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Oscar Mayer Made a Drone to Rain Hot Dogs Down on Humanity

June 26, 2017 - 11:25am

As is currently en vogue for any company making a product that ends up in consumers’ hands, Oscar Mayer is expanding its Weinermobile fleet with a phallic flying drone that can (supposedly) drop a single hot dog on someone not too worried about what they’re eating. If Silicon Valley had its way, we’d only eat things…

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Medical Drones Could Beat Ambulances At Saving Cardiac Arrest Patients

June 13, 2017 - 11:05am

After someone suffers from cardiac arrest, it’s like a time bomb starts ticking. The best way to increase survival rate is to get someone a defibrillator—and fast. Ambulances have to deal with red lights. Drones can fly.

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North Korean Drone Found in South Korea Was Spying on American Missile Defense System

June 13, 2017 - 5:05am

South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North Korean drone that didn’t make it back home. And they now believe that the drone was sent to photograph America’s controversial THAAD missile defense system that was recently deployed to the region.

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This ‘Flying Car’ Toyota Invested In Will Totally Be Ready By 2020

June 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Right around the time Toyota asked everyone to stop calling it boring, the company gave a startup called Cartivator more than $350,000 for its “flying car” that’s supposed to be commercialized by 2020. But the flying car is actually more like a drone, and it, um, doesn’t work very well so far.

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This Cyborg Dragonfly Is the Tiniest Drone

June 1, 2017 - 7:40am

The smaller a drone gets, the more places it can be easily flown. But while many researchers have been trying to tackle the monumental challenge of building drones that look and behave like tiny insects, a new approach has engineers giving Mother Nature’s existing creations drone-like upgrades.

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Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky

May 31, 2017 - 9:18am

Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong…

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DJI's New $500 Drone Looks an Awful Lot Like Everybody Else's Cheap Drone

May 24, 2017 - 9:34am

In a splashy reveal at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, DJI announced the Spark, a pint-sized camera drone that’s been rumored for weeks. The company says it’s about the size and weight of a soda can. You can also control it with the wave of a hand.

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Watch a Rogue Drone Crash Into the Crowd at an MLB Game

May 23, 2017 - 12:13pm

“Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cra——oh fuck watch out for that drone!”

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DJI Will Cripple Your Drone if You Don't Register It on the Company's Website

May 22, 2017 - 8:40am

DJI just made a weird but ultimately sensible announcement. The next firmware updates for all of its drone models will require users to log into the website for a “new application activation process.” If you don’t, DJI will turn your drone into a lame hunk of plastic that barely flies.

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Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage

April 28, 2017 - 1:56pm

It’s that time of year when Mother Nature puts on her best fireworks show with pink and white cherry blossoms. By now your Instagram feed is probably clogged with endless shots of cherry trees, but this spectacular drone footage captured by Jack Johnston is still worth your time.

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DJI Mysteriously Turned Vast Swaths of Iraq and Syria Into Drone No-Fly Zones

April 26, 2017 - 3:07pm

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, has been turning off-the-shelf drones into flying bombs and making headlines in the process. So what’s DJI doing about this? The company very quietly created no-fly zones over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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This Sick Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

April 26, 2017 - 1:10pm

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video…

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Fast-Forward Through Two Years of Stunning Seasonal Changes With This Drone Timelapse

April 14, 2017 - 6:39am

Instead of propping up a camera on a tripod for an entire year to capture a timelapse of the seasons changing, Will Strathmann piloted his drone over some amazingly scenic landscapes in the spring, summer, fall, and winter, recreating the same flight path as closely as possible each time.

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Drones Are Giving Us Never-Before-Seen Close-up Views of Volcanic Eruptions

April 11, 2017 - 3:14pm

It’s not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there’s also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to capture amazing close-up footage…

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Watch These Drones Get Fried by Over a Million Volts

April 11, 2017 - 2:36pm

Tom Scott took a pair of DJI Phantom 3 drones to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they can manufacture lightning strikes measuring over a million volts. The goal was to see what happens to a drone were it to get struck by lightning while flown in a storm, and the results will probably…

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Strapping a Razor Blade to a Drone Is the Least Safe Way to Play Fruit Ninja

April 11, 2017 - 6:28am

Alongside games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja was one of the early iPhone hits that we all eventually got tired of and buried in a folder somewhere. But YouTuber Giaco Whatever came up with an incredibly dangerous way to make the game interesting again: try it in real life with a flying razor blade.

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This Stunning Drone Footage of South Africa Looks Like a Real Life Lion King

April 6, 2017 - 3:01pm

For the past couple of years, mediocre drone videos of dramatic landscapes have littered the internet. Like, we get it, drone pilots. Your camera flies and stuff looks pretty from the sky and the whole conceit is pretty trite at this point. And then I saw these four minutes of magic, filmed in South Africa.

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Cops Just Got One Step Closer to Killing Americans by Drone

March 31, 2017 - 11:52am

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly…

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Drone Video Shows The Horrifying Scale Of The Volkswagen Buyback

March 29, 2017 - 6:39am

No one really knows the environmental ramifications of scrapping hundreds of thousands of cheating diesel Volkswagens. That’s scary in and of itself. But the sheer scale of what’s going on is hard to imagine, and while you’ve probably seen still shots of the various places where those hordes of VWs are parked, this…

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Carrying a Flying Camera Drone Results in Some Beautifully Stabilized Shots

March 27, 2017 - 3:10pm

A proper Steadicam rig that can capture smooth tracking and chase shots usually requires thousands of dollars (not including the camera) and a highly-skilled operator. As a cheaper workaround, these filmmakers used a gyro-stabilized camera drone that they held in front of them like a traditional film camera.

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