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This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

Most consumer-use drones offer a flight time of anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. While the idea of simply using a larger battery to extend that time seems ideal, it actually results in increased weight for the drone, in turn reducing its flight time. It's this dilemma that prompted one researcher to create a prototype drone that can fly non-stop without the use of battery.

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UPS tests drone EMS deliveries as regulators tighten grip

UPS tests drone EMS deliveries as regulators tighten grip

UPS is testing emergency medical supply deliveries via drones, doing so for the important data such tests provide. This information is needed for multiple reasons, not the least of which is offering government regulators proof that these realities -- drone deliveries, in this case -- are both possible and, when done right, safe. Under newly established FAA commercial drone rules, companies are largely limited in what they can do, prompting them to seek exceptions or waivers when possible.

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GoPro Karma drone price and release specs fold, connect, and collaborate

GoPro Karma drone price and release specs fold, connect, and collaborate

The GoPro Karma drone has been revealed with Hero 5 capabilities and the ability to fold down into a neat little package. This drone is made to fold down, fitting in a backpack with relative ease, and comes with its own unique open-shell controller. It's like an original NVIDIA SHIELD Portable but slightly less ergonomic. This drone comes with the controller and with or without a new Hero 5 camera. Users can get packages if they want, or skip the packages if they've already got a camera on-hand.

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You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

Televised sports have come to include a lot different things in the last few years. Some time ago it started with televised poker tournaments, and these days competitive video games are getting their time in light with many networks investing in eSports. It appears the next big activity is going to be professional drone racing, as ESPN has announced a new broadcasting deal with the Drone Racing League (yes, that's already a thing).

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Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

The folks over at Freefly Systems have invented a new sport called Dronesurfing. This isn't an autonomous or robotic surfboard that can be remotely controlled. Dronesurfing uses a flying drone pulling a towrope that a surfer can grab and get pulled around the water on some sort of thin surfboard that looks like a wakeboard.

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Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Ubuntu” and “drones” are probably not two words you’ll come across often, even though both are quite popular in their respective areas. So when Parrot, one of the most famous drone makers, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, come out with a special product, it’s hard not to take notice. Painfully spelled as S.L.A.M.dunk, short for “Simultaneous Location and Mapping”, this “drone development kit” piggybacks on a drone, from Parrot preferably, like a Remora fish on shark, giving any drone some autonomous navigation capabilities of its own.

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Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

The hype around unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, may have died down a bit, but neither Alphabet nor Amazon are forgetting their ambitious dreams of populating the skies with such robotic delivery personnel. In fact, Google’s parent company will be conducting tests this month to bring it a step closer to that goal. But instead of jumping, or flying, directly into delivering ordered goods, Alphabet’s research arm X will instead simply try to food some lucky students and staff at Virginia Tech with what else but burritos.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

If you're looking to jump into the world of drones but aren't too keen on the hefty up front cost some of them come with, you may want to check out the two new minidrones Parrot has announced. Dubbed the Mambo and the Swing, these two drones offer up some interesting functionality, whether you're looking to do some stunt flying or have some fun.

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Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s introduced a pizza delivery drone in the summer of 2013, and now it is going to start testing actual pizza-by-drone deliveries soon. The testing will take place in New Zealand, and is being done in partnership with drone company Flirtey. The company isn't offering too many details about its plan at this time, though it does say it will kick off the testing later this year and that it'll happen alongside ordinary (read: people-powered) pizza deliveries.

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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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