waterproof, can land on water and uses sonar to pinpoint your target.<p>If you're looking to improve the quality of your catch, or just terrorize the local fish, you should check out AguaDrone. As the name implies, it's a drone that's been specifically designed to operate on water …

Gear & Gadgets

These 500 Drones Flying In Formation Are The Fireworks Of The Future

No smoke, no explosives. See what your Fourth of July will look like once drones take over.<p>In the 18 minutes it takes to blow up 30-some tons of fireworks for the Fourth of July show on the National Mall in D.C., it costs the government more than 200 grand. Bigger shows—like the massive Macy's show …

Fireworks

A Drone Hammock Will Be Mankind's Greatest Triumph

We desperately need this fiction to inspire real life.<p>While drones are poised to change the worlds of commerce and food delivery, perhaps we should be focusing on how they can change the world of luxury as well. That's the premise of this ingenious Netherlands-based Dutch insurance ad: …

Gear & Gadgets

Domino's delivers world's first drone pizza

Domino's claims it has completed the world's first pizza delivery by drone.<p>The company says it shipped a peri-peri chicken and a chicken and …

DJI Drops Jaws with Seriously Powerful Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Drones

Apparently, total domination isn’t quite good enough for DJI. It’s not enough that the Mavic has received rave reviews, beating the GoPro Karma so …

Gear & Gadgets

Fuel-cell drone is good to go for 10 hours

HES Energy Systems raised a few eyebrows last May, when it announced development of a fuel cell-powered quadcopter that could potentially stay …

Gear & Gadgets

Drone Racing Is About To Become The World's Next Major Sport

Motorsport is in a funny place right now. Formula 1 is a watered down, relatively dull product with more politics defining it than <i>House of Cards</i>, and …

Gear & Gadgets

DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be put to work by people other than enthusiastic dorks with a gadget habit — doing tasks like helping …

Gear & Gadgets

A drone fell out of the sky and landed at this guy’s feet, and we can’t stop laughing at his hilarious reaction

Imagine standing outside and minding your own beeswax when a drone falls out of the sky, lands at your feet and leaves you confused AF. Is this an …

Gear & Gadgets

Inspector robot: Panther is a driving, flying drone

It can carry up to 15 pounds, too.<p>What, exactly, is the best body for a robot? Flying is energy intensive, and most commercial drones can only go about 20 minutes on battery power. Driving on wheels is more energy-efficient, but limits the robot purely to what it can find on the ground. The Panther …

Gear & Gadgets

DartDrone puts US farmers in its crosshairs

Guns and commercial drones have crossed paths before, ranging from harmless foam-firing toys to more unsettling stories of drones packing …

Agriculture

This Bill Gates-backed startup says it just knocked down one of the last things stopping drones from taking over the world

Echodyne, a radar array startup with investors including Bill Gates, his Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, and Seattle's own Madrona Ventures, just made what the company considers a landmark announcement for the future of self-driving vehicles.<p>Basically, Echodyne's big breakthrough …

Startups

Delft Designers Create New Form Factor for Drones

The Delftacopter's got the Wright stuff<p>The members of Delft University of Technology's MAV-Lab ("MAV" stands for Micro Air Vehicle) have created a …

Design

China reveals 'world's most powerful' combat spy drone that can bomb targets relentlessly for days before refuelling

The plane - codenamed CH-5 - can fly further and longer than other drones, including an ability to conduct bombing for up to two days<p>A new Chinese …

Here's the World's Smallest Drone Spinning Itself Into the Air

The tiny Piccolissimo, the world's smallest self-powered drone, weighs only 2.5 grams and is as small as a quarter.<p>Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have unveiled the world's smallest self-powered drone, which weighs only 2.5 grams and is the size of a quarter.<p>The tiny drone is called …

Airplanes

Joby's wild 16-rotor convertible aircraft for long-range, high-speed, electric VTOL commuting

Personal electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) commuting may not be far off, thanks to accelerating improvements in battery technology. Joby …

Airplanes

Watch a drone hack a room full of smart lightbulbs from outside the window

S.O.S.<p>The Internet of Things is turning into a security nightmare. Following that massive DDoS attack that used an IoT-botnet to interrupt major swaths of the internet a few weeks ago, <i>The New York Times</i> outlines a threat detailed in a new report pleasantly titled "IoT Goes Nuclear." In it, …

Airplanes

Torqued: Drone Rules Could Stifle Student Interest

No, this isn’t an article about rogue drones or what we have to fear from drones in the hands of novice fliers. Far from it. This is about how the …

Airplanes

Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the University of Pennsylvania is one the tiniest yet.<p>It’s called Piccolissimo, both Italian for smallest …

Robotics