Out-of-control: Drone safety animation by CASA

Out-of-control: Drone safety animation

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has released a humorous video to reinforce the importance of flying your drone safely. Have a look!

For more of CASA's videos, check out their youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CASABriefing

Live-Streaming from drone to facebook at F8

image source: Slashgear

Facebook recently introduced live-streaming video and has been gradually rolling this feature out to users.
Today, Facebook held its annual F8 conference for developers, and announced that they will be allowing developers to build live Facebook video right into their apps - even apps used to control drones! On stage, CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated this by live-streaming himself to Facebook using a DJI Inspire 1. Soon, we may very well see mass adoption of Facebook users drone-streaming themselves to their friends' newsfeeds!

source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/12/11415244/facebook-live-video-dji-drone...

Drone Delivery Canada Going Public

Drone Delivery Canada's Infomercial - October 2015

Drone Delivery Canada is developing drone technology to provide Canadian retailers, service organizations and government agencies a just in time delivery service.
They say the ability to simplify and expedite customer orders will maximize product fulfillment to reach and assist in driving net new revenues.

There are 2 service options: Depot to Depot which is focused on rural applications providing services from warehouse to warehouse and Depot to Consumer offering logistics services from a retailer / warehouse direct to a consumers home or business location.

Last year, in a win for the company, Canadian online retail company shop.ca partnered with Drone Delivery Canada with intention to use its drone delivery technology.

Nunavut-Based Arctic UAV Prepares To Take Flight

image source: CBC News

Nunavut is the newest, largest, northernmost, and least populous territory of Canada. It's also home to Arctic UAV, a new startup aiming to use drones for commercial applications in oil and gas exploration, mining and agriculture. Already, they've successfully used a drone manufactured by Ontario's ING Robotic to help an icebreaker plot a course through ice in Nunavik.
Arctic UAV has obtained Transport Canada Certification allowing them to fly beyond line of sight, and is now looking to expand its employee numbers in anticipation of growth in these emerging markets.

Draganfly First to Get Transport Canada's Compliant Status for Multiple UAV Systems

Draganfly Innovations (www.draganfly.com) is a Canadian company operating within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Now, Draganfly’s Declaration of Compliance for all four current production Draganflyer UAVs is considered complete by Transport Canada.

source - http://droneblog.com/2016/03/31/draganfly-innovations-first-to-obtain-tr...

ROAM-e's New Flying Selfie Drone Has You Covered

ROAM-e Flying Selfie / Drone Selfie

And you thought selfie sticks were annoying...
Australian tech company IoT group's contribution to hands-free photography is the ROAM-e mini-drone. The hovering device’s two rotating propellers and a fast-charging battery allow it to remain suspended mid-air for up to 20 minutes. The two propellors can be folded into the body when the device isn't in use.

When in use, the ROAM-e will hover in the air in front of your face, which it automatically detects, up to a distance of 80 feet away. You can even walk around and have the ROAM-e follow you, tracking your face as you move around your area.

Airware Secures $30M to Sell Complete Drone Solutions to Fortune 500

image source: Forbes

Airware has decided to expand its offering in a big way! Previously, the company was solely in the business of developing and selling drone operating systems. Now, they've decided to dive in and offer the 'full stack', packaging their operating system together with drone hardware, additional control software, and cloud data storage. Why? It seems that the bottleneck for large companies to adapt the tech was that they didn't know how to piece the solutions together themselves. 

Suond familiar? Think Microsoft. It's the office on top of windows, with cloud storage at your fingertips.

History Has Been Made - The First Autonomous Urban US Drone Delivery

In a small Nevada town, drone delivery startup Flirtey has beaten everyone else to the punch...take that, Amazon!

A six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered a package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of Hawthorne, southeast of Reno. The package included bottled water, food and a first-aid kit.

According to Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney, “Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep,” Sweeney said.

Check out the Flirtey website for more about the company - http://flirtey.com/

Skeye's Safe and Friendly Blimp Drone Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser

Skeye's Safe and Friendly Blimp Drone Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser

Swiss company Aerotain sees the potential use of drones in advertising, and recognizes the need to make them safter if they are going to be flying in crowded public areas.
Not only do they aim to make them safer, they will provide a level of interaction that hasn't previous been possible with current drones on the market. The Skeye will fly encased in a helium filled balloon, allowing people to touch it without worrying about being cut by propellers. On top of that, if the drone experiences a failure, it will land gently and in essence become a giant balloon.

Earlier in the year, at CES 2016, Fleye, another  'safe and friendly' drone was instroduced as well. See our CES 2016 discussion thread for more.

Domino's Pizza Just Upped Their Game With A Ground Delivery Drone

Domino's Pizza Just Upped Their Game With A Ground Delivery Drone

No way, Domino's! We've been hearing a lot about large retailers like Amazon seeking to offer drone-delivery for their items. Domino's pizza, it seems, also recognized the value in automated pizza delivery.
The hurdles in legislative red tape and safety for air delivery have been many, but Domino's recognized that there were fewer hurdles in a ground-based approach.

The company has now unveiled the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU), and announced that the bot had already carried out its first successful pizza delivery on March 8, 2016!
According to Domino's, “DRU is an autonomous delivery vehicle and is set to take the world by storm”.