Marijn Hilbrink

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Firefighting drone serves as a reminder to be careful with crowdfunding campaigns

I found what could very well be the most amazing crowdfunding campaign ever: an Indiegogo campaign for the world’s first firefighting drone from MicroMultiCopters Aero Technology (MMC). As a lover of both drones and crowdfunding campaigns, I nearly wet myself with excitement — only to dig a little …

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Africa’s commercial drones take off

Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income.<p>South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms …

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Microsoft gets into the home automation game with Insteon partnership

Microsoft announced a partnership with Insteon today, along with some big plans to fully incorporate the popular home automation network into its ecosystem. Starting June 1, an enhanced version of the Insteon app with exclusive features will be made available for Windows Phone 8 devices, along with …

Drones in four near-misses at major UK airports, air investigators reveal

Pilots call for action and warn the four category-A incidents at Heathrow, Stansted, City airport and Manchester are just the tip of the iceberg<p>Airline pilots have called for a clampdown on drones, warning of potential disaster after four separate near-miss incidents at UK airports were reported in …

Microsoft Announces The First Technical Preview Of Azure Stack

With Azure Stack, Microsoft wants to bring its Azure cloud computing services into its customers’ data centers. Today, the company announced that it will launch the first technical preview of Azure Stack later this week on Friday, January 29.<p>For now, this is a pretty limited version of Microsoft’s …

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12 watch experts share their favorites from the last year

We've reported on hundreds, if not thousands, of watches over the past year — from the new releases at SIHH and Baselworld to rare vintage finds and expansive personal collections— but now it's time to find out what we, your Hodinkee writers, editors, and contributors, wore the most in 2015.<p>Now in …

Watch a drone autonomously land on a moving car

The German Aerospace Center has recently demonstrated a technique that enables UAVs to touch down on top of moving cars. And let's just say, if there were a modern version of <i>Knight Rider</i>, we imagine this is how his intelligence-gathering, search-and-rescue drones would land. During the test flight, …

Game of Drones at CES in Las Vegas

They may not yet be as common as phones or cars, but remote-controlled drones are definitely a force to be reckoned with.<p>At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the drone zone has doubled since last year. The big talk this year was the model being launched by GoPro, which needs to move fast …

Drone Shoots Net to Safely Capture Rogue Drones

In the future, drones could patrol the skies, hunting for other drones. They might not need lasers or advanced technology to do it — instead, they could simply use a net.<p>Researchers from Michigan Technological University's HIRoLab have created a "drone-catcher" that ensnares rogue unmanned aerial …

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Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies

Intel has made yet another hardware acquisition to build up its business of integrating its processors and RealSense imaging technology into the next wave of connected devices beyond PCs. Today the company announced it has purchased Ascending Technologies, a Germany-based startup that makes small …

How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations

GoPro started working on drones a few months ago in order to stake a claim in this multibillion-dollar market. This is a natural for them, as they will be able to offer the best flying immersive camera on the market — completely autonomous, no pilot required. We explain here why they could be the …

The FAA’s Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running

As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today.<p>If you live in the U.S. and own any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds (and that’s pretty much every drone that isn’t a toy like the Parrot MiniDrone), you have until …

Tag Heuer Introduces The $1500 Carrera Connected Smartwatch

Tag Heuer has just officially announced their new luxury smart watch called the Carrera Connected.<p>The company’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver let slip a few details of the watch this morning, in an interview with Le Matin, saying that it will go for $1,500 and have “almost the same functionality” of the …

Kickstarter project of the week: Fleye is a “safe, fun and autonomous” drone

Kickstarter is a bit of an interesting website. There’s a plethora of innovative products being funded in there, but there’s also a bunch of worthless projects. In the Kickstarter project of the week series we hand pick the best and bring them to your attention. And do remember we will be featuring …

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With Launch Of FindTime, Microsoft Outlook Users Get Their Own Built-In Meeting Scheduler

Microsoft released a new tool today designed to give Outlook users an easier way to schedule meetings. Called FindTime, the add-in is one of the more practical applications to be released from Microsoft Garage – the company’s internal R&D initiative where a number of apps and services are trialed …

Pebble's latest smartwatch is one of my favorites, but it has one critical flaw

It's the thinnest and lightest smartwatch available, and it's a great alternative choice to Pebble's relatively thick and chunky smartwatches. The company said it built the Time Round because its thinner design and round face will be more likely to appeal to women.<p>That said, the Time Round isn't …

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​Drones in 2015 move from 'wow, that's neat' to 'uh-oh'

In 2015, as drones started swarming the skies, the small unmanned aircraft transformed from novelty gadget to regulatory headache.<p>Drones, most often camera-equipped quadcopters whose four computer-controlled rotors keep them aloft, are hot items as consumers snap them up and businesses put them to …

Motorola's fitness-focused Moto 360 Sport will be available in January

Motorola today announced that its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch will be available for purchase starting on January 7th in the US. It will be available in the UK and France a couple of weeks earlier, starting on December 18th. The $299 Moto 360 Sport is based on the Moto 360 that was released earlier …

4 Great Drones That Won’t Crash Immediately (And One That Will)

Soon even Santa will start delivering presents by drone so it pays to learn how the big man is going to get it done. Here are four good flyers (and one not so good one) that will be great way to get some air after the holidays.<p>We’ve tested all of these and are comfortable in recommending even the …

Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

We don’t just plan to talk about the Cloud at TechCrunch Disrupt London in two weeks time on December 7th-8th (Agenda, Tickets). The conference will also cover the booming world of Drones that are literally <i>in</i> the clouds. Here are our panelists for the discussion.<p><b>Chris Blackford</b> <br>/> Chris is driving …

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.<p>The video, …

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Amazon’s Drone Video Is The Perfect Devious Holiday Ad Campaign

Amazon showed off a brand new Amazon Prime Air video yesterday. While it’s interesting to see that the project is still alive and moving forward, you can’t help but think that Amazon is trying to boost its holiday sales and public image with Prime Air.<p>This isn’t the first time Amazon has talked …

Todoist is bringing its popular productivity app to Windows 10

Todoist's take on the to-do list is handy for keep your daily agenda organized, and now it's available for Windows 10 users. The free productivity app is available for Microsoft's operating system as a preview, syncing those important tasks across mobile and desktop devices. And yes, it will update …

Drone companies are doubling down on maps with safety in mind

By Matt McFarland<p>DJI, the world’s leading drone maker, announced Tuesday it’s revamping its maps to better inform drone pilots of nearby risks, while being careful not to restrict reasonable flights.<p>The new maps may prove most valuable when temporary flight restrictions are issued for areas ravaged …

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DJI will prevent you from flying your drone into restricted airspace starting next month

Starting next month, you won’t have to worry about flying your DJI drone into restricted airspace because it won’t let you.<p>A new system called Geospatial Environment Online will prevent users from entering into, taking off or landing in restricted airspace. It will also update itself routinely, …

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Zano drone Kickstarter collapses as company seeks liquidation

A Kickstarter campaign that raised more than £2.3m has collapsed.<p>The Zano mini drone, which claimed to be an "intelligent, swarming, nano drone", was …

FAA Tests System To Let Drones Sense And Avoid Obstacles

Steer clear<p>On Monday, the FAA is going down to North Carolina to see if drones can learn to avoid obstacles. The tests will take place at Butner, about 200 miles away from where the Wright Brothers first flew, and the milestone in aviation they’ll mark is much more modest. The brothers proved …

Judge says drone was invading the privacy of the man who shot it

William Merideth, the man from Kentucky who shot down a drone earlier this year, told <i>WDRB</i> that he felt vindicated after a district judge dismissed the charges against him, even if the accuser can still take the case before a grand jury. He was originally charged for firing his gun within city …