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Sit in the Cockpit with this Drone-Like Paper Airplane

September 15, 2017 - 10:52am

In combination with your phone, this drone-like paper airplane, and included VR headset, you can live your dream of piloting your own plane. A camera sits on top of the plane allowing you to see what the plane sees for up to a 10 minute flight up to 300 feet.

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Kaleidoscopic Drone Footage Takes You To Mind-Bending Places That Can't Really Exist

September 13, 2017 - 9:13am

It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn’t the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it’s just simple mirroring tricks applied to…

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Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords Are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

August 28, 2017 - 6:03am

In the United States, it’s illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbor’s drone is caught spying on you, you can’t just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a…

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Hurricane Harvey Drone Footage Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

August 28, 2017 - 4:35am

We’ve all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that’s still taking place.

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DJI Will Turn Off Your Spark Drone if You Don't Update Firmware by September 1st

August 22, 2017 - 7:33pm

Chinese manufacturer DJI has announced that owners of its Spark drone have until September 1st to update their firmware to the latest version or be totally locked out.

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116 Experts From 26 Countries Ask UN to Ban Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems

August 20, 2017 - 12:59pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google AI expert Mustafa Suleyman are among 116 experts from 26 countries who have signed a letter to the United Nations asking it to ban autonomous weapons worldwide, warning killer robots could usher in an unprecedented new era of deadly warfare.

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American Arrested For Using Drone to Smuggle 13 Pounds of Meth From Mexico

August 20, 2017 - 3:30am

President Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border is stupid for many reasons. But one of the most obvious reasons is that it’s really easy to get over the wall using modern technology. That’s precisely what an American man did recently when he tried to smuggle 13 pounds of meth from Mexico using a hobby drone.

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Taking Down Drones With a $38,000 Stinger Missile Feels Like Overkill

August 17, 2017 - 5:40am

Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralize threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a…

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DJI Rolls Out 'Local Data Mode' for Drones After US Army Ban Over Unknown 'Cyber Vulnerabilities'

August 14, 2017 - 8:31pm

Weeks after the US Army told personnel to immediately shelve all drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, citing unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,” the company has introduced a new “local data mode” for its apps.

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US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out of the Sky

August 7, 2017 - 2:53pm

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don’t want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of US military installations.

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US Army to Troops: Immediately Stop Using Off-the-Shelf DJI Drones, Especially on the Battlefield

August 5, 2017 - 8:58am

The US Army has ordered all service members to immediately cease using drones manufactured by Chinese tech company DJI, hinting the company’s products could be easily compromised by third parties.

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Look At This Adorable Baby Drone And Be Sad No More

July 28, 2017 - 10:45am

Look at how CUTE this baby drone is.

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The DJI Spark Is an Incredibly Exciting Start to an Insane Future

July 27, 2017 - 6:56am

Small drones are not new. Toy-sized quadcopters have been on the market for years helping kids (and dads) start flying for a relatively reasonable price and not much expertise. Yet small drones that can do almost anything a big drone can do? That’s new. And that’s what makes the DJI Spark so exciting.

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UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

July 23, 2017 - 8:38am

The government of the U.K. said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams—slightly more than half a pound, for all you ignorant Americans—will need to be registered with the Department of Transport following a report by aviation authorities drones as small as 400 grams could damage helicopter windshields. Drone…

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Build This DIY Cannon to Catch Rogue Drones

July 20, 2017 - 10:40am

Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote’s commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems…

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This Floating Robotic Camera Is the Cutest Thing Ever Sent Into Space

July 17, 2017 - 9:40am

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a new crew member—an adorable robotic ball capable of recording video while moving in zero gravity. Dubbed “Int-Ball,” the device will free astronauts to do more important work, while providing ground controllers with their own set of eyes.

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Don't Blink or You'll Miss the World's Fastest Drone Flying Faster Than a Sports Car

July 14, 2017 - 8:12am

Watching first-person footage of racing drones makes it seem like the tiny craft fly somewhere close to the speed of light. In reality, due to the limits of their human pilots, they top at around 80 miles per hour. That’s incredibly fast, but the Drone Racing League managed to double that with a new world record speed…

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Bee Brains May Be the Model For the Next Evolutionary Leap in Camera Technology

July 3, 2017 - 2:20pm

The beleaguered honey bee is normally championed for its vital powers of pollination but a new study shows that we could soon be thanking them for inspiring more accurate color imaging in digital photography.

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FAA Is Working on a Remote Identification System For Consumer Drones

July 1, 2017 - 1:58pm

Year after year, drones are becoming more popular with the public and the industry is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. This, coupled with an antsy commercial drone industry, has created a lot of regulatory headaches for the FAA. The latest proposal on the table is to create a remote identification system…

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Music Festival Confetti Cannons Might Be Our Only Surefire Defense Against Drones

June 29, 2017 - 1:42pm

As if random asteroids and vengeful hawks weren’t enough of a reason to keep a wary eye on the skies, drones have gone from being harmless RC toys to genuine weapons. Until now, the only way to stay safe was to only go outside on windy days, but it looks like there’s a new weapon for the war on drones: confetti…

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