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Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot has added follow-me features to its Bebop 2 drone, but you’ll have to pay to get them in the FreeFlight Pro app. Using this mode, users can have the drone position itself so that the operator is always in the shot, something that is itself made possible with three different technologies: visual recognition, GPS, and altimeter vertical tracking.

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Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Most consumer drones can be found on two extremes. On one end, you’ve got sturdy, professional drones that cost hundreds of dollars. On the other end, you’ve got simple toys that won’t make you cry when they break but offer little else besides doing a few flips and flops. Drones, however, are just as, or maybe even more, interesting than robotics and can become a vehicle, pardon the pun, for both education and entertainment. Thus, the Airblock was conceived, offering a drone that’s easy to assemble and disassemble and can be programmed like a real robot.

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DJI Zenmuse Z30 offers 30x optical zoom for industrial use

DJI Zenmuse Z30 offers 30x optical zoom for industrial use

DJI’s fame might have started out with the Phantom drones, but the company prides itself in its imaging prowess, whether up in the air or, in the case of the Osmo, on land in your hand. DJI is taking to the skies once more, but this time with more than just consumers in mind. Its new Zenmuse Z30 aerial camera boasts of 30x zoom, optical not digital. While that’s undoubtedly fun for pros and hobbyists, it could be even more critical for industrial applications and companies, including wireless carriers.

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Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden camera drone ban forces operators to get a permit

Sweden just made it really, really hard to fly a camera drone in public places, doing so to protect privacy more so than one’s passion for aerial photography and hobbyist flights. Camera drones aren't outright banned in the country, as residents will still be able to apply and pay for a permit. The problem is, the permits are not guaranteed, and can be denied if the government finds cause — namely, the possible invasion of privacy.

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Small Star Wars drones are big in speed and price

Small Star Wars drones are big in speed and price

Star Wars and drones are almost the perfect mix, but very few have actually turned that into a commercially available dream come true. Sure, there are a few DIYs here and there, but few, if not none, you can buy off the shelf. Well, consider those prayers answered, at least partially, as Propel kicks off pre-orders for its Star Wars Battle Drones. They don’t only look like the real thing (almost), they are also half-decent but somewhat small drones that can travel at a max of 35 mph.

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Stung by delays, the DJI Mavic Pro is finally shipping

Stung by delays, the DJI Mavic Pro is finally shipping

DJI has begun shipping its Mavic Pro drone, after incurring the wrath of preorder customers after unexpected delays left them $1k down with no folding UAV in sight. The company put the Mavic Pro up for order in late September, promising deliveries would ship out from October 15. However, that date came and went with no sign of anything heading out to would-be pilots.

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Verizon used drones to inspect cell sites hit by hurricane

Verizon used drones to inspect cell sites hit by hurricane

Verizon is one of the latest companies to use drones for site inspects, the carrier has announced. Only hours after Hurricane Matthew’s exit, Verizon deployed drones to inspect sites for possible damage, doing so despite severe regional flooding. Without the drones, these cell site inspections may have taken days rather than hours due to the severity of the flooding, and potential cell service outages may have lasted longer.

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Yamaha Fazer R is a helicopter drone for commercial use

Yamaha Fazer R is a helicopter drone for commercial use

Yamaha has unveiled a pair of new drones for commercial use, the Fazer R and Fazer R G2. The two drones are designed for agricultural and industrial use, including things like taking measurements, surveilling, spraying chemicals, taking photographs, and more. The Fazer R edition is designed specifically for agricultural use, while the Fazer R G2 is more diverse in nature, being useful in a wider array of industries with varying needs. Both drones are designed like helicopters and are operated remotely.

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Intel Falcon 8+ drone system takes aim at commercial applications

Intel Falcon 8+ drone system takes aim at commercial applications

Intel has already dipped its toe in the consumer drone space through the Yuneec Typhoon H - which features an Intel RealSense Camera in some configurations - but today, the company announced plans to take on the commercial side of the drone industry. It'll do that with its new Intel Falcon 8+ drone system, which is getting its official unveiling today at the 2016 INTERGEO drone conference in Hamburg.

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General Electric’s new drone can sniff out gas leaks

General Electric’s new drone can sniff out gas leaks

General Electric is developing drones that are able to sniff out methane emissions and gas leaks, something that could help stamp out future leaks faster than currently possible. The technology has been proven necessary by several high-profile leak disasters in the recent past, and will help meet an EPA mandate to find and stop leaks wherever they occur. The drone is being developed under GE’s “Project Raven” moniker, and is indicated as a way for the oilfield industry to operate more efficiently.

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PowerEye drone is an aerial cinematography beast

PowerEye drone is an aerial cinematography beast

Aerial photography and videography have been made possible in whole new ways thanks to drones, but most of the drone solutions available to consumers are on the low-end of the spectrum (in order to keep price down). That's great if you want something to capture your backyard barbecues from a new perspective, but not so much if you need something highly capable for major projects, whether professional or otherwise. Thusly enters PowerVision's PowerEye drone.

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DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

This morning the DJI Mavic Pro was introduced with a headset by the name of DJI Goggles, delivered with a single video showing how DJI's newest drone might be paired with their also-brand-new VR headset. This headset works with what they call OcuSync, allowing the user to receive video directly from the drone, not the controller, putting them as close as possible to live action piloting. These goggles - or this headset - might be the most awesome part of the whole system.

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