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EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

The last time we talked about EHang the company was showing off its EHang 198 automated flying machine. The drone aircraft looks like a quadrotor you might use to fly your GoPro into the sky for aerial shots, but is sized to allow human passengers to climb aboard and take flight. The idea is that the EHang automated drones could pick people up, the person could enter a destination with a smartphone app, and takeoff.

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Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Despite almost being atrocious in its actual implementation, Nintendo's Power Glove accessory back in the NES days sparked many a hackers and tinkerer's imagination because of the possibilities it opened. Back then, however, such ideas were not easily possible to pull off. Fast forward to today's accessible and advanced electronics, the Power Glove has been put under the knife and the soldering iron in the name of science and boredom. Like this Hackaday project that shows a drone who's boss by controlling it with nothing but Jedi hand gestures.

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Walmart plans to check its inventories using drones within 9 months

Walmart plans to check its inventories using drones within 9 months

We've heard about Walmart's drone delivery ambitions off and on for months; back in October 2015, the company asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test delivery drones. Now, according to the company, it is possibly only half a year away from using drones to check the inventories in its warehouses, the first step in what will likely be a much larger utilization of UAVs in coming years.

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Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

One of the coolest video game franchises that we haven't seen in ages is Half-Life. Many a gamer will have fond memories of spending tons of time playing the original Half-Life and the second game in the franchise, Half-Life 2. One of the things that anyone will remember from Half-Life 2 are the flying City Scanner drones that would find you and shine their light in your face until you shot them down or smashed them with your trusty crowbar.

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Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

This morning the folks at Xiaomi have released their long-awaited "Mi Drone" to the masses in two editions. You'll find one version coming with a camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and one with a camera ready for full 4K. Mi Drone's more high-end version costs just a bit more than the lower end, and the lower end version will be "crowdfunded on the Mi Home app" starting on the 26th of May, 2016. And yes, that is very weird.

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Xiaomi drone pricing to undercut DJI says source

Xiaomi drone pricing to undercut DJI says source

Over the last few days, we have talked a few times about the Xiaomi drone. Xiaomi has its mitts into lots of different product lines from smart devices to TVs among other things; a step into the drone market is no surprise. Yesterday a short teaser video claiming to be the Xiaomi drone in action leaked. Today we have word from a source claiming to know Xiaomi's plans who claims that the drone will be priced to undercut DJI, one of the biggest names in the drone market.

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Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

The folks at Xiaomi are set to reveal their first drone - at last. We've seen teasers for this device for what seems like months, having suspected that the device might come out as early as late last year. Now the company has all but confirmed the appearance of this device at their event this week. It's been tipped that several models will be introduced, the most of expensive of which will be in line with some of the more reasonably priced high-end personal drones - right around $600 USD.

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DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI's new drone-control app supporting Facebook Live video streaming is now available, allowing pilots to beam a drone's eye view across the social network. Announced as an upcoming feature back at Facebook's F8 2016, the company's annual developer event, held in April, the functionality effectively uses your smartphone as a conduit to Facebook Live, rebroadcasting the drone's video stream you'd usually rely on for navigation.

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Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into drones too

Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into drones too

Is there anything Xiaomi hasn't gotten into? Short of making its own smart, self-driving car, the Chinese superstar company practically has its fingers in almost every segment in the consumer tech market, either directly or through partner manufacturers. From smartphones to smart TVs to smart air conditioning units to smart rice cookers, Xiaomi almost has it all. So when rumors and now an official teaser, show up about Xiaomi making its drone, we're not exactly shocked. Because sure, why not. Almost everyone has a drone-ish product nowadays anyway.

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U.S. military shows off giant ray gun for shooting down drones

U.S. military shows off giant ray gun for shooting down drones

The Dutch have anti-drone eagles, Tokyo police have drones with capture nets, the Marines have a laser on a Humvee and, now, the U.S. federal government has a gigantic anti-drone gun that shoots invisible waves of energy at uninvited drones. The DroneDefender ray-gun is made by Battelle, and it works by jamming the frequencies a drone uses, causing it to lose connection with its operator.

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This quadcopter drone can land on ceilings and walls

This quadcopter drone can land on ceilings and walls

We've seen consumer drones of various sizes, as well as those with varying camera and photography capabilities, but what about when it comes to landing on surfaces other than the ground? Research students at Stanford University have been exploring that exact idea, and have developed a quadcopter that can perch on the ceiling, as well as walls in a vertical position, just like a spider or insect.

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Man knocks drone out of the sky by throwing a spear at it

Man knocks drone out of the sky by throwing a spear at it

Drones are fun and all, but critics raise two big concerns: potential safety issues (remember the toddler who lost his eye?), and potential privacy violations. The latter, whether real or perceived, has caused quite a ruckus at times -- an entire legal case revolved around someone shooting a drone out of the sky, for example. Arguably the most interesting takedown to date, though, involves a Russian man and his spear.

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