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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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CRACUNS land and sea drone can operate underwater

CRACUNS land and sea drone can operate underwater

Researchers with John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have created a new type of drone that is able to position itself beneath water, lying in wait until it is time for it to take off in the air. The drone is made using a corrosion-resistant material that can handle being submerged without suffering damage. As expected, the drone — dubbed the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System (CRACUNS)— is able to operate while underwater.

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SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

SCAMP robot is a quadrotor drone that can fly, climb, and perch

Quadrotor drones can perform all sorts of tasks from monitoring air quality to performing surveillance. The catch is that the limited battery life means that they can only perform their assigned tasks for short periods of flying. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a quadrotor drone aircraft that is able to extend its useful life by saving its batteries with the ability to perch like a bird in a place where it can still perform its assignment and save battery power.

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The first World Drone Prix is being held in Dubai next week

The first World Drone Prix is being held in Dubai next week

While it hasn't taken the world by storm yet, the activity of drone racing is starting to catch on in certain circles of UAV fans. Heck, we've already seen drone races that recreate the Speeder Bike scene from Star Wars. But it seems the city of Dubai in the UAE is banking on it becoming a big spectator event, as it's hosting the first World Drone Prix next week, with over 100 teams taking part in the competition.

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Gas-powered shoulder cannon blasts nets at wayward drones

Gas-powered shoulder cannon blasts nets at wayward drones

Drones being operated in places they’re not allowed — the White House, over airports, etc. — has been a growing issue, and researchers have moved quickly to develop various neutralizing weapons that take down such drones. Nets seem to be the most popular method, as they have a large spread and the drone’s rotors get tangled up easily. Deploying those nets isn’t so easy though — that is, until SkyWall100 was developed.

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