News from Niagara
How cold is it? So cold that most of Niagara Falls has frozen over – and NBC News has the footage to prove…
The troubled skies over the U.S. drone industry cleared a bit on Sunday, as the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a new plan to…
Don't buzz Brady
Buzzing quarterback Tom Brady with an unmanned aircraft might sound like fun, but anyone who flies a drone remotely near the University of Phoenix stadium, where…
We have an intruder
A small drone landed on White House grounds late Sunday night, leading to emergency vehicles swarming the area, and the perimeter being…
Drone case is a draw
Raphael Pirker, who is probably the world’s most famous drone pilot, has reached a deal with the Federal Aviation Agency, which had sought to…
DJI has issued a firmware update to owners of the brand new Inspire 1, a drone that caught the industry’s attention last…
It all makes sense
Drone policy in the U.S. is a mess: the Federal Aviation Administration is currently grounding commercial use of unmanned aircraft while letting any amateur imbecile — like…
Skydio came out of stealth today with plans to build a smarter navigation system for drones, plus a $3 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz…
And that's the way it is
The Federal Aviation Administration has not been kind to businesses hoping to legally operate drones, but it is slowly allowing their use by…
Leave it to the robots
Consumer drones have come a long way in just a few years, evolving from complex hobbyist models to consumer-ready quadcopters with increasingly smart…
Mail in the mountains
Amazon and Google may have some catching up to do. It turns out the mail service of France, La Poste, has already successfully field-tested a…
Eyes in the sky
I’m an anxious drone flyer. Even in San Francisco’s biggest fields, there are always other people and buildings that make me constantly evaluate…
Drone vs. photog
Last month we wondered about what could possibly go wrong with TGI Friday’s plan to fly mistletoe-bearing drones over customers in some restaurants.…
An amazing video shows how ambulance drones could be a game changer in medical emergencies.
GoPro, the leading camcorder company, is preparing multi-rotor drones that cost between $500 and $1000 for a late 2015 launch, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The FAA’s long-awaited rules for drones are finally ready, and they spell bad news for the many businesses and organizations that had hoped the agency would give up its hard-line approach to unmanned aircraft.
A UK-based chain is testing the use of drones in its restaurants to promote, um, holiday cheer.
In a setback for consumer drone advocates, the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday supported the FAA’s authority to impose a $10,000 fine on Raphael Pirker, a photographer who had taken pictures from the air over the University of Virginia.
The X8+ is less than half the price of the Inspire 1, DJI’s latest drone.
The $2,899 Inspire 1 has a camera that can turn 360 degrees and the ability to easily fly indoors. DJI also announced a software developer kit to adapt DJI drones to new applications.
It’s not just driverless cars — now Google is paying lobbyists to bend lawmakers’ ears about its unmanned aircraft too.
Drones will be more than delivery vehicles or cool cameras, said 3DRobotics CEO. Expect to see them in industries in the next two years.
The new “Dronecode Project” will make it easier for developers who want to build systems or tools for unmanned aircraft system to have access to a common platform.
Drones are popping up everywhere from movie sets to sports games — now a club in France is holding competitions that invoke the pod races of Phantom Menace, and wants other to follow.
A man this week shot down a small drone flying over his property. He was arrested but a recent legal paper suggests his action may have been justified under privacy and self-defense laws.
The movie and TV industry will finally be able to fly drones on set, but the FAA has imposed conditions that may make doing so more trouble than it’s worth.
Hundreds of companies in Canada are putting drones to work in industries like farming and TV filming. They are getting a leg-up in an important new aviation industry as US rules continue to forbid commercial drone use.
The San Francisco startup develops hardware and software that help drones avoid collisions and safely return to their operators.
The NYPD’s decision to arrest a local photographer and film maker for operating a drone over the US Open site will provide new grounds for debate how to regulate the devices.
Google is two years into developing “Project Wing,” which relies on a cross between a plane and a helicopter to deliver goods.
Look at these shots from the Napa earthquake — they show how a new generation of lightweight consumer drones offers a way to assess damage and survey emergency scenes.
The FAA has just banned low-flying aircraft from an area where additional civilian scrutiny, including by air, could help the public understand a crisis.
The latest high-profile incident involving drones involves a tourist flying his drone to the bottom of a national icon.
3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson said Sifteo’s experience and IP portfolio when it comes to consumer electronics convinced the drone company to make the purchase.
A plane-like drone developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne pinpoints the location of Wi-Fi signals to track phones to within 30 feet.
A search involving dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of volunteers came to a happy conclusion after a drone owner lent his gadget to the efforts.
The 3-year-old San Francisco company will use the money to hire more people ahead of its commercial launch later this year.
David Beesmer flew his DJI Phantom 2 drone outside windows where medical staff were examining patients. He says it was an “error in judgment.”
A new letter from Amazon to the FAA reveals new details about “Prime Air,” the program that Amazon says could deliver 86 percent of its packages in the future.
Drones can film from interesting vantage points that were previously impossible, but a recent trend of flying them directly into fireworks displays might break local rules.
Look at these award-winning photos from drone photographers around the world — they show how “drones,” which can have a scary connotation, have so much to offer.
North Carolina legislators are poised to approve a law that restricts the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to help hunters and fishermen find their prey.
A government audit found that the FAA is not doing enough to minimize risks, establish standards and work with partners to meet a deadline Congress set in 2012.
