Drones eliminate the blind side of traditional field cameras for university’s coaches

The quarterback has a left tackle to protect his blind side — and now the coaches at the University of Kansas (KU) have drones to protect theirs. This year, the program added four camera-equipped drones to cover the practice field, giving the coaches a way to view plays that would otherwise be tough to analyze with traditional stationary cameras. The drones, four DJI Phantom 4s, joined the roster after Jeff Love was hired as the director of football technology. Used only during practices, Read More

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Drone racing champs: Australia’s fastest crowned at weekend of speed

By Jason Om You can brush past them and they don’t notice. It is what some call their Zen moment. They are part of a hive mind in a way: Just like the drone pilots, spectators also wear goggles, allowing them to tune into what the pilot is seeing in the sky and on the track via the cameras attached to the drones. At the weekend, pilots from around the country gathered on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Australian Drone Nationals over three days of crashes, controversy and high Read More

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Drones Brought in to Keep Churches in Tip-Top Shape

London’s National Churches Trust – a charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the U.K. – has received 90,100 British pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Yorkshire Maintenance Project, which will involve using drones to help keep churches and chapels in Yorkshire, Northern England, in good condition and prevent the need for expensive repairs. Key parts of the project will include unmanned surveys of Read More

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Game of drones: KU football adds new technology to video preparation

By Benton Smith The first time Brandon Stewart heard the faint buzzing emanating from the airspace above the Kansas football practice field, he assumed the worst. A senior cornerback, Stewart knew the team had expanded its video equipment to include a drone. It just took a few preseason practices for the Jayhawks to get used to the newest addition to the program. “Yeah, you think it’s a swarm of bees when it’s behind you,” Stewart said. “You always want to watch out when it’s Read More

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Brisbane City Council: Drones used in trials as approved suppliers now signed up

Felicity Caldwell BRISBANE authorities are using drones to film parks, study ibis nests and create marketing panoramas. Brisbane City Council has signed up two approved suppliers — HexFlix and Insitu Pacific — with drones set to be used in parks and other areas. It comes after a presentation in City Hall last year, when council was told drones could deliver pest control, collect imagery and assist in disaster management. In recent trials, drones were used to film and take photos in Read More

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Ohio tests using drones for bridge inspections

By Jeremy Snow Ohio is testing whether drones can make bridge inspections safer, cheaper — and less of a headache for drivers. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission will use an unmanned aircraft system, or UAS, to inspect a 970-foot-long bridge in Sandusky County in mid-September, said Randy Cole, the turnpike’s executive director. This is the first time the turnpike is officially using a drone, and it could give inspectors an alternative to in-person inspections. “We Read More

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Revolutionary Crowdfunded Drone Could Destroy All Land Mines in 10 Years

by McKinley Corbley Civilians in previously war-torn countries are still in danger from battles past because of undetonated land mines hiding underground. Moving and defusing land mines has always been expensive and time-consuming – but not anymore thanks to a Kickstarter-backed drone.Massoud Hassani started a crowdfunding campaign for the Mine Kafon Drone: an unmanned flying robot that uses GPS tracking and 3D-scanning to map, detect, and detonate land mines in the ground. Though their Read More

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Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

TOKYO — Japan is stepping up efforts to improve the safety of drones to realize a delivery service using the unmanned aerial vehicles in depopulated areas such as remote islands in 2018, a government source said Monday. With fears lingering about possible accidents caused by drones, costs for development of the new private-sector service are expected to be incorporated in the budget request for the fiscal year starting next April, the source said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to Read More

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Spanish police try out drones on beaches

BY CATHERINE BENNETT Spanish police have started using drones to help patrol some of the country’s most popular beaches at a time when tourist arrivals are reaching record highs. Police in Benidorm, on Spain’s eastern coast, rolled out the technology in July this year, using the in-built camera on the light unmanned aircraft to detect swimmers in trouble or boats that may need help. They said the drone – first used in Benidorm though other resorts are now launching the Read More

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City centre seagulls could help plan drone flight paths

by Emily Shepard Seagulls are the bane of many city dwellers’ lives. From snatching sandwiches, to tearing up rubbish bags, for many they are far worse than traditionally unpopular pigeons or rats. The issue of gulls in cities is an interesting one, as populations of herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls are declining in many rural areas, while increasing in many urban locations. The reasons are likely multiple, among them easy access to nesting sites and food, and a learned Read More

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