Drones at Work

By Craig Leppan | Drone Capability and Commericial Applications

Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons and airports. SkySafe’s radio frequency signals are …

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Aero-Robotics and Cycle Counts – Deeper Dive

Aero-Robotics and Cycle Counts - Deeper Dive<p>In this episode of MHI View, we cover some of the technological challenges and solutions related to …

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How drones will change our retail experience, our cities and our skies

The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon has been the focus of much attention over the last week. And it’s not only retailers that are taking notice. With our increased desire for delivered goods, drone companies are looking toward Amazon as a way to shepherd in the use of drones in mainstream …

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Here are the world's largest drone companies and manufacturers to watch and invest in

From conceptualization to actual application, drone manufacturers have taken the theories of sci-fi movies and books and turned them into real-life applications, giving birth to the phenomenon of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Drone makers worldwide have been significantly influenced by the accelerated …

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EXCHANGE: Drones help local farmers, businesses

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — As Greg Mitts guides an aerial drone over farm fields he creates more than just pictures. He can provide farmers with detailed data that can locate bug infestations, plant diseases and harvest indicators.<p>"We create a 3-D model of the field that lets the farmer turn and twist and …

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FAA Is Working on a Remote Identification System For Consumer Drones

Year after year, drones are becoming more popular with the public and the industry is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. This, coupled with …

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Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones

Muhanga, Rwanda<p>The world’s first commercial drone delivery service operates from a hill almost smack dab in the middle of Rwanda. A barbed wire fence surrounds a field, a white tent, and a control tower. From here, Zipline, a San Francisco-based robotics company, delivers blood by drone to almost …

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Personal Camera Drones Don’t Need to Be Registered with the FAA Anymore

Heads up: if you’re the new owner of a camera drone in the United States and you’re not planning to fly the drone commercially, you no longer have to …

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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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DCS latest<p>Latest<p>Every morning at the construction site down the street from my office, the day starts with a familiar hum. It’s the sound of the regular drone scan, when a small black quadcopter flies itself over the site in perfect lines, as if on rails. The buzz overhead is now so familiar that …

The Drone Industry: Thoughts From an Outsider

New pilots need education.<p>I’ve always loved technology and recently became one of the growing number of Americans to buy a drone. Like many drone operators, I marvel at the current commercial and recreational applications as well as the potential for the future. The FAA estimates there are 1.9 …

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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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Drones are good

CANAL FULTON A pair of drones hovered in the sky, about 75 feet above the ground, near a pavilion at Heritage Park on Saturday afternoon.<p>They mostly …

That's no balloon, it's a drone! Halo takes to the skies as latest trend in UAVs

At the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey recently, a casual observer could be forgiven for mistaking the floating object within for a giant onion, …

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Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

After drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for nefarious purposes, like spying on corporations, carrying contraband across borders and into prison yards and, sadly, turning the aerial robots into weapons. Drone crashes also put people and …

With DroneDeploy’s Fieldscanner, pilots can create maps as they fly

Flying drones to inspect a farm, construction site, or any other venue from overhead can generate a huge amount of data. It takes time, though, for drone users to upload and turn this high-resolution data into maps, graphs or business intelligence they can act upon.<p>Today, a data management platform …

Q&A WITH JONATHAN EVANS - INDUSTRY

<b>INTRO TO JONATHAN EVANS OF SKYWARD</b><p>Drones. An emerging tech category bursting with intrigue, wonder, controversy, and opportunity. We recently sat …

The FAA Just Released a No-Fly-Zone Map for Drones

Check this map before you fly!<p>Emerging technologies bring new regulations, and consumer drones are a prime example. The Federal Aviation …

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Drone Racing League returns to ESPN with faster, more crashable aircraft

Zero to 80 in under a second<p>We took a spin by the headquarters of the Drone Racing League this week to check out the newest version of their custom quadcopter, the DRL Racer3. The league, which airs on big networks like ESPN and Sky, says it reached an audience of more than 30 million viewers …

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An Uber model for manufacturing is ready to upend the industry

Nazareth Ekmekjian was on a tight deadline, and news from the machine shops wasn’t good. A designer for Boston-based Piaggio Fast Forward, a transportation and robotics subsidiary of Piaggio Group, Ekmekjian needed a prototype of a component made within a week and a half. But every shop he …

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The hoverbikes are coming

Autonomous passenger drones might be coming to Dubai this summer, but in Russia I had the chance to check out this startup which literally wants to build a hoverbike.<p>Emerging from the Skolkovo “startups and science park” just outside of Moscow, human-carrying drone maker Hoversurf has created a …

How Flying a Drone Could Send You to the Slammer Even When the FAA Says It’s OK

You may want to think twice about where you fly a drone the next time you travel across the U.S.<p>Although the Federal Aviation Administration is in …

DJI’s Official Power Line Drone Doesn’t Come With a Flamethrower

Drones can be pretty useful to electrical workers: quadcopters allow them to inspect power lines remotely and sometimes literally burn trash off a …

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Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science …

The best drone of 2017 (so far) is the DJI Mavic Pro

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an unmanned aerial vehicle!<p>Drones have revolutionized both the professional and recreational photography and …

This Tiny Drone Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee - Bloomberg

<b>Innovator</b> Eijiro Miyako<b><br>Age</b> 37<br>Senior researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan<p><b>Form and</b> …

Cultivating Top Crops With a Drone’s Watchful Eye

Agriculture is one of humanity's oldest and biggest businesses. The World Bank estimates the industry is worth more than $2.4 trillion. But as land …

DJI Introduces M200 Series Drones Built For Enterprise Solutions

DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Sunday unveiled the new Matrice 200 drone series (M200), which is purpose-built for professional …