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South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or something like that. When South Korea notice a drone, with a camera, hovering near its borders, it decided that it needed to protect itself from such unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. And what better way to do that than by using another UAV. Roboticists at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or KAIST are trying to develop drones whose sole purposes would be to intercept and disable other drones. It's like Robot Wars, except in the sky and for less entertaining purposes.

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The Navy’s new drone is a ‘Flimmer’ named WANDA

The Navy’s new drone is a ‘Flimmer’ named WANDA

The US Navy thinks ducks — yes, the animal — are a good model for hunting down submarines. They can fly, swim, and dive, uniquely positioning them as a do-it-all model for hunting down submarines. The trouble is, ducks don’t go where submarines go, and it might be hard to train a duck to look for submarines. Instead, the Navy is building a drone codenamed WANDA that can fly (of course), but also dive into the sea and hunt down submarines.

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OnePlus launches DR-1 drone on April Fools Day

OnePlus launches DR-1 drone on April Fools Day

While it was probably a fun tradition in the past, and might still be for a few, April Fools Day has become a mixed bag, especially when it comes to the Internet and news. Company's in the West, or at least those who are mindful of their Western and international audiences, have come to learn to refrain from making serious announcements on the day when people are less likely to take things seriously. And yet, once again defying convention, OnePlus is launching its new product right on April 1, its not so secret DR-1 drone.

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Phase One Industrial’s iXU 180: compact 80MP drone camera

Phase One Industrial’s iXU 180: compact 80MP drone camera

Phase One Industrial is coming out with a new camera, the iXU 180, specifically designed for to be mounted on drones and aircraft. So, you could even mount it on an awesome Star Wars themed drone like this. The camera has an 80 megapixel CCD sensor, allowing it to gather huge amounts of information from a single shot. The camera body weighs 2 pounds and measures in at 97.4 x 93 x 110mm. Phase One is claiming that the iXU 180 is the world's smallest medium format 80 megapixel aerial camera.

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Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon is dreaming of a world where its drones deliver products, and the FAA is publicly cringing at the prospect. The FAA did get around to granting Amazon an element of permission for testing its drones, but it was a matter of too little too late. Amazon isn't waiting for the FAA to speed things up, and has instead simply crossed the border into Canada, where it is testing its delivery drones without the harsh restrictions imposed by the US government.

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OnePlus AMAA tidbits: OnePlus Two, OxygenOS, and drones

OnePlus AMAA tidbits: OnePlus Two, OxygenOS, and drones

Despite some setbacks, controversies, and complaints about availability, the OnePlus One has become a high profile device which admittedly deserves its renown. The "flagship killer" from a little known startup gave credence to that moniker, delivering (somewhat) high-end hardware with an affordable price tag, something only Xiaomi was famous for. Of course, a one hit wonder won't be able to keep OnePlus afloat, and the company does have ambitious plans up ahead. At a Reddit Ask Me (Almost) Anything, AMAA for short, round, co-founder Carl Pei and One Plus' David S. revealed some interesting details, including its next "game changer" device.

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Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook's internet-spreading drone has successfully completed its first test flight, paving the way to connecting the 3bn people currently without connectivity. The milestone is the handiwork of the Facebook Connectivity Lab, a team set up within the company by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, examining ways to bypass expensive and laborious wireline connections and instead take to the skies to beam the internet down from high altitude. And, while the test vehicle may look small, in actual fact Facebook's achievement is big both in the scale of its ambition and its construction.

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Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Another Star Wars drone has surfaced today, and it is the brainchild of "Olivier C", the same creator behind the Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor drones we've seen in the recent past. The production quality is just as top-notch as the past creations, and as with them it is able to fly around the same as any other quad-copter. The replica's creator has shown off the entire construction process in a gallery we have for you after the jump, and has shown off the final product in action via his YouTube account.

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Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Thought Amazon would be ecstatic the FAA had given it permission to test its Prime Air delivery drones? Think again: Amazon execs have slammed the US government agency, despite finally getting the green-light. The Federal Aviation Administration delivered what it thought was good news last week, telling the online retailer that it could cautiously try flying its remote-control delivery drones in US airspace as a prelude to perhaps one day dropping off packages from the sky. Instead, it opened a can of worms, with Amazon claiming the FAA's tardiness meant it had already scrapped the prototype.

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Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon drones get FAA test approval (but don’t get excited)

Amazon has been granted special permission to test its drone delivery service, but while the FAA may have given PrimeAir trials the green-light, don't expect it at your front door any time soon. PrimeAir was announced in late 2013, Amazon's grand scheme to deliver smaller packages by remotely-controlled drone within thirty minutes of an order being placed, but in addition to doubts around whether the project was practical, the Federal Aviation Administration took a dim view of commercial UAV use. Now, the leash has been loosened a little, allowing Amazon to at least begin conducting feasibility trials.

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