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DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones go up for preorder

DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones go up for preorder

DJI has announced the new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones. Both items are available for preorder now, and they target serious filmmakers and others who need to record high-quality aerial footage. The Phantom 4 Pro boasts a camera with a 1-inch 20-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. The Inspire 2, meanwhile, has a couple camera options as well as a top speed of 67MPH. This follows the recent launch of the DJI M600 Pro.

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TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating an incident in which a plane nearly collided with what is believed to be a drone, something that forced the pilots to take evasive maneuvers that ultimately resulted in two flight attendants being injured. The incident happened Monday morning and involved a Porter airlines plane destined for Toronto. There were 54 passengers on the plane when this happened, but fortunately none of them were hurt. The plane was at a height of nearly 9,000ft when it encountered the drone.

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DJI launches M600 Pro to expand industrial drone lineup

DJI launches M600 Pro to expand industrial drone lineup

Usually, whenever we hear of a new drone from DJI, it's targeted at the consumer space. That isn't the case today, with DJI introducing its Matrice 600 Pro to the world. Outfitted with hardware and capabilities to tackle the industrial drone space, the M600 Pro takes what made the original M600 a popular model and improves it with this release.

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Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Another report has surfaced that highlights the need to exercise caution and understand local regulations when using drones. One Australian man is now facing a hefty $9,000 AUD fine after sharing a video in which he seemingly uses a drone to both retrieve and deliver a sausage. It’s not the sausage delivery itself that may get him in legal trouble, however, but the way in which he made the delivery.

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GoPro Karma recalled over power loss issues

GoPro Karma recalled over power loss issues

It has barely been two months since GoPro launched its much-awaited and much-delayed first ever drone, but it seems that the Karma’s time in the spotlight will be short-lived. The company whose name has become synonymous with action cameras has just announced a recall of its GoPro Karma drones, all 2,500 or so of them, citing still undetermined issues that lead to power loss in the middle of operation. Considering the company’s coffers are already in the red, this recall has unsurprisingly made its market shares take a nosedive again.

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Intel Shooting Star Drone is designed for light shows

Intel Shooting Star Drone is designed for light shows

Intel started with its new drone technology at the beginning of the year and by May it had put on its second Drone 100 light show in Palm Springs. Intel has ramped up its drone program and in October it unveiled the Falcon 8+ drone aimed at commercial applications. Today Intel has officially announced its next drone called the Intel Shooting Star Drone and it is made specifically for light shows.

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Sunflower uses drone, lights to monitor homes from outside

Sunflower uses drone, lights to monitor homes from outside

Most smart home security systems aren’t so smart, argues Sunflower Labs. It says that 95% of the alarms raised turn out to be false ones to the point that police dispatchers have become numb to them, which is a very dangerous attitude. And for real situations, those security systems only alert you when it’s too late to do anything, when some is already at the door of has gone through the window. Sunflower Labs, naturally, proposes a smarter solution, one that combines an autonomous drone and inconspicuous lawn lights to pinpoint when, where, and who is approaching your castle.

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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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