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DJI Phantom 4 release detailed for super-smart future

DJI Phantom 4 release detailed for super-smart future

The next generation in what DJI describes as "intelligent flying cameras" has been initiated with the DJI Phantom 4. This drone - as we otherwise know it - is coming to the public with a stack of technology never before offered in a consumer edition drone. This includes advanced computer vision and sensing technology, made to roll with new features like its Obstacle Sensing System, ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality.

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DJI is now offering drone insurance to cover crash repairs

DJI is now offering drone insurance to cover crash repairs

Personal drones are quickly becoming one of the hottest high-tech toys around the world, and with more drones in the air, that means increased chances of accidents. That's why DJI, one of the leading drone manufacturers — and the makers of some of the most expensive models — has just announced its own protection plan that will cover the cost of repairs in the event of an accident, even when it's caused by the operator.

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Volvo’s drone-guided garbage-lifting robot is now a working prototype

Volvo’s drone-guided garbage-lifting robot is now a working prototype

First announced back in September, Volvo's concept of a small, autonomous robot that picks up and empties trash bins now has a working prototype. The project is dubbed "Roary," for Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, and also involves waste recycling company Renova, as well as universities in Sweden and the US.

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New MAV membrane wings use electricity to change shape

New MAV membrane wings use electricity to change shape

Bat wings have inspired the creation of a new type of membrane wings for unmanned Micro Air Vehicles, more commonly called MAVs. Unlike other wings, these newly developed wings are able to change shape sans mechanical parts, doing so because of the wind forces experienced during flight. The lack of mechanical parts mean MAVs have lower maintenance demands and, thusly, lower operating costs.

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Dronebox autonomous recharging station lets UAVs operate for months

Dronebox autonomous recharging station lets UAVs operate for months

Small unmanned drones can be used for all sorts of purposes from providing video surveillance of an area to using their sensors to keep check on air quality and lots more. The challenge is that a human needs to be there to handle the refueling and recharging of these drones to keep them operating. That is changing with a new product called the Dronebox. Dronebox is an autonomous recharging station that allows UAVs to charge without intervention from a human.

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DARPA FLA program for autonomous drones flight tests begin

DARPA FLA program for autonomous drones flight tests begin

DARPA has announced that it has begun flight testing in its latest drone program called Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) and the initial round of tests was a success. The goal of FLA is to create small autonomous aircraft with sensors that allow the drones to avoid obstacles while achieving a desired speed of 20 meters per seconds. The main goal of the program is to develop and test algorithms that reduce the processing power, communications and human intervention needed for UAVs to perform certain low-level tasks.

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DARPA FLA project drone zooms indoors at 45MPH

DARPA FLA project drone zooms indoors at 45MPH

DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program has resulted in a small drone that can zip through indoor corridors at just under 45MPH, doing so autonomously and without crashing. A specially crafted small drone was used, and it was equipped with a high-definition camera and a bunch of sensors onboard, enabling it to ‘see’ and avoid obstacles. The flight testing happened at the Otis Air National Guard Base in Cape Cod.

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New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

Autonomous drones could be the future of finding lost hikers thanks to new software developed by researchers at a few universities. Drones equipped with this software are able to find and follow forest paths on their own, possibly finding someone who has become lost on the path. Once the lost hiker is found, the drone can alert rescuers and provide the location.

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Drones can autonomously follow forest paths with new software

Drones can autonomously follow forest paths with new software

There are hoards of people around the world who enjoy getting outdoors and hiking through paths in the forest and mountains. Sometimes when people unfamiliar with the terrain venture out accidents happen leading to injury or lost hikers. Typically finding these lost or injured hikers involves an expensive search with lots of people and often helicopters to search from the sky.

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PowerEgg drone folds up into an ‘extremely lightweight’ egg

PowerEgg drone folds up into an ‘extremely lightweight’ egg

Powervision Robot Inc has launched its first ever drone, the oddly shaped PowerEgg. Like its name suggests, the PowerEgg is shaped like an egg…and, you know, is powered. Or something like that. Unlike other consumer-level UAVs, the PowerEgg looks like a big egg with four armatures coming off it, each of them with rotors. Despite its weird shape, the PowerEgg can fly due to its “extremely lightweight” design, and when not in use, it simply folds up into a regular-looking (giant robot) egg.

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Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot's drones may be more commonly associated with casual flight, but the company is looking to be taken seriously in UAVs by courting business pilots. The French firm has cooked up a multi-camera sensor that turns a drone into a farmer's best friend, doing smart agricultural surveys that can figure out the best spots for crops and gage the health of plants from hundreds of feet above them.

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Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Back in December, we talked about the Tokyo police and their new drone catching drone. The Japanese drone used a net to fly up and capture rogue drones. The Dutch police have upped the cool factor for catching rogue drones by training an eagle to capture drones from the sky.

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