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Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery

August 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
 From donuts to life-saving anti-venom, drone delivery draws attention to what the technology might look like in a few short years. While the full potential of drones extends beyond transport, there’s little doubt that the fledgling technology will turn consumer package delivery upside down. Read More

DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

August 14, 2017 - 4:07pm
 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent to or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe

August 3, 2017 - 10:22am
 Peter Levine has an interesting working theory. He believes cloud computing is going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will soon see the majority of processing taking place at the device level. Levine says it’s based on sound analysis of where he sees computing going — and his job as an investor is to recognize where the industry is heading before it happens. Read More

DJI drones can now run 3DR’s Site Scan software as old competitors become friends

August 1, 2017 - 6:00am
 3D Robotics was supposed to be the drone manufacturer that could finally take on DJI. But its flagship drone, the Solo, never really became a big hit, and soon after the company exited the consumer business and raised a last-ditch funding round to try to pivot to an enterprise offering. Well it worked, and now 3DR has found its sweet spot as a provider of software for mapping and surveying… Read More

Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

July 20, 2017 - 9:07am
 Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons and airports. Read More

Watch this racing drone set the Guinness World Record for fastest drone

July 14, 2017 - 10:07am
 A 1.76 pound drone can now move faster than a Tesla at top speed in Ludicrous Mode. Yesterday, the Drone Racing League set the Guinness World Record for fastest drone, or the category of “fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter.”  Called the DRL Racer X, the drone can fly at a top speed of 179.6 MPH. The test was done in a field outside of New York… Read More

Here’s how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

July 8, 2017 - 9:44am
 If you’ve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA’s drone registration requirement. The registration requirement, which mandated hobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However… Read More

Facebook’s Aquila drone completes its second test flight, lands well this time

June 29, 2017 - 11:00am
 Facebook’s plan to use large solar-powered high-altitude drones to connect areas of the world that traditionally haven’t had reliable internet access marked a significant milestone on Thursday. Aquila, its first functional aircraft, completed its second successful test flight — and landed successfully, too. Read More

At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics

June 22, 2017 - 3:21pm
 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More

The DJI Spark is fun, but not the mainstream drone we were promised

June 1, 2017 - 4:18pm
 The Spark is, at once, an impressive feat of engineering and a reminder that drones are a ways from being true mainstream devices. It’s DJI’s smallest and cheapest drone by far, and the company also has tossed in some neat gesture control tricks that make you feel like Luke Skywalker for the 16 minutes it’s in the air. But there are still a lot of kinks to work out. Read More

Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

May 31, 2017 - 2:23pm
 There’s always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to look into these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed lead to a lower carbon footprint — if it’s done properly. Read More

Drones aren’t having their mainstream moment yet

May 27, 2017 - 8:07am
 Write about technology for any amount of time, you’ll get run through the hype wringer. It’s impossible to avoid. After all, it’s the excitement of new technologies that drew so many of us to this field in the first place. And when DJI debuts a product like the Spark, the word “game changer” gets tossed around a lot, just like it did with last year’s… Read More

The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

May 23, 2017 - 8:06am
 PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea. Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was during a game, so of course the event was captured on camera. Read More

Kuang-Chi invests $5 million in SkyX, a maker of drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines

May 22, 2017 - 5:17pm
 Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup’s founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data analytics. Read More

Postmates CEO will testify before Congress about the promise of robots and drones

May 22, 2017 - 10:28am
 Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann is testifying before Congress tomorrow in a hearing called “Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers.” The emergence of deliveries via robots and drones has sparked regulatory concerns around safety, as well as fears around the displacement of human workers. In his written testimony, Lehman makes a case for delivery via robots and drones. Read More

A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA’s drone registry requirement

May 19, 2017 - 11:40am
 The FAA’s drone database hit a major snag this week, courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft. “Taylor does not think that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule… Read More

Echodyne’s pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

May 12, 2017 - 12:03pm
 Just because we live in an age of many sensors doesn’t mean we always have the right one for the job. One in particular we’ve been lacking is a radar system that can detect obstacles and aircraft hundreds of meters out, yet fit comfortably on a small drone. The laws of physics, it seemed, prevented it — but Echodyne made it work anyway. Read More

Volans-i shows off its long-range delivery drones in Texas

May 9, 2017 - 4:40pm
 Whether flying food or medication to customers’ doors, drones for delivery have arrived. Businesses as far-ranging as UPS, Domino’s, Amazon and the hospital group Ticino EOC are testing drones. Still, most drones built for delivery only fly for a short time and distance. Now, a startup called Volans-i has developed long-range drones for business to business, express deliveries. Read More

Convexum and Regulus Cyber CEOs to address drone security at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv event

May 8, 2017 - 7:16am
 Israel is full of companies addressing the growing concern of drone security and we’re excited to announce the CEOs of Convexum and Regulus Cyber will speak on the topic at TechCrunch’s Tel Aviv Meetup + Pitch-off. Consumer-grade drones are increasingly becoming a security concern as their prices drop and capabilities increase. Governments and private organizations are looking for… Read More

Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

May 6, 2017 - 10:03am
 After drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for nefarious purposes like spying on corporations, carrying contraband across borders and into prison yards, and sadly, turning the aerial robots into weapons. Drone crashes also put people and property in harm’s way. Provo, Utah-based Fortem Technologies Inc. has raised $5.5 million in… Read More