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Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

This week Parrot's quarterly earnings call played host to an interesting tidbit of information: they're splitting their company. Not in a super major way - they're just creating a subsidiary. But a subsidiary that's dedicated entirely to drones. Instead of keeping Parrot a company that's all about car accessories and drones, they've decided to dedicate their main, original company to their original goals, while their subsidiary concentrates on the drones bit.

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California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

It seems several instances recently of private drones preventing firefighters from dealing with California forest fires have frustrated authorities enough that they're issuing rewards for information on the pilots. San Bernardino County officials are now offering $75,000 in total to catch the drone pilots involved in obstructing three different fires — $25,000 for each incident. The drones not only got in the way of firefighters' aerial efforts, but actually delayed their response in stopping the fire, in turn causing more damage.

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Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Thoughts of getting your pizza and new toys delivered by drone are fun, but others see more altruistic possibilities with these aerial vehicles: on-demand defibrillators, medical supplies in hard to reach places, and in the case of Switzerland, emergency supplies of different sorts during times when traditional transportation isn’t ideal. This could include, says Swiss Post, everything from using drones to ship post-storm emergency supplies to high priority lab tests. This is only one example of possible future uses, however.

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Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

If the idea of having Amazon deliver orders via drone sounds good, then why not just have all postal delivery handled by the UAVs? That's what the smart people at Swiss Post must have thought, since they're going to start tests this month with the "commercial use of logistics drones." While it will certainly be at least a few years before all mail in Switzerland is delivered by drones, these tests aim to start with small packages.

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Yuneec’s newest Typhoon drone features 4K, 30fps HD video capture

Yuneec’s newest Typhoon drone features 4K, 30fps HD video capture

California-based Yuneec has just announced the newest addition to their Typhoon line of personal-use drones: the Typhoon Q500 4K. As you can imagine, the flagship features of this model include a camera capable of 4K video recording and 12MB still images. The drone's flight controller, which allows both experienced and beginner pilots to operate the UAV with ease, also has a built-in 5.5-inch touchscreen powered by Android software. This screen displays the camera's view in real-time, and lets users make adjustments to settings like light exposure, ISO, and shutter speed.

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Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Drones -- and by drones, we mostly mean RC copters of various sorts -- are more common than ever, and the public is still learning how to use them; not just according to the law, but also according to social standards. Common decency says not to fly a quadcopter over a neighbor's property, for example, and to not use it for spying purposes. Unfortunately some people consider such devices' very existence troubling, and go to extreme measures to eliminate them.

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Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

When you green-light a sequel to a classic like Top Gun you need more than just topless sweaty men playing volleyball, so Tom Cruise is set to battle drones. Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick, movie producer David Ellison confirmed at a Terminator: Genisys press conference this week but, just as air warfare has evolved in the almost three decades since Top Gun was released, so the challenges of human pilots facing replacement by remotely-controlled or even autonomous craft will be explored in the new film.

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UK police seize drone for flying over Wimbledon

UK police seize drone for flying over Wimbledon

Drones may be the fun new tech toy for private users, but it's unlikely they'll become welcome at things like concerts or sporting events anytime soon. Case in point, the UK police have seized a user's drone after it was spotted flying near the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, which is hosting the Wimbledon tennis tournament this week. This took place on Saturday morning around 8:30 AM, and police say they found the pilot at a nearby golf course.

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NASA tests new avoidance systems for UAVs

NASA tests new avoidance systems for UAVs

NASA is has developed a new sense-and-avoid system that will let unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) fly routine operations. The technology is currently undergoing its third round of testing. The researchers will use live data to validate the aircraft's trajectory, sensor, and other simulation models. The real-time data collection is designed to help the UAV move out of the path of incoming hazards like other aircraft.

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Parrot’s hopping, swimming Minidrones get official for US

Parrot’s hopping, swimming Minidrones get official for US

Those mini-drones that cropped up on Parrot's French website earlier this month just became a little more official, at least for those located in North America. The company has revealed the pricing and availability for those in the United States, adding more details on to the pricing and availability we'd previously heard for the European market. The Minidrones, as Parrot calls them, include standard quadcopters, as well as a water vessel that can zoom around on water, and a land drone that features two wheels and the ability to jump up stairs and over small obstacles.

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