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Drone crashes through woman's apartment window

February 27, 2017 - 2:40pm

Drone fails aren't new (especially around the holidays when no one knows how to properly control their newly purchased flying device), but having one crash through your apartment window is still shocking.

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A woman in New York City was jolted to attention on Sunday evening when a GoPro camera drone crashed into her high-rise apartment window, according to local news reports

The drone smashed through the glass of the 27th-floor window in Manhattan, missing the 66-year-old woman by just four feet, according to the New York Post. A neighbor who lives in the floor above thought someone had jumped out of the window.  Read more...

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Up close with the powerful DJI drone that could change business

February 26, 2017 - 7:45am

Drones are becoming big business. Now they’re on the precipice of becoming part of business big and small.

DJI — a company that has built drones for entry-level fliers (the Mavic Pro), prosumers (the Phantom line) and  photo and cinematography professionals (Inspire) — is hoping to ignite the drone-in-business revolution with its first business-class drone, the M200. 

SEE ALSO: Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones

The company unveiled its new M200 line of enterprise-class drones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday. However, DJI gave Mashable a tabletop preview of the drone weeks earlier at its offices in Manhattan.  Read more...

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Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think

February 23, 2017 - 9:30pm

A video of "chubby" Siberian tigers taking down a drone, complete with a silly soundtrack — like so much viral content — is more than what it seems. 

While the video's been shared far and wide, but the origins of the footage have been a cause for concern for a while now. 

SEE ALSO: Watch a bunch of chubby tigers take down a drone and try to eat it

As science journalist John R. Platt tweeted, the footage is "obviously a tiger farm." 

Reminder: China has an estimated *7* wild tigers left. Many more in this video = obviously a tiger farm. They'll be turned into bone & wine

— John R Platt (@johnrplatt) February 23, 2017

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Watch a bunch of chubby tigers take down a drone and try to eat it

February 23, 2017 - 8:56am

A drone operator got a little too close to a group of excited Siberian tigers, and well, a drone looks a whole lot like a really awesome cat toy.

According to The Independent, a sanctuary in China's Heilongjiang Province uses drones to help keep their tigers get in shape, though it doesn't seem to be working well because some of the tigers still look a little overweight. (Not that we're tiger fitness experts.) Regardless, the drone flew a bit too low, and one of the tigers makes an impressive leap, knocking the drone out of the sky. 

The rest of the tigers gather round as one of them starts to chomp on the drone, causing it to emit a thick grey smoke. Don't worry, though, the staff were able to remove the mangled machine before it caused any harm to the animals.  Read more...

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Drone captures mesmerizing footage of water overflowing in a portal-like 'Glory Hole'

February 22, 2017 - 5:59am

There's water overflowing in the 'Glory Hole' spillway at Lake Berryessa, California.  Fortunately, a drone captured the stunning visuals. Read more...

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The first manned hoverbike could finally fulfill your 'Star Wars' dreams

February 21, 2017 - 12:17pm

Are you ready to live out your wildest speeder bike dreams? A Russian drone-building startup just dropped some crazy new video showcasing the closest thing we've seen to Return of the Jedi's famous vehicles IRL.

Hoversurf's newest prototype, the Scorpion-3, is a single-seat electric quadcopter that looks to be the world's first fully rideable hoverbike. The vehicle, which can be controlled by a human pilot or remotely as a drone, could be used in the future for transport, shipping cargo, and more—once everyone gets adjusted to those dangerous-looking propellors spinning right next to the pilot's legs.   Read more...

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Japan's latest mascot is a flying drone puppy

February 20, 2017 - 8:21pm

What a cute little flying doggo.

The Japanese town of Oji — in Nara, south of Japan — has introduced a flying drone puppy as its official mascot.


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Yukimaru, which is powered by a quadcopter, has debuted in a promotional video about the town, in which he buzzes serenely through its attractions such as the Daruma Temple, the Yamato River and Mount Myojin:

In the video, Yukimaru also passes the burial spot of its namesake: the pet dog of 7th century royal Prince Shōtoku


Yukimaru also chases after a jogger on the banks of the Yamato River: Read more...

