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Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood

December 1st at 9:49 AM

Apple may soon be sending drones to map your neighborhood

We’ve known for some time that Apple has an army of sensor-packed vehicles doing its best to keep its Maps app up to date, but a new report claims that the company’s ambitions are taking it skyward. Bloomberg says Apple is hard at work on a fleet of drones that will monitor road changes and allow for more rapid Maps updates.

Apple has already obtained an exemption from the FAA that gives the company clearance to “operate an unmanned aircraft system to conduct data collection, photography, and videography,” the report states. Citing unnamed sources, the report also claims that Apple is building up a team of experts to oversee the drone effort.

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Domino’s just successfully delivered a pizza by drone for the first time

November 17th at 8:00 PM

Domino’s just successfully delivered a pizza by drone for the first time

After testing drone delivery systems for some time, Domino’s finally rolled out its aerial pizza delivery service for the first time, successfully sending pizzas to residents of Whangaparaoa, New Zealand.

As Quartz reports, the small rollout, which includes just one Domino’s location and a drone delivery radius of about a mile, is still a big milestone for unmanned delivery services. Domino’s plans to expand the delivery radius to just over 6 miles in the near future, along with additional drone fleets at other restaurant locations.  More →

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Uber Drone Advertising

These creepy Uber drone adverts are the future we all deserve

October 13th at 4:55 PM

These creepy Uber drone adverts are the future we all deserve

Bloomberg has an in-depth feature looking at the world of Uber as it grows into Latin America. It’s an interesting look at what it takes to grow a US company into a very different market, albeit a look based entirely on the testimony of Uber mangers.

But apart from the business interest, it also features one very scary photograph: Uber drones holding placards over a highway in Mexico City as an advert for the multi-billion-dollar ridesharing future. Welcome to your future, techies.

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Verizon said to be launching data plans for drones

October 7th at 8:22 PM

Verizon said to be launching data plans for drones

People buy data plans for their smartphones so they can send email, check Facebook, and more, but what about a data plan for your drone?

Wireless carrier Verizon will start selling such plans, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The plans reportedly will begin at 1 GB of data for $25 a month.

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DJI’s tiny new drone shoots 4K video and fits in your hand

September 27th at 1:08 PM

DJI’s tiny new drone shoots 4K video and fits in your hand

Easy-to-fly drones that shoot 4K video are old news now. So, following electronics best practice, the next thing to happen is making them smaller. Much smaller.

That seems to have been the guiding principle behind the design of the DJI Mavic Pro, a brand-new drone from the best-known consumer drone maker. It shoots 4K video, streams live images back to the controller, and has nearly half an hour of battery life. Those are all specs on par with much bigger drones, but thanks to foldable rotors, the Mavic Pro will fit into a small backpack.

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UPS wants to use drones to deliver medical supplies

September 26th at 9:00 PM

UPS wants to use drones to deliver medical supplies

Over the past few months, we’ve seen drones used for all sorts of bizarre endeavors. Whether it’s a drone with an attached flamethrower roasting a turkey or a drone being used to deliver Chipotle burritos to lucky college students, there’s no denying that the world of the future will be filled with UAVs.

That being the case, there’s no reason why drones can’t be used for the greater good in addition to being used for quirky activities. Putting this idea into practice, UPS recently began testing the idea of using drones as a means to deliver emergency medical supplies in areas where in-person delivery would either be impossible or would take too long.

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GoPro Drone Karma

GoPro’s drone is finally here, and it only costs $800

September 19th at 12:56 PM

GoPro’s drone is finally here, and it only costs $800

Rumors about a GoPro drone called Karma have been in the rumormill forever, but it’s finally here. GoPro’s new drone costs $800, and for that you get a fold-up drone barely bigger than a shoebox, and a stabilization system you can take off, attach to an included grip, and use to capture silky-smooth footage on the ground.

GoPro describes it as “so much more than a drone,” and you can see where it’s coming from. Based on the launch footage, Karma is a highly effective gimbal for things like skiing and mountain biking. On its own, mounted to standard GoPro helmet or chest rigs, it makes for seriously pro-level footage. Attached to a cheap, easy-to-control drone, it could be a game-changer.

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Welcome to the future: Chipotle will begin delivering burritos via drones later this month

September 8th at 7:00 PM

Welcome to the future: Chipotle will begin delivering burritos via drones later this month

The future of technology is looking bright, my friends. Sure, we have to deal with Apple’s annoying decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 but there’s something great, if not downright magical, looming on the horizon.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Alphabet and Chipotle are teaming up to make every couch potato’s dream a reality. Forget the days of having to stand in line at Chipotle for a burrito, because in the future, burritos will come right to your doorstop via drone delivery. Far from some grandiose initiative that’s years away, the project is slated to begin a limited trial-run later this month at Virginia Tech University.

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Dead pets turned into drones is the creepiest thing you’ll see all month

August 1st at 10:00 PM

Dead pets turned into drones is the creepiest thing you’ll see all month

Ever wished to make your pet ostrich fly? Well, first of all, that’s an odd pet choice. But there’s a way of giving it wings if you still want to do it, though it’s a bittersweet victory: you’ll first have to wait for it to die. More →

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Teal Drone: George Matus

This teenager built a consumer drone that flies 85mph

July 20th at 3:35 PM

This teenager built a consumer drone that flies 85mph

DJI, the best-known drone maker in the world, builds a $1,300 drone that flies 45mph. So when an 18-year-old promises to sell a drone that travels twice as fast for the same price, while packing in a bunch of computing smarts, it’s a big claim.

George Matus is the teenage founder of Teal, a drone startup that’s launching its first product today. He says that a childhood obsession with drones and drone racing has pushed him to defer college, take startup money from billionaire investor Peter Thiel, and found his own company.

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UK scientists are trying to grow military drones in a lab with advanced chemistry and 3D printing

July 8th at 9:47 PM

UK scientists are trying to grow military drones in a lab with advanced chemistry and 3D printing

More often than not, some of the most cutting edge technology comes not from Silicon Valley, but from military companies and various branches of the armed forces. With generous budgets at their disposal, it’s hardly a surprise that grandiose research projects involving items like stealth motorcycles and drones that can both fly and swim are often rooted in military research.

That said, the following research initiative is a bit outlandish even for military standards. Over the past few days, word emerged that two military-backed defense companies based out of Scotland and England are currently working on technology that appears to be a wacky, futuristic and intriguing marriage between advanced chemistry and 3D printing.

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Nissan GT-R Drone

Watch Nissan’s incredible GT-R drone keep up with a sports car

June 24th at 10:00 PM

Watch Nissan’s incredible GT-R drone keep up with a sports car

Nissan earlier today unveiled the GT-R Drone, an incredibly advanced drone that Nissan categorizes as “one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. So just how fast is it? Well, the GT-R Drone was designed to keep up with the Nissan’s new GT-R car on a race track.

Specifically, the GT-R Drone can accelerate from 0-62 MPH in just 1.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 115 MPH. Of course, piloting a drone at such high speeds requires an individual with top-notch skills, which is why Nissan called in British National Drone Racing champion James Bowles to a racetrack recently.

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