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Drone maker DJI acquires stake in camera company Hasselblad

Drone maker DJI acquires stake in camera company Hasselblad

DJI, the company behind some of the more popular consumer drones, has acquired a minority stake in the camera company Hasselblad. The latter of the two companies made the announcement today, saying DJI has entered into a new corporate partnership with it through the acquisition of a minority stake in the camera company. This won’t change anything on the consumer end of things, and the two companies will continue to operate as they have been.

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Prisons have a drone problem: anti-UAV system sought

Prisons have a drone problem: anti-UAV system sought

Drones aren't only used for getting in the way of important things and taking pretty aerial pictures -- they're also increasingly being used to smuggle items into prisons. Many reports have surfaced over the last couple years detailing efforts to smuggle everything from adult materials to drugs into prison grounds, and as a result, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is seeking an anti-drone system that will take them down.

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Google “Project Wing” drone delivery taking flight in 2017

Google “Project Wing” drone delivery taking flight in 2017

Despite growing concerns over safety, privacy, and legality of drones, it seems that Google will still be pushing through with a drone-powered service of its own in two years' time. After all, since when did similar concerns stop Google from pushing through with its completely autonomous self-driving cars? Apparently, Google plans to commercially launch its drone delivery service, currently codenamed "Project Wing" by 2017. That is according to David Vos, and he should know, since he's the current project leader for the rather surprising venture from Google.

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DJI Manifold computer is meant to control a drone

DJI Manifold computer is meant to control a drone

Aerial drones need some processing power to operate all their embedded systems and a company called DJI has a new computer that is designed specifically for the drone market. The computer is called the Manifold and it is a high-performance embedded computer designed specifically to fly with an aerial drone. The computer is compatible with third-party sensors and can be connected to a variety of devices.

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GoPro footage teases how stable its drone really is

GoPro footage teases how stable its drone really is

Drones may have not yet littered our skies, but they do already litter product brochures and retail sites. Many of them come with their own camera for fun and profit, but a lot also swear fealty to GoPro's line of action cameras, long considered to be the authority in that field. Now, however, GoPro is trying to spread its wings almost literally by entering into the UAV market itself. Not only has it formally acknowledged the existence of such a project, it is now also teasing how buttery smooth footage taken from its quadcopter will be.

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AIG will insure your drone against damage and liability

AIG will insure your drone against damage and liability

AIG is one of the largest insurance companies in the world that writes polices to insure all manner of things for individuals and business. The company has announced that it has a new insurance product aimed directly at people who operate drones. The new product is insurance that will protect you from the financial loss associated with a damaged drone or damaging persons or property while operating your drone.

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FAA will soon require drones to be registered

FAA will soon require drones to be registered

Following rumors of such, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will require most drones to be registered. If sources are correct, the registration system and requirement will be in place by the end of the year, just in time for all the drones bought over the holiday season to be properly tagged. This follows several instances of drones being operated in an unsafe manner, crashes, and dangerous behavior, including flying too closely to planes and helicopters.

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PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

PowerUp FPV: Paper plane, camera, Parrot. ‘Nuff said

Remember the days when paper planes where innocent, impromptu sources of joy and sometimes mayhem, that could carry either a love note or a ticket to detention? Well, those days are long over as today's paper planes can be armed to the teeth. Not exactly with weapons (though sometimes that too) but with cameras that can sometimes do as much damage. Taking their craft beyond version 3.0 two years ago, PowerUp FPV promises a more professional looking paper plane drone equipped with a camera for your VR pleasure.

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Google has registered a pair of drones with the FAA

Google has registered a pair of drones with the FAA

Google has registered a pair of drones with the FAA, each one codenamed B3 and M2. Google has been working on various aerial projects for a while, most notably Project Wing, and earlier this year it set out on a new UAV design. The newly discovered drones in the FAA registry may be of the new UAV designs, though that isn't clear. The registration only provides basic details, such as engine type.

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