Xiaomi Mi Drone Price Specs

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM.

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

A couple years ago, DJI made quadcopter drones easy to fly, and just about affordable — its top-end models have always hovered around $1200.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for its cheap-and-cheerful Android smartphones, which offer top-end features for about half the price. With a $500 drone that looks to rival DJI’s flagship model, it looks like Xiamoi is trying to do for drones what it did for handsets.

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Drone Video Shark Feeding Frenzy

Drone footage of a tiger shark feeding frenzy off the coast of Australia

By on May 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM.

Drone footage of a tiger shark feeding frenzy off the coast of Australia

Although drones can be a bit of a nuisance in the wrong hands, there’s no question that they have allowed us to see the world from fascinating new perspectives. For example, over the weekend, the Eco Abrolhos cruise line out of Australia was able to capture footage of a tiger shark feeding frenzy on a whale in Australia’s Shark Bay.

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Drone Tricks Video

Watch a drone do backflips without spilling a single drop of soda

By on May 10, 2016 at 12:33 PM.

Watch a drone do backflips without spilling a single drop of soda

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a proliferation of increasingly compelling and downright cool video footage of drones showing up in odd locations and engaging in all sorts of crazy behavior: we’ve seen a drone get utterly demolished after crashing into a jet ski in mid-air, we’ve seen a drone pull off absolutely incredible aerial maneuvers and we’ve even seen a drone equipped with a flamethrower cook a turkey.

The most recent addition to this ever-growing list of drone videos come to us via Tek.no which managed to inject a bit of Physics education into their awesome drone video. As you can see below, the video begins with a cup of orange soda being placed atop of a drone. Impressively, the drone manages to take off while simultaneously maintaining its balance and orientation in such a way as to not have the cup of soda go tumbling towards the ground.

But wait, it gets even better.

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Angel Falls Video

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

By on April 28, 2016 at 11:02 PM.

Mesmerizing drone footage of world’s highest waterfall must be seen to be believed

We’ve seen drones capture all sorts of interesting footage over the past 12 months, including a peculiar and mildly disturbing video of a man sunbathing on top of a wind turbine, more than 200 feet up in the air.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we recently stumbled across drone footage of the Santo Angel waterfall in Venezuela, otherwise known as Angel Falls. Though Angel Falls may not be as widely known as Niagra Falls, at least in the United States, Angel Falls has the distinction of being the world’s highest waterfall on the planet. From top to bottom, water tumbles down more than 2,600 feet.

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Hover Camera Price

There’s a new drone that’s actually a drone and we’re pretty sure you’ll want one

By on April 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM.

There’s a new drone that’s actually a drone and we’re pretty sure you’ll want one

It really shouldn’t be this refreshing to see a company unveil a drone that’s actually a drone, but alas. The term “drone” has been broadened to include a wide range of popular quadcopters that don’t have any autonomous capabilities at all, but there are still some companies building real drones for consumer use. Back in February we told you about an awesome drone that can follow you and record your every move with its built-in camera, though it’s a bit pricey for some. If you don’t want to part with that kind of cash you’ll be happy to learn that a new drone called the Hover Camera will soon be released, and it offers similar functionality in a much more compact design at a fraction of the price. More →

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Killer Drone Flying Chainsaw

Watch a chainsaw drone wreak havoc in the skies

By on April 4, 2016 at 3:55 PM.

Watch a chainsaw drone wreak havoc in the skies

How do Finnish farmers keep themselves occupied during the winter months up north? Apparently, they put their creative energies to work and come up with unusual projects, such as a killer drone that has a chainsaw attached to it.

As you’ll see in the following clip, the flying chainsaw drone might sound crazy at first – and it is – but it could have some great uses, especially in winter. One of them, as highlighted in the video, is cutting down icicles and small tree branches. However, this drone can’t be used to chop down trees, although it can definitely wreck your neighborhood’s snowmen.

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Flying Drone

MIT researchers invented a drone that can exactly copy your own drawings, writing, and doodles

By on March 28, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

MIT researchers invented a drone that can exactly copy your own drawings, writing, and doodles

Over the past few months, we’ve seen drones do all sorts of crazy and impressive things. Whether it’s a drone that can livestream video or a drone connected to a flamethrower, it seems that not a month goes by without some wild new video highlighting some makeshift drone invention.

But what we haven’t really seen yet is a drone that can draw. Sure, it may sound a bit ludicrous, but the enterprising folks from MIT’s Media Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have come up with something wholly original and impressively creative: A flying pantograph, aka a flying drawing machine.

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Drone Sightings

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

By on March 27, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Number of dangerous drone sightings on the rise, FAA says

Flying drones, once an activity that was solely within the purview of serious hobbyists, is now more accessible and affordable than ever. While you’ll still have to shell out some serious cash for a premium drone, you can just as well get a moderately priced and capable drone from Best Buy or even Toys”R”Us for less than $200.

With drones becoming more commonplace, the risk of an errant drone causing serious damage or prompting a serious accident in the sky has become a legitimate and growing concern. Consequently, the FAA this past December instituted a rule requiring all individuals who own drones weighing more than .55 pounds to register them with the FAA. Especially as we approach a future where the sky might very well be filled with drones, the FAA’s registration policy is intended to “build a culture of accountability and responsibility.”

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Jet Ski Drone Crash

Watch a jet ski demolish a $3,000 drone in mid-air collision

By on March 9, 2016 at 2:42 PM.

Watch a jet ski demolish a $3,000 drone in mid-air collision

During this year’s Festival of Freeride in New Zealand, an annual event where jet ski riders perform all sorts of slick surfing maneuvers and tricks in the water, a $3,000 camera drone inadvertently incorporated itself into the show.

Captured by surf filmographer Guy Mac, the video below shows what happens when a jet skier tries to go up and catch some air and collides with a DJI Insipire drone. While the jet ski rider reportedly emerged unscathed, the drone was ultimately buried at sea.

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AT&T teams with Intel to test drones on LTE network

By on February 22, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

AT&T teams with Intel to test drones on LTE network

AT&T and Intel are working to test how drones work on the LTE networks used by mobile devices.

The companies will be working to solve major issues in the space, including connectivity, according to a statement released Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More →

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Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

By on February 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM.

Cool, 360-degree video showcases NASA’s Greased Lightning drone

Want to know what it’s like to pilot NASA’s remote-controlled plane dubbed Greased Lightning or GL-10?

Then, you have to check out this 360-degree video. It offers a birds-eye view from the pilot’s seat that shows the drone taking off, soaring over the countryside and then landing again. More →

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Auto-Follow Drone

Incredible drone will automatically follow you and film your every move as it flies

By on February 5, 2016 at 11:17 AM.

Incredible drone will automatically follow you and film your every move as it flies

You’ll never believe what’s about to launch on Amazon: a drone that’s actually a drone! People have taken to calling any old quadcopter a “drone” despite the fact that these fun little devices rarely have the ability to fly autonomously. The AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for Adventure Sports is a completely different beast though. As the name might suggest, this awesome quadcopter can be programmed to take to the skies and fly alongside you automatically, following your every move as you hit the slopes, barrel down a river over white water rapids, or do whatever else it is you want to do and have filmed from the air. More →

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