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Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning in Australia

Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning in Australia

In what is said to be a historic moment for the technology, a rescue drone fitted with an inflatable device was used to save two teen boys from potentially drowning. The rescue took place in Australia during a training session involving the drone, which is named the Little Ripper UAV. According to local reports, one lifeguard was operating the drone when some individuals spotted the two boys struggling to swim in turbulent waters.

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Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

New Jersey has signed into a law a new bill that makes it illegal for drone owners to operate their UAVs while drunk. Assuming a drone owner is caught flying a drone with too much alcohol in their system, they face a $1,000 fine and up to half a year in jail. The law aims at protecting public safety, as drone operators may be less inclined to follow the rules or may recklessly operate the aerial vehicle.

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Watch Intel’s stunning CES 2018 drone light show right now

Watch Intel’s stunning CES 2018 drone light show right now

Intel wanted to do something interesting with a whole bunch of drones, and they landed on Las Vegas. A lovely show of lights in more than 4 billion color combinations flew over the Fountains of Bellagio, making a mockery of the pitiful, legendary water show below. Intel's first showing came on the 8th of January at 9 and 11 PM, then showed from the 9th until the 11th at both 8PM and 10PM, entertaining hundreds of viewers below.

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Boeing’s cargo drone brain could power autonomous air-taxis

Boeing’s cargo drone brain could power autonomous air-taxis

Amazon's Prime Air drones will have to share the skies, with Boeing revealing its play on the cargo-carrying UAV segment. The Boeing "cargo aerial vehicle" - or CAV - is the handiwork of three months design and construction, the aerospace company claims, potentially capable of carrying up to 500 pounds of packages and more.

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GoPro Karma drone axed as company struggles

GoPro Karma drone axed as company struggles

GoPro delivered preliminary results for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2017 today, and while there isn't much in the way of detailed financials, this report does still provide something of a bombshell announcement. GoPro revealed that it will be exiting the drone business, which is sour news for those who are fans of its Karma drone. This is particularly surprising because, as GoPro itself points out, the Karma managed to reach "the #2 market position in its price band in 2017."

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HYBRiX multicopter drone sets world record for flight endurance

HYBRiX multicopter drone sets world record for flight endurance

A drone made by a company called Quaternium Technologies has set a world record for flight duration. The drone used to set the record is a HYBRiX.20 RPA drone. The record-setting flight was performed on December 24 in Valencia, Spain.

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PITTA modular drone doubles as an action and security camera

PITTA modular drone doubles as an action and security camera

A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for PITTA, a sphere-shaped multi-purpose camera device that can function as a drone, action camera, and more. According to the team behind it, PITTA is a "modular transformative drone," one that has mountable and wearable functionality as well as being aerial. That makes it a complete package of sorts, able to meet different needs at different times while maintaining a compact size.

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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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FAA drone registration is now part of the law

FAA drone registration is now part of the law

Get ready to fork up a few dollars to register that hefty but totally innocent drone of yours. The FAA’s requirement to have drones of certain weights registered is now back and this time it has some staying power. More than just an FAA rule, it has become part of the US law. That is partly due to the fact that the registration requirement is just a very small part of a larger, and more expensive, National Defense Authorization Act that US President Trump just signed into law.

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Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Are you ready for a future where shipments are delivered via drones? How about a future where those delivery drones can self-destruct if the situation calls for it? A newly surfaced Amazon patent details delivery drones that could self-destruct if they are at risk of falling, the idea apparently being that a destroyed drone will land in several smaller, lighter pieces than one whole delivery drone, which could potentially hurt someone.

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NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

Drone racing is a sport that is demanding of pilots. The person flying the drone must be paying attention and have fast reflexes to avoid crashing into obstacles or other drones. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is racing drones pitting human pilots against an AI to see who's better.

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DJI made Apple a special Mavic Pro drone

DJI made Apple a special Mavic Pro drone

It's been an interesting day over at the Apple Store. Not only did we see the new MekaMon augmented reality robot go up for sale through Apple's online storefront, but now drone maker DJI has joined the party as well. Its new Mavic Pro Alpine White is an Apple Store-exclusive item, and it's launching in a new bundle pack aimed directly at holiday shoppers.

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