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This Lego controller lets you fly a flock of drones

February 15, 2018 - 2:11pm
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Lego’s Creative Play Lab has teamed up with the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Canada to create a truly unique Lego set. Guests at the Lego World Expo in Copenhagen can create their own Lego drone controller and control a group of drones in real time. Read more...

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Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

February 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
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More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. 

That's a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned drones flown simultaneously, beating the previous record of 500 in Germany in 2016. Both records involved Intel's Shooting Star drones. 

The 1,218-drone light show in South Korea was pre-recorded. Still, 300 of them made a live appearance at the opening ceremony, forming the shape of the Olympic rings.

SEE ALSO: DJI Mavic Air is its smallest, smartest foldable drone yet

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings.

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings.

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Intel's drones—which each weigh a little more than half a pound—have flown above crowds in Singapore, at the Super Bowl last weekend in the shape of the American flag, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last year in the shape of the Wonder Woman logo. They'll pop up throughout the Winter Olympics during medal ceremonies. Read more...

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Drone gets way too close to an airplane in terrifying video

February 2, 2018 - 7:07pm
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Hey, if you own a drone, maybe don't fly it over an airplane filled with passengers?

The FAA is investigating a video that seems to show a drone's close call with a commercial airliner landing at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, according to the local CBS affiliate

SEE ALSO: Dan Harmon reunited a lost drone with its pilot using the power of Twitter

Flying a drone near an airport is definitely not allowed by the FAA. Neither is going above 400 feet. Here's video of the incident shared online, from ABC News:

Yes, that's pretty terrifying. The FAA released a study last year comparing drones and birds of the same weight, and how they might affect an airplane during a mid-air collision. Surprise: The metal drones were capable of causing way more damage than birds, especially to a plane's windshield and wings.  Read more...

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Dan Harmon reunited a lost drone with its pilot using the power of Twitter

February 1, 2018 - 8:42am
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In the digital wasteland that is 2018 Twitter, a beacon of hope now shines.

With the help of the social network, comedian Dan Harmon was able to reunite a lost drone with its pilot — all, of course, thanks to the good people of the internets.

SEE ALSO: 'Rick and Morty' co-creator Dan Harmon delivers raw account and apology for sexual harassment

On Tuesday, Harmon tweeted that he'd found a "pricey looking" drone in his backyard, noting, "I guess drones are officially the new kite." Tru.

I found a drone in my yard after holidays. If you live in my hood and know where I am, leave me a note w/ info. I feel bad because it's a pricey looking drone and I'm scared a kid got it for xmas and their parents were like "you're gonna lose it" and i hate when parents are right

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) January 31, 2018 Read more...

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KFC wings now come in a DIY drone box because 2018

January 23, 2018 - 10:51am
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The time has come for boring boxes that hold scrumptious chicken wings to transform into drones.

In the latest marketing ploy to appear hip and tech savvy, India's Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced it's introducing Limited Edition DIY drone boxes to hold their wings.

No big deal. Just a normal 2018 thing.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to use that new drone you got as a gift

The "Kentucky Flying Object," or KFO as they're calling it (ha ha,) can be created from select boxes of the chain's newly announced Smoky Grilled Wings.

"There are two kinds of wings in the world. The ones you fly with, and the ones you relish. Want both?" KFC asked in its tempting promo video. Read more...

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KFC wings now come in a DIY drone box because 2018

January 23, 2018 - 10:51am
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The time has come for boring boxes that hold scrumptious chicken wings to transform into drones.

In the latest marketing ploy to appear hip and tech savvy, India's Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced it's introducing Limited Edition DIY drone boxes to hold their wings.

No big deal. Just a normal 2018 thing.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to use that new drone you got as a gift

The "Kentucky Flying Object," or KFO as they're calling it (ha ha,) can be created from select boxes of the chain's newly announced Smoky Grilled Wings.

"There are two kinds of wings in the world. The ones you fly with, and the ones you relish. Want both?" KFC asked in its tempting promo video. Read more...

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DJI Mavic Air is its smallest, smartest foldable drone yet

January 23, 2018 - 8:23am
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DJI reminded everyone once again why it's the best drone maker in the world.

On Tuesday, DJI unveiled its newest foldable drone, the Mavic Air, and it might be the company's most impressive quadcopter yet. 

At about the height of your average smartphone, the Mavic Air is half the size of 2016's Mavic Pro. It's also 41 percent lighter than the Pro, too, making it the company's smallest drone ever.

SEE ALSO: 6 things you need to know before flying your new drone

Available in three colors — black, white, and glossy red — the new Mavic Air is available for pre-order immediately and ships on Jan. 28.  Read more...

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DJI Mavic Air is its smallest, smartest foldable drone yet

January 23, 2018 - 8:23am
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DJI reminded everyone once again why it's the best drone maker in the world.

On Tuesday, DJI unveiled its newest foldable drone, the Mavic Air, and it might be the company's most impressive quadcopter yet. 

At about the height of your average smartphone, the Mavic Air is half the size of 2016's Mavic Pro. It's also 41 percent lighter than the Pro, too, making it the company's smallest drone ever.

SEE ALSO: 6 things you need to know before flying your new drone

Available in three colors — black, white, and glossy red — the new Mavic Air is available for pre-order immediately and ships on Jan. 28.  Read more...

