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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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Yuneec Breeze FPV camera drone gets livestreaming support

Yuneec Breeze FPV camera drone gets livestreaming support

Yuneec Breeze, the camera drone with a relatively unique first-person-view system, has announced new support for livestreaming video. With this, users are able to livestream their drone's activities on certain popular platforms including Facebook and YouTube, greatly increasing the drone's usefulness for the average user. The livestreaming feature has arrived in the iOS and Android apps, among other things.

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The UK is getting its first 24/7 police drone unit

The UK is getting its first 24/7 police drone unit

The United Kingdom is launching what will end up being the first ever 24/7 police drone unit in all of Great Britain. The finer details about the drone force still need to be ironed out, namely who will be managing the new unit. The unit is being assembled by the Devon and Cornish Police, according to a local publication, and it may be followed soon by a similar unit in Sussex and Surrey.

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DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

Drone company DJI has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s maximum weight limit for so-called “low risk drones,” saying it is too low. As it stands, the FAA says that low-risk drones must have a maximum weight of 250 grams. That’s at odds with a new white paper published by DJI claiming that, per its own research, low-risk drones can have a max weight limit as high as 2.2kg (4.9lbs).

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This drone is both stiff and squishy to survive crashes

This drone is both stiff and squishy to survive crashes

Drones are designed to fly, but crashes are a fact of life, whether because of external forces or pilot error. Some commercial drones employ techniques like propeller guards to at least protect the drone, or humans nearby, but they’re not exactly effective all the time. More industrially-inclined drones even have “cages” that protect them but also make them bigger and heavier. Researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL, in Switzerland may have come up with an actually effective solution. Unsurprisingly, their inspiration came from Mother Nature herself.

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DJI M200 is no toy, built for professional use

DJI M200 is no toy, built for professional use

It seems that drones have come almost full circle. Originally created more for industrial and military purposes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones as they are more popularly called, have become a hobbyist product that came in all sizes and prices. With that market almost saturated, drone makers like DJI have turned their attention to even bigger customers. The DJI Matrice 200, or M200, line of drones isn’t something you’ll be able to play with, even if you can afford it. This drone is all work and no fun, targeted at companies and industrial customers, but has a bigger potential to improve the lives of its users significantly.

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FAA: reported drone collisions with aircraft are all unverified

FAA: reported drone collisions with aircraft are all unverified

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its latest report detailing the number of claims it has received about drone sightings near aircraft and alleged consumer drone collisions with aircraft. Though it has received ‘several’ pilot reports of drones colliding with airplanes, the Administration says that none of the reports have been proven true following an investigation, with causes instead including things like impacts with birds or malfunctions.

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Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Drones: they annoy and amuse humans, mostly annoy kangaroos, and apparently greatly intrigue Siberian tigers. A new video shows a pack of such tigers chasing around a flying drone, doing so like big cats trying to catch a laser dot, when one eventually yanks it from the sky. It seems at first the tigers are moving in to swiftly destroy the drone, but their instincts quickly give away to curiosity and, it seems, confusion.

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UPS drone launched from truck on delivery route

UPS drone launched from truck on delivery route

The folks at UPS said this week that they'd completed their first test of a drone launched from a truck. Of course this isn't the first time any drone has been launched from a truck, but it is the first time that a UPS drone has launched from a UPS truck with a delivery. This same drone delivered said package and returned to the truck while the driver continued on with their daily route.

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