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Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

Parrot DISCO fixed-wing drone with headset launches next month

The Parrot DISCO, a small drone unveiled at CES 2016 with a design at odds with just about every other consumer drone, will be available starting next month for $1,299 USD, the company has announced. Unlike most consumer drones, which sport a few rotors (quadcopters), the Parrot DISCO features a pair of wings similar to what you'd find on a large drone or an ordinary airplane. The drone teases a bunch of fun possibilities, including FPV operation via a headset and drone-mounted camera.

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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

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Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PC

Intel keeps pushing RealSense as a product family, not just a depth-sensing camera, and its latest products - including the brand new, extra-skinny Camera 400 - push the system into robotics, drones, and autonomous cars. At IDF 2016 today, the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA, Intel demonstrated its latest cameras and previewed a self-contained RealSense computer in a box the size of a candy bar.

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Yuneec SkyView FPV headset makes drone operation immersive

Yuneec SkyView FPV headset makes drone operation immersive

Yuneec has taken the wraps off its new SkyView FPV headset, giving drone operators the option of seeing what their drone sees through its onboard camera. The first person view unit makes drone operation a more immersive experience, but it isn’t limited to flying drones around — the headset can also be used to play games, watch videos, and more. The headset is compatible with both the Tornado H920 and the Typhoon H drones.

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Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google has been given the go-ahead to test its Project Wing delivery drones in the United States, permission announced by the White House itself to highlight research in the field of UAVs. The Project Wing testing is set to eclipse Amazon’s own drone testing, becoming the currently largest drone delivery trials in the U.S. Google will be given access to one of half a dozen drone testing sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

The STAAKER drone follows its user around so long as they wear its heavy-duty smart wristband. This wristband is made to withstand some large amounts of punishment, and the entire setup was made for hardcore x-games-type athletes to record themselves performing fabulous stunts. This drone is able to travel 50 MPH (80 KMH), so it'll relatively easily be able to keep up with even the fastest of enthusiast-level downhill snowboarders.

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Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Facing some big hurdles from government regulators in the US, Amazon might be searching for less resistance elsewhere. The company has just proudly revealed it has gotten the green light from the UK government to conduct drone flight tests in the country. This would get the ball rolling in bringing Prime Air, the company's drone delivery service, into the UK. Provided, of course, it manages to demonstrate how safe its drones are and how capable it is at operating those from a rather remote distance.

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7-Eleven makes first Slurpee delivery by drone

7-Eleven makes first Slurpee delivery by drone

While commercial drone delivery still has a long way to go before meeting all the regulations set by the FAA and other agencies, the convenience store chain 7-Eleven has conducted its first successful delivery flight. The delivery was made in partnership between 7-Eleven and Flirtey, a drone delivery startup, and saw a private homeowner in Reno, Nevada receive Slurpees and other snack foods sent from a local store.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

At dawn on June 28, Facebook’s Aquila drone took its first flight; it was a success and marked a new major milestone in Facebook’s effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world. Much like Google’s Project Loon — though distinctly different in many ways — Facebook’s eyeing the sky as a way to beam Internet to villages and rural communities below. Rather than using balloons, though, the social network has elected to use very wide but relatively light drones that sip solar power and can spend long periods of time in the sky.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Strict regulations have been implemented regarding the use of drones, and while it is legal to operate them as a hobbyist, there are so-called “no fly zones” in which such flights are against the law. While in some cases it is okay to fly a drone, there are situations where it temporarily may not be acceptable — and a wild fire is one such example, as a drone could create risk if firefighters try to use planes to douse the flames. It's for this reason that one hobbyist drone operator was arrested in California.

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