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FAA drone registration is now part of the law

FAA drone registration is now part of the law

Get ready to fork up a few dollars to register that hefty but totally innocent drone of yours. The FAA’s requirement to have drones of certain weights registered is now back and this time it has some staying power. More than just an FAA rule, it has become part of the US law. That is partly due to the fact that the registration requirement is just a very small part of a larger, and more expensive, National Defense Authorization Act that US President Trump just signed into law.

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NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

This week the folks at NVIDIA and Komatsu have announced a partnership to bring AI "to create safer, more efficient construction sites." At GTC Japan this evening NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the NVIDIA Jetson AI platform would be at the center of this next-generation situation. Therein lies the brain of the heavy machinery of the future.

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Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Amazon delivery drones may self-destruct to keep people safe

Are you ready for a future where shipments are delivered via drones? How about a future where those delivery drones can self-destruct if the situation calls for it? A newly surfaced Amazon patent details delivery drones that could self-destruct if they are at risk of falling, the idea apparently being that a destroyed drone will land in several smaller, lighter pieces than one whole delivery drone, which could potentially hurt someone.

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DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

A leaked ICE bulletin warns of possible spying by drone maker DJI on behalf of the Chinese government, raising new concerns about security and privacy. The memo warns that DJI is very likely targeting certain government and private entities "to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data." That is just a sliver of the long report, though, which warns that DJI's mobile apps are allegedly sending a bunch of data back to systems in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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DJI Goggles RE give drone racers a first-person view

DJI Goggles RE give drone racers a first-person view

More than a year ago, drone maker DJI revealed its first pair of DJI Goggles. It wasn't until May that those goggles started shipping out to customers and now, a mere six month later, DJI is back with a new version. This new headset is called DJI Goggles RE, with the new edition to the name short for "Racing Edition."

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DJI made Apple a special Mavic Pro drone

DJI made Apple a special Mavic Pro drone

It's been an interesting day over at the Apple Store. Not only did we see the new MekaMon augmented reality robot go up for sale through Apple's online storefront, but now drone maker DJI has joined the party as well. Its new Mavic Pro Alpine White is an Apple Store-exclusive item, and it's launching in a new bundle pack aimed directly at holiday shoppers.

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Trump gives green light to more US drone testing

Trump gives green light to more US drone testing

Commercial drone use in the US looks set to increase, with the White House pushing for more cities and states to test new uses of the remotely-controlled aircraft. In a Presidential Memorandum issued today for the Secretary of Transportation, President Trump directed him to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create a UAS Integration Pilot Program. That will test State, local, and tribal government level approval of drone projects.

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CNN just got special FAA permission to fly drones over crowds

CNN just got special FAA permission to fly drones over crowds

CNN has announced that it is the first of its kind to get FAA approval for operating a drone over crowds. This is made possible via the FAA's issuance of a Part 107 waiver that authorizes the use of small unmanned aircraft systems in places where ordinary regulations prohibit them, including over groups of people who could be injured in the event of a crash. The approved UAS weighs a mere 1.37lbs, according to CNN.

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Flirtey launches the first drone-based defibrillator in the US

Flirtey launches the first drone-based defibrillator in the US

Coming a couple years after we saw concepts detailing such a device is the US's first defibrillator delivered via drone. The drones will be fitted with easy-to-use equipment that gives anyone near a reported cardiac patient the chance to save their life, though it obviously won't be a substitution for emergency medical technicians.

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DJI Zenmuse X7 is official: world’s first Super 35 drone camera

DJI Zenmuse X7 is official: world’s first Super 35 drone camera

Following a big leak earlier today, DJI has officially unveiled its new Zenmuse X7 camera for drones. According to DJI, and per what we heard earlier today, this is the first ever Super 35 digital camera made for drones, a milestone for the company and for the industry as a whole. The latest Zenmuse camera is designed to work with DJI's Inspire 2 drone.

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DJI Zenmuse X7 cinematic camera leaks with 6K, RAW, and Apple ProRes

DJI Zenmuse X7 cinematic camera leaks with 6K, RAW, and Apple ProRes

It is expected that DJI will soon announce the new Zenmuse X7, a 6K cinematic camera expanding its existing Zenmuse drone camera lineup. The camera hasn't yet been made official, but a new leak purports to detail many of its features, not the least of which is a huge 6K resolution that records at 30fps, plus a still camera able to capture 24-megapixel RAW DNG photos.

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DelivAir concept uses drones to deliver packages straight to the customer

DelivAir concept uses drones to deliver packages straight to the customer

Cambridge Consultants has unveiled DelivAir, a newly developed delivery drone concept that aims to deliver small packages directly to the recipient. Whereas other concepts have drones delivering packages to the customer's home or office, DelivAir envisions delivering the packages straight to the person wherever they may be -- the side of the road, on their front porch, or in the parking lot outside their work, for example.

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