Non-lethal UAVs & drones

By Sanjana Hattotuwa | The use of drones for non-lethal, non-offensive purposes anchored to peacebuilding, peacekeeping, the protection and saving of lives, environmental conservation, wildlife protection and humanitarian aid.

Dubai Is Getting Passenger Drones Because the Future Is Here

It’s traffic-busting technology worthy of cult 1960s cartoon family <i>The Jetsons</i>. The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is set to become the world's …

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Amazon's delivery drones could drop packages with parachutes

Amazon's much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might <i>technically</i> finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by <i>CNN</i> suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and technical challenges that drone deliveries present -- …

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Up, up and away: Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.<p>The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai's iconic, sail-shaped Burj …

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Watch a record-setting 1,000 drones take to the sky in China to celebrate the lantern festival

A Chinese city orchestrated a dazzling 1,000-drone performance to mark the end of the Lunar New Year.<p>Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the end of the new year, which takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month (in 2017, that’s Feb. 11 on the Gregorian calendar), with a lantern …

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Why drones are a game-changer for animal research

Over the Southern Ocean and remote Australian grasslands, there are flying robots — drones, actually, but they're not for purposes of counterterrorism or Amazon deliveries. Rather, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by research scientists to sidestep time-consuming, labor-intensive work …

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There Is More to Intel’s Drone Razzle-Dazzle Than Meets the Eye

I commented Tuesday morning that the only topic of discussion in Silicon Valley this week besides opposition to the Trump travel ban is Intel’s drone …

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Drone inspections to cut oil refinery shutdowns

Go by any oil refinery and you'll see stacks at the top of which small flames burn off the waste gas left over from converting crude oil into more …

This huge metal arm can snatch drones right out of the sky

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a way to launch drones into flight and then snag them right out of the air with a system that can be loaded onto a truck or ship.<p>The agency recently released test footage of the next-gen drone tech, currently being developed …

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Intel drones form US flag for Lady Gaga's halftime show

Remember when quadcopter drones juggled balls and formed up into a Star Trek logo? That seems downright quaint compared to what we just saw at Lady Gaga's elaborately produced Super Bowl halftime show. During her first number, 300 Intel drones formed the shape of an American flag, punctuating the …

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Why Intel is filling the skies with drones

Intel is flooding the skies with drones, doing everything from sending them out to inspect massive solar arrays in the Mojave Desert to lighting the night sky above Disney World with 500 drones.<p>It’s all part of a virtuous cycle, according to Anil Nanduri, vice president in the new technology group …

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Lady Gaga Super Bowl halftime show to feature hundreds of drones in aerial light show

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 51 halftime show Sunday will light up the sky with a coordinated swarm of several hundred aerial drones — forming a shapes as they hover above Houston’s NRG Stadium.<p>The 12-minute halftime show, sponsored by Pepsi, will feature Lady Gaga performing under a canopy of shimmering …

NFL

Airbus Is About To Build A Self-Flying Electric Robo-Taxi

With eight rotors on a pair of tilting wings, the Vahana prototype has the sci-fi look you'd expect.<p>If you think self-driving cars are futuristic, imagine them flying overhead. That's what European aerospace titan Airbus has done in designing its Vahana electric, autonomous plane, which can fly a …

Aerospace

The FAA gave the first ever go-ahead for a drone to fly at an airport

It's the first waiver granted for flight in Class B airspace since the FAA came up with commercial drone rules.<p>It’s not legal to fly your drone anywhere near an airport — at least not without a special waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration.<p>For the first time under the FAA’s commercial …

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GoPro’s Karma drone hits the market again 3 months after recall

GoPro reintroduced its Karma drone to the market Wednesday, roughly three months after recalling all the models it had sold.<p>The camera maker pulled its drone model from shelves in early November, after the Karma first went on sale Oct. 23, because a few of the quadcopters “lost power during …

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GoPro’s future is now tied to the revival of its Karma drone — the one that fell out of the sky last year

After a year of job cuts and shuttering its entertainment division, the drone relaunch may not be enough.<p>GoPro is relaunching its Karma drone today, three months after the company recalled the aircraft following reports that some units suffered a power failure during flight and fell from the …

