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Amazon is expanding drone delivery testing in the UK

Amazon is partnering with the British government to expand its testing of delivery drones, paving the way for commercial air deliveries for UK residents. The expanded testing, announced today in a press release, involves Amazon working with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to focus on operating …

Amazon

Wearable drone that Unstraps from your Wrist to take photos and then Flies back

Nixie is a wrist watch like thing that becomes a camera drone when you want it to be. And it only takes a gesture to set it off. It is a little …

Wearable Tech

FAA Drone Test Site In North Dakota Will Soon Cover Two-Thirds Of The State

Two-thirds of North Dakota will soon be open for drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it has greatly expanded the existing drone test site in the state and, thanks to a second expansion that’s already in the works, the test site will eventually cover …

North Dakota

7-Eleven (3382) beat Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) to the punch with the first drone delivery in the US — Quartz

Convenience stores are called as such because they’re everywhere and almost always open. But earlier this month, 7-Eleven took that concept to another level: The chain partnered with Flirtey, a drone delivery company that completed the first government-sanctioned drone delivery in the US last year, …

Drones

Six Ways Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—better known as drones—have been used commercially since the early 1980s. Today, however, practical applications for …

Agriculture

Facebook’s terrifying internet drone has made its maiden voyage

Facebook wants to bring internet to the most remote parts of the world, and the first part of its plan to do so has taken flight. A massive, foreboding wing-shaped drone, nicknamed Project Aquila, recently completed its first test flight in Arizona, Facebook announced today.<p>Nearly a year ago, …

Drones

Lockheed Martin’s Hydra Fusion builds 3D maps in real time from drone footage

A drone is a great eye in the sky, but if you want richer data than what its cameras show — for example, detailed 3D maps — you might be looking at a few hours of processing time. That is, unless your HQ is rocking Lockheed Martin’s cool-sounding Hydra Fusion tools, which can build that 3D map in …

Maps

Fastest-ever production drone is also one of the smartest

Teal can reach 70MPH, packs a 4K camera and runs custom apps.<p>As a rule, the fastest drones tend to be either prototypes or one-off homebrew models. Even the quickest off-the-shelf drones are pokey in comparison. Teal, however, doesn't think you should have to compromise. It's launching a namesake …

Drones

This Drone Wants to Rid The World Of Landmines In 10 Years

Please let this life-saving, kickstarter drone campaign take off<p>A Netherlands-based Kicktstarter campaign wants to use drones to get rid of landmines in the next decade.<p>The Mine Kafon Drone is an aerial vehicle that can map landmine-rich environments, do effective sweeping searches with metal …

Unmanned Aircraft

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

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 makeover as researchers explore the use of drones on farms from Sri Lanka to Uganda.<p>The ability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to hover low over …

Drones

Drone Pilot Arrested For Flying Over Wildfire in California

A firefighter near a wildfire in Azusa, California on June 20, 2016 (Associated Press)In the past couple of years, firefighters in California have …

Drones

These amazing Star Wars drones let you battle with the Millennium Falcon

The Millennium Falcon may have an iconic shape, but it was never designed to fly. That is, until toy makers Propel got their hands on it, and turned it — along with three other classic <i>Star Wars</i> ships — into some of the most straightforwardly fun quadcopters I’ve ever played with. “It’s basically a …

Millennium Falcon

A quadcopter drone developed by McGill University computer scientists can make surprisingly accurate dot pictures of people. — Quartz

Scientists at McGill University have developed a robot that could conceivably rank as one of the world’s great artists. Well, sort of.<p>The team of scientists, led by Paul Kry, has written complex algorithms that allow a small quadcopter drone to fly in front of a canvas and to paint on it using …

Drones

This scientist can control a swarm of drones with his thoughts

What’s the only thing that could make a regular drone sound boring? A swarm of thought-controlled drones, of course.<p>As unbelievable as it sounds, …

Drones

Utah Allows Authorities Take Out Drones That Are Too Close Wildfires

Violently if necessary.<p>Utah is set to become the first state in the nation to allow authorities to disable and even crash drones that are flying too close to wildfires. The state's governor, Gary Herbet, is expected to sign legislation authorizing the action after an emergency session of Utah's …

Wildfires

Small Bird-Shaped Drone Crashes In Mogadishu

Unmanned avian vehicle<p>A bird-shaped robot crashed in Mogadishu earlier this week. It was covered in dirt and grime, with signs of heavy wear, shoddy construction, or both. The bird-bodied drone looked tired, if it’s possible for a machine to look tired. In that weary, mechanical body, we glimpse …

Drones

The new millennial fad: Drone racing

You know who are the worst? Millennials, that's who. God, I hate them so much. Okay, that's a silly thing to say. You know who are the actual worst? …

Drones

Yuneec Typhoon H drone is full of awesome power and frustrating complexity

Flying a drone is tricky business. The prosumer models are powerful, fast and can get into trouble in a hurry if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why smart, logical design and intuitive controls are so important in the drone game.<p>It’s also where the Typhoon H from Yuneec partially …

Drones

The Winning Shots From This Drone Photography Contest Will Blow Your Mind

These images are stunning.<p>Flying high above the ground and operated remotely, drones can be used for military engagements, surveillance purposes -- and taking extraordinary photographs.<p>Many people use drones to capture remarkable images from locations that lie beyond their physical reach. Aerial …

Drones

The Truth about Drones in Construction and Inspection

We have just released a new research study titled “The Truth about Drones in Construction and Infrastructure Inspection.” The free report is the …

Construction

10 3D Printed Drones to Satisfy Your Inner Pilot

The world of 3D printing is definitely a fun one, full of endless creativity and innovation. In my opinion, some of the best things (for now) to ever …

Unmanned Aircraft

These 9 photos could be the best drone images you see all year

Imagine an Instagram that’s just for drone photos. Got it? Good, because that’s what Dronestagram is all about. Now, imagine that all the best photos …

Drones

Stunning drone-snapped photos get high honors

It used to be that if you wanted to take a photo from up high, you either had to come up with clever ways to harness and hoist your camera, or you …

Unmanned Aircraft

A small step for commercial drones, a giant leap for the future of aviation

Last week marked the biggest event in commercial drone history. America’s skies will now be officially open for business for the safe and responsible …

Drones

Seed-shooting drone could change how we manage forests

If Oregon startup DroneSeed has its way, foresters in the Pacific Northwest may be in for a surprise the next time they are out in the field. Instead …

Startups

An Artificial Intelligence Just Beat A Real Human In A Dogfight

(From the movie Stealth, in which an autonomous fighter jet goes rogue because of reasons. Looks terrible.)An A.I. named “ALPHA,” made by a company …

Artificial Intelligence

Automatically Create 3D Models and Maps With Your Drone

I have to admit that this isn't something I had envisioned doing with a drone, but boy, is it neat. DroneDeploy allows you to autonomously create 3D …

3D

Airvinci ducted fan helicopter prototype set for take off

There's been a bit of a renaissance in designs for personal flying craft over the last few years, with everything from conceptual electric fan …

Aviation

The Truth about Drones in Precision Agriculture

Over the past few years, the press has emphasized how much commercial drones will be used to improve farming. The assumption is that drones provide …

Drones