Tag: category-/Hobbies & Leisure/Radio Control & Modeling

Skydio 2 Dock enables autonomous factory, warehouse, and industrial operations

Redwood City-based Skydio unveiled Skydio 2 two weeks ago, a $1,000 autonomous drone that can track objects and people while traveling upwards of 30 miles per hour. It pitched the quadcopter as a recreational rather than an enterprise product, but in a hint at its upmarket ambitions, Skydio this morning launched Skydio 2 Dock. It’s […]

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Skydio 2 can track up to 10 subjects while avoiding obstacles

It’s been roughly a year since Redwood City-based Skydio released the R1, a drone that triangulates footage from multiple cameras to navigate tight spaces autonomously. An onboard system creates stereo-depth images from pairs of sensors in real time, which software fuses together to map the R1’s surroundings during flight. Facial recognition algorithms enable it to […]

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Parrot’s Anafi FPV is a drone you fly with a heads-up display

Anafi. Bepop. Disco. Hydrofoil. Paris, France-based Parrot’s drone portfolio runs the gamut from fixed-winged aircraft to lightweight quadcopters, and it’s always expanding. In April, Parrot announced the Anafi Thermal, a $1,900 drone equipped with sensors and software tailor-made for rescuers, architects, and the energy industry that slotted alongside last year’s Anafi, a four-propeller drone with […]

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Weaponize your drone and face a $25,000 fine from the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory this week warning drone pilots and the general public that placing a dangerous weapon on a drone can carry a fine of up to $25,000. “Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items,” the notice reads. “Do […]

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UPS forms new drone delivery subsidiary, will seek FAA approval to operate commercial flights

UPS is doubling down on a drone logistics and delivery market that’s anticipated to be worth $29.06 billion by 2027. Ahead of the company’s quarterly earnings call this evening, it revealed that it has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification, which would enable it to orchestrate commercial drone flights under […]

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Drone airframe design is inspired by pill bugs

Quadcopters are capable of extraordinary acrobatic feats, but even the most skilled pilots and algorithms can’t avoid every obstacle. That’s why a pair of scientists at the Department of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the City University of Hong Kong developed an airframe inspired by origami (and insects), which they describe in a newly […]

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How drones became entertainment

Drones are literal lifesavers. They’re ferrying medical samples between hospitals, giving firefighters in San Diego a top-down view of hot spots, and helping keep South Florida’s exploding mosquito population under control. But when autonomous quadcopters aren’t helping folks stay out of harm’s way, they’re putting on shows — theater and light shows, to be exact. […]

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DJI’s RoboMaster S1 is a four-wheeled robot that teaches kids how to code

DJI, which was founded over a decade ago by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology enrollee Frank Wang,  is perhaps best known for drones like the Mavic Pro and Air, the Ronin S, the Matrice, and the Phantom 4. The Shenzhen, China-based company has an estimated 85% of the worldwide drone market, and while […]

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AI helps drones dodge fast-moving objects

Drones capable of autonomous avoidance aren’t novel — DJI’s featured them in its lineup for years. But what about quadcopters that can dodge fast-moving projectiles? That’s what scientists from the University of Maryland and ETH Zurich describe in a newly published paper (“EVDodge: Embodied AI For High-Speed Dodging On A Quadrotor Using Event Cameras“) on […]

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Amazon’s new Prime Air drone promises to deliver packages in under 30 minutes

During a Wednesday keynote address at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, the Seattle company announced a slew of features for its existing products and previewed new services to come. One of those it touched on was Prime Air: Amazon said that in the coming months, a newly designed, and completely autonomous Prime Air drone […]

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Drone data is a digital forensics gold mine

We may now be hurtling toward the mass adoption of drones for everyday use. Drones are delivering UPS orders around the WakeMed medical campus in North Carolina, sending vaccines to remote parts of Ghana, and monitoring hard-to-reach habitats of orangutans in Borneo. During the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral, the Paris Fire Brigade even […]

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Parrot will prototype combat reconnaissance drones for U.S. military

The Pentagon’s internal startup incubator and the U.S. Army jointly aim to adapt off-the-shelf commercial drones for combat scenarios, and toward that end, they today revealed one of the six companies that’ll supply these drones: Paris-based Parrot. In the coming weeks, as part of the agencies’ ongoing Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) effort, Parrot will prototype […]

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