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Umbrella drone needs to fix noise issue before anyone can actually use it

June 3, 2018 - 1:01pm

A drone that follows you around with a sun-blocking umbrella is only a prototype, but it has a major flaw: it's annoyingly loud.

Sure it's a convenient way to stay out of the sun and keep your hands free, but the Japanese company Asahi Power Service's "Free Parasol" concept still needs reworking.

SEE ALSO: 3 best drones for capturing epic aerial photos and videos

Demos of the device have been around for the past few years and even in the latest video (at the top of this post) that annoying hum and buzz renders the entire concept useless. 

Listen for just a few seconds and imagine walking around with that incessant buzzing for an hour — that's how long the company wants to have the head-detecting drone last. The drone is expected to come to market in 2019, according to Tokyo-based SoraNews24. It's intended for golfers on sunny greenways. Read more...

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This drone raised more than $3M on Indiegogo, but you can pick it up at its lowest price yet

May 23, 2018 - 11:08am

When a creative crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal, that usually means that people find the prototype promising enough to part with their hard earned money and donate to the project. But when a startup raises 3000 times more than its goal? That means that the promised product must be quite monumental.

SEE ALSO: Remember the Air Selfie drone? It's back and more basic — in the best way possible

Such is the case with the Micro Drone 3.0 — the drone that can be flown by anyone, anywhere.

We already covered this bad boy before, but it's currently at its lowest price yet, so now's the time to take advantage. Read more...

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NASA is attempting to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

May 22, 2018 - 11:37am

NASA will send a helicopter on the Mars 2020 Rover. They hope the mission's success will create a new way of surveying the Red Planet.  Read more...

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Researchers have finally managed to cut the cord on robotic flies

May 18, 2018 - 7:50am

Engineers at the University of Washington used laser beams instead of wires to power RoboFly's first take-off.  Read more...

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Get this tiny drone on sale for less than $60

May 17, 2018 - 3:00am

Over the past few years, drones have become the "it" gadget — and for good reason. "Kids" (and kids at heart) love to steer a high-tech hovercraft, while photographers can capture selfies and breath-taking aerial shots. 

SEE ALSO: 3 best drones for capturing epic aerial photos and videos

The only problem is that most drones are overpriced and unnecessarily large. If you're trying to keep the fact that you still play with toys under wraps, carrying around a giant $500 drone is probably not the best look. That's where SKEYE's Mini Drone comes in for the save. It has all the capabilities of a traditional drone but is a fraction of the size and price.  Read more...

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Here's Uber's flying taxi prototype

May 8, 2018 - 9:38am

Uber is still dealing with the fallout from a deadly accident involving one of its autonomous cars, but that's not stopping the company from moving on to the next transportation innovation.

Ahead of its Uber Elevate conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, Uber shared a prototype of its "flying taxi" with CBS This Morning

"We think cities are going to go vertical in terms of transportation," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS. "We want to make that a reality."

SEE ALSO: Uber CEO: Flying taxis will be a real business in 5-10 years

Uber showed CBS a prototype of the vehicle, which looks more like an airplane-like drone than a flying car. It runs on electricity, and has several stacked propellers that allow for both a vertical lift and a forward thrust. Read more...

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Here's the technology behind those mesmerizing drone light shows

May 4, 2018 - 12:18pm

Ever wonder how drone light shows work? UgCS DDC makes it possible. Their software allows multiple drones to be programmed all at once after being choreographed in 3D animation software.  Read more...

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FBI agents swarmed with drones during a hostage rescue operation

May 3, 2018 - 7:52pm

It's the kind of thing that's surely only cooked up in Hollywood.

A gang of suspects hiding out in the outskirts of a U.S. city used a swarm of drones to flush out FBI agents during a hostage rescue, as reported by Defense One.

SEE ALSO: We're just a few years away from flying Ubers and this tower is already prepping

The revelation comes from the FBI's head of operational technology, Joe Mazel. He told attendees at an unmanned tech conference, Xponential, that agents had set up an elevated observation post to keep tabs on a situation, when they heard the buzz of drones ahead.

The drones made a series of "high-speed low passes at the agents," resulting in authorities losing track of the target. Read more...

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Remember the Air Selfie drone? It's back and more basic — in the best way possible

May 3, 2018 - 3:30am

A little more than a year after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the folks behind the AirSelfie introduced the AirSelfie 2, a strikingly better, more superior follow-up model to the miniature drone.

SEE ALSO: 3 best drones for capturing epic aerial photos and videos

This sophomore version of the device is chock-full of improvements: an upgraded 12 MP camera (a huge step up from the previous 5 MP), a built-in 16GB micro SD card (formerly 4 GB), an increased field of vision of up to 85 degrees, and two more minutes of flight time (versus 3 minutes). It also features improved turbofan propellers that can send it up to 65 feet in the air, as opposed to the previous 30 feet.  Read more...

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One of the best camera drones you can get is on sale on Amazon today

May 1, 2018 - 7:12am

We recently named the Parrot Bebop 2 as one of the best consumer drones and it's currently on sale for $300 off.

