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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Crashed Drone: Crystal Meth

Better Call Saul: Crystal meth smuggling drone crashes near border

By on January 22, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Better Call Saul: Crystal meth smuggling drone crashes near border

No, this isn’t a scenario from the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Caul Saul, though it does involve crystal meth. Specifically, more than six pounds of the illegal substance, or around 3 kilos, were found near the crash site of a drone, which was believed to be attempting to carry the load over the Mexican border and into California. More →

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Hilarious Christmas Drone Presents Videos

This might be the most annoying and most hilarious present this Christmas

By on December 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

This might be the most annoying and most hilarious present this Christmas

Santa has brought a surprising gift to many people this year, an exciting gadget that can offer plenty of fun to owners. But it’s also a device that, when mishandled, will cause terrible anguish — though anyone witnessing such events might have a laugh or two at the previous owner’s expense. More →

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U.S. Navy Laser Canon Video

Video: The Navy has a beastly laser canon that can destroy drones in the blink of an eye

By on December 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Video: The Navy has a beastly laser canon that can destroy drones in the blink of an eye

The U.S. Navy has a brand new futuristic weapon it can use to take out a variety of targets, including drones: A 30 kilowatt Laser Weapon System (LaWS) that’s already been designated as an “operational asset” in the Persian Gulf. More →

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Hawk Attacks Drone Video

Video: Watch what happens when a hawk attacks a drone in an epic airborne battle

By on October 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

Video: Watch what happens when a hawk attacks a drone in an epic airborne battle

There are thousands of drone videos circulating the Internet that give us amazing views lakes, rivers, buildings and more, but only one drone video has come to our attention that is this unique: A hawk attacks a done that’s invading its space and wins.

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Drone Footage Disasters

Interactive map of drone footage gives you a bird’s-eye view of disasters

By on July 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Interactive map of drone footage gives you a bird’s-eye view of disasters

Earlier this week, we told you about an incredible new website called TravelByDrone, which is basically a Google Maps Street View for aerial drone footage. While it doesn’t cover nearly as much ground as Street View, of course, TravelByDrone allows users to explore areas all over the world without leaving their homes. Now, another new website has been brought to our attention that also compiles aerial drone footage, but this one serves a different purpose entirely. More →

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Drone Footage

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

By on July 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM.

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

Google Street View is one of the greatest things about Google Maps. With it, users can see actual 3D imagery of locations they plan to visit, giving people a way to see exactly where they’re headed before they trek out to a new destination. Beyond that, it gives users a way to explore places around the world, albeit virtually, that they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to see. A new website called TravelByDrone takes things a step further, however, providing users with videos containing drone-filmed aerial footage from all over the world that is just a click away. More →

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July 4 Fireworks Video

These are the most amazing fireworks videos you will ever see

By on July 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

These are the most amazing fireworks videos you will ever see

If you watched a fireworks display for Independence Day this past weekend, we can promise you that your vantage point wasn’t as good as the ones in the following two videos. Now that drones are basically everywhere, we can expect to see videos pop up with footage that could never have been captured by amateurs in the past. Such is the case with a series of fireworks videos that were published over the weekend as people sent GoPro-equipped drones flying directly through the fray on July 4th. More →

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USF Drone Check-Out Program

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

By on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

Why check out a book when you could check out a drone? That’s the decision many students at the University of South Florida are going to be facing when the school library reopens following major renovations. In an effort to provide a more technologically up-to-date environment for students to work in, USF opened a SMART (Science, Math, and Research Technology) Lab on the second floor of the library in 2012. This year, the updating continued. More →

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College Kid Receives A Drone In The Mail

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

By on May 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

It has all the makings of a terrible early-’80s frat comedy: A college kid receives an expensive aerial drone in the mail and hilarity ensues involving drone-assisted beer runs and raids of girls’ dorm rooms. Amazingly, Motherboard reports that something very similar actually happened recently when a college student in the Boston area accidentally received parts of a $350,000 aerial drone in the mail and posted pictures of it on Reddit. Motherboard confirmed that the drone is actually the property of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the agency has told the publication that it’s not sure exactly how the drone wound up in the student’s mailbox.

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