Drones at Work

By Craig Leppan | Drone Capability and Commericial Applications

Cheap VR headsets could drive the next industrial robotic revolution

Consumer virtual reality has been a flop so far—but that doesn’t mean the technology is worthless.<p>Low-cost VR headsets could be the key to teaching industrial robots how to do more complex jobs in a shorter amount of time says Pieter Abbeel, president and co-founder of the startup Embodied …

Robotics

The sophisticated DJI Spark drone

<i>Boing Boing is proud to welcome Wellbots as a sponsor!</i><p>DJI Spark is the best and most affordable drone on the market. It has a sophisticated design, …

Drones

Photographer melted his drone to capture lava flows. It was worth it

Photographing volcanoes can be dangerous, but it’s certainly an experience to remember. Israel-based photographer Erez Marom traveled to Hawaii to …

Photography

Missing Dog Found After 3 Days, Thanks to Drone

In Marshfield, Wisconsin, a family is finally reunited with their missing dog after three days of distress. Now, a local drone entrepreneur wants to …

Drones

Wireless charging will make drones always ready to fly

Drones are great until you realize running all those propellers, a camera, GPS and other assorted technology bits are a real drain on the battery. If you're just using one for images it's not too big of a deal. But if you're using one for surveying, security or delivering burritos, swapping out …

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NVIDIA Scores 2 Drone Wins -- Including the AI for an E-Commerce Giant's Delivery Drones

Move over, driverless cars: The artificial-intelligence player has also begun conquering the drone space.<p><b>NVIDIA</b> (NASDAQ:NVDA) is on track -- or …

Stocks

Drones are more helpful than ever in hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida

The view from the ground after a devastating hurricane is heartbreaking. The view from the sky is more revealing.<p>Unmanned aircraft — small and large — swooped in during the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to get a glimpse of the devastation. That's why insurance companies have been using …

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Autonomous drones can now almost 'see in the dark' with this new camera

The research was partly funded by Darpa for military and civilian use.<p>A research team from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, has developed a …

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Incredible Footage of a Drone Racing Up a Mountain Had Me Reaching For a Seatbelt

Remember the RC toys you had as a kid? The ones you would lose control of when they went out of range 50 feet away? Gabriel Kocher’s custom-built …

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Global Multirotor UAV Market Report 2017

The report on the Global multirotor uav market research report 2017 market studies market indicators that are important to present revenue …

Hurricanes Show Why Drones Are the Future of Disaster Relief

When it comes to assessing damage and spotting people in distress, drones may be hard to beat.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>Having moved on from its path of destruction in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma is now bearing down on Florida. And as anxious Floridians board up their windows …

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone launches: better battery and less noise

<b>DJI is one of the most well-known drone manufacturers, and its launch of the new Mavic Pro Platinum is another attempt to become the go-to drone</b> …

Fully autonomous drone maker Airobotics nabs $32.5M, expands into defense

Airobotics, a startup building autonomous drones for the enterprise sector that do not require humans to get involved in any aspect of operating them, has picked up $32.5 million in funding to expand its business into defense and homeland security, and to expand its business globally.<p>The Series C …

Startups

MIT figured out a better way for drones to use RFID technology

With a clever hack<p>A research team at MIT has created a clever new way for drones to use RFID technology in warehouses for stock-keeping purposes. It lets companies use much smaller, safer drones to find stuff in giant buildings than was possible before.<p>When RFID tags started replacing bar codes in …

RFID

Drones in Houston would be a force multiplier for rescue efforts – so why is the FAA telling them to stay away?

As I write this some of my closest friends and their families in Katy, Texas, the place I grew up, are being evacuated from their homes. The Army Corps of Engineers is telling them the nearby Barker Reservoir will soon overflow, sending several feet of water directly into the path of their home.<p>The …

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Drones with RFID-relays promise more accurate inventory tracking

Tracking stock in modern distribution warehouses is a huge challenge for even the best-run businesses. Lost items reportedly cost American retailers …

Drones will watch Australian beaches for sharks with AI help

Humans aren't particularly good at spotting sharks using aerial data. At best, they'll accurately pinpoint sharks 30 percent of the time -- not very helpful for swimmers worried about stepping into the water. Australia, however, is about to get a more reliable way of spotting these undersea …

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MIT researchers use drone fleets to track warehouse inventory

Imagine a warehouse buzzing with tiny drones that automatically track and monitor inventory from afar, leaving workers free to manage and move material. That's the new system developed by MIT researchers, which could prevent mismatches and help employees find particular items faster on top of …

MIT Media Lab

Big Drone Show announces first round of technology-disrupting speakers

The Sky Guys Ltd. (“The Sky Guys”), Canada’s leader in drone technology, and Cambridge House International announced the first round of speakers at …

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Drug cartels are now using hulking drones to smuggle goods over the border

How does a drug smuggler avoid border patrol on the ground? One man figured he'd fly his 13-pound (5.9 kg) haul of meth over the border from Mexico …

Drones

Herrera Bladeless Drone

Winner of a 2016 Red Dot Design Concept award, the Bladeless Drone from Mexico's Edgar Herrera takes on the two biggest problems with traditional …

Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery

From donuts to life-saving anti-venom, drone delivery draws attention to what the technology might look like in a few short years. While the full potential of drones extends beyond transport, there’s little doubt that the fledgling technology will turn consumer package delivery upside down.<p>As …

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What are drones good for? Common commercial applications of drones in agriculture, business and the military

Considered to be one of the most resourceful and multipurpose innovations of the century, drones have managed to perforate numerous segments of the global economic sphere.<p>Having uses in fields ranging from filmmaking to farming, drones have managed to capture a major share of the commercial, …

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Watch as drone owner lands his craft on deck of £3billion supercarrier in Invergordon without anyone noticing

The fact the remote controlled aircraft was able to make it unnoticed raises security concerns as the drone could easily have carried explosives.<p>A …

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DJI’s Spark drone was already feature-packed, but now it can do even more

When it launched in May, DJI’s diminutive Spark drone impressed us with its slew of intelligent flight modes and clever gesture controls.<p>Now the …

Secret Service to test drone to boost security at Trump property

(Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday it plans to deploy a small drone during President Donald Trump's visit to his golf club in New Jersey this month as the agency considers new ways to provide protection.<p>In a document released Wednesday, the agency said it planned to use a small …

Transport Canada quietly relaxes rules for recreational drone flyers

Transport Canada has revised its safety measures for recreational drone users, allowing drones to fly much closer to airports, people and vehicles …

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Exploring agricultural drones: The future of farming is precision agriculture, mapping, and spraying

What Are Agricultural or Farming Drones?<p>Agricultural drone technology has been improving in the last few years, and the benefits of drones in agriculture are becoming more apparent to farmers. Drone applications in agriculture range from mapping and surveying to cropdusting and spraying.<p>On the …

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What Investors Need to Know About Camera Drones

Small camera drones keep getting cheaper. That's good news for consumers, but bad news for the stakeholders and would-be investors in the companies …

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