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DoJ documents detail prison smuggling via consumer drones

DoJ documents detail prison smuggling via consumer drones

Anti-drone technologies are failing to stop drones from smuggling content into prisons, according to Department of Justice documents, which reveal more than a dozen attempts to use drones for prison smuggling, as well as successful efforts. Drones are being used to deliver cell phones, drugs, and more to prisoners by dropping the items onto prison grounds. Though anti-drone technologies exist, they appear insufficient for stopping the smuggling.

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Parrot pitches easy drone bundles at would-be DJI Spark pilots

Parrot pitches easy drone bundles at would-be DJI Spark pilots

Easy-to-fly drones are big business these days, and Parrot is looking to get novice pilots off the ground sooner with a pair of "Adventurer" packs. Combining two of Parrot's most popular models - one fixed-wing; one quadcopter - the bundles allow newbie pilots to get a drone's-eye view courtesy of a head-mounted display. Meanwhile, there's also potential for autonomous flight.

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Amazon patent details parachute label for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details parachute label for drone deliveries

Another Amazon patent related to drone deliveries has surfaced, this one describing possible methods the company's future delivery drones may utilize to get packages to customers. One big question regarding drone deliveries is how, exactly, the package will go from the drone in the sky to the person on the ground. The patent details one method -- a package label that is also a parachute, deploying when the package is dropped to lower it safely to the ground.

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BIKI is a drone that can dive and swim but not fly

BIKI is a drone that can dive and swim but not fly

Who says all drones can do is fly and crash? While nothing in its formal definition limits it as such, drones these days have mostly been associated with unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Robosea, however, is introducing a new kind of UAV, an unmanned aquatic vehicle. BIKI doesn't look like a helicopter but more like a fish, because that is exactly what it is. Meet the world's first bionic underwater robofish drone.

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The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The dirty secret about drones is that they generally take some practice to fly well. We're not talking "sit in front of the TV and master the latest console game" practice, either: you need a big open space, no trees to crash into, and enough daylight to see what you're doing. That's before you get to flexing your camera-operator skills. Not for nothing do the drone videography pros generally have two people at the controls: one piloting, and the other operating the gimbal.

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Tiny DJI Spark drone flies by gestures: Pricing, camera, and Autopilot

Tiny DJI Spark drone flies by gestures: Pricing, camera, and Autopilot

Drone pilots have a new, compact camera-drone option, with the DJI Spark promising not only portability but piloting so simple you don't even need a controller. Smaller than the DJI Mavic, the Spark mini-drone is designed to be controlled by hand gestures. Indeed, once it's powered-on and it takes off from your palm, it automatically starts watching for instructions.

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DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI has announced that drone operators with one of its aerial vehicles will experience restricted operation if they update to the latest firmware or software but fail to properly activate the product afterward. This is part of a 'new application process' the company detailed over the weekend, saying that it applies to all of its customers except those located in China. Failing to update will cause camera streaming to be disabled and more.

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Prison installs ‘force field’ to keep away sneaky drones

Prison installs ‘force field’ to keep away sneaky drones

Drones pose a problem for prisons, being one of many methods employed to smug drugs, cell phones, and other items to prisoners. In cases where drones have been caught, officials have reported spotting drones dropping items for specific recipients within the prison yard. Some locations have threatened to shoot down any drones that get too close as a result, but one prison in the Channel Islands has employed a more reliable method: it has installed a 'force field' around itself to stop drones from operating over its land.

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Parrot’s new prosumer drone division will kick off with three new models

Parrot’s new prosumer drone division will kick off with three new models

Back in January, we reported that French drone company Parrot planned to restructure the company and that, as a result, it would be cutting about 290 jobs. Now, nearly half a year later, we're seeing the fruits of that effort: the company is launching a new division that will focus on so-called 'prosumer'-tier drones -- models that appeal to hobbyists and amateurs who want more than a cheap toy but less than a five-figure pro-tier model. The drones produced in this segment will fall into the $1,000 to $5,000 range and will be targeted at various industries.

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DJI and Hasselblad team for a 100-megapixel camera drone

DJI and Hasselblad team for a 100-megapixel camera drone

Not satisfied with the abilities of your current camera drone? DJI has the alternative, and it comes in the form of an M600 Pro drone coupled with a camera that can capture 100-megapixel photos. The two companies are currently showing off the product at NAB, and they'll be launching it for purchase some time in the third-quarter of this year. Joining the drone and camera will be a Ronin-MX Gimbal.

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Hover Camera Passport drone goes up for sale in Apple stores

Hover Camera Passport drone goes up for sale in Apple stores

A small camera drone from Zero Zero Robotics has launched for sale in Apple stores and through the Apple website, the company has announced. The Hover Camera Passport is a consumer-tier autonomous drone designed for consumers who want to easily capture shots of themselves from perspectives that are more interesting than the average smartphone can produce. In addition to its Apple store launch, the drone has been updated with a new interface, automated media editing, and more.

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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced offers up to 30 minutes of flight time

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced offers up to 30 minutes of flight time

If you've been looking at picking up a drone in DJI's popular Phantom line, you may want to consider the Phantom 4 Advanced. Introduced today, the Phantom 4 Advanced looks similar to previous Phantom drones, but comes with a whole host of upgrades that should make it stand out from the rest of the lineup. One of the most important features comes in the form of flight time, which maxes out at an impressive 30 minutes for the Phantom 4 Advanced.

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