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DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

Facebook is opening up Facebook Live, its live-streaming platform, to third-parties, and DJI is already baking it into streaming drones. The new functionality was announced at F8 2016, Facebook's annual developer event, with company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sharing the stage with a prototype drone that can beam video from its onboard camera direct to viewers watching live.

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FreeMotionHandling concept is a flying helium-filled gripping device

FreeMotionHandling concept is a flying helium-filled gripping device

The floating orb that you see here is designed with the intention of being able to pick up small objects and then drop them off where they are needed. It might one day be the perfect autonomous flying machine for delivering small packages. The device has the not so eloquent name of the FreeMotionHandling project and it is from the Festo Bionic Learning Network.

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e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

e-volo Volocopter VC200 done its first manned flight

Small and very lightweight helicopters have been around for decades for enthusiasts to enjoy just for fun. A company called e-volo has been working on something it calls a multicopter that looks more like a giant multirotor drone aircraft than a machine designed to carry human occupants. The flying machine is called the Volocopter VC200 and e-volo has announced that it has conducted its first manned flight.

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DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

Drones could be useful tools for first responders, and as such Chinese drone maker DJI has partnered with EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, to explore ways in which such aerial technologies could be leveraged by emergency service providers. The duo announced the new partnership today, saying that DJI will supply the drones and related technology to “carefully selected teams of pilots” throughout Europe, among the equipment being DJI’s Zenmuse XT thermal camera system and the Phantom and Inspire drones.

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Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Zipline, a California startup, will soon start supplying remote areas of Rwanda with medical supplies via drone-based drop shipments. The shipments will begin in July, and will be made possible using fixed-wing drones able to travel many miles. Zipline will operate the service for the nation’s government, and will be able to get much-needed supplies, like emergency medication, to remote regions within a single day rather than the weeks or months other methods can take.

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U.S. Army wants soldiers to have pocket drones by 2018

U.S. Army wants soldiers to have pocket drones by 2018

The U.S. Army has been looking into technology referred to as “soldier-borne sensors” that are essentially miniature pocket-sized drones intended for individual soldiers to carry. Some allied troops have already been using such technologies, and now the U.S. Army is ready to get on board; it has set a goal for 2018, at which point it wants its own troops to be equipped with such tiny flying devices.

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Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

Committee recommendations pave way for drone deliveries

The FAA has been working for months to iron out drone regulations, being forced to toe the line between public safety and the needs of innovation. Drones hold a lot of promise in many fields, but current restrictions mean many companies aren’t able to use them — forcing some like Amazon to head to other countries for testing. According to a new report, that could change soon, as the government is said to be working on changes that could allow commercial drone flights over populated regions.

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Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Forget selfie sticks, have a ROAM-e selfie drone instead

Just like selifes, selfie sticks have become a fact of life, despite being ridiculed, banned, or even branded as very lethal contraptions. Since selfies are probably never going away now, we might as well try to make taking them a whole lot safer. And what can be safer than having a robot take the selfie for you. And by robot, we mean a fully automated, unmanned, flying robot. In other words, a drone. ROAM-e just happens to be one of the latest in a new fleet of drones whose purpose in life is nothing more than to recognize and follow your face everywhere.

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Killer Drone is a chainsaw-wielding, snowman-killing drone

Killer Drone is a chainsaw-wielding, snowman-killing drone

It’s a drone unlike any other, and it recently went on a rampage in the snowy fields of Finland, killing icicles and snowmen alike. It’s called Killer Drone, and it is equipped with a full-sized, fully remote operated chainsaw able to cut through anything the drone gets close to. Is it awesome? Yes, yes it is. It is also potentially lethal, and so as mom and your terrified neighbors would say, please don't try this at home.

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DJI sues drone maker Yuneec over alleged infringement

DJI sues drone maker Yuneec over alleged infringement

DJI has hit Chinese drone maker Yuneec with a patent infringement lawsuit, claiming the latter company has infringed upon two of its patents. DJI, of course, is best known for its Phantom drones, one of the most recent of which is the Inspire 1 RAW. Yuneec is lesser known, but has some sophisticated offerings of its own, not the least of which is the Yuneec Typhoon H drone.

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DJI Inspire 1 RAW 4K camera drone starts shipping next week

DJI Inspire 1 RAW 4K camera drone starts shipping next week

As promised, DJI is going to start shipping the Inspire 1 RAW Edition drone and the Zenmuse X5R mirrorless camera this month. Starting next week, DJI will be shipping out the drone with camera to those who preordered, and will then start shipping the camera by itself a few days later. Direct orders will also go live for those who haven't yet preordered.

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Skydio drone can actually follow you while avoiding trees

Skydio drone can actually follow you while avoiding trees

Drones with the ability to follow the user and shoot video or still images are out there right now. The catch is that they only really work in environments where there are no obstacles that the drone needs to avoid. Put the same tracking drone into a forest environment with random tree branches and trunks and the drone is unable to avoid those obstacles.

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