Subscribe to Gizmodo feed
We come from the future.
Updated: 5 hours 21 min ago

A Drone Just Saved the Lives of Two Teenage Boys in Australia

January 18, 2018 - 8:55am

New South Wales’ $340,000 investment in drones has apparently paid off in a major way. On Thursday, two teenage boys in Australia struggling offshore were saved thanks to a rescue drone, the BBC reported.

Read more...

New Jersey Legislators Approve Penalties for Drunk Droning

January 8, 2018 - 8:20pm

New Jersey state legislators approved a ban on operating drones while inebriated on Monday, approving legislation that would punish drunk or high pilots with up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine 39-0 in the State Senate and 65-0 in the State Assembly.

Read more...

GoPro Loses Two-Year Battle With the Sky

January 8, 2018 - 7:40am

The Karma is finally dead.

Read more...

Drone Captures the Trippy Controlled Chaos of Dogs Herding Sheep

January 2, 2018 - 9:00am

If you’ve taken a peek at the news anytime in the past 12 months, then there’s a good chance you’re having a hard time falling asleep every night. Counting sheep is apparently one way to drift off, but a trippy drone’s-eye view of dogs herding and corralling sheep might be even more effective.

Read more...

The Machines Are Probably Not Coming For Our Drug-Dealing Jobs

December 27, 2017 - 7:40am

Authorities say a couple in California incorporated some cutting-edge tech into their drug dealing operation—only to discover that a whirring machine in the sky may not be more discreet than a person walking down the street.

Read more...

The FAA Will Ban Drones From Flying Near Nuclear Research Labs, for Some Reason

December 18, 2017 - 3:40pm

Oak Ridge. Y-12. Los Alamos. For drone operators it appears these and four other Department of Energy nuclear research facilities were theoretically places an unmanned aircraft could have been flown. And for the next week and a half that remains the case until new FAA restrictions take effect on December 29th.

Read more...

Drone Gang Jailed After Impressive 49-Flight Prison Smuggling Run

December 13, 2017 - 8:20am

People have been using drones to smuggle goods for years. Porn, weapons, drugs—god, so many drugs. The tiny whirring machines have proven discreet little contraband-transport contraptions, but one smuggling operation’s astoundingly successful run just got grounded.

Read more...

Turns Out Eagles Are a Bad Solution for Capturing Rogue Drones

December 12, 2017 - 7:20am

In January of last year, the Dutch National Police announced they were training eagles to take down misbehaving drones. More than a year later, police have determined that perhaps sicking massive birds of prey at rogue contraptions in the sky isn’t an ideal solution. NOS reports that Dutch police are retiring the…

Read more...

Earth Looks Like a Bleak Alien World Under the Blinding Glow of a Drone Carrying a Spotlight

December 4, 2017 - 9:41am

As soon as cameras got small enough to ride along with drones, the internet quickly filled with amazing aerial footage shot by pros and amateurs alike. But in addition to a camera-equipped drone, filmmaker Ian Montgomery used a second quadcopter carrying a bright spotlight to capture these eerie videos of what barely…

Read more...

Amazon Wants to Protect You From Falling Drones by Making Them Self-Destruct

December 1, 2017 - 7:05am

It was almost two years ago to the day when Amazon released a cheeky video detailing its plans to conquer the skies with a fleet of package-delivering drones. We’re still waiting for these unmanned aircraft to replace standard trucks and delivery personnel, but it’s clear Amazon hasn’t abandoned the idea. Earlier this…

Read more...

Homeland Security Thinks DJI Is Using Its Drones to Spy on America

November 30, 2017 - 7:30am

Various members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, are famous for buying into crazy conspiracy theories. Now, the Los Angeles office of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has come up with a whopper of its own. These guys think China is spying on unsuspecting…

Read more...

Drone Pilot Drops 'Anti-Media' Leaflets Over NFL Games, Fails to Send Message

November 27, 2017 - 7:25am

On Sunday, one man decided to take to the skies with a consumer drone to spread his manifesto over two NFL stadiums in California. He probably would’ve been better off just posting on Reddit.

Read more...

Artificially Intelligent Drones Become Terrifying Killing Machines in Dystopian Short Film

November 13, 2017 - 9:25am

In preparation for this week’s UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Switzerland, the Future of Life Institute has released a disturbing sci-fi short that shows what might happen if we fail to place an international moratorium on autonomous killing machines.

Read more...

A Drone Captured This Hypnotic Timelapse Footage by Flying in Giant Circles 

November 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Sometimes a unique camera move can produce fascinating footage without the need for special effects or weeks of post-production. For its short film, Low Earth Orbit, Visual Suspect, a Hong Kong-based video production company, simply had a camera drone fly in a giant orbit to capture dizzying aerial footage of…

Read more...

Any Advice For A New Drone Pilot?

November 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

The unmanned aerial vehicles, quadcopters and/or aerobats we all call “drones” have become so commonplace that you can pick one up in a drug store along with your toilet paper and candy. I have big dreams of flying a fancy one, but today my quest begins modestly.

Read more...

The LAPD Has Decided It Needs Drones

October 17, 2017 - 9:35pm

The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long “small Unmanned Aerial System” program.

Read more...

Hey, Maybe Don't Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

October 16, 2017 - 8:30pm

It’s understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fueled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of…

Read more...