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January 15, 2016
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High School Students Use Drones for Art

Photo credit: Drew Halverson Drones are more commercial than ever, but many people still associate them with war. Yes, UAVs are used in warfare, but a group of students in Nashville, TN, show they can also be used for good. According to a blog post by Michael D Mitchell, a […]
January 12, 2016

3 Things Public Safety Officials Should Know About Drones

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst This past year, as I attended many drone conferences, I was struck by how eager public safety officials and first responders are to learn how they can incorporate drones into their operations.  Their curiosity is not without good reason.  Small drones with video […]
January 8, 2016

FAA Administrator Huerta Addresses UAS Registration and Integration at CES

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta with registration task force member and senseFly Manager Business Development Baptiste Tripard at CES 2016.Photo credit: The FAA On Jan. 6, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta addressed a gathering at CES 2016, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. He was joined at his first address […]
January 7, 2016

Ford Challenge: Drone-to-Vehicle Technology

As part of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford is challenging innovators to develop software enabling drone-to-car communications using Ford SYNC® AppLink or OpenXC. The goal is a system that would survey inaccessible emergency zones and communicate findings to an F-150 in real time.Photo credit: Ford Ford and DJI, a top drone […]
January 7, 2016
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Insurer to Use Drones

Acuity has several drones in its fleet, but plans to add more in the coming months. Photo credit: Drew Halverson A Wisconsin based property and casualty insurer announced it received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones in its insurance operations. “Acuity recognizes the importance of drone technology in claims, […]
January 6, 2016

Drone Night Racing Puts New Spin on Growing Underground Sport

A long-exposure photo of one of David Moquay’s drone night racing tracks, displaying what racer Douglas Andriuk calls “bent lightsabers.” Picture jumping behind the wheel of an agile, quick aircraft and competing on a tricky but illuminated race track after night has fallen. It sounds like something out of a […]
January 5, 2016

Ford is developing vehicle-to-drone communication to aid U.N. disaster relief

LAS VEGAS — The Rinspeed Σtos is a self-driving Swiss concept car with its own drone designed for selfie-ing and flower delivery for loved ones. Clearly, it’s fanciful, silly and not based in reality, as it’ll likely never be built. Turns out, though, Ford and drone-maker DJI have had a […]
January 5, 2016

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January 5, 2016

Massive Parrot Disco will make you a real drone pilot

At CES 2016 Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff got to check out Parrot’s Disco Drone, which will fly longer than any of Parrot’s previous consumer drones, going almost 45 minutes on a charge. It will also double the speed of Parrot’s fastest drone, cruising along at up to almost 50 mph. Read […]
January 5, 2016

Check out Parrot’s new Disco Drone

Throw it in the air and it does the rest. [embedded content] Almost every drone offer on the market is a quad configuration with four-six rotors on a frame. however, Parrot has introduced its latest product, the Disco, a fixed-wing that is in the TBRC or classic FPV configuration. To […]
January 5, 2016

Rapid prototyping and Quick System Identification (part 2)

The flight data was logged on the micro sd card which was plugged into the front of the Pixhawk autopilot.  The Pixhawk is capable of logging various levels of data, but because the sd card used was 4gb, the default (all data logged) was chosen.  It was also set in […]
January 5, 2016

Rapid Prototyping and Quick System Identification (part 1)

Background I took part in a research endeavor to analyze many facets of guided/autonomous parachutes this last 3 months.  There are many technical problems that require solutions for this project to be successful and the following analysis presented below is the culmination of 3 months of research dedicated to airframe […]
January 4, 2016
Apple Watch Drone Control

Using The Force? No, it’s an Apple Watch Flying this Drone

A team of researchers in Taiwan have managed to turn an Apple Watch into a sensor that can be used to control a drone using only hand gestures, reports Reuters. PVD+, a team of technologists and engineers worked with National Chung Hsing University to develop a programming language they called Dong, that […]
January 1, 2016
Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform

Qualcomm Video Shows How Much Smarter Drones Will Get

A quick preview of the new Snapdragon Flight chipset Earlier this year, chipmaker Qualcomm announced it would be producing a custom version of its widely used Snapdragon chipset for drones. The company says that its Snapdragon Flight processors will bring down the cost of drones, improve their battery life, and […]