Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics/Drones & RC Aircraft

Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. They’ve also been proposed for nuclear reactor inspection and used to detect signs of damage on wind turbines, in a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Real-Time Dense Stereo Embedded in […]

Read More

Parrot’s Anafi Thermal is a $1,900 drone for rescuers, architects, and the energy industry

Last summer, Paris-based Parrot took the wraps off Anafi, a fold-up, 4K-capable drone that weighs less than a pound and costs just $700. It’s targeted strictly at consumers, but today the company unveiled a new variant — Anafi Thermal — that’s equipped with a high-fidelity thermal sensor and custom software, which the company says make […]

Read More

Matternet taps UPS to deliver medical samples via drone

Medical samples delivered via drone? That’s San Francisco-based Matternet‘s gameplay for North Carolina. The drone platform provider today announced that it’s collaborating with UPS to launch an aerial delivery service from WakeMed’s flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh, with flights beginning today and taking place “daily” in the months to come. The Federal Aviation Administration […]

Read More

Drone company DJI loses $150 million to corruption

(Reuters) — China’s DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday. The company said it was investigating the cases, which came to light during routine quality control […]

Read More

Microsoft launches SDK to control DJI drones with Windows 10 apps

Microsoft today introduced the Windows SDK in public preview for developers to make Windows 10 applications that can control DJI drones. Hardware like robotic components, sensors, or actuators that may be included on a drone can also be integrated using the SDK. Also announced today: AirMap, a service that helps users stay in compliance with […]

Read More

DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise is a modular drone for commercial use

In August, China-based DJI, which made $2.7 billion in 2017 and accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, announced two new additions to its portfolio: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. But both were strictly consumer affairs. Today at DJI AirWorks in Dallas, Texas, the company expanded its lineup with the Mavic […]

Read More

Parrot updates Anafi drone with new HDR and panorama shooting modes

Four short months ago, French company Parrot took the wraps off Anafi, a fold-up, 4K-capable drone that starts at just $700. Parrot has diligently updated the little guy — most recently in August with improved streaming video quality and new photos features. Today, the company announced yet another firmware upgrade alongside a new SKU — […]

Read More

Apple Watch can now control Skydio’s $2,000 autonomous R1 drone

Three years ago, a startup named Skydio emerged from stealth mode to reveal its AI platform for autonomous drones — sophisticated software that could let a drone user “be a cinematographer, not a pilot.” It took until earlier this year for Skydio to actually release R1, its first drone with the feature, at an eye-watering price of […]

Read More

Impossible Aerospace raises $9.4 million, launches drone that flies 2 hours on a single charge

Impossible Aerospace, a stealth startup that says it’s setting out to “upend” the aviation status quo with long-range electric aircraft, announced it has raised $9.4 million in a series A round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Eclipse Ventures and Airbus Ventures. Alongside the fresh funding tranche, Impossible Aerospace is today officially launching […]

Read More

Epson lets you pilot drones with its Moverio augmented reality glasses

Epson has found a new use for its Moverio augmented reality glasses: flying drones with its new Epson Drone Soar augmented reality app. Epson is releasing the app today to make it easier for drone pilots to navigate the skies while keeping the drone in full view. That’s because you see through the glass to […]

Read More

DJI debuts Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones starting at $1,249

Today at an event in New York City, Shenzhen, China-based company DJI, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, announced two new additions to its product lineup: the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. DJI calls them its “most technologically advanced drones” yet. They’re the direct successors to the […]

Read More