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Amazon patent details delivery drone drops using parachutes

Amazon patent details delivery drone drops using parachutes

Amazon has been testing its drone technology for a while now, and we’ve seen some demonstrations and patents related to this testing. The latest patent to surface details one method by which Amazon delivery drones may get packages directly to customers — via a parachute, allowing the package to be dropped from the sky. This would prevent the drone from having to land, though it would monitor the package’s descent before taking off.

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DARPA SideArm prototype snags drones out of the air

DARPA SideArm prototype snags drones out of the air

DARPA has shown off a prototype of SideArm, a contraption that can snag drones out of the air and quickly bring them to a stop, doing so in order to recover drones after a mission. One possible use of SideArm is attaching them to the side of an aircraft carrier, where they would then help launch and, later on, retrieve UAVs weighing up to 900lbs. Obviously given its DARPA status, the contraption would be used for military purposes.

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300 Intel drones light up Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl act

300 Intel drones light up Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl act

From smartphones to wearables to smart appliances, and now, to drones. That seems to be the journey that Intel has taken as it tries to gain some ground in markets outside its traditional PC silicon market. Although it's not exactly taking on more established drone makers like DJI head on, it is aiming for a more niche segment where it might actually stand uncontested for some time. And what better way to make a big splash than by launching 300 of those drones above the Super Bowl Halftime show.

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Fixed GoPro Karma drone returns to skies to save firm’s fortunes

Fixed GoPro Karma drone returns to skies to save firm’s fortunes

GoPro's Karma drone is back on sale, after having been yanked from shelves over a flaw that could literally see it fall uncontrollably from the skies. The troubled camera-quadcopter was recalled back in November 2016, after GoPro identified a fault with the battery latching mechanism. While that might not seem significant, it was enough to cause a handful of the drones to lose power mid-flight.

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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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