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SkyJack, based on Raspberry Pi, is a drone that hijacks other drones

SkyJack, based on Raspberry Pi, is a drone that hijacks other drones

The world is ever changing, and in the next half a decade or so, we could find ourselves living in a science fiction-esque world where our goods are delivered by drones -- except when hijacked by other drones. Such seems to be the idea behind the SkyJack, a drone constructed from a Parrot AR.Drone 2 and a Raspberry Pi board, among other things, that can function autonomously and create sky-bound zombies.

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Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Amazon drone timeline optimistic but a good idea: Bill Gates

Bill Gates thinks four or five years is an "optimistic, or perhaps overoptimistic" timeline for the deployment of Amazon's delivery drones. But in the same breath, Gates praised the project for its potential to impact other areas of society, such as "getting health supplies out to people in tough places." Gates is widely known for his support of global health initiatives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other philanthropic institutions.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition appears in sand, snow, and jungle colors

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has been on the scene essentially dominating the press for its unique segment - smartphone-controlled drones - for some time, but until now only in a couple of color combinations. Here in the Fall of 2013, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 suits up for hunting season. Three different color combinations are set to be available soon in an "Elite Edition" of the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 from the folks at Parrot include Sand, Snow, and Jungle.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It's not often that you hear about a device - what's essentially a high-powered toy - breaking records flying across international waters. That's what's happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey - that's more than a kilometer - with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new "High Density Battery", so as you can guess, that's exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed several additions to the AR.Drone 2.0 ecosystem, not least of these being a new High Density Battery. While the current iteration of the Parrot AR.Drone's in-box battery does offer quite a bit of flight time, there's always room for more action - and longer-lasting action, at that: a non-stop 18 minute flight is in store with this slightly more orange-looking Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

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FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

While it may not come as much of a surprise to some people, the FBI has confirmed and admitted that they perform surveillance with drones on US soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that they use drones for surveillance in the US, but "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom."

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Domino’s Drone aims for faceless pizza delivery

Domino’s Drone aims for faceless pizza delivery

Flying your way soon* is the AeroSight-carried pizza of your choice, courtesy of Domino's and the conceptual creators at the group T + Biscuits. Working with Domino's directly - for real, that is - as well as the UK-based drone group Big Communications, T + Biscuits have created the flying pizza. This machine is known as the DomiCopter and though it won't be hitting the side of your house this week, it might be out there eventually.

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CurvACE insect eye camera gives drones 180-degree view

CurvACE insect eye camera gives drones 180-degree view

Insects have some pretty amazing eyesight. Unlike humans, where we only have two single-lens eyes, insects have a larger array of eyes that offer a wider field-of-view. Scientists have obviously been studying these kinds of eyes for a long time, and now that we're at a certain point with technology, engineers are wanting to artificially replicate insect eyes using cameras.

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US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

As drones become more controversial, the government is digging deeper into the technology to make it more useful. Case in point: the US Navy make history by developing a specialized drone that can takeoff and land from and aircraft carrier. The X-47B, as it's called, is in its prototype stages, and it marked the first time that an unmanned aerial vehicle has taken off from an aircraft carrier.

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