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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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DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

It's been a good month for drone lovers, and industry heavyweight DJI is playing its part with the freshly-announced Mavic Pro. Unveiled today, the new remotely-controlled drone promises the same abilities as DJI's Phantom series but in a seriously compact and easily transported form-factor, courtesy of a folding design that collapses it down to roughly half the size of a Phantom 4.

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This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

This drone flies indefinitely using wireless power instead of battery

Most consumer-use drones offer a flight time of anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. While the idea of simply using a larger battery to extend that time seems ideal, it actually results in increased weight for the drone, in turn reducing its flight time. It's this dilemma that prompted one researcher to create a prototype drone that can fly non-stop without the use of battery.

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UPS tests drone EMS deliveries as regulators tighten grip

UPS tests drone EMS deliveries as regulators tighten grip

UPS is testing emergency medical supply deliveries via drones, doing so for the important data such tests provide. This information is needed for multiple reasons, not the least of which is offering government regulators proof that these realities -- drone deliveries, in this case -- are both possible and, when done right, safe. Under newly established FAA commercial drone rules, companies are largely limited in what they can do, prompting them to seek exceptions or waivers when possible.

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Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Drones are fun stuff, but most ready to use products are either too pricey to have some rugged fun with or too cheap to even be rugged. On the other hand, building a drone yourself is no walk in the park and requires tinkerers to know how one works even before they start the project. Enter Flybrix, a drone that is both toy and teaching tool that can be built, taken apart, and rebuilt again using the most reusable parts known to man, woman, and child: LEGO bricks.

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GoPro Karma drone price and release specs fold, connect, and collaborate

GoPro Karma drone price and release specs fold, connect, and collaborate

The GoPro Karma drone has been revealed with Hero 5 capabilities and the ability to fold down into a neat little package. This drone is made to fold down, fitting in a backpack with relative ease, and comes with its own unique open-shell controller. It's like an original NVIDIA SHIELD Portable but slightly less ergonomic. This drone comes with the controller and with or without a new Hero 5 camera. Users can get packages if they want, or skip the packages if they've already got a camera on-hand.

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