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Amazon patent self-destructing fail-safe for its drone service

Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service is still trying to take off, but it seems that the company might have finally quelled customer fears over the vehicle malfunctioning mid-flight. Addressing the safety concerns, Amazon has now been granted a patent for self-destructing drones. Specifically, the paten regards the “direct fragmentation …

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DARPA has made a carrier-style drone-catcher

The U.S.’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has created a new carrier-like crane system for catching drones mid-flight. This isn’t like the eagles police have been training, but an aircraft carrier-like system of providing a safe ‘landing’ point for drones to return to. This could expand the effective range …

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AirSelfie camera drone now available for pre-order

The miniature flying camera drone, AirSelfie, is now available for pre-order, following a complete set up of the production line. Kickstarter pledges are set to ship out in March this year, with those pre-ordering the device now, slated to receive their’s by May. AirSelfie is a miniature drone equipped with …

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Intel’s drones dance in new Disney light show

It turns out fireworks aren’t the only way to light up the sky at night – you can also use drone technology. That’s what Disney has been trialling in a new partnership with Intel’s new Shooting Star lightweight drones, creating a 300 strong choreographed performance called a Starbright Holidays light …

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Forget nets, police train eagles to take down drones

In an effort to combat the problem of drones flying into airspace that they shouldn’t, Metropolitan police may be set to use a tactic from the Netherlands, where eagles have been trained to target the quad-copters. It’s thought that such birds could be used to help protect landmarks or major events …

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Robots may replace window cleaners, painters next

More than five million jobs are thought likely to be replaced by robots in the coming decade according to some analysts, and it may be that window cleaning and painting are part of that number. A new drone design from Apellix is conceptualising the idea of a robotic painting system, …

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Forget passenger drones, what about a drone ambulance?

Although drones have promised lots of interesting developments in film making, surveillance and delivery, they are getting powerful enough to transport people, as we saw recently. But forget making travel easy for the rich, transporting injured people between the scene of an accident and a hospital quickly and without disturbance …

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Fleye shows not every drone needs exposed blades

As drones become more popular, the conversation has turned to safety. With their multiple rotors, exposed blades and ever increasing weights, there is some danger to them flying around near humans. Not so much with Fleye though. The circular drone was revealed at last week’s CES show and using an …

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Sony’s Aerosene drone shows of VTOL in new video

What Sony would do with its partnership with Japanese automation specialist, ZMP, was pondered over by many in the know when it was announced earlier this year, but now we all know. Aerosene, the joint venture formed by both firms, showed off its new VTOL commercial drone yesterday, as well …

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US to develop hoverbike for military uses

The US military is looking to further develop a hover bike design produced by joint British and American engineers for military and other purposes. It’s thought that the piece of futuristic kit will be used in many situations currently occupied by helicopters and could work as a manned alternative to …

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Here’s Space X’s drone barge after rocket explosion

Space X’s latest launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon supply capsule payload went off without a hitch last week. At least, in that it achieved orbit and successfully docked with the international space station to deliver much needed food, science experiments and other important tools for the …

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Pepper spray drones tested in India

Even though drones may bring the promise of faster deliveries, wonderfully gimballed footage and the ability to really up the ante on curtain peeping neighbours, they’re also seeing a lot of use in military and policing sectors. In India for example, they’ve been trialling them for use with crowd control …

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The White House isn’t all that drone proof it seems

White House DJI

Last Monday a small civilian drone crashed into the grounds of the White House, causing quite a stir over exactly how secure the White House actually is against drone attacks. It has now been revealed that the drone in question, a DJI Phantom quadrocopter, was actually being flown by an …

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GoPro developing consumer drone with HD camera

GoPro, the company behind the popular HERO range of small, easily mountable cameras, is currently developing a consumer grade drone with a HD camera attached according to new reports. Sources are currently saying that the company is going to start selling ‘multi-rotor helicopters equipped with cameras’, these will cost between …

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Amazon to trial drone delivery in the UK

Remember that video from late last year that seemed to show Amazon’s plans to use unmanned drones to deliver packages to customers that live near distribution centres? It was initially thought to be a bit of an attention grabber leading up to Christmas, but apparently there was some truth to …

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Ukranians crowdfund military drone-tech for army

Ukraine’s current relationship with its neighbours in the East hasn’t been the most care-free as of late, with tension and hostilities rising from both local and Russian camps. The problem on the Ukrainian side of things though, is that there’s no budget to equip its soldiers, leading many to have …

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Hexacopter drone falls during race, injures athlete

A hexacopter drone’s operation during a triathlon in Australia, is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) after it fell from the sky whilst filming the race. While the report initially suggested that the drone struck one of the racers and injured her, other evidence now suggests she …

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