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Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter has been working to bring air taxi services to the masses for a while now. It has now unveiled its air taxi infrastructure for cities that is meant to integrate air taxis into existing transportation systems. Volocopter says that its infrastructure could support mobility for up to another 10,000 passengers daily with a single point to point connection.

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DJI Zenmuse X7 drone camera gets Apple ProRes RAW support in May

DJI Zenmuse X7 drone camera gets Apple ProRes RAW support in May

DJI is about to release a firmware update for the Zenmuse X7 drone camera that adds support for the Apple ProRes RAW standard. The move helps position the Zenmuse camera as a serious option for filmmakers and other creatives who need the camera for content creation rather than surveillance or surveying. According to DJI, its Zenmuse X7 is the first Super35 digital camera designed specifically for aerial photography.

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Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Chinese officials have arrested more than two dozen individuals accused of using drones to smuggle smartphones from Hong Kong into Shenzhen. The phones were valued at more than $79 million, according to a state-owned publication, which says the smuggling involved refurbished iPhones. This is the first time China has made arrests over alleged drone-based cross-border smuggling.

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Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

Future Tech: what’s coming based on what’s already here

It’s fun to think of what the future holds, especially in tech. Presuming you don’t have apocalyptic visions or homicidal computers in your mind. But technology, unlike fiction, doesn’t just spring up out of ideas and minds fully-formed and ready to use. They will always have roots in reality and history. Here are just some of the cool things we expect to see in the future, both near and not so near, based on what’s already in development today.

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Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

Kitty Hawk Cora autonomous flying taxi backed by Larry Page

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of autonomous flying vehicles, especially ones that will be used for transportation. But Kitty Hawk’s newest flying machine is different. No, not because of its technology, which is pretty much a proprietary secret. No, it’s different because of the narrative around its birth, which includes both the influence and deep pockets of Google’s, now Alphabet’s Larry Page, and its distinction as the soon to be first commercial autonomous flying taxi service in New Zealand and the rest of the world for that matter.

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Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Technology has invaded the fashion industry and not just because of smartwatches or smart jackets. Many humans have feared that robots would one day replace them, but that idea probably never entered the minds of runway models. That is, until Dolce & Gabbana’s Sunday show did exactly that. Well, there were still plenty of room for humans strutting outlandish but totally fashionable outfits, but it was clear to the show’s audience who the real stars were, despite being the cause of a terribly late start. D&G has just given a whole new meaning to the term “wardrobe malfunction”.

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Watch a drone crash into Apple Park

Watch a drone crash into Apple Park

Drone footage of Apple Park may have given us a glimpse of the vast, circular building through its construction, but one pilot recently discovered what it looks like to inadvertently crash into the Cupertino HQ. Video showing just what happens when your drone stops soaring gracefully over the top of the spaceship-like campus and instead goes plummeting down to crash-land on top of it has been shared over the weekend.

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Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

You can't have a good futuristic dystopian city without huge flying displays, and so thankfully Samsung is apparently working on just such an idea. The company's Samsung Display screen-focused arm is usually responsible for OLED panels on smartphones like the upcoming Galaxy S9 or curved screens for huge 4K TVs, but now it's looking to the skies.

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Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

It's only a matter of time before some reckless fool causes a big incident by flying a drone in the path of an actual plane. The FAA has confirmed that a helicopter crashed earlier this week in South Carolina, but the wider story isn't so simple. According to reports, including anonymous sources who have spoken up, a consumer drone may have flown in front of the helicopter, forcing the pilot to make a hasty -- and dangerous -- maneuver to avoid hitting it.

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Skydio R1 drone is a flying camera with big AI promises

Skydio R1 drone is a flying camera with big AI promises

When is a drone not a drone? When it's an "autonomous flying camera," at least according to Skydio and its first product, the R1 camera drone. Aiming to bring drone photography to non-professional pilots, it promises to go beyond just the shot presets and basic following skills of models from DJI and others on the market today, borrowing liberally from AI and robotics tech in the process.

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Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1,218 drones

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1,218 drones

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony. This time around it included a light show performance from Intel that used a record-setting 1,218 drones, all flying in sync to create imagery including the interlocking Olympic rings and sports events like snowboarding.

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DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI is making it difficult for drone owners to fly their UAVs during the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. Such drone use is forbidden during the Games, but that's not likely to stop everyone from trying to sneak a couple aerial shots or videos. Though Olympics security officials have their own plans in place to deal with unwanted consumer drones, DJI is planning to release a software update that will put the brakes on usage near the facilities.

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