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.

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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Amazon patent details the scary future of drone delivery

Amazon became the world’s most popular online marketplace by making sure customers can shop for nearly anything without leaving home. The company recently filed patents to indicate it wants to do more than just sell you the things you ask for though — it’s developing drones to drop your purchases …

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These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky

Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above.<p>For the past five years, a group of villagers in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar has painstakingly planted 2.7 million mangrove trees in an …

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Drones will have to be registered in UK safety clampdown

Owners of drones over 250g will need to show they understand safety and privacy laws as government acts after dozens of near-misses with aircraft<p>Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government.<p>Dozens of …

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Climate

UNICEF Begins Drone Testing for Humanitarian Use

UNICEF, along with the Malawi government have begun testing the use of <b>drones</b>, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), for possible humanitarian uses. With …

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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Drones to the Rescue

Airborne drones carrying defibrillators could help revive people stricken by cardiac arrests far more quickly than ambulances can, a new study finds.<p>Swedish researchers found that drones launched from a local fire station arrived within about five minutes at the homes of 18 people who had …

Health

Drones hunt down rare plants in Hawaii by going where people can't

Endangered plants were found on steep cliffs on the island of Kauaʻi<p>There's something inherently creepy and annoying about drones buzzing over our heads — a frequent backyard irritation in cities like New York. But it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful: an uncrewed drone discovered …

Wildlife

Drones carrying defibrillators could aid heart emergencies

CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.<p>Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes …

Medicine

Drones could deliver a literal ton of stuff to remote villages

One of China's biggest e-commerce operators is planning to build a logistics network with drones at its backbone, as it seeks to further expand its …

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MIT's camera drones are smart enough to get the perfect shot

Over the last few years we've seen more camera drones than we can count, but getting the best footage out of them will take something extra. While many big budget productions are already using drone cameras, a system developed by MIT and ETH Zurich researchers goes beyond mere Steadicam or even …

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A drone flew 97 continuous miles to complete one of the longest drone deliveries in the U.S.

It flew for more than two hours.<p>A drone flew a total of 97 miles to and from Austin, Texas, last week to complete one of longest drone deliveries yet in the United States, ferrying a four-pound package with a machine part. The drone flew a set route over various Texas farm roads before reversing …

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NASA's Global Hawk Drones Make Science, Not War

Since taking to the skies in 1998, the Global Hawk drone has developed a chilling reputation. It may not drop bombs, but Northrop Grumman's …

Flying courier drone can drive up to your door

Delivery drones have more than a few challenges, not the least of which is dropping off the package in a convenient place. Do you really want to head out to your yard to collect a box? You might not have to. Advanced Tactics has successfully tested delivery with a drone, the Panther sUAS Air/Ground …

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UK reports 70 drone near-misses at Heathrow in 2016

Heathrow is apparently a magnet for drone pilots fond of flying their devices near planes. According to the latest report from the UK Airprox Board, three planes narrowly missed drones roaming the skies near the airport last year. They're separate incidents from the British Airways plane that …

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Almost 800,000 U.S. drone owners have registered to fly in 15 months

That’s a lot of drones in our skies.<p>The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that more than 770,000 drone owners have registered to fly in U.S. airspace.<p>That’s up from the 670,000 figure FAA chief Michael Huerta shared during his talk at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the start …

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Amazon successfully lands its first drone delivery on US soil in new video

Amazon has its sights set on bringing its delivery services to the next level – and the company has passed yet another noteworthy milestone as earlier this week it successfully landed its first Prime Air drone delivery on American soil.<p>During an invite-only event at its MARS Conference in …

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Can Drones Make a Society More Transparent?

In Hungary, activists are using drone footage to build support for migrants, counter government narratives, and bolster civil society. Magyar

Social Justice

Walmart could soon use drones to deliver purchases

Walmart may use drones like in-store messenger pigeons.<p>The retail giant was granted a patent this week for a system in which drones would shuttle products between different departments inside its stores. The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums to find what …

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Canada has just tightened the rules on recreational drone use

Why it matters to you<p>Drone rules aren't universal, so if you're heading north of the border with your UAV, or anywhere else for that matter, be sure …

Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It's a fleet of flying taxis.<p>Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang …

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Best Drones of 2017

$999.00 at B&H Photo-Video<p>Not yet rated<p>The Flir Duo and Duo R are two GoPro-sized thermal cameras designed to be used on drones.<p>If you've been looking for a discreet, but powerful travel-friendly camera drone, look no further than the DJI Mavic Pro.<p>$999.00 at Amazon.com<p>CNET's Rating<p>9 Design<br>• 8 …

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How to get started with drone photography

Aerial photography and video via drones are awesome--and consumers can now get in on the fun. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start …

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Drone Diary: The DJI Mavic Pro flies autonomously using the Litchi app

Flying a drone manually is fun, but there are some manoeuvres that are virtually impossible to fly smoothly. Circling an object or person, for example. You’d need to constantly change the balance of forward/backward and left/right inputs to fly the circle in the first place, then simultaneously …

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Seafaring drones are navigating Norway's fjords

While there are government-approved test sites for land-based autonomous vehicles in the US, so far there is only one official test site for their seafaring counterparts. Tucked away in Norway's Trondheim Fjord, the test site offers wide, open waters similar to a small sea, but with relatively low …

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The world's 2nd-largest cocaine producer is adding drones to its police force

The Peruvian National Police force is developing a unit of unmanned aircraft for use in aerial patrols and to boost citizen security.<p>According to Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio Iglesias, the drones will be deployed as a complement to the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft already in use by the …

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Land Rover’s new Discovery search and rescue SUV has a roof-mounted drone

A special version of the new Land Rover Discovery dubbed ‘Project Discovery’ and designed for search and rescue operations is actually being deployed with the Austrian Red Cross – complete with a quadcopter drone that can take off from and land on the SUV, even while it’s moving. Magnets lock the …

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This drone photo shows how much damage was done to a Jewish cemetery

Perspective sometimes requires taking a step back.<p>The FBI is trying to figure out who recently knocked down more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. This followed an incident in St. Louis, Missouri, in which vandals damaged 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery. This week, a …

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