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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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Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

CEO Tom Enders from Airbus, the major aircraft manufacturer, has announced that his company will be providing helicopters to Uber. Traditionally when we talk about Uber, we are talking about its car service that allows customers to order up a ride using an app on their smartphones to get where they need to go.

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DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA has revealed a new prototype landing gear for helicopters that could drastically improve the already maneuverable aerial vehicles. One of the main handicaps with helicopters is that require a stable, flat surface to land on, something that can be rare to come by in environments where helicopters need to operate most. DARPA's solution is essentially four robotic legs with multiple joints that can easily adapt to landing on angled or even moving surfaces.

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MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

Big combat aircraft offer big perks, protective armor arguably being at the top of the list. They're not always ideal in certain situations, however, and that's where the military's tiny (relatively speaking) MH-6 Little Bird helicopter comes in.

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Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

If you thought Sunday deliveries from Amazon and the USPS was a visionary idea, you are setting the bar way too low. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week revealed plans to Charlie Rose on CBS's 60 Minutes to one day deliver your purchases in 30 minutes or less -- with drones. They're called "octocopters," and they already exist.

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Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

This week we've got a human-powered helicopter out there in the world that's flown a larger amount of time than any human-powered helicopter in the history of the world. This device is called the Gamera II, and is essentially a mass of metal, cables, and one human being. There are four rotor blades, the vehicle is 105 feet across, and the whole thing weighs in at just 71 pounds.

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Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

While more and more drones are finding their way into the hands of enthusiasts and being developed for different applications (including scary ones), researchers have developed a self-flying robot that can navigate using only an on-board camera and a small computer. They don’t need to be controlled via remote control, or require GPS, so once you program them with the necessary instructions, they can get from point A to B by themselves.

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Angry Birds remote control helicopter hates pigs

Angry Birds remote control helicopter hates pigs

This may be the coolest little remote control helicopter I've ever seen. It has dual counter rotating rotor blades of top and a red unibrowed Angry Bird instead of a helicopter body. The helicopter is designed for indoor and outdoor play and promises to be easy to control and survive the inevitable crashes that come with this sort of toy.

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Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

This week the folks at Swann have let loose information about three completely different remote controlled helicopters, each one more impressive and strange than the last. The first is the Sky Eye, which as its name suggests, has the ability to record flights with video or still photos to its built-in 512MB memory. Next there's the i-Fly Micro Lightening which can be controlled from your iPhone with a free app provided by Swann. Then there's the Black Swann which, like the Sky Eye, is able to record media, but here you've got a "stealth" helicopter instead of a "military."

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Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

It appears that the NYC East River is the new home of a Bell 206 helicopter that took off earlier today after launching from the pad it would normally take off from along the riverbank. This crash has claimed one life and injured four more, two of these passengers seriously injured. This chopper was a private vehicle and went into the water near 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. At the moment it seems that the only known reason for the crash was a possible mechanical failure.

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Griffin HELO TC iPhone-controlled helicopter on sale now [Video]

Griffin HELO TC iPhone-controlled helicopter on sale now [Video]

Griffin told us to expect its low-cost iPhone-controlled HELO TC helicopter in time for the holiday shopping season, but it seems the company just couldn't wait to put the R/C toy on sale. $49.99 gets you a rechargeable chopper bristling with LEDs and, while lacking the video streaming of something like the Parrot AR.Drone, has far less of an impact on your bank account.

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Griffin Helo TC remote-controlled helicopter controlled by your iPhone

Griffin Helo TC remote-controlled helicopter controlled by your iPhone

Griffin has outed a new remote-control helicopter, the Helo TC, which turns your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a command station. The Griffin Helo TC is a dual-rotor 'copter, like many we've seen over the past few years, but offers iOS control via the free Helo TC app, and all for a relatively bargainous £34.99 ($56).

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