The National Park Service just banned drones in parks across the country. The ban makes sense in some regards, but a long term policy is still needed.
The drones are capable of tracking a moving person after simple commands from a pilot. After launching yesterday on Kickstarter, they are collectively approaching $500,000 in funding.
The FAA said drone manufacturer AeroVironment can now conduct aerial surveys in Alaska for the oil company. Its drones will monitor roads and infrastructure.
Google kicked off what could be a big satellite technology investment spree with a $500 million bid for startup Skybox Imaging. Skybox takes hi-rez images of the Earth’s surface, but Google has broadband plans for the company.
A viral video shows a woman assaulting a man for using a drone at the beach. The episode raises the question of who should regulate drone conflicts.
Everyone from Hollywood to farmers to search-and-rescue teams want to use light-weight consumer drones — but the FAA won’t let them. There’s an easy way for the the agency to address its safety concerns.
While regulations governing drone flight in the U.S. have become messy, the FAA is plugging along as if it has full control…
When I tried the 3Doodler 3D printing pen last year, it was fun but seemed kind of useless. The video below, which…
Taking photos by drone allows the media to better report on fires, traffic and other important public issues — so why has the government banned this type of photography?
Drones in national parks sound like John Muir’s worst nightmare — which is why officials are starting to ban them. But doing so could also undercut opportunities for science and photography.
We’re answering some tough questions this week on the podcast starting with what’s that up in the sky and ending with, why hasn’t my smart lock shipped yet.
Facebook was considering purchasing the startup, which builds drones that can stay aloft for years, earlier this year. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.
The change coincides with the reveal of the Vision+, which improves on DJI’s existing Phantom Vision quadcopter.
Raphael Pirker is a leading advocate for consumer drones — he buzzed the Statue of Liberty, and recently won a court fight against the FAA. He also has some ideas for how to regulate drones.
A local man used his drone to capture striking footage of the Harlem explosion, showing both the benefits and the problems of casual drone use. The FAA meanwhile is scrambling to keep up.
An administrative judge has overruled an FAA policy banning the use of commercial drones, so (gulp) start your engines, I guess.
Facebook is reportedly in talks to acquire a drone company as a way of expanding its Internet.org initiative.
The flock works similar to natural flocks, where creatures like birds and insects respond to each other in real time to avoid collisions.
A Michigan delivery company had to call off its beta test to deliver bouquets by drone after a warning from the FAA.
The government of the United Arab Emirates hopes to deliver official documents such as ID cards and driving licenses via drone, Reuters…
It’s not yet incorporated, but a Las Vegas startup called Skyworks Aerial Systems is trying to make a name for itself in the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, space.
Where can you fly a drone? As long as you’re not doing it for business purposes, there are very few rules. Here’s a map and a quick explanation of where your drone can go.
This week’s podcast breaks down the challenges Amazon Prime Air drones face and what Apple might want to do with a massive Twitter firehouse. Plus, a little advice for new media folks still trying to figure out their business model.
In September, a man crashed a quadcopter on a busy street in New York City. Last month, I accidentally shot footage of the inside of someone’s apartment. Drones cause problems, but the technology is too exciting to write off.
Open source mapping has come a long way, especially when drones get involved.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/faa-drone-access-us-skies-will-take-longer Despite directions from Congress to give drones open access to U.S. skies by September 2015, the FAA said today that flying…
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-09/chinese-company-tests-drone-couriers What if packages could be delivered right to the balcony of your apartment on the 23rd floor? A delivery company is…
Want to give your remote control cars or quad-copters a range boost? Check out Flutter, a new Kickstarter project that’s an Arduino board with a full half-mile range.
What if you could control a drone just by tilting your head? A recent Google Glass hack sent a quadcopter cruising precisely through…
A prototype drone made by a venture-backed startup and a defense company is using next-gen thin film solar panels to keep it in the air for over 9 hours.
Dronestagram is a new social network that enables drone hobbyists to show off their best landscape shots.
This simple open source kit can turn anything you can get clamps onto into an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Low-cost hardware for operating low-cost drones has proliferated, but running a bunch of them from one computer has been a challenge. A startup called DroneDeploy wants to make a business out of that problem.
Are you a big time farmer? A building manager? A ski resort operator? Airware is banking that you too could use a drone and now has $10.7 million to build customizable autopilots for commercial applications.
Hardware accelerator HAXLR8R unveiled its newest class of startups at a demo day in San Francisco on Monday. Pitches included smart devices from kids’ toys to sex toys.
We caught up with Dave Lester, soon-to-be graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and a web developer who told us about his drone hacking project, the importance of code integration, and his upcoming foray into open source at Twitter.
I took a brief tour of the National Association of Broadcasters convention show floor today. Here’s what I saw and learned.
NASA wants unmanned aircraft that can fly in tight airspaces and may launch a competition to find partners to design and manufacture such vehicles. The agency is working with the FAA and Air Force Research Lab on this effort which may stir controversy.
Barring snafus, an X-51A WaveRider “Scramjet” could hit speeds of nearly 4,000 mph in a test flight on Tuesday. Such hypersonic flight, if proven viable, would cut the time of a cross-country trip from five hours plus to a mere 46 minutes.
A company called Liquid Robotics, which makes a wave-powered marine robot, took one step closer to world domination and announced it’s raised $22 million from Silicon Valley venture firm VantagePoint Capital Partners and oil and gas vendor Schlumberger.