Drones are everywhere these days, which is a good thing and a bad thing. On the negative side of things, some people try to invade others’ privacy with drones. But on the plus side, drones are so popular right now that you can get one on the cheap and have a lot of fun with it. Case in point: Amazon is offering 52% off the UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera. More →
There are drones, and then there are drones.
If you’re in the market for a toy quadcopter, this killer deal is not for you. But if you’re on the lookout for a real professional-grade drone with an included high-definition camera, you’ve come to the right place. For a limited time, Amazon is offering a huge $300 discount on a DJI Phantom 3 drone with an included 2.7K HD video camera. More →
We’ve all been there. It’s the weekend. The sun is out and there’s barely a cloud in the sky. So you do what any other right-minded person would do in such a situation: you climb up on a wind turbine and lie down to catch a few rays.
It’s all pretty cliche, one has to admit.
But if you’re anything like me, you prefer to have a little bit of privacy when suntanning 200 ft. up above the ground. Now back in my day, that was certainly possible. But in today’s modern age, what with drones flying everywhere, a man can’t even relax on a wind turbine without getting harassed by a leering and intrusive drone.
Disney has dubbed today “Force Friday,” although it’s really just an excuse for the company and its toy manufacturer partners to sell a new round of Star Wars-themed toys. Two new toys that we thought would be of interest to BGR readers are a pair of aerial drones that are designed to look like the iconic Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter spaceships. More →
What you’re about to watch is one of the most beautiful videos of people on surfboards ever recorded. Filmed by Eric Sterman & Brent Bielmann for SURFING Magazine, “Teahupo’o, Du Ciel” was chosen as a Staff Pick on Vimeo this week, and within seconds of pressing play, you’ll see why. More →
Silent and invisible, Boeing’s new laser cannon slays enemy drones by taking them down in under a minute.
The Compact Laser Weapons System (CLWS) can track down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and eliminate a threat.
Boeing just released a video of its Compact Laser Weapons System demonstration. In August, the laser took part in ultra cool Exercise Black Dart that focuses on cutting-edge tech to tackle hostile drones. The CLWS focused on the target drone’s tail for 10 to 15 seconds, set it on fire, and destroyed it. More →
In a world that’s becoming increasingly drone friendly, there are some serious safety considerations that shouldn’t be ignored. Specifically, government and military officials have cautioned that drones might soon be outfitted with explosives or chemical weapons and flown into either public or sensitive spaces.
With that in mind, Boeing recently developed a portable laser cannon that can eviscerate unwanted and pesky drones mid-flight. In the future, these types of lasers might be installed in all sorts of locations, including airports and sensitive military installations.
The idea of weaponized drones might sound like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie, but you might end up seeing it in the real world before you know it. Following the passage of a new bill in North Dakota, police in that state now have the green light to launch and use drones armed with a variety of non-lethal weapons, including rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and tasers.
Always on the lookout for new and creative ways to gather information in hard to reach locations, the United States Naval Research Laboratory (USNRL) has quietly been developing a drone that can not only fly through the air, but also swim underwater.
Called “Flimmer”, the device has been under development for about two years, with research being spearheaded by Dan Edwards who works in the Vehicle Research and Tactical Electronic Warfare section within the USNRL. The Vehicle Research Section, according to the Navy, is “dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in unmanned systems technology.”
And Flimmer, if anything, seems to fit that bill.
Now the way Flimmer works is seemingly simple enough to belie its true complexity. The device takes off like any other airborne drone and flies off into the distance. Next, the drone splashes down at a pre-determined location, submerges itself under water where it then begins to swim to a target location. By air, Flimmer can reach speeds of 57 MPH. In the water, Flimmer travels at about 11 MPH.
Sony this past year partnered up with a Japanese robotics company called ZMP to establish a new drone company called Aerosense. While the joint partnership understandably raised a few eyebrows at first, Sony believes that it can leverage its expertise in camera and communications technologies to make an impact in the burgeoning drone market.
On Monday, Sony released video footage of a drone prototype borne out of its relationship with ZMP. Suffice it to say, this isn’t your everyday $150 Quadcopter. And trust us when we say that that’s a good thing. More →
Drones have gone from geeky dream to mainstream gadget in a shockingly brief amount of time. The remote-controlled airborne devices were once expensive tools reserved for businesses with a real need for them. Construction companies, for example, used them to survey and film sites, while video companies used them to capture aerial footage at a fraction of the cost of renting a helicopter.
Today, you can walk into any toy store, spend less than $50 and leave with a recreational drone in your shopping bag.
Drones have flooded the market to the point that it’s getting difficult to distinguish between them, but one company is getting ready to launch a drone that you won’t soon forget: Meet the world’s smallest quadcopter. More →
In what seems like the blink of an eye, drones went from something only gadget enthusiasts obsessed over to mainstream machines you can now pick up from places like Toys”R”Us for just $25. In turn, the number videos on YouTube featuring drone footage has skyrocketed in just the last few months alone. In the process, we’ve also seen an increase in drone related mishaps.
In the last week, two such drone ‘disasters’ made their way around the web. While one might think that flying a drone in the open skies should be a worriless affair, the following videos prove otherwise.
Putting guns on drones isn’t such a crazy idea if you ask the military. You can mount destructive missiles on unmanned vehicles and send them to do the dirty work – it’s not necessarily moral or right, but that’s beside the point right now, because now we’re seeing regular citizens create gun-toting drones of their own that they can control just through their iPhones. More →