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July 31, 2015

The Rise Of China’s Drones

Source: Slate By: Yu Dawei A man controls a drone to spray pesticides on a farm in Bozhou in central China’s Anhui province on April 15, 2014. This article originally appeared in Caixin. A tech evolution and falling production costs have allowed drones to make the flight off military bases […]
July 31, 2015

3DR AERO Used To Test Delivery Of Blood Samples

  From Gizmag: We’ve already heard about drones being used to deliver pharmaceuticals to patients in remote locations, but scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Uganda’s Makerere University are now looking at the other end of the picture – using them to deliver remotely-located patients’ blood samples to labs in larger centers. According […]
July 30, 2015

You Can Now 3D Print A Perfect Clone Of DJI’s Inspire 1 Quadcopter

Source: DIGITAL TRENDS By: Drew Prindle Take a stroll through any online repository of 3D printable objects and you’ll find no shortage of drone schematics. Now that 3D printers have basically flung open the doors to creativity and made it possible to manufacture practically any object imaginable, tons of people […]
July 30, 2015

DJI Drone Film Festival Targets Extreme Sports Cinematography

Source: Gizmag By: Nick Lavars The Rise of the Drones Film Festival caters to those who like to live life on the edge DJI has teamed up with web broadcaster Epic TV to launch the pair’s first film festival for drone footage. The Rise of the Drones Film Festival is […]
July 29, 2015

Nokia Enters The Virtual Reality Game With A 360-Degree Camera

Weeks ago, rumors began to surface that Nokia might have a virtual reality product in the works and on Tuesday, at a special event in Los Angeles, the company finally put an end to the mystery First teasing the device via Twitter with a partial picture, the same image shown […]
July 25, 2015

Google Jumps Into The Airspace Monitoring Business To Make Room For Drones

Source: DRONE LIFE By: Matthew Grassi In case they passed you by without notice – and it’s quite likely they did – the May announcements that retail giant Walmart and Silicon Valley technology-disrupter Google are getting involved in the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system manufacturing industry are being viewed as […]
July 24, 2015

The First US National Drone-Racing Competition Was Won By An Australian

Source: QUARTZ By: Mike Murphy Winner Nowak (right) prepares his drone for his last race. On a baking hot day at the California State Fair, as the smell of sweat and old Subway sandwiches commingled in the racing paddock, officials crowned the first US national drone-racing champion. That man was […]
July 24, 2015

To Collect Whale Snot, Scientists Are Turning to Drones

There’s a lot to be learned from the snot whales shoot out of their blowholes. Collecting said snot? Well, that’s a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, researchers at the Ocean Alliance and Olin College of Engineering believe they’ve got a high-tech remedy for their snot problem, and you’ve probably already […]
July 23, 2015

Here Is Why South Africa’s New Drone Regulations Are Ridiculous

Source: BusinessTech By: BusinessTech Staff Writer The South African drone regulations come into effect on Wednesday (1 July) and are among the most stringent in the world, thanks to the Ministry of Transport. While anybody above the age of 18 will be allowed to purchase a drone – with or […]
July 22, 2015

Drones Could Be a Game-Changer for the African Continent

They are called unmanned aerial vehicles but are better known as drones. These are small aerial vehicles with fixed wings or small rotors, are usually powered with batteries, and equipped with a high resolution camera. Drones range in cost from $99 to tens of thousands of dollars. But they are […]
July 22, 2015

GoPro Drone Effort Boosted By Data, But Leader DJI Says It’s Tougher Than It Looks

Source: MarketWatch By: Sally French GoPro plans to enter the drone market in the first half of 2016 A drone prototype equipped with a GoPro camera is tested at the headquarters of Squadrone System in Saint-Martin d’Hères, France. GoPro Inc. is set to launch a quadcopter drone in the first […]
July 16, 2015
Designer Drone

What’s in a Drone?

Quadcopter design A torque free architecture Whilst the main frame (hub) houses all the electronics, four radiating arms (booms) provide stable mounting positions for 4 rotors. Each rotor consists of a propeller driven by a motor controlled by an ESC (electronic speed controller) which is usually located on a ventilated […]
July 16, 2015
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Controlling the Beast

Controlling the Beast RC Controllers Basic quadcopter controls A RC Quadcopter is piloted via a transmitter radio’s joysticks and switches. These instructions are then transmitted and received by a receiver on the quadcopter. The quadcopter flight controller serves as the central station where all incoming information is processed. An advanced […]
July 16, 2015
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Everybody’s a Photographer

Camera mounts & gimbals How can such a simple device play a critical role? Well, having a super stable quadcopter without a good camera mount is analogous to a good camera with lousy lenses. Premium video can be easily compromised by a wobbly camera mount with sluggish controls, often a […]
July 13, 2015

6 Stunning Spots Where You Must Fly Your Drone

Drones are now more affordable than ever. Our latest guide to buying a drone covers the best drone models you can currently buy whatever your interest. Once you’ve bought your drone, you may now want to take some stunning aerial photos to impress your friends, or maybe you are thinking of […]