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Hover Camera drone uses Snapdragon brain for AI flight

Hover Camera drone uses Snapdragon brain for AI flight

Taking the perfect selfie usually requires skill, dedication, and the sort of flexibility that only comes with years of yoga, so why not get a drone to snap the shot instead? That's Zero Zero Robotics' big idea with the Hover Camera, promising not only the flexibility of a compact drone that can be folded for transport but one that can then be piloted from a smartphone with a couple of finger-swipes.

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Google’s latest plans to take flight

Google’s latest plans to take flight

Ever wonder when you'd get to fly on a Google plane? We've been sent a number of documents which show Google's continued work on air projects - especially on batteries that'd allow aircraft to remain in flight for long periods of time. Not necessarily for human beings - in fact more than likely not. Instead, what we're looking at here is a containment pod for electronics. If you find yourself onboard one of these planes, something's gone wrong. But no worries!

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Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

Australian Post to begin test mail delivery via drone

I don't get a lot of snail mail these days. Well, plenty of things show up in my mailbox, but very seldom are any of them not pieces of junk mail. This is because all of my bills are delivered online, and aside from the holidays, no one sends letters anymore. As it turns out, this is a problem for postal carriers. One that technology may help with.

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3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

This week the folks at 3D Robotics have revealed a new bit of software that'll make piloting a drone a much more pilot-conscious sort of situation. Instead of going wild, flying all nimbly-bimbly between trees and rocks and buildings, 3DR's software is going to make your experience smart. Four different elements allow this software to make your drone piloting experience top-notch. Augmented Reality, Custom Geofencing, Rewind, and Zipline. This software also includes a "Pano" camera shot feature and has an updated "leash" mode which has the drone follow its pilot as he or she walks.

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Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

Shooting a drone is a federal offense, FAA confirms

When a new piece of technology comes out and radically changes the market, there will always be people who are afraid of it. With the case of drones, this has lead to people having serious concerns about privacy. And in some cases, people have resorted to shooting down the flying gadgets to prove their point.

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DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

DJI Matrice 600 M600 drone offers muscles for pro filmmakers

Drones are so common these days that almost anyone and everyone can have them, from tiny machines no bigger than your palm to hulking masses that sometimes provide a formidable target practice for birds. DJI, one of the biggest names in the drone market, has just released yet another drone. But don't let the Matrice 600's unassuming name fool you. This aerial platform easily dwarfs others in the market, not just in appearance but also in power and, of course, in price, making it a drone truly designed to help professionals showcase their creativity.

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Drone racing is coming to ESPN

Drone racing is coming to ESPN

Starting this summer, ESPN will air drone racing events, marking the latest instance of modern sports arriving on television. ESPN has previously shown its willingness to embrace modern sports with its inclusion of ‘esports’ gaming events; this time around, it has partnered with the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) to bring FPV drone racing to television screens.

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DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

Facebook is opening up Facebook Live, its live-streaming platform, to third-parties, and DJI is already baking it into streaming drones. The new functionality was announced at F8 2016, Facebook's annual developer event, with company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sharing the stage with a prototype drone that can beam video from its onboard camera direct to viewers watching live.

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Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Strange Festo drone expels bottles right into your hand

Some days you'll be working hard, and you'll get pretty thirsty. But have you ever been thirsty enough that you've thought to yourself "I wish there was a giant bubble that would expel a bottle of water right in front of me." Sure, that possibility might never have occurred to you, but prepare to have it haunt your dreams in the days to come, because it's a real thing.

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DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

DJI’s new European partnership tests drones in emergency missions

Drones could be useful tools for first responders, and as such Chinese drone maker DJI has partnered with EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, to explore ways in which such aerial technologies could be leveraged by emergency service providers. The duo announced the new partnership today, saying that DJI will supply the drones and related technology to “carefully selected teams of pilots” throughout Europe, among the equipment being DJI’s Zenmuse XT thermal camera system and the Phantom and Inspire drones.

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Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Drones will deliver meds in Rwanda starting this summer

Zipline, a California startup, will soon start supplying remote areas of Rwanda with medical supplies via drone-based drop shipments. The shipments will begin in July, and will be made possible using fixed-wing drones able to travel many miles. Zipline will operate the service for the nation’s government, and will be able to get much-needed supplies, like emergency medication, to remote regions within a single day rather than the weeks or months other methods can take.

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U.S. Army wants soldiers to have pocket drones by 2018

U.S. Army wants soldiers to have pocket drones by 2018

The U.S. Army has been looking into technology referred to as “soldier-borne sensors” that are essentially miniature pocket-sized drones intended for individual soldiers to carry. Some allied troops have already been using such technologies, and now the U.S. Army is ready to get on board; it has set a goal for 2018, at which point it wants its own troops to be equipped with such tiny flying devices.

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