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Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

Drone has bird-like features including precision flying feathers

ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE or EPFL has researchers working on a drone that uses bio-inspired design to create a drone that is able to fly using some of the same techniques that birds use. The drone has the ability to spread or close its wings while flying to allow it to maneuver and fly in higher winds. Birds use these same techniques when in flight, when the bird turns it does so by extending one wing and contracting the other.

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US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

Tensions between the US and China were raised earlier this week when a Chinese naval vessel operating in the South China Sea seized an underwater research drone belonging to the US Navy. The issue was quickly escalated when the US's Department of Defense demanded the device's return, while President-elect Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter, calling the seizure an "unprecedented act." Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed, as China has stated it will be returning the drone to US possession.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

The conclusion of an NTSB investigation into Facebook's drone crash landing earlier this year has enabled the social network to share more details. According to Facebook, the Aquila drone experienced failure and crashed shortly before landing due to high wind speeds that kicked off a series of unfortunate scenarios. The test was still considered a success by Facebook despite the troubles.

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Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones may have seemed like science-fiction but the retailer has already kicked off real-world trials - albeit with only two shoppers. Flights began on December 7th in the UK, with one of Amazon's drones flying completely autonomously from its distribution center to a customer's home. The flight took thirteen minutes in total.

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Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Researchers with Johns Hopkins University have determined that blood bag transport via drone is safe, according to a new university release. The team looked at both the cellular integrity and the temperature of the blood throughout the transportation process, finding that both were positive and the transported blood was safe to use. Such findings help pave the way for emergency blood transportation via drones.

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Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

A new patent from Samsung has surfaced in which we see a drone designed to look somewhat like a Frisbee. The drone, at least per the patent’s illustrations, feature a circular design with a couple feet on the underside and an open grille on the top, a rotor presumably hidden within. Unlike most other drones, this one resembles a small UFO or a flying food dehydrator tray.

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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DJI Inspire 2 top speed reduced to preserve video quality

DJI Inspire 2 top speed reduced to preserve video quality

DJI introduced the Inspire 2 drone earlier this month, listing it with a top speed of 67MPH — highway speeds, and one of many exciting features. That top speed has been reduced slightly by DJI, however, which bumped the Inspire 2 drone’s top speed down to 58MPH. This move was necessary, according to the company, to make sure video stability and overall quality weren’t compromised.

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DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

Consumer drones have become such a problem and legal grey area that people have started taking matters into their own hands. Some go as far as shooting them down and ending up in trouble themselves. While there are a few products or experiments that try to deal with drones, many of them result in damaging the drone. DroneShield proposes a better, less violent solution, though you probably wouldn’t guess it from the way it looks. The DroneGun unabashedly looks like some heavy duty rifle, but it can safely make a drone land or retreat, without firing an actual explosive shot.

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Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Does your vast, internet-broadcasting solar-powered drone need to land in one piece in order to be considered a success? Facebook clearly doesn't believe so, giving the Aquila internet drone test flight back in June a rave review, despite a freshly-confirmed safety investigation being carried out by US regulators. Their complaint: the drone flight, despite what Facebook might have led us to believe, wasn't quite such a perfect performance.

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AirSelfie mini drone uses 5MP camera to take your selfie

AirSelfie mini drone uses 5MP camera to take your selfie

Taking a selfie from a distance greater than the length of your arm requires either a second person or a selfie stick...or, if a new Kickstarter campaign is successful, a small pocket drone. Called AirSelfie, this new drone is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, and it features a small integrated camera for recording videos and/or taking photographs. If all goes as planned, the drone will start shipping in March.

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Domino’s Pizza delivers first pizzas by drone

Domino’s Pizza delivers first pizzas by drone

Pizza fans who like Domino's the best will be thrilled to hear of a new delivery method that the pizza chain is trying out. Domino's has announced that it began delivering fresh, hot pies by air via a drone delivery service this week. The first deliveries are happening in New Zealand as part of a tie up between Domino's and drone maker Flirtey.

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