Raymond Wong called it a perfect device for beginners:

According to the product page, it's compact and lightweight. Wong even says that you can throw it into a backpack without worry. 

SEE ALSO: 3 best drones for capturing epic aerial photos and videos

Control it with a smartphone or controller and shoot 1080p video and pictures. You can fly continuously for up to 25 minutes, which is on the longer side for consumer drones, and the digital stabilization system makes sure that your footage is smooth. Read more...

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3 best drones for capturing epic aerial photos and videos

April 27, 2018 - 1:44pm

Getting cinematic aerial footage used to require expensive gear such as cranes or helicopters to get the job done, usually totaling thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of production costs.

But that's no longer the case thanks to myriad affordable consumer drones capable of taking off into the sky with a twist or flick of a control stick on a remote or connected smartphone or tablet. Some drones even let you control them with Jedi-like hand gestures.

Picking a drone comes down to price and performance. You want one that's within your budget and has a good balance of top speed, range, and battery life. A great camera is also key for taking sharp   photos and videos. Read more...

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We're just a few years away from flying Ubers and this tower is already prepping

April 17, 2018 - 2:51pm

The Paramount Miami Worldcenter is a 60-story condo tower that will soon accommodate flying air taxis on their roof. The roof has a 5,000-foot landing 'skyport' and a sky lobby for passengers. This could become a reality as soon as 2023. Read more...

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Turn your hand into a computer mouse with this new wearable device

April 11, 2018 - 7:32am

Vicara released a gesture-driven wearable named Kai. This wearable allows users to use their fingers to execute commands on devices like computers and drones.  Read more...

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Snag the Sky Beetle Camera Drone on sale today for less than $30

April 10, 2018 - 8:15am

A camera drone you won't feel bad about crashing? Yes it exists.

Capture some epic shots with the Sky Beetle RC camera drone by TDR. Amazon has it on sale today for less than $30. 

SEE ALSO: Take to the skies with a 1080p camera drone

This beginner-friendly drone uses auto-hovering that automatically stabilizes the drone mid-air and features one-button touch controls for takeoff and landing. The integrated app lets you get a first-person view of your drone's flight with your smartphone so you can take in all your surroundings from the comfort of solid ground. Advanced drone flyers can also adjust these settings for more free-range control. Read more...

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Take to the skies with a 1080p camera drone

April 6, 2018 - 8:36am

Drone flying is all the rage these days, so jump on the hype train with this 1080p camera drone on Amazon today.

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This drone already comes equipped with a detachable 1080p action camera so you can take some awesome trick shots. You can also attach a GoPro Hero camera to it if those cameras are more your speed. Control it from up to 500 meters away. 

According to the product page, it's also easy to control for drone flyers of any skill level.

Other sellers on Amazon list this drone at $180, but you can get it here for only $100.

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Software used to study stars is helping protect the rarest and most endangered animals on Earth

April 4, 2018 - 9:20am

Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University repurposed astrophysical software to track endangered species and help prevent them from going extinct. The system uses drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras capable of automatically identifying the animals thanks to their distinguishing body heat pattern. The drones can also detect poachers making it easier for conservation organizations to fight illegal hunting. Read more...

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Russia's first postal drone has the worst possible maiden voyage

April 3, 2018 - 10:10am

You'd think a country that was capable of undermining an American presidential election would have better drone technology, but you'd be wrong.

People in the Russian city of Ulan-Ude gathered on Monday for the first voyage of a postal drone, meant to deliver to the remote parts of the Siberian wilderness. The drone was supposed to carry a small package to a neighboring village, but it never finished that trip.

Russia's first postal drone takes its maiden flight - and crashes straight into a wall. More from @ReutersTV:

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 3, 2018

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Students designed a gravity-defying backpack that augments your jumps

April 2, 2018 - 1:15pm

A group of students at the University of Tokyo is trying to build a hover backpack which promises to augment the human capabilities of jumping. The Lunavity team envisions that, while wearing the backpack, its users will be able to jump up to 3x higher and longer than what they're naturally capable of. Read more...

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Amazon daily deals for March 28: Mattress toppers, refurbished drones, dog beds, and more

March 28, 2018 - 6:51am

Sleep addicts, rejoice. Amazon's daily deals for today include 44% off on a Lucid memory foam mattress topper

SEE ALSO: A blanket that could improve sleep quality? We're listening.

If you have a four-legged friend, there's also an orthopedic dog bed on sale so they can get a comfortable night's rest.

Drone flyers can get in on the money-saving action too with a discount on refurbished Yuneec Q500 Quadcopter Drones..

Take a look at some of Amazon's best deals for the day:

Sleep tight

LUCID 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper — $67.49 (list price $120)

Orthopedic Dog Bed — $105 (list price $141)

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MIT created this imposter robot fish to spy on sea creatures

March 26, 2018 - 12:55pm

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have designed a remote-controlled, robotic fish, and they are using it to spy on unsuspecting marine life. Read more...

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