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This flying motorcycle is straight out of Star Wars

February 20, 2017 - 12:14pm

We've been obsessed with making the Star Wars speeder bikes come true, and now, a Russian startup has finally made it happen. 

'HoverSurf' have released a video of their concept hoverbike, 'Scorpion-3.' It's the first fully-manned hoverbike in the world. Read more...

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Chinese companies are torching trash off power lines with flame-throwing drones

February 19, 2017 - 11:54pm

That's got to be the most metal way to clean a power line.

Chinese companies have engineered an alarming-looking way of eliminating trash hanging on power lines — by torching them with flame-throwing drones:

That's right.

People are reporting seeing these drones burning off items such as kites or balloons tangled in the wires, that are too far for staff to reach.

SEE ALSO: Firefighters in Dubai are using jetpacks to put out fires

According to QQ, the flames can reach 400 degrees Celsius (752 degrees F).

Burning off debris caught on wires.

Burning off debris caught on wires.

Image: tencent sina

The process of setting up, lighting up the flamethrower, and burning the trash takes only 15 minutes, according to the Voice of Xiangyang, a local radio station.  Read more...

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The biodegradable paper airplane that could revolutionize humanitarian aid

February 18, 2017 - 5:03am

Paper planes aren't just for passing secret notes across the classroom anymore. Now, they can even save lives.

Otherlab, an engineering research and development lab based in San Francisco, has created the world's most advanced industrial paper airplanes. The paper gliders look almost like stealth fighters, capable of carrying more than two pounds of supplies like blood and vaccines to those in need.

And they could totally transform humanitarian aid for people in remote regions.

SEE ALSO: Why drones are a game-changer for animal research

The project is part of Otherlab's Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions (APSARA) system, which uses computational design to create low-cost aerial supply vehicles. Read more...

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Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones

February 16, 2017 - 7:43am

Dubai announced its successful test flight of a passenger drone and its intention to have regular drone transportation service by July 2017. Read more...

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This pollinating bee drone shows the powers of these endangered creatures

February 15, 2017 - 3:54pm

Bees in the U.S. are more endangered than ever, requiring protection under the Endangered Species Act for the very first time back in October.

Now a college student in Georgia is showing the world just how environmentally vital these creatures really are — by creating a bee drone that pollinates flowers.

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Anna Haldewang, a 24-year-old senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design, created a black and yellow device called Plan Bee as a design project for a class.

It's a single prototype that's made out of foam, plastic and a set of propellers that takes it into the air. When you flip the hand-sized drone upside down, it looks like a flower with six little sections that mimic petals. Those sections each contain tiny holes that the drone uses to suck in pollen. From there, the drone stores that pollen and later releases it during cross-pollination. Read more...

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Passenger drones will start flying for real in summer 2017

February 13, 2017 - 2:15pm

If you make it to Dubai this summer, you might have the chance to catch a brand new type of self-driving vehicle. One that flies.

At today's World Government Summit, the head of the city's Roads & Transportation Agency, Mattar al-Tayer, announced plans to introduce a passenger-carrying drone service. The one-person drones could be ferrying commuters between predetermined checkpoints by July; the agency showed off the vehicle at an event, according to an AP report.    

SEE ALSO: Uber hires veteran NASA engineer to develop flying cars

"This is not only a model," al-Tayer said. "We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies." Read more...

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Insane drone footage shows massive damage and flooding at California's Oroville Dam

February 13, 2017 - 11:58am

Drone and helicopter footage over Northern California's imperiled Oroville Dam show the widespread damage and furious flooding that forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate on Sunday.

High water levels at Lake Oroville this weekend prompted authorities to use the dam's emergency spillway for the first time in its nearly 50-year history. The main spillway had suffered unexpected erosion earlier this week after heavy rains caused a 30-foot-deep hole in the structure.

SEE ALSO: From drought to flood, nation's biggest dam topped for first time in 50 years

In aerial footage, water is seen roaring down the dam's damaged spillway, looking like the world's most terrifying waterslide. The emergency spillway appears more like a muddy mess of small creeks that spill menacingly from the reservoir. Read more...