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DJI's new foldable drone is coming, and we just learned almost everything about it

January 22, 2018 - 7:52am
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DJI is set to unveil a new consumer drone on Jan. 23, but a leak appears to have already spoiled the  announcement.

The new drone is purportedly called the "Mavic Air," and looks to be a cross between DJI's ultra compact and foldable Mavic Pro and the even tinier, gesture-controlled Spark. And you wonder why GoPro and others have no choice but to exit the drone market

SEE ALSO: Amid cuts, GoPro is bailing on the drone market

The drone enthusiast site DroneDJ has shared what looks to be most of the juicy details on the Mavic Air. If they turn out true, drone fans could be in for a real treat. Read more...

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DJI's new foldable drone is coming, and we just learned almost everything about it

January 22, 2018 - 7:52am
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DJI is set to unveil a new consumer drone on Jan. 23, but a leak appears to have already spoiled the  announcement.

The new drone is purportedly called the "Mavic Air," and looks to be a cross between DJI's ultra compact and foldable Mavic Pro and the even tinier, gesture-controlled Spark. And you wonder why GoPro and others have no choice but to exit the drone market

SEE ALSO: Amid cuts, GoPro is bailing on the drone market

The drone enthusiast site DroneDJ has shared what looks to be most of the juicy details on the Mavic Air. If they turn out true, drone fans could be in for a real treat. Read more...

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A new lifesaving drone just rescued two swimmers in 70 seconds

January 19, 2018 - 8:00am
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Two swimmers were stranded in rough waters off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales in Australia.

Lifeguards piloted a drone to the swimmers and used it to release a floatation device. Both swimmers reached the shore unharmed.  Read more...

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A new lifesaving drone just rescued two swimmers in 70 seconds

January 19, 2018 - 8:00am
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Two swimmers were stranded in rough waters off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales in Australia.

Lifeguards piloted a drone to the swimmers and used it to release a floatation device. Both swimmers reached the shore unharmed.  Read more...

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Watch a rescue drone save 2 swimmers in distress

January 18, 2018 - 4:26pm
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Watch a rescue drone save 2 swimmers in distress

January 18, 2018 - 4:26pm
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Dude uses drone to give a huge bear the gift of flight

January 16, 2018 - 1:51pm
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It's bird, it's a plane, it's a big flying... bear?

Hunter Clearly (@Cyranek_ ) found the best way to use his new DJI Mavic Pro drone by flying a plush bear (known as the Tiny Headed Kingdom Bear, but to Clearly, simply Bart) across the sky. 

Just imagine the horror and confusion on neighbors' faces. The perfect writing inspiration for the next season of Black Mirror

SEE ALSO: This highly-rated camera drone is currently on sale for $30 off Read more...

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Dude uses drone to give a huge bear the gift of flight

January 16, 2018 - 1:51pm
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Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.

It's bird, it's a plane, it's a big flying... bear?

Hunter Clearly (@Cyranek_ ) found the best way to use his new DJI Mavic Pro drone by flying a plush bear (known as the Tiny Headed Kingdom Bear, but to Clearly, simply Bart) across the sky. 

Just imagine the horror and confusion on neighbors' faces. The perfect writing inspiration for the next season of Black Mirror

SEE ALSO: This highly-rated camera drone is currently on sale for $30 off Read more...

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This highly-rated camera drone is currently on sale for $30 off

January 11, 2018 - 7:44am
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If you've ever been curious about flying your own drone, then you need to jump on this Amazon lightning deal and save $30 on the Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone.

SEE ALSO: The best way to get a gift you'll really like is to buy it yourself. Case in point: This drone.

This 360-degree drone features a 720p HD camera and comes with an extra battery so you can extend your flight time. Have it hover steadily at any height for still shots, or go ham with flips and tricks. It features a headless security mode with simple directional inputs and orientation so that rookie flyers can operate it with ease, and the one key start allows it to return to you on its own. Read more...

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This highly-rated camera drone is currently on sale for $30 off

January 11, 2018 - 7:44am
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If you've ever been curious about flying your own drone, then you need to jump on this Amazon lightning deal and save $30 on the Holy Stone Quadcopter Drone.

SEE ALSO: The best way to get a gift you'll really like is to buy it yourself. Case in point: This drone.

This 360-degree drone features a 720p HD camera and comes with an extra battery so you can extend your flight time. Have it hover steadily at any height for still shots, or go ham with flips and tricks. It features a headless security mode with simple directional inputs and orientation so that rookie flyers can operate it with ease, and the one key start allows it to return to you on its own. Read more...

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Film underwater in 4K with this versatile drone

January 10, 2018 - 8:04am
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QYSEA is developing an underwater drone, capable of shooting in 4K and even livestream at a 1080p resolutionFIFISH P3 can go up to 330 feet deep and last 2 hours on a single charge. The company is about to launch a pre-order campaign soon.  Read more...

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Film underwater in 4K with this versatile drone

January 10, 2018 - 8:04am
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QYSEA is developing an underwater drone, capable of shooting in 4K and even livestream at a 1080p resolutionFIFISH P3 can go up to 330 feet deep and last 2 hours on a single charge. The company is about to launch a pre-order campaign soon.  Read more...

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