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You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

You can watch the Drone Racing League on ESPN starting next month

Televised sports have come to include a lot different things in the last few years. Some time ago it started with televised poker tournaments, and these days competitive video games are getting their time in light with many networks investing in eSports. It appears the next big activity is going to be professional drone racing, as ESPN has announced a new broadcasting deal with the Drone Racing League (yes, that's already a thing).

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Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

The folks over at Freefly Systems have invented a new sport called Dronesurfing. This isn't an autonomous or robotic surfboard that can be remotely controlled. Dronesurfing uses a flying drone pulling a towrope that a surfer can grab and get pulled around the water on some sort of thin surfboard that looks like a wakeboard.

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Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Oh great, now we’re giving drones robot-claws

Prodrone, a Japanese UAV company, has taken the wraps off its new PD6B-AW-ARM, a drone that contains a pair of robotic arms for grasping items from the air, among other things. The drone was recently showcased at InterDrone in Las Vegas, and it hints at a future where drones are for more than just aerial photography.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 AR glasses make piloting a DJI drone an augmented reality experience

Epson Moverio BT-300 AR glasses make piloting a DJI drone an augmented reality experience

Epson Partners and drone maker DJI have teamed up for a plan that will allow pilots of DJI drones the opportunity to fly the drone while wearing Epson Moverio BT-300 video glasses. The new tie up means that pilots can use augmented reality when piloting the drone and the deal marks the first mass-market consumer application of AR glasses.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans Vision Van is all electric and carries drones

Mercedes-Benz Vans Vision Van is all electric and carries drones

Mercedes-Benz Vans is showing off its vision for the future of delivery vehicles. The van concept is dubbed the Vision Van ad it is part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans future initiative called adVANce meant to expand the growth strategy and develop new business models for the automaker. A major investment has been made into the initiative of 500 million euros over the next five years to develop digitalization, automation, and robotic vans along with other innovative solutions.

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Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Parrot, Canonical make a S.L.A.M.dunk to make drones smarter

Ubuntu” and “drones” are probably not two words you’ll come across often, even though both are quite popular in their respective areas. So when Parrot, one of the most famous drone makers, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, come out with a special product, it’s hard not to take notice. Painfully spelled as S.L.A.M.dunk, short for “Simultaneous Location and Mapping”, this “drone development kit” piggybacks on a drone, from Parrot preferably, like a Remora fish on shark, giving any drone some autonomous navigation capabilities of its own.

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Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

The hype around unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, may have died down a bit, but neither Alphabet nor Amazon are forgetting their ambitious dreams of populating the skies with such robotic delivery personnel. In fact, Google’s parent company will be conducting tests this month to bring it a step closer to that goal. But instead of jumping, or flying, directly into delivering ordered goods, Alphabet’s research arm X will instead simply try to food some lucky students and staff at Virginia Tech with what else but burritos.

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AT&T and Qualcomm team up to test drones on cellular networks

AT&T and Qualcomm team up to test drones on cellular networks

AT&T and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership, but unlike so many other corporate team ups that are announced, this one isn't necessarily for the purpose of developing a new product. Instead, AT&T and Qualcomm Technologies want to partner to test drones on cellular networks, looking to a future where drones will need to operate outside of line of sight and be constantly connected to the internet to perform their duties.

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DJI Mavic foldable drone leaks to pre-empt GoPro’s Karma

DJI Mavic foldable drone leaks to pre-empt GoPro’s Karma

DJI's next drone has leaked, a foldable remote-controlled quadcopter expected to be called the DJI Mavic, which collapses down for easier transportation. Signs of the upcoming model were spotted back in August, when DJI trademarked the Mavic name, but over the past few days we've seen the first photos of what the drone will look like, not to mention some of the specifications.

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Look closely: This is the GoPro HERO5, Karma drone, and Osmo-rival

Look closely: This is the GoPro HERO5, Karma drone, and Osmo-rival

GoPro isn't quite ready to officially show us either its new HERO5 action camera or its Karma drone, but you can get ahead of the schedule with a quick glimpse of what the company has in store. An update over at the Italian GoPro site has prematurely confirmed what both camera and drone look like, as well as a new stabilizing accessory.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

Parrot adds Mambo and Swing minidrones to its lineup

If you're looking to jump into the world of drones but aren't too keen on the hefty up front cost some of them come with, you may want to check out the two new minidrones Parrot has announced. Dubbed the Mambo and the Swing, these two drones offer up some interesting functionality, whether you're looking to do some stunt flying or have some fun.

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