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Why drones are the one of the best things to happen to animal research

February 10, 2017 - 7:31am

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 that was once done by foot, boat, or via expensive plane flights: tracking animal behavior.

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While humans have always been curious to learn about the habits of animals, such research is more pressing than ever. Habitat loss and climate change are having dramatic impact on almost all species — estimates suggest as many as 1 in 6 species may go extinct due to global warming. The need to know more is urgent, and drones are changing the game by allowing scientists to be more ambitious and efficient with their studies. Read more...

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More proof that 2017 is just 'Black Mirror' IRL: Bee drones

February 9, 2017 - 5:27pm

Japanese scientists are creating bee-sized flying robots in light of our "global pollination crisis." Sound familiar? To Black Mirror fans it should. 

The Japanese research team hopes to take some of the pressure off the existing bee population with its artificial pollinators. The project centers around the use of super sticky ionic liquid gels to do the job, according to the new research report published Thursday in Chem.

SEE ALSO: Flying this drone totally felt like breaking the law

As the bee population dwindles, we could face some major ramifications, particularly to global food supply. Honey bees and other pollinators contribute about $15 billion annually to U.S. agricultural crops alone and serve an integral role in maintaining the overall health of the ecosystem.  Read more...

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DARPA designed tech that can snag 1,100-pound drones right out of the air

February 7, 2017 - 10:08pm

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.  

The agency recently released test footage of the next-gen drone tech, currently being developed under the callsign SideArm. It's designed to give the military the ability to manage the flight of large unmanned aerial systems (UASs, aka drones) from just about anywhere.  

SEE ALSO: Meet the robonauts: NASA's humanoid robots

Using the current launch systems, putting these heavy-duty drones in the air requires the runway of a 90,000-ton aircraft carrier, along with a net to catch the aircraft when their flights come to an end. That setup obviously presents some logistical issues when there are no oceans around, so SideArm looks to make the launch pads more mobile.  Read more...

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The company behind Vespa built a cargo robot that follows you around

February 6, 2017 - 10:29am

In the future, we won't just have autonomous drones zooming around over our heads — we'll share the sidewalks with rolling robots, tasked with delivering our groceries and carrying our stuff.  

A new robot from Piaggio (best known for Vespa scooters) keeps the autonomous focus firmly on solid ground. The company's fledgling autonomous mobility division, Piaggio Fast Forward, has unveiled its first project: the Gita, a two-wheeled personal cargo bot straight out of the Star Wars droid factory.     

SEE ALSO: Amazon Prime Air drone makes an appearance during the Super Bowl

The Gita's designed for a different use than sky-bound delivery drones — its directive is to follow a human, or to move autonomously along pathways it's already traveled. There are already some similarly self-driving droids from Starship Technologies roving the streets making Postmates deliveries in a few cities.  Read more...

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Amazon Prime Air drone makes an appearance during the Super Bowl

February 5, 2017 - 7:22pm

Amazon gave us yet another tease for its upcoming drone delivery service during Sunday's Super Bowl

The short commercial spot shows a couch potato sucking down Doritos as his friend looks on in disgust. After a couple of beats, she says, "Alexa, reorder Doritos from Prime Air." 

SEE ALSO: Amazon just made its first legit delivery via drone

Soon after, an Amazon drone appears outside the window of the home, presumably with snack treats in tow. 

For those who have been following the development of Prime Air, the tease got a lot of people excited, but unfortunately, the commercial was more hype than preview. In tiny letters at the bottom of the screen, Amazon included the message: "Prime Air not available in some states (or any really). Yet." Read more...

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Lady Gaga used hundreds of Intel drones to pull off Super Bowl halftime show

February 5, 2017 - 6:15pm

Lady Gaga's Super Bowl LI halftime performance was absolutely flawless, but it was the beginning of her elaborate set that had the internet buzzing — it was full of drones! 

Just toward the end of her opening singing number, a massive wall of drones lit up in the skies behind her in the shape and color of the United States flag, and it was awesome. 

SEE ALSO: NASA are real winners of the Super Bowl with longest Hail Mary pass ever

We knew weeks ago that drones would be a part of her performance, but only now do we know that the flying robots would be used to send a message of patriotism during the country's most-watched sports event.  Read more...

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