A drone took this photo?

By MICHAEL D’ESTRIES Never underestimate the creative side of a drone — well, a drone paired with a really good photographer. Take this picture, for example. Photographer Kirk Hille captured this amazing photo, titled “Surge,” at Lucky Bay in the Cape La Grand National Park, Australia. The photo captured the grand prize in SkyPixel’s competition, which involved more than 10,000 entries from 146 countries. Ken Geiger, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and a Read More

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Hey, drone owners! Don’t fly at the Super Bowl

by Sean Gallagher Hey, all you newly minted unmanned air vehicle enthusiasts out there (and especially those of you in the San Francisco Bay area)! The Know Before You Fly campaign has an important message for you: don’t bring (or fly) your drone to Super Bowl 50. The campaign—a joint effort of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)—is urging drone and model aircraft Read More

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The Drone Invasion

By John Sanbonmatsu If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon’s customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less. Talk about catering to our worst instincts. The proposed drones are the latest in a swarm of socially destructive new artifacts, from robots and Read More

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Chinese Drones Likely to Play Key Role in Areas of Conflict

By Saibal Dasgupta BEIJING—China has quickly emerged as a leading player in the international race for drone manufacturing, with the products already playing a key role in disputed areas of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and North Korea. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from China have been used against Islamic State forces by Iraqi security units, causing serious casualties in mid-December, military watchers said. “Many of the Chinese drone manufacturers are selling small UAVs capable of Read More

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Disney files to patent drone-based movie projection system, says it will ‘open new frontiers’ in entertainment and advertising

BY GREG SANDOVAL In a move that Disney says could advance entertainment as well as advertising, the media powerhouse has filed a patent application for a “projection assembly for use with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV),” according to a copy of the filing. Disney has signaled for some time now that managers intend to use drones to create large Disney characters during night-time entertainment displays at the company’s theme parks in Florida and California. In documents filed with Read More

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Xiaomi’s Drone Might Launch Soon, And Cost Around $106

By Kristijan Lucic Xiaomi is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in China at the moment, but this company tends to manufacture all sorts of smart gadgets. They’ve introduced smart TVs, tablets, fitness bands, and various additional smart gadgets. I don’t know if you recall, but back in December, Xiaomi’s patent docs leaked, revealing that the company is working on their very own drone. Now, this wouldn’t have been that interesting if it weren’t for the fact that this drone Read More

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Drones could be used in remote outback searches for missing people

By Rhiannon Shine and Nathan Morris Drone technology could be used to revolutionise search and rescue operations in remote sections of Western Australia’s Goldfields region, following a spate of people going missing in the outback. Goldfields police superintendent Darryl Gaunt said there was a concerning number of prospectors going missing in the region, with two people becoming lost in the past fortnight. A woman in her 50s spent a night in the bush last week after wandering from her Read More

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How drones are turning everyday citizens into superheroes

By Danielle Muoio Bryl is one of several people who are volunteering to use their drones for search and rescue missions. SWARM is an organization that connects such volunteers with search and rescue groups who want to use a drone to locate a missing person. Jessika Farrar, a network administrator for SWARM, has been volunteer for 1.5 years. In that time, the number of volunteers has stretched from a few hundred to 1,000, Farrar told Tech Insider. Volunteers hail from as far as The Read More

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How drones are turning everyday citizens into superheroes (Ⅰ)

By Danielle Muoio Drones are turning more people into heroes everyday. Most people associate consumer drone flight with cool aerial photography or video shooting. But people all around the world are stepping up to use their drones for good. Specifically, to aid in search and rescue missions. But even though drones have successfully helped people in need, there are still regulatory hurdles to overcome before this kind of drone use can become commonplace. Here’s a look at the people Read More

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A professional pilot told us why drone racing could become the next big sport

By Danielle Muoio Drone pilot Conrad Miller said there’s real potential for the Drone Racing League (DRL) to go mainstream after participating in its first race. The DRL is a professional league that will bring together the best pilots from around the world to compete in six competitions throughout the year. The goal? To bring the sport into the public domain and see who can snatch the title of the best drone pilot, which will occur at the World Championship at the end of the Read More

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