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Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Four months after Google announced its new Alphabet parent, we're still seeing former Google projects and divisions trying to find their proper place in the new, grander scheme of things. And for those that can't, there's always Google X. The seed bed of many experimental and moonshot projects, Google X has formally become an Alphabet subsidiary in October and is now welcoming into its fold two equally amorphous Google experiments, the still unrealized dream of robotics and Google's foray into the skies with drones, both Titan and Wing.

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Lily camera drone delayed until Summer 2016

Lily camera drone delayed until Summer 2016

The Lily camera drone has been delayed until next summer, the company behind it has announced. There are a few reasons for the delay, not the least of which is the need for more testing time. The company has some good news to announce amidst the delay, however, stating it has scored $15 million in private funding from various investors. The funding will aid in expanding the company’s workforce and getting the drone ready for launch.

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R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

Drones have gone big time over the last few years with plenty of ready to fly drone kits out there and hoards of potential to roll your own custom drone. Don Melara rolled his own drone and it is the droid you are looking for. Melara built a four-propeller drone that has a body that is R2-D2 from the Star Wars saga.

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Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Hydrogen could solve drones’ big problem

Intelligent Energy has introduced a new hydrogen fuel cell prototype for drones that tackles one of UAVs' biggest problems: flight time. Presently, quadcopters and similar drones have flight times counted by minutes due to the limitations of batteries and weight. The prototype, which will be showcased at CES 2016 in a few weeks, extends drones’ range by providing longer flights times and making it a quick ordeal to refuel (compared to battery charging, that is).

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FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

FAA gets tough on drones with mandatory UAV registration

Drone pilots in the US have until February 19, 2016 to register their aircraft, with the FAA announcing mandatory licensing with fines or even prison time for those who refuse. The database, which opened its digital doors today, is the Federal Aviation Administration's response to the huge upswing in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) ownership, with increasingly capable drones able to travel long distances, carry payloads, and potentially interfere with security forces or commercial aviation.

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Tokyo police have a drone to fight rogue drones

Tokyo police have a drone to fight rogue drones

There are many reason why a nefarious sorts might want to put their own drone into the air. They could use it for keeping an eye on where the police are or perhaps even fit the drone with a weapon of its own to wreak havoc among pedestrians or office workers. To help combat this potential foe police in Tokyo have formed an anti-drone squad.

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DJI and FLIR create Zenmuse XT thermal camera for drones

DJI and FLIR create Zenmuse XT thermal camera for drones

Drone maker DJI has partnered with FLIR Systems, the company behind the FLIR One thermal camera. The collaboration between the two companies will be used to create similar thermal imaging technology for use with drones, the uses for which are varied. Agriculture, firefighting, inspections, and other industries are all cited as areas where such drones would be useful. Marking the start of the companies’ collaboration is the Zenmuse XT, an aerial thermal camera.

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Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Not too long ago there was some drama centering on a teen who built a flying drone aircraft that had a gun that could be fired from the air. That drone ended up the subject of a federal probe and I can't imagine that this flying flamethrower drone would be any different. YouTube user Hogwit has video of the flying flamethrower drone and is using it to roast a holiday turkey.

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Karma is what GoPro named its drone, coming 2016

Karma is what GoPro named its drone, coming 2016

It seems that all the pieces are set and GoPro is ready to take to the skies in just a few months. It has finally given a formal name to its first direct entry into the growing drone market. GoPro Karma, as it is now known, is set to take flight in 2016, but much about it remains unknown and GoPro has done the almost impossible and has kept much of the drone's details under wraps up to now. Something that smartphone makers probably need to learn how to do better.

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Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

Mantis drone claw gives UAVs a hand

The Mantis drone claw gives drones the one feature they’re all missing: a grasping tool. Given a drone’s remote nature, one could use the device to navigate into otherwise unreachable areas, but they’re of no use if something needs retrieved from those areas. Enter Mantis, a claw similar to the kind found in prize-based arcades games; it can be attached to a quadcopter or other drone for picking up small items.

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Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

Drone incident leaves toddler partially blind

A new tragic accident highlights an issue that some fear will become a trend: out-of-control drones injuring individuals who happen to be nearby. Oscar Webb was 16 month old when he fell victim to one such drone, which belonged to a family friend who lost control of the device after it clipped a tree. The drone ultimately struck Webb in the face, irreparably severing one of his eyes.

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Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

Amazon gives a closer look at Prime Air drones

It seems that Amazon is really itching to get its Prime Air drone powered deliver service to the skies while still hampered by regulations that have yet to catch up with modern technology. It has just revealed some new details about the Prime Air service as well as its drone, including a shiny new look for the flying robot. And to add a bit of legitimacy and a dash of urgency to the "next generation in delivery services", Amazon has enlisted Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson to sell the idea to the masses.

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