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Karma is what GoPro named its drone, coming 2016

Karma is what GoPro named its drone, coming 2016

It seems that all the pieces are set and GoPro is ready to take to the skies in just a few months. It has finally given a formal name to its first direct entry into the growing drone market. GoPro Karma, as it is now known, is set to take flight in 2016, but much about it remains unknown and GoPro has done the almost impossible and has kept much of the drone's details under wraps up to now. Something that smartphone makers probably need to learn how to do better.

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Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

The Mantis drone claw gives drones the one feature they’re all missing: a grasping tool. Given a drone’s remote nature, one could use the device to navigate into otherwise unreachable areas, but they’re of no use if something needs retrieved from those areas. Enter Mantis, a claw similar to the kind found in prize-based arcades games; it can be attached to a quadcopter or other drone for picking up small items.

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Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

A new tragic accident highlights an issue that some fear will become a trend: out-of-control drones injuring individuals who happen to be nearby. Oscar Webb was 16 month old when he fell victim to one such drone, which belonged to a family friend who lost control of the device after it clipped a tree. The drone ultimately struck Webb in the face, irreparably severing one of his eyes.

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Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

It seems that Amazon is really itching to get its Prime Air drone powered deliver service to the skies while still hampered by regulations that have yet to catch up with modern technology. It has just revealed some new details about the Prime Air service as well as its drone, including a shiny new look for the flying robot. And to add a bit of legitimacy and a dash of urgency to the "next generation in delivery services", Amazon has enlisted Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson to sell the idea to the masses.

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DJI bets the farm on new MG-1 agricultural drone

DJI bets the farm on new MG-1 agricultural drone

Drones aren't just geek toys and glorified couriers, and DJI is putting UAVs to work with the new Agras MG-1. Intended for agricultural duties, the water-resistant and anti-corrosive treated drone has eight rotors and a 10kg tank to take it crop-spraying, good so DJI claims for up to ten acres of coverage per hour of flight.

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We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

We’re one step closer to mandatory drone pilot registration

Mandatory drone pilot registration is one step closer in the US, with the FAA mulling database proposals from a number of UAV makers, retailers, and more. The FAA Drone-Registration Task Force was established in October, with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers like 3D Robotics, DJI, GoogleX, GoPro, Parrot, along with retailers looking to use drones for deliveries like Amazon Prime Air, Best Buy, and Walmart, joining forces to develop a framework for safer flying.

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DJI’s GEO to add live no-fly zones to drones

DJI’s GEO to add live no-fly zones to drones

Your DJI drone might automatically decide you're in a no-fly zone with a new update, intended to curtail incursions into unfriendly airspace. GEO, or Geospatial Environment Online, will see the DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drone apps updated with real-time flight restriction data, effectively preventing only authorized users from getting too close to prisons, power stations, and other facilities.

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Parrot Bebop 2 drone boasts 25 minute flight time

Parrot Bebop 2 drone boasts 25 minute flight time

If you've been in the market for a consumer-grade drone, then you'll be happy to hear the latest announcement from Parrot. At a press conference today, the company announced the successor to their popular Bebop drone. The newer model has a lot of the same features that we saw in the original, with some very nice improvements.

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Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem Gravity Pursuit outdoors drone launches with FHD camera

Xtreem has announced the launch of its new Gravity Pursuit drone, a lightweight quadcopter designed for outdoor use. The Gravity Pursuit features a Full HD 1080p camera allowing users to record videos of themselves or their adventures, or something else entirely. Unlike some recent camera-toting drones that have been introduced, this model falls within the “affordable” range for a wider array of consumers at $299.99 USD. The drone is available now from Swann.

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Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

Drone crashes into Seattle’s giant ferris wheel

If you’ve visited Seattle, you’re likely familiar with the giant ferris wheel situated on its waterfront. The wheel is beautiful to look at, and is a prime tourist attraction, giving visitors a sky-high look at one of the finer sides of the city. Fortunately, none of those tourists (or others) were injured when a drone crashed into the ferris wheel yesterday evening, the latest in a growing number of incidents involving drones used in improper places.

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Stratasys, Aurora Flight Sciences 3D print UAV in record time

Stratasys, Aurora Flight Sciences 3D print UAV in record time

3D printing is everywhere these days, from DIY parts, toys, prosthetics, and even cars. So why not drones? That's exactly 3D printing solutions company Stratasys and Aurora Flight Sciences thought when they banded together to 3D print a UAV. But it's no ordinary 3D printed UAV. The two lay claim to the record of having made the largest, most complex, and fastest flying 3D printed drone in the industry, with a wing span of 3 m and top speeds of 150 mph. And apparently, it's just as fast to build and design.

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Drone designed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is meant to start fires

Drone designed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is meant to start fires

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created a new drone that is designed specifically to start wild fires. The drone is meant to be used to ignite prescribed burns for conservation purposes and is called the Unmanned Aerial System for Fire Fighting or UAS-FF. The development of the drone is being carried out by UNL experts in drone tech, fire ecology, conservation, and public policy.

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