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DARPA turns its sights on fast and agile UAVs

DARPA turns its sights on fast and agile UAVs

DARPA, ever busy with its mad scientist shenanigans, has turned its attention to UAVs (drones, if you will) and the possibilities they hold for quickly searching buildings that might otherwise be dangerous or difficult for military patrols to access. To make the process efficient, the latest program is drawing inspiration from various birds of prey, which can fly around at high speeds through complex areas, such as dense woods, something they demonstrate in a video using Goshawks as an example.

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Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Situations in which drone use is acceptable are still being worked out, both on the legal and the social level. The FAA has concerned itself with making sure quadcopters and other drones don't become a public safety hazard, and the public itself is forming its own standards about drone etiquette -- it is frowned upon to fly a drone to peek over your neighbor's fence, for example, something demonstrated by a Reason poll showing 47-percent of people felt they could destroy it under such circumstances.

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FAA releases drone safety video, website for consumers

FAA releases drone safety video, website for consumers

We’re curious: did you ask for a Drone this year? Are you hoping someone leaves you an ‘unmanned aircraft’ tidily wrapped up? If so, the FAA wants to remind you that they’re in charge, and there are some dos and don’ts on proper Drone ownership. In their newly released video, which you can see below, the FAA passive-aggressively addresses some of the recent events that have brought drones under the microscope. There’s also an accompanying website dedicated to drone ownership, so you have a go-to spot for all your questions.

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X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

The number of available drones is growing by leaps and bounds, and they all tend to center around the same quadcopter design. They are able to hover over the land and move slowly from place to place, but that does not always meet one's needs, particularly those looking to use the drones for filming purposes. Enter the X PlusOne, a "hybrid" drone that is both a quadcopter and a winged flight machine able to zip around at exceedingly fast speeds.

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Olympus eyes a lens mount module that can become a drone

Olympus eyes a lens mount module that can become a drone

Personal drones have opened up digital photography to a new breed of users and uses. Naturally, camera makers want in on the new and still hot market that is practically dominated by the likes of GoPro. But while Olympus isn't exactly going out to build a drone of its own, it is trying to come up with the next best thing. It's Open Platform Camera or OPC aims to create a "lens-camera drone", that is, a lens mount that can be equipped with a rotor.

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FAA gives four more companies drone approval

FAA gives four more companies drone approval

The FAA has granted four more companies approval to use drones for commercial purposes, adding to the permission it previously granted to seven Hollywood companies seeking to use drones on movie sets. According to a statement made by the administration on Wednesday, a total of five exemptions were granted, with one company receiving two of them and the other three each receiving one. This makes for a total of 11 companies that have received exemptions.

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Aries Blackbird X10 drone offers 1080p recording

Aries Blackbird X10 drone offers 1080p recording

Adorama has announced the arrival of the camera-toting drone, the Aries Blackbird X10 quadcopter. As with similar products, the drone is able to record video and take still images from the sky, doing so with a variety of stability, camera, and control systems technologies. Adorama itself is a big photography and electronics retailer, and it is exclusively offering the Aries Blackbird X10 drone online as of now for $699 USD.

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Carbon Flyer video drone is smartphone controlled

Carbon Flyer video drone is smartphone controlled

Carbon fiber has been around for a long time and is routinely used in situations where strength, lightweight, and performance are required. The material is used frequently in aircraft and automotive production. A new video drone has debuted called the Carbon Flyer that is made completely from carbon fiber.

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AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

Whenever UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles are mentioned, two types almost always come to mind: the super powerful ones developed by the military or by corporations, and personal drones mostly used for fun, like taking sports action shots. These two groups also represent the two extremes of the pricing range, the most expensive and the most affordable ones, respectively. AirStrato is an air robot that tries to bring some of each group together, marrying the power of high-performance UAVs but without getting you bankrupt.

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Ambulance Drone delivers a defibrillator by air

Ambulance Drone delivers a defibrillator by air

Drones pose some legitimate safety concerns in certain circumstances, something the FAA is diligently working to address. The Ambulance Drone is different, aiming to improve the quality of emergency medical treatment by deploying a defibrillator when needed. The drone was created by Technical University of Delft engineer Alex Momont, and with it potentially life-saving medical equipment can be transported to a location within five square miles in about a minute. The Ambulance Drone can be used to deliver more than just a defibrillator, too.

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