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Kris Holt
Amazon Floats Drone Exemption Proposal to FAA
07/14/14 11:21 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 993 Words

... is ramping up its drone delivery project and is hoping for Federal Aviation Administration approval to conduct outdoor testing on its own property. The company has petitioned the FAA for an exemption from rules barring it from testing the devices.


Richard Adhikari
Pentagon Battle-Tests Micro Drone Swarm
01/11/17 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 624 Words

... United States Department of Defense on Monday announced a successful demonstration of one of the world's largest micro drone swarms at China Lake in California. Three F/a-18 Super Hornet combat jets launched 103 Perdix drones in the exercise, which took place last...

Rob Enderle
Google and the Birth of the People-Delivery Drone
06/13/16 9:57 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1335 Words

If we go to drone delivery and take into account advances in 3D printing for much of the stuff we use, then roads could become like railroad tracks -- just used for moving heavy stuff.

I'll share some thoughts on that and...

Richard Adhikari
Drone, Ferris Wheel Altercation a Worrying Sign of the Times
11/17/15 12:49 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 633 Words

... drone crashed into the 175-foot-tall Seattle Great Wheel last week, triggering a police investigation. The Great Wheel is a ferris wheel near the downtown Seattle waterfront. No damage or injuries were reported in the crash. "I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often,"...

Richard Adhikari
DJI Plants Ubuntu Brain on Drone
11/03/15 9:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 612 Words

DJI on Monday unveiled a high-performance embedded computer running Ubuntu 14.04 for use in its Matrice 100 drone. The Manifold supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS, and it is compatible with third-party sensors. It lets developers connect a variety of devices -- including...

... to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sets sail for uncharted waters filled with majestic new gadgets, all the while avoiding the terrible gizmos on the rocky coasts.
On our charts this week are a drone ...

Chris Maxcer
Flying Drone Buddies Can Capture Your Amazing Exploits
06/17/14 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 825 Words

Shot from the perspective of a flying drone, wow , suddenly the impossible-to-get perspective becomes real, giving amateurs a chance to get aerial shots they previously could only imagine, letting regular people evoke mood and anticipation like never before.

The HEXO+...

David Vranicar
China to Test Drone's Smog-Clearing Powers
03/07/14 10:23 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 545 Words

Government agencies in China hope a newly designed drone can help mitigate air pollution. The airborne vehicle will spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, thereby knocking them to the ground.

This tack begs whether it is advisable to have pollution snowing on people...

Kris Holt
Gadget Ogling: A Smart Home Hub, a Tiny Drone, and a Whispering Camera
01/04/16 1:19 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 843 Words

In the Petri dishes this time around are a smart home hub from LG, shoes that let you walk on air, a tiny camera-equipped drone , and a wearable that aims to make sense of the world around you.

As ever,...

Richard Adhikari
Amazon Cries Foul Over FAA's Drone License Stalling
12/12/14 10:50 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 595 Words

The news led Amazon to launch a media blitz about its attempts to get a license and to renew threats to take more of its drone testing outside of the U.S.

The firms that received licenses this week got them under...

Rachelle Dragani
Drone Wars: Google Snatches Titan From Facebook's Grasp
04/15/14 11:58 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 502 Words

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a drone maker that could help its efforts to improve Internet access worldwide. Facebook reportedly was interested in buying the company itself. Titan makes high altitude drones that Google could use in a variety of ways as it...

Kris Holt
Facebook Floats Idea of Buying Drone Maker
03/04/14 12:58 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 585 Words

... reportedly is in talks to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace to bolster Internet.org, the project that aims to provide Internet connectivity everywhere in the world. Facebook, which is one of the main backers of Internet.org, intends to buy Titan for US$60 million,...

David Vranicar
French Teen in Hot Water Over Drone Footage
02/21/14 9:44 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 476 Words

... French teen faces charges of "endangering the lives of others" over his use of a drone, which he sent skyward to capture impressive (and seemingly harmless) footage of the city Nancy. Eighteen-year-old Nans Thomas affixed an Internet-bought drone with a GoPro...

Rob Enderle
A View of the Future: Demo 2014
11/24/14 7:10 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1778 Words

I'll share some observations on all of that and close with my product of the week: the amazing DJI Inspire 1 personal drone.

Umbrela - The Next Age of Home Automation
I've been covering home automation and using it...

Rob Enderle
Tesla Goes Underground and Uber Takes to the Skies: The Birth of Magic
02/13/17 10:23 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1170 Words

I'll share my thoughts on this coming industrial revolution and close with my product of the week: a very advanced, almost pocketable drone that is small enough for inside and powerful enough to fly outside.

The Death of Innovation

John P. Mello Jr.
GoPro Karma Lets New Hero5s Fly High
09/22/16 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 826 Words

... earlier this week refreshed its product line, announcing two new action cameras, a cloud service and a drone . Its new Hero5 Black camera (US$399.99) can capture 4K video at 30 frames a second and still photos at 12 megapixels, with RAW...

John P. Mello Jr.
Lily Camera Gilds the Selfie
05/13/15 11:30 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 762 Words

The startup on Tuesday began taking preorders for a drone camera that will shoot video and stills as it flies above you.

While drone cameras have been on the market for some time, the Lily offering combines the popularity of first-person video...

Kris Holt
The Sky Is Falling - No, Wait, It's Just a Package From Amazon
12/02/13 11:32 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 991 Words

The drone project, which will deliver items to customers of the premium Amazon Prime service, is pending approval by the United States Federal Aviation Authority. The agency is preparing to integrate drones into the country's airspace system, a process which is scheduled...

Richard Adhikari
Delivery Drones Could Be Skyjackers' Heaven
12/04/13 4:04 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 609 Words

Kamkar's attack employs a Parrot AR Drone 2 , various components, and a Perl application he wrote called, appropriately, "SkyJack" , for about US$400.

SkyJack "is likely extendable to any other drones which are controlled similarly with little or no...

Rob Enderle
Donald Trump Should Channel Steve Jobs on Security
03/13/17 10:02 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1578 Words

I'll offer some suggestions about what Trump could learn from Steve Jobs, and I'll close with my product of the week: the Jetson TX2, an amazing high-speed drone that uses Nvidia's value-priced digital brain, to ensure that it doesn't get you into...

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