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DroneBase raises $12M in Series B funding, announces enterprise AR tool

February 15, 2018 - 4:41am
 If you have purchased a drone in the last year or two, there’s a high likelihood that it only emerges from your gadget closet a few times per year, if that. That probably doesn’t leave you feeling too great about your purchase, but it also leaves an expensive piece of professional equipment lying dormant that a lot of people could use. DroneBase is a startup that connects drone… Read More

DJI institutes no-fly zones around sports arenas as the Olympics open in South Korea

February 7, 2018 - 7:54am
 The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off with Friday’s Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The temptation to fly a shiny new drone over the action will no doubt be great for amateur filmmakers and photographers in the immediate area, but DJI’s working to put the kibosh on things by implementing a temporary no-fly zone around sports arenas in the country. The… Read More

DroneGun Tactical is a portable (but still illegal) drone scrambler

January 30, 2018 - 3:44pm
 The only thing growing faster than the global drone population is the population of people thinking “how can I knock these annoying things out of the sky?” DroneShield offers a way to do just that, and now in a much more portable package, with the DroneGun Tactical — that is, if you’re an authorized government agent, which I doubt. Read More

PrecisionHawk raises $75M for its commercial drone analytics tech

January 24, 2018 - 5:14am
 Drones may still be having a tough time dispelling the notion that they’re just expensive toys when it comes to the consumer space, but in the world of commercial applications, the autonomous aircraft are having a much easier time proving their worth. PrecisionHawk, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based startup, has closed a Series D round, nabbing $75M in new capital that will help it seize… Read More

Meet top startups from Alchemist Class 17

January 19, 2018 - 8:52am
 Yesterday Alchemist Accelerator, best known for working with enterprise startups, held its 17th demo day at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. Twenty-four startups pitched ideas ranging from personalized genomics to hard tech spinouts from Stanford’s Linear Accelerator.  Rather than expound upon all twenty-four I worked with Alchemist to bring you a top… Read More

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

January 18, 2018 - 6:43am
 One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via… Read More

Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

January 11, 2018 - 9:17am
 Boeing just revealed a prototype drone capable of carrying much more than a camera. The company tasked engineers with designing and building a cargo drone and the prototype they came up with is able to haul 500 lbs of goods. The vehicle is huge and much larger than anything DJI sells. It weighs 747 pounds and is 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Four arms hold two props each. It… Read More

Watch Intel’s drones play the piano and dance in the air

January 8, 2018 - 7:48pm
 Forget drone delivery. Intel made drones play the piano. Using a system very similar to the one used by Lady Gaga in the Super Bowl, drones took center stage at Intel’s CES keynote and played a piano like Tom Hanks did in Big. It was fantastic. The show starts out with band called Algorithm and Blues. Fast forward if you must, but their performance was fun too. You want to see the… Read More

Fortem’s DroneHunter is now available to shoot down rogue drones

January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
 As drones increase in availability, more organizations and governments are looking for ways to protect assets from nefarious drones. Fortem has developed a system called DroneHunter that, well, hunts drones. Literally. DroneHunter involves detecting and then removing drones by shooting them down or capturing them with another drone. This is dogfighting with drones. The system uses radar to… Read More

Kittyhawk adds automated multi-waypoint flights to its drone-control software

January 8, 2018 - 6:01am
 All-in-one drone management app Kittyhawk has added yet another feature: multi-waypoint automated flights. This is an essential feature for lots of commercial drone applications, and the fewer apps and platforms you need to accomplish a task, the better. Read More

Crunch Report | GoPro Cuts 200-300 Jobs

January 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
App revenue reached $60 billion in 2017, Travis Kalanick is selling 29 percent of his Uber shares and GoPro cuts 200-300 jobs. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

The tech industry needs to move towards responsible innovation in 2018

December 22, 2017 - 9:30am
 It is incumbent for us, the technology community, to reach out to the regulators and legislators to help them better understand the wider impact of the things we’re working on. And it’s our responsibility to be transparent and honest with consumers about how we’re using their data and what they can expect from us. Read More

Trump signs bill reinstating the FAA’s drone registration requirement

December 12, 2017 - 11:19am
 Back in late-2015, the FAA introduced new rules requiring owners of  small drones to submit their devices to a database and attach a registration code to the side of the product. In May of this year, a judge in the D.C. Circuit shot down the rule, and the FAA began the process of returning the registration fee. Now the registry is back on, courtesy of a bill signed into law by President Trump. Read More