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One of China’s largest online retailers is adding dozens of drone delivery routes to rural villages in 2017

Drones aren’t expected to start regularly delivering packages in the U.S. until 2020.<p>While drones in the United States won’t start delivering parcels on regular routes for a few years, in China it’s already happening.<p>JD.com, one of the largest online retailers in China second only to Alibaba, …

Gear & Gadgets

China’s Launching Drones to Fight Back Against Deadly Earthquakes

The 1556 earthquake that killed an estimated 830,000 people in the Shaanxi Province is but the deadliest example of China’s long history with the …

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Canada may have delivery drones in service by late 2017

The country has approved its first UAV test range ahead of a launch this year.<p>Engadget Job Board<p>Digital Growth Manager at Wealthsimple Wealthsimple - New York, NY, United States<p>Associate Creative Director at Ramsey Solutions, A Dave Ramsey Company Ramsey Solutions, A Dave Ramsey Company - …

DoD shows off its first successful micro-drone swarm launch

The tiny, low-cost UAVs work as a team to collect intelligence at low altitudes.<p>The US military is no stranger to drone development. Over the past few years we've seen everything from unhackable robot helicopters to harbor-defending pontoon platoons -- including the the means to combat them -- come …

Qualcomm’s latest technology allows drones to learn about their environment as they fly

There’s machine learning and flight control onboard the drone.<p>Drones took up a lot of floor (and air) space at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, but one of the most impressive displays of new drone tech came from Qualcomm.<p>The chipmaker showed off the latest iteration of its …

Drone Rules: Federal Aviation Administration Announces It Is Testing Drone Defense System

As drones become a more common sight overhead, the government has started to think more and more about how to protect the skies. At CES 2017, the …

Dobby is a pocket-sized drone with some serious video chops

Drones are a dime-a-dozen at CES, but Dobby is definitely carving a niche for itself.<p>What is it?<p>Dobby, by Zerotech, is a pocket-sized drone capable of 1080p video and a 300 foot range. With a 300 foot range (150 foot height), the 13 megapixel camera offers a 75 degree field of view capable of 360 …

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This Batwing stunt drone swoops and rolls just like in the films

The drone reaches speeds of 30mph with a 200ft range, but only flies for eight minutes<p>What’s cooler than a stunt drone? A stunt drone that looks just like the Batwing.<p>Toy maker Propel has partnered with DC Entertainment to create a drone shaped to resemble the Batman symbol. The drone can swoop, …

The Verge 2016 tech report card: Drones

2016 was a year of highs and lows for the drone industry. DJI led the way with Mavic Pro, a gadget that made huge improvements on the size and simplicity of a powerful camera drone. It fits into a jacket pocket while delivering four miles of range and advanced autonomous features.<p>Unfortunately, …

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Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

<b>The UK government is to fund a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in Tanzania.</b><p>The goal is to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by road or other means.<p>The scheme involves Zipline, a Silicon Valley …

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Amazon patent reveals its drone-deploying flying warehouse plan

Amazon apparently wants to deploy delivery drones from flying warehouses.<p>Amazon's drone-delivery plans apparently don't stop with using flying contraptions to ferry people's purchases to their homes. Based on a patent it filed with the USPTO, the e-commerce giant dreams of launching big floating …

The very best drone photography of 2016

Camera-equipped drones have captivated photographers and viewers alike with breathtaking views of humanity and the natural world. They’ve introduced breathtaking professional-quality ariels into amateur vacation videos, while also allowing those around the world to witness the destruction in Aleppo …

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Drones are being used to keep Cape Town’s beachgoers safe from shark attacks

Cape Town is a well known hotspot for tourists. Especially during peak South African summer (October to February) when thousands of people flock to the country’s coasts. But it’s also a time of the year when sharks attacks are most likely to occur.<p>Next to the United States and Australia, South …

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7-Eleven completes 77 drone deliveries in the US

Yes, the king of Slurpees, taquitos and the Big Bite is dominating at commercial drone deliveries in the US.<p>Oh, thank heaven for drones.<p>7-Eleven, one of the world's largest chains of convenience stores, has completed 77 delivers via drone to customers in Reno, Nevada.<p>The deliveries were made in …

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