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FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

The U.S.'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released a set of proposed rules for the use of drones in commercial situations. These regulations have been long-awaited, and were feared to bring strict requirements such as the need for a pilot's license. Thankfully for drone enthusiasts, the rules fairly lenient and not that unreasonable. Unless you're a large business like Amazon hoping to launch a remote package delivery service. Also, nothing changes for recreational users who just like to experiment with unmanned flying machines in their personal time.

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Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Drones can be used for more than just fun, or military purposes. Yesterday, we came across a very hardy and rugged Hiro Action Sports drone that we theorized can be used for rescue scenarios. Now, we get wind of a drone that has actually been specifically designed for such use cases. Flyability's GimBall might not look like any drone you've seen so far, enclosed inside a geodesic cage. But that odd form is precisely what was needed to make the UAV suitable for even the most dangerous environments.

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Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Drones were originally designed for less civilian uses but have slowly become consumer products that sports action fans and hobbyists have taken a liking to. Now, however, some drones are returning to their roots. This Hiro drone does pretty much anything your regular personal drone can, but it has one very special property. It is virtually indestructible and can withstand not only the elements but also tremendous amount of force. This makes it the perfect contender BattleBots-like competition called, wait for it, Game of Drones.

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Nano Drone quadcopter fits in your palm

Nano Drone quadcopter fits in your palm

The company behind the CX-10 Series Nano Drone has updated its design in many ways and introduced those changes as part of its new Nano Drone, a miniature quadcopter with the functionality of a personal drone and a size that fits in your palm. The result is a nimble, feature rich tiny drone that can zip around one's room or office, withstand most bumps and drops and other oopsies, and provide new operators with a low-investment option for learning the ropes.

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Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Personal drones are fun toys (and useful tools), and we've seen them surface in increasingly fashionable forms. There's the Bionic Bird, for example, which looks like any other bird but comes with a few mechanical upgrades. That Back to the Future DeLorean drone is even better, mashing together nostalgia and skilled craftsmanship for a miniature time traveler. And now there's the Millennium Falcon drone, latest to the growing number of flying vehicle replicas taking to the sky. As always, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

Supposing you've got a DJI Drone in your possession and you planned on flying it inside the Washington DC downtown area, you may want to rethink your plans. A "mandatory" firmware update has been issued by the company to all DJI drones, one that restricts the craft from flying inside a 15.5-mile radius of the downtown DC area. Previous updates to the drone restricted it from flying anywhere near a major airport. It knows where it is, after all - don't you dare try to trick it.

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White House drone crash was caused by drunk gov worker

White House drone crash was caused by drunk gov worker

Remember that drone discovered on the White House lawn? The Secret Service was looking into the matter and had said it wasn't a safety risk, but concerns quickly spawned that such an incident could serve to further harm the already damaged reputation small-time drones have received -- with all of it coming at the worse time possible as the FAA prepares to rule on drone usage regulations. This particular mystery has already come to an end, and while it was a harmless accident, the cause of it all further tarnishes the personal use of drones in some eyes.

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Drone landing at White House may spell doom for consumers

Drone landing at White House may spell doom for consumers

Late last night, a Drone landed on the grounds of The White House. It led to a lockdown of the premises, with a White House spokesperson telling The New York Times that Secret Service agents were looking into it. The President was in no danger (he’s in India), but consumer use of drones is. This incident at the White House is, like many involving drones, likely very innocent. Still, it will probably spark heavy political blowback as the FAA prepares to rule on what we can and can’t do with drones.

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Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Drones, balloons, rockets — Google has seemingly endless schemes for delivering Internet to us. We may be largely stuck on the ground, but that doesn’t stop us from beaming info all over the place. In a new letter to the FCC, Google outlines their case for spectrum. Rather than get into the spectrum wars carriers are engaged in, google is going over their heads; literally and figuratively. Rather than frequencies you and I are largely familiar with, Google wants some in the 24GHz neighborhood.

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