Boeing Laser Cannon

Boeing’s incredible drone-killing laser cannon can destroy UAVs mid-flight

By on August 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM.

Boeing’s incredible drone-killing laser cannon can destroy UAVs mid-flight

Drones are everywhere these days. They’re at your local park, they’re in the ocean, they’re hovering over the White House lawn, and they may even be hovering overhead armed with tear gas.

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.

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Weaponized Drones

Cops in North Dakota can now arm Drones with tasers and tear gas

By on August 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM.

Cops in North Dakota can now arm Drones with tasers and tear gas

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.

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Drone Submarine

The U.S. Navy is working on a drone that can fly and swim underwater

By on August 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The U.S. Navy is working on a drone that can fly and swim underwater

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.

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Sony Drone

Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 MPH

By on August 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

Sony just unveiled an amazing drone that can fly 106 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 →

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Drone For Sale

The world’s smallest drone gets ready to take flight

By on August 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

The world’s smallest drone gets ready to take flight

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 →

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Drone Camera Attack

What’s crazier? Eagle attacks drone mid-flight, or fisherman hooks drone mid-air

By on August 14, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

What’s crazier? Eagle attacks drone mid-flight, or fisherman hooks drone mid-air

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.

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Gun-Firing Flying Drone Video

Video: Gun-firing drones show humanity is hellbent on killing itself

By on July 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Video: Gun-firing drones show humanity is hellbent on killing itself

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 →

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FAA Drone Exemption List

A List Of Every Company Allowed to Fly Drones In U.S. Skies

By on July 7, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

A List Of Every Company Allowed to Fly Drones In U.S. Skies

When the New Year rolled around, only a handful of companies were permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones in U.S. airspace. Today, more than 500 companies now have drone exemptions from the FAA. What happened between then and now? Who are all these companies that can now fly their drones overhead? Why do they need to fly drones in the first place?

You’ve got plenty of questions, and of course, the Internet has answers. More →

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Abortion Drone

‘Abortion Drone’ Delivers Pregnancy Termination Pills to Women in Poland

By on July 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

‘Abortion Drone’ Delivers Pregnancy Termination Pills to Women in Poland

Dutch activist group Women on Waves has used a drone to deliver pregnancy termination drugs to two women in Poland. The “Abortion Drone” was piloted from Frankfurt, Germany, over the Oder river, and delivered the abortion drugs misoprostol and mifepristone in Słubice, Poland, reports CNET. More →

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China Drones

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

By on June 9, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

How China is using drones to stop cheating on University entrance exams

Beginning this week, over 9 million high school students in China will sit down for a test called the Gaokao, an exam similar in nature to the SAT. As China’s University entrance exam, the Gaokao, otherwise known as the Higher Education Exam, is both high stakes and high pressure as it helps determine which tier of University each student can attend. As CNN points out, “failure means no degree, poorer job prospects and possibly a life of regret.”

With so much on the line, some students over the years have increasingly turned to high-tech cheating in order to improve their scores.

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Star Wars Stormtrooper

Watch: A Star Wars Stormtrooper rides a modified quadcopter drone

By on March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Watch: A Star Wars Stormtrooper rides a modified quadcopter drone

Given how unbelievably cool drones are, what with many being equipped with HD cameras and all, it’s hard to imagine how one might make a drone that much more compelling.

Well, Star Wars hobbyist and full-time Google engineer Adam Woodworth figured out how to do just that. Woodworth not too long ago placed a Star Wars Stormtrooper figurine atop of a heavily modified quadcopter drone, transforming it into an awesome 74-Z speeder bike, otherwise known as an Imperial Speeder Bike.

The result speaks for itself.

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Smallest Drone In The World

The world’s tiniest drone shows privacy may be dead for good

By on March 5, 2015 at 7:40 PM.

The world’s tiniest drone shows privacy may be dead for good

Privacy seems like such a quaint 20th Century concept, doesn’t it? Unbox Therapy has posted a video of the CX-10 Mini Drone, which is described as the world’s smallest drone and is a definite harbinger of things to come. In other words, it looks like privacy is finally toast. More →

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Stop Drones From Spying On Your Home

There’s now a non-violent way to stop drones from flying over your home

By on February 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

There’s now a non-violent way to stop drones from flying over your home

One problem with drones these days is that they can be used for spying purposes — not for NSA-like jobs, mind you, but simpler jobs such as peeping on your neighbors. Luckily, TechCrunch reports that there’s a way of stopping drones from flying over your house and potentially infringing your privacy in the process. More →

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