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DJI Inspire 1 drone officially debuts with 4K camera in tow

DJI Inspire 1 drone officially debuts with 4K camera in tow

The DJI Inspire 1, which leaked in spy shots earlier week, has made its official debut, and with it we see that quite a bit of the speculation surrounding the drone has proven true. The Inspire 1 does, indeed, bring along a 4k camera for recording Ultra HD video from the sky, a 3-axis gimbal, and even the white shell. Joining these things is a build promised to be both lightweight and durable fitted with carbon fiber arms, a vision positioning system for use indoors, and more.

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Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

If you want a drone to zip around but none quite meet your style needs, you can take a page out of YouTuber's Native118's book and make your own...in the style of a Back to the Future DeLorean. The drone was made piece by piece out of lightweight materials -- including bright glowing LEDs -- to form the most retro-chic quad-copter out there, and it's able to fly around without any hassles. The man behind the drone upload his construction process, lending a helping hand to any DIYers who want to make their own.

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DJI Inspire 1 drone appears in leak ahead of launch

DJI Inspire 1 drone appears in leak ahead of launch

DJI's upcoming Inspire 1 drone appears to have leaked in a series of images captured during a test flight. The maker, which brought the popular Phantom 2 drone, is set to officially announce its Inspire 1 on November 12, and if these spy shots show the real deal, it will feature an H-style frame (as previously speculated). The images from the leak resemble the "transformable aerial vehicle" seen in a patent from DJI that was published back in mid-September, lending credence to the spy shots.

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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Nixie personal drone wins with Intel: coming your way soon

Nixie personal drone wins with Intel: coming your way soon

There's nothing impersonal about a little drone that attaches to your wrist then releases, flying, following you whenever you like. It's like having a personal assistant whose one purpose is watching everything you do. And streaming it. Capturing it for the whole world to see, followed by a return to your wrist to rest. We think it's an improbable device, but one that'd be amazing if realized - Intel thinks so too.

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FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

FAA issues threat: fly drones near stadiums and risk a year in jail

The FAA has been battling various types of drone use both in and out of court, and though it has threatened large fines for certain violations, it has largely avoided tossing around criminal penalties against pilots who violate regulations. That changed in a big way recently, with the Federal Aviation Administration threatening drone operators with up to a year in jail if they fly near any big sports stadiums or racetracks. The ban against flying UAVs near or in stadiums is not new, and is due to safety considerations.

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Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Drone nearly hits plane, may have been on purpose

Over the weekend, it was revealed that a drone had a near collision with an passenger aircraft in the UK. A 74-seat ATR 72 was flying over county Essex in route to London Southend Airport when it had the near collision with a quad-copter drone, which was flying at roughly 1,500 feet and came uncomfortably close to the right wing of the craft. According to the report, this was no accident, either.Whoever flew the drone seems to have been aiming for the plane.

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Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Aside from smartwatches, the other fastest growing tech obsession is in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, or as they are more popularly, or unpopularly, known, drones. But with every budding technology, there are often many and sometimes competing platforms, systems, software, and players. In order to foster development that is more oriented towards the open source culture, the Linux Foundation got the ball rolling and set up the Dronecode Project to provide the needed organizational and legal structures to support open source UAV efforts.

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Hawk takes down drone in aerial combat

Hawk takes down drone in aerial combat

Drones have 99 problems, and as it turns out — birds are one. Think about life if you were a drone. You’ve got the FAA trying to ground you all the time, people giving you two and three star reviews on amazon because they lost connection with you and you flew into a tree, and people blaming you for all kinds of “invasion of privacy” nonsense. Now you’ve got predatory birds to deal with? It’s hard out here for a drone, y’all.

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Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch as the Airgonay drone club races their home-made drones fly through the French Alps like Imperial Troops on Endor. This isn’t Return of the Jedi - it’s real life. President of the Airgonay drone club Herve Pellarin showed off their most recent race this week, making it clear that the French are doing things right. Right with drones, right with virtual reality headsets, right with a combination of the two. This is what this technology was made for, clearly.

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