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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

DJI adds much of Iraq and Syria to its list of no-fly zones for its drones

April 26, 2017 - 10:48pm
 Drone maker DJI has updated their software to turn huge expanses of Syria and Iraq into no-fly zones. DJI usually prevents users from navigating their drones over sensitive areas like military bases and airports, but its new no-fly zones cover a much wider breadth and includes most of the northern half of both countries (including the city of Mosul), according to DJI’s map. Read More

DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements

April 24, 2017 - 10:18am
 When DJI announced the Mavic Pro last year they also teased a pair of FPV goggles that could be used to see first-person video from DJI’s drones. But we didn’t get many more details than that… until now. Read More

With DroneDeploy’s Fieldscanner, pilots can create maps as they fly

April 18, 2017 - 7:41am
 Flying drones to inspect a farm, construction site, or any other venue from overhead can generate a huge amount of data. It takes time, though, for drone users to upload and turn this high-resolution data into maps, graphs or business intelligence they can act upon. Today, a data management platform for drones called DroneDeploy, is launching a tool called Fieldscanner that makes it possible… Read More

DJI’s new Phantom 4 Advanced makes their lineup even more confusing

April 13, 2017 - 1:08pm
 DJI has announced a new drone in the Phantom 4 lineup. The Phantom 4 Advanced will take the place of the regular old Phantom 4, which will be discontinued on April 30th when the new version launches. The new drone will cost $1,349 – which is $50 less than what the original Phantom 4 started at. The Phantom 4 Advanced will borrow a bunch of features from the Phantom 4 Pro, which remains… Read More

Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits

April 11, 2017 - 2:31pm
 Flybrix first dreamed up a drone that kids could build with LEGO bricks in 2015. At the time, the co-founders debated the merits of launching with a crowdfunding campaign. They craved the exposure that brands attracted on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but they knew consumers were growing suspicious of promises made by crowdfunding hardware startups. Read More

SkyX drones are half-helicopter, half-plane and built to fly long distances

April 6, 2017 - 4:53pm
 A Markham, Ontario startup called SkyX Ltd. emerged from stealth today to share with TechCrunch details about its unique industrial drone designs. The company’s SkyOne drones take off and land like a helicopter, but fly more like an airplane, with a range of more than 25 miles (40 km) per charge. For drone industry nerds, this means they have both VTOL and fixed-wing elements. Read More

The leaked DJI Spark looks to be the Mavic Pro’s little brother

April 6, 2017 - 4:42pm
 DJI appears to be about to launch a drone even smaller than the Mavic Pro. Supposedly called the Spark, pics of the little drone have been popping up on several sites, though DJI has yet to officially announce it. Read More

Airobotics scores authorization to fly autonomous drones in Israel

March 27, 2017 - 3:16pm
 A startup based in Petah Tikva, Israel, Airobotics, has scored the right to fly drones autonomously for business purposes in Israel. The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) was the first in the world to authorize commercial, fully unmanned drone flights in their nation’s airspace. Read More