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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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 3, 2016
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How the Top Companies Torture-Test Their Drones

On a windy day in March, Warren Linde, Robert Blank, and Brent Holbrook, the co-founders of Mountain Drones, partnered with members of the Telluride Ski Patrol to fly a UAV loaded with mock explosives above a secret location outside of Telluride, Colorado. Mountain Drones makes UAVs for avalanche mitigation and […]
January 1, 2016

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 […]