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.

Intel drones light up sky to celebrate LGBTQ pride

Intel's famous drone light shows have entertained crowds for CES, the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, and now the company's drones have taken over the sky to celebrate Pride.<p>Intel Shooting Star drones lit up the nighttime sky over the company's at Folsom, California, campus on June 23 in a …

LGBTQI

Parrot responds to the Mavic Air with its own folding drone

This morning, Parrot unveiled the Anafi, a new drone clearly targeted at DJI’s Mavic line. According to the French company, the new portable UAV is the product of two years of development and a “wish list of user feedback and a biomimetic design inspired by insects.”<p>Like the Mavic, the 0.7-pound …

Drones lift up latest Time cover in spectacular night-time display

Food delivery drones take flight in China

You don't have to wait for food delivery drones... if you live in the right part of China. Alibaba's online meal giant Ele.me has been cleared to use drones for delivering orders in Shanghai's Jinshan Industrial Park. The initiative won't deliver directly to your abode, but it will save you a lot …

China

Uber Plans to Test Food Delivery by Drone

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal …

DJI launches a new emergency drone program in Europe

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI just announced a new joint pilot project for using drones for emergency services in Europe. The project was announced at the EENA conference in Slovenia and will be the second partnership between EENA and …

Zipline's second-gen drones speed its medical delivery business

"Controller is ready, airspace is clear, slight headwind," a loudspeaker announces. "Launching Zipline 140 in 3, 2, 1..." And then an airplane-like styrofoam drone with a 10-foot wingspan catapults into the air above a quiet ranch in Yolo County, California.<p>Startup Zipline is putting its second …

Drones playing bigger role in Japanese crop management

Drones are finding increasing use in Japanese agriculture as farmers start to use the unmanned aerial vehicles for crop inspection and other purposes.<p>…

Unmanned Aircraft

10 Drone Stats That Will Blow You Away

The UAV revolution has begun.<p>The global drone market is enjoying explosive growth. Unmanned aerial vehicle technology is reshaping major industries …

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a …

Drones

Intel’s new Shooting Star Mini drones can make indoor light shows

You can’t buy just one, sorry<p>Intel has long been proud of its drone-based light shows — including airing a (pre-taped) halftime show at the last Super Bowl. Today at its CES keynote, the company introduced a new version of those drones, called “Shooting Star Mini.” The innovation here? They’re tiny …

Drone-powered ‘Uber for blood’ is delivering life-saving medical supplies in Africa

Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the …

SF Express to use logistics drones for emergency services

Chinese logistics giant SF Express carried out its first demonstration flight using drones to deliver emergency supplies at an airport in …

Emergency Medicine

Record-breaking hybrid drone stays aloft for over four hours

Drone technology is getting better all the time, and one area folks are putting a lot of energy into is boosting the amount of time the things can …

Drones

At an Air Show in China, Drones, Not Jets, Are the Stars

WUHAN, China — Need more evidence that China is a global force in technology? Just listen for the low whine of tiny propellers.<p>And look up.<p>At the World Fly-In Expo, an air show held in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last month, jets, hot air balloons, autogiros and ultralight planes were …

Remote Controls

Using drones to build the ambulance fleet of the future

Alice Lloyd George Contributor<p>Alice Lloyd George is an investor at RRE Ventures and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”<br>• Behind the scenes with Tezos, a new …

FAA

LAFD Deploys Drones for First Time to Survey Damage, Patrol Hotspots in Skirball Fire

For the first time ever this week, the Los Angeles firefighters used unmanned aerial vehicles as they battled the 475-acre Skirball Fire burning near …

Virginia Tech Helps Malawi Drone Corridor Take Flight

The university's Unmanned Systems Lab helped Malawians build a UAV that successfully delivered a simulated package of med supplies.<p>Virginia Tech / …

Amazon patents self-destructing drone that falls apart in an emergency

You and me both, drone<p>One of the big worries about delivery drones is what happens if something goes wrong mid-delivery? We don’t want people’s parcels (or the drones carrying them) falling from the sky, causing damage and injury. Well, Amazon thinks this might not actually be a bad idea — as long …

Drones to tackle traffic and deliver medical supplies in UK cities

Fleets of civilian drones could soon dart through the skies of UK cities, delivering urgent medical supplies, easing traffic congestion and helping emergency services, according to a Government-backed scheme.<p>Local authorities are being asked to help come up with suggestions for how drones can “meet …

Drones and smartphones help fight malaria in Tanzania

The fight against malaria has been improving, but there's still lots more work to do. For one thing, anti-larval sprays are both expensive and time-consuming -- you can't always afford to spray an entire area. Thankfully, a mix of technology is making that mosquito battle more practical. Wales' …

AT&T's 'Flying COW' drone provides cell service to Puerto Rico

These days, it's just as important to have communication up and running after a major disaster as it is to have power, food and drinkable water. The FCC approved $77 million to fix communications in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, while Project Loon (a collaboration with AT&T, Alphabet and …

Puerto Rico

Japan has started delivering groceries by drones to Fukushima residents

The Japanese town of Odaka is being thrust into the future with drone deliveries<p>Japan is taking humanitarian aid in disaster zones to – quite …

Fukushima

Medical delivery drones could expedite defibrillations

Flirtey, a delivery drone company, is launching its defibrillator drone delivery service by partnering with REMSA, an emergency services …

Emergency Medicine

Alphabet X drones are delivering dinner and drugs to Australians

It may be years before Amazon drones start dropping off items at Americans’ front doors. But down under in Australia, dinner and medications are already arriving from the skies above.<p><b>That’s thanks to a trial from Project Wing</b>, which is part of Alphabet’s X. In a blog post today, Google parent …

Wales

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between …

Alphabet brings burritos-by-drone delivery to Australia

Apparently, Project Wing brought airborne burritos to Virginia Tech last year as preparation for something bigger. Alphabet X's experimental project is now dropping burritos (and medicine) from the skies of Australia as part of a series of tests to figure out how to run a drone delivery service …

Virginia Tech

Amantha Perera

Sri Lankan peeping toms discover drones<p>Drones have become one of the recent gismos to capture the imagination of journalism. And not only that, drone …

Drones Deliver Life Saving Medical Supplies In Africa

In October 2016, Zipline began using drones to deliver medical supplies to health clinics in Rwanda. The San Francisco based company is a combination high tech startup, drone manufacturer, logistics service provider, and public healthcare system consultant.<p>I talked to Zipline’s cofounder and COO, …