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Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Axis Vidius drone is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

Drone-maker Axis has just unveiled its new Vidius quadcopter, a device so small it can fit in the palm of your hand, even with a camera inside. Measuring just 1.7 inches and with a weight of less than .55 pounds, Axis is likely right when they say it's the world's smallest camera-equipped drone. Besides being lightweight and taking up almost no space, the biggest benefit of the Vidius is that it doesn't meet the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines that require registration.

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DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI has opened up its GEO flexible geofencing system to a public beta, air traffic control for drones that keeps them out of sensitive or dangerous areas. GEO, or Geospatial Environment Online, is set to replace DJI's existing, fixed database of no-fly areas with one that can be updated in real-time.

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Army’s first UAS ‘Hunter’ retired this month

Army’s first UAS ‘Hunter’ retired this month

The U.S. Army retired its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) this month, doing so with a formal ceremony to mark the end of “Hunter” and its long years of service. The drone took its last flight on December 16 at the Robert Gray Army Airfield, and was called a “valuable” tool for commanders and troops alike. Describing his role, Hunter’s operator Staff Sgt Zachary Norris said, “We’re like the ‘Eyes in the Sky’ for the ground troops.”

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Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm wasn't kidding around when it said it wanted to break its Snapdragon chips out of phones and into drones, and now we know what that looks like. The company is teasing its UAV news for CES 2016 next week with a demo of Snapdragon Flight powered drones, complete with advanced features like autopilot.

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Washington DC’s “no drone zone” extended to 30 miles

Washington DC’s “no drone zone” extended to 30 miles

If you live near DC and received a drone for Christmas, you might want to think twice before taking it outside. While there has been a ban on drones in a 15-mile radius around the nation's capital for some time, the FAA recently expanded that area considerably.

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Star Wars scene recreated with drones

Star Wars scene recreated with drones

This month four drone racers decided they'd recreate one of their favorite scenes from the Star Wars saga, entirely shot with drones. Here you'll find drone propellers carrying speeder bikes through the giant redwood forests of northern California. That's the same place the actual scenes from Star Wars: Return of The Jedi were filmed. How fancy! This whole thing was filmed and posted to the "YouTube of drone video" - AirVuz.

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Drone World DJI Phantom 3 Pro Executive Kit Review

Drone World DJI Phantom 3 Pro Executive Kit Review

Consumer drones have exploded in the market, so much so that governments are scrambling to rein them in before they get out of hand. With an innumerable selection of drones in the market, ranging from minuscule to gigantic, it might be hard to choose which one to get, especially for this holiday season. But if you're looking for a professional drone that won't burn a hole in your pocket, you couldn't go wrong with DJI's Phantom 3 Pro. And with Drone World's Executive Kit bundle, you'll be getting more than just the basics but also a ton of extras that will turn the drone from Pro to Epic.

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DJI Zenmuse X5R camera will start shipping in March

DJI Zenmuse X5R camera will start shipping in March

In September, Chinese drone maker DJI unveiled its new Zenmuse X5R, the world’s first Micro Four Thirds camera designed for use with UAVs. In a statement on Wednesday, DJI announced the camera is now available to pre-order and will begin shipping to buyers in March 2016. In addition, DJI anticipates its’ Inspire 1 RAW drone with a built-in X5R camera will also start shipping in March.

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Watch a drone’s rotors obliterate food in slow-motion

Watch a drone’s rotors obliterate food in slow-motion

Your quadcopter doesn't have to be very big for its' rotors to do serious damage. Fortunately, there aren't many reports of injuries caused by quadcopters, though some cases have started cropping up. To show off just how powerful the rotors are, a team took a bunch of raw food and pitted them against a DJI Phantom Micro, recording the fibrous, messy carnage in slow-motion.

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Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

It's been known for some time now that personal drones are the "next big thing," so that means it's time for connections to be made between them and our everyday mundane internet activities. Twitter seems to be the first to step up in the social networking category, as the company has applied for a patent for a drone that interact with Twitter accounts, as well as be controlled by tweets. The patent, titled "messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," was filed in June of this year and became published last week.

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FAA Drone registry has launched for any drone weighing over 0.55 pounds

FAA Drone registry has launched for any drone weighing over 0.55 pounds

The FAA has announced the launch of its federal drone registration website. Anyone living in the US who owns any kind of drone that weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must go and register their drone on the FAA website. That wide range of weights covers just about every drone out there this side of little toys like the Parrot MiniDrone.

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FAA: your name, home address will be public in drone registry

FAA: your name, home address will be public in drone registry

The Federal Aviation Administration has stated that information in its drone registry will be made publicly available in searches — including names and home addresses. The registry, which went live today, is part of the FAA’s attempt to enforce proper drone usage and, when necessary, make it easier to find violators. Privacy concerns were raised, though, when a snippet of text from a Department of Transportation document revealed that registry information would largely be made public.

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