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Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It's been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon's desire to begin drone deliveries, but the company only says it involves "innovative communications capabilities and functionalities."

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NASA simulation shows slow-mo airflow around a DJI drone

NASA simulation shows slow-mo airflow around a DJI drone

NASA is best known for its space-related content, and perhaps for its Earth sciences work, but few know about the agency's airflow simulations. NASA has, it recently said, been creating airflow simulations for various aircraft for ‘decades.’ These computer models show air as it flows around, for example, an airplane, aiding in the development of designs and similar things. It's not surprising, then, that NASA would create the same simulations for drones.

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Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder campaign followed, raising more than $34m.

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Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Being a Google X, now just X, project may mean you get some media attention by virtue of association with Google, but that's no guarantee you'll actually survive. Some, like self-driving cars, do become companies of their own. Others, like Barge and Glass, however, might never see the light of day ever again. Joining the latter's ranks is Project Titan, Google's former solar-powered, Internet bearing drone, which has just been declared redundant in lieu of the already in-flight Project Loon balloons.

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Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to restructure its drone division in such a way that will see approximately 290 jobs cut and about 150 positions ‘being made redundant.’ The workforce cuts will affect both international and France-based employees, and will take place as part of a ‘cost reduction phase.’ The company detailed its plan and reasoning behind it in its recently published preliminary financial report.

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DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

Seagate and DJI made a joint announcement at CES 2017 today, letting the world know that they have partnered to solve the problem of storage and backup for content recorded using a drone. With high-resolution UAV cameras like the ones DJI offers, space can be a major issue when it comes to storing the massive video files that result from a drone flight. This is where Seagate - one of the most well-known manufacturers of hard drives and SSDs - comes in.

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DJI at CES 2017: Osmo Mobile Silver, Zenmuse M1, Phantom 4 CNY

DJI at CES 2017: Osmo Mobile Silver, Zenmuse M1, Phantom 4 CNY

Some companies only have one or two products to show off at CES. Others, however, have a whole fleet. Drone experts DJI aren’t holding back this year either. At CES 2017’s Unveiled floor, it is showing off not one, not even two, but five distinct products, not all of them hardware and not all of them even available already. The latter, a prototype of its CrystalSky Monitor, will surely whet the appetites of more serious drone operators. But even if you’re just more into selfies rather than drones, the new Osmo Mobile Silver might still be of interest.

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Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented an ‘airborne fulfillment center’ that works with drones to deliver items from said floating warehouse to customers. The patent relates to Amazon’s publicly stated drone delivery ambitions, though we’re still a long way from seeing an actual delivery center floating around in the sky. The patent goes on to describe small airships that would deliver items to the airborne fulfillment center.

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Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology Erida drone is a tricopter with 4K 60fps video capability

Yi Technology has announced that it will be at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks and at the show it will unveil a new tricopter drone called the Erida Drone. The company says that the Erida will be the world's first mainstream, full carbon fiber smart drone that has strength, speed, and the Yi 4k action camera attached. While most drones have quad rotors today, the Erida has three making it a tricopter.

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XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics has announced that at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks it will have a very cool new consumer drone called Evolve on display that has a world's first feature. This drone has a dual-screen controller that lets you see from the drone's perspective as it flies. The drone is designed for aerial photography and filming.

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Drone Flies Snowboarder into the Air

Drone Flies Snowboarder into the Air

A new video has turned up that shows a massive drone taking a snowboarder up and down the ski slopes and eventually up into the air. The video is one of those things that you watch and it's hard to believe that it's real. Then you look at the collaborator on the video and see that it's PrankvsPrank and it makes you question the video that much more.

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7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

Amazon's getting all the drone delivery attention, but it turns out the retailer has an unlikely competitor: 7-Eleven. We saw a video of 7-Eleven's first drone delivery back in July, and now the company has announced the completion of 77 such deliveries. The drone deliveries were performed by drone delivery service Flirtey, the first of its kind according to the company. The two companies have been working in collaboration since the first delivery in July, which culminated in regular weekend deliveries throughout last month.

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