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EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

Drones are all the fad these days, from hulking machines to palm-sized toys. So, too, are self-driving cars, with car maker after car maker, including Google, revealing a piece of autonomous driving technology. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone, in this case Chinese drone company EHang, has made something that combines both. Introduing the EHang 198, the world's first AAV, not UAV. That stands for Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, basically a manned Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (oxymoronic, ain't it?) whose purpose is to carry its package from point A to point B. The package, in this case, is a human being.

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Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Drone-maker Yuneec is well-known for its high-end, quality UAVs, yet it continues to remain in the shadow of DJI, the professional drone market's current leader. However, that could soon change, as Yuneec has just announced their Typhoon H, a threat to DJI's top of the line, $3,000 Inspire 1, yet with a price that's one-thirds cheaper. The Typhoon H promises the same professional-level performance, along a few of its own unique features.

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Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Of course we're seeing drones at CES 2016, with some being more sensational than others. Take for example Parrot's newest drone, the Disco. Here we see a deviation from Parrot's usual design. Gone are the multiple propellers that flank the drone, replaced by a single one at the back. Instead, you get a more plane-like design with fixed but removable wings that promise to add more hours and more ease of flight but perhaps at the expense of some other traits.

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DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI, one of the most trusted names when it comes to drones, has some new toys to show here at CES 2016. But if you were thinking of something completely new or extraordinary, you might walk away disappointed. Or at least half disappointed. What DJI has, instead, are refreshed drones. For example, a DJI Inspire 1 now available in stealthy black. But perhaps more interesting is a new Phantom 3, which looks almost exactly like the old Phantom 3. But as they say, looks can be deceiving as this Phantom 3 4K, as you might have already guessed, can shoot 4K video.

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Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.

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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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Army’s first UAS ‘Hunter’ retired this month

Army’s first UAS ‘Hunter’ retired this month

The U.S. Army retired its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) this month, doing so with a formal ceremony to mark the end of “Hunter” and its long years of service. The drone took its last flight on December 16 at the Robert Gray Army Airfield, and was called a “valuable” tool for commanders and troops alike. Describing his role, Hunter’s operator Staff Sgt Zachary Norris said, “We’re like the ‘Eyes in the Sky’ for the ground troops.”

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Star Wars scene recreated with drones

Star Wars scene recreated with drones

This month four drone racers decided they'd recreate one of their favorite scenes from the Star Wars saga, entirely shot with drones. Here you'll find drone propellers carrying speeder bikes through the giant redwood forests of northern California. That's the same place the actual scenes from Star Wars: Return of The Jedi were filmed. How fancy! This whole thing was filmed and posted to the "YouTube of drone video" - AirVuz.

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