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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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Moths could gift low-light vision to new micro-drones

Moths could gift low-light vision to new micro-drones

Moths might not be the first animals you'd think to emulate when you're designing new micro-drones, but robots could learn at lot from how their eyes work. A team at Georgia Institute of Techology figured out that moths can purposefully slow their brain activity so as to see better in low-light conditions, keeping their nectar-sipping position at flowers even when the plants are moving, and potentially opening the door to future machine vision systems that can react accurately even in the depth of night.

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Parrot’s new slew of MiniDrones can fly, jump and swim

Parrot’s new slew of MiniDrones can fly, jump and swim

Parrot has introduced a ton of new miniature drones, which it appropriately calls "MiniDrones". The drones serve different functions, and they come with smaller price points than you'd pay for their larger counterparts. Interestingly enough, Parrot introduced the drones on its French site exclusively, though it will be launching them officially in the United Kingdom early next month. There are 13 drones that are part of three new models in total, and several of them hit the sub-$200 price point. We've a trio of videos showing them off after the jump!

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DJI’s new Matrice 100 self-guided drone keeps developers in mind

DJI’s new Matrice 100 self-guided drone keeps developers in mind

As drones evolve from military applications to playthings and back again, we're seeing an incredible variety of drone technology from waterproof drones capable of withstanding a splashdown to replicas of Star Wars' Millennium Falcon. Drone-manufacterer DJI has released its newest drone, the Matrice 100. This quadcopter uses an onboard guidance system that has integrated ultrasonic sensors and visual cameras. The onboard guidance system is designed to track the drone's environment from all sides, providing 360-degree awareness of its surroundings. Therefore, the drone should adjust its flight path automatically when faced with an impending obstacle.

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Amazon conservation group use drones to fight rain forest logging

Amazon conservation group use drones to fight rain forest logging

While drones are getting a lot of press these days as either high-tech toys or dangerous hazards, they are also being used as effective tools for great causes. Take the Amazon Basin Conservation Association for example, who use a custom drone to fly above the rain forest in Peru, scanning for illegal logging and mining taking place, both of which damage the local ecosystem. The group uses a custom made wing-style drone to get more range than a quadcopter, and are able to protect a reserve that measures 550-square-miles.

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