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Taking Down Drones With a $38,000 Stinger Missile Feels Like Overkill

August 17, 2017 - 5:40am

Last week, an amateur drone pilot landed his DJI quadcopter on the deck of Britain’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier. The incident was accidental, but highlights the irony of how difficult it is to neutralize threats from smaller aircraft like drones that are slowly filling the skies. But perhaps modifying a…

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DJI Rolls Out 'Local Data Mode' for Drones After US Army Ban Over Unknown 'Cyber Vulnerabilities'

August 14, 2017 - 8:31pm

Weeks after the US Army told personnel to immediately shelve all drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, citing unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,” the company has introduced a new “local data mode” for its apps.

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US Military Can Now Blast Wayward Hobby Drones Out of the Sky

August 7, 2017 - 2:53pm

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don’t want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of US military installations.

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US Army to Troops: Immediately Stop Using Off-the-Shelf DJI Drones, Especially on the Battlefield

August 5, 2017 - 8:58am

The US Army has ordered all service members to immediately cease using drones manufactured by Chinese tech company DJI, hinting the company’s products could be easily compromised by third parties.

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Look At This Adorable Baby Drone And Be Sad No More

July 28, 2017 - 10:45am

Look at how CUTE this baby drone is.

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The DJI Spark Is an Incredibly Exciting Start to an Insane Future

July 27, 2017 - 6:56am

Small drones are not new. Toy-sized quadcopters have been on the market for years helping kids (and dads) start flying for a relatively reasonable price and not much expertise. Yet small drones that can do almost anything a big drone can do? That’s new. And that’s what makes the DJI Spark so exciting.

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UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

July 23, 2017 - 8:38am

The government of the U.K. said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams—slightly more than half a pound, for all you ignorant Americans—will need to be registered with the Department of Transport following a report by aviation authorities drones as small as 400 grams could damage helicopter windshields. Drone…

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Build This DIY Cannon to Catch Rogue Drones

July 20, 2017 - 10:40am

Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for miles after it stops heeding your remote’s commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems…

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This Floating Robotic Camera Is the Cutest Thing Ever Sent Into Space

July 17, 2017 - 9:40am

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a new crew member—an adorable robotic ball capable of recording video while moving in zero gravity. Dubbed “Int-Ball,” the device will free astronauts to do more important work, while providing ground controllers with their own set of eyes.

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Don't Blink or You'll Miss the World's Fastest Drone Flying Faster Than a Sports Car

July 14, 2017 - 8:12am

Watching first-person footage of racing drones makes it seem like the tiny craft fly somewhere close to the speed of light. In reality, due to the limits of their human pilots, they top at around 80 miles per hour. That’s incredibly fast, but the Drone Racing League managed to double that with a new world record speed…

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Bee Brains May Be the Model For the Next Evolutionary Leap in Camera Technology

July 3, 2017 - 2:20pm

The beleaguered honey bee is normally championed for its vital powers of pollination but a new study shows that we could soon be thanking them for inspiring more accurate color imaging in digital photography.

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FAA Is Working on a Remote Identification System For Consumer Drones

July 1, 2017 - 1:58pm

Year after year, drones are becoming more popular with the public and the industry is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. This, coupled with an antsy commercial drone industry, has created a lot of regulatory headaches for the FAA. The latest proposal on the table is to create a remote identification system…

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Music Festival Confetti Cannons Might Be Our Only Surefire Defense Against Drones

June 29, 2017 - 1:42pm

As if random asteroids and vengeful hawks weren’t enough of a reason to keep a wary eye on the skies, drones have gone from being harmless RC toys to genuine weapons. Until now, the only way to stay safe was to only go outside on windy days, but it looks like there’s a new weapon for the war on drones: confetti…

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This is What an ISIS Drone Workshop Looks Like

June 29, 2017 - 5:00am

The Islamic State has increasingly used drones and other robotic IEDs against American, Iraqi, and civilian targets in Iraq. And as the Coalition fights its way through Mosul, troops are discovering workshops filled with crude but deadly robotics used to bomb people sometimes dozens of times per day.

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Oscar Mayer Made a Drone to Rain Hot Dogs Down on Humanity

June 26, 2017 - 11:25am

As is currently en vogue for any company making a product that ends up in consumers’ hands, Oscar Mayer is expanding its Weinermobile fleet with a phallic flying drone that can (supposedly) drop a single hot dog on someone not too worried about what they’re eating. If Silicon Valley had its way, we’d only eat things…

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Medical Drones Could Beat Ambulances At Saving Cardiac Arrest Patients

June 13, 2017 - 11:05am

After someone suffers from cardiac arrest, it’s like a time bomb starts ticking. The best way to increase survival rate is to get someone a defibrillator—and fast. Ambulances have to deal with red lights. Drones can fly.

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North Korean Drone Found in South Korea Was Spying on American Missile Defense System

June 13, 2017 - 5:05am

South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North Korean drone that didn’t make it back home. And they now believe that the drone was sent to photograph America’s controversial THAAD missile defense system that was recently deployed to the region.

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This ‘Flying Car’ Toyota Invested In Will Totally Be Ready By 2020

June 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Right around the time Toyota asked everyone to stop calling it boring, the company gave a startup called Cartivator more than $350,000 for its “flying car” that’s supposed to be commercialized by 2020. But the flying car is actually more like a drone, and it, um, doesn’t work very well so far.

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This Cyborg Dragonfly Is the Tiniest Drone

June 1, 2017 - 7:40am

The smaller a drone gets, the more places it can be easily flown. But while many researchers have been trying to tackle the monumental challenge of building drones that look and behave like tiny insects, a new approach has engineers giving Mother Nature’s existing creations drone-like upgrades.

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Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky

May 31, 2017 - 9:18am

Